wppi {my take}

Last week Brett and I were in Las Vegas for the mecca of photography conventions that happens every year called WPPI. This was our first time going because our kids were finally old enough that we felt ok leaving them for so long, and everything seemed to work out for going.  To be honest with you, I was a bit unsure of the overload of THOUSANDS of photographers, going to huge classes of people, in a city that doesn’t want to sleep. Being the introvert that I am I was nervous about draining myself quickly because frankly, my partying days are long done. ;)

Getting on the plane to head home I thought back over the previous 5 days in somewhat disbelief. You see, I actually had a GREAT time at WPPI.

So why did we even go you may be asking? Well, for a few reasons. 1.) I wanted to see what the hype was about. 2.) I wanted to hear a few people speak (including our pals Bobbi + Mike) 3.) We wanted to have a session done for our upcoming rebrand- remember, photogs from around the world come to this, so it was ideal for having our photos taken! 4.) We wanted to visit some good friends that we rarely get to see that live in Vegas.

Before leaving for Vegas, I asked around for tips about the best way to handle WPPI.  Some answers were: wear comfortable shoes, keep a water and energy bar on you for all the long lines you will wait in, bring hand sanitizer for all the hand shaking (Ok, that was my add-on….). Most often I heard, “Plan on feeling very overwhelmed.” Well I took this very seriously, and prepped for it.  While there, I talked to people who were burned out by day 2 or 3, and I was still having a great time. Here are some things that I think helped our experience go well, and helped us not feel like we were LIVING at the MGM for 5 days:

-We began by renting a car…FREEDOM, but with long waits on parking.

-Brett’s brother came in from LA to hang with us the first 3 days and we had such a great time.  He reminded us (numerous times) that he must really like us, because he’s not a fan of Vegas. I just love our traveling trio….

-We hit up Trader Joe’s on the first day. Our room had a mini-fridge so we had cereal and milk, coffee and cream, salsa and chips, and loads of snacks. This was GREAT because Brett and I are not meal skippers. This allowed us to eat before our 8 am classes and avoid the huge Starbucks line.

- We visited some very good friends that live out there, and enjoyed “normal” life and great conversations on three separate occasions.

-On the second day we went out to Red Rock Canyon for our shoot, and we returned a few days later with our new and very refreshing friend Gabe for some exploring. I can’t say how invigorating it feels to just get away from the city and breathe a bit.

-We are foodies, so anytime we travel we make sure to escape to great restaurants in the area. In fact, because we stayed in the side towers of the MGM, we didn’t even walk around the main MGM through endless jingling/jangling slot machines until the 3rd or 4th day! Roaming the city and beyond made it feel more like a vacation.

-We saw our first Cirque show compliments of Jason- Brett and I loved it.  Thank you Jason!

-It was fun being able to break out of “Mom” mode for a couple days and play dress-up.;)

-We enjoyed meeting people and making some new friends. Meeting Gabe of Perspectiveye was seriously one of our favorite parts of the whole trip. Brett and I  love being able to “invest” in a single friendship much more than hanging with groups of people….Gabe is a kindred spirit, so after hanging for the majority of a couple days, it was sad when we had to part ways! Seriously, so awesome to meet great people out there in this big world. :)

*Here a few photos, most of which were taken with a point and shoot camera.

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March 4, 2011 - 12:03 pm

Gail - I need to spend some more time with you next year at WPPI because I feel like I never left the MGM. And I kind of hated that aspect of Vegas (but I’m gonna agree with Jason and say it’s not my favorite place in the world!)

Thanks for all the hugs you gave and I’m so glad we got to see you on my birthday!

Thanks, too, for the tip-off ot Gabe — his work is AMAZING! And if you two say he’s a kindred soul, well, how could I NOT like him:? :)

March 4, 2011 - 3:41 pm

Gabe - thank you so much for such kind words. and i agree 10000%…meeting you both and getting to know you two over dinner, car rides and a short but chilly hike out at Red Rock was easily the best part of my 2011 WPPI trip. you both are so humble and genuinely kind and even though our visit was short i know it was simply just the start to long friendship. thank you both for just being you and i look forward to many more chats, hikes and car rides.

March 4, 2011 - 4:06 pm

shannon selim - Gabe’s stuff is awesome! Your guys’ passion is what makes your work so good, keep it up! I want to be a pro so bad… :)

March 4, 2011 - 6:22 pm

Mel - You guys are hot.

March 6, 2011 - 9:27 am

Alyson - YOU ARE GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 7, 2011 - 12:54 pm

Sarah Rhoads - So beautiful to meet you both at WPPI! We had such a blast photographing you guys :) You are going up on the blog today! yay! :)

March 7, 2011 - 7:34 pm

Stephanie Lyell - Just wanted to say I saw your beautiful shoot on Sarah Rhoads’ blog. They are just beautiful!

March 10, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Abigail Smith - Hey there! You probably don’t remember meeting me in the Starbucks when I was with Gail and her lovely friends. I just saw the photos of ya’ll on Sarah Rhoad’s blog and wanted to say how great they are! Ya’ll look amazing! Also, I’m glad to hear your WPPI experience went so well. :)

March 26, 2011 - 8:03 pm

Maya Laurent - I am so loving your hair!!! Seriously…it is gorgeous! And we need your food tips next year!!! :) Glad you guys enjoyed your first WPPI.

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