last week, we headed west to the WPPI2012 convention at the mgm grand in las vegas. in case you are wondering, WPPI is short for wedding and portrait photographers international, an professional organization that we are proudly a part of. two years ago, we attended WPPI2010 when little brig was only 6 weeks old, and this year freya came along for the ride, literally. our little 8 week old spent the week strapped to one of us, attending classes, checking out the trade show, and cruising the strip. while at the convention, we rubbed elbows with 15,000 photographers from all around the world. okay, so we really didn’t rub elbows with 15,000 people, that would be kind of gross.
we did attend classes of some of the greats in the world of photography, studied up on weddings and portraits while we were there. while we weren’t in classes, we were on the trade show floor, stopping at our favorite booths, including nikon and… oh wait, i can’t give away all of our secrets. we did get to check out nikon’s new D4 and the 200-400 f/4 (if anyone would like to buy me a birthday present on april 1, i will gladly accept either one of these). we drank a lot of starblucks and after 3 days of being locked in the mgm, we took a little stroll outside enjoying the 75 degree weather. one of the highlights of my week there was being able to hang out with and shoot along side my friend, louis torres, new york based photographer. seriously, i wish he lived closer.
on our last night there, we strolled the strip, where freya was called out as “carlos” more than a dozen times. we even took pictures with some random drunk guys that just HAD to get a picture with carlos, and he totally freaked out when he found out that carlos was a real baby. oh and we got to watch J…M in action, shooting a wedding at the cosmopolitan hotel and casino. mary, the way you direct a crowd is amazing.
it was a great week and we cannot wait to start shooting weddings again in 2012. wow, speaking of weddings we’re only three days away from amy & dan’s wedding!!! enjoy.