Before last week, I’d never been to Vegas. I’d never been in a Casino for that matter. I wasn’t sure it was going to be my cup of tea (and it wasn’t!), but that’s where WPPI — a Wedding and Portrait Photographers conference is held each year. So I made plans to attend with some lovely photographers I’d met through a workshop I did in Colorado in 2011 and we all arrived last Sunday to begin our four days in Vegas at the MGM.
At the conference we listened to talks by photography greats like Roberto Valenzuela, Elizabeth Messina, Susan Stripling, and, oh wow, the Chrismans. Each of them with their own unique vision, technique, and words of inspiration and advice. They gave encouragement and challenged us to open our eyes more, to see differently, and develop a vision and style that is all our own. From other speakers we heard business advice and took copious notes about taking care of our clients and the importance of valuing our work and helping others to value it as well. And we walked the trade show floors — overflowing with beautiful products like the lovely books from Artifact Uprising to showcase our clients images.
I met photographers from other parts of the country, saw the lights of Vegas, and played roulette (won $10 then lost $20). But I also made some great new friends. You see, until I arrived, I had only met two of the women in our group in person and just through that brief weekend workshop in Boulder. So we were “Facebook friends” mostly. But we all immediately clicked. And laughed a lot. And chatted a lot. And danced a lot, at the final party of the conference. We also compared notes on our businesses, shared ideas, and did some practice shooting on each other.
I left Vegas with these new “in-person” friends, and overflowing with inspiration, positivity about this endeavor, ideas for my business, and an itch to shoot and develop my vision further. I can’t wait to share the road ahead.
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