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WPPI 2010!

Wow! What an amazing experience it was to participate in this year’s Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s International (WPPI) convention in Las Vegas. This year we attended the full program, which means that we didn’t really see the light of day for 7 days straight. This was the 30th anniversary of the convention and it was full of workshops, seminars, a humongous trade show and 14,000 wedding and portrait photographers from all over the world!

Natasha and I had such a great time trying to attend as many of the educational programs as possible. To be honest, it was really exhausting because most days had classes starting at 8am and we typically wouldn’t be back in our hotel room until it was time to go to sleep. Here are some of the stats on what actually took place:


2 full workshop days spent with one instructor for each of us (Greg Gibson for Mike and David Williams for Natasha)
18+ Class educational programs (about 2 hours each)
7 hours spent walking the enormous trade show floor
7 days & nights spent entirely inside of a hotel (literally! we went out to pick up some groceries one time)
6 Hours or less for sleep each night
14,000+ photographers attending the convention!!

We made a few photo collages from our snaps during the time in Vegas:

wppi 2010

It was fun to participate in a few hands-on photography sessions:

WPPI Photography Convention

A few more images summarizing the experience:

Collage of Las Vegas Details

It was awesome to see one of our friends giving a presentation about the Kubota Image Tools (Michael Corsentino, above).

Las Vegas WPPI 2010

Lastly, here are a couple of great quotes we heard from some of the inspiring speakers:

“Better to fail at something you love, then succeed at something you hate.” – Jasmine Star

“Is what you’re doing worth giving up your life for? Well, it should be, because that’s what you’re doing.” – David Jay

Have a great week, everybody!

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March 25, 2010 - 5:51 pm

sydney portrait photographer - How lovely and nice.. :D

March 24, 2010 - 6:32 am

Amy - Ruby Star Photo - Love these photos, great work. Great use of textures in some of the photos.

March 16, 2010 - 10:24 am

Mike - Thanks, Lisa and Michael! We had a great time with you guys.

March 16, 2010 - 9:24 am

Choco Studio - Thank you guys! The convention was exhausting, but so much fun!

March 15, 2010 - 7:37 pm

Angie Colantuono Soysa - Love the photo collages !

March 15, 2010 - 7:35 pm

Lisa - Haha – Nikon Girl on the ground! Andy and I had a lot of fun hanging out with the two of you at WPPI this year:-) Glad you got some cool images from the NYNY shoot!

March 15, 2010 - 7:16 pm

Michael Corsentino - Great post guys! Your cool collages are bringing me right back to all the fantastic memories from this years WPPI!! Great seeing you both there and thanks for the shout out ;-)

March 15, 2010 - 6:20 pm

Stefan Nesterov - I am going next year.. fer sure!

March 15, 2010 - 10:47 am

Wowpretty Jira - You guys were there? I went there too.

March 15, 2010 - 9:57 am

Anna Gemma - t’s awesome! Way to go guys!

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