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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!

10 Comments March 15, 2010
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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.