Whoooahhh! It’s been one month since WPPI and over one month since I last blogged. In the blog community, that’s almost like someone died. Well, I didn’t. I’m back and I have some serious blogging for all of you. WPPI stands for Wedding & Portraits Photographers International and it is a convention like no other. I took part in training, networking, a tradeshow, and early-morning parties. In my 7 days in Vegas, I must have gotten only about 25 hours of sleep. And wow, did I pay for it! I’m still recovering from a cold that I got at the end of my time there. At next year’s WPPI, I will do a better job of taking care of my body. I will share more about my overall WPPI experience in a later post but on this post I will concentrate on a night photoshoot I was a part of on Monday, February 16th.
Many of you know I entered a contest held by fabulous Florida-based photographer, Scarlett Lillian. Well, I didn’t win the grand prize but imagine my surprise when Scarlett graciously offered me the chance to participate without having to pay for the price of the shoot! This is long overdue but 1) thank you, Scarlett, for allowing me to join you on this incredible evening 2) thank you to my college students who helped me with such a fun entry photo 3) thank you to all of you who voted for me and left encouraging comments on my blog and Scarlett’s blog.
Shooting at night has always been intimidating for me but at the shoot, I got a chance to overcome this fear and just have fun shooting and learning from my mistakes in the cool, night Vegas air. I even got a chance to play with the new PocketWizard and experiment with off-camera flash. I didn’t become a master of night photography after the shoot but I was encouraged to improve this aspect of my craft. To be the best that I can be I have to learn to shoot in all conditions.
And did I mention all the cool photographers I met at the shoot? It was such a fun group! Two of the people I met at the shoot are David Esquire and Kerry Garrison, hosts of my favorite photography podcast, Camera Dojo. They are just as much fun in person as they are on their show. If you want to improve your photography, then definitely check out their site.
Oh, and I don’t want to forget to say “Thank you!” to our awesome models that night: Lyndsay and Anderson. They were so much fun! Lyndsay is also an up and coming photographer. Check out her work here!
Well, without further ado, here are some of my pictures from that fun evening! If you want to check out the work of all the other photographers, including Scarlett Lillian’s, then here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/b7sp83