I am counting down the days. And soon I will be counting the hours... till THIS:
Can you FEEL my excitement?!!!! No? Let me explain...
WPPI stands for "Wedding & Portrait Photographers International." Their annual convention takes place in Las Vegas every year around this time (can I get a "woot-woot?!), and it is definitely a great experience.
The WPPI convention is held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. And it is HUGE. Last year, there were over 14,000 people in attendance. With over 300 exhibitors at the tradeshow, 75+ speakers offering classes and workshops, special panels and parties, you can see why it's such a huge draw to the professional photographer community. It's a great opportunity to network with other professionals, shop for new vendors, test out new products, and learn a lot of new things. And play. Imagine 14,000 people like me... armed with cameras, set loose in Vegas... and you can see the possibilities. It's enough to bring a smile to your face. Or make you very, very afraid. Ha!
This will be my third year in attendance. (Click here to see a recap of last year's adventures.) And this year, not only am I excited for WPPI, but I'm also looking forward to the trip for another exciting reason... my fabulous long-distance friend and mentor, Ronalyn, will be joining me there!!! eep! Long story short, she is a BIG reason of why & how I was able to get started in my own photography business. We've become long-distance friends over the past few years (she lives in ALASKA... brrrrrr....), and have never before met face-to-face. So I finally get to SEE my friend! (insert happy dance here.) This will be her first year attending WPPI, so I get to show her the ropes. AAAAAANNNDDD... this will also be her FIRST time visiting LAS VEGAS, as well... so you KNOW I have to play tour-guide, as well. (I feel like doing cartwheels of happiness down the hallway.) The two of us are going to be roomies while in Vegas, and I've got a rough plan sketched out to maximize our time spent, divided between the convention and the other stuff.
I. am. SOOOOOOOO. excited.