Yeah you probably read the title of this post and said something to the effect of, "how in the heck is Vegas for learning and not just fun?" It's true that Vegas is always associated with crazy hijinks and mass amounts of stripper poles covered in booze, or so I hear. However every year (you may have heard me talk bout this before) mass amounts of portrait and wedding photographers descend onto the city of Las Vegas for a conference and expo known to us as WPPI. (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International)
Education is extremely important in the photography field. Staying on top of this craft and educating myself about new and upcoming products is how I stay current and sometimes ahead of the game. While it's most important to have your own style of work produced it's still important to be motivated from others who are "rock stars" in the field and learn from them at what makes them succeed in this competitive field. I always enjoy attending and have had a different experience each year I've gone. Last year I went to more vendor parties and networking events with new and old friends than I did attend classes, so this year I made it a personal goal to do both equally. I succeeded. I was also able to watch as two of my dear friends and fellow photographers whom I used to intern for teach a Master Class, which is one of the most highest of honors at WPPI. They killed it! (Congrats Kevin and Katie for rocking the photography world!) I was also able to solidify further friendships with a group of people whom I am glad to call "my favorite vendors and people," Millers Professional Imaging. Millers just happens to be THE BEST professional printing lab out there. I do 90% - 100% of my printing through them. Love their stuff and guts! I also managed to pick up some new gear I had been eyeing from companies such as Lensbaby and Holdfast.
Anyways enough words, enjoy these images I shot at WPPI 2014 on iPhone and Nikon. -AG
This year WPPI held their big party at the Hakkasan Restaurant/Nightclub. I always get a kick out watching a large quantity of photographers "dropping it like it's hot."
Part of Kevin and Katie's Master Class involved them taking portraits of guests Kevin Kubota and his fabulous wife Clare. Let me just say on a side note that no matter how big of a deal Kevin is he is probably one of the most down to earth people I have met. Which is a big lesson in that no matter how big you are don't be a tool. (yeah I said tool).