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WPPI | The Fun Continues

Our little boy, Noah, accompanied us to the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International convention in Las Vegas this year. As you can tell by our “home movie,” he was really excited to arrive! My mother, so graciously, babysat while we were busy participating in all the programs the conference had to offer.

Despite the unseasonably chilly Vegas weather, we spent our Sunday morning driving through, and marveling at the beauty, of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area about 20 miles outside the city. It was an awe-inspiring sight that really put us in the right perspective and mindset for WPPI 2011.

Throughout our four day stay, we sat through numerous platforms, Master Classes and other thought-provoking seminars. We met some truly remarkable photographers (and cinematic videographers) who are changing the face of this industry. We strolled through the expansive trade show (seriously, the largest we have ever seen!) and attended a few photographer meet-ups sponsored by Showit. One, truly remarkable, Showit event was Photog Unite, a gathering of photographers who love Christ and choose to make it a priority to worship Him at WPPI. Unite contained glorious worship music, prayer and even invited a local pastor to preach a poignant message to emphasize the importance of not making things about you, but about God. Amen!

Overall, it was such a blessing to attend WPPI 2011! We can’t wait until next year!

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Desert Photo Shoot WPPI

Last month, we traveled to Las Vegas for WPPI, an international wedding portrait and photography convention, at the MGM Grand. It was our first time attending the conference and it was… extraordinary! We are already making plans to go back next year.

Melanie has some serious skills when it comes to signing up fast for popular courses, which was a good thing because the Gray Photography (Zach + Jody Gray) Master Class sold out in no time! Having met them before at their business workshop (and from following their blog), I knew that their class was going to be amazing! A Master Class is meant to be 2 hours in a classroom setting, not very hands on. However, because Zach + Jody are awesome, they decided it would be more their style to bring everyone who wanted to come, out into the desert for a sunrise hands-on photo shoot. We headed out to Jean, NV at the crack of dawn with a caravan of cars (including a Mustang), and a couple of models. We shot for hours, with several set-ups, and it was incredible! It was freezing cold, but no one seemed to mind at all because the lighting was so hot!

The Grays emphasize delivering an experience that is above and beyond a couple’s expectations, and that is just what they did for all the attendees of their workshop! Below are some of the killer in-camera images from our early morning shoot.