Last week was one for the books. It started with a fun trip to Las Vegas for WPPI with a bunch of photographer friends.
I’m not sure I ever wrote about my first time attending the conference but wow… what a difference a few years, some experience and self-esteem makes!
As far as I can remember I hadn’t even shot a wedding yet when I decided to get a last minute ticket to the 2008 show. I was still in school and just toying with the idea of possibly being a photographer for work. Long story short, I felt way out of my league and left the conference feeling defeated, alone and completely devastated. I never wanted to go back.
Fast forward to 2014… I am a full-time wedding and portrait photographer running my OWN successful business. Say what?! I know, it’s crazy isn’t it? Well, I felt I owed it to myself to give this WPPI thing another shot. Seriously one of the best decisions I have ever made.
This time the experience was rewarding, motivating, fun, emotional and insanely inspiring. I actually had friends there this time! I wasn’t lonely, feeling out of place or crying in my hotel room. Instead I bonded with people I admire and respect in the industry and I am so grateful for that opportunity.
What a great feeling to come home with a fresh new outlook. I even dug out my dads old 35 mm Canon TX and started playing with film again!
Thanks to the encouragement from some of my favorite film photographers, I loaded up my first roll and took it on a family vacation to Mammoth last weekend. It’ll be a little while before I can share those images. But just in case I completely botched my first try, I took a few digital photos so I had something from our first snow trip with M.
Here they are for now!