Las Vegas, Mammoth and Film – Personal

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!

Enjoy. =)


Miriam - March 11, 2014 - 4:31 am

Love these and can’t wait for the film! That one of Myers and Corey smiling is so sweet. I want to hear more about WPPI!

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