Well in this case it does not actually stay in Vegas. It’s been a few days since I’ve been back in the real world and I learned SO MUCH at this years WPPI. It was my first trip there and my only regret is that I wasn’t was able to stay longer. I went and saw some great speakers, which included, Jasmine Star, Sarah Petty and Jerry Ghionis. All of them had different topics they were speaking on, and I feel I was able to get a very broad wealth of information in a short period of time. The first two photographers I had heard of prior to Vegas, Jerry Ghionis on the other hand I had only heard of by name before. I could not be any happier that on a whim I decided to go see him. As I was sitting in this large arena watching him he managed to make me laugh and cry throughout his presentation. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that but I think it speaks to his passion and abilities. I just made sure to not let anyone else see the tears in my eyes, it was dark so I’m hopeful I pulled it off. All of these speakers were so inspirational and I loved being surrounded by those who share the same passion for photography I have.
Aside from WPPI itself I learned something else-Vegas is not quite the happening place we all picture it is on a weekday. It has a much more touristy vibe, MAN that M&M store is so popular!
I also have to say I’m a bit addicted to that show Pawn Stars (nerd I know) so before heading to Vegas I found out where it is; naturally I had to go by. Ok so I didn’t actually go in since there was a line… and I felt it better to keep up the image that existed in my head of what it looked like inside. I can however; now say I saw the facade in person…now who else can say that?!