Vegas baby! (WPPI)

I went to WPPI last week. It’s the biggest photography convention in the U.S.. It was great to get to reconnect with some of my photographer friends. Levi Sim did a headshot of me at the trade show…I have yet to see it, but I’m sure he did a great job. He’s doing a neat series in honor of Steve Jobs. Check out Levi’s cool photo series at www.levisim.com.

I find the trade show very valuable for research. I especially love the chance to get to try out all of the “new toys” on the market. It saves me a fortune to get to try them out and talk to the reps before I buy. I also like having the chance to speak to my sales guys and gals at my favorite vendors. It’s nice to put a face to a voice & name. I feel like it’s important to stay up to date on the latest techniques and softwares. There’s no better way to get your answers than from the developer!

The entries into the print competition were amazing! The level of the work presented somehow always surpasses the past year..it’s remarkable!  I was excited to see our local photographers, Nick & Signe Adams leading a photo walk at WPPI! It shows that little ol’ St. George, does have some nationally recognized portrait & wedding photographers. Woohoo go Nick & Signe!!!

I made sure I made it to see Peter Hurley, Scott Kelby & Joe McNalley speak at the trade-show. I usually purchase a full pass and go to classes for 3 days straight. As a commercial photographer I don’t feel like the platform classes offered much for me so I skipped that part this year.  ( This was my 7th year in a row of attending WPPI.)

Peter Hurley is an amazing headshot photographer. His demonstration was very engaging.

If you are an aspiring wedding or portrait photographer you will find WPPI a valuable addition to your education so  check it out WPPI  2016 starts on February 15th next year. Buy your pass ahead of time and you can save $150!!!!  Continuing education is critical for a professional photographer,  you won’t regret it! I encourage all photographers to join a professional organization such as WPPI, PPA or ASMP, they are fantastic resources for professionals or aspiring photographers.

 

There’s always someone better than you.

A wise man once told me, ” There is always someone better than you. Find him and make him your mentor. If you are always learning, you are always growing. This keeps you humble and keeps your work fresh.” The longer I pursue my photographic education, I find those words are true! With my journey I find mentors in the untraditional sources. I think it’s good to look outside your industry for mentors. I find inspiration in painters, dancers, designers, musicians….anyone who is really talented at what they do can be a great mentor.

This week I attended SEMA in Las Vegas with one of my favorite clients, Flog Industries .  It was fun to see all of the new toys and technology of the automotive industry. But most fun was seeing all of the work and love that people put into their vehicle rebuilds. So much care, attention to detail, hard work and craftsmanship goes into those vehicles. It was impossible for me to choose a favorite. It is interesting to see shifts in the trends too. Last year was lots of skulls and tattoo inspired paint/wrap jobs and a HUGE amount of matte finishes. This year very few skulls and chrome and shiny are coming back a little more. There were a bunch of foil looking paint/wrap jobs. I didn’t like the foil ones. I didn’t see one that had a perfect wrap application. Most showed scuff marks.
Anyway, I spent the week talking to people who are passionate about what they do. I feel energized ( except for my sore feet 😉 ) with a desire to do something completely new to me. Let’s see what I come up with!
So learn something new today and share it here. Tell us about it!

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