… I know, more Elvis lyrics, but if the shoe fits, right? Anyway, listen away if you like.
This is the first of two posts about my week in Las Vegas for the WPPI 2010 Convention. The second post will be a little more serious, and I’ll be showing some of the photos I took at an amazing shoot for charity. Gorgeous brides and grooms, and a stunning location. This post, however, is about debauchery and drooling over industry celebrities (my apologies to the non-photographers who are reading this and wondering what all of the drooling is about. Except for Jerry Ghionis. If you can’t figure out why we worship him, well, then there’s just something wrong with you…). Most of these were taken with a little Point and Shoot camera, so my apologies for the less-than-stellar-quality. Didn’t want to spill cocktails on the pro rig, you know.
I was fortunate to spend a great deal of my time with a group of local photographers who I LOVE and whose work you should definitely check out. Many thanks to Bob and Tricia Pattison for providing support and gangsta hand gestures, Stephanie and Todd Olsen for making me laugh so hard I snorted, Rachel Buckley for upping the ante in my fashion world, Kat Hanafin for being a fantastic wingman, and to the most wonderful and sweet and amazing Molly Bergeron for smiling every minute of every day and for making me feel like I was 26 again, just for a millisecond. These are some fabulously talented people, and now that I’ve turned you on to their websites, I beg you to please come back and hire me. Really.
And last, but certainly not least, a big shout-out to my amazing friend Stacy who is not a photographer but who is just about the best sport of anyone anywhere and who hung with this crew all week and didn’t bat an eye. Even though she had no idea who the damn celebrities were.
Industry Celebs (I use this term with tongue planted firmly in cheek — these folks are actually AMAZING photographers, marketers, leaders, and teachers — they were all extremely accessible and kind and seemed so happy and willing to answer our questions and pose endlessly with us…): Thanks to Jasmine Star, Jessica Claire, Lawrence Chan, Mary and Justin Marantz, Jerry Ghionis, Sarah Petty, Dane Sanders, Jim Garner, Becker, Keats Elliot, Dale Benfield, Gary Fong, David Jay, and Jesh de Rox for all taking the time to say hello to me and to talk about your business. I’m overwhelmed by all the talent!
My favorite take-home:
Sunday night we boarded buses that took us to a “secret location” (which turned out to be the unbelievably gorgeous Tryst in the Wynn hotel) for Airhorns and Lasers. Which were in the house. Airhorns. and Lasers. And The Flashdance DJ. And Smilebooth. And $10 Coronas. And many, many photos that will never be seen here. Here are some of the safe ones:
I’ve been to Las Vegas a bunch of times, and each time I go, I get a little more discouraged at how much it’s changing. I’m certainly no expert, nor am I in any way qualified to talk about how the Strip used to be way back when. But I just don’t get the same thrill from a giant video screen advertising Peepshows that I got from those amazing flashing lights that used to be outside the vanished Flamingo. The new City Center is gorgeous, but where are those great funky casinos that had $2 blackjack tables and watered-down beer? Even the slot machines have gone digital, so there’s no more jangling change. The smoke is still there, everywhere, and the dichotomy of the architecture is still breathtaking. I tried to see some beauty as we walked around:
Tomorrow, super stunning brides and grooms from the Portrait House charity shoot. And maybe some more fun. Clothes on, of course…