WPPI 2013 (Weddings & Portrait Photographers International) Conference + Expo, Las Vegas

This was my 4th year attending WPPI and I must say this year was by far my favorite.  I noticed attendance was lower than previous years but this was purely an observation based on how much shorter the lines were at Starbucks and the Food Courts.  I didn’t have to wrestle the crowds on the trade show floor or stand in long pre-boarding lines for the classes like last year.  I had a chance to thoroughly review products for my clients (new albums, new designs, new products for editing) and even attended some inspirational/motivational classes.  Not only did I meet new photographers but I also had more time to bond and get to know vendors/photographers who used to be just acquaintances.  Instead of just hugs and hellos in passing, I bonded over meals, shared excitement over winning the JACKPOT, and ending the night with sweet desserts and even dancing.  Lots of memories were made and shared and I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings for all of us.  Here are some photos taken with my iPhone and Lumix LX7.  Enjoy!

One of my proud moments was seeing my clients’ engagement session printed on sample albums at the conference.  =)

Attending classes and acting silly with my dear friend and talented makeup artist, Maria Chang of PMA (Professional Makeup Artistry)Catching up with The Knot’s Wedding Photo Editor, Rebecca Crumley.  Thank you for featuring Alice and Mike’s, beautiful wedding in 2012, see it here.  

Indu, one of my 2nd shooters, taking on WPPI!

Happy vendor, happy customer.  Taking a photo opp with Quin of Motibodo, a photo editing tool that saved me HOURS of time so I spend less time behind the computer and more time shooting, sleeping and networking!Finally had a chance to meet LA based photographer, Erwin of Apertura.  This photography duo had photographed a few of my friend’s weddings so it was nice to put a name to a face!Nice to see familiar faces along the halls/walkways.  Ricky Wong and Chung Li, Bay Area photographers.

and new friends, Serena of Love by Serena Photography (Maryland) and Kelly of Spindle Photography (Alabama).

Bay Area favorite, Caroline, representing Design Aglow.and with Jeza Photography duo, Jeremy and Zabrina.Japanese dinner with Augie, Kevin (taking the photo) and Nancy Liu Chin.  and dessert:  WINNING THE JACKPOT!!!Thanks to Gina for introducing me to Augie!  Gina Maxine and Augie at the annual Chang Dinner.  Awesome time over dinner with +40 photog and vendor friends from the Bay Area.
Here’s Levi of Photographer’s Edit.  Bay Area friends, Colson Griffith and Michelle Walker.

The Knot Happy Hour at Rouge.  Meeting and getting to know Caroline Tran, LA based photographer.WPPI favorite, Kenny Kim, Chicago based photographer.  with Allan Zepeda, NYC based photographer, and Maria Chang.
Fellow Argentinian, Leo Patrone Photographer (far left)
and finally had a chance to meet Elizabeth Messina.

 

 

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