Freyday –

February 24, 2012

Hi everyone!   Whew, another year – another WPPI come and gone.  This was my 3rd year to attend the annual Wedding & Portrait Photographers International conference in Las Vegas and it was amazing!  I’ve honestly felt that if you don’t leave mentally and physically exhausted, you didn’t do it right.  Between the classes, trade show, photo shoots, gatherings, dinners I was up every morning between 5am and 6:30am and going strong until 10pm-2am!  No wonder I got sick and feel like a truck hit me yesterday and today!  If you are a photographer and you’re thinking maybe you should attend next year – do it.  It’s an amazing experience full of photographers who share their wisdom, teach and so many opportunities for you to grow in areas you want.

I absolutely loved seeing old friends, having amazing conversations over some pretty darn good food, meeting new friends, planking like it was 2009 – and and I can’t wait to start putting into practice some of the things I’ve learned for all of my amazing clients!!

 Roomies 2012

Roomies 2011

Watching Karen give her talk at BRI!  Congrats woman!

Newport Reunion at Mike Colon’s platform class 😉

Sunrise photo shoot with the amazing Justin & Mary Marantz!! Mary working it out:

A shot I got of our fabulous couple:

Such a sweet giving woman – thank you Mary for all of your wisdom and kindness!!

Zach & Jody’s Platform class:

I also attended their coffee talk/workshop and 1) had the most amazing coffee in the world.  Zach is a master barista and 2) learned a ton!

Our beautiful couple:

One of the shots we worked with to learn off camera lighting:

….and then it got cra cra.  I love that my roomies were silly with me and we decided to plank like it was 2009.  Yes, this happened.  Yes, we planted a photographer to help us capture it.

Enjoyed an AMAZING meal and AMAZING conversation with my bestie at NYNY – pork belly macaroni and cheese, creamy yummy mashed potatoes – and a filet mignon.  Does it get better?!

Oh yeah, it gets better…finished off our WPPI with a trip to Nine Fine Irishmen to listen to some great music and get a little step dancing in! 😉


If you’re still with me, you’re in for 2 treats!  First, a video was made to showcase WPPI by an amazingly talented team called Still Motion.  They followed Justin & Mary around and you’ll see me in the video at our sunrise shoot in my Texas A&M sweatshirt!

4 people, 1 story. This is my WPPI. from stillmotion on Vimeo.

And since I love you guys – I brought home 2 extra bags that Shootsac was handing out each day – I got to work the booth again with some fabulous Shootsac people and trust me, there was a line wrapping around to get a hold of these!

I’m going to do 2 random selections for winners and I’ll either ship it to you or you can stop by and pick it up – winners will be announced on Monday!


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  • Stephanie Young · Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm · Link · Reply

    “The meaning of life is to give life a meaning.” I would looooove to win that bag!!! :)

  • Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} · Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:01 am · Link · Reply

    Great post and awesome video…I saw you a few times :-) I’m still so bummed I missed it this year. Hopefully I’ll be going next year :-)

  • Kristin Cooley · Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:01 am · Link · Reply

    “I might not be where ‘they’ are, but I like where I’m going.” – Jasmine Star

  • Kimberly Stover · Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:11 am · Link · Reply

    Hey Jessica! What an awesome recap post. Here’s my favorite quote (one of the many)!

    “God never denies us our hearts desires except to give us something better.” – Elizabeth Elliot

  • Cheryl Valenzuela · Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:51 am · Link · Reply

    “My future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades, ” by Timbuk3

  • John Smallwoo · Posted February 25, 2012 at 8:43 am · Link · Reply

    “It’s not the number of opportunities you get, it’s the choices you make.” Sarah Noteboom

  • Kimberly R. · Posted February 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm · Link · Reply

    Silence is golden or just plain yellow!

  • Natalie Syverson · Posted February 27, 2012 at 1:25 am · Link · Reply

    Great post on WPPI. How fun! : )

    Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. John C. Maxwell

  • Jenna Ojeda · Posted February 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm · Link · Reply

    I have two :)

    “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” ~Oprah Winfrey

    “All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” ~Abraham Lincoln

  • Elizabeth and Ryan | Elizabeth Ryan Photography · Posted March 7, 2012 at 2:52 am · Link · Reply

    Ahhhhh! Just saw your WPPI post!! LOVE LOVE LOVE that black & white you captured of Ryan and I! So beautiful!! Keep up the amazing work! 😉

    • admin · Posted March 7, 2012 at 3:56 am · Link · Reply

      Elizabeth!! Awww ,thank you – I’m SO glad you commented and found me – I wasn’t sure how to find you guys & actually in the morning sunrise fog didn’t catch last names or business name! I’m blog stalking you now, so I’ll put it on my list to send you that image and a few others I think are awesome! Thank you again for being so stinking cute and making it easy and fun to work with you!!!!

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