And finally I made it to my first ever real big photo convention – WPPI 2013! I was stoked, let me tell you, to be there. To be able to touch and browse all the hundreds and hundreds of albums, books, canvases, prints and so much more. It was thrilling, over-whelming and exhausting!
I had planned this trip to learn and get to know my industry, and also get to spend a couple of days away from the kids with my hubby. I love that we got the perfect balance of fun and work in. It was a whirlwind two day trip as we had left our kiddos home under the watch of my family. We managed to walk the Strip, shop, see KÀ by Cirque de Soleil and try some great food.
So how was WPPI 2013?? A-mazing!!! The MGM is grand in itself but to fill two huge ballrooms with booths of endless photo vendors is crazy! I met with lighting experts to learn more about products by Elinchrom, the lighting company of my choice. I listened to some renowned photographers talk about a gamut of topics from equipment, posing, lighting, social media, marketing etc. I loved the demo at the Nik Software booth. Totally sold! It was so fun to talk to vendors and discuss products with them. See samples and learn about what’s new! I have so many ideas for new products to offer this year. Information overload big-time!
So what do you do when you have so much to look through plus so many things on your wishlist? Well the plan was to go through the whole show and then shortlist a few products, go back and purchase them. I finally settled on the Fundy album-building software, also loved the backdrops/floors that WHCC sells, plus some new packaging for the studio.
So it was the last day and I had about an hour left to go get the items I planned on purchasing. Plenty of time to do that, right?!? WRONG! The show was ending an hour earlier that day and I had totally forgotten about that! So at 3pm sharp out came the MGM bouncers to stop anyone from entering through the main doors! As I was stuck between the two ballrooms I realized that they weren’t going let us in again. So of course being a typical never take no for an answer kind of gal, I made this crazy dash for it, left hubby behind in the dry Nevada dust as I sprinted into the ballroom. I managed to convince a disgruntled bouncer who came chasing after me to let me in. Then as they were tearing down the booths I finalized and ordered my products just in time. Thanks to the cool folks at WHCC for helping me out with that even after they had lost internet service! I was able to hand pick some stuff I have had on my wishlist as well as taking advantage of some great discounts for purchasing at the show! So grateful to have this trip come together for me!