358 days ago I boarded a plane and went to Vegas for the first time in my life. Not for gambling, glam, or glitter. But for WPPI. What the heck is a WPPI? I asked myself the same question then. Ashley booked and planned the trip, I was just along for the ride. I had just bought my camera about 2 weeks before and I knew at that point I wanted to learn how to shoot wedding cinema and wanted to start a business. I figured WPPI would be a great place to start. I really felt I had no business rubbing elbows with the Justin and Marys and the Jasmine Stars of the world but you know what they say, fake it til ya make it.
So I went. I pre boarded for some platform classes, grabbed a notebook and dove on in. I can tell what you I didn’t learn: how to shoot wedding cinema. Bummer right? Nah, what I did learn was oh so much more important. I learned not just how to start a business but that I could and should start one. Justin and Mary taught me the importance if the client experience and setting goals. Jasmine Star showed how to overcome my personal and emotional limitations. Patrick and Amina taught me to have fun and well, that I had a metric crap ton to learn about cinematography(those guys at Stillmotion are just too good). I got too meet so many amazing people and yea, it was Vegas, we had a few fun late nights tossed in there as well.
So here I am, one week away from hopping on another plane and shooting back to the MGM. You’d think with past year of shooting so many amazing weddings with so many awesome people I’d be more confident and entitled right? Wrong. Now that I’m more vested, I have more to lose. I have to learn more. Everything even. I’ll have two notebooks this time, maybe three, we’ll have to see.
Even more exciting than the experience is who I’m going to be sharing it with. This year we’re fully loaded. Of course Ashley and I will be going but we’ve got some killer companions. My partner a crime Nick will be in attendance and we’ve got some really fun projects planned for us to shoot while out in the desert. Jen, Ashley’s partner will be along this year as well as the amazing Ashley Goodwin and the wonderful Carly Arnwine. I’ll go ahead and apologize in advance for all the instagrams and mobile uploads that I’m sure will be posted from the trip!!
Here’s a few quick shots from our 2011 Wppi trip!