I normally would not have gone to the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) conference and expo in Las Vegas. Living and working in New York affords me a great opportunity for education and networking, so it didn’t seem necessary. But I had the opportunity to go with a colleague, and I had always wanted to visit Las Vegas for a few days. I’m sure glad I went! I picked up a few new posing and lighting techniques I hope to use, and there were far more vendors I was interested in meeting on the trade show floor than at PhotoPlus Expo in New York. (I heard the reason is that many vendors who want to exhibit in New York can’t afford the steep prices at the Javits Center because of the unions.)
I got really lucky by entering a contest and winning a Profoto B1 light kit. Originally the prize was a D1 kit, but as I already own two, Profoto was nice enough to exchange it for their newest and most exciting product, which will nicely complement the lights I already have.
I have no interest in gambling, though I would like to have photographed in the casinos. However, there are strict rules against it, and as a professional photographer, I felt I needed to respect them. It bugged me seeing people taking snapshots with their smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras. But there was plenty more to photograph — Las Vegas is a photographer’s dream! Some of my favorite photos are below, from Caesar’s Palace, The Venetian, and Fremont Street.