It’s been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to reflect on my experience this year at WPPI! For those of you who haven’t heard of it, WPPI stands for “Wedding and Portrait Photographers International”, and is an annual conference that over 10,000 photographers attend. On the second day there, I attended the annual Thirst Relief charity workshop to support an organization dedicated to supplying clean water to those who can’t obtain it and to learn from some of the most famous photographers in the industry. We took a bus from the Vegas Strip to Ghost Town, an abandoned town in the middle of the desert with an old mine where vintage rusty cars lay.
The four instructors we got to learn from were CM Leung, Luke Edmonson, Rocco Ancora, and Mike Colón. Each of them brought something different to the workshop so we could learn different styles throughout the day. After the hands-on workshop, we all headed to dinner and got to hear Roberto Valenzuela give a very personal and touching story of how we all need to work harder to perfect our craft as professional photographers. Roberto practices his photography daily and takes notes in a notebook to record all the experience he provides himself. He even goes so far as to practice with a teddy bear if he can’t find a subject to practice with!
Here are some of the photos taken from the workshop, enjoy!