Richard and I have been going to the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Professionals International) conference in Las Vegas for several years, but took the last 2 years off. In 2013 we were getting ready to buy and move into our new house… and then in 2014 we had JUST moved into our new house… and as everyone knows (at least those who own homes) the list is endless with things that need to be done!! When we decided last year that it wasn’t going to work out, we made a promise to ourselves that we would definitely go back in 2015. We needed to go back!
The WPPI conference is more than a business trip where we learn new things about photography and what’s new in the industry. It’s more than hearing super talented speakers talk about their careers, what keeps them motivated and inspired, and how they’ve made it to the top. It’s more than networking and meeting with other amazing photographers and vendors that we work with. For us, it’s a time to get away and get excited for the busy season ahead. Let’s be honest… as a husband and wife team, who also have 2 young children, we need a little break every now and then! We see Vegas as a
mini-vacation team-building trip! Most companies have team-building events annually. A time where you get out of the office and spend some quality time with your coworkers. That’s exactly what we did that week in Vegas! My coworker just so happens to be my handsome husband :)
This annual team-building gets us out of the “office”, which is our home; away from our beautiful and incredible children who we love dearly, but who require constant attention and focus. It allows us to reconnect with each other and openly discuss our business and life. How far we’ve come. Our goals for this year and the busy wedding season. And where we want to be in 5, 10, even 15 years from now.
Thank you WPPI 2015 and Vegas for being the best team-building event yet :) And the biggest THANK YOU to our parents and Caitlyn (nanny superstar) for taking care of our kids while we were away!
First full day in Vegas, we decided to go on a little 3 mile walk to Whole Foods. Richard was beyond excited to see this sign for the first time! Obviously we’ve never left the strip before!
Totally worth the walk! If you have not tried Noosa Yoghurt, go find it now! When you don’t have a mini fridge, you improvise :)
FaceTime with our loves <3
The Opening Night party was held here at Hakassan Night Club. We showed up, saw the ridiculous line to get in, and left. It’s no fun getting old!
This is the Starbucks line at 6:30am. Good thing my hubby wakes up early!
And then we binge watched House of Cards until it was time to get ready!
And this is what it looks like at 8:30am as everyone makes their way into the show! MUST. HAVE. $4 GRANDE COFFEE!!
Loved meeting the sweetest people behind KISS – our absolute favorite album company! And seeing some gorgeous new things being added this summer! Can’t wait!!
We won a $500 KISS Credit — whhhhhat!? So excited to order some new sample albums!
The Trade Show :)
Love this from Artifact Uprising!
So much fun visiting CrossFit Max Effort while we were out there! And by fun, I mean it was horrible. So much pain. You can see it all over my face.
Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday in our house… so naturally we had dinner and margaritas at Hecho en Vegas!
Of course there would be an impending snow storm on the day that we return! So thankful when we boarded the plane to come home. A little nervous when the airline warned us of the likelihood that we would not make it into Baltimore!
We were apparently 1 of only 4 flights that landed that night!
Best part of the trip? Coming home to these two! Loved their handmade Welcome Home sign and flowers – thanks to a little help from Grandma!
Snow Day! Which means we can all stay in our PJ’s all day :)
SO. MUCH. SNOW!