Our trip to Vegas for WPPI was very quick. We flew in on Saturday afternoon and flew out on Tuesday late afternoon. But, we packed a lot in. We ate very well. I love the restaurants in Vegas. I’m not a gambler and I don’t often go to shows while I’m in town, but I DO eat well. I’ve been to Vegas a fair number of times, but I know that with almost 4,000 restaurants, it’s not a bad idea to ask for suggestions. So I asked on the Studio Calico True Life board and I received some great suggestions!
Here is our eating itinerary:
Secret Pizza at Cosmopolitan – loved it. We were starving, so a slice and a beer tided us over until we ate a late dinner. I had the white pizza and it was amazing!
Culinary Dropout at Hard Rock – my chicken salad was awesome, but I was just super, super impressed by the service AND the decor. They actually had my dining room table in their dining room, plus they had great linens, moose antlers, beautiful chandeliers and so many visual treats! One of my favorite nights in Vegas ever.
Lotus of Siam was our dinner spot Sunday night and it was KILLER!!! Thanks Cathy Vee! The garlic prawns, pad thai and egg rolls were to die for! And I think I’m a fairly picky Thai eater, because we are spoiled by a great authentic Thai restaurant in our town. They open at 5:30, so we got there about 5:20 and there was already another couple there and within 5 minutes there was a line. Crazy how people line up. We made friends with the couple ahead of us in line and had a good time chatting it up with them! We told them about secret pizza and they told us about a show that is under the radar that we need to see next time. Tom was happy on this day because we stopped at the Harley Davidson Cafe for a snack earlier in the day.
BurGR at Planet Hollywood- I had the Hell’s Kitchen Burger and my tummy was so happy! I ate half at a late lunch and the other half for dinner! I went to workshops all day, so I didn’t have a lot of time for dinner anyway!
Hashhouse a GoGo at the Quad. Good food and not expensive at all! Our friends who are local (just moved here 6 months ago) went with us and I think they liked it too!
So if you make a quick trip to Vegas, make sure and check these spots out! I didn’t feel like I wasted a single meal : )
WPPI (photography conference and expo) was great. The first year I attended, I left feeling great about what I learned, but really overwhelmed. I didn’t feel like I was doing much right as far as the business end of things (and I probably wasn’t). But for the past couple of years, I’ve left feeling really good about changes and updates that I’ve incorporated. This year I focused on amping up my lighting knowledge and I feel like I am ready! Excited about things I learned in Bob and Dawn Davis’ workshop as well as Blair Phillips‘. They are all such dynamic speakers, they motivate AND teach. I also attended Jen Hillenga‘s Senior workshops and she is hilarious AND so knowledgable. Jen reminded me of Melissa McCarthy and my friend Kathy Howerton in her humor, but her business savvy reminded me of my friend Kelly Lautenbach. So even though she doesn’t know me, I felt like I related to her really well. If you are a photographer, and you don’t go to any continuing education, workshops or seminars, you are missing out! You really NEED to go, even if you’re knowledgable and think you’re happy with your business. It’s such a shot in the arm!
I am so refreshed, excited and anxious to shoot! I have a busy weekend with sessions, so I’ll get to put into practice all of the new knowledge and enthusiasm! The people I’m photographing have no idea what they’re in for!
Here are a few photos from Vegas-
We loved our view and our room at the MGM Grand. We spent most of our downtime right here.
Our friends Fidel and Sandy came and picked us up on our last day and we had such an awesome time with them. They moved to the Vegas area about 6 months ago and it was so good to see them! We had brunch at HashhouseAGoGo and then we went to the Neon Boneyard!
Favorite shot of them!
Enjoy your weekend!