Friday, February 20

WPPI, Las Vegas

Sunday I flew to Las Vegas for the WPPI photographers convention and trade show. I attended seminars, met new people, spent way too much money on food, and loved (nearly) every minute of it!

On Wednesday night we took a breather and styled each other, picked each others clothes, did our hair up, and had some high fashion photo shoot fun on the strip. See a shot Jessica did of ME here! Pretty much I looked like a rock star, and I'm not ashamed to say it! :)

So I learned a TON at this convention. And I've set some new goals for my business, as well as my art (funny how those things really are not the same thing sometimes, huh!). At the top of the list is to be more honest with myself, to have confidence in my style and just go for it. I think a lot of developing an artistic style involves mimicry and learning what you love in other people's work. And then comes the part where you take those things and develop your own style, incorporating your own vision and expanding it with everything you love. Great goal for me this year!

Another goal (which you'll see coming-to-pass over the next few months!) is to better develop my "brand". One of the speakers, Jessica Claire, said that if you aren't in love with your logo and you don't want to marry it and never get divorced, then why do you have that logo? HELLO! That was a big eye-opener to me. I have been unhappy with my overall "look" but didn't think it was THAT big of a deal. But the truth is, YOU, anonymous blog reader, get to know ME from my blog/website and they really should reflect me and my style. I will be working on that... slowly. :)

And now, meet my friends:

I love this woman. She's become a true friend, she's hilarious and a great artist.
Check out her work, she's in the Salt Lake area!

She is everything her website promised she'd be- fun, sassy and unique.
I'm grateful to have met her, and roomed with her this week! She's also in SLC area.

If you are in London, check this man out!
Vanessa & Jess met Paul randomly on Sunday before I showed up.
For the rest of the week we did nearly everything with him! He's family already.

Us, messing around:



Our room had great light, so we had a "headshot" shoot in it!

My favorite shot from the week



Rachel February 20, 2009 at 2:58 PM  

These look awesome Carly!! And you DO look SMOKIN' in that picture on Jessica's site!

Wii are the Nelsons February 20, 2009 at 2:58 PM  

it's amazing to me that just "messing around" pictures look so cool! Sounds like you had a blast...BTW awesome picture of you.

Catie Bartlett February 20, 2009 at 5:36 PM  

Hey!! Looks like you had a blast. Seems like it was way fun.
Let us see more pictures!!!

Vanessa February 20, 2009 at 7:25 PM  

Ok so...I love you! AHH, I am dying and I want to go back! It was so fun to meet you and you are truly a GOOD FRIEND NOW!! You are AMAZING, FANTASTIC!! FOR SURE!!!

I love the pics! I want the one of me! Oh, and I am going to use some of them on my blog...they ROCK!!! I need some of me in ACTION! (all little Mormon Action haha!!)

Vanessa February 20, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

oh yea and you are HOT in the pic Jess got! I can't wait to post some of you!

Jen Olsen February 21, 2009 at 12:32 AM  

Great shots! Love! the last one...sweet!

Anonymous February 22, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

Awesome!! It looks like you all had a blast. Sounds like you learned a lot too.

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