Wednesday, February 06, 2008
OK, so this blog is a year late. Last March I went to Las Vegas for the annual DWF (Digital Wedding Forum) convention. Unfortunately, I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and felt absolutely miserable. I went to all the seminars I had signed up for, but missed all the networking (which was probably the most important thing about the convention) which happened after hours while I was sleeping. :( I also didn't feel like blogging when I got back to Texas, so I had all these photos from my trip sitting idly on my computer. The DWF convention for 2008 just ended, so I felt that it would be as good a time as any to post some of the pics from my trip.
Here are two of my roommates Stephanie and Kristin. Stephanie second shoots for Kristin a lot. It was the first time I'd met her and she was really cool. The two of them took pity on me and hung out with me some during the days.
Our hotel was right across the street from Bally's which was right next to Paris, which I loved. I spent a decent amount of time there sightseeing and window-shopping. Kristin also ran into David Hasselhof (who was starring in The Producers) while we were having lunch there one day. I guess that's Vegas, baby!
One of the events at the convention was a desert photo shoot with two of the premier wedding photographers in the U.S. I wish I had taken a picture of all the photographers behind this shot. You had the main photographers doing their thing, and then behind them, probably 200 other photographers huddled together (it was COLD!) taking photos of the photographers taking photos....and each other...and whatever else they could. That's what happens when you get a bunch of photographers together!
OK, they hired a car for the shoot and the driver wasn't too bad looking. Kristin and Stephanie of course picked up on this and talked him into doing his own mini-shoot with them.
Here are a couple of pics I managed to get of the couple. Can you believe that backdrop? It looks unreal! I can't imagine having that in my backyard to do photo shoots in whenever I want!
These were taken in The Venetian.
This is "St. Marc's Square" I put that in parenthesis because it doesn't look like the real St. Marc's Square. Well, maybe the back part. (I sound so pretentious, don't I) When I was studying in Rome, we took a class trip to Venice, so I knew what it looked like. I had heard that the Vegas one had a real gelateria, so I really wanted to find it. ( I know, pregnant lady on the hunt for ice cream - what a cliche) I must have walked through this place 3 times before I finally realized that it was the Las Vegas St. Marc's Square.
I'm pretty sure this was at The Bellagio. They had this fabulous flower garden. To tell the truth, it wasn't at all what I was expecting, but it was pretty amazing. The garden was like you had walked into the movie "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" except everything was made out of flowers. At the center of it all was a butterfly sanctuary. Really pretty.
I'm not really sure what this is, but is was all over the ceiling just outside the garden.