Friday, March 2, 2012

My first time at WPPI!

Have you ever been to Vegas? My idea of this city was put together from the few movie clips I've seen of the city and let me tell you, it was WAY bigger than I expected. The strip seems huge, filled with these over the top themed hotels. For it being mid-week in February, there were still a ton of people wandering everywhere. This was our first time in the city, so we spent some time at WPPI but we also wanted to see a little bit of Las Vegas too!


las vegas strip at night
las vegas MGM WPPI Jasmine Star
las vegas MGM WPPI Jasmine Star
las vegas MGM WPPI Jasmine Star
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
las vegas strip MGM WPPI
My WPPI highlights: talking to Jasmine Star and buying a Kelly Moore bag :)

Here are my Las Vegas tips & WPPI tips:
  • Wear comfortable shoes! There is lots of walking to do!
  • Visit the In-N-Out in Las Vegas. I thought it was just a California thing, but I'll enjoy an in-N-out meal no matter the city.
  • Set time aside to go through the trade show. I think it took us about 8 hours total by the time we walked around the whole show, talking with lots of vendors, watching some live demos, and buying some products. The trade show is a great place to get inspired with the latest and greatest photography stuff. We also bought a few things there because of certain WPPI specials. Prepare to feel slightly overwhelmed. There are over 300 vendors there so I felt like there was a ton of info thrown at me in one day!!
  • Bring business cards or cards with your info on it! Someone else gave me this tip before I went and it's true. There are plenty of drawings to enter. Some of them scanned our name badge to get our info, others had a drawing bowl you can drop your card into.
  • Don't plan on communicating by cell phone while at the trade show. There were several areas at the MGM where I didn't have reception with AT&T. Could be different for others, but it was frustrating for us to try and all stay together since we couldn't get ahold of each other. There were lots of QR codes at the booths that we couldn't scan because no one had internet/reception on their phones.
  • If you're not a smoker, brace yourself for indoor smoking. In Washington the smoking law has been in effect for several years so I'm not used to being around people smoking indoors, but there's no way to avoid it in the casinos in Vegas. When we came home all of our stuff smelled like smoke.
  • WPPI is at the MGM and they offer rates for $149/night. There are other neighboring hotels that you could also stay at and just walk to the MGM. (Excalibur, Luxor, New York) - If you want to go back to your room in between classes and things you may want to stay at the MGM but if you're doing trade show only, just a few classes, or don't mind staying at the MGM all day once you arrive, you can save some money by staying at a neighboring hotel. 3 nights for us at the Excalibur was $267 with tax.
  • Everywhere you go in Vegas, ask about coupons, student discounts, and military discounts! We were about to buy tickets to the Cirque du Soleil for $95 and asked about any discounts and got them for $65!
  • If you're headed to WPPI from Eastern WA, you can fly out of Tri-cities for cheap! Allegiant air got us flights for around $150/each with taxes. Allegiant air has a deal with the executive shuttle in Las Vegas but if you're going in a group do NOT get the shuttle, a taxi is cheaper & faster. A taxi from the airport to the strip is around $12, and the shuttle was $7 (x4 of us was $28) - and the shuttle took foooorrrrreeeeevvvvvvveeerrr. We ended up not getting to our hotel until 10:45pm and the hotel had given our room away so we had to stay in an overflow smoking room (bleh) - basically, take a taxi if you're in a group, and don't check in past 10pm or they'll give your room away!! 

Here are a few video clips we took :) 

SAVE THE DATE for WPPI 2013: March 7-14th. See you there!! 



This was "31 days of photo fun: DAY 2" - check back every day in March 2012 for a new blog!
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