As many of you know, we’ve spent the last week in Las Vegas attending the WPPI Expo (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International). For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s like the Super Bowl of events for Wedding and Portrait photographers. The best of the best from all over the world meet at WPPI Expo each year for a huge trade show, to display their work for judges in the photo competition, gather for a wide variety of classes from experts in the industry (that cover everything from the technical aspects of photography and new trends, to running a successful business), to network with peers in the industry, and to celebrate all the industry has become and share dreams of where we can take it. Over 15,000 international photographers invaded Las Vegas this year!
We began our trip scrambling with the airline to purchase a VERY last minute ticket for our daughter, due to some sudden changes that came up. Although this created new challenges in how we could approach the expo, we still came away with some great new insight that will help lead us in the direction we see our little business going and growing as we move forward. We are always looking for ways to improve our photography, as well as our business practices. We love our clients and we always want to strive to deliver our very best. We have returned home even more determined and inspired, and as this year rolls on, you will see bits and pieces of our experience in Las Vegas shining through.
Since the little one was with us, we did take some time to do family stuff and turn it to a mini-vacation. We took one day to go to Circus Circus and she had a blast!
If you happened to be vacationing in Las Vegas during this week, it wasn’t uncommon to see a class or “shootout” going on as you walked the strip. It might have looked something like this.
Las Vegas isn’t the most kid friendly vacationing spot in the world, but you CAN find things to do with your little ones. Here are a couple of images of our personal day we made away from the expo.
And of course one of the most spectacular things about Vegas is the lights at night.
And because we DO need sleep. Good night Las Vegas! We hope to see you again next year, with this year’s experience under our belt for an even more spectacular experience!
For our blog post this week, I’d like to share an article written by someone else. Not out of laziness, but because this photographer summed up perfectly how I feel about photographing weddings. Wedding Photography is hard work and there is a lot of pressure to make sure we get all those images that will be reminders of once in a lifetime moments, and we get them right! Being a bride and planning your wedding day is even harder and more stressful! You want the day to come off perfect, the way you have dreamed it will be since you were a little girl having practice weddings with Barbie and Ken. I hope the thoughts in this post by Anne Almasy will help you think, to make sure you take the time on your day to just enjoy your day. I hope you enjoy the read as much as I did and most of all, I hope it helps you not stress as much over the small things on your day, but appreciate the important things. The things that will matter long after your wedding day has passed, the cake is eaten, the flowers are wilted, the tuxedos are returned and the dress is stored.
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And because I can’t blog without pictures, here are a few from the fun engagement session we had with Amber & Tanner who will be our first Bride & Groom of 2013! We love these two so much!
Do you think you have what it takes to be a great 2014 High School Senior Rep and represent Expressions Photography in your school?
Seniors who are chosen to represent Expressions Photography get cash referral bonuses and other goodies.
If you want to be a Senior Rep, fill out the application form by clicking here. We will choose representatives by the end of March, so don’t wait!!!
If you are a 2014 High School Senior in the surrounding area of Dodge City, you don’t want to miss out! Expressions Photography is offering a personalized session just for you!
Before you decide on your Senior Portrait Photographer, contact us to see how we can help you memorialize your most important teenage year!
We’ve taken a rather long “blog break” (10 months to be exact!) and we’re breaking the silence to say WEDDING SEASON IS UPON US!!!!
Are you getting married, or do you know an awesome couple who will be saying their “I DO’s” in 2013? If you answered yes to either of these questions, we want to let you know we still have some available dates and would love to get them filled with wonderful couples who want amazing memories of their special day.
You can call us at; 620-253-2806, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, Send us a message through our website , or message us on Facebook to see if your date is still available and talk to us about details. We look forward to hearing from you!
Now for a few of our favorite images from past weddings.
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Allison & Isaac are an awesome couple! We had so much fun with them during their engagement session, and Isaac even took the time at the end of it to give our daughter a ride on his amazing horse! You may remember seeing Isaac’s little nephew Ryker featured in a previous blog post.
But this time, we want to share some images from their perfect wedding day and to celebrate the start of their life together. They were married April 28, 2012 in Spearville, KS.
Allison, you are gorgeous and you were even more beautiful on your day. Isaac, you clean up pretty nicely yourself! Thank you both so much for making us a part of your day, it was truly incredible!
If you like the pictures of their day, be sure and leave a comment to give these two some blog love. They deserve it!
We’ve been a little bit busy, but now it’s time to start catching up on some blog action!
We got to spend an amazing time with Jade & Doug on their wedding day. These two were rockstars when we worked with them for their engagement session, and they continued the awesomeness on their special day! Of course it didn’t hurt that their entire wedding party and family were nothing short of amazing to work with! Weddings just don’t get more fun than this. We also want to say a special thanks to Tracy Shinogle for stepping in and helping us capture this incredible couple’s day!
Take some time to enjoy a few of the images from their wedding day, and be sure to leave them a comment and give them a little love! We have the BEST.CLIENTS.EVER!
Thank you Jade & Doug for making Expressions Photography a part of your amazing day!
Rebecca and Blake are both from Michigan. Rebecca is from Big Rapids and Blake from Lake Odessa. Rebecca was managing a store in the mall where she worked with Blake’s sister Liz. Rebecca and Liz became very close friends and as we all do with good friends, Rebecca shared her “bad date” stories with Liz.
One day Liz informed Rebecca that she and her mom had been talking about her, and they decided that Rebecca should date Liz’s brother, a brother Rebecca wasn’t aware Liz even had!
Liz started telling Rebecca about Blake’s values and that he is a teacher at a school for at risk youth. Rebecca comes from a family of teachers and she originally started going to school to become a teacher herself. Liz told her Blake has a strong faith and hadn’t really dated a lot, but he had started talking about buying a house and settling down. Both of them were driven in their careers and she felt the two of them would really get along, not to mention if things really worked out it would keep these two good friends in each other’s life forever.
Then came the rub….Blake lives in Kansas!
So the plan was set in motion, even though Blake wasn’t fond of being set up on blind dates. When Blake came home for Christmas break 2010, he was to meet Rebecca at a bar in the mall where Rebecca and Liz worked. Even though Liz “crashed” their first date because she wanted to see her brother, things seem to have worked out pretty good! They spent the next two weeks of Blake’s Christmas break together as much as they possibly could.
For the next 6 months they dated long distance, traveling to see each other as often as they could. Rebecca knew Blake wouldn’t be moving to Michigan to get a teaching job due to the economy and very high unemployment rate there, so she applied for a management position with Maurice’s in Dodge City, and got the job! She moved in June 2011. They both knew it was a big leap of faith, but they also knew they just wanted to be together and start a family.
Blake still hadn’t “popped the question” and leading into Christmas 2011, Rebecca started throwing out hints and getting excited (her words were “very impatient). When it was time for them to open presents Christmas day, it came down to the last gift, which was her RING!. (Rebecca had about given up hope that Blake would propose at Christmas since he hadn’t already) Rebecca kept asking him if he was joking. (I think she said YES!)
These two both are grounded strongly in their faith. Rebecca says she loves Blake’s ability to help her not take life quite so seriously, because of his fun, positive attitude about life.
Rebecca and Blake, we had so much fun working with the two of you! We feel honored and blessed that you chose us to help capture the memories of your day. We are counting the days!
Attention 2013 High School Seniors! It’s Senior Rep time! Do you have a positive attitude and can work it in front of the camera? Expressions Photography is looking for someone just like you!
We are looking for outgoing 2013 seniors to represent Expressions Photography at your school. This is a good opportunity to get a great deal on your senior portraits, and have some fun doing it! We need guys and girls and are looking for at least one from each local High School. (Dodge City, Cimarron, Spearville, Bucklin, Minneola, Jetmore, Ingalls and Montezuma.)
If you are interested in being a part of this opportunity, call Andrea at 620-253-2806, contact us through our Facebook page, or email us at email@example.com for details. Spots are limited and the deadline to sign up is June 15, 2012, so don’t wait! We look forward to hearing from you!
We have the coolest clients! Tracy and Ross are so nice and easy going. When it came time for their engagement session, Tracy had all the spots picked out around the property of family and some friends around Ford, Ks. And even though the wind wasn’t cooperating, these two rocked it out.
Sometimes you hear the story of how a couple meets and think, that’s just more than chance! Tracy & Ross’ story isn’t complicated, but sometimes it’s the simplest stories that feel the warmest.
This story starts with each of them attending Kansas State University, where they met. While getting to know each other, they discovered they were both from the Dodge City area.
Later on, they learned their families already knew each other! It is always incredible how two people can have close ties like that, but they never cross paths until they move into a completely different environment. Fate? We think, YES!
They have both begun their careers in Dodge City, and plan to live here together. A couple of things you will find them doing a lot of are fishing and cooking…and lots of it!
Tracy & Ross, you two are awesome! We hope you enjoy your engagements pictures and we feel so blessed to join you on your special day to capture all the amazing memories that will happen that day.