WPPI 2012 : Recap

Personal

I really just want to start this post by saying thank you. I can’t really explain the web I managed to weave in the past few weeks, but there were a few moments when I looked out the window of my Las Vegas hotel room last week and asked myself, What did you get yourself into?! Because, really, that’s how I felt. Once, on my ninth birthday, I took a huge bite of cake and when I realized I wouldn’t be able to swallow it, I spit it up and started crying. I had, quite literally, bitten off more than I could chew.

Twenty something years later, I felt the same way.

Except there was nothing I could do but simply walk onto the WPPI stage…and not spit up. I gave a presentation on Monday afternoon, entitled The Anatomy of Lips and Clicks : How People Talk About Your Business, and I was lucky enough to be surrounded by an amazing group of photographers. To those of you who attended, I’m going to say it again: thank you.

Many thanks to Regis Chen for being an amazing friend and documenting many memories…

I was extraordinarily thankful to have DJ Flashdance set the perfect mood…I loved his music and it helped calmed my nerves as I sat back stage and reviewed my notes…

I was honored to spend the afternoon with over 2,000 photographers and it’s something I appreciate more than I can express…

Many thanks to WPPI for allowing me to stay afterward and talk to those who had questions and just wanted to chat more…

More than anything, I feel lucky to have connected with people who shared their lives and stories…it’s one of the greatest benefits of my career.

Happy Wednesday!