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March 01, 2012

this was my 5th time going to wppi and every year as registration time rolls around the debate begins… it’s always a busy time here because the studio is buzzing with client consultations, wedding bookings, e-sessions and general ‘off-season’ responsibilities. plus this year kris has a dive trip that she’s saving up for so I knew she wouldn’t be going with me. so should I? would I? the question was answered with a one two punch a couple of months ago. first my friend and crazy talented photographer trinity said she was going – she’s based in LA and I hadn’t seen her since last year’s wppi so that alone got me thinking. THEN, just several days later, the annual thirst relief auction went live. I always look forward to this as they always have so many amazing photographers offering everything from mentorships to software and products they’ve designed. this year I dove right in because last year I really wanted a spot on the benefit shoot but got busy and forgot to bid before the auction closed – so, I mused,  if trinity was going, and there was a spot available for the shoot then…. maybe I should? I quickly hit ‘bid’ and the decision was made. not only was I excited to go on the shoot, but thirst relief is such an amazing organization that does so much to help others and I was so happy to be a part of it. you’d be shocked what they can do with just the amount of money we spend just for a venti mocha latte – I urge you to go check out their site! we all gathered in the lobby of the MGM signature and loaded onto buses and headed into the desert with the destination being the nelson, nevada ghost town – this place was made for photographers… seriously it was almost too much eye candy. we shot alongside mike colon, rocco ancora, cm lueng and luke edmunson as our incredible models braved the chilly temps while wearing beautiful corsets made by one of our models angela of glamtastik. the whole afternoon was inspiring, fun-filled and full of creativity. after the shoot we were taken to maggiano’s for a family style italian feast where thirst relief’s founder jim davis-hicks spoke, surprising us by sharing how many thousands of people would now have clean drinking water just from the money raised by the shoot alone! to which we all raised an appropriate glass of water that we, in the states, take for granted for being clean and safe. then roberto valenzuela gave an awesome and thought provoking presentation as we enjoyed our desserts (real tiramisu… yum) the night was ended with giveaways including kelly moore’s new bag that she created just for thirst reliefmike had been shooting with the bag while we were in the desert and it took restraint on my part not to grab it right off his shoulder :)  (if you follow the blog, you know I have a pretty serious kelly moore bag habit!) in addition to the shoot, the whole conference that is the wppi experience was just what I needed – I found new products, heard some great speakers, met new friends, caught up with old friends and had a fabulous time with my roomie trinity! no matter how often I go, I always seem to learn something new, meet amazing people and get a creative jump start right before wedding season. will I be going in 2012?? we’ll see :)

jim documenting the whole day