At the end of February, Christen, Brad and I had the chance to go to the WPPI Expo in Las Vegas. I had one of my photos on display at the expo and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to be there. Christen and I had never been to Vegas before so it was even more exciting to visit a new place, especially Vegas!
We spent the first day at the expo and I was able to watch my photo be printed, sign it, and meet some of the other photographers who had their photos on display as well. Little did we know that some of those photographers would end up becoming our friends and be a part of the Behind the Lens group I created.
That evening we were invited to Glen’s (one of the photographers we met) suite for some drinks and discussion. We met up with some of the other photographers and had a great time there. We wanted to stay longer; however, we had tickets to go visit the Neon museum downtown, and I am glad we didn’t miss it! The museum had old Vegas casino signs that had projectors lighting them up and telling the story of Vegas, it is definitely a must-see place.
Another items on our agenda was a trip to the Hoover Dam. This was especially exciting for Christen as they had a plaque right in the middle for the Society of Civil Engineers which Christen is a member of. We got to take her photo with the sign on the Arizona side and Nevada side. The dam itself was extraordinary, and I was able to get some really nice shots of the Hoover Dam, Colorado river, and Lake Mead.
It wouldn’t have been a trip to Vegas if we didn’t stop and take in the Bellagio fountains as well as the Vegas strip. The fountains were awesome, as well as, the Hershey store we stopped at for some snacks (there were a LOT of kisses there, see photo below).
Overall we had a great time, a lot of walking, but it was very memorable. The food was great (Bobby’s Burger Palace YUM!), and we were fortunate to make some great new friends as well. This is someplace we will definitely make a trip back so we can finish visiting some places we missed.