March 9-16th, 2013

This was my second year to attend WPPI in Las Vegas, the biggest annual convention for professional portrait photographers. I was with Catie Bartlett once again, and our new recruit Jodi Campbell. (We missed our Carly Carlson this year!) We decided to drive this year… and in the words of G.O.B. Bluth, “we made a huge mistake”. Ok, maybe not, but lesson learned and we’ll have to try something different next year. Because 18 strait hours, from Oklahoma to Vegas (and back), in the car is torture. But we had a lot of cool photos opps- a blizzard on the way there, and sight-seeing on the way back.

We stayed in the MGM Grand this year, which was THE BEST, and really the only way to go. Robby & Savannah Doland attended the convention separately, but I was so excited we were able to meet up- love those guys! The biggest lesson I RE-learned this year is not to try to attend a class EVERY block, but rather choose a few topics to focus on, thereby getting a lot more out of it. I probably had a lot more tip if I’d written this post a few months ago, haha. But that was the biggest thing to stick with me. I was a lot better about it this year. I was also stoked to see some of my photo idols in person and sit in on there classes, such as Sue Bryce, and Rob & Vanessa Adams! Rob and Vanessa are incredible talents, and I had the privilege of learning from them both in depth during my trip to Seattle for Creative Live! (But that’s for a later post.)

I focused on stretching the legs of my Canon 5D Mark III, 45mm tilt-shift lens, and my fun new toy- the Fujifilm Instax 210. From here, I’ll tell the story in pictures. (Any photos of me were taken by Catie or Robby.) Many of these images are available to purchase as a print. Please email me if you’re interested!

Triple exposure somewhere in Arizona:

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

Double exposures on Las Vegas Blvd:

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

This year we got wind of one of the raddest parties happening during WPPI- LAZERS & BLAZERS! More double exposure experiments, dressed up all fancy before heading out.

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

Also, if you can’t fully appreciate how jealous you should be about this party… here you go:

http://vimeo.com/61754257

Toward the end of our trip, I had to show Robby & Savannah around my all-time favorite spot in Vegas- The Neon Museum.

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

Fulfilling our tourist duty:

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

On the way home, we hit the Hoover Dam (I’d never seen it before)…

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

…and the Grand Canyon (second visit for me- the first time being also on the way home from my first trip to Vegas):

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

Grand Canyon Pano:

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

Somewhere in New Mexico:

© Anna Lee Media | WPPI 2013 | Oklahoma Portrait Photographer

As always, can’t wait for next year! Finally posting these photos has made me so anxious. Who’s in??

I’m excited to launch a new blog category in 2013- vendor features! In order to make by blog more of a resource for my wedding fans, I’ll be profiling local vendors and showcasing some of their work! It’s a huge task to research all the businesses needed for a wedding, and even harder to get to know them all before making a decision. In these profiles, you’ll get answers strait from the pros to some frequently asked questions, and get to see some of their REAL work! Please let me know in the comments what types of vendors you’re interested in seeing profiles of!

I’m excited to bring you the profile of Adrianne of Pink Poppy Event Designs for my first vendor feature. This beautiful lady is a doll with whom I worked on Becca & Jake’s wedding in last year. If you’re still looking for a planner, check out her interview and photos of her work below! (Some of the photos feature work from Sooner Calligraphy.)

Meet Adrianne:


What made you decide to start planning weddings?

There is just something so magical about a bride and groom’s wedding day.  When I got married I remember wishing I had more help navigating what felt like an overwhelming list of ideas and vendors. After helping several friends with their weddings I decided that perhaps this is what I wanted to when I grew up. Planning a wedding is so much fun, but it can be stressful. I hope to help brides and grooms plan their big day so their special day is truly unique and are all that the couple could dream of regardless of budget.

How would you explain the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding coordinator? Do you do both?

I think the primary difference is that a wedding planner will assist with a lot of the preliminary details such as vendor selection and overall event details. Wedding coordinators are often hired to coordinate wedding vendors and last minute details. The roles of both a planner and coordinator overlap, but just know a coordinator (Especially day or month of) is often just going to manage the vendors and choices you have already made. I do both, but I really prefer to take on the full wedding planning role because I like to make sure my brides us excellent vendors that I have worked with and trust.


Why should someone hire a planner?

I think the biggest reason a bride should hire a wedding planner is because planners have experience planning weddings. We have faced challenges and have experience with how best  to handle problems as they come up. Planners will help with vendor selection, event styling and can greatly reduce the amount of stress along the way. I tell my brides my job is to help make this really fun, but at times stressful process a lot easier. I also tell them when you hire a wedding planner that means you and your family get to enjoy the big day, rather than “work” that day. Managing all the pieces that will make that dream wedding come together becomes my job and the wedding party can kick back and enjoy the big day.


What basic process do you go through with the bride (and groom) to nail down a style direction for their event?

I typically ask brides and grooms to tell me what they think about when they imagine their big day. Do they want to be barefoot on the beach? Do they want a formal black tie occasion? I have also pinned a lot of unique wedding looks on my Pinterest Boards so we look through those together to map out a style direction. I find inspiration all over from cooking books, to design magazines etc and I will create a custom Board for each of my brides if they are interested in that.


Some couples have a pretty specific idea of what they want, while others may have no idea. Is it better one way or the other for you as a planner?

I think it is fine either way. I remember when I planned my wedding years ago I just felt overwhelmed with narrowing down just one specific look. I liked so many. I have worked with many brides that struggled with the exact look too and we just kept pulling together ideas until we found the one that was just right.

Check out her website for more. Pink Poppy Event Design’s ad can be found in the next issue of Oklahoma City Perfect Wedding Guide.

Laura should go into wedding planning or something. Every single detail of this super-organized bride’s day was pure perfection, not to mention the awesome weather (not sure how they did that!), fun family and friends, and the fact that the camera loved this couple! The whole event was held on Daniel’s parents’ land in Thackerville, Oklahoma. They’d been busy all weekend setting up the whimsical entry way and stage that made me feel like I had stumbled into a flee market in Alice’s Wonderland.



























So so so excited that I finally get to share Melissa’s bridal photos! This may be one of my favorite photo shoots to date! Melissa married one of my best friends, Caleb, and I’m so excited I got to work with them on the photos. She had one of the most amazing dresses I’ve ever seen, and it fit her style so well! We did the shoot at her wedding venue, Dresser Manion, in Tulsa. The building was gorgeous and had great colors and natural light in every room.






I thought I was done with WPPI, but I completely forgot about the roll of film I shot in my Holga in Vegas! During my recent trip to New York (which I will blog about soon), I shot mostly film. When I developed them, I found a rogue roll from a few months earlier. As Holga goes, the images produced are very unpredictable, which is all the fun! Enjoy!






This photo was taken by Caite Barlett:



I received my first vintage camera as a birthday present from my good friends Caleb & Melissa (who’s wedding I get to shoot this weekend)! It also happened to be around the time that our front yard’s Bradford Pear was in bloom. It only lasts for about a week, so what else did I do but take pictures of the camera with it, of course! Here’s a few artsy shots for you to enjoy! They may just end up in an art show down the road….

Finally getting my third and last WPPI post up! On our last day in Vegas we visited an area called El Dorado Canyon in Nelson, NV.

On the way to our intended location, we decided to pull off the road and get some fashion-style shots in the pure desert scene. Although the Vegas landscape doesn’t vary much, it was a refreshing difference from Oklahoma, and we had so much fun shooting in the dry sand, with a backdrop of mountains.

It was still pretty early in the day, so we did what we could with the lighting! It wasn’t ideal, but the “harsh desert sun” look really added to the concept in a way.






Who doesn’t love a good proportion illusion?
 
The next set of pictures are actually in El Dorado Canyon. Their property is littered with cool vintage objects, old cars, a few barns, and even a wrecked airplane. This location has been used in parts of big productions such as 3000 Miles to Graceland, and has also been used as a shooting location for big name musicians and fashion photographers.



We found a gutted bus that we could have easily shot in for hours! The entire inside was painted white, creating an amazing, natural reflector. Behind the scenes shot of Catie Bartlett:


The photo of me on the left was taken by Catie:



These last couple of Catie were taken by the place crash scene.



As I mentioned before, we definitely plan on returning to WPPI 2013- hopefully you can see why!