3 Things You Need to Know to Survive Las Vegas :)

I have never been to Las Vegas… I know, I am crazy. But I have some good reasons, so bare with me. ONE: It’s a desert. I live in a desert so going from one desert to another has never been very attractive to me. If I lived in Anchorage, Alaska I might feel differently, but as things stand it just doesn’t do much for me. :) TWO: I HATE losing money. This makes me a bad gambler. If you are going to be a joyful gambler, you have to not care about the casino happily taking your donations at the slots or the Black Jack tables. :) They are MORE than obliged to take your money, but I am not so willing. So this means gambling has never been very attractive to me either (maybe call it bad luck!). THREE: Nature vs Architecture. Now, I happen to LOVE the Vatican and the Colosseum and have seen both. I would also die to get to see the Taj Mahal in India or the great ruins at Machu Picchu, but huge casino resorts and hotels have never really excited me. I would much rather be hiking the Kalalau Trail in Kauai or watching the sunset off the cliffs of La Jolla in San Diego. So, there you have it; that is why I live 4 hours from Vegas and have never been :)

When WPPI came along this year, though, Emily and I knew we had to go. It’s a huge photography conference with about 16,000 photographers. We made some great friends and loved our time in Las Vegas. We took a few pictures out on the strip, lost about $25 in gambling, and walked probably about 20 miles in the few short days we were there! So a few things we learned in case we ever find ourselves on the strip again: 1) Bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes, no matter how ugly they are! We seriously had no idea how much we would be walking. A comfy pair of shoes on the strip would be equivalent to a cup of ice water after wandering in the Sahara for a week so make sure to pack them. 2) Food is flat-out not cheap on the strip. Be prepared to go to McDonalds OR spend $12 on a tiny sandwich for lunch. Not what we were expecting but, Hey!, that’s Vegas :) 3) Those guys on the sidewalk in the orange shirts who ‘snap’ their little cards at you. Yeah, just ignore them :) If you have been to Vegas, you know what I am talking about. Anyway, we are back in Phoenix so we have lived to tell our tale. Check it out :) -A

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A kind tourist took this shot for us after we took one of her with her husband. I think it came out rather well :)
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The lovely and fetching Mrs. Fleming :) We spent most of our time walking so holding her hand was the highlight of my time in Vegas.
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Our favorite part of Vegas: the fountain show at Bellagio :)
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Alexandra Reilly - Absolutely love Las Vegas! The lights, the entertainment, the atmosphere! So lucky you got to attend WPPI& bonus for going on an adult escape with your wife! It sounds so nice! Love the photos! Did you have someone take your picture on the floor or did you set it down!? Weren’t you scared someone might kick your camera??

Andrew - @Alexandra, we had such an amazing time! :) So glad we went. WPPI was awesome and I would recommend it, as long as you know what classes to attend beforehand. A lot of the platform classes were so-so, my favorite class was Kenny Kim’s master class on Destination Weddings (awesome!). That shot was on a 10-second timer. I put it far enough out of the way where no one would kick it so I wasn’t worried! :) -A

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