February 15, 2012

Featured: Shutterbug Magazine

This week is bananas.


In exactly three days, Justin & I will be hopping on a plane Las Vegas bound for the annual WPPI Convention where (for those of you who aren’t photographers and don’t know) somewhere around 15,000 photographers will descend upon the MGM Grand for a week of learning & let’s face it….a moderate amount of debauchery. Justin & I will be speaking on the next to last day of the conference, and so right about now we are scrambling to get everything in place and ready to go. And it occurred to me as we’ve been spinning ourselves in circles trying to get everything done, that there are a few things that, no matter how early we start preparing (it was November for us this year!), I always end up feeling right about now…

* Every single year, for at least two months leading up to WPPI I get a pit in my stomach and get really, really nervous to go. So as you might imagine, right about now I’m in pull the covers over my head and hide there until next year mode.
* I never, ever know what to wear. And it’s right about now I decide that I hate EVERYTHING in my closet. So each year I try to buy my way into some confidence by getting at least a few things that are new. Which means for the next three days, my shopping schedule will be about as intense as my talk practicing schedule. But y’know, way more pricey.
* I’m afraid I won’t know where the party’s at. Honestly, I’m never the one to know all the insider info on where & when the parties are and I always end up finding out about them at the very last minute. So each year, I have these visions of myself beat boxing alone in our hotel room. Maybe this year I’ll just bring a disco ball with me and call it a night.
* My swagger’s on the fritz. Whatever it is about the combination of photographers & Vegas, you see the swagger come out. Honestly, sometimes I half expect people to be walking in slow motion with a fan blowing their hair around. They are just that good at the swagger. And I….am swagger challenged. So when you see me, please don’t judge me if I’m just walking at a normal speed. Sans fan.
* I have actual legit nightmares about our room being empty. Or that I completely forgot to write the talk. Or that they change the schedule and make us go at 7am on the very first day. And I’m still in my pajamas. In the dream, I always at least get up there & try to make a go of it. To an empty room, with no talk, while in my pajamas. And I’ll just let you guess how well that goes. But I guess, if nothing else…at least I get brownie points for tenacity.

All of this to say, if you see us in Vegas and I’m standing all by myself please come up and say hi. And I promise to do the same. That way, we’ll all be where the party’s at. Justin & I have carved out a few different blocks of time throughout the conference to host some random, spontaneous meet ups so we can get to hang out with you guys more one on one. We’re going to be shouting them out on Twitter like “hey, meet up in 1 hour outside the food court Starbucks….be there or be square!” :) so make sure you’re following us if you want in. We’d love to see you there! (**HUGE thanks to our friend Spring Smith for the awesome idea and keeping us focused on what matters!!)

In other awesome news that makes me want to hold a little dance party by myself, Justin & I were just featured in the Wedding & Portrait Issue of Shutterbug Magazine in an article all about marketing your wedding photography business. When we got our copy, I’m not gonna lie…there was definitely a little beat boxing going on!

  1. Kristi Chappell

    Awesome……maybe one day I’ll be posting about being published.
    What steps do you two take to put your work out there? If you have blogged about it before I would love to read it. Congratulations!

  2. Spring

    Love the last min meet up ideas via twitter ;) You will rock your talk and i’m sure someone would cary a fan for you if you asked!!! Wish I could be there :) XOXOXOXO

  3. Kate Douthwright

    Everyone else does always seem to be in the know or be way cooler than me but I realize we’re all in the same boat. Also, please invite me to your 1 girl disco party so I have real plans that include my twinkle toe moves!

  4. MM

    @Spring: thank you SO much for the idea!! I’m so grateful for you! xoxo

  5. ashley barnett

    You are so cute. I wrote a post on feeling the same way…I see these people walking around with their 70-200s (which I mean really, isn’t that overkill?!) and they just look like they OWN the joint. But I’m willing to guess they feel just as nervous and insecure as the rest of us :) Can’t wait to see you guys!

  6. Janelle Chung

    Have FUN in Vegas! It must be so exciting to attend and be apart of this annual conference! I hope to attend one day! Love your work!

  7. Jil

    you guys rock! have an awesome time at the conference!!

  8. Emilia Jane

    Congratulations on the beautiful feature!!! I can’t wait to see you in Vegas :-D

  9. Katie Jane

    I feel you on the shopping thing! I dropped an unholy amount of money at J.Crew yesterday, because I suddenly decided I hate everything I own and cannot be seen at WPPI in clothes I hate. Or something like that. I’m super nervous, and I’m just going to learn, so I can’t imagine how nervewracking it must be to speak there. But you guys are amazing and will totally knock it out of the park as usual! And I, for one, cannot wait for the Sunrise Shootout!

  10. Katie

    Can’t wait to you guys there! Don’t worry, you don’t need any swagger – you are pretty awesome on your own:)

  11. Angela

    I was there last year in the crowded room where you spoke, and you moved me to tears with your talk and I was one of the many who just had to come up and give you a hug. From the bottom of my heart, I am very thankful that you found the courage to get up there…….you guys rock and if I was going to WPPI this year I would be in on those twitter meet ups for sure! Have an awesome trip!! Blessings on you both!!

  12. Raven

    I can’t wait to see you guys! And I am sure you won’t end up alone in a corner! :P See you in a few days!

    PS. Totally feel ya on the shopping thing… my poor husband has felt the brunt of my "must buy new clothes for vegas!" sprees!

  13. Brittani

    I really wish I was going this year because I’d LOVE to hear you guys speak! Hopefully next year :) Best of luck…you will both rock! And I really appreciate the honesty about the nerves! We really do *all* get them!

  14. Jessie Emeric

    I can’t wait to see you at WPPI and say Hi! PS. I’ll probably just give you a big hug too :)

  15. Emily

    Last year I couldn’t even get close enough to you guys to say hi & you’re worried about standing alone in a corner. I don’t think you have to worry! But it’s great to know we all get nervous. xo Em

  16. MartaV

    Congrats on the spread in Shutterbug! It looks great. Coming from some theater background I can tell you you will always have nerves and they are a good thing. Keep you on your game. The day you don’t have them then really worry. :) You will do amazing and look so stylish too I am sure. Good luck! Hopefully I will get a chance to say hi!

  17. Kari Jeanne

    I like you even more after this post – I am totally swagger challenged too!! I wish I was going to WPPI so I could meet you!

  18. Regina Marie

    I’m going to be out there too… And an just as nervous (and with less reason)…. I don’t even have an iphone anymore to be able to get party info. I’m hoping "winging it" will somehow work for me. But I will definitely be coming up to say hi (as long as I can muster the courage).

  19. Heidi

    Great post! You’ll be fabulous!

  20. Gabby / En Route Photography

    Oh I wish I could come to see u on WPPI.. maybe next year! ;)

  21. Alison

    I learned the hard way last year (thank you Continental Airlines) that clothes don’t matter- It is the most nerve-wracking, overwhelming, humbling but amazing opportunity! I met the most amazing people and learned more than I dreamed possible. I had to choose this year between opening my studio and going to Vegas and the studio won, but next year, you can be sure I will be there! You guys will do great!

  22. Stephanie Stewart

    Sooo wish I could attend WPPI this year, that would make for a fun birthday! I know you will ace your talk, even if you had to do it on the first day, at 7am, in pajamas, because you are that good! Can’t wait to hear all about it! And congrats on the feature!!!

  23. Nancy Mitchell

    You will do GREAT in VEGAS! I wish I could go so I could give you a great BIG hug! I will be praying and thinking about you as you speak in the upcoming week! xoxo~nance

  24. Jessica Frey

    What an accomplishment – congrats on the Shutter Bug feature and all the amazing things you guys have been blessed with this year. You have nothing to fear, we’re all so excited to support you guys and learn from you at WPPI! I promise this year I’ll have the courage to say hello along with possibly an awkward ;)

  25. Lauren

    I’m totally going to beat box as soon as I see you. And I may not stop. :)

  26. Kathryn Denelle Stevens

    "Sans fan" …ha! You will rock it out…and your swagger is more swaggerific than you know! p.s. My only regret about WPPI last year, was NOT coming to see you two speak. What was I thinking?!?

  27. Amanda Miller

    Can’t wait to see you in Vegas ! And we can be swaggerless together! :)

  28. janine kaye

    you will be amazing…but in the meantime, Enjoy the discomfort..it means you are growing!! So wish I could be there! xxxx

  29. Susan Evans

    You can swagger with the best of ’em Mary! Good luck and have fun!

  30. Tira J

    The room won’t be empty, I’ll be there cheering you on! See you in a few days!

  31. Brooke

    Oh my GOSH you won’t be standing alone, you’re a photog celebrity! ;) I can’t wait to actually meet you, although I’m nervous to meet you!

  32. maggieb

    Safe travels! Exciting adventures!
    Have fun sharing!

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