Adi and I are finally back. We have been out of town for the last two weeks! It feels so good to be home! First, we drove down to San Diego where 3 amazing photographers hosted us at their homes. Paul Gero and his wife, Nicki, invited us to lunch at their adorable pad in Ladera Ranch. Nicki (like me) is South African and we had so much in common. Real people. Their daughter Kate was too cute for words. I can’t wait to hang out with them again.
Then, we headed further south to John Riedy’s exquisite new home in Carlsbad. I also snapped some pics of his family. His wife, Becky, and I (like Nicki) hit it off swimmingly. I think we’re all gonna be besties. John and Becky hosted a cocktail party for Adi and I to meet and greet some of SDs finest wedding photographers.
Then, we headed off to Mindy Sonshine’s home for another Next Exit GTG where dozens more local photographers arrived to spread the love! Mindy and her adorable hubbie, Mike, served the world’s largest pizza and we enjoyed drinking wine by the fire pit. All in all, it was a perfect day and we feel so honored to have been spoiled by three wedding photographers who we greatly admire and respect.
This past Monday, we headed off to Las Vegas for our annual convention for 5 days. We participated in two of them”Â¦WPPI, the world’s largest group of wedding and portrait photographers at the Paris Hotel (10,000 in attendance!) and DWF, an intimate group of 600 photographers across the road at the Westin. We had the honor of being invited to several exclusive GTGs, dinners and parties and socialized with the world’s best wedding photographers. We arrived back home yesterday morning, oozing new information and inspiration. (and lots of new gear purchased at the tradeshow!)
Oh, and I should mention that in between all of the parties and learning, we shot three weddings, 2 engagement sessions, and a couple’s session in Vegas! Stay tuned for gazillions of pics.
To start it off, here are a few images of the Geros and the Riedys.