The Nevada desert

I went to WPPI and the only photos I took were in the desert.

WPPI is an annual convention for wedding and portrait photographers that happens in Las Vegas every March. I always share a hotel room with my awesome friend Blonnie, and we always take a lot of pictures of each other.

The photos start with our afternoon trip out to Valley of Fire State Park. Remembering our trip there the year before, when it was actually hot, we brought along food for a picnic and all kinds of snacks that sounded great for warm weather, like watermelon. The year before, I was hiking in a tank top and was sweating.

This year, it was not so warm. In fact it was pretty chilly. We did sit and eat our picnic but we ate fast because the picnic table was shaded and it was too cold to linger. We didn’t even eat the watermelon.

But we took a lot of pictures of each other and a few of the desert. I LOVE THE DESERT. It’s so gorgeous there.

All of the photos here that have me in them are Blonnie’s. I was shooting with the Fuji x100s (such a great travel camera!), and she was shooting with the Nikon Df.

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Our friends Eve and David were with us on this trip.

© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
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© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
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This one cracks me up because you can totally see David shoving a sandwich in his mouth in her sunglasses.

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Our rock band photo.

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This one cracks me up, too…the photographer stance.

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And then we drove back to Vegas and took a nap, getting up at about 11:30pm to go to dinner. Dinner lasted until about 1:30am. Then we played some $5 blackjack from a video dealer (it was so weird, but it was cheaper than playing at a table with a live dealer, where the minimums were $15).

And then we went up to our room. I had decided I wasn’t going to go out for the sunrise shoot. I took a shower and got into my PJs—a t-shirt and yoga pants. Then I was having a snack and playing Scramble with Friends—like you do—and suddenly it was 4:30am and David was saying, “It’s time to go,” and I said, “I’m not going,” and Blonnie said, “Yes you are; here we’ll bring your pillow and you can sleep in the car.” LOL So I just put on two sweaters over my PJs and followed her out the door.

I AM SO GLAD I DID.

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What happens when you use a really slow shutter speed accidentally. Happy accident. I like it.

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© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
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© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
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© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
As we drove past this post I said calmly, “I see a naked woman.” So David stopped the car.

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© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
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Pretty sure David was at this point just ignoring us.

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© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]

And then, we went back to the hotel and crashed. We considered going to breakfast first, but that didn’t last long. It was 8am; we went to bed. At 1 I woke up starving so I went out to get food but with only a few hours sleep I felt like it I’d gotten up really early, so I was super confused the rest of the day.

We then went out for sunset to Red Rock State Park that evening.

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Taken out the window as we drove.

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© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
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© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
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© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
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We did not see any tortoises.

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© Blonnie Brooks 2014 [http://blonnie.com]
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I love the desert.

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