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As most of you know, I spent the last 4 days across  the country in LAS VEGAS for the WPPI conference! WPPI stands for Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. There were over 10,000 photographers from around the world that came together to learn new techniques, new business strategies and to meet other photographers. I’ll admit that at first glance, it was a bit overwhelming. I traveled along side my good friend Jessie Smith. After the first day of sessions we both flopped down on the hotel bed, completely and totally bombarded with all the new info we had received!

It was so awesome to meet some of my favorite photographers! There was one point where Becker, Jessica Claire and Jasmine Star were all hanging out together and it blew my mind! There they were, the “Big 3”! haha I have learned so much from each one of them and it was awesome to meet them and learn from them in person! I came back with so much and I’m excited to share all the gradual changes and improvements that will be taking place here at Inspired Designs! Here are a few more pics from the week! Check out Jessie’s blog to see some more of my images!

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Because Jessie and I are both members of the “Bschool”, we had some quick headshots done by Becker! I’m so excited to see them!blogvegas5

This was our “fancy” resturaunt night!

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My feet hated me for wearing heels and walking around for hours upon hours! It was good exercise though! blogvegas8

After learning about shooting and techniques for 3 days I had to take some! Jessie hated it but I made her model and I loved this one!blogvegas9

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Behind the Image: Family Session

Average vs. Epic Family Portrait Subtle changes you can make!

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I don’t know if I have ever photographed a more gracious bride in the most horrendous heat! Seriously, Kelsey is a literal angel on earth. She brought her entire family to Virginia from South Dakota for this portrait session and was so incredibly kind even in the midst of 100 degree heat and humidity!

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Tom + Kelsey A Mountainside Vow Renewal

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Portrait Lens Competition Which one is best?!

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Wedding Day 101: Groom Prep How to win over the Groomsmen!

If you think about a wedding day and the part that makes you cringe is having to interact and direct the groomsmen, I get it.

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This was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever seen, but the timeline didn’t quite pan out like we had planned.. The rings got lost, hair & makeup went long, storms were rolling in and there were some stressful moments!

Dark & Stormy Wedding Portraits
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Dark & Stormy Wedding Portraits 3 Tips for Amazing Images!

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Kevin + Emily | Engaged A Constitution Gardens Engagement Session

You’re not going to believe this but this session was probably our easiest DC engagement session to date! We had glow, no crowed, a beautiful setting and the most wonderful couple!

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