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Doing WPPI on a college kids budget

Everyone loves and partying in Vegas, but spending a week in Vegas can be expensive. One of my friends last year spent 1800 + for his trip to Vegas last year while I spent about 200+.  In this article I’ll go over what I did to save money.

  1. Don’t pay full price for a WPPI ticket. There are many ways to get a discounted ticket.  The best one I took advantage of is the student/educator discount.  This year it was only $20 for a full registration.  Its super easy to get the student/educator discount, you can be basically enrolled in any type of school studying anything, I am studying Outdoor Recreation.  To qualify for the educator discount it is basically the same.  If you have any questions about this discount ask the WPPI Registration folks. Another way to not pay full price is split the price with a friend.  Each regular full registration comes with one free guest, so get together with your friend and just split the cost in half.
  2. You don’t have to eat out at a four star restaurant every meal.  It may be super fun to go eat out for every meal but it is totally going to add up after the week you are there.  Last year while I was there, I ate off the dollar menu at McDonalds a lot haha, not very healthy but I was for sure able to sale money.  I also found this great mom and pop café in the MGM that charged a lot less then most of the other places.  Go to a grocery store and stock up on breakfast and snack foods.  I always ate breakfast in the hotel room, like poptarts or breakfast bars.  Also buy some of your favorite snack foods to eat through out the day.  I brought a bunch of granola bars and stuff.  There are many events going on the most likely that will have food at to check out.  Watch twitter for these events check out the hashtag #wppi2012.  What ever you do just pay attention to how much your are spending on food.
  3. Don’t stay alone in your own hotel room.  Staying in a room buy your self can be expensive for sure.  No one ever said you had to stay at the MGM, look at other hotels around.  My friend stayed at Hooters for like $30 a night.  You can always get a room at the MGM and then just find a bunch of people to split the cost with. I would also look at time-share options around this work best if you were going to drive though. Finding a nice timeshare to split with a bunch of peeps is great, because then you have a kitchen to cook at and such.  Also if you are super adventurous there is this site called were you can find random people to stay with, could be crazy but it’s free haha.  If you have a friend living in Vegas its always ok to ask them if you can stay with them.
  4. Take advantage of Vendors free giveaways.  Graphi Studio usually does a free sample pack for new customers.  Last year Kiss books gave away like a $300 Credit to like the first 300 peeps that got the code.  So look for these sick deals at the trade show.  Look at Facebook contest that vendors are doing during the show last year Smugmug gave away a bunch of free years.

Now I am going to give a bunch of tips to make your stay in Vegas more comfortable

  1. Wear really good shoes. You are going to be doing loads of walking while you are at the show.  Last year I brought some crappy shoes and my feet were exhausted after each day.  I would recommend bringing some nice walking shoes.
  2.  Bring a nice backpack to tote your stuff around while you are out and about.  I usually carry my laptop, my water bottle, snacks, and other materials I get from classes.  Make sure it is super comfortable.
  3. Check out the strip at least once while you there.  Vegas is a super fun place and not it all happens at MGM.  You can get some real fun pics on the strip at night. Last year a bunch of us went and checked out Freemont Street that was super cool. Go out there and discover Vegas.
  4. Don’t pack around your SLR with you all day long. I got a canon g10 that ill take along with me around the show.  Your camera is super heavy and what are you really going to take pics of?
  5. Follow the hashtag #wppi2012. You can find tweetups, tips and a bunch of other fun things happening during the show.  You can find out what sweet deals vendors are doing at the shows and just get in the know about the show.

Well that basically wraps it up.  If you have any tips of your own or any comments feel free to share.

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Oregon Holiday

June 28, 2011

Last week I went of spontaneous holiday to oregon.  On tuesday my friends Amanda and Blake of Campbell Photography, posted on Tuesday afternoon on FB if anyone wanted to come with them to oregon to shoot a wedding and I was like Heck yes what else am I going to do.  We left so early on Thursday morning like 530 early oh snap.  We got to Portland at about 5ish.  We did some totally awesome thing while were were there, like visit the cheese factory, go to cannon beach not nikon beach, visit a fish hatchery, saw a crazy waterfall, and of course shoot a wedding.

Here are some totally awesome pics from the trip.

Disneyland Trip

March 22, 2011

Here are some of my pics from my Disneyland trip

See all the pics here


Fireworks at Disneyland

March 21, 2011


Black Friday Sale

November 26, 2010

Black Friday Sale 20% off any packages including weddings.
Must book by Sun Nov 28th.

Also 20% off any prints
Put the code blackfriday in the coupon code at checkout to take advantage of this.

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Winner of the Giveaway

August 15, 2010

The winner of the giveaway is Brittney Charley

Here is her winning heart felt story.

To some, a picture is just an image. To me, a picture tells a story. How can a person describe the vibrant colors of a sunset, the soft gentle skin of a newborn, or the tears of a father giving his daughter away as a bride? That is what a picture has the potential of capturing in a simple press of a button. Click. I hope that as I describe my family’s unique circumstances, I might persuade you to choose me as the winner for this giveaway.

My uncle, Steven Riggs, was born with a congenital heart defect. His heart was turned around backwards and flipped upside down. When he was fourteen years old he had open heart surgery. The doctors placed an artificial valve into his heart. After sewing him back up they were dismayed to find that his heart rate had dropped and was dangerously too low. A day or two later, the doctors went under his ribs and put a pacemaker in. In December 2009 he spent Christmas at Primary Children’s Hospital. (His condition being so rare, the equipment and technology needed to replace his pacemaker could only be found there. As people with this condition, don’t live very long.) This is only the beginning of his extensive poor medical history.

No matter what the doctors say, I know his heart is strong. His ability to love and care for others cannot be denied. My uncle is by far, one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Through all of his health problems, he has remained happy, full of hope, and lives life to the fullest. Steve continues to amaze doctors, family, and friends with his positive attitude of life and what is to come.

We are about to celebrate Steve’s 40th birthday, which in itself is a major accomplishment! His wife, Heidi, is throwing him a surprise birthday party on August 28th. It would be a great honor to have a photographer there to capture this wonderful celebration of his life surrounded by family and friends. I know that the lens that captures the vibrant colors of a sunset, the soft gentle skin of a newborn, and the tear of a father giving his daughter away as a bride, has the potential of letting my uncle’s smiles last a lifetime, come what may. Click.

New Project for 2010

January 6, 2010

Each Wednesday Ill be posting a lensbaby pic on my personal blog.  Should be really cool.  Here is one from 2009.


The Blog of Torsten

January 4, 2010

For 2010 I have decided to have two blogs.  This blog will be focused on my professional work.  My other blog will be focused on my personal work including Landscapes, Nature, and Artsyfartsy stuff.

Come by and give it a visit. Http://

Here is an example of some personal work

Wedding Packages

January 2, 2010

I came up with some new wedding packages for 2010.

Package 1
Ceremony/Temple Coverage up to 3hrs
Proofing on my online gallery
Low resolution CD for uploading to Facebook and Web
One 8×10 of your choice

Package 2
Ceremony/Temple Coverage up to 3hrs
Reception Coverage up to 3hrs
Proofing on my online gallery
Low resolution CD for uploading to Facebook and Web
One 8×10 of your choice

Package 3
Ceremony/Temple Coverage up to 3hrs
Reception Coverage up to 3hrs
Bridal or Engagement Session up to 2hrs
Proofing on my online gallery
Low resolution CD for uploading to Facebook and Web
One 16×20 of your choice

Package 4
Ceremony/Temple Coverage up to 3hrs
Reception Coverage up to 3hrs
Engagement Session up to 3hrs
Bridal Session up to 2hrs
Proofing on my online gallery
Low resolution CD for uploading to Facebook and Web
Custom Sign-in book
Custom 20 Spread album
One 16×20 of your choice


New Year Resolutions

January 1, 2010

I think it is really important to look at the last year and see what you accomplished. Then look on to the new year and see what you want to do with it.

Here are some of my goals.
1. Shoot more weddings. Weddings are really great time to photograph. There is so much going on and a lot of variety.

2. I want to incorporate slideshows/dvd movies more into my packages. Fusion of images and music is where it is at these days.

3. Start offering albums. Taking on albums can some times be intimating, but I am going to go for it.

Anyways, I encourage you to look at your year and then make some goals of what you want to accomplish. Remember to make it something realistic. Also when making these resolutions, make smaller goals that you can take to achieve that goal.

Here is one of my favorite images from 2009