In March, I was in Las Vegas, NV for the annual WPPI photography conference. While I was out there, I wanted to try to shoot something outside of my normal comfort zone, a styled engagement shoot. I had been chatting online with photographer Orlando Oliveira, and he mentioned this great location about 60 minutes outside of Vegas – an abandoned town off of Highway 95S called the Nelson Ghost Town. I was in!
We set up the shoot for the last day we would be in Vegas – March 5. I brought the lighting equipment that I use for portrait setups, and Orlando arranged with two models – Ashly and Justin – to meet us in Vegas. It’s funny because Orlando & his assistant Dino Cruz were coming in from New Jersey, and I was coming from Brooklyn, but we didn’t actually meet until we arrived in Nevada.
On the day of the shoot, we rented a car and headed out together. The location was amazing, very scenic, and full of nooks and crannies that I don’t normally find in NYC. Ashly and Justin were a pleasure to work with, and we had a great time. I was able to really extend myself and try some new techniques and was so happy with how the images came out.
The best part about this whole experience was the community that I found at WPPI. These new friendships I made with Orlando and Deno was mirrored in the many photographers I was able to connect with while I was out there. That, along with this very cool photo session, really made my Vegas trip a success! Thank you to everyone who was involved in the shoot, I can’t wait to set up something for next year!