Portland the Great Pacific Northwest & WPPI 2014

What a week! I just returned from Wedding & Portrait Photographer International 2014 and made a quick stop in Portland where I met up with my wife and finished out my week of travel.

While in Vegas I got a chance to Catch up with old friends celebrated our beloved art and all while getting a great workout in on the Las Vegas strip.

This past week was kickerstarted by a Spirit Airlines 65 minute flight to Las Vegas out of Monterey Airport. There I spent the next several days getting schooled on everything from audio engineering to the some of the less technical aspects of being a wedding cinematographer.  I had a chance to listen and interact with people I respect in the industry. Attending WPPI was all a bit surreal, but I took full advantage of it by studiously taking notes from anyone and everyone who had a microphone in front of them. Randy from R&R Photography and I spent the entire time attending classes and meeting with vendors to help bring the best and newest products to our couples.

But I am not going to sit here and lie like we didn't enjoy ourselves on our down time. Randy and I shared in some delightful dinners all around the Vegas strip. Places like KGB Burgers were some of the finer points of my Vegas trips. Other fine dinning included the Hash House a Go where we ate until our hearts content and promptly followed that up and a 2 mile walk around some Vegas casino floors.

Overall this trip was a major success and I got more out of it educationally and recreationally than i ever imagined. I cannot wait for next year.

After hitting the expo floor and shoveling in as many workshops as possible at WPPI I hopped on out to the pacific northwest where I spent the remainder of my week.

Portland was amazing. We stayed at this wonderful bed and breakfast right on SE Division street centrally located next to all the hippy dippy artisan shoppes my wife and I love to frequent.  The thrift shops were amazing.  Not only do they not have sales tax in Portland  but if you're in the market for some vintage furniture they have great deals all around the city. Chest that I would normally see in the Monterey bay area selling for $500 - $700 I saw going for $100-$200. Wow, Alyssa and I were not even looking for pieces  to take home and we almost considered buying a few.

 Bluebird Guesthouse ( Bed and Breakfast)

Bluebird Guesthouse ( Bed and Breakfast)

 My plane touching down in PDX.

My plane touching down in PDX.

Also if you are into great eats Portland is the place to be. We tried over 10 different restaurants in the short amount of time Alyssa and I were there. You will be hard pressed to find a place with bad food.  As we explored Portland's downtown area we asked around and heard from several locals of this amazing Mediterranean restaurant  that we had to try before we left. They said head on over to SE Division street and stop on by Pok Pok. As it turned out Pok Pok was only a 5 minute walk from the Blue Bird Guest House. To say the least this place totally lived up to expectations. We ended up eating there once more before heading back home. 

Other great eats included Little Big Burger pictured below. they had awesome $4 cheeseburgers and truffle oil fries that were to die for. 

Word to the wise if you ever find yourself in Portland don't use an umbrella you will stick out like a sore thumb. Nothing screams tourist more than using an umbrella the majority of the time you are in portland. We learned the hard way! Local Portlandians pretty much just tough it out. 

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