Feb 12, 2010


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WPPI, the largest wedding and portrait photography convention, is coming up in about 3 short weeks. Going to WPPI last year changed my life. I met the people who are now my best friends, including Jeff and Jory, plus so many others.  The dinner above was a huge turning point.  It was the first time I felt I was surrounded by creative people who just got me.   They were as passionate and driven as I was.  If you are on the fence about coming to WPPI, I have three things that I hope will entice you to join us…

1. I met a young man through twitter last week named Spencer Brodsky.  Spencer is a remarkable high school senior who has started a movement called Tents in Haiti. It’s raining in Haiti today which means further devastation for the some one million homeless Haitians.  They need shelter and, until homes are rebuilt, they need tents…. strong, sturdy tents that can withstand the Haitian downpour.

All proceeds from his efforts go straight to CF International who is providing the tents for displaced Haitians.  I’m so floored by the philanthropic work this young man has done and I instantly reached out to him.  I thought I did a lot in high school, but I can’t say I started charities for Darfur and Haiti and interviewed dozens of celebrities and world leaders by the time I was 18.  Thank you, Spencer, for all you are doing to inspire change!

Inspired by what Spencer is doing with Tents in Haiti, Katharine decided to auction me off. All proceeds will go to Tents in Haiti.

2. I’m not doing the mentor session on Sunday the 7th because we’ll be knee-deep in MTH2010 Las Vegas from 10-4 and…

3. AIRHORNS!!! You may have heard of this little party that’s sweeping the WPPI world like wildfire. Airhorns and Lasers, created by myself and Whitney and Jesse from OLOL, is going to be off the chain.  Yes, off the chain!!!   It sold out in a matter of a week, so we officially decided to change venues to accommodate the some 400 emails we got in the last 24 hours.   It’s nuts!  So, ticket sales are back open as of just now, the venue is still secret, and you are not going to believe what we have planned for this shindig. “Epic” doesn’t even cut it.

Want to WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS to Airhorns and Lasers? Leave a comment here telling me your favorite dance move that you plan to do at the party.  Contest ends next Friday the 26th.  If you win, we’ll expect to see a live demonstration on Sunday March 7th : )

Don’t forget to bid on the Tents in Haiti Mentor Auction which is now LIVE.  Please help me spread the word, friends.

See you at WPPI!



PS Thanks to everyone who joined us today for our live Valentine’s Day party in the Southern Weddings office.  Missed the fun?  You can watch all the action here. Thanks to my mom and dad who apparently tuned in.  Too fun! Happy Valentine’s weekend!


  1. Joy Nudd on February 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I volunteer Garrett Nudd to do the the Roger Rabbit dance move for AIRHORNS! It would be fun so fun to go to this! And if he wins, I volunteer to be his date 😉

  2. Corey Ann on February 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I plan on bustin’ out classic Vanilla Ice movies!

  3. Melissa on February 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Enjoyed watching the Valentines office party. Too cute and looked like a lot of fun! Love the bags Sandi bought. Would she mind sharing where she found them?

  4. Kristine Neeley on February 13, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I will go totally old-school Fresh Prince of Bel Air and do the Carlton (circa 1990). It will be amazing. 🙂

  5. Kristin on February 13, 2010 at 11:50 am

    We are all going to be doing the electric slide!! It’s a guarenteed classicc!!

  6. ronnie on February 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Oh how I plan on doing the Elaine Office Party Dance moves! it’s legit.

  7. Tyler Branch on February 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    In honor of the great MJ it would only be appropriate for me to bust the moonwalk. It’s a timeless move that everyone of us can appreciate.
    I’ll be prepared with my sweatband, ready to bust a groove and get down.

  8. Feuza on February 13, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I am Brazilian so Brazilian Samba it will be, do not worry, won’t be half naked and wearing feathers,

  9. Evonne Wong on February 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my goodness, I was so hoping that I don’t have to show off any dance moves at the WPPI parties since I pretty much have 2 left feet! Then again, if I have enough to drink… well, you just never know what’s going to happen! I like MJ too, so I thought it might be fun to get everyone to do the “Thriller” dance move. I think I’d better learn it now, huh, just in case! 🙂 Thanks, Lara! Can’t wait to meet you in person! Muuuuaaaaahhhhhhh!

  10. kristen ~ k. holly on February 15, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Yeah! Just signed up! So excited to meet you and everyone else. It’s going to be a blast!!

  11. Chris Hunt on February 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Have you seen Hitch? That’s me and those are my moves.

  12. yan palmer on February 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

    oh dear. i don’t think anyone wants to see a pregnant woman do the running man, but so be it!

  13. Katrina wheeler on February 15, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I am so excited for this party!! I am going to bust a groove doing the “CUPID SHUFFLE” loooove that song and dance! “To the Right to the right to the right”

  14. Katrina Wheeler on February 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Going to be rocking out to the CUPID SHUFFLE!! I CAN’T WAIT!

  15. Kristy Rowe on February 16, 2010 at 8:47 am

    My man and I are ready to rock out some serious swing moves, because who doesn’t love a man who can dance? Seriously every wedding I shoot the little elderly couples doing the lindy bring tears to my eyes. Love them!

  16. Shannon on February 19, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Totally gonna volunteer my friend Steven to dance and I guess I will join him if I want the other free ticket to do the Jump On It Dance Routine that Carlton and Will did on Fresh Prince of Bel Air if you need to witness the dance here is a great youtube video https://alturl.com/w2ru

  17. Shannon on February 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I nominate my friend Steven and I guess myself if I want him to give me the other ticket to do the dance that Will and Carlton did to Jump On It on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. You can youtube the dance to see it in full affect.

  18. Lisa Kretschmannn on February 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I will be leanin’ like a Cholo….

  19. Kristi Crosson on February 21, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    the hammer dance. Oh yeah, I am an 80’s kid. I did the Hammer dance when I was 7 at a wedding. That’s how cool I am. Let me redo it for you at the airhorns and lasers party at the age of 27!

  20. Martha Kelly on February 25, 2010 at 11:05 am

    does white girl dancing count?? haha I promise it wont get this bad though https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6lbPwF5G70&feature=player_embedded

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