I had an unexpected gift two nights ago at #WPPI.  Nigel Barker, a celebrity photographer and judge for America’s Next Top Model was here, in Vegas, to do the SONY sponsored keynote and a Runway Show for over 4,000 photographers.

I’m also so excited to say that it’s official!  Nigel is the latest member to the Sony Artisans of Imagery group!  Before the event started, Sony brought me back stage to meet him in person and spend a few minutes together.

Here is a man who is on TV every week with all kinds of pressure (that I’m sure I can’t even fathom).  There are endless reasons for him to have a huge ego, and instead he was so incredibly down-to-earth, gracious and kind.  And he’s a dad to two beautiful kids!

WPPI feels like coming home in some ways because of all the wonderful industry of wedding and portrait photographers we’ve known for years. But the entertainment industry feels so new and foreign, and the pressures that arise can feel so intense.  So to meet someone who is in the thick of it all the time, and so clearly loves what he does and smiles from within with passion–it’s simply inspiring.

This unexpected introduction was an unexpected gift that meant more than Nigel will ever know.  Thanks so much Nigel for being you.  (And a big thanks to Sony for the introduction.)

xoxo,

m

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For more info and videos, check out Nigel Barker’s blog.