Its been such a busy month in March with posting all my fun Children’s Contest entries, that I didn’t post anything of my time in Vegas and Dallas.
While in Vegas, I went to the Titanic Museum in the Luxor Hotel. Absolutely incredible, and 5 stars.
You get to see what the rooms looked like, many relics of the actual wreck, tons of photographs and descriptions, plus you can have your photograph taken on a replica of the grand staircase. (In the movie, the staircase is twice the actual size.) No photographs allowed inside, but the weirdest feeling I got was walking down the corridor replica including the lights of that era. Eerie.
They also have a list of all the people who lived and died by class. I think I was under the impression that all the rich people made it and all the poor didn’t. Actually, it was the women who made it and the men didn’t. The proportion was about equal from first class to third class. The group that took the big hit was the crew.
Two other top items: Trying to hold on to floating icebergs (waaaay too cold), and “The Big Piece” a 28′ foot long section pulled up from the ocean floor of the side of the actual Titanic.
I was paid to speak to 200 attendees about High School senior portraits at the Wedding and Portrait Professionals International where there were people from all over the world, I also made $40 playing blackjack and got to see the University of Oregon men’s basketball team play Washington in the Pac-12 tournament. Cool to sit so close and high five the team on their way to the showers.
I was happy that victory helped propel them to win the Tourney and make it all the way to the sweet sixteen in the NCAA’s.
In Texas, which has 1200 members, I spoke about Children and Family portraits to professional photographers there, in Arlington. Since I was there, I entered their print competition to see how an Oregon boy would fare. One of my two prints won top 10 in their statewide competition.
Back home until later when I speak at Professional Photographers of New Jersey and later, Professional Photographers of Oklahoma.