Naked Selfies in Vegas

Every year, my boss and I fly to Las Vegas during the annual WPPI convention. (Notice I did not say that we GO to the convention.) This year, I packed a TON of film, along with my Canon EF 35mm camera, Mamiya 645J medium format camera, and my beloved little Holga camera. I was SO excited to shoot film in Vegas this year, I cannot even tell you! I had all these visions of multiple awesome shots I was going to get in our hotel room suite, and I was chomping at the bit to get there and start shooting!

Wellllll…I guess you could say that my plans came unraveled pretty quickly. For one, it was a whirlwind trip for us. My boss originally said that we were going to skip this year’s trip to Vegas because we had so many other things going on. But then, at the last minute, she changed her mind and booked our trip. It was just a long-weekend stay in Vegas, so I didn’t have much time to plan any proper shoots. Regardless, my boss said she’d be happy to model for me, and that was good enough for me. Unfortunately, my boss and I also LOVE to gamble, and this year she convinced me to try playing Blackjack. So many, MANY hours were spent sitting at Blackjack tables instead of playing with my film cameras up in our suite.

So, the shoot with my boss never happened. I did ask a photographer friend of mine who was in town if she would be willing to model for me one morning, but she overslept. Womp, womp.

On top of everything, I was crazy exhausted during the entire time we were in Vegas. I didn’t sleep well the night before we left, and I didn’t sleep well the first night we were in town. The following night, we attended a big party for members of Do More Photographers, which meant we got to bed very late. So my original enthusiasm about shooting a lot of film during this trip was quickly replaced by a desire to simply sleep…and play Blackjack.

Before I knew it, it was our last morning in Las Vegas. When I woke up, my boss was already awake and watching TV out in the sitting room. The gorgeous morning sun was streaming through our panoramic windows, and I was suddenly overcome with regret for letting our amazing corner suite go to waste and for not taking ANY film photos during our stay. That’s when I decided that I had to at least take some selfies before we packed to go home.

I honestly did not expect anything to turn out from the small bunch of selfies that I took that morning. After all, I was rushing around the room, trying to set up my Canon EF 35 mm camera and set the self-timer while TOPLESS, hoping to god the boss lady didn’t walk in and ask me what the hell I was doing. However, when I got the scans back from the film lab yesterday, I was actually shocked by how much I love the way these turned out!

Another bathroom selfie, this time with my Canon EF 35mm camera and Kodacolor 200 film.
Waking up in Vegas. Taken with my Canon EF 35mm camera on Kodacolor200 film.
Morning silhouette in Vegas. Taken with my Canon EF 35mm camera on Kodacolor200 film.
Morning silhouette in Vegas. Taken with my Canon EF 35mm camera on Kodacolor200 film.
Topless Vegas reflection. Taken with my Canon EF 35mm camera on Kodacolor200 film.
Topless Vegas reflection. Taken with my Canon EF 35mm camera on Kodacolor200 film.
Suite pose. Taken with my Canon EF 35mm camera on Kodacolor200 film.
Suite pose. Taken with my Canon EF 35mm camera on Kodacolor200 film.
Saying goodbye to Vegas. Taken with my Canon EF 35mm camera on Kodacolor200 film.
Saying goodbye to Vegas. Taken with my Canon EF 35mm camera on Kodacolor200 film.
Bathroom selfie with JJ Abrams-esque light leak. Taken with the Mamiya 645J on Kodak Potra400 film.
Bathroom selfie with JJ Abrams-esque light leak. Taken with the Mamiya 645J on Kodak Portra400 film.
Another bathroom selfie. Taken with my Canon EF 35mm camera and Kodacolor 200 film.
Another bathroom selfie, this time with my Canon EF 35mm camera and Kodacolor 200 film.

Side note: This was my first time shooting with Kodacolor film, and I have to say, it isn’t my favorite. I finished shooting this roll a couple of weeks after we got home from Vegas (see Miss C – The Queen ), and all of the images from it came back a little too yellow for my taste. I mean, it’s fine, I guess, but I’m just sayin’.

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