OMG, I just got back from Las Vegas where I won a silver award in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 16x20 Print Competition for Ari and the Rabbi. How cool is that? The best photographers from all over the world enter their prints, and the winners that hang in the hallways during the show are so beautiful they take your breath away. Hanging with such world-class photographers as Jerry Ghionis, Susan Stripling, Cliff Mautner, and others (all whose classes I have taken) has left me on cloud nine. As an aside, it was in Vegas that I heard Cliff Mautner referred to as the Bruce Springsteen of wedding photography. Given that Mautner and Springsteen (who I've seen 50+ times) are both my idols, it just doesn't get any more poetic.