This year was my seventh year photographing the IDEA World Convention. This is the first time the convention was held in Las Vegas in 10 years. It is always a great convention to photograph because of all the energy and activity that the 10,000 participants bring to the event. The best fitness professionals in the world are at this convention, such as Tony Horton, Todd Durkin, Bennie Wylie, and Cassie Ho.
Another great year at the 2016 IDEA World Personal Trainer Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This was my sixth IDEA World conference to photograph. Next year will be their 35th anniversary and they will be holding the conference in Las Vegas. That should be exciting to photograph.
This years conference included presentations / workouts from Todd Durkin, Jack Canfield, Cassey Ho, and Jillian Michaels.
Photographing this event is more like covering a sporting event like track and field, football, or basketball. You always have to anticipate where the action is going to occur and take the photograph a split second before it happens.
You can view all the photos I took at the conference by going here: http://photos.lenspoden.com/ideaworldla2016public .
Over 5,000 fitness & wellness professionals gathered at the 27th annual IDEA World Fitness Convention in Los Angeles. The sessions leaders are some of the best in the industry teaching 300 sessions over the three day convention.
In addition to the session leaders, the attendees were treated by appearances by Louis Van Amstel, best known for his seven turns on the hit ABC show “Dancing with the Stars.” He introduced his new LaBlast dance fitness program, an innovative partner-free dance fitness program.
Apolo Anton Ohno also gave a presentation at the general session and he signed his new book "Zero Regrets" for attendees. Apolo Ohno is an American short track speed skating competitor and an eight-time medalist in the Winter Olympics. He is the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time. He also won the Dancing with the Stars competition.
Jack LaLanne's wife, Elaine LaLanne, Lalanne's wife of 51 years, accepted an award for Jack Lalanne's lifetime achievements in the world of fitness.
I was first introduced to IDEA last Spring when I photographed their convention in Alexandria, VA. The LA convention was at least five times the size of he VA convention. They asked me if I would consider flying out to Los Angeles and be the photographer for their main event of the year, the IDEA WORLD Fitness Convention which was held at the LA Convention Center and JW Marriott. I had a great time photographing the Alexandria, VA event, so I was very eager to photograph the "main event." This more than surpassed was I was hoping for. The energy was unbelievable. It made for a great three days of photography.
You can view and buy prints from the event by clicking here.
Posted by Washington DC Event Photographer / VA Event Photographer Len Spoden