Wow, what can I say… I’ve been waiting 8 years to attend the Weddings and Portrait Photographers International convention in Las Vegas…. and I finally had the chance to experience it! It was amazing! I had the privilege to travel with a close friend, Angela Baron, who has her own business and also wanted to go to WPPI.
I saw numerous speakers and teachers over my six days, and returned so motivated and excited to put what I learned into my business. I want to highlight a couple of speakers that truly stood out to me, and if you attend WPPI next year you need to check them out. Please excuse my crappy iphone pics… 😉
If you are needing inspiration on the business side of photography… check out Katelyn James…. I thought I liked her work and her amazing talent, but hearing her passion and seeing her in person was inspiring. She is truly genuine and I really believe she cared about helping my business and teaching us how to improve as photographers.
Ryan Schembri and Rocco Ancora…. need I say more… they did things with light I didn’t know was possible. So technical, yet doable… the images that were coming straight out of camera was crazy. No photoshop necessary!! They also had their fabulous wives there and seeing how they worked as a team was so cool.
Photographing newborns is something you can never stop learning about. From newborn safety to baby soothing, Kelly Brown had a lot to share, she is such a fabulous newborn photographer. She’s also an amazingly sweet person and was so open about who she was and where she started. She was so kind to go over so much, and to teach in such a down to earth manner.
And last, but not least…. Zach and Jody Gray… These two were rockin… they showed us off camera flash and yes…. we actually got to shoot!!! I find with workshops sometimes it’s hard to try out what is being taught. Both of them were so willing to help and answer any questions. You have to take their class if you get a chance. 🙂
So why go??? To be inspired, to learn and of course to have fun! I waited 8 years and it was well worth it. 😀 What would I do different???
3 things I would do different when going back to WPPI…
- Stay at the MGM!!!! If you don’t know the MGM… its a CRAZY, huge hotel!! We stayed right across the street and it took us at least half hour to get to classes.
- Pre plan meet ups… Ang and I wished we could have met more people and mingled more.
- Really look into your speakers and teachers, study them and make sure they are a good fit for you and what you want to learn. 😀