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WPPI 2014 – Wedding and Portrait Photographers International

WPPI 2014 – Wedding and Portrait Photographers International
March 10, 2014 Haley Shandro

WOW.

Just wow.

We just spent the most amazing week in Las Vegas, and we already can’t wait to go back next year.  WPPI is the largest photography convention in the world, with around 15000 photographers descending on Vegas for some intensive learning, partying, networking, and general geeking out at the trade show.  And WE GOT TO TEACH!!

We were two of about 175 speakers at this year’s convention and it was a HUGE honour to be asked to speak.

Our topic was Business Therapy: Fundamentals of a Health Wedding Photography Business.  We wanted to especially thank everyone who signed up for our Master Class and came to hear us talk, it was wonderful to see so many eager faces staring back at us!  Now that we’ve been doing this for 8 years, we are really developing an itch to help new photographers and share some of the things we have learned along the way.

A few highlights from the trip:

1) The people: we had such a great time connecting with old and new friends in Vegas including one of my favourite people, Matt Ebenezer, from Australia.  He’s an amazing photographer and teacher.  With so many talented people in one place we had some amazing chats with some amazing people! We did make it to a couple of classes, but most of our best learning and interaction took place in between, just by sitting down and striking up conversations with complete strangers.

2) Our sponsor Finao Albums had one of MY albums as a display sample (Adrienne & Kevin’s wedding)! Even better, the second shooter who shot that wedding with me, Sam, was with us in Vegas so we got to take a photo together with it!  It was really cool to see our work in print with thousands of photographers flipping through it.  HUGE THANKS to Finao for not only sponsoring our talk but also giving us some great prizes to give away.

3) The food.  I’m salivating just thinking about all the amazing restaurants we got to sample (Michael Mina, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, Emeril etc).

4) And of course, the parties. But you know…what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas….

A quick thank you to our other sponsor Lavalu, and a few fab companies who gave us some giveaways for our talk: Albumdraft, Tave, Sticky Albums, and AlbumFlow.

 

We’re the weird photographers who didn’t bring a camera to the photography convention but here are some iPhone snaps from our trip.  We can’t wait to go back next year!

WPPI 2014 speaker

 

Comments (2)

  1. Matt Ebenezer 4 years ago

    Naawwwwww! Thanks for the shout out guys! I’m so stoked we got to spend some quality time together! Can’t wait for CPC in a month or so!

  2. Alyssa Morgan 4 years ago

    I had a BLAST in your class. I am home and finally back into my routine, and I can’t wait to get your ideas into action. Thank you so much for being so open and honest with us about your lives and your business. I am so glad I got to meet you both. xoxo Alyssa

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