I was supposed to be in trial last week, but somehow the case settled, and I had a bit of extra free time. I hate for it to go to waste, and when I had the opportunity to attend the two-day WPPI On the Road conference in Chicago, I jumped at the chance. If you’re unfamiliar, WPPI is Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, a group which began in the 1970′s as a forum for wedding photographers. In 1995, it expanded to include portrait photographers within its scope. WPPI is perhaps best known for the annual conference in Las Vegas. You always know when photographer friends are at WPPI in Vegas. There are loads of photos and late night tweets about the fun to be had. WPPI is not all social. The organization provides many educational opportunities at the Vegas conference and in other events. WPPI’s “On the Road” brings educational programs to cities across the country. While in Chicago, I was able to attend seminars by Portland Pinup photographer, Mike Long, North Carolina portrait and wedding photographer, Blair Phillips, Chicago destination wedding photographer, Kenny Kim, Arizona wedding and portrait photographer, Jared Platt, Photoshop guru, Rafael “RC” Concepcion, and many others, all in our own backyard. I was able to pick up techniques on use of off-camera flash, engaging portrait subjects, traveling with your photography gear, and photoshop techniques. There was loads of information, which gave me plenty of new ideas on future projects.
If you have the chance, check out WPPI “On the Road” in Atlantic City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas!
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