About the WPPI Conference + Expo


The WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and filmmakers specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding and portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, nearly 13,000 professional and aspiring photographers and filmmakers attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to grow their business, experience new products and solutions from major manufacturers to improve their productivity, and enjoy the many attractions in Las Vegas. WPPI is a week-long event combining educational seminars with a major industry trade show and networking events, all designed around learning the latest techniques, building new relationships and growing a business in a friendly, fun environment – all at one time, in one place.

  •  Learn superior technical skills and new shooting styles
  •  Build new relationships to grow your business
  •  Experience new products and solutions from major manufacturers
  •  Discover competitive and affordable ways to grow your business
  •  Meet some of the world’s finest photographic instructors
  •  Make an investment in yourself and your future

The 2017 WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference takes place February 4-9, 2017, with the Expo running February 7-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Watch the WPPI Film

For the last 3 years Joe Switzer + crew have given a fabulous 4 day intensive filmmaking class. This year was no different, and they put together another exciting highlights film from WPPI 2016.

Our members will have the advantage of registering for WPPI before the general public, including first choice of the most popular classes, many of which sell out in a few days. Even more -- Platform, PLUS and Master Classes, as well as our Photo Walks -- will be available to members at significant discounts.


Non-members may purchase a Full Platform Pass during online registration. Your Full Platform Pass will provide access to over 80 Platform classes.

 

Registration Rates on our Attendee page click here.

 

Conference Information

Most people who come to the WPPI Conference + Expo come for the education, networking, new products and services and, of course, for the fun! Many attendees register for a Full Platform Pass, which includes five days of education, access to over 80 Platform classes, a three-day pass to the expo, plus admission to The University for School and Sports Photography,  the keynote, special events and more. Many attendees enhance their educational experience by adding Photo Walks, Plus or Master Classes. These classes may be purchased separately and are described below.

PLATFORM CLASS (PC)
A Platform Class is a 1 1/2 -hour, theatre-style session that prepares you for everything from becoming a better photographer to running a more successful and profitable business, and beyond. Seven learning tracks include Lighting, Wedding, Portrait, Inspirational, Business, Workflow and Filmmaking. Your Full Platform Pass gives you access to over 80 Platform classes.

Pre-board - A Full Platform Pass entitles you to take as many Platform Classes as you like however, these classes are very popular and seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-board lets you select five (5) Platform classes during online registration and provides you with priority access to the classroom up to 15 minutes before the class begins. During registration, you may pre-board by selecting up to five Platform classes that you don’t want to miss. All other Platform Classes you attend will be on first-come, first-served basis.  (Pre-board is not available on-site.)

PLUS CLASS (PLUS)
A PLUS Class is a one-day, intimate and intensive learning experience. Limited to 25 participants per class, you’ll experience classroom learning through a 2-3 hour presentation by one of our world-class photography instructors followed by hands-on training through an afternoon of shooting on location. Plus Class tracks will include off camera lighting, posing techniques, workflow and more. TIP: Register early, Plus Classes will sell out quickly. May be purchased as an add-on item.

MASTER CLASS (MC)
A Master Class is a focused two-hour, hands-on session limited to 50 participants that provides a detailed learning experience. Master Class tracks cover a wide variety of vital photography and filmmaking topics including Lighting, Wedding, Portrait, Inspirational, Business, Workflow and Filmmaking.  TIP: Register early, Master Classes sell out quickly. May be purchased as an add-on item.

PHOTO WALKS (PW)
Photo Walks are exclusive 1 1/2 -hour, hands-on shootouts limited to 25 people each that focus on teaching the participants to sharpen their observation and composition skills while shooting alongside an industry leader. Each Photo Walk will demonstrate the leader’s unique skill set, including everything from off camera lighting, posing, gear and lens selection and much, much more. May be purchased as an add-on item.

Find out more about each individual Photo Walk by joining our Facebook group where each leader will discuss their class and answer questions. Join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/868345773177706/

INTENSIVE FILMMAKING CLASS
Learn by doing in our fourth-annual, hands-on Filmmaking class. Be part of the crew that writes, shoots and edits the official WPPI film. Over the course of several days, you’ll work on a team to capture, direct and produce the essence of WPPI. Don’t wait to register, spots will fill up fast.

Includes:

  • 4-Day Intensive Filmmaking Class
  • Access to all Platform Classes
  • 3-Day Admission to the Expo
  • Access to all Special Events; Opening Night Party, Keynote, etc.
  • Entry to live judging at Print, Album and Filmmaking Competitions
The University for School and Sports Photography (UNIV)
The University is a one-day educational program geared for those who are interested in volume school and sports photography. Attendees will learn best business practices, how to grow your business, as well as important school laws and regulations on student data privacy. Other topics such as creating team composites, senior banners and the best products to offer will round out a full day of education, and networking.  Keeping in tradition with WPPI, it will be fun, and offer many opportunities for great giveaways from vendors exhibiting at the mini tradeshow which runs all day. Admission is included with a full platform Pass.

Expo Information

Three-day Expo

WPPI 2016 hosted more than 278 exhibitors over 80,000 square feet of exhibit space. WPPI 2017 will be no different. Experience new photographic products and solutions first-hand from the biggest and best manufacturers, solution providers and retailers serving the needs of emerging and professional photographers. Touch, test and compare the latest products and find some amazing offers, too.  

Registration Types:

Full Platform Pass includes:

  • Access to over 80 Platform classes
  • Three-day admission pass to the expo.
  • Access to the keynote and special events
  • Entry to live judging at the Print, Album & Filmmaking Competitions
  • Entry to Launch Pad
  • Admission to the University for School and Sports Photography

Expo Only Pass Includes:

  • Three-day admission pass to the expo
  • No other admissions are included

Information subject to change without notice.


Attendees



The 2017 WPPI Conference + Expo will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Conference: February 4-9, 2017 | Expo: February 7-9, 2017.


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February 4-9, 2017

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