Events

WPPI 2017 Adds More Than 30 New Speakers To Its Extensive Programming Lineup


First Time Presenters Including, Tomayia Colvin, Selena Rollason, David Bastianoni, Vicky Papas Vergara, Salvatore Dimino, and Dan O’Day Bring Real World Education from Around the Globe

The Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Conference and Expo (February 5-9, 2017) offers the most progressive form of photographic education outside a formal classroom in the world. The annual conference, scheduled for February 5-9, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, continues to provide new educational classes, programs, and seminars to help today’s wedding and portrait photographers succeed in an ever-changing business climate. This year, more than 30 world renowned photographers and educators will make their debut at WPPI and share their knowledge as the world’s leading experts in their fields through a variety of new conference courses including Platform and Master Classes, as well as an extensive series of PLUS (25) and Photo Walk Classes (50). Attendees will enjoy an energized program featuring more new speakers than ever before including Dan O’Day, Salvatore Dimino, Tomayia Colvin, Selena Rollason, David Bastianoni, and Vicky Papas Vergara, to name a few.

The lineup of classes and seminars will cover new topics and offer a fresh approach essential to building a strong foundation for a career as a wedding and portrait photographer. In all, more than 100 classes, seminars, and photo walks will cover virtually every creative, technical, and business topic necessary to start, maintain, and grow a successful business. New techniques in lighting, posing, portraits, business, and selling are only a few of the areas attendees can expect to find among the expansive class selections at this year’s conference.

“The Photography business is an ever-changing market and we work hard to bring photographers and educators who are at the forefront of our industry to share their knowledge and insight about our industry today,” explains Jason Groupp, WPPI Director of Education and Membership. “WPPI is a unique, ‘cyclical community’ where attendees who come to learn for the first time, ultimately return each year to share their newfound knowledge with others. We are fortunate to have a community so dedicated to sharing and we are proud to foster these efforts through our educational programming.”

The following classes represent a small sampling of new and innovative classes offered during this year’s WPPI Conference by first-time instructors.  For a complete listing of all seminars, classes and intense workshops, visit WPPIonline.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2017

The Art of Birth Photography

Selena Rollason

PLUS CLASS: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Pixel Pushing: Using the Sales Funnel to Psychologically Motivate Higher Sales

Amanda Holloway

PLUS CLASS: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017

Wedding Photographer Base Camp

Melissa Escaro/Paul Pruitt

PLUS CLASS: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017

Pricing For Profit

Tiffany Angeles

MASTER CLASS: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Award Winning Album Design by David Bastianoni

David Bastianoni

MASTER CLASS: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Creating Stunning Senior Images Your Clients Will Love

Tomayia Colvin

PHOTO WALK: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Mastering Off-Camera Flash on the Go: Make Your Speedlights Provide Perfect Light Anywhere

Joe Brady

PHOTO WALK: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Extreme Volume: How to Achieve 100K+ in Volume Photography

Melanie Anderson 

MASTER CLASS: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Photographing for the Book Design:  Shoot Like a Writer on the Wedding Day

Alison Carlino

MASTER CLASS: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Big Change, Small Cost – Common Sense and the Subtleties of Separation

Dan O’Day

PLUS CLASS: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Getting Started with Wedding Cinematography

Ning Wong

PLUS CLASS: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Up Your Getting Ready Game, In the Most Rad Way!

Amii and Andy Kauth (Sponsored by Tether Tools)

PHOTO WALK: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017

The Secret Lives of Photographers – Results of an Anonymous Survey of Photographers from Around the World

Joe Milton

MASTER CLASS: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The Ins and Outs of Documentary Wedding Photography

Tyler Wirken

PLUS CLASS: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Shoot, Sell and Present Like a 10K Photographer

Mauro Cantelmi

PLUS CLASS: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Speedlights and Speedlites: Studio Lighting on the Move

Lou Jones

PHOTO WALK: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

How Can We Find Our Own Style?

Salvatore Dimino

MASTER CLASS: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Couture Creations: Art and Photography Re-defined

Vicky Papas Vergara

MASTER CLASS: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Lighting patterns the good, the bad and the ugly!

Craig LaMere

MASTER CLASS: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Roaming Photographer – How to Fund Your Lust for Travel

Kristi Odom

MASTER CLASS: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Recipes for adding drama to any portrait

Mardee Maree

PHOTO WALK: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Posing & Creating Confidence with Tweens to Boost Your Slow Season

Lisa Edwards

PHOTO WALK: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017

Working as a Photographer Within the Military Community

Tara Ruby (Sponsored by Tamron)

MASTER CLASS: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Shooting Award-Winning South Asian Weddings: Culture, Technique, and Art

Erum Rizvi/Siva Haran (Sponsored by PhotoKrafft)

MASTER CLASS: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Creative Techniques Using Inexpensive Tools to Elevate Your Photography

Christopher Lin/Pye Jirsa

MASTER CLASS: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

90 Minute Crash Course in Artistic Bar/Bat Mitzvah Photography Fine Tune your Preparation, Confidence and Anticipation

Jay Goldman

MASTER CLASS: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Photographing Men

Jeff Rojas (Sponsored by Tamron)

MASTER CLASS: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

LITTLE BIG TOWN: Big business in a small market

Corinne Alavekios (Sponsored by Epson)

PLUS CLASS: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM