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PWPPI 2021 Speaker & Class Lineup Announced

June 1, 2021

By Hillary K. Grigonis

After more than a year of industry shutdowns and uncertainty, WPPI‘s photography and videography conference—which had a super successful February 2020 show a month before the pandemic lockdown—is coming back strong this August at The Mirage in Las Vegas. With more than 90 speakers scheduled, the WPPI 2021 five-day event, from August 15-19, is set to offer 67 classes, 50 photo walks and 3 summits, all covering the portrait and wedding photography industry extensively.

The list of speakers, both longtime and totally fresh to WPPI (28 percent are new, to be exact), include the following talent: Lindsay Adler, Andre Brown, Elizabeth Austin Davis, Chip Dizárd, Jerry Ghionis, LaJune King, Sean Lara, Amy Pearsall McDaniel, Jesús Ramirez, Susan Stripling, Caroline Tran, Roberto Valenzuela, Jason Vinson, Audrey Woulard and many more.

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The list of classes cover topics from posing and lighting to contracts and marketing. It encompasses timely topics, including a class on running a destination wedding photography business during a pandemic, building passive income and recession-proofing your business. While some classes focus on basics for beginners, others dive deep into the fields of portrait and wedding work to help advanced photographers fine-tune their craft.

The 67 classes, which are all included in the registration fee, will be joined by add-on options including 50 photo walks and three summits. The photo walks invite attendees to bring their camera and learn hands-on with a WPPI speaker. The three summits—being held Sunday, August 15—focus on weddings, post-production and newborn/maternity photography, and offer a full-day workshop from several instructors in the related genre.

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Also not to be missed is the Live Print, Album and Filmmaking Judging taking place Sunday, August 15 and Monday, August 16 at The Mirage. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch entries get evaluated while hearing feedback from the judges. Discover the criteria judges use to deem a winning image as well as what the think doesn’t work and why. It is a tremendous learning experience for all involved.

With many photography shows cancelled or postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic later last year and into this year, this event will be one of the first major photography shows of the year. “We are excited to bring together the WPPI community again as everyone is looking forward to seeing their friends from the photo industry,” says Arlene Evans, Content Director for Rangefinder and WPPI. “Since WPPI 2020 was the last major photography show in the industry, we’re happy that WPPI 2021 will be the first major photography show this year.”

Photographers can find the full 2021 class schedule on the WPPI site, and registration is open. Early tickets are $249 for a conference pass, which includes the WPPI show floor, entry to awards and live judging, and access to the 67 seminar classes. Photo walks are an additional $79 before August 13, while summits are $99 before that same date.