I am just going to put this out there – WPPI was amazing. It was also very overwhelming – especially for this first timer but definitely not an experience to be missed.
This year I decided to do full registration but not register for the extra master or plus classes. Now that I have an idea of what the convention is like I will definitely be spending the extra money on the PLUS and Master classes.
The Pre-Board system was awesome! Having the ability to pre-board for 5 classes was great and definitely a time saver which meant more time spent on the trade show floor! If they offer this next year I would definitely recommend taking advantage of this system.
And the trade show! Oh the trade show! Talk about overwhelming! I spent HOURS at the trade show each and every day. It was the first photography trade show I (and my husband) have ever been too & the booths were just amazing. There was such a variety – from the simple to the extravagant & everything in between. I loved WHCC booth – it was huge and had a second story. I am not sure if anyone but those working the WHCC booth was supposed to be up there but I decided to run up and snap a few quick pictures of the trade show floor on the last day (and these pictures are of only one of the buildings). They were taken on the last day so there aren’t as many people, normally it was shoulder to shoulder.
I loved Finao’s booth because it was surround by bead curtains (seen in the last photo) and was set up like a funky, fun living room with super comfy seats, coffee tables, and book shelves all displaying albums. Miller’s also had a great booth – it felt very “fancy” with demask patterns, chandeliers, black and white color scheme. WHCC had a very streamlined, modern booth with white, silver, and blue. They had the most comfy carpeted floor to stand on which was great when listening to speakers.
Another super exciting element that came out of the trade show is that I found an amazing company to work with to create beautiful, eco-friendly custom wedding books for my inspiring clients! I can’t wait to let you know all about it – be sure to check out my Spring Special.
Notes for next year: Be sure to register the DAY BEFORE I actually plan on attending the trade show or any classes. We arrive a couple days before the trade show and platform classes began so we could have some time to visit with family and friends. So I registered the same day I planned on attending classes and the trade show and it was just overwhelming – I think it would have been different if it also wasn’t the same day of the trade show. But as soon as we registered we went into the trade show which had just opened and it was a crazy sea of people. So next year I plan on registering a day before I plan on attending anything – that way I can have a moment to look through my registration material; get my bearings of the trade show floor; and plan out my platform class schedule & have all this done before I actually attend anything.
There were 2 main speakers that I wanted to make sure I saw: Jasmine Star and Lisa Lefkowitz. They did not disappoint! Jasmine Star was a great motivator with “Untold Stories.” She challenged photographers to “Change Your Story”, be yourself, and dare yourself to succeed. Lisa Lefkowitz was great as well! She is a hybrid shoot with film and digital and had great advice on how to prepare for a wedding day shoot, market yourself, and prepare for submissions. Both were very informative. I loved the other classes I went to – but these 2 were by far my favorite.