Let me start this post by saying that I LOVE photography seminars/workshops/conventions. There is nothing like a huge room full of positive, motivated photographers to get your juices flowing. My friend, Nichole of Nichole Alexandra Photography, invited me to come along with her to Atlanta for the WPPI Road Trip last week. For those of you who aren’t photographers, WPPI is the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (I know only us nerdy folks actually know what that is). WPPI holds an annual convention in Vegas that usually falls around March or April. But this year, they decided to do something really awesome. They got a wonderful group of speakers and vendors together and went out on the road. This made is so convenient for lots of photographers that can’t make it out to Vegas.
So on Sunday, Nichole and I met up and made our way to Atlanta. I had just shot a wedding Saturday and didn’t make it home until after midnight so I was totally exhausted. But even with no sleep, I was totally siked for our trip. We hit Atlanta a little after lunch time which meant we were both starving. So Nichole looked up the nearest Cheesecake Factory on her Iphone and lucky us, it was only 8 miles from the hotel. We sped over as fast as we could and ate the most amazing lunch. We decided after gorging ourselves that we should walk around the mall several hundred times to work off all of the calories we took in. We had so much fun talking and shopping. We ended up staying up half the night gabbing and eating Chinese take out in our room.
Monday morning came early (especially since I hadn’t had any sleep in 2 days). But with a Starbucks Latte in my hand we ventured into the convention room. We spent the entire day learning from some of the best photographers out there. I can’t tell you how inspiring it was to hear from all of them. And the vendors! Holy cow! It’s so great to be able to touch and hold the actual products that you’re considering offering your clients. I don’t ever sell a product that I haven’t seen myself. We got to ask the vendors questions and voice our concerns. It was fabulous! Here are just a few of the images we took during the day. Thanks so much Nichole for letting me tag along. I had a blast!! I hope we can do it again really soon!
This was the amazing Damon Tucci. He specializes in wedding photography and shared some gorgeous images and information with us.
The most inspiring of all the speakers from the day had to be (at least for me anyway) Blair and Suzanne Phillips of Blair Phillips Photography. They are out of Landis, NC and have really come a long way from their humble beginnings. They made me see that you don’t have to live in a metropolitan area to grow a photography business.
This amazing photographer and business woman hosted the event. Bambi Cantrell is one of the most highly acclaimed women in our industry. What this lady can do with light and posing is absolutely incredible. She had been one of the photographers that I’ve looked up to since I’ve started so it was really a treat to get to meet her.
Here is a sample album that I thought was so adorable!
I’ve recently started offering the Gallery Float Mount shown here. They are gorgeous and are less expensive than a Gallery Wrap Canvas.
See, this is what I love about the vendor exhibits. This is such a cool idea that I wouldn’t have come across otherwise. This is a photo that was printed on metal and can be hung or placed on an easel. So cool!
This was another exhibit for metal prints. I just love them. I will eventually have these all over my house!