WPPI returns to Las Vegas with full program

Attendees will have several opportunities to participate through numerous photo bays, photo walks, and other interactive activities.

Emerald, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows, is set to launch its most exciting and interactive conference and expo for wedding and portrait photographers in five years when it hosts the annual WPPI Conference + Expo at The Mirage in Las Vegas from March 5-9, 2023. For the first time since 2019, WPPI will take place without any in-person mandates or restrictions and the number of educational seminars, hands-on workshops and photo walks, networking events, and expo exhibitors will be the most in several years.

George Varanakis

“This year’s WPPI show is shaping up to be the most dynamic and interactive event we’ve hosted in several years and we are super-excited to share this in-person event without mandates or health restrictions for the first time since 2019,” said George Varanakis, Strategic Advisor to Emerald’s Photo Group, which includes WPPI, Portrait Masters, and The Portrait System Powered by Sue Bryce. “We have assembled an amazing group of widely accomplished photographers and educators who will share their knowledge with attendees and have organized an expansive number of interactive activities including photo bays, photo walks, and fun networking events every night. Our goal is to bring WPPI back to pre-pandemic form and provide a creative in-person environment that is educational, inspirational, and sprinkled with a whole lot of fun,” Varanakis added.

For more from Varanakis on the changes coming to WPPI, listen to this week’s Dead Pixels Society podcast. 

Classes and Instructors

Dozens of seminars on lighting and posing techniques will be conducted by world-class photographers and educators.

WPPI will have more than 100 classes and seminars on posing, lighting, business, sales and marketing, wedding and portrait tips, Photoshop techniques, and more. For a full lineup of classes, visit WPPI Classes. For a lineup of instructors and other presenters, visit WPPI Instructors.

This year’s expo will include Canon, Fujifilm, and Nikon plus dozens of other industry manufacturers who will demonstrate the very latest in camera, video, and software technology as well as other photo-related products including photo albums, backdrops, and a variety of accessories to help photographers sell more photo packages to their clients, according to Emerald. Many exhibitors will feature in-booth presentations about portrait and lighting techniques as well demonstrations showcasing new product features and functions.