Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) was founded in 1978 to serve the needs of wedding photographers, then known as the “weekend warriors” – an often neglected segment of the industry. Since our first convention and trade show in 1980, we have grown into one of the largest events in the trade. WPPI 2014 drew over 12,000 attendees and 350 exhibitors and embrace photographers from all genres, including portraiture, fine art, photojournalism, commercial, video, and advertising.

The WPPI values and ecosystem are built on the premise of developing one’s mind, body, and soul through the lens of photography and filmmaking. Our conferences, events, and contests are meant to promote growth and a community in which members learn from each other.

In 2013, we were brought under The Photo Group umbrella, owned by Emerald Expositions, also home to Rangefinder, our sister publication, as well as Photo District News, PDNedu, Shutterlove and The PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo.





Jason Groupp is the Director of WPPI. Like Woody Allen, Jason adores New York City, far beyond any healthy proportion. “This is a town that is based in black and white; where colors explode like matches and pulses to the rhythms of Gershwin,” Jason says. "I thrive on the hustle and bustle of the crowds and traffic." Jason first fell in love in with The City while attending The Fashion Institute of Technology, then during the past 12 years in his West Chelsea photography studio, and now in the downtown offices of Emerald Expo, where he says that each day is truly an adventure.

 





Jodi Rosenblum is the Education Coordinator of WPPI. With a background in Fine Art Photography and a love for art, I decided early on to take a step into the marketing and event coordinating side of the business. The work I do puts professional photographers together with aspiring pros, and from there, the motivation and inspiration begins. To inspire others while being inspired gives me drive. I’m thrilled to be on a team where we are continuously helping photographers grow. As my dad would say “You’ll never work a day in your life if you love what you do!”

 

 





Svetlana Blasucci is the Membership Coordinator of WPPI. I was born in Smolensk, Russia, and I'm a recent photography graduate from the School of Visual Arts. Early inspirations have pulled me into studio portraiture. I enjoy the controlled environment that allows me to focus on bringing out the beauty of the human form. I love that the studio allows me to connect with my subjects without distractions. I subscribed to and began reading PDN as soon as I started studying photography—the articles and photos were inspiring and helpful in my own photography. I’m looking forward to continuing my photographic journey and expanding my knowledge by working with the Photo+ Group. Having the opportunity to connect with all of you as the membership coordinator is a huge bonus, and I know you’ll also be a huge inspiration for me!

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MGM Grand Las Vegas
Conference:
March 3-10, 2016

Expo:
March 7-9, 2016

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