Saturday - Sunday, Feb. 28 - March 1 | 8:00am - 6:00pm
The 16x20 Live Judging is perhaps one of the most unique educational tenets of WPPI. Imagine a portfolio review in which each of your images are reviewed by a panel of five expert photographers in the wedding and portrait industry. Not only will you be able to hear the critique of your submitted images, but you’ll also get to compare your work to your colleagues’. You’ll learn about the judging process — what components of imagery, composition and lighting are given precedence over others and how your colleagues are earning their points in the Honors of Excellence accolade program. Becoming such an integral part of the revision process will give you the insight needed to enhance your print and film products.
Saturday, February 28 | TBD
For the first time, WPPI will celebrate other talents of its members against a backdrop of their photography. Whether it be the gift of song, dance, playing an instrument or any entertaining talent, WPPI members are invited to strut their stuff in front of a live audience for a fun, entertaining and inspirational night. Hosted by Grand Master of WPPI Jerry Ghionis and proudly supported by Triple Scoop Music, this will be the perfect introduction to your 2015 WPPI experience! The showcase will be followed by a Triple Scoop Music artist for a night of fun and dancing the night away.
Sunday, March 1 | 4 - 6:00pm
Interested in seeing new gear or upgrading some of your equipment? Launch Pad is the perfect place to see new products and to ask company reps all the questions you may have. They’ll give advice about integrating products into your workflow, how to better achieve your goals, and let you experiment with some of the newest products on the market! Mingle with attendees and exhibitors in an intimate setting at this kick-off event on Sunday from 4 – 6 PM, one day before the show officially opens.
Sunday, March 1 | 7 - 9:00pm
From Photo Booth props to sparkly tops, be sure not to miss our annual Opening Party on Sunday, March 1st! Opening its doors at 7 PM exclusively for WPPI Full Platform Pass holders, the MGM’s legendary Hakkasan nightclub will set the scene for a night of drinks, glitzy photo opps, and dancing to the beats of the resident DJ. Join your colleagues, WPPI speakers, and partners for the event of the week. Attendees are welcome to stay past 10 when doors open to the public without cover charge; must be 21 and older (with proof of ID) to attend. Dress to impress!
Monday, March 2 | 8 - 10:00pm
WPPI is taking the party poolside Monday evening with a swanky open-air event at the MGM’s famed Producer’s Pool. Enjoy the company of your peers, industry leaders, and the sights of Las Vegas while sipping signature cocktails beneath the stars. From photo bombs to canon bombs, be ready for surprise events, chic swag bags, and a handful of memories from the Best Week of Your Life. *Must purchase a Full Platform Pass to attend.
Tuesday, March 3 | 7 - 8:00am
Join your friends on Tuesday at 7AM for our annual Fun Run. Clip your phone to your clothes for some phenomenal candid shots — you’ll be weaving through the streets of Las Vegas heading towards the fabulous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Submit your photos to us for a chance to be featured on the WPPI website! More details to follow.
Tuesday, March 3 | 8 - 10:00pm
Joe McNally has been recognized amongst the 100 most important people in photography. His career has spanned over 30 years with assignments in over 50 countries, including shooting cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, & The New York Times Sunday Magazine. He’s lauded for his ability to produce technically and logistically complex assignments with expert use of color and light.
Wednesday, March 4 | 6 - 9:00 pm
The most prestigious event of WPPI and annually for wedding and portrait photographers, the Honors of Excellence Awards ceremony is the finale of the conference and attracts over 1,000 photographers to celebrate both emerging and established photographers. Join us on Wednesday night, from 6 – 9 PM as we celebrate them, their work, and provide inspiration for each audience member. *Must purchase a Full Platform Pass to attend.
MGM Grand Las Vegas