About WPPI Conference + Expo

"Hands down, WPPI has made the biggest impact on our growth as photographers. The speakers inspire, educate and challenge us to keep pushing our creativity, improve technically, and reinvigorate our approach to business and marketing. [The] print competition holds us accountable, [helping us] become better than we were as artisans. However, it's the individual bonds and friendships forged each year that impacts our lives long after the last class ends." - Luke Edmonson, Edmonson Wedding Photography

The WPPI Conference + Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and filmmakers specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding and portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, nearly 13,000 professional and aspiring photographers and filmmakers attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to grow their business, experience new products and solutions from major manufacturers to improve their productivity, and enjoy the many attractions in Las Vegas. WPPI is a week-long event combining educational seminars with a major industry trade show and networking events, all designed around learning the latest techniques, building new relationships and growing a business in a friendly, fun environment – all at one time, in one place.

  •  Learn superior technical skills and new shooting styles
  •  Build new relationships to grow your business
  •  Experience new products and solutions from major manufacturers
  •  Discover competitive and affordable ways to grow your business
  •  Meet some of the world’s finest photographic instructors
  •  Make an investment in yourself and your future

The 2018 WPPI Conference + Expo will take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. The conference will run February 24-28, with the Expo February 26-28.

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Conference Information (2017)

Most people who come to the WPPI Conference + Expo come for the education, networking, new products and services and, of course, for the fun! Many attendees register for a Full Platform Pass, which includes five days of education, access to over 50 Platform classes, a three-day pass to the expo, plus admission to the morning keynotes, special events and more. Many attendees enhance their educational experience by adding Photo Walks, PLUS or Master Classes. These classes may be purchased separately and are described below.

A Platform Class is a 1-1/2-hour, theatre-style session that prepares you for everything from becoming a better photographer to running a more successful and profitable business, and beyond. Learning tracks include Lighting & Posing, Wedding, Portrait, Inspirational, Business & Marketing, Workflow and Filmmaking. Your Full Platform Pass gives you access to over 50 Platform classes. There is no pre-registration for Platform Classes; they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We suggest arriving at least 15 minutes early.

A PLUS Class is a one-day, intimate and intensive learning experience. Limited to 25 participants per class, you’ll experience classroom learning through a 2-3 hour presentation by one of our world-class photography instructors followed by hands-on training through an afternoon of shooting on location. Plus Class tracks will include off camera lighting, posing techniques, workflow and more. TIP: Register early, Plus Classes will sell out quickly. May be purchased as an add-on item.

A Master Class is a focused two-hour, hands-on session limited to 50 participants that provides a detailed learning experience. Master Class tracks cover a wide variety of vital photography and filmmaking topics including Lighting, Wedding, Portrait, Inspirational, Business, Workflow and Filmmaking.  TIP: Register early, Master Classes sell out quickly. May be purchased as an add-on item.

Photo Walks are exclusive 1-1/2-hour, hands-on shootouts limited to 25 people each that focus on teaching the participants to sharpen their observation and composition skills while shooting alongside an industry leader. Each Photo Walk will demonstrate the leader’s unique skill set, including everything from off camera lighting, posing, gear and lens selection and much, much more. May be purchased as an add-on item.

Learn by doing in our fourth-annual, hands-on Filmmaking class. Be part of the crew that writes, shoots and edits the official WPPI film. Over the course of several days, you’ll work on a team to capture, direct and produce the essence of WPPI. Don’t wait to register, spots will fill up fast.


  • 4-Day Intensive Filmmaking Class
  • Access to all Platform Classes
  • 3-Day Admission to the Expo
  • Access to all Special Events
  • Access to live judging at Print, Album and Filmmaking Competitions
PSPI - The University for School and Sports Photography (UNIV)
Organized by PSPI (Professional School & Sports Photographers International), the University for School and Sports Photography is a one-day educational program on February 9 geared for those who are interested in volume school and sports photography. Attendees will learn best business practices, how to grow your business, as well as important school laws and regulations on student data privacy. Other topics — such as creating team composites, senior banners and the best products to offer — will round out a full day of education and networking. Keeping in tradition with WPPI, it will be fun, and offer many opportunities for great giveaways from our exhibits. Learn more about PSPI.

Show Floor Features (2017)

Three-day Expo
Experience new photographic products and solutions first-hand from the biggest and best manufacturers, solution providers and retailers serving the needs of emerging and professional photographers. Touch, test and compare the latest products and find some amazing offers, too.

Photo Den
A place to take a break from the show floor and put your feet up and lounge — plug in, hang out, even play a game of ping pong — share work in the middle of the show floor and then go visit your favorite exhibitors.

#WPPIShoots brought to you by B&H Photo
Take your best shot and build your portfolio inside #WPPIShoots brought to you by B&H Photo, featuring four shooting bays with live models. Bring your camera and show us what you've got. PLUS: Take the opportunity to test out tons of equipment and enter the daily giveaways!

Power of Print Pavilion
The Power of Print features print galleries filled with inspiring photography, classes that will invigorate the print side of your business, and a Canon print experience right on the show floor. Canon will have its 17-inch PRO-1000 and 24-inch PRO-2000 on display in an interactive mobile trailer. At the trailer, you'll not only get a hands-on look at the printers, you'll be able to make your own print (13"x19", 17"x22", 20"x24") free of charge (limit one per attendee). Please note that the Power of Print trailer closes one hour before the show floor. Brought to you by Canon | Sponsored by Moab

WPPI Show Floor Theater
Presentations offering tips and tricks to help take your craft to the next level.

PHOTO+ Membership Booth
Come learn more about the benefits of a PHOTO+ membership and WPPI-C. Meet our staff, Rangefinder editors and other special guests at the PHOTO+ membership booth. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for opportunities to win free stuff during the tradeshow!

Honors of Excellence Gallery
For the first time, the Honors of Excellence Gallery will be featured front-and-center — all in one place on the show floor. The Honors of Excellence gallery is the biggest and most prestigious print competition gallery in the world! Come celebrate the achievements of your peers and be inspired by what sets the bar photographically for the year!

Registration Types (2017)

Full Platform Pass includes:

  • Access to over 50 Platform classes
  • Three-day admission pass to the expo.
  • Access to the keynotes and special events
  • Access to live judging at the Print, Album & Filmmaking Competitions

Expo Only Pass Includes:

  • Three-day admission pass to the expo
  • No other admissions are included

Information subject to change without notice. Click here to view Registration Rates.

Watch the WPPI Film

For the last 4 years Joe Switzer and the crew from Switzerfilm have given a fabulous 4-day intensive filmmaking class. This year was no different, and they put together another exciting highlights film from WPPI 2017.


The 2018 WPPI Conference + Expo will take place at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, February 24-28.

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