So this past week was my first experience attending the WPPI convention (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) – and I’ve gotta say – I don’t think anyone could have had a better first-time-experience.
I set out to join up with 2010 ShowIt Photographer of the year Stephen Knuth, Nick Lamb, and Chris Pike. These three ultimately ended up making my experience to be the best it could be – for their own unique value. Stephen had connections as if he were the up & coming head of the mafia – everyone seemed to recognize him and congratulate him on his achievement. His network spanned across the entire industry, including all the up & comers to the most well-recognized leaders of the industry (Not to mention a great girlfriend who also happens to be rocking the business). Hanging out with him proved to lead to a lot of great connections and an understanding from a perspective that is innovating within the industry. I took his workshop and got some great shots – if my image is chosen to be the winner in a competition, I’ll receive an upgraded website from ShowItFast – something that could prove to help TONS in the years to come.
Nick was a friend of Stephen who I had talked with on Facebook and hadn’t gotten the chance to connect with in person. I’m so glad I did – this guy was the life of the party at WPPI! The first night at the GoBee party, he made an impression that lasted with everyone for the rest of the trip. Everywhere we went, girls were coming up to him & hugging him talking about how much fun he is. Definitely wouldn’t have been the same without him. “I don’t want your chocolate milk!”
And CHRIS! Oh man…this guy definitely made my trip a lot more interesting. His experience with photography and studio lighting was impressive! (And a little humbling at that) Our conversations about lighting equipment and quality made me take a *third* look at my business and some of the decisions I’ll be making.
This was the first time I’ve actually gone to a convention for work – not knowing what to expect. It was a bit overwhelming, but the people I met and connections I was able to establish are going to be SO crucial to my growth in my business. A big “shout-out” to everyone I met while I was in town…it seems like I was able to meet all the *right* people for this moment in my life. Funny how that happens!
Anyways, since posts are always better with pictures, here are a couple snapshots from Stephen’s workshop: