Upcoming Photography Workshops & Conferences: 2021 & 2022

Learn, adapt, and reconfigure – professional growth is a continuous journey. And the photography industry is vast and constantly changing, making it all the more important to stay on top of your game and make space for change. For a photographer, photography workshops are one of the most immersive ways to learn and grow from industry leaders and groundbreaking photographers but also, possibly more important, to make new friends. At ShootDotEdit, we believe that education is a critical path to growth and success. And so, we wanted to share a few upcoming workshops with you that we think you might love!

Upcoming Photography Workshops 2021 & 2022

1. Wedding & Portrait Photographers International – WPPI

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In search of new content, inspiration, and a new beginning? WPPI can be your highway to all of that and more! Needless to say, this conference is well-regarded among professional and aspiring photographers and filmmakers around the globe. This annual event brings together multiple creatives under one roof so photographers and videographers can explore, experience, and evolve as creative individuals. Educational seminars, networking events, a major trade show – WPPI covers it all. Moreover, WPPI can be a great place to catch up on the changing trends in the wedding industry. Learn more about this year’s WPPI Speaker List here.

WPPI Dates: August 15th – 19th, 2021
Location: Mirage Convention Center in Las Vegas

2. The Photo Cookout

The Photo Cookout is the first photography conference for black photographers organized by Tomayia Colvin. This event takes you to Orlando for a 3-day journey where you will get to capture, connect, and collaborate. Enjoy meeting like-minded individuals and being a part of a community that understands you. Moreover, step into a world where you get full access to breakout sessions, keynote presentations, evening photo walks, and styled shoots. To top it all off, you also get to test and try out new products while interacting with vendors. Learn more about this year’s The Photo Cookout Speaker List here.

The Photo Cookout Dates: October 3rd – 5th, 2021
Location: Margaritaville Resort, Orlando

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3. United – A ShowIt Conference

Platform sessions, breakout sessions, styled shoots, and website coaching – United is a photography conference where you can find pretty much everything you need to expand your creativity and business acumen as a photographer. With a focus on helping photographers transform their business, this 4-day conference can help you learn more about building business strategies and stronger connections. Moreover, as you learn to perfect your craft, you also get access to gala dinners & fun parties. Learn more about this year’s United Conference Speaker List here.

United Dates: November 7th – 10th, 2021
Location: Tempe, Arizona

4. ClickCon Conference

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Have you ever wanted to visit Chicago and shoot at some pretty awesome locations in the city? ClickCon Conference gives you a chance to explore 50 of them – while building your portfolio! Bonus – more than 150 models will be on-site to be photographed. ClickCon also offers a plethora of educational classes and themed workshops. In addition to that, you get to try out the latest camera gear. All in all, if you are someone who loves to take learning to the streets and live locations, this photography and videography conference can provide a great platform to do so.

ClickCon Dates: August 10th – 13th, 2021
Location: Chicago


PHOTOPLUS is one of the most critically acclaimed photography events in North America. This 3-day extravaganza brings together the photography community for knowledge, gear, and networking. Photographers will have access to over 200 vendors on the tradeshow floor and have opportunities to try gear as well as build relationships with those vendors. This event truly is for everyone – from photography enthusiasts to seasoned professionals. Attendees will have access not only to on-site demos at the tradeshow but can also take advantage of the opportunity to receive one-on-one portfolio reviews with professionals they admire.

PHOTOPLUS Dates: September 30th – October 2nd, 2021
Location: The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York

6. Imaging USA

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Imaging USA is an education-centric photography conference organized every January by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). This conference has long been known for focusing on the business side of photography education, and the 2022 event is no different. The platform classes will offer topics instrumental for photographers’ success, from marketing to sales, in a setting where you can almost guarantee you’ll establish valuable personal and professional connections that will last long past the event. Whether you are a professional looking forward to building relationships or an amateur aiming to learn new business techniques and get familiar with the latest trends – this photography conference has something for everyone. Imaging USA also has a trade show and attendees get tons of discounts they can use with vendors who are present.

Imaging USA Dates: January 16th – 18th, 2022
Location: National Harbor, Maryland, Washington, D.C.

7. ClickAway

The Windy City is getting all the love in photography conferences! ClickAway – also hosted in Chicago in 2022 – presents another opportunity to photograph the best of shooting locations in Chicago. ClickAway is one of the sister brands of the Click Magazine for photographers that you may have heard of! It is a 3-day event that provides endless opportunities to build your portfolio and take your photography skills up a notch, all the while building professional connections, creating inspiring content, and becoming part of a strong community of like-minded professionals.

ClickAway Dates: July 8th – 10th, 2022
Location: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, Chicago

8. The Portrait Masters Live

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The Portrait Masters website provides an amazing online learning platform for photographers. From location lighting basics to money management. You can access their online library for awesome content but they also organize a photography workshop annually. However, the dates for this year’s workshop have not yet been decided. Stay tuned!

The Portrait Masters Live Dates: To-Be-Decided
Location: Online

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We hope you found this information on photography workshops helpful! For more great blogs, you can check out our wedding photography blog section. Here at ShootDotEdit, we aim to help you take your wedding photography business to the next level! One of the ways we do that is by providing professional photo editing services. If you need help with your post-production workflow, check out how our pricing plans can help you out.

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