WPPI

WPPI 2020 & Its New Director — Arlene Evans

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Once every year in February, photographers from across the globe descend upon Las Vegas for one of the biggest wedding, event and portrait photography conferences in the country—WPPI —or Wedding & Portrait Photography International.  But not many people know about the driving force behind the conference itself—The Director of WPPI, Arlene Evans. Arlene was able to set aside some time in her busy schedule to chat with us about the past, present and future of this incredible event!

WPPI is one of the best investments a photographer can make concerning the future of their photography business. It lasts five days and attracts thousands of both aspiring and professional photographers from around the world.  While attending the conference, photographers create lasting relationships and expand their networks while learning from some of the top leading industry professionals. 

We wanted to find out what’s new, exciting and different this year at WPPI! So who better to talk to about this incredible photography conference than Arlene Evans. Read on to see why she’s your go-to source for the inside scoop for WPPI 2020!

In this article: 7 reasons why Arlene Evans says you won’t want to miss this year’s WPPI — The #1 conference in the country for serious wedding & portrait photographers.

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Getting to the Top and Staying There

Featuring Jasmin Neidhart of Flora & Grace Photography

Being internationally recognized in your first year of business is every up-and-coming photographer’s dream. Staying humble, grounded, and focused is another thing entirely. 

Jasmin Neidhart had been in business for just 4 years as Grace and Blush Photography (now Flora & Grace Photography) when she was named one of the 30 Rising Stars of wedding photography in the world by Rangefinder Magazine. The Germany based newcomer had barely even heard of WPPI before being invited to host a photo walk and speak on a panel at the convention earlier this year.

“The panel was about how to build a brand, find your style and overcome insecurities in an industry that can be oversaturated.” So what did Jasmin have in common with her fellow Rising Star award winners? “All of the rising stars built a certain style that was different. When I looked at their work and mine, I think what made us all successful is that we just do our own thing. We don’t care about industry trends or editing trends.”

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How to Navigate Gear-Specific Questions from Clients

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Featuring Gurvir Johal

When dealing with luxury weddings at a certain price point, clients can sometimes feel like they can call all the shots. Even when it comes to how the shots are taken. Gurvir Johal is based in the UK and specializes in Luxury Asian Wedding Photography. And while he travels all over the world to shoot weddings, he often meets clients in his office in London. That’s where he’s often met with what he describes as internet-planted questions from couples. 

“They come in with a list of questions they think they are supposed to ask that they must have read on a forum or in a magazine.” Gurvir humors the couples, answering even the silliest queries. But there was one increasingly common one that forced the photographer to create a special album.

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Making Your Photography Career Fit Your Changing Lifestyle

Featuring Bud Johnson

Bud Johnson has photographed weddings in Europe, Iceland, and all over the US. In the beginning of his career, the Savannah, Georgia-based photographer used to travel constantly for work. But a lot has changed over the last ten years of the photographer’s career. 

Bud now has a wife and four young children at home, so he’s less excited about jet setting these days. When Bud decided he didn’t want to travel as much, he picked up and moved his family to Savannah, a known hub for weddings. 

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