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WPPI 2013 (Á la instagram)

Happy to report I survived another year of WPPI. What’s WPPI? Every winter, 13,000+ photographers storm Las Vegas for the annual Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Convention. Like the Comic-Con of photography, it’s a week of unapologetic nerdery about everything relating to photography. Overall attendance was down this year, which translated into a calm, low-key experience that was completely different (and preferable!) than the previous 7 years of insanely busy WPPIs I’ve endured.
But even though the low-key vibe permeated, the week was full of countless intensive learning opportunities and light-bulb moments. And like usual, it offered a huge window into the current state of the photography industry. Pro tip: for any photographers considering attending WPPI in the future, you owe it to yourselves to get to Vegas early (by Saturday) to sit in on the print and album judging. Observing the best photographers in the world evaluate the technical and creative merits of thousands of photographs will revolutionize the way you think about your own work.

Big thanks to Carrie Keene, Dane Sanders, Jerry Ghionis, Melissa Ghionis, Roberto Valenzuela, Susan Stripling, Elizabeth Messina, Dawn Shields, Jill LaFleur, Jose Villa, Jeremy Cowart, Bob Davis, Beckstead, and the folks at La-Vie, Richard Photo Lab, and Indie Film Lab. Big poke in the eye to Corey Ann and Kelly (missed you!).

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