I’ve been looking at this WPPI U “The Ultimate Learning Experience: Two Day Workshop for Emerging Photographers” for over a month now, and every day, the anticipation peaks a little more. I must admit, I’m a newb when it comes to the workshop game; I have never been to a trade show, pro-series workshop, or photo conference since turning pro – except for a few ASMP events I caught on-campus (very fortunate to have an ASMP branch here in Philly) and the world famous Creative-Live series online.
There is arguably no better forum for wedding and portrait photographers than the WPPI convention every year in Las Vegas, NV. I drool over the line-up and trade information to be gained that week each year, yet eventually sulk over the reality that it will again come and go without my attendance. So when I got wind of a two-day, traveling WPPI workshop series, I nearly jumped up and ran home, eager and crazed, like Charlie with a golden ticket, because they were making a stop on the East Coast.
WPPI U features a great line up of classes aimed at new professional photographers, and boasts a mini-trade show, portfolio review, completion certificate, and free conference pass to WPPI 2013 (so maybe I will get to go finally The series will start in Fairfield, NJ on June 25 & 26, and continue in Atlanta, GA (7/24-7/25), Las Vegas, NV (8/13-8/14), and Portland, OR (9/5-9/6).
I’ll be making the 2-hour drive North into New Jersey, and taking advantage of a group rate on a King Size bed the night in between. I’m enamored at the list of classes they’re featuring (especially “Conquering Evil Light” with Lindsay Adler and “Pushing the Limits…” with Anthony Vazquez) and the opportunity for a one-on-one portfolio review. I’m very fortunate because the day before I leave for the workshop, I will be co-hosting my own meetup at Philly Photo Studio, titled, Portfolio Design and Production Workshop with Alex Difiori, as part of the Photo Therapy workshop series in Philadelphia. I hope to be prepared.
If you can’t tell, I’m real jazzed about this opportunity and that my job at Philly Photo Studio has allowed me the time off work and means by which to make this trip possible. I will most definitely have a review/ wrap-up with my thoughts and experiences from this trip and hope, if anything, sharing with you fuels your creativity and development. And if you plan on attending in June, drop me a line on Twitter at @MatthewJPhoto so I can make sure to say “Hi.”