WPPI 2016 in Las Vegas & $500 Giveaway from Adorama

This is my 12th WPPI. What?! Crazy. WPPI feels like a summer camp for photographers, coming back to the MGM in Las Vegas for this week of festivities. Even though I can technically only be there for five days, I definitely have more than a week’s worth of events, speaking engagements, interviews, demos and more planned – so I’m just calling it a week. 

This post lists out the events that I’m a part of this week AND includes a $500 (!!!) giveaway from Adorama, which I’ll be awarding to one lucky commenter on this post. One of my favorite parts of going back to WPPI is catching up with so many friends from all over the world (not a light phrase; quite literally, from nearly every continent) and sharing not just a passion for photography but also sharing details from our lives, the major milestones we are all experiencing. Whether or not you are going to WPPI, I’d love to hear from you: Who is someone you love reconnecting with, whether you see them once a year, once a decade, or once an hour – and why? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and we’ll choose one lucky commenter to gift a $500 gift card to Adorama, to spend however you wish on their 80 million+ products!!

And if you are coming to WPPI, I hope to see you at one of the following programs. I hope you come up and say hi and we get a chance to connect.

This will be the first year I haven’t judged the WPPI International Print Competition in a while, something I normally quite enjoy doing. But this year it falls before my son’s birthday, so the timing just doesn’t work. Interestingly enough, though, WPPI has asked me to co-host their rather glamorous 2016 WPPI Awards Show at the end of the week, along with my friend Jerry Ghionis, which is an amazing honor – and also quite makes up for having to miss out on judging it this year!

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With Jerry Ghionis, Sally Sargood and Melissa Ghionis at the 2015 WPPI Awards Show at the MGM in Las Vegas

Here’s What’s on The WPPI 2016 Agenda:

Sunday, March 5

During the day: I’m be spending nearly all day filming my web series, the reDefine Show. I’ve been filming this show for the last 4 1/2 years now, and every episode has aired on the AdoramaTV channel, with 400K subscribers and growing. I’m grateful for their continued sponsorship of the program, and for all those who have shared these interviews over the years.

I’ve had the great pleasure of speaking with creatives at the top of their field and learning more about how they make the work they love work. This includes creatives from all types of fields: comedy, acting, journalism, photography, cinematography, entrepreneurs, and more. Guests have included people like my dear friend ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott, Comedian Paula Poundstone and TV Host Katie Brown, as well as photographers and filmmakers Art Streiber, Chase Jarvis, Jeremy Cowart, and Vincent LaForet.

On this first day in Las Vegas, I’ll be doing a whole crop of new interviews for AdoramaTV with some rather striking individuals, including Luke & David Edmonson, Brooke Shaden, Mike Colon, Kenna Klosterman, Jen Rozenbaum, Jeff Rojas, Fundy, and Kenny Kim.

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Photo by Erin Costa

Monday, March 6

Monday 10AM – 11AM: I’ll be joining my friends at Nations Photo Lab, in their always beautifully-designed space for a proper WPPI Expo Kick-Off Gathering. Join us for Mimosas (or just an OJ!) at their booth and feel free to spin their prize wheel. They will be giving away a ton of stuff, including multiple copies of my new Family Posing Playbook.


Monday 2PM: I’ll be speaking at Profoto, on the Expo Floor, speaking to new clips I’ve filmed to illustrate “Shooting Portraits in Action”! Check out their lineup of speakers – they have quite a program going.

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3:30PM: I’ll be speaking at the Nikon Theater,  presenting a program on Expressive Portraits and doing a Live Shoot, shooting with the beautiful, extremely brand new Nikon D5!

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During the day: I’ll be Filming more reDefine Show interviews, with Tony Corbell and Kelly Brown.

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Last year’s reDefine Show filming team: Yesenia Bocanegra, Sarah Coppola, Rebecca Faulk, me, and Erin Costa

Monday at 6PM: I’ll be gathering with a number industry friends for an evening to memorialize our friend Bill Hurter, prolific writer and previous editor for Rangefinder Magazine and After Capture – and all-around great human being.

Tuesday, March 7

Tuesday 7AM: I’ll be waking up bright and early and hopefully maintaining the “awake” portion long enough to participate in the 7am WPPI Fun Run to benefit Beautiful Together. We helped produce it this year and are grateful for all those who will help support children waiting for families, while also running an iconic route to the Vegas sign and back (with the option to stop for photos at the sign). Join us to run or walk the 4-mile route – or choose what I bet will be the popular Sleep In Option!

Every registered participant receives a newly-designed, way-comfortable, very cool race shirt. Register here!

WPPI Fun Run, Beautiful Together, Tamara Lackey, Vegas Sign

Tuesday 10AM – 11AM:  I’ll be racing back from the race to shower, change and get over to Nations Photo Lab for Mimosa Tuesday! More prize wheel, more awesome NPL products, and more copies of my new Family Posing Playbook will be won! Join us.


Tuesday 12:30PM:  I’ll be speaking at the Nikon Theater, presenting a program on Expressive Portraits and doing a Live Shoot, shooting with the beautiful, beautiful amazingly brand new Nikon D5!

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Tuesday 4PM:  I’ll be presenting my Platform Presentation on Modern Portrait Photography (reserve your spot here!), which will include a private concert by Tyler Stenson, thanks to Triple Scoop Music! If you haven’t heard Tyler’s music, you should definitely check out this incredible singer-songwriter.

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Tyler will kick off my program, singing to a video of my work I put together, and then he’ll hang out after the program is done to deliver a small, private concert to everyone who wants to stay for a bit. Such a treat.

My brand new program is all about Modern Portrait Photography, and I’m very proud of this comprehensive presentation, which will include a number of new images and a variety of behind-the-scenes footage shot just to illustrate sections of my program. You can pre-board to ensure you get a spot here. Big thanks to Nikon, Nations Photo LabImagely, Animoto and Adorama for sponsoring!


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Wednesday, March 7

During the morning: I’ll be filming more reDefine Show interviews with Rocco Ancora and Ashley & Graham Scobey!

Wednesday at 2pm: I’ll be giving a presentation on posing & lighting at Adorama, on the Expo Floor, and making time for some Q&A. I’ll also be giving away some really fun prizes from Adorama after the talk!


Wednesday at 6PM: For the first time ever, I will be co-hosting The 2016 WPPI Awards Show with Jerry Ghionis!  I’ve attended this show a number of times, and I’ve been greatly surprised/shocked at this show a time or two, but hosting is a whole new thing. I’m quite looking forward to it.

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Jerry Ghionis hosting the 2015 WPPI Awards Show

Thursday, March 9

Thursday at 10AM:  Photographer’s Ignite – I will be joining eleven other speakers as we speak for exactly 5 minutes each. This year I’ll be speaking on How Much You Don’t Need to Know to Change The World, sharing some of the history, projects, and struggles of our work with Beautiful Together – including just how much we haven’t known each step of the way. Spoiler alert: It’s been a lot ; )

Past Photographer’s Ignite talks that I’ve done include: How to Know Someone in Under Five Minutes, I’ve Got To Be Honest: The Fascinating Truth About Lying, and The Meaning of Life, Host Kevin Kubota always does a great job bringing this event every year.

Whew! And that will be the entire week – I fly home on Thursday.

If you cannot make it out to WPPI 2016, check out my announcing-here-first 3-Day Portrait Photographer’s Workshop, taking place in my Durham, North Carolina studio this May 3rd – 5th. I shared this workshop opening with a waiting list we had first, so there’s only a few spots left now. If you’d like to join us, check out all the details (and link to register) here.

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We are quite proud of our 100% photographer’s recommendation rating after years of doing this workshop, tweaking and updating it each and every time we do it. You can see lots and lots (and lots) of feedback from all our workshops here! At this point, this is the only workshop we have planned left for the year- our two in Dubai sold out – so, if you’re interested, let us know!

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If you magically made it all the way to the end of this post, congratulations. That’s seriously impressive.

I really look forward to reading your comments and choosing a winner for the $500 gift card to spend at Adorama! Take a moment to think about who in your life you love connecting with – and share with us here. The winner will be chosen very soon!