WPPI 2017 Convention, Full Agenda + 3 Free Full Passes Giveaway

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The WPPI 2017 Convention in Las Vegas is coming up very soon – like, sooner than ever, actually, as it is scheduled for February 5th-9th this year!

There are a whole lot of reasons to love this convention – but one big one??  Professional photographers and filmmakers  travel in from all over the world to attend it each and every year. Last year, there were more than 50 countries represented at this one convention! And I believe the lines of who is from where blends as perfectly as it should when you live on a planet where we are all so much more the same than we are different.

I have been a very active part of WPPI for 12 years now (which is kinda crazy to think about), and in that time I have made very dear friends on a number of continents who I get to keep in touch with all year long and then go spend some meaningful time with every year we all return to Vegas.

This year I have 3 full passes to give away for this year’s WPPI 2017 conference. So if you want to spontaneously get yourself to Vegas OR you want to upgrade your expo-only pass, I hope I can help you out here!  In light of everything going on this time of year, we could all use some uplifting news. To enter,  just post something – anything – about how you have used your photography to help others in these comments, or on social media (just tag me) and why it was worth it to you – and I will choose 3 from there right away!

 

The WPPI 2017 Online Live Print, Album & Filmmaking Competition kicks off on February 5th, and I am looking forward to judging it again this year, a full two day (and night) event. Big props to Jerry Ghionis Melissa Ghionis and Jason Groupp on working hard to make this behemoth endeavor happen time and time again.There’s really so much more to it than most would even guess. If you plan on making it to WPPI, definitely stop by and watch some of the print competition live. Amazing (free) education on how to view, compose, light, shoot, and print images.

My platform talk is on Wednesday, February 8th at 4:00pm – and  I’m doing live shoots, presentations and meet & greets with Nikon, Nations Photo Lab, and Adorama. All details are listed in the agenda below, so I hope I see you at one of the events. Huge kudos to Imagely for not only being our website provider and host of choice (!!) but for also sponsoring my Platform talk, as well. I’ll also have a ton of rather generous giveaways that we’ll be handing out at my platform, worth thousands of dollars, so show up & claim yours :) 

We will also be doing the WPPI 2017 Fun Run Tuesday morning, in support of Beautiful Together – bring your sneakers!  And some lungs to refill with clean outside air.
I’ll even get an opportunity to share more about our work with Beautiful Together at the kick off program for WPPI Monday morning.

And the WPPI Awards Show! I’m co-hosting it again, alongside Jerry Ghionis, should be quite a production this year, again.

I really hope to see so many of you there. As a matter of fact, I have 3 full passes to give away for this year’s conference. So if you want to spontaneously get yourself to Vegas OR you want to upgrade your expo-only pass, I hope I can help you out here!  In light of everything going on this time of year, we could all use some uplifting news. To enter,  just post something – anything – about how you have used your photography to help others in the comments, and why it was worth it to you – and I will choose 3 from there!

 

 

 

SO, without further adieu,
Here is my full 2017 WPPI Agenda:

Sunday & Monday, February 5th – 6th ALL DAY AND QUITE POSSIBLY WELL INTO THE NIGHT

I have the honor to be one of 40 judges from all over the world on the panel for the Live Print, Album, & Filmmaking Judging. Full Platform Passholders are welcome to come and watch the process, and I certainly hope you do because it can be rather enlightening for image makers to see how a panel of international print competition judges break down the components of an image for award placement. There’s so much you can take from this experience back into your everyday shooting. It’s really an extraordinary educational experience.

Monday, February 6 

8:30am – 10am: 

I will be jumping away from judging in order to give a short and sweet presentation about the projects and funds we are working on with Beautiful Together and to quickly share how others can get involved or do similar work on their own, at the Opening Ceremony with hosts  Jacqueline Tobin, Jason Groupp, & Jose Villa.
Always grateful for the heartfelt support from WPPI and Lauren Wendle for our work supporting children waiting for families

Beautiful Together

Tuesday – February 7  6:30am WPPI Fun Run to support Beautiful Together

Thanks to Erin Costa and Yesenia Bocanegra for helping out at last year’s Fun Run – and for this shot!
This year, we will head out from the Westgate/Las Vegas Convention Center and walk/jog/run to the beautiful Bellagio Fountains before then circling back. Last year, we’d run to the Las Vegas sign – and then a few people grabbed taxis back. So, basically, it’s rather casual:  can make your own distance here. We just hope you also like the WPPI Vegas Fun Run T-shirt, with 100% of the proceeds going back to Beautiful Together’s work supporting children waiting for families.

The WPPI Event Description: The Fun Run will be approximately 4 miles and is open to everyone no matter what the pace. The run will start at the Las Vegas Convention Center and proceed to the strip where we will take in the sights. We will take a team photo at the Bellagio where the proof of your efforts will be displayed for all on the WPPI social media channels, and then head back to The Westgate Hotel, nice and easy! T-Shirts will be available for purchase, and all proceeds go to Beautiful Together

After the run, and for the rest of the duration of the WPPI Expo, we will be selling all these T-shirts (and hats!) at the WPPI Membership booth – come on by, say hi, pick up something you love – and wear your heart on your sleeve :)

Note: If you can’t be at WPPI in Vegas, you can always order something directly from our shop and have it mailed to you!

Tuesday – February 7  

10:45 – 11:15:  Live shoot at the Adorama Booth. We will be creating little stylized sets at the Adorama booth, and I will be doing live shoots each morning from 10:45am – 11:15am. Come on by and say hello!

Tuesday – February 7  

2:00 – 2:30pm

Presentation and Live shoot at the Nikon Booth. Here is the very impressive full Nikon presentation schedule for the entirety of the show. They really have some incredibly educational and inspirational speakers this year, and I’m honored to share the stage with them.
And definitely note the new addition of a LIVESTREAM on Wednesday!

 

Tuesday – February 7  
3:00 – 5:00:
 Filming new episodes of the reDefine show! Here’s a fun image from last year with Luke and David Edmonson.

Wednesday – February 8

10:45 – 11:15:  Live shoot at the Adorama Booth, Day 2!  We will be creating little stylized sets at the Adorama booth, and I will be doing live shoots each morning from 10:45am – 11:15am. Come on by and say hello!
(Ironically, here’s a shot from last year with two photography experts, Daniel Norton and Jeff Snyder, and it happens to be a highly scrappy photograph of all three of us.)

Wednesday – February 8
11:45 – 12:15:
  Livestreamed Presentation and Live Shoot at Nikon Theater.  If you want to watch the livestream remotely, my talk is at 11:45am PST. You can check it out here.

 

Wednesday – February 8

4:00pm – 5:30: My platform talk!!  This BRAND NEW talk with brand new BTS video footage is one of my favorite presentations built yet. It is called:  Simplify Your Business and Shooting Style

This program is heavily focused on not just giving an overview of  how to simplify the way you work and the way you shoot to maximize your effort, referrals and actual quality of life, but I ALSO share quite detailed, specific steps that really help calm the pace and stress involved in this work – giving you more opportunity to experience more joy and FUN in your work and life. I also built another brand new Animoto video for this year’s program, as well!
There’s no way to pre-register for Platform talks this year, but here’s where my talk with be at the Las Vegas Convention Center:

 Room: N109/112
Participants will leave this information-packed class with tangible ways to simplify their photography business and shooting style in order to maximize profit and client referrals and to improve their quality of life as a working photographer. Tamara Lackey has been shooting client and commercial work for the last 14 years while also running a busy associate-based studio and teaching small group workshops to rave reviews. In this new high-energy program, Lackey will share her proven methods to simplify the insanity of the working photographer’s business. She will also discuss tips to improve your shooting and lighting style, via behind-the-scenes examples and footage, to show how cutting out unnecessary effort that can create photographs with more impact.

This is my 12th Platform presentation at WPPI, and I have never delivered the same program twice at this convention. Always a little nerve-wracking to start in a room like this…


And see how quickly it gets to this.


Thursday – February 9

10:45 – 11:15:  Last live shoot at the Adorama Booth!

 

 

I will also be spending a lot of time at the Nations Photo Lab booth. I’m thrilled that they will be showcasing some new pieces of mine at the Expo AND at my Platform talk. If you are ever looking for great sales and promo codes for Nations Photo Lab, check in on this page on our website often. We try to get new seriously money-saving codes each new month, although it may take a few days into the new month to have them ready to share!

Thursday – February 9
12:30pm – 3:00pm:
 Filming even MORE new episodes of the reDefine show for AdoramaTV. Fun BTS shot from last year with Kenna Klosterman, Lead Host (and Awesome Person) of Creative Live.

 

 

Thursday – February 9
8:00 pm:
 Hosting the WPPI Awards Show with (fellow Nikon Ambassador) Jerry Ghionis!

A few images from last year show how this vibrant awards show, created to celebrate the top image makers to compete at WPPI from around the world, can also be quite entertaining, as well.
Jerry and I spent quite some time putting together a spoof video to kick off the show and really had a lot of rather goofy fun with the entire program.

Friday – February 9

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Aaaand … that’s it!
SO looking forward to seeing many, many, many of you at The WPPI 2017 Convention next week :)