Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York. She regularly contributes to a variety of major photo publications internationally. At WPPI, she shared some of her techniques to make her photos better and more unique. Here are some excerpts!
FAMILY PORTRAITS can be the MOST PROFITABLE PRODUCT LINE in your studio! This was an opening statement describing the WPPI 2012 Platform Class, The Legacy of Families. â€œSeriously?â€, I wondered… Learn
Nowadays, the accessibility of high-end camera gear, better photography technology, and the internet have essentially flattened the playing field. Dane said that “anything that digital touches, it burns,” meaning that digital has not only allow more people than ever to be able take great photos, but to also share them to more people than ever.
WPPI starts today! For those of you who don’t know, or maybe aren’t even into wedding / portrait photography at all, WPPI is the annual convention in Las Vegas for wedding and portrait photographers.
Hey There Readers! Matthew Saville Here, with a quick announcement for anyone who is attending (or thinking of attending) WPPI this year. SLR Lounge is currently trying to find a few dedicated photographers who would be willing to attend the class lectures and presentations, take some quality notes, and create a brief article or review either in written or video form.
On Thursday WPPI was definitely winding down, the halls were emptying, the trade show was packing up and most of the buzz of the week had dissipated to a low murmer. Most WPPI attendees had already made for the exits and skipped the late show from Jerry and Sondra, but it was one of the more insightful and honest of the entire week. Mark Halper spoke for an hour as a guest speaker and really got down to brass tacks. I’ll cover Mark’s presentation in a separate piece as it was powerful enough to stand on it’s own.
Kenny Kim went from corporate graphic designer to professional wedding photographer 5 years ago. But, in just the last year, he skyrocketed. Check out his words of wisdom in this article
Graduating college as a psychology major, Jim Garner turned to professional commercial photography in 1993 in Seattle.Ã‚Â After marrying the love of his life, the other half of his photography business, he and Katarina started a wedding photography business.Ã‚Â Hundreds of weddings later, Jim Garner is now known as one of American Photo MagazineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Top 10 wedding photographers in the world.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the setting: extra large conference room, extra large video cameras, two extra large screens on an extra large stage. The room was packed and excited to learn from Southern California-based wedding photographer, and founder of [b]school, [b]ecker. With all this fanfare and regalia, the thing that I liked most about Becker, was that when he came out and began his talk, I felt so comfortable and at ease, like he was a buddy of mine and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chatting with me over a pint at a pub. He was downright down-to-earth and likeable.
There he was.Ã‚Â On stage with his arms full of giveaways, he stood with a smirk as he prepared to throw over 50 mouse-pads into the audience.Ã‚Â As people began standing up, jumping to grab one, he pelted these giveaways and even saved a special last one to rub against his chest as an extra bonus to the lucky winner.Ã‚Â The mouse-pad flew all the way to the back.Ã‚Â By then, he definitely had everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attention.
At 8:58 in the morning, a bunch of sleepy and weary-eyed photographers piled into room 310 at the MGM conference facility. There was Mary, Starbucks in hand, having a quiet moment with Justin. She reaches for his hand, takes a deep breath. Justin gives her a small smile, and in the dim lighting, MaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face glows. The WPPI program said that this talk was to cover how to build a business that thrives, not just survives, in any economic climate. The brochure was not wrong, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m here to tell you that it was much more than that it definitely sold the class short.
Lisa Lefkowitz got started by doing low end weddings at a high volume. She didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like how things were going so she decided on what she wanted to be doing and starting taking steps to get there. She loves taking photos of details and this makes her work very attractive to magazines and online publications. This also allows her to do a lot of storytelling through details. Her photos are brights and airy with a lot of off-camera gaze.