It’s that time of year again. The time where thousands of wedding and portrait photographers converge into an unsuspecting Las Vegas for WPPI, one of the largest photography conferences in the country. If you’ve never been, this is definitely an event you should plan on attending. A week of platform classes, Photo walks, photo shoots in the desert, demonstrations, the newest gear on two huge trade show floors, parties, networking…

If you are going (or need more convincing), check out these articles with some tips from the veterans:

A team from SLR Lounge will also be there to represent.  If you see us on the floor, be sure to say hello!

WPPI runs from March 3-10, with the Expo from March 7th-9th. And for the first time, you can actually go for FREE. That’s access to 80 Platform classes and all special events, plus savings on Plus/Master Classes and Photo Walks to PHOTO+ Members (WPPI, PhotoServe). You have to be a member (it costs $149 a year). Otherwise, the conference and expo are $300-400 for non-members.

You can get more information here.

Make sure you mark your calendars for some of the SLR Writing Team who will also be teaching and leading events during the show. Some of these classes will require you to sign up so jump on it quick!

To register for the classes or photo walks, search by day, speaker, type of class, etc. to find and register for the ones you want.

Pye Jirsa

pye-headshotPye will be teaching at a few booths at WPPI. On March 7th at 1:30 pm, you can find him at the Tiffen Booth #1007 talking about constant lighting with the GL-1 and more lighting tips and tricks.

On March 8th at 1:15 pm, Pye will be at the Profoto Booth #301 and talking about more lighting! Pye’s been loving theProfoto B1‘s and making his own Golden Hour with these incredible lights.

Trevor Dayley

Self Portrait Trevor Dayley July 2015

Platform classes are included with your WPPI ticket and one of the best uses of your time while at the convention. On Monday, March 7th at 6:30 pm, Trevor Dayley will be teaching a platform class, Off-Camera Lighting Recipes for Wedding Photographers. This fast-paced session is designed to demonstrate a number of different lighting setups that wedding photographers can use to create epic images in a short amount of time. In this course, he will present smart ways to set up your lights and create spectacular images throughout the wedding day. If you find yourself placing your light the same way with every client because you “can’t think of anything else to do,” then this session is for you!

Pre-board tickets (similar to a Disney Fast-Pass ticket) for Trevor’s class have already all been reserved so if you are interested in being in the audience make sure to get there early, so you are in line when the doors open.

A photo walk is an opportunity to learn outside the classroom setting and up on your feet rather than sitting down. Each photo walk is 90-minutes long and open to 25 people. They are not included in the general WPPI platform/expo pass but can be purchased as a small add-on for $49. On Tuesday morning from 8:30 am-10:00 am, Trevor will be leading a group, showing and practicing some of his most popular lighting setups he uses at weddings to create beautiful photos of couples. Trevor’s photo walk will be a compliment to his platform class he is teaching the evening prior and give you an opportunity to see him setting up lights, ask questions and even jump in and do a little photo shooting of your own. Sign up for Trevor’s Photo Walk here.

Alicia D’amico


On Wed, March 9th, 2016,  from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, join Alicia on a Photo Walk in the MGM Pool!

Course Title: Beneath the Surface: Hands-on Underwater Portraiture

Course Description:  Grab your goggles or snorkeling mask and head underwater with Alicia D’Amico in the MGM Grand swimming pool for a breathtaking underwater portrait class. Learn how to work safely with clients and communicate with them while down under. Take this opportunity to try Alicia’s underwater rig out and get a feel for the challenges and beauty of underwater photography.

Sign up for Alicia’s Photo Walk here.

Miguel Quiles


Miguel is a New Jersey-based commercial wedding and portrait photographer who’s been involved in the industry for over 15 years, starting off first as a salesman at a local camera store. Since then, Miguel has been refining his skills and pushing the limits of his creative abilities. As a self-taught photographer, Miguel hopes to share his experience and knowledge with new and upcoming photographers who wish to take their work to the next level.

At WPPI, you can find Miguel on Tuesday, March 8th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on the trade show floor in the Mac Group booth #101. Miguel will be showing off some of the latest Phottix lights in a lighting demo. Then join him from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm for a Photo Walk (topic TBA). To sign up for Miguel’s Photo Walk, keep checking back here (it should be updated soon).