We only have a few weeks to go before the WPPI Conference opens. I got to chat about it with George Varanakis, who was brought on a few months ago to produce this year’s WPPI event. George is the Strategic Advisor and Former EVP of WPPI. He also co-founded Sue Bryce Education and The Portrait Masters.
Many of you may already know George from his past escapades, as he’s been involved in this industry for donkey’s years! George’s background involves running WPPI in its early days, circa 2012. Of course, there’s also his involvement in helping Sue Bryce to build the Portrait Masters Empire and the Portrait System.
I asked George for the no-BS take on how WPPI was shaping up, and he was very upfront about it. Pre-registration has exceeded their estimations! They have super-sized the engagement components of the show to increase attendee interaction. There will be over 15 shooting bays on the show floor. The number of photo walks is already breaking show history records. George also pointed out that they had added a DJ to the show floor this year, giving another dimension to the walking-the-show floor experience. I believe this addition was because George wanted to bust a move.
So, if you’re up for developing your wedding and portrait shooting skills, or simply want to interact with your peers and the industry rock stars, consider attending. WPPI combines educational seminars with trade show and networking events, where photographers can learn, connect and grow their business in a fun and friendly environment. Photofocus will be there with a few of our editors and contributors. If you would like to meet up or say hi, email me at [email protected].
WPPI 2023 will take place at Mirage Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV on March 5 – 9, 2023. See you next week!