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WPPI and Bananas

Business, Personal

February 7, 2011

  1. I’m totally with you! First trip to Vegas, first trip to WPPI, a huge journey of dealing with fear and trusting God through this process of deciding to go… etc.
    (PS— we should meet)

  2. Jim says:


    Take a deep breath, collect yourself and rock the show! The best advice I can give you (from having been at part of WPPI last year, Imaging USA this year, and countless other conventions from my day job) is to plan.

    Take a look at the published class schedules, figure out who you want to see. Some of the platform classes fill up fast, but you can “pre-board” for a few of those. Next, keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook, and any of your vendor emails to see who else is sponsoring speakers on the show floor. Last year, I missed out big time as I only had enough time to fly through the vendor halls. At Imaging USA, I made it a point to go see certain speakers on the floor that I wasn’t able to see in the platform lectures. Make sure you take a notebook/Ipad/iphone/laptop to record notes. In the 7 days I was at Imaging USA last month, I think I captured 2-3 pages of notes per 1 hour lecture. My goal was to learn 1 thing from every speaker, and I’m pretty sure most of them were a wealth of knowledge and/or inspiration.

    Expect to be overwhelmed. If this year is anything like last year, there will be over 15,000 photographers at the convention. There will be 2 exhibit halls full of vendors hawking their goods. There will be long lines and lots of things going on outside of the platform lectures and vendor hall.

    Twitter is your friend. Do a search for #WPPI to catch news from vendors, other photographers and new friends. Lastly, I’ll be in Vegas for WPPI and if you’d like to get together, just send me a note at the email I provided above or hit me up on twitter @MBlockerPhoto


  3. Sarah W. says:

    So excited to be one of those friends that loves and supports you and will be right there with you!

    And so glad for the randomness of our meeting each other 5 years ago, almost to the day! WEIRD. 🙂

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