10.29.07 Photography

FAQ : National Conferences

FAQ: When did you start going to WPPI (DWF…Photo Plus, etc)? As a relatively new photographer, should I attend?

The quick answer is YES!

Beyond all the absolutely amazing speakers you’ll hear, the fabulous seminars available, and jaw-dropping trade-shows, you’ll meet other photographers and make new friends. It’s really a win-win-win. I had only owned my digital SLR a couple months when Mike invited me to join him and his beautiful wife at WPPI. I went as his assistant and helped him with whatever he needed, when he needed it. He was insanely busy, but he made sure I was able to attend a few seminars…as well as ensure I went to the parties later that night with him! ;)

I met SO many incredible people and I’m blessed to now call them friends. Actually, the first time I ever met Becker was at WPPI 2006. He walked around the tradeshow floor like he owned the joint and I thought to myself, Who does this guy think he is?!? ;) It wasn’t until later during the conference when I got to know (and completely adore) him. That same year, I met a newbie photographer named Cameron Ingalls. He hung out late one night after one of Mike’s presentations, so we started chatting. We immediately clicked (we spoke about his girlfriend and his other life passions), and promised to stay in touch. And we have.

Last Friday night, JD and I headed to Irvine Spectrum to join Becker and Jess for Happy Hour appetizers before Becker was ready to purchase Leopard at the MAC store. Shortly thereafter, JD, Jess, and I met Cameron and his wife Anna (the aforementioned girlfriend!) for dinner and we spent the evening under a blackened sky. Our long dinner served as further proof to me that continuing to attend conferences will make me a better photographer, but—more importantly—a better person.

If you’re wondering right now whether you should attend a conference, DO IT! The return on your investment is priceless and you’ll be so happy you invested in professional as well as personal growth!

Happy Monday!


Jess, Becker, me


Here's a totally hot picture of Cameron and Anna because I FORGOT to take a picture of all of us...Ugh!


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kay english - Hey! Do you know when the next conference is?  07.29.09 - 11:41am
zobo - what do u know its mr. becker your bff. haha j/k love u fatsoe zobo  11.25.07 - 7:04pm
{mattdj} - Thanks for posting a link to Cameron's blog! Dang, yet another inspiring photog's blog I must check every day! ;-) You're a talent and a half Cameron! Keep it up.  11.01.07 - 11:44am
Jasmine* - Hi Gabe! No, JD hasn't been to WPPI with me, but perhaps he'll go for a couple days next year! :)  10.31.07 - 1:07pm
gabriel ryan - hey jasmine! do you bring jd with you to wppi?  10.31.07 - 8:25am
Melissa Koehler - I am going to actually attend WPPI this year. Last year I just went to becker's party and finally met you in person! You are the sweetest ever, I could just hug you :) Hopefully we will see each other this year and actually get to chat :) Hugs to you  10.30.07 - 9:09am
Jasmine* - HI MOlly! There's no such thing as boring people...just boring moments with potentially fun people! And there's always party every night of the week. Pictage hosts a party, Becker hosts a party, Sara France hosts a party, Blu Domain hosts a party...and there's a whole bunch of other cool parties I wasn't invited to. I think people like have to take an egg to a bartender, who then tells them what secret passageway they must use, only to get to a deadbolted door with a bulky bouncer who you have to kiss...only to find a bunch of guys playing poker ;) I'm kinda, half kidding...long [lame] story short, there's tons of parties, you just have to get plugged into the community and then you'll get the proverbial Evite! :)  10.29.07 - 10:36pm
Cameron Ingalls - we had such a great time with you guys and are so happy that we got to know each other so much better. it is just the tip of the iceberg of our new friendship! and we were glad to meet Jess as well. I was just telling Anna how amazing WPPI is simply because i have met really great photographers that inspire and encourage; like you. Thanks so much for taking the time to hang!  10.29.07 - 10:36pm
Molly - Uhm, how do you get invited to said parties? I must have been hanging out with all the boring people last year, because I didn't know where any of said parties were happening!  10.29.07 - 10:04pm
Stacy Cross - Great advice, Jasmine! I learned SO much at Partnercon and met lots of really sweet people. :)  10.29.07 - 8:38pm
Joanna - I'm saving my $$ for WPPI! If there is anyway you could show me around the block so I can be just like you two years ago that would be awesome. Thanks for all that you do for us little ones.  10.29.07 - 4:37pm
meg - those are my friends! hi cam and anna! too bad you didn't get a photo of all you guys together. oh well.  10.29.07 - 3:23pm
gabriel ryan - i am so excited for wppi next march! it will be my first show. and i have to admit, coming from the snow/action sports industry, i am kind of a tradeshow nerd. maybe it's the peoples, the parties, the flashy propoganda.... i love it all!  10.29.07 - 3:11pm
Tanya Perezq - We hope to get to see you again at WPPI! :)   10.29.07 - 3:08pm
Claire - Doh! I'm blushing now, of course I meant Jasmine, it's just the photo of you, Becker and Jessica Claire that threw me. Thanks for the tip on when to go, I can probably extend my trip until Wednesday and avoid flying on the weekends. You are right about it being my one chance to do this so why not go the whole hog! I can't wait :))  10.29.07 - 1:54pm
Jasmine* - Hi Claire! I think you meant 'Jasmine', not 'Jessica'! ;) I'd suggest doing everything in your power to extend your stay for WPPI...especially since you're from Ireland. I mean, how often are you going to be able to come back and visit, right? The Anti-Workshop is more for artistic growth, and I think WPPI will be a more business growth. And, really, the WPPI tradeshow is just killer...come ready to drop some cash, because there are SO many goodies~ Also, I've been emailed by a few people about what days are the best to attend. I'll answer that question here for the benefit of others with the same question. If I only had three days to attend, I'd go Mon-Wednesday. Yes, you miss the juding and so forth, but the main thrust of WPPI begins on Sunday night until Thursday-ish. I doubt I'll be in Vegas the entire time, but I know I'll be out there for the main events...and, ahem, parties. ;)  10.29.07 - 1:43pm
Claire Wilson - Hello Jessica, I'm a long-time lurker on your blog. I just signed up for the anti-workshop in Vegas next year and was wondering if I should stay on for the conference afterwards so this is really timely for me! I'll be coming from Ireland so it's a big decision for me. Thank you for sharing this stuff, I know I've been blessed to read everything you've been passing on.  10.29.07 - 1:31pm
Ricki Ford - Jasmine I am looking forward to seeing you at wppi..  10.29.07 - 12:49pm
david baxter - totally agree! i can't wait for the next con. vegas here we come!  10.29.07 - 12:12pm
Jasmine* - Becker, I know I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I think your arrogance is endearing!! :) You crack me up!  10.29.07 - 11:32am
[ b ] e c k e r - J*, didn't you get the memo. I do own the place! DUH! xo ps. thanks again for stopping by and picking up the check. you and JD are the best!  10.29.07 - 11:26am
Amy Martin - Agreed! :)  10.29.07 - 11:09am
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