“WPPIFresh” Places Special Focus on First-Time Exhibitors at Annual Expo for Wedding and Portrait Photographers

Special Area Gives Attendees Quick Access to New Exhibitors, Products and Services

New York – February 7, 2018 — The Wedding and Portrait Photography International Conference + Expo is rolling out the red carpet for first-time exhibitors with dedicated booth space dubbed “WPPIFresh.” WPPIFresh was added after research conducted by Emerald Expositions, owner and organizer of WPPI, found that more than 90% of Expo attendees wanted to quickly and easily seek out first-time exhibitors with new products, technologies, and services.

“We know that new and emerging businesses in the photo and video markets can sometimes feel like exhibiting at a trade show for the first time can be a little bit of a leap of faith. WPPIFresh was created to really make new exhibitors feel at home as we place a spotlight on their company and product offerings so attendees can easily identify and engage with them through physical booth space and various other marketing benefits,” said Mike Gangel, WPPI Show Director. “WPPI continues to gain interest from new photo and video exhibitors and we are pleased to provide them with a convenient way to introduce themselves to attendees.”

“WPPIFresh” Exhibitors

New exhibitors will each have designated booth numbers but all will be located in the WPPIFresh area.

Album Design Store – Booth #564

Album Design Store provides photographers and studios with a one-stop-shop for all their post production needs. Album Design Store assists photographers with custom album design, editing, retouching, and the ultimate expression of “wedding stories” in the form of hand crafted albums.

As a third generation family business, they bring exclusive and customized designs to photographers, along with fast, reliable and cost effective post production services. Album Design Store will help add value to customer services by saving them time and offering custom work that is unique and non-repetitive. 

Calotype – Booth #469

Calotype's end-to-end workflow management software is a photographer´s tool for every stage of the process in the high-volume photography business, from input to sale. With Calotype at their fingertips, photographers and studios will have access to technology that allows greater efficiencies with their business, and ultimately help increase their business. Calotype's goal is to empower independent photographers and studios and make a positive difference in their business.

Epilog Laser – Booth #363

Epilog is the leading designer and manufacturer of CO2 and fiber laser engraving, cutting, and marking systems that are able to engrave and cut a variety of materials. Stop by our booth for a demo and learn how you can etch treasured photos on all kinds of substrates!

Fractals – Booth #562

Fractals, a popular photography equipment company famous for their prismatic filters, is releasing a new product, dubbed the Fibonacci Set. Raising $60,000 on Kickstarter, Fractals debuted in 2014 and has been working hard to release its second product. “We’ve gone through dozens, if not hundreds of iterations,” said Nikk Wong at Fractals. “By combining unique refractive materials and doubly-faceted glass, we’ve produced filters that help photographers create amazing images.”

FrameALIVE – Booth #463

FrameALIVE is a new app that breathes life into images by combining image recognition with videos to produce pictures that “come to life with a click.” To create these masterpieces simply select a still photo or image and link it to a video in the FrameALIVE dashboard. With FrameALIVE you can literally bring your pictures to life! Photographers can add videos to their favorite photo albums, design moving portraits, make printed books with YouTube videos, and so much more.

Inter-State Studio – Booth #560

Inter-State Imaging Services helps photographers launch their school picture business. They provide all the support and resources businesses need. Whether companies are looking to reach the next level or just starting out, Inter-State Studio provides great turn-key solutions.

Lemonade and Lenses Collective– Booth #355

Lemonade and Lenses is proud to be one of the first family run photography magazines in the industry. As they embark on their 6th year of publishing educational, bi-monthly magazines for photographers, they also grew to a creative team of three! Their publication teaches photographers about business and marketing, branding and design, and photography, so they can care for every aspect of their treasured photography business. In addition, Lemonade and Lenses provides an inspirational blog, image competitions, educational and portfolio-building events, all within a safe, positive community to comfortably ask questions and share work! You can be a part of their community on Instagram @lemonadeandlense or by visiting the website.

Marcello Strada – Booth #558

Marcello Strada is an Italian-based company that produces photobook binding machines that work with pneumatic systems and do not require technical assistance. The company provides a system that offers high-end finishing, affordable entry points, and low operation costs. One of the leading European companies in this space, Marcello Strada has official distribution outlets in the U.S.

PQ Albums – Booth #367

PQ Albums  Professional Photographers and their customers. They understand that consumers demand more for less. At a time when profit margins are low for professional photographers, PQ Albums gives professional photographers quality at a price point their customers will love. Their albums are designed to preserve your clients’ special moments beautifully and in a range of materials and formats your customers can afford. PQ Albums is excited to join photographers on their business journey and become an integral part of the professional photography industry. Join them in booth #367 to celebrate love and families. Register online at www.pqalbums.com to receive your free swatch book.

Primera Technology – Booth #468

Primera Technology is one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty printing equipment. Impressa® IP60 Digital Photo Printer is the latest addition to Primera’s portfolio, which includes the LX-Series Color Label Printers, AP-Series Label Applicators, and the world's smallest portable printer Trio. Impressa IP60 is suited best for event photography, photo booths, amusement parks, and more.

Speedy’s One Stop Repair – Booth #556

For over 40 years Speedy’s One Stop Repair has provided repair service for manufacturers, distributors, operators and end users.  Their trained technicians have years of experience in the electronic repair industry.  All services include a 45 day warranty.

Studio Ninja – Booth #454

Studio Ninja is one of the world's most user-friendly photography business apps, designed specifically for photographers, by photographers. Users can get setup in less than 30 minutes and then let Studio Ninja handle all your important business administrative tasks. Studio Ninja will help photographers manage their shoots, clients, leads, invoices, automation, workflows and more.

SWIT Electronics – Booth #568

SWIT Electronics will showcase their S-2610  Flexible LED light, a 24"x18" flexible Bi-color LED light, at this year’s WPPI Expo. The light can be used in nearly any environment. Its lightweight, thin, bendable, and waterproof design make it ideal for outdoors, indoors, narrow spaces, and just about anywhere you might need or want additional light. The panel mat features bi-color 3000K-5600K color temperature with a CRI over 97 and 0-100% dimming.  The external control box with LCD touchscreen allows users to control light value, color temperature, and view current battery levels. The S2610 light kit includes the S-2610 light, carry case, power adapter, control box & foldable X bracket.

3D Photographic Solutions – Booth #359

3D Photographic Solutions has a mission to bring the best and most affordable 3D imaging and 3D printing methods to professional photographers. They currently provide Information, Assessments, Training and Discounts for the best 3D methods and will soon provide Integrated Hardware, Software and Systems to make 3D imaging and 3D printing a standard professional photographic tool.

Yodabooth – Booth #465

Yodabooth is the perfect fusion of photo booth hardware and software. Based on years of industry experience, Yodabooth has everything photographers need to stand out in their market and offer clients a truly personalized experience

About WPPI

The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and now, filmmakers, specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding, portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, over 13,000 professional and imaging professionals attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to help grow their business, experiment with new products from major manufacturers to improve productivity, and to use Vegas as a backdrop while expanding skillsets and portfolios.

The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.  We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve. 

More information about WPPI can be found at http://www.wppionline.com

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WPPI Gets Extended Stay at Mandalay Bay Through 2020

Emerald Expositions Has Perfect Vision for WPPI; Company Signs Extended Stay Agreement with Mandalay Bay Through 2020

Restaurants, Nightclubs, and Expansive Expo Center Ensures WPPI Community Will Have an All-Inclusive Venue They Can Call Home for the Next Three Years

New York – February 1, 2018 – Emerald Expositions announced it has inked a deal with Mandalay Bay that will secure an all-inclusive and community-oriented home for the annual Wedding and Portrait Photography International (WPPI) conference and expo through 2020. The agreement ensures that WPPI attendees and exhibitors will have a comfortable environment conducive to learning, community gatherings, and an array of social activities they can enjoy together for the next several years.

“WPPI will continue to be the largest and most dynamic and inspiring event for photographers and securing Mandalay Bay as its home for the next three years will be instrumental in continuing to build our close-knit community,” explains John McGeary, senior vice president at Emerald Expositions. “Mandalay Bay offers a full range of restaurants, entertainment choices, and conference amenities that will allow all attendees to experience WPPI as it was designed – as an all-inclusive community.”

“We are so excited to have a long-term home for our WPPI community at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center,” added Mike Gangel, WPPI show director. “Our new home has everything we need to fulfill our 2018 mantra of ‘learn hard, play hard, recharge, and connect!’ The combination of comfortable conference space and a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs make this the perfect location for this incredible event.”

Registration for WPPI 2018 is currently open and attendees can instantly save $75 on a Full Platform Pass by becoming a PHOTO+ member. PHOTO+ members will also receive instant savings on Photo Walks, Master Classes, and PLUS classes.

About WPPI

The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and now, filmmakers, specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding, portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, over 13,000 professional and imaging professionals attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to help grow their business, experiment with new products from major manufacturers to improve productivity, and to use Vegas as a backdrop while expanding skillsets and portfolios.

The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.  We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve. 

More information about WPPI can be found at http://www.wppionline.com

Additional information and a complete schedule of seminars and activities are available online at wppionline.com.

Website:          http://www.wppionline.com

Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/WPPIOnline

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/RFWPPI

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Discounts! Get your red hot discounts! (Also some great resources)

I've spent the last few years working with a ton of different companies, vendors, and educational outlets...as such...I've also gotten a bunch of deals to share! Thus this post. I'll have this made sticky and update it as things change and get added/removed. 

In the mean time, please enjoy and make use of all the awesome products, education, and discounts you can find here. 

PPSDC Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Workflow Workshop - September 30 @ 12:00PM - 5:00PM

What you've always wanted to know about Adobe Lightroom is one click away!

September 30 @ 12:00PM - 5:00PM

I'll be coming to George's Camera store (Kearny Mesa location) to give a half day workshop on working with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Don't miss it! 

http://ppsdc.com/event/lightroom-workshop-with-david-j-crewe/

As photographers, a big part of our workflow is done in post-production. Let's face it, most of us use Adobe Lightroom, but are you getting the most out of this amazing software?

How many times have you searched YouTube on how to do this one thing only to find the tutorial to be badly done, incomplete, or just not what you were looking for?

Learn how to:

  • Create, import, and manage catalogs
  • Import and export images
  • Backup your images
  • Customize Plates in LR
  • Date/Time/Client sorting
  • Filters to find photos
  • Custom renaming
  • File handling in LR
  • Virtual copies, collections
  • HDR and Panoramic image handling
  • Archiving, backup, and file sharing
  • LR Mobile tools
  • So much more...

Plus, Crewe will give us a detailed review of how to use the powerful image editing tools in Lightroom, as well as working back and forth with Photoshop.

David Crewe packs a lot of great information, tips, and tricks into his workshops and we're lucky to have him for a whole afternoon. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.

http://ppsdc.com/event/lightroom-workshop-with-david-j-crewe/