WPPI – the best laid plans…
… well, you know the rest. I’ve been planning my butt off. What to attend. What gear to bring. Which Hawaiian shirt to pack…. This will be my first WPPI, and hopefully not my last, so I want to do it right. I started with a million little things, and tried to string them all together:
So what does the image have to do with WPPI? Not much, but without a lead image these blog posts look goofy on the main page. But maybe it does have something to do with WPPI. Maybe going with a common thread would be a good idea. Or not. Maybe diving into the ‘bowl’ and sampling a little of everything is the better way to do your first WPPI.
Personally I have only one main goal; Go for the experience. Next year I might be more focused; but this year I just want to go make some friends, see some folks from past events, and generally hang out. And attend as many platform classes as possible. And do as many workshop shoots as possible. And ferret out as many good parties as I can. Hmmm…. I need a calendar….
Sunday, March 7
Fly. All damn day. I went with Expedia, which was a big mistake. So I get to visit Seattle on my way to Vegas, and the total trip time is 12 hours. Although the price they quote is the price you pay (unlike Air Canada or Westjet respective Vacations packages), they have HUGE change fees. After I realized my booking error (Sunday, instead of Saturday) I found out that it would cost more to change one flight than my whole airfare+hotel cost originally. Yikes! So I get to miss some events. Ah well.
Monday, January 8
8:00 – 10:00 Jerry Ghionis or Jesh de Rox? Why do such big decisions have to happen so early in the a.m.? If you have an opinion, let me know!!!
10:30 – 11:30 Model Shoot
2:00 – 4:00 Knuth Workshop
3:00 : Hit up the [b]’s headshot shoot, if I can tear myself away from the platform classes.
3:30 – 5:30 Judy Herman? Maybe. But…
4:00 – 5:30 FastTrack Shootout. I AM SO GOING! I got my confirmation last week. Jazzed.
6:30 – 8:30 Jasmine Star. And why not? I found her story pretty inspirational since she is so new to the industry (like moi).
8:30 + WPPI Pool Party. A chance to mingle and get an end-of-day beer. Oh wait… end of day… I don’t think so…!
10:00 Joe Photo Night Shoot. This was announced thru the [b]school, and again I’m about the trillionth person on the ‘me too’ list, so I’m probably not actually going to get to go. [edit: but I did make the wait list!] Why am I bringing my camera gear again?
Tuesday, March 9
7:30 – Breakfast with the Calgary Gang!
8:00 – 10:00 John Michael Cooper <- can someone take notes?
10:00 – 3:30 I HAVE NO IDEA. Maybe some platform talks. Maybe the tradeshow.
3:30 – 5:30 Dane Sanders – should be pretty cool; I like Dane’s approach and he comes across well in his videos and chats.
6:00 – 7:30 FastTrack Afterparty – I know absolutely ZERO people, so I hope to meet a few there.
8:00 – 10:00 Kodak Party – Meh. Don’t know much about this, so probably I’ll check out the first few minutes.
9:00 – 11:00 Mike Colon – again, a person who comes across as genuine, helpful and real.
10:00 (or right after Mike….) The [b] Party! Whoo hoo!
Wednesday, March 10
8:00 – 10:00 – SLEEPING IN! Then getting a really restorative breakfast of eggs, bacon, and coffee…
11:00 – 1:30pm – Emma Jane Shoot
2:30 – 4:30 Finding the ‘filmisnotdead’ preso because a) I actually DO shoot film. and b) they are giving away cool T-shirts!
5:00 – 6:00 Friday Photo School – I have NO idea what this is about. Must know!
7:00 – 10:00 Award Reception and Ceremony. If I can find Brandy, I’ll cheer her on!
Thursday, March 11
9:00 – 11:00 Photographers Ignite Presentations. I hear [b]ecker is doing ‘How to pick up bridesmaids’…. LOL.
1:00 – 4:00 Possible workshop shoot time
6:00 – 10:00 Possible workshop shoot time
Friday, March 12
9:00 – Eat, Pack, Check out, and fly home. Via Los Angeles. And Seattle. I think I take off at noon, and finally land at midnight. Yikes!!!
Saturday, March 13
Edit, edit, edit…. and then edit some more….
Well, that’s it. We’ll see how well the plan stands up to Vegas, WPPI, and what looks like not having time to eat for a week.
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