Rocking WPPI and the Photo Plus Expo

I spent much of last week and weekend with lots of energetic professional photographers attending the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) and Photo Plus Expo conferences at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.  I usually like I.M. Pei’s work, but the Javits Center is as 80’s as it gets (bad 80’s, not excellent 80’s), and this once revolutionary cage design has seen better days, as evidenced by the leaky roof during Saturday’s October snowstorm (yes, you read that correctly, OCTOBER snowstorm). Architecture aside, it was a great conference and while I only traveled 40 blocks south to attend, photographers came from all over the U.S. and the world to enjoy the three days of seminars led by many leading photographers in the field.  We were greeted with a wild (and overwhelming) trade show floor of cameras, albums, printers, scanners, frames, storage devices, and demonstrations of the perpetual Canon/Nikon battle.  It was fun to see old friends from photography school and hone my knowledge of posing (bride, groom, kids, parents, wedding party), blogging (see, I’m up writing this!), Adobe Lightroom work flow, branding, and marketing. Below shows some fun on the trade show floor…the wonderful Me Ra Koh explains the secret to photographing this little guy.  He was fascinated with the light and loved crawling under the table.  I attended a seminar with Me Ra on…social media and blogging.  Me Ra just released a new book about photographing children and is a frequent guest on The Nate Berkus Show, giving tips to shutterbug moms everywhere.