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  • WPPA Fun Facts

    Welcome to the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association! The WPPA is one of the oldest and most respected photographer associations in the country.

    Did you know... The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) was formed in Milwaukee by a group of WPPA members? The studio strobes that we all use was invented by an engineer/WPPA photographer in Racine and were first installed in a studio in Appleton? How many of our members have gone on to serve as presidents of PPA and the American Society of Photographers (ASP)? Could you imagine going to a program on Constant Light vs Flash in the heyday of Black and White? Who started the Fellowship Program? Who moved the convention out of Milwaukee? Dig into colorful past and you’ll find out why the WPPA has been around for over 116 years and what it means to be a member!

    You will see with a little “research” that the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association (WPPA) is not just a bunch of people interested in taking pictures. Who are Gus Malme, Bill Wollensak, Art Pohlman, Aida Price, Lester Baker, Gerhard Bakker, Mille Totushek, Verna Madigan, and Lionel Lewis? They were some real great image makers who shared with us their experiences and knowledge of the craft they loved. They taught us the principles of Lighting, Composition, Exposure, Retouching, Quality, Competition, just to name a few. They were gutsy and front runners, … THEY set the standards for today.

Online registration is now OPEN!

 

 

Online registration for the fabulous WPPA Winter/Spring Convention is now open!  It’s the BEST EDUCATION VALUE you will find all year:

  • 14 nationally recognized speakers from across the country, February 28 – March 3
    • Ken Sklute, Dennis Hammon, Gabriel Alonso, Maria Sauserman, Larry Peters, Lou Szoke, Scott Tracy, Mark Fitzgibbons, Kevin Hudson, Tiffany Schmitt, Jim Cunningham, Carl Caylor and Dan Frievalt
    • Speaker bios and class descriptions listed above under “Events & Education”
  • Hands-on classes every day!
    • Friday night: Guru Lounge with hands-on teaching at night
    • Saturday: 6 hands-on classes throughout the day
    • Sunday: 6 hands-on classes throughout the day
    • Monday: 1 featured hands-on class with Dan Frievalt and Carl Caylor
  • Tradeshow Friday and Saturday with vendors from around the country
  • 3 meals included!
  • Live band and party Saturday night!
  • PPA North Central District print competition on Thursday and Friday — view live judging!
  • And much more!
  • Early bird price:  $175 for WPPA members AND members of other state and regional associations!
  • $99 special room block rate at the Green Bay Radisson Hotel
  • WPPA members: recruit a new association member and get a $25 rebate on your convention fee for each new member! (Maximum rebate of $175)

What are you waiting for?  Register now!

Note:  Once you have registered, you will receive a separate invitation to sign up for (1) Saturday class and (1) Sunday class.  Class sign ups will begin on January 25 via an email invitation, and first dibs will go to those who registered first. Class sizes will be limited, so register early to ensure you will have your first choice of classes!

2014 Winter Convention and North Central District Print Competition

 

 

The 2014 WPPA Winter/Spring Convention merges with the North Central District Print Competition this year! Mark your calendars for February 28 – March 3 at the Radisson Inn in Green Bay. Fabulous speakers and the PPA District print competition on February 27-28…all at an affordable price and within easy driving distance.   What more could you want?

 Investment:

CATEGORY BY 2/14        BY 2/21        AT CONVENTION
WPPA MEMBER* 175 205 220
LIFE/HONORARY MEMBERS 0 50 75
EMPLOYEES/WORKING FAMILY 175 205 210
ONE DAY (W/2 FULL PAID) 75 100 125
ONE DAY (WPPA MEMBER) 100 150 220
OUT-OF-STATE (NOT WI)** 175 205 210
IMMEDIATE FAMILY*** 75 105 135
CHILDREN (UNDER 17YRS) 0 30 60
PARTY PASS (FAMILY)*** 50 100 125
NON-WPPA MEMBERS 300 325 345

*Includes Primary, Honorary Life, Associate, Student, Retired
**Proof of membership of local/state association (not Wisconsin) required (certificate or paid invoice)
***Limited to family members 17 years and older, not working in photography, or working less that 10 hours per week in photography

Registration:

Schedule:

Thursday – Friday

PPA Northcentral District Print Competition

Friday Night

Trade Show Opening 7:00p – 11:00p

  • Talk to industry vendors and get your questions answered in person.  You actually get to see and handle the stuff you want to buy.  And, please do buy!

Guru Lounge 8:00p – 11:00p

  • Try out new gear from our vendors, and get hands-on demos and training from some of the best photographers in the country.
  • Snacks and malty fermented beverages included!

Saturday

Note:  Once you have registered, you will receive a separate invitation to sign up for (1) Saturday class and (1) Sunday class.  Class sign ups will begin on January 25 via an email invitation, and first dibs will go to those who registered first. Class sizes will be limited, so register early to ensure you will have your first choice of classes!

Demo Classes 8:30 – 11:00:  Wow! What a lineup…and it’s only day one!

  • Ken Sklute
  • Larry Peters
  • Dennis Hammon
  • Mark Fitzgibbons
  • Lou Szokes
  • Gabriel Alonso

Trade Show 1:00 – 3:00

Trade Show Lunch 12:00 – 1:00

Demo Classes (cont.) 3:00 – 4:30

General Assembly 5:00 – 6:30 Ken Sklute sponsored by:

Fun Night TBA

Sunday  

Demo Classes 8:30 – 11:00

  • Scott Tracy
  • Maria Saurserman
  • Tiffany Schmitt
  • Kevin Hudson
  • Jim Cunningham

Magical Q&A Presentation 1:00 – 3:00 (TBA)

Demo Classes (cont.) 3:30 – 5:00

WPPA Gala TBA

Monday -

All Day Program

8:30 – 11:30 Dan Frievalt and Carl Caylor sponsored by:

Lunch 11:45 – 1:00

Program (cont.) 1:15 – 3:00 Dan Frievalt and Carl Caylor

Safe travels!

Registration info

Hotel Info (mention the WPPA room block for our special rates)

Radisson Hotel and Convention Center
2040 Airport Drive
Green Bay, WI  54313

 

Fall Convention and Shootout Schedule

 

 

 

2013 WPPA Fall Convention

When: October 19-21, 2012

Where: Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids

This event will undoubtedly prove itself to be one you can’t afford to miss. Not only will the speaker and shoot-out talent be exceptional…Fall Print Competition is back!!

Register Online Now!

Schedule:

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

1:00pm – 5:00pm
John R. Hartman “What it Takes to Run a Successful Studio”
Sponsored by White House

5:00pm – 9:00pm
Vendors & Trade Show
(Food will be available in the Trade Show Area)

9:00pm – Midnight
Guru Lounge
“Synergy at the Highest Level”

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

8:30am – 12:00pm

Vendors & Trade Show

(Coffee and Rolls in the Trade Show Area)

9:00am – 12:00pm
Print & Folio Judging

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Shoot Out w/Mentors: John Hartman, Ken Kneringer, Teri Shevy and Michael Mowbray

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Awards Dinner

9:00pm – Midnight
Guru Lounge
“More Synergy at the Highest Level”

Monday, October 21st, 2013

9:00am – 12:00pm

Ken Kneringer “The Fashion Senior Studio”
Sponsored by ACI

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Ken Kneringer continues

2013 Fall Convention and Shootout

Saturday October 19, 2013 – Monday October 21, 2013

451 E Grand Ave

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Description:

2013 WPPA Fall Convention

When: October 19-21, 2012

Where: Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids

This event will undoubtedly prove itself to be one you can’t afford to miss. Not only will the speaker and shoot-out talent be exceptional…Fall Print Competition is back!!

Register