Wedding Photographers International was founded in the 1970’s and provided a much-needed forum for wedding photographers who had long asked for guidance, and an association of their own.
In 1980, WPI held its first convention and trade show in Las Vegas, at Caesar’s Palace. There were 2,500 attendees and 24 trade show booths. At the 2011 WPPI Convention and Trade Show, there were over 15,000 attendees and 350 trade show booths.
Realizing that many of WPI’s present and future members were involved in both wedding and portrait photography, Wedding Photographers International officially became WPPI – Wedding & Portrait Photographers International on January 1, 1995. In 2011, WPPI includes members world-wide from all genres of photography, including fine art, commercial, and advertising.
Belonging to such organisations as WPPI allows us a resource to keep learning new trends, products and how other photographers are working. The photography industry is fantastic for the fact that photographers are often happy to share ideas between them which serves to the betterment of the industry.
Entering competitions is an added benefit, they are fun and challenging. We don’t enter everything but when we do, it’s nice to be recognised with an award that we can tell our clients about. Being able to show clients our awards offers them a little peace of mind, in that we’re being judged by other photographers to be good at what we do.