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Scenes from WPPI 2014: It Was the Best Week of our Lives!

By // March 10, 2014 // Posted in Events & Workshops, WPPI News

“As I reflect on WPPI, one thing comes clear. People are once again enthusiastic about the profession. I haven’t seen this kind of energy, smiles and camaraderie in about five years.”
— Gary Fong

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Chuck Arlund teaching his lighting tips to a room full of photographers.

As I settle back into the office this morning, I wanted to write a quick blog post to say thank you. My feet still hurt, my body aches, and to be honest I’m totally exhausted. I just want to say that I’m so proud of all of you. You guys came together for the best week of our lives, and let it all hang out. From Thursday to Thursday, we laughed, hugged, cried and, oh yeah, high fived 24-7.

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Sunday night opening party at Hakassan.

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Tuesday morning’s Fun Run.

#wppi2014 was a home run because of you. YOU are WPPI, from the bottom of my heart, once again, thank you.

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Kevin Kubota instructs a lighting demo.

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Jaleel King greets the morning.

The WPPI 2014 Awards Ceremony co-hosted by Jerry Ghionis, where many photographers took home honors of excellence.

The WPPI 2014 Awards Ceremony co-hosted by Jerry Ghionis, where many photographers took home honors of excellence.

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Jason Groupp

Jason Groupp

Jason Groupp is the Director of WPPI and a New York City photographer heavily steeped in the industry. Adoring New York City far beyond any healthy proportion, Jason has maintained his photography studio in West Chelsea for the past 12 years.

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5 Comments

  1. After making a very last minute decision to come to WPPI this year, I can safely say it was one of the best things I’ve done for myself in a very long time. As I sit here trying to get back into the swing of things and still recovering from the lack of sleep, I also am feeling incredibly inspired and a sense of pride for my industry that I haven’t felt in quite awhile. I can’t wait to implement some of the new things I learned while in Vegas and strengthen the bonds with the people I met. I’m already looking forward to next year, thank you so much for such an awesome opportunity!

  2. Each Filmmaking presentation was a great moment for me! To see them included at WPPI was indeed something special. Have been hoping for it to happen for years…and now it has. Thanks Jason for your support.

  3. WPPI is AWESOME. Really the best week in my life! It was my first time, and I can`t wait to go back. Met so many fantastic people and learned so much. I also really love the social get together we had in nighttime, and the Fun Run was so great. “What Would Jerry Do” on saturday night was such a great start of the week (. And Hakkasan, ohhhhh yeah baby, what a fantastic dance party. Thank you so much Jason for an AMAZING week. See you next year.

    All best from Denmark

  4. You rocked it, man. Awesome show. Hoping to keep all the positive vibes I accrued during this show with me throughout the year. Great reminder of what an awesome industry we work in!

  5. Such a remarkably FANTASTIC WPPI this year! Every little change and tweaked detail from years past made a big, positive difference. I loved WPPI last year, too. But, Jason, your hard work and new direction for 2014 was clearly felt and appreciated. Love the new direction, man!