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Welcome to The Wedding & Portrait Society (WPS)!
Welcome to The Wedding & Portrait Society (WPS). We're a network of professional wedding & portrait photographers who come together to collaborate on photographic ideas, thoughts, and information in an attempts to elevate the artistic, technical, and business standards of the wedding photographic community. Membership in the WPS offers many professional & personal growth opportunities via monthly educational meetings, networking, critiques, and general camaraderie during such gatherings. WPS meetings, forums, blog submissions, & web pages are open to any and all professional wedding photographers throughout the world.
The WPS's origins date back to 2005, when Raleigh, NC wedding photographer Christobal Perez organized quarterly photography meetings in an effort to help build relationships, share knowledge amongst peers, and help create a competitive, yet supportive photographic community. The spirit of Christobal's movement has grown exponentially since that time and has since evolved into the WPS (which became official in 2009) with the further support of other local photographers & Brian Mullins.
To join the WPS, you must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Actively pursuing business as a professional wedding and/or portrait photographer.
- A professional photography website showing your current work (Facebook business pages do NOT count).
- Operating as a legal business within the laws of your local county/city/state.
- Willingness to share your knowledge with others (we don't ask for state secrets but a general willingness to be open and help others when possible).
There are two levels of membership in the WPS; student and professional.
To officially become a member of the WPS please first read the FAQ then register here. Pro membership is $20 per year.
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2014 WPS Competition Specifications:
1st quarter competition will be announced soon. The competition software is going under a complete overhaul and we expect completion before April 1st. We appreciate your patience and look forward to unveiling the new competition software!
Please read the rules below BEFORE submitting your image.
Click here to submit your image. Each category submission is subject to a small fee.. Additional details and pricing information are on the submissions page or on our Image Competition FAQ page.
The winner will be announced at the NACE/ISES/TBA/WPS Annual Holiday party on December 4th, 2012 at the Garden on Millbrook in Raleigh, NC.
Here is the list of the incredibly talented local photographers who have graciously agreed to share their knowledge with us at the 2014 WPS Roots workshop. This page will be changing so please check back for updates.
For those that don't know, the WPS grew out of a local "get-together" of photographers who would talk, share and help each other out. Trying to get a group of photographers together is easy enough when it's the same photographers month after month, right? How about when the market explodes with new talent and there is no centralized system, group or resources for them to call on for questions, advice or, worst of all, emergencies.
How many of you, when you first started, had the forethought to have a contact list of photographers with you, in case of emergencies? Probably not too many. I'm not talking about a week before the wedding, we are talking a day before, or the day of. One of our members just went thru this and, let me say, I was amazed at how quickly the WPS community proved it's worth. Here is the message that went out:
As some of you know, on Friday March 31st I was on my way to Pinehurst to attend a rehearsal and get set up for a wedding on Saturday. A few miles from the venue, the car in front of me slammed on the brakes suddenly to avoid hitting the truck in front of it turning left on a hidden driveway. With little room to stop, I slammed on the brakes and swerved on to the shoulder to avoid a collision. I hit a tree going 45 miles an hour, causing a level three butterfly fracture of my right femur, a broken left thumb, and numerous other bangs and scratches requiring stitches (oh and a lovely burn on my neck from the seatbelt). You can only imagine the thoughts that ran through my head as i lay on the side of the road, was put in the ambulance, and rolled swiftly through the doors of Moore Regional Hospital. And second only to calling my husband, I was thinking of all of you.
Just this past weekend, I was alerted by my biz credit card company of some suspicious activity on my account. Upon looking into it further with the CS rep, someone had indeed went on a shopping spree in Charlotte on Swank Photo Studio'sexpense to the tune of $700+. In this day and age I'm thankful that my bank caught it in time and suspended my account. Yes, it's totally annoying when you're trying to use your account and it declines, but in this case I'm grateful.
So upon learning of charges to the Finish Line, Harris Teeter, WalMart, BP, and Maurices Hair & Braid World(no! I do not wear a weave!), I took it upon myself to resort to wise old Yoda, (A.K.A. Google) to do some further investigation of my own to learn how this can happen since I'm exclusively using my card as a swipe only or for online purchases with Verified Security, duh, and plus I have a trusty steed known as Mac. I'm impervious, right?
The wonderful staff at Southeastern Camera is donating their time on August 14th, 2012 from 10:30am – 1:30pm to professionally clean your cameras while you enjoy the WPS convention! This is typically a paid service but Southeastern Camera has been a huge supporter of us so we are very proud to have them at the convention with us.
All you need to do is sign up and drop your camera off to them (make sure you go back by to pick it up).
I recently read this sad story of a wedding photographer having their computer stolen, which had the only copy of three couples wedding photos on it. It’s very sad for the couples, and totally irresponsible of the so called professional to have only one copy of such important images. Read on to see how we make sure this doesn’t happen to any of our customers images, and some tips to help make sure you don’t lose any of your own photos.
I'd like to take a moment and on behalf of the entire WPS membership, welcome all of our new members!
The WPS is a unique blend of an online community with local ties in your community. Our online presence reaches all 5 continents and boasts members in many, many different countries. Like many forums, we strive to create a community which supports, shares, helps and educates photographers across the globe.
- Renee is our latest chapter leader heading up the Greensboro chapter with her Husband Jonathan. Renee & Jonathan spoke at the 2012 WPS convention and are thrilled to bring everything the WPS exemplifies to the triad area! Welcome Renee and Jonathan!!
- Joined: 25-July 11
- Total Posts: 6
- Last Post: 03 February 2014 - 12:11 PM
- Last Active: 03 February 2014 - 12:24 PM
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Posted by Josh Hartman - Jan 19 2014 10:56 AM
I have a bride that is getting married on July 26, 2014 with a $3,500 budget. Let me know if you are interested? I'm unfortunately booked.
Posted by Brian Mullins - Apr 24 2013 01:05 PM
We've been asking all year what you want as a WPS member and, by a very large margin, everyone has said "hands on". We've heard you loud and clear and changed our approach. Instead of filling the schedule with lots of speakers for short amounts of time, we are cutting it down to 6 speakers over 2 days in one large room. No more missing a class! Each speaker will have their talking time but, more importantly, you'll now have hands on time!
A few teasers for what we have in store for you:
∙ A large room so EVERYONE can attend the same class
∙ Shooting IN the room for practical hands on shooting time
∙ More time for shooting, learning and playing
∙ Same great party on Sunday night
∙ Getting back to the roots of what makes the WPS successful - education and learning.
∙ Less expensive workshop tickets (when do you ever see the price go DOWN on things?)!
Sign up today!
(We'll be updating this with speaking topics soon)!
Sunday, Feburary 9th
9:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM Welcome
10:30 AM Hooman Bahrani
12:30 PM BREAK
12:45 PM Zombie session
1:30 PM LUNCH
2:30 PM Heba Salama
4:30 PM BREAK
4:45 PM Nancy Ray/The Schultzes
6:45 PM DINNER
9:00 PM Party
Monday, Feburary 10th
9:30 AM Walters & Walters
11:30 AM BREAK
11:45 AM Tim Sayer
1:45 PM LUNCH
3:00 PM The Shotzilla Jam Experiment with Matt McGraw & Tim Sayer
5:00 PM Tamara Lackey
6:00 PM closing remarks
What to bring?
The great thing about photography conventions, if you've never been to one before, is the likelihood an impromptu shooting session will break out during a late night chat, or perhaps a favorite photographer of yours pops into a conversation. Conventions are an immersive experience and we highly encourage you to bring a few things to facilitate your time here:
∙ Camera Body, a couple of lenses, a speedlight or small light of choice
∙ Plenty of batteries, memory cards, etc
∙ Laptop, iPad, memory card reader
∙ Water bottle
∙ Aspirin (not saying, just saying).
∙ Comfortable Shoes
∙ Comfortable clothing - In February it can be 70 degrees or 17 degrees, so make sure to check weather on our "local resources" news page below.
WRAL - Weather & News
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Posted by Rinat Halon - Jan 30 2014 03:58 PM
Posted by Brian Mullins - Feb 01 2014 03:38 PM
You've hopefully received an email, private message, smoke signal or other message from us talking about all the changes taking place beginning today, February 1st, 2014. We've made some difficult decisions regarding the future direction of our group and we are confident, not only in looking at the industry as a whole, but in talking with our members, this is best direction to go to grow the WPS across the world of photographers.
I wanted to take a few moments to talk about what we've done and what you can expect to see in the next few months.
- First and foremost, the WPS is now a paid membership group. The membership is setup on a yearly dues system of $20 which became mandatory today. I know, not much but it helps us keep the lights on, the forum software up to date and, maybe even pay a developer to come up with some cool new features. All previous WPS members still have their accounts in place, but if they have not paid for a yearly membership, they will only be able to read and post in the public areas of the WPS website & forum. It takes a paid membership to be able to view the classifieds so you can rest assured all of the weddings or gear for sale posts will be kept private.
If you'd like to signup to be a paid member, please visit our store and select the WPS Yearly Membership package.
- Second, our Facebook group has been gutted and ONLY paid WPS members are allowed. If you are a paid WPS Pro member, and you do not have access to the WPS Facebook group, please apply to join and someone will verify your status and accept you into the group. If you are a non-paid WPS member, we recommend you like our WPS Facebook Page so you can still get updates from the WPS.
- Third, we have moved our classifieds to a "tab" on the main page of the WPS website. This classifieds tab will hold all the gear, weddings, and 2nd shooter requests. Please give us your feedback so we can continually improve its functionality.
Moving forward, we will be launching the WPS educational section where we will have member generated videos, how-to's and other exclusive WPS content. We invite ALL WPS Pro members to submit their documents, videos, etc to us so we can get it posted.
We will also be working on a way to help us advertise directly to brides. This will include:
- A Photographers "page" which has a few photos, bio, pricing and contact information.
- A "brides" section where we can post articles, videos and other content directed towards potential clients.
Lastly, our image competition is coming back in 2014! It's been a tough year redesigning how the competition will work. Here are a few highlights for you:
- Competition membership can be purchased from the WPS store.
- For $50 you get 40 entries, per competition year, that you can use however you like.
- Each member can enter as many, or as few images per quarter as they like. Each entry is deducted from the 40 entries you purchased.
- Instead of scoring images 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc, each image now will be given a point total (out of 100 points).
- Since we are counting points instead of places, it means that the strongest images will always rise to the top.
- Each member can choose to enter multiple images into one category. So if you are strong in portraits, but not in weddings, you will have an equal shot to win.
- The WPS will be awarding a "merit"once a minimum score is reached (name is to be determined). They will receive a photo with a WPS badge so they can display the award.
- The photographer who finishes with the most points at the end of the year will be given the "WPS Luminary" award and trophy.
- Each image will be scored and commented on by our judges. Each judge will judge a single category.
We are very, very excited for all of these changes to finally be announced and want to give you, our members, our most heartfelt thank you for your support! The WPS would be nothing without your belief in its ideals and we look forward to a very fruitful and successful 2014 with you!
Posted by LaurenWaterhouse - Dec 16 2013 07:55 PM
Hi everyone! I have a bride that has contacted me today but I am already booked for her October 18th 2014 wedding date. She is looking for day of coverage only and has a price range of around $1800. She told me that it was okay to post her email on here so if you can help her out, please email her at: email@example.com. Her name is Brooke.
Posted by Matt Miller - Jan 03 2014 02:26 PM
Hi all. I'm a recent grad from Appalachian State's ever-changing photography program living in Wilmington, NC (but maybe not for much longer). I honestly never thought I'd shoot weddings, but I shouldn't have knocked it til I tried it. I've been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to start shooting a few here and there and I'm looking to start building my own business. WPS has been recommended to me by every photographer I have emailed in search of assisting/second shooter work so I figure here would be a good place to get things moving in the right direction. Anyways, I figure I'd introduce myself. I made a small gallery of some of the best shots from my most recent weddings and my personal work can be seen at my website. I mostly shoot skateboarding and the friends that surround me, but that doesn't pay the bills so wedding photography it is! Nice to "meet" you all.
Posted by Brian Mullins - Jan 14 2014 10:48 PM
The speaker schedule is still being finalized and we are working on our 6th speaker right now.
Hooman Bahrani - Vesic Photography
Tim Sayer - Tim Sayer Photography
Nancy Ray - Nancy Ray Photography
Geoff & Cheyenne Schultz - The Schultzes
Heba Salama - Heba Salama Photography
Meredith & James Walters - Walters & Walters Photography
Matt McGraw - Matt McGraw Photography
We'll be announcing the schedule shortly but, as a teaser, here is a list of activities we've got planned so far:
Fabulous Speakers (of course) for two hours each
One room (no more running back and forth to classes)
Interactive environment (shooting and talking in the same room)
A shoot and edit session, on the big screen, by some of our speakers
Round table sessions with the speakers
Sunday night party at the Back Bar with our own DJ
Limited to 40 seats to insure we keep an intimate environment
Make sure to check out our photo galleries from past workshops!
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Posted by Anna Jacek Bieniek - Dec 02 2013 06:08 AM
We'd like to say hello to everybody :-) We're husband and wife working always together on wedding photography. Unfortunately we are far away from all of you - we live in Europe, Poland, but we enjoy getting in touch with others photographers from all over the world :-) Greetings!
Posted by Brian Mullins - Mar 21 2012 01:49 PM
Welcome to the WPS!
Please note each membership application is manually approved. This process should take no longer then 48 hours. This is a necessary step to insure the WPS admits only professional and aspiring professional photographers. For the time being, you will be able to view our public areas but not comment or start new topics. If your application is NOT approved (your ability to post has not been granted within 48 hours, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will look into it immediately).
Please make sure to join our facebook group and facebook page as well so you are informed about all of our contests and meetings.
Once your application is approved, please follow the below steps! *You won't be able to change anything until you are approved....)
Edit your display name - Please insure your display name is set to your full name (i.e. John Smith) in the display name part of your profile? Our community is spread across the globe and it's difficult to have a meaningful conversation with Axl8r4321. You only get 1 change each year, so choose wisely.
Member Map - This puts a pin on your location, great when people travel to your area.
Gallery images - Each member can upload 10 images to a personal gallery so everyone can see your work.
Integrate FB account- This imports your FB profile photo and also lets you give status updates, likes, etc all from the WPS forums.
Profile Contact Info - When you enter your facebook, twitter, google+ or skype addresses, this places an icon underneath your topic profile picture with ways to contact you. Yes another way to help network yourself with others.
Follow the Calendar - This will give you notification of any changes/additions made to the calendar. Great for notifications about local meetings or online activities.
About your WPS membership
Full membership is granted to those with a majority of professional wedding/portrait related photography on their website. This is to keep high standards for our meetings and forum participation. The WPS is an incubator for ideas, sharing information, learning and growing for everyone involved so we definitely welcome your participation and hope to meet you in person at one of our meetings.
Student memberships are granted to those who are new to the portrait or wedding photography world and have little wedding or portrait work in their portfolio. Our definition of a pro wedding or portrait photographer is 50% or more of your website is wedding & portrait specific. As such, we certainly welcome you to participate and to attend the meetingsbut we do limit access to some forums as a means of controlling who has access to certain information. This is in no way a judgement of skills or potential. Our goal is to provide a provide a “safe” environment to learn and grow in without being subject to the, sometimes, straightforward and critical comments that come with being a professional photographer.
So who am i?
Your membership level was decided when a member of the WPS staff reviewed your website and judged it based on several criteria - mostly based on the amount of portrait and wedding specific work you have. As this is an automated message you can look for yourself. If you have access to any forumsthat end in - members, you have full membership. If you can only see the public forums, you are a aspiring member. Aspiring members can start topics and make replies, but only in the public forums. An aspiring member can, at any time, ask to be re-considered for full membership by emailing the admin team. Please make sure an include your forum name when doing so.
Please check the following locations for how to get the most from being a WPS member:
All of these locations contain meeting and general WPS announcements and are accessible to both aspiring and full members.
If you are not close to any local chapters, and are interested in holding meetings in your area, please let us know! The community meetings bring so much talent together that we have found many, many opportunities to further professional wedding photography as a whole and our individual talents as well – so we highly encourage getting meetings going in your area.
All meetings are announce on our calendar.
Please let us know if you have any questions. You can always reach our staff via email!
All the best and welcome to the WPS!
Posted by Mark Maya - Nov 27 2013 08:40 AM
My name is Mark Maya. I am a documentary style photographer who recently moved to Durham from Boone, NC after completing my Master's at Appalachian State University. I am a Digital Media Arts teacher at Durham School of the Arts. I am looking to connect with local professionals and possibly be a "second shooter" for a couple of years so I can learn. I look forward to meeting you all!