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The Best Wedding Photography Conferences + Workshops to Attend in 2017

November 10, 2016 | carrie

conferences-workshops-2017 Photo by Emily Delamater

If you’re searching for the best wedding photography conferences and workshops to attend in 2017, look no further. We’ve done all the research for you! There are so many great opportunities out there for wedding photographers to learn and grow, so start filling your calendars. We know it’s not 2017 yet, but we’ve got a feeling one or more of these will align perfectly with your New Year’s resolutions!

***in chronological order

Mystic Seminars

Since 2005, Mystic has acted as a gathering of minds for wedding photographers all around the world. You can expect to hear from the world’s best wedding photographers on a range of different subjects and you can also expect to connect with both attendees and speakers over food, drinks, and plenty of dancing. If you’re looking to build your network and hear from some of your biggest industry idols, Mystic is for you.

Speakers: Jonas Peterson, Gabe McClintock, Jared Platt, Jeff Cooke + Jenn Nauss, Crystal Stokes, Daniel Aguilar, Verity and Chris Sansom, Jide Alakija, Buffy Goodman, Peter Jurica, Ken Pak, Tree & Jos, Nicole Ashley, TJ Tindale, Amy Gawlik, Robert J Hill, Ben Hartley, and Dave & Abby

Location: Portland, Oregon, United States

Dates: 1/16/2017-1/19/2017

Price: $599.00 … accommodations not included

More info: http://www.mysticseminars.com/

Book it: http://www.mysticseminars.com/registration-to-mystic-seminars-/wedding-registration

WPPI

While WPPI might not be the most intimate setting, there sure are a ton of opportunities for attendees to learn and grow. If there’s one thing we can promise, it’s that you won’t get bored. Between the classes, speakers, and contests, WPPI is without a doubt one of the largest and most interactive conferences for wedding photographers.

Speakers: Daniel Aguilar, Sue Bryce, Jerry Ghionis, Jacklyn Greenberg, Catherine Hall, Sam Hurd, Vanessa Joy, and many, many more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Dates: 2/5/2017-2/9/2017

Price: varies

More info: http://www.wppionline.com/show/attendee.shtml

Book it: https://webreg.experientevent.com/ShowWPP171/default.aspx?flowcode=attendee&_ga=1.237815616.1326848599.1478537885

HI On Life Photography Conference

Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, HI On Life features a renowned speaker list alongside tons of additional activities for attendees to learn and connect. Of course, your Hawaiian experience wouldn’t be complete without a Luau, which is reserved for the final night of festivities.

Speakers: Susan Stripling, Two Mann Studios, Trevor Dayley, Jeremy Chou, Rachel Brenke, Abby + Dave, Right Start, Cooked Photography, Theilen Photography, and Julie Paisley

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Dates: 3/6/2017-3/8/2017

Price: $599 + additional costs for workshops, break out sessions, and photo shoots

More info: http://hionlifephotographyconference.com/faq/

Book it: http://hionlifephotographyconference.com/new-products/

Wedding Workshop

After a successful run in London, Wedding Workshop is back again, but this time in the beautiful setting of Ireland. Join the industry’s best as they come together for a unique 3-day learning experience.

Speakers: Paula O’Hara, Wojtek Chrapek, Tomasz Kornas, Tom Robak, and more to be announced soon!

Location: Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Dates: 3/20/2017-3/23/2017

Price: Pricing starts at €595

More info: http://weddingworkshop.co/

Book it: http://weddingworkshop.co/

Over Yonder

“A stirring hideaway” for photographers to learn and grow in a safe and inspiring setting. Lasting 4 days, Over Yonder will help you to feel connected to your clients and your craft in new and exciting ways.

Speakers: Cody Harris, Twyla Jones, Kyle Wilson, Stephen Ramsden, and more to be announced soon

Location: Lake Quinalt, Washington, United States

Dates: 3/20/2017-3/24/2017

Price: TBA

More info: http://www.overyonderhideaway.com/

Farmshop 17 Brighton

Farmshop is the brainchild of Lisa Devlin and represents a totally unique approach to workshops. Featuring a slew of talented wedding photographers and industry leaders, Farmshop aims to give you a look into couple portraiture through the lens of each mentor. The mix between stage presentations and hands-on experiences are what makes Farmshop an incredible learning experience.

Speakers: Phil Chester, Kat Williams, Jim Pollard, Janneke Storm, Sara K Byrne, Mark Pacura, Lisa Jane, Todd Hunter McGaw

Location: Brighton, England

Dates: 3/27/2017-3/28/2017

Price: £300 … accommodations not included … Day 2 shoot sessions are £200

More info: http://www.photographyfarm.co.uk/farmshop-17/

Book it: http://www.photographyfarm.co.uk/farmshop-17-tickets/

Farmshop 17 Glasgow

Speakers: Phil Chester, Kat Williams, Jim Pollard, Janneke Storm, Sara K Byrne, Mark Pacura, Lisa Jane, Todd Hunter McGaw

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Dates: 3/30/2017-3/31/2017

Price: £300 … accommodations not included … Day 2 shoot sessions are £200

More info: http://www.photographyfarm.co.uk/farmshop-17/

Book it: http://www.photographyfarm.co.uk/farmshop-17-tickets/

Camp Archipelago – Azores

10 speakers over the course of 5 days will lead you through an adventure-based learning experience at next year’s Camp Archipelago.

Speakers: Don + Helen, Rafal Bojar, Mark Pacura, Twyla Jones, Ryan Longnecker, Lelia Scarfiotti, Thais R Varela, Petar Jurica, and Bjorn Lexius

Location: Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Dates: 4/3/2017-4/7/2017

Price: $1,500

More info: http://www.camparchipelago.com/workshops/camp-archipelago-azores

Book it: http://www.camparchipelago.com/register/

Way Up North Rome

Europe’s best wedding photography conference is back for it’s third year, and we couldn’t be more excited to share their Rome line-up with you. Oh, and if you’re planning on attending, be sure and pack your party pants, because Michael Antonia (aka The Flashdance) will be returning as DJ!

Speakers: Jose Villa, Heather Jowett, Niki Boon, Ryan Brenizer, Anna Ambrosi, Andy Gaines, Caroline Lee, Velare (Tim Twinem), Tuija Seipell, Brian Morrow, and Michael Antonia

Location: Rome, Italy

Dates: 4/11/2017-4/12/2017

Price: €395 early adopter pricing ends 1/1/2017 … accommodations not included

More info: https://www.wayupnorth.co/rome2017/book/index.php

Book it: https://www.wayupnorth.co/rome2017/book/index.php

Forest and Falls Workshop

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Tennessee with some of the biggest names in wedding photography at Forest and Falls. Attendees will be kickin’ it in rustic cabins and enjoying tons of shooting time with mentors, alongside other incredible learning opportunities.

Speakers: Ben Sasso, Benj Haisch, Nessa Kessinger, Ryan Muirhead, Robert J Hill, Katch Silva, Aaron & Whitney, Margaret Jacobsen, Sara K Byrne, Sam Hurd, Kristen Marie Parker, Gabe McClintock, The Montoya Collective, Cody Harris, and Chad Braithwaite

Location: Spencer, Tennessee, United States

Dates: 4/23/2017-4/27/2017

Price: $1,400

More info: http://www.forestandfalls.com/

Book it: http://www.forestandfalls.com/register/

Snap Photography Festival

If campfires, good conversations, and a laid-back approach intrigue you, then Snap Photography Festival may be your new obsession. 2017 will be Snap’s third festival, and the line-up is killer.

Speakers: Candice C. Cusic, Catalyst Wedding Magazine, Cheyenne Gil, Elisa Bricker, Franck Boutonnet, Hannah Millard, Jennifer Moher + Hugh Whitaker, Jacob Loafman, Jaye Cole, Jide Alakija, Karl Grupe, Kevin Mullins, Laura Babb, Madeline Jones, Matilde Gattoni, and Tazeen Ahmad

Location: Fforest, Wales, UK

Dates: 4/24/2017-4/28/2017

Price: tickets start at £899

More info: http://www.snapphotofestival.com

Book it: http://www.snapphotofestival.com/shop/

One Day Storytelling Workshop Hamburg

Jonas Peterson is definitely the master of storytelling and if you’re looking to learn from the master, then check out one of his two storytelling workshops in 2017!

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Dates: 6/19/2017

Price: $895 … accommodations not included

More info: http://jonaspeterson.com/hamburg/

Book it: http://jonaspeterson.com/hamburg/

One Day Storytelling Workshop Stockholm

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Dates: 6/21/2017

Price: $895 … accommodations not included

More info: http://jonaspeterson.com/stockholm/

Book it: http://jonaspeterson.com/stockholm/

The Secret Retreat: Italy

With classroom sessions that take place on a shaded terrace overlooking the ocean, not a projector in sight, this is not your typical workshop. Think relaxation, conversation, and connection. Returning for the third year, The Secret Retreat promises to be another incredible wedding photography workshop and retreat for women in the industry. 4 nights and 3 full days of learning and shooting in a beautiful, unspoiled part of Italy. Accommodation and all meals included.

Speakers: Claire Penn, Andrea Ellison, Lucy Woodrow

Location: Cilento coast, Italy

Dates: 9/12/2017-9/16/2017

Price: TBA

More info: http://the-secret-retreat.co.uk/

Bujaka photo camp

Head out to Finland for the fall to catch the impressive line-up of speakers at Bujaka photo camp. Gain experience by shooting with real couples in a dream location (you know you want to photograph the northern lights!) and develop bonds with like minded, down to earth photographers from all around the globe. What are you waiting for?

Speakers: Andy Gaines, Bob Sala, Lelia Scarfiotti, Pablo Laguia, Petar Jurica, Sascha Kraemer, Serafin Castillo, Shelley Richmond, and one surprise speaker

Location: Muonio, Finland

Dates: 10/2/2017-10/6/2017

Price: €1,075 … inclusive of accommodations, food, transport, etc.

More info: http://bujakaphotocamp.com/info/

Book it: http://bujakaphotocamp.com/product/bujaka-photo-camp-2017-ticket/

The Experience // ARC

With a mission to shake up the status quo and inspire a new generation of wedding photographers, The Experience // ARC is a breath of fresh air! Learn and connect with wedding photographers from all around the world and push past your boundaries in an intimate, low-key setting.

Speakers: Kristen Marie Parker, Fer Juaristi, and more to be announced soon!

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Dates: 10/17/2017-10/19/2017

Price: $700 early bird pricing ends 11/11/2016

More info: https://experience.thisisarc.co/product/2017-early-bird/

Book it: https://experience.thisisarc.co/product/2017-early-bird/

WRKSHP

If you love New York City and you want to rub elbows with some of the industries top creative minds, you need to get to WRKSHP. You can expect several big presentations from keynote speakers alongside 30 or so mentor types/teachers to help build your foundation and inspire creativity.

Speakers: TBA

Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Dates: 10/23-10/26/2017

Price: $999 (early bird), $1,299 (regular) … accommodations not included

More info: http://www.wrkshpwrkshp.com/2017/

Book it: http://www.wrkshpwrkshp.com/2017/wrkshp-2017-early-bird-ticket

Let’s Go Workshop

Think craft beer, the misty Oregon coast, and tons (and we mean TONS) of photography, 4 days and 3 nights of it to be exact. Learn from some of the best and become part of the Let’s Go family next November!

Speakers: Don + Helen, Grace + Jaden, Jacob Loafman, Andrew Funderburg, Dallas + Sabrina, Catalina Jean

Location: Manzanita, Oregon, USA

Dates: 11/7/2017-11/10/2017

Price: $1,400-$2,000

More info: http://www.letsgoworkshop.com/

Book it: http://www.letsgoworkshop.com/join-us/

NineDots Gathering

Epic speaker line-up? Check. Amazing, hands-on learning opportunities with brands and speakers? Double check. If you’re looking for a conference that doesn’t feel like a conference at all, NineDots is most definitely for you.

Speakers: TBA

Location: United Kingdon

Dates: 11/15/2017-11/16/2017

Price: TBA

More info: http://nine-dots.co/gathering/

Book it: TBA

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14 Comments

  1. Ostuni Wedding Workshop – Italy

  2. The Southeast Photo Convention is an event for wedding and portrait photographers that are passionate to inspire and encourage the fellow artist. Including, award winning speakers on how they tell stories and grow their successful businesses. The Southeast Photo Convention aims to seek out local photographers in order to build relationships and community within your region. Half of our speakers are from the state of where the convention is being held.

    We have a few bigs names you might have heard of such as Gabe McClintock, Sam Hurd, Jeremy Cowart, Julie Paisley, Love is a Big Deal, Robert J Hill and many more award winning photographers.

    We have two locations Orlando Florida & Nashville Tennessee

  3. Nine Dots Gathering in London. 🙂

  4. Thanks for including SNAP in your brilliant list. 2017 will actually be our third year, not our second and we’ve also recently also held SUMMIT – a one day event in the UK – which will be back for 2017 also: http://summit2016.photography/ . Thanks again for your support!

    • Hey Laura,
      Thanks for the correction! We’ve revised the post. As for SUMMIT, feel free to send us info as soon as you know concrete dates, location, etc.! Looking forward to hearing more.

  5. Photo Native in Provo, Utah. January 26-28th. Ben Sasso is a keynote speaker. 🙂

  6. One of the best … with MAURICIO ARIAS , KELLY BROWN , VICTOR LAX , FRANCK BOUTOUNET and many others , in a amazing city like oporto , take a look at http://expofoto.appimagem.pt/

  7. Hey there!

    And let’s not forget the HI on Life Conference happening in beautiful Hawaii next March! It’s three days of phenomenal classes by some of the best in the world, to include Two Mann Studios, Susan Stripling, Jeremy Chou, Julie Paisley, and many more!

    See more at http://hionlifephotographyconference.com/.

  8. thanks for the mention! So excited about this!

  9. Hey there!

    We have a nice event related to wedding photography in Romania as well.

    It’s called Wedd Camp and the event will take place between 20th and 21st of June 2017!

    Thank you!

  10. Hey, we have our 4th workshop happening this April in Cornwall UK.

    This is not just a wedding photography workshop! Join us for 2 days of inspiration, growth, opportunity and fellowship with like minded talented creatives.

    Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th April 2017

    https://libertypearlphotography.com/workshops-mentoring-conferences/wedding-photography-workshops/workshop-4/

  11. Have bookmarked this page as a reminder of the workshops i need to attend. great selection.

  12. Nice blog. We have a event related to wedding photography in Portugal. We have given a name that is weeding photo shout. That will be take place a between 7th August.

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