The Best Photography Conferences in the US in 2023

James and Jess Wittmayer speaking at Thrive Photo Conference 2022 by John Mansfield

One of the best ways to grow in your photography business and build up your community of fellow creatives is through photography conferences. I’ve attended some amazing conferences and I’ve attended some that…well, won’t be on this list.

Everything is organized by date so you can find the conferences and workshops that work with your schedule.

Noobie Photography Conference

January 10-11, 2023 – Chattanooga, TN

Simplifying photography and photography business
for new photographers through the most practical
education you can find at a photography conference

More info about the Noobie Photography Conference

Friends of Fearless

January 16-18, 2023 – Denver, CO

A conference put on by members of the Fearless community for those who are looking to be inspired, to be pushed to another level, and for those looking for a community of peers to collaborate and grow with.

More info about the Friends of Fearless Photographers Conference

Creative Educator Conference

January 17-18, 2023 in Dallas, TX

This is the Conference for up-and-coming Creative Educators who are ready to grow and established Educators who are dedicated to scaling and bettering their craft and current offers! 

More info about the Creative Educator Conference

Imaging USA

January 22-24, 2023 in Nashville, TN

“Imaging USA features classes, networking opportunities, and a huge trade show to help you feel inspired and ready to grow your photography business.

This year for the first time ever, we’re bringing all the education and excitement to the Washington, D.C. area. And to make your experience even more rewarding, pre-con classes are available in the days leading up to the conference.”

More info about Imaging USA conference 2022

Abundance Workshop

Date to be announced soon for Spring 2023

“This workshop is to show you how to start getting paid what you’re worth so that you can reach your goals faster + live the life you’ve dreamed of.”

More info about the Abundance Workshop

The Outsiders Photography Conference

March 3-5, 2023 in Kanab, Utah

“The goals of the conferences are three-fold:

  • To CONNECT with a diverse group of photographers, industry leading pros, instructors, and resources all aimed at advancing our shared passion for photography.
  • CAPTURE stunning images in the exquisite desert Southwest and get the inspiration you need to elevate your craft.
  • CONSERVE the natural environment we love to photograph and preserve it for many generations to come with a “Nature-First” approach.

These conferences are built around a relaxed learning style. While pre and post conference workshops can be added, there are no workshops that take place during the conference. The start/stop times will allow for personal shooting in the morning and evening, while you can be refreshed and enjoy learning from the best during the day. “

More info about The Outsiders Photography Conference

WPPI Conference

March 5-9, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada

WPPI is the premier industry event for professional, amateur and emerging wedding and portrait photographers and filmmakers.

Surround yourself with both familiar faces and new friends as you browse through top brands who are eager to debut their newest products.

Off the show floor, zoom in on WPPI’s education lineup, where you’ll get up close and personal with top instructors from around the world. Put the finishing touches on your session experience by adding an in-depth Intensive or Master Class, or get real-time instruction on a professionally led Photo Walk

More info about WPPI 2022

Reset Conference

March 6-7, 2023 in Chattanooga, TN

“This conference is for photographers who are looking to grow their craft and run their businesses better. This is NOT a conference only for beginners. This is a conference for all photographers regardless of your skill level. Whether you’ve been in business for one year or twenty, this conference is for you!”

More info about Reset Conference

Hybrid Conference

April 16-19, 2023 in Amelia Island, Florida

“Our goal is simply to unite the community so our collective voice can be heard. We promote cooperation over competition. We wanted to build an educational platform for film and hybrid photographers to join together, to learn from each other, and most importantly, to support each other. We love film and we love our fellow film photographers. We have worked hard to bring you the best of the best from our community.”

More info about Hybrid Conference

Photo Cookout

October 8-10, 2023 – New Orleans, Louisiana

The photography conference is the first of its kind to celebrate diversity and Black photographers that includes an all-Black speaker line up. The Photo Cookout aims to give photographers of color an opportunity to connect in person, form life long relationships, and support in their businesses

More info about the Photo Cookout

The Heart Conference

October 10-12, 2023 in Dallas, TX

The Heart Conference is a place for creative business owners & dreamers of all kinds to come together, experience community, learn business & marketing strategies that will help you grow & scale your business, all while having the best friggin’ time of your life. Get ready to be empowered in your business & life so you can go out and break down every barrier that is holding you back from achieving your goals.”

More info about The Heart Conference

Wedding MBA

November 6-8, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada

“With wedding professionals from around the world, 180 exhibitors, and over 150 educational seminars, Wedding MBA is the must-attend event for wedding professionals looking to take their businesses to the next level. Find out the latest in business, tech, trends, and more during this 2.5 day resource-packed event.”

More info about Wedding MBA

Thrive Photo Conference

November 13-15, 2023 in Santa Barbara, California

“From luxury destination styled sessions, top industry-leading speakers, and a party…every.single.night. Conferences are amazing, but in our experience, all the real conversations happen afterward…at the bar over cocktails, on the dance floor, or in those quiet moments in between it all. That is why we created THRIVE.

More info about Thrive Conference

2023 Photography Conferences

  • Noobie Photography Conference – January 10-11, 2023
  • Friends of Fearless – January 16-18, 2023
  • Creative Educator Conference – January 17-18, 2023
  • Imaging USA – January 22-24, 2023
  • Abundance Workshop – Dates TBD
  • The Outsiders Photography Conference – March 3-5, 2023
  • WPPI Conference – March 5-9, 2023
  • Reset Conference – March 6-7, 2023
  • Hybrid Conference – April 16-19, 2023
  • Photo Cookout – October 8-10, 2023
  • The Heart Conference – October 10-12, 2023
  • Wedding MBA – November 6-8, 2023
  • Thrive Photo Conference – November 13-15, 2023
  1. Daxmak says:

    Why wasn’t ClickCon in Chicago and Shutterfest in St. Louis mentioned?

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