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.
January 16-18, 2022 in National Harbor, Maryland
“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.”
Date to be announced soon for January 2022
“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.”
February 27-March 3, 2022 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
March 4-6, 2022 in Kanas, Utah
“The goals of the conferences are three-fold:
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. “
March 7-9, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky
“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!”
April 25-28, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee
“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
July 8-10, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois
Build up your portfolio, your business, and your photography skills in just 3 days. Clickaway is a “Build Your Own” type conference where each attendee will build a custom class schedule with the total number of classes varying by the ticket level purchased.
September 18-21, 2022 in Charleston, South Carolina
“Evolve is more than just a conference, online events or retreats. It is also a community. A community of thousands and thousands of creative entrepreneurs from around the world.”
October 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona
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
November 6-9, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona
Whether your goal is to launch a new product, start your business from the ground up or cultivate your already successful business with new streams of revenue, Spark is for you.
Spark new ideas, new relationships, and new life in your business that will take it to new heights.
November 7-9, 2022 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.”
November 14-16, 2022 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.
Date to be released soon for early 2023
More info about the Bokeh Photography Conference
April 16-19, 2023 in Charleston, South Carolina
“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.”
Postponed, TBA in Austin, Texas
More info about the Friends of Fearless Photographers Conference
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