WPPI Speaker Spotlight: Tyler Wirken
by Interview by Stacey Goldberg
All photos © Tyler Wirken
February 07, 2017 —
It’s no surprise that there are some big changes this year at WPPI, most notably the new venue (the Las Vegas Convention Center) and expanded show floor. But that’s not all that’s new—attendees looking at the presentation lineup will see that it is packed with new speakers from across the globe, all ready and willing to share their unique perspectives and expertise. Here, we interviewed new speaker Tyler Wirken to learn more about his upcoming PLUS class and Master class.
Master Class: Make Pictures, Not Just Take Pictures—Perfecting the Craft of What Makes a Picture Work
What are some of the biggest challenges facing wedding and portrait photographers today, and how can your presentation help?
The pressure to win the most contests, for example, is fueling the mindset that producing the same trendy images over and over is the way to go when, in reality, it is the opposite. People fall into a trap of showing how clever they can be with a camera but lose sight of what is truly important. Photography should be about the people we are documenting and not about us. My presentation will help photographers remember what is ultimately important—the people we photograph.
If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
Tyler Wirken began his photography career shooting documentary photography for newspapers. Today, as a wedding photographer based out of Kansas City, Missouri, he continues to use a similar style to tell the story of a wedding day.
Related: WPPI Speaker Spotlight: Kristi Odom
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