2015 PDN PhotoPlus Expo in New York City

2015 PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo in New York City

Today officially kicks off the 2015 PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in NYC. The conference runs from today (October 21st) until October 24th, with the Expo starting tomorrow – October 22nd.

The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 21,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, filmmakers, students and educators from around the world. PhotoPlus features over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks, and Master Classes, and over 225 exhibitors displaying thousands of the latest products and services for you to touch, try and compare.


I am honored to be included in a few programs over the next four days, and I love meeting up with so many friends in the industry. I also am excited to speak on behalf of some fabulous companies whose products and services I use all the time and SO APPRECIATE: Nations Photo Lab, Mylio, Adorama, Animoto, and Nikon.

Speaking of, check out the brand new promo codes for Nations Photo Lab, my favorite print lab. If you’ve never used them before, you can try them out with $50 credit to use as you wish:

Promo Code: OCT50TL

Activation Date: 10/1/2015 Expiration Date:10/31/2015 Amount: $50.00 new customer sign up ROES ONLY If you are already a customer, you can use this code for an additional 15% off any prints, including on top of existing sales!: Promo Code: OCT15TLPRINTS Activation Date: 10/1/2015 Expiration Date: 10/31/2015 Amount: 15% OFF PRINTS ALL MONTH LONG ROES AND WEB And for only these limited dates, a HALLOWEEN SPECIAL PROMO CODE! Promo Code: SPOOKYTL Activation Date: 10/30 Expiration Date: 10/31 Amount: $10.00 OFF YOUR ORDER ROES ONLY

Okay, back to PDN Photo Plus Expo!

First, on Thursday, October 22nd, at 4pm,  I will be joining other Nikon Ambassadors, and friends, Joe McNally & Cliff Mautner to speak on a panel discussion for students. The topic will be “Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Career in Photography”. The panel will be from 4:00 – 5:00 PM in the Show Floor Theater in the Javits Center, immediately followed by a reception until 5:30PM. This is a free event for members of the Photo Education Community. Register here.


Then on Friday, October 23rd, from 10:15 AM – 12:15PM, I will be teaching this seminar: “How To Light, Pose and Shoot for Authentic Expression: Top Ten Tips For Dynamic Portraits.” I am kind of obsessed with photographing portraits that showcase emotion, authenticity and a dynamic look, feel or connection. I’ll be walking through exactly what I mean by that, and showing plenty of examples, techniques, and BTS videos to illustrate this during my program. I expect that attendees will walk away with a variety of new skills to try out on their own!

“In this high-energy, new multi-media program, Tamara Lackey walks through her top ten techniques for shooting authentic expressions while lighting and posing to maximum effect.” Rangefinder Magazine mentioned that I like to “shake things up” when they described this upcoming seminar, and I thought that was more than appropriate. I think it will be a fun time, and I’ll have TONS of great giveaways to share with the attendees – like thousands of dollars worth – and that includes a couple of my brand new Family Posing Playbooks! You can still sign up here.

PDN Photo Plus, Nikon, Tamara Lackey, Dynamic Portraits

If this is your first time at Photo Plus Expo, my advice is to try to make a plan ahead of time of what seminars and expo demos you may want to see. There are tens of thousands of people expected to come through, and the Expo floor is very large (Javits is a massive, massive convention center), so you can quickly eat up a lot of time if things aren’t planned out in advance. If you come with lots of business cards, an open mind, and a welcoming intro, you can meet tons of great and interesting people passionate about photography. And if you see me there, please do come up and say hi!

Speaking of meeting some interesting people – out of context, this photograph is a bit odd. But I’ll just say here that sometimes Jason Groupp is so busy planning the heck out of these functions (He’s the Director of Education and Membership for Photo Plus & WPPI) that he’s at risk for nearly falling asleep during them – so it takes a good friend to help wake him up!


Lastly, I’m excited to head back up to New York City just because of the fact that it’s a vegan food mecca. I pretty much do an entire vegan food tour whenever I visit, and this trip will be no exception. I’m always on the lookout for new vegan eateries or dishes – so, if you know of any, please let me know!

Hope to see you there : )

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