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By Chris Homer

As we head into the weekend, take some time to enjoy our favorite photography blog posts
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 from around the web. 

BLOGGING/MARKETING: Do you have a blog? How often do you update it? Learn the value of blogging about your photography and how it can help bring in business in this article from Professional Photographer Magazine.

POST-CAPTURE: Do you need some help turning a mediocre image into something great? Check out this post from the Corbell Workshops blog. Photographer Tony Corbell demonstrates how you can improve a mediocre image using one of his own photographs as an example. If you want even more advice from Tony, check out his PPAedu classes!

COPYRIGHT: Google has announced plans to change its image search to make it harder for people to steal copyrighted photographs for their own use. Read the news over at Fstoppers. And while we're on the subject of copyright, be sure to visit PPA.com/HR3945 and help us let Congress know about the need for reform in copyright law! 

FILM PHOTOGRAPHY: If you think shooting with film is dead, think again! "The Analogue Photography Series: Film is Still Alive" is a short documentary demonstrating the power of photographing with film. Check it out on The Phoblographer. 

BUSINESS: Your photography business may be doing great at the moment, but do you have plans for the future if things change? This post from Fstoppers shares some good advice on planning for the future so you can maintain your success! 

PHOTOGRAPHING THE OLYMPICS/JUST FOR FUN: Here's a cool behind-the-scenes look at photographing the Olympics. PetaPixel has posted a collection of photos of Canon and Nikon's gear storage rooms at the Olympics. The amount of equipment may shock you!

TUTORIAL/SPLIT-TONING: Split toning is an overlooked feature in Lightroom and other image editing programs, but it can do a lot to help you save an image you aren't happy with! Learn how to use it in this tutorial from Digital Photography School. 

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY: This video from photographer Manny Ortiz shares portrait photography mistakes to avoid. Whether you're new to the photography business or a seasoned pro, these are good reminders to keep in mind when creating a portrait! 

TRAVELING WITH GEAR: Traveling with your gear is a pain for any photographer, but this post from Improve Photography is here to help! Check out their 10 tips for making traveling with gear as painless as possible. 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: There can be many pitfalls for a wedding photographer, and this video from This Week in Photo shares 3 of the worst you'll want to avoid. There's valuable advice here for any wedding photographer!

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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When you put your blood, sweat and tears into creating a masterpiece that showcases your uniqueness, the last thing you want is your work being improperly used or even stolen, especially if your art is your livelihood.  Unfortunately, many professional photographers of all backgrounds and fields deal with copyright infringement every day.

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Granted, those who have high enough incomes predominantly benefit from today's current laws, but the same can't be said for the average professional, like Eric. Check out Eric's story on the battle for the rights to his own image:

Eric is an illustrator and cartoonist in San Diego, CA, and creates graphic novels. His graphic novels are registered and published in print. Eric discovered that someone had scanned his entire printed graphic novel, Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships, and was offering it for free digital download on a website that had many infringed comics, web comics, and graphic novels.

Other rights-holders had sent DMCA takedown notices to the website, and the infringers had posted the DMCA takedown notices with snide and defiant comments such as "You can't do anything about it."

The legal recourse he would have sought, had he been able to sue the infringer, would have been to enforce the takedown from the infringer's website, destroy the unauthorized digital file, and collect actual damages including a licensing fee for usage and potential lost profits from the number of illegal downloads; largely dependent upon discovery of number of illegal downloads from the website.

This story and many others are the reason that a Small Claims process can be a game-changer for photographers and creative artists. It will help them enforce their copyright in cost-effective and efficient ways. We need everyone to support Small Claims at PPA.com/HR3954!

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by Mayo Lawal

Do you have a blog? If you do, how regularly do you publish articles on your blog?

If you're wondering what these questions have to do with your photography business, you may want to check out this story in Professional Photographer magazine on how maintaining a regularly updated blog could help draw more attention to your business.

Read on Your Blog is a Mighty Magnet by ppmag.com

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If you are in the Northcentral District, procrastinate no further; February 14, 2018 is the last day to enter your local District Photo Competition without incurring additional fees!  So, enter today and save money!

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Participating in your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

To find out more about how to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, rules, and judging dates for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you miss the deadline, you'll still be able to enter the competition until March 1 but an additional fee will be required, which can be avoided if you enter today


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You're ready to go into photography full-time, but not sure where to start; or maybe you even already established your business but wonder if you're on the right track. PhotoVision has everything you need and more! These videos show you the latest and most effective techniques that expert photographers currently use to make their work even better, and you can too! See for yourself by checking out the latest video, the premier of a new series by Allison Tyler Jones.

 

In New Business Owner Advice, Allison discusses how she began in the photography business and shares her best pieces of advice for new business owners. She explains how to start booking clients, building your portfolio, and establishing your price list. She also shares her favorite business books that have helped her throughout her journey as a business owner.


PhotoVision is included with your PPA membership. That alone represents savings of $199/year! So, what are you waiting for? Head over to PhotoVisionVideo.com and begin streaming classes today... for FREE! If you're not a member of PPA, consider joining today!

 

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By Bethany Clark

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so before you spend time with the one you love, spend time diving into the industry you love with this week's awesome photography blogs from across the web.

COMPETITION: PPA's district photographic competitions are well underway, and if you're considering entering (you should!), be sure you understand the 12 elements of a merit image so that your entries score high! 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram has announced that you can now schedule posts on the social network, provided you are: (1) signed up as a business account, and (2) using an approved, third-party scheduling service (like Hootsuite). As long as you adhere to those two parameters, this new automation option can definitely streamline the Instagram workflow for those who are using the image-sharing app! Read more about it on PetaPixel. 

CREATIVE: Who let the dogs out? Photographer Shaina Fishman and illustrator Walter Glassof, that's who! You definitely want to learn more about their hit collaboration, which pairs quirky pet photography with whimsical cartoon drawings! Professional Photographer magazine has all the details. 

LOW-BUDGET: Got big, creative ideas, but feel restricted by a small, unyielding budget? Check out this quick video on Fstoppers for some creative ideas on how to get more, well, creative! 

EDUCATION: Accumulating 15 continuing education units (CEUs) can be a bit daunting in the three-year recertification cycle, especially when you are short on time and/or funds. To ease a little bit of that burden, PPA is offering you the option for online continuing education if you need a few more CEUs to reach the 15 required to recertify. Read about it on PPA Today.

TUTORIAL: Want to switch up your backdrop options? Consider making a digital one! If you think your Photoshop skills won't allow you to make one, check out this tutorial on Fstoppers for a step-by-step guide on how to do it. 

SALES: "Sales is really all about psychology," says Bry Cox, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. "A lot of people want to make it all about tactics, but it's not. It's about understanding people and social dynamics." Dive deep into what that means in this article by Professional Photographer magazine.

ACQUISITIONS: Shutterfly, an Internet-based image publishing service best known for its flagship photo book line, has announced that it has agreed to acquire Lifetouch, the national leader in school pictures. The purchase price is $825 million in cash. Whew! Get the details in this article from PetaPixel.

INSIDE LOOK: This thoughtful piece from Fstoppers explores the how and why behind the evolution of one photographer who fell in love with landscapes. Rather than a how-to, this article goes a little more into what makes him tick and how he finds the perfect moments.

HOW TO: Split toning allows you to create a custom look in your image without manipulating any color channels in the first place. Check out this five-minute tutorial on PetaPixel to learn the benefits of doing it, and how to pull it off.

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com

By Bethany Clark


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In anticipation of the 2018 World Photographic Cup (WPC), taking place May 5, 2018 in Queensland, Australia, let's take a look back at the Team USAs of years past.

 

Check out this gallery on Facebook featuring the work of the 2014 Team USA; these photographers have made the U.S. and PPA proud, and we continue to celebrate them!


About WPC: The WPC was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by the Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. To learn more about the WPC, visit worldphotographiccup.org.

theLoop is a great place for members to connect with each other, share information/advice, get image feedback, and overall - a place to go if you need help. Become a member so you can "stay in the loop," and if you already are, then head over to theLoop to see what everyone's buzzing about.

Lots of great discussions have been happening, so here are a few of the top posts since the beginning of February 2018. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

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This Looper wants to improve on the appearance of her collections price sheet and would appreciate any ideas on how to go about it. So if you've got some tips, or would like to see what others think, log in and join the conversation!

Bible Verses on Photography

Ever wondered if you need permission to add quotes from the Bible on your photography work? That's exactly what this Looper wants to know!

Help with Quote for Image Use

As photographers, quantifying your creativity can get tricky. A large company wants to use this Looper's images and she needs some advice on how to quote. Got any ideas? If not, you can probably learn a lot from this conversation!

And there you have 'em, the top posts from theLoop! Remember to check out theLoop frequently as new discussions are posted daily. It's a great way to catch up with fellow PPA members! Not a PPA member? Join today


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By Chris Homer

Corporate giants like Nike and McDonald's use style guides to communicate their brand
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 identity, but it's just as important for a business of any size to have rules that help communicate its DNA. A branding style guide should serve as the bible for how your company behaves in attitude and action, as well as how it looks visually through logos, colors, and typefaces. 

One great thing about being an entrepreneur is that it's your business and you make the rules. So the style guide you create can be as detailed or simple as you want it to be. Check out key elements to include in your branding style guide in "How to Create a Branding Style Guide" on PPmag.com. 


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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PhotoVision's high-quality, rich-content videos have been beneficial to photographers of all skill levels. These videos show you the latest and most effective techniques that expert photographers currently use to make their work even better, and you can too! See for yourself by checking out the latest video, hosted by Amy Doerring.


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In "A Little John Deere," Amy Doerring photographs three young sisters having a tea party. Amy demonstrates how to look for and capture the small moments that define a subject's personality. Amy shows how forgoing stiff posing and letting little kids just play, can lead to more expressive emotions. The kids also bring out a pet frog to play with while Amy photographs slice of life images.


PhotoVision is included with your PPA membership. That alone represents savings of $199/year! So, what are you waiting for? Head over to PhotoVisionVideo.com and begin streaming classes today... for FREE! If you're not a member of PPA, consider joining today!

 

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No doubt, one of the best ways to improve your skills is by learning from the experiences of others.  So if you haven't already, check out PPA's 500+ video tutorials database: PhotoVision. You can start with the Free Video of the Month, Pricing Philosophy.

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Understanding how to build a price list is just as important as learning the technical side of photography. In this video, Sue Bryce discusses the evolution of pricing and the lessons she has learned over the years as a professional photographer. She explains how to develop a price list that reflects your confidence and value as an artist, and how to reach your desired average sales. She shares her thoughts on sustainability and ways to make your upscale packages more appealing to clients.

PhotoVision is a ginormous photography-learning library that offers photographers education and solutions through cinematic HD videos from some of the biggest names in the industry. Because we want all photographers to Be More, PPA unlocks one PhotoVision video each month that can be viewed for free by anyone. If you are a member, you have full access to all PhotoVision videos. This is just one of many reasons to join PPA today!


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Quick reminder that private aircraft and drones will be restricted from flying near U.S. Bank Stadium during Super Bowl LII, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials said Monday.

Temporary flight restrictions -- up to 18,000 feet within 30 miles of the Minneapolis stadium -- will go into effect 3:30 pm Sunday and expire at 11:59 pm that evening. That doesn't include commercial flights, or emergency medical, police, public safety, and military flights. Fines are expensive and... these restrictions make it illegal, so this is a useful alert for all drone and sports photography aficionados.

Read more at Star Tribune.

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By Chris Homer

Did you know that PPA offers a personalized, online education platform? With PPAedu, you
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 can create a program that best fits you and your business needs from an extensive library with hundreds of educational videos.

And it's free! That's right, PPA members can access these videos any time, any day! If you have photographer friends who aren't PPA members but would enjoy this video, you can share this one, because PPAedu unlocks one free video for everyone to view each month. But be sure to hurry and share because non-members will only be able to access this video in February!

If you want to take your lighting knowledge to the next level, advanced lighting is for you. In "Advanced Lighting: Kicklights, Spots & Gels", expert Tony Corbell shows you how to enhance what you're doing and add extras for more creativity and more WOW!

If you are not a member of PPA, you will have access to this video the entire month of February, but consider joining PPA so you can get FREE access to all the videos and much more!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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You can now enter your images for the 2018 Southwest District Photographic Competition! Enter between now and February 28, 2018 to avoid a late fee! 

 

Entering your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

 

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!

 

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If you're in the Southwest District, enter today! Below is the schedule for the remaining district competitions, which will be accepting entries throughout the winter and early spring of 2018; be sure to mark these dates on your calendar so you're ready when registration opens for your district! 

 

Northeast District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: March 8-9, 2018

Registration Opens: January 3, 2018

Early Deadline: January 31, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): February 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Northcentral District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: March 22-23, 2018

Registration Opens: January 24, 2018

Early Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 1, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Southwest District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: April 5-6, 2018

Registration Opens: January 31, 2018

Early Deadline: February 28, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Southeast District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: April 17-19, 2018

Registration Opens: February 20, 2018

Early Deadline: March 13, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 27, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

If you really want to get the most from entering photographic competition, be sure to order a critique when registering! You'll get a recording of a PPA juror reviewing each element of your image and suggesting how you can improve. It's a great opportunity to grow your skills as a photographer! Check out these past critiques to see what you'll get. 

 

So find your district and start getting your images ready. It's time you take the plunge to improve as a photographer by entering your District Photographic Competition.


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By Bethany Clark

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About four years ago, Nate Peterson re-crafted his senior portrait program to provide an all-inclusive experience designed to document this important chapter in each subject' life. 

Dubbed "the Grand Experience", Peterson's plan includes a three-hour session, full hair and makeup, and a custom-designed senior album for one price: a grand. Included in the $1,000 fee are events and an incentive program.

Peterson immediately found that the Grand Experience pre-qualifies clients while boosting sales. Instead of photographing on spec and hoping clients would reward his efforts with big purchases, Peterson is selling the full program up front while leaving the door open for additional sales. 

Learn more about the program in this Professional Photographer magazine article "One Grand Plan: Selling a Senior Portrait Package Up Front" on PPmag.com!

By Chris Homer

If you're in the Northeast District, be sure to enter your images for district competition by
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 January 31, by 5pm ET to avoid a late fee!

Participating in your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you really want to get the most from entering photographic competition, be sure to order a critique when registering! You'll get a recording of a PPA juror reviewing each element of your image and suggesting how you can improve. It's a great opportunity to grow your skills as a photographer! Check out these past critiques to see what you'll get. 

And if you're in the Northeast District, enter by January 31 to avoid the late fee! If you miss the deadline, you'll still be able to enter until February 15, but an additional fee will be required! 

Ready to compete? Visit PPA.com/Districts to find your District Photographic Competition and details on how to enter!

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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The year just began and January is almost over; how time flies! As you take a moment to catch a breath from the eventful month this weekend, take a look at our top 10 blogs from around the web this week.

 

The Fight for Copyright: Renee's Story

COPYRIGHT: Everyday, we hear heartbreaking stories of how the current copyright system in the United States fails to protect small business creators like Renee. Read about Renee's experience, a perfect illustration of the downside of the current system - and probably a familiar story.

 

Bad Habits That Can Hurt Your Photography Career

TIPS: This amazing video by Bobby Chiu outlines six common habits photographers should avoid and tips on how to turn them around to increase your chances of success.

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New Makeover for Group Registration of Photographs

LAW: U.S. Copyright office will implement a new rule affecting how groups of photographs are registered come February 20, 2018. The author of the article explains how this new rule will impact Copyright registration.

 

Choosing the Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business

ONLINE MARKETING: As social media continues to redefine marketing with evolving functionalities and ever-changing trends, how can you ensure that you are reaching your target audience on the best platforms for your business? Here's how.

 

Deconstructed Dishes

CREATIVITY: Commercial Photographer Mikkel Jul Hvilshoj's creative images capture dishes in a new light. Go behind the scenes with Mikkel, as he explains how he achieved these unique images on Professional Photographer.

 

In-Person Sales: Change One Thing to Earn Three Times the Revenue

SALES: While an online portfolio might be absolutely necessary, it shouldn't take the place of in-person sales. Christine Yodsukar shares how in-person sales transformed her business on Professional Photographer.

 

Photographers Discussion on the Value of Print Art

PRINT: Photographers from different backgrounds discuss the significance of print art in the lives of both the photographer and the client in this video on PPA Today!

 

The Ever-changing Facebook Newsfeed

FACEBOOK: If you use Facebook to promote your business often, you may have heard about Facebook's recent announcement to make changes to its newsfeed. This article explains what this might mean for you.

 

Advancing Your Craft by Photographing the Same Subject Over and Over:

MODEL: While it might be easier to work with whichever model is available, the author of this article explains how working with one model several times could help enhance your photography.

 

5 Lessons Learned During the First Year of Business as a Photographer

BUSINESS: Photographer and videographer David Wahlman shares his experience and some lessons he learned during his first year in Business. 

 

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com

Imagine being able to inspire fellow photographers, enhance your skills, and get credit towards your degree all at once. You can achieve all these and more by being a Super 1 Day Instructor! The deadline to sign up is January 29 at 5:00 pm ET, so don't delay.

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The Super 1 Day program provides a unique opportunity for photographers to learn photography tips, tricks, techniques, and best practices from other professionals. More and more photographers take advantage of these peer-to-peer educational workshops hosted in dozens of studios across the country. 

PPA is looking for instructors who are willing to share their knowledge with other photographers for the May 7-21, 2018 session of Super 1 Day. There are many benefits to teaching a class (or two!), including digging deeper into your subject area, elevating the industry by improving our profession overall, and even earning two merits towards your PPA Photographic Degree!

Instructor applications for the Spring 2018 session close January 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm ET, so be sure to you fill out yours completely by then. Also, you can invite your pro photographer friends to apply as well! 

Find out how you can apply to be a Super 1 Day Instructor today!

If you haven't signed up for the Business Challenge yet, hurry! The next group begins February 1st - and with all you stand to gain, you don't want to miss it!

The Business Challenge is free to PPA members and provides photographers with the information and tools they need to develop the foundation for a more profitable business over the course of one year. Not only do they receive the tools required to make changes to their business, but also step-by-step instruction and support from PPA mentors as they implement these changes.

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"PPA's business advice is based on years of experience and successful business mentoring," said Angela Kurkian, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and Director of Education at PPA. "The Business Challenge helps our members be more business-confident. It helps them think and strategize as a savvy business person." 

We know that the definition of success differs from person to person. This is why the Business Challenge is designed to help you work on your personalized success path.

"PPA's Business Challenge has already helped me increase our sales averages, which is encouraging," said Wes Roberts, one of the participants. "It's helping me see the direction to get to my goals, which is awesome!"

The Business Challenge is a fun, interactive way for PPA members to integrate as much business acumen as they can in one year's time. There is work involved, as this "challenge" is meant for photographers who are serious about taking their business to the next level. Participants will have tasks to complete and the opportunity to be active members of accountability groups and peer-to-peer mentoring.

New Business Challenge groups begin periodically throughout the year. Sign up today at PPA.com/Challenge to enroll in the next Challenge Group, which begins on February 1st, 2018. Remember, the Business Challenge is free to PPA members. Not a member? Join PPA today!

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theLoop is a great place for members to connect with each other, share information/advice, get image feedback, and overall - a place to go if you need help. Become a member so you can "stay in the loop", and if you already are, then head over to theLoop to see what everyone's buzzing about. 

Lots of great discussions have been happening, so here are a few of the top posts from the back-half of January. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

When shooting an event, wedding, even portraits, this Looper is getting frustrated with people asking him "can you take one with my cellphone, also?" He's a nice guy and usually says yes, but it's really becoming an issue for him and he's considering a change of stance. Do you deal with this as well, and if so what's your typical response? 

This photographer is looking for wording to use when a customer picks up their product from the lab. Ideally, she'd like a written record that they received the items (album, wall art, etc.), and also possibly protect her in the event something comes up later. Got any suggestions? Join this conversation!

This member is considering being a member of the BBB and wants to know your thoughts on it. Are you a member? Is it beneficial or not? Log in and let her know! 

And there you have 'em, the top posts from theLoop! Remember to check out theLoop frequently as new discussions are posted daily. It's a great way to catch up with fellow PPA members! Not a PPA member? Join today!



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