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by Autumn Rice

hro_826_funClasses.jpgImaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, Texas is right around the corner, and we want you to be a part of every minute of the action, including Pre-Convention Classes!

Aside from the whole host of convention classes offered when you register for Imaging USA, there are also dozens of pre-convention classes that you could participate in.  Pre-con classes require an extra fee, but they offer more one-on-one time with instructors and they focus on specific topics. These additional classes take place from January 5-7.

Pre-convention classes range from multiple day workshops to single day workshops and cover topics such as business and technique. Plus, there are shorter, hands-on classes where you'll get to practice the techniques you learned in the class!

So, as you prepare for the world's largest pro-photography convention, check out some of these pre-con classes that may interest you!

The Secrets to Success When Turning Pro
Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Doug Box, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API
Thursday-Friday, January 5-6
Turn your passion into a profession - and your profession into profits! Instructors Steve and Doug walk you through the fundamentals of photography, the business skills and the creativity you need to be a hit. This pair has guided countless numbers of photographers to great success, and you are next!

CPP Prep Class
Al Audleman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API
Thursday-Saturday, January 5-7
This is an Exam Cram you can't afford to miss! Cover all the technical topics you need to know to ace your certification test! Not for the faint of heart, you'll work hard, study hard and walk away ready to crush your CPP!

Create a Look, Brand and Style That Women Have to Have
Marissa Boucher
Thursday, January 5
Discover the Boudoir Divas! Marissa and Kimberlee shoot two-to-three sessions a day, five days a week and are THE studio in town. Learn what they know, discuss the mistakes they've made and explore the Best Practices that have made them a hit. Whether a boutique or a high volume business, you will learn from the Divas!

The Real Deal: Creating Exceptional Fine Art Composites  
Richard Sturdevant, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Thursday, January 5
Let's get real! Creating an exceptional fine art composite consists of many things, but the two that separate good from great are conception and finish. Conception, and the ability to dream up a visual idea or to tell visual story that is original and unique to your vision, is priceless. Equally important is the ability to bring it all together in such a way that it is beautiful and meaningful to the viewer. The finish of the art should keep the viewer engaged in the content and not the technique. Everything in between this journey is trained execution.

Wow-Worthy Fashion Techniques for Portraits
Lindsay Adler, Cr.Photog.
Friday, January 6
Learn the techniques that highly acclaimed photographer Lindsay Adler uses in the world of fashion - and apply these skills to your own clients. Be it seniors, boudoir, weddings or more - create extraordinary images so you can blow by your competition and WOW your clients!

Extreme Volume
Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP
Saturday, January 7
Having the inner courage and conviction to do what you want to do - that's what this course is all about. There's no room to blame your competition, your conditions or your clients.  Take control of your business and your career as Melanie Anderson shows you how to have the career you want--and deserve!

Think Geek: How to Win at Websites and Social Media
Kira Derryberry, Cr.Photog., CPP
Saturday, January 7
Want to know how to speak "web?" Discover how to handle your own website design and even manage your social media presence! Facebook, Instagram, SEO and more - this is lingo you want to learn. Don't leave it in the hands of Tech Support - Think Geek and take control!

Rock Your Workflow
Linda M. Long, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Saturday, January 7
Time IS money, so don't waste either on ineffective, inefficient workflows. Discover the time-saving tips that will streamline your schedule, improve your attitude and yes, enhance your results!

The Business of Bellies and Babies
Bree Adams, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Saturday, January 7 (Hands-on)
9AM-11AM; 1PM-3PM; 4PM-6PM
Bree Adams went from a MWAC (Mom With A Camera) to a successful studio owner, averaging $2500 in sales per session! Discover how she did it and how you can too. Tap into the newborn niche and high fashion maternity market and watch your business boom!

Lighting and Posing Children
Daniel K. Davis, M.Photog.
Saturday, January 7 (Hands-on)
9AM-11AM; 1PM-3PM; 4PM-6PM
Dan Davis has built a booming business by staying one step ahead. Learn how knowing what's new, keeping up with media trends and adapting to change will keep your style fresh and exciting. Don't fall victim to the trends - learn how to bring them to life!

There it is! Just some of the pre-con classes that will be at Imaging USA 2017. If any of these classes interest you, register now! And look out for more classes that you could be apart of!

By Chris Homer

If you've been thinking about joining PPA, now is a great time. That's because in addition to all of PPA's membership benefits, you'll also get a FREE 3 Day All Access Pass to Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta. 

Yes, you read that right! Those who join PPA as a professional active member this year get full access to Imaging USA's classes, parties, the Imaging Expo tradeshow and more AT NO COST! Imaging USA's registration fee is normally $349 for non-members, so you can see why this is quite a deal.

Of course, getting to experience Imaging USA for free in 2016 is just the tip of the iceberg of benefits you'll get when you join PPA's association of over 28,000 photographers. You'll get deals and tradeshow-only discounts from top photography companies, business malpractice protection from the Indemnification Trust and free equipment insurance to protect your camera gear. It doesn't stop there, you also get full access to the PPAedu and PhotoVision online library of over 1,100 videos to help with your photography techniques and nail down some good business practices; Plus, you can also discuss photography-related topics on PPA's member-only online network, theLoop! These are just some of the reasons why photographers who are with PPA are More Connected, More Profitable, and More Protected. 

Bottom line: If you're a professional photographer you really can't afford to not be with PPA! Join today and we'll see you at Imaging USA in Atlanta. Don't be left out, join PPA! Visit PPA.com.

About 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.

Imaging USA: Register Now

By Chris Homer

If you're looking to improve as a photographer, one of your best opportunities for learning, networking and shopping is Imaging USA 2016, from January 10-12, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Registration is now open!

If you've never attended Imaging USA before, you might be wondering what the big deal is. Hosted by PPA, this is the most established professional photography convention out there. Major components of Imaging USA are the three-day Imaging Expo trade show, several all-inclusive parties and presentations by some of the biggest names in the photographic industry and a keynote speaker who is sure to make an impact. Imaging USA's photography and business classes are geared to improve a photographers skills, photographic repertoire and use of technologies. It's a jam-packed three days full of education and fun with thousands of your fellow photographers! The most passionate bunch can even add pre-convention sessions to take their learning experience to the next level.

Go to ImagingUSA.org/REG to check out the different options and pricing for PPA members, PPA Student Members and Non-Members. (Hint: if you're not with PPA, consider the Join & Go option, as it waives your 2016 Imaging USA registration fee!) Be sure to register by December 8, 2015 for the lowest rates! After that date, prices will increase. 

Go ahead, register today and see how attending Imaging USA can help you Be More Business-Savvy! Find all the details on classes, special events, hotels and more at ImagingUSA.org.

About 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.

By Chris Homer

A third generation photographer, Luke Edmonson has the craft in his blood! He's been a
 professional photographer for nearly 20 years, starting out in commercial photography and then teaming up with his father in 2003 to create Edmonson Weddings. We chatted with Luke about defining style, his career as a photographer, what inspires him and more. Here's the recap of the interview:

1. What would you say is the biggest difficulty people usually face in defining their style?
The biggest difficulty in finding a style is finding your own voice and doing the work to discover who you are and what you want to say. It's not simply a matter of the type of photography you like or admire. It's not simply your ability to execute what you want when creating your imagery. You have to know the "Why" behind what you are communicating.

It's about understanding and knowingly pursue what is behind your vision when you are capturing a moment, your subjects, how you light, direct or pose them. So, an artistic style, at its very core, requires introspection. Something that as individuals many of us do not want to do. It requires you to become still...to be quiet...to reflect with intent.

I like this quote from Katherine Anne Porter, Pulitzer Prize winning author, who says succinctly "You do not create a style. You work, and develop yourself, and your style is an examination from your own being."

Let's examine that for a minute...

a. You don't create a style? Then what is all this talk about "finding your style" or "creating your style" that you hear bantered about? Perhaps it's just marketing speak to make it more palpable to the audience who is listening. Who wants to hear about work when the world sells us on the premise of "easy, fast and simple"? But don't for a second betray yourself to think that discovering something is easy. Especially when it involves learning about yourself. What is it that you bring to each photo shoot that shapes the direction of the imagery you capture?

b. You work and develop yourself? Yep, it's a never-ending process of growth periods, plateaus, and sometimes darker times. When things get stagnant, it's up to you to make the changes necessary to break through. When you are on top of the world it's about fighting complacency. None of us ever have it all truly figured out. However, with growth and development, some challenges as a photographer that may have taken hours to solve visually can be solved in mere minutes, once you've had that proverbial light-bulb moment.

c. Your style is an examination from your own being? Like most of us, you probably became a photographer when you fell in love with it. Perhaps, it was because of its immediacy. Perhaps it was because of how it made your feel when people complimented your early eye. But now that you have been in it for longer, what keeps you in the field? What drives you to create? When you look back on your work, what patterns and tendencies do you see? How have you transitioned from WHAT you see when you shoot but HOW you see, think and feel when you shoot? Have you had to persevere and overcome challenges in your photography? Your fingerprint is firmly implanted on every image you create. I encourage you to study it and understand it!

If you want to become a better photographer, it starts with becoming a better person. How can you pour out your life into others if there are areas in your own life that are holding you back from doing just that?


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