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By David Eun

We are less than 3 months away from 2018's Imaging USA! As we inch closer to photography's biggest annual convention and trade show, PPA is happy to announce another free giveaway prize for our members!

QUICK HINTS: It's one we've never done before, and this could very well make your day if you enjoy collecting memorabilia.

This week's prizes are Imaging USA 2018 Nashville Pins! The pin's design consists of the Music City's widely recognized guitar handle with "NASHVILLE" running vertically down next to it. In order to win this week's giveaway, let us know in the comment section here where you'll be traveling to Imaging USA from! Furthest location wins!

Leave a comment to win the Imaging USA Nashville Pin, register for Imaging USA 2018 and we'll see you in January!

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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

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Let's Meet...
Hajj Flemings

Hajj is a leading brand strategist; speaker and tech entrepreneur that travels nationally inspiring people and brands to build, launch and grow their ideas.

In 2011, Hajj was one of eight entrepreneurs selected for the CNN's Black in America 4: The New Promised Land Silicon Valley documentary with Soledad O'brien.  It was during the filming of that documentary that he was exposed to the term meritocracy and how the lack of access in the technology space was creating a permanent underclass in communities of color which literally changed the course of his life.  

Hajj founded Brand Camp University an educational platform that is preparing people for the future of work and produces the Brand Camp Summit a national gathering of thought leaders around technology, design and innovation. As an inaugural winner of the Knight Cities Challenge, Hajj founded Rebrand Detroit, a civic design and brand project.  It is a multi-disciplinary collaboration with the residents, community stakeholders, and local government to innovate neighbors nationwide which we are piloting in Detroit. 

His client list includes: Walt Disney, Pitney Bowes, Pfizer, the Detroit Lions, the U.S. Department of Defense, Iowa State University, University of Michigan - Ross School of Business, Davidson College, University of Detroit and more.  He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable and CNN Tech Money on the subject of startups, digital technology and branding.

Speaker Sessions:
Sunday, January 14

Hajj Flemings is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel! 

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By Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in
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 photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 
 
Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is spending the months leading up to Imaging USA highlighting the speakers.

Let's Meet...
Charleton Churchill
Twitter: charleton_

Charleton Churchill is an adventure wedding photographer who travels along the world's most rugged terrains to document couples adventurously. Charleton recently became the first wedding photographer to document a wedding at Mt. Everest base camp with the first couple recorded in a wedding dress/tux. His work has been featured in the news, in multiple popular photography and wedding magazines, and also on covers, including Digital PhotoPro, Rangefinder, TheKnot, Grace Ormonde, and Professional Photographer, to name a few. Charleton was chosen in SLR Lounge's Top 100 wedding photographers in the USA/Canada 2016, and has won awards including the Sony Impact Award for his humanitarian work in Nepal. He has spoken on both the Nikon and Profoto stages at WPPI, at Mystic Seminars, and speaks across the country at workshops, conferences, and universities. While he enjoys hiking and traveling to extreme regions of the world, he enjoys being with his wife and three girls in their northern California small town.

Speaker Sessions:
Tuesday, January 16

Q&A:

What do you most value in your friends? I value spurring each other on to be better people, honesty, criticism, and challenging each other to be your best.

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Actor or a movie director

What is your most treasured possession? Family first, then the goods in my safe, guns, etc., main RAID drive, and my wilderness survival gear box.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?  I think the biblical motto to "do unto others as you would want them to do unto you" would solve everything.
Most embarrassing moment? Lip syncing "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake with a guitar and tight black leather pants at the 8th grade talent show in front of the school with my band, and my leather pants were so tight, the button popped off and the zipper came down. I had to use my guitar to hide it until the song was over.

If you could have a theme song, what would it be? Anything epic from Hans Zimmer. I listen to Superman Man of Steel, Batman, Dunkirk, Interstellar.

What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career?  Depends on their goals, but if they're serious, like any career, they should immerse themselves in learning around the clock, workshops, videos, conventions, seminars, and make notes of everything they learn, and practice, practice, practice until they get it. If you're weak in an area, tackle it. You'll learn as you go.

Who has been one of your biggest artistic influences? "Eye of the Tiger" blasted on my home Klipsch sound system with the 12" subs thumping. And then whatever I'm viewing at the time becomes bigger and my present inspiration.

Charleton Churchill is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!


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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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Imaging USA 2018 is almost here and PPA has so much planned for you, including a variety of classes covering as many topics as you can think of!

In order for you to get the most out of your experience in Nashville, we created tracks that you can easily follow if you have an area you specifically want to concentrate on. So, if you are mainly interested in learning the necessary techniques and business strategies needed to be successful in portrait photography, the Portrait track is for you! 

With this track, you will learn how to creatively capture the essence of an individual and increase your sales while you're at it. You will get tips on workflow, client management, posing and lighting. Furthermore, you'll learn how tweaks in your process can relate to a big bump in your bottom line!

Some of the classes in this track include:

The Art of Portraiture

Speakers: Louise Simone, M.Photog.Cr., AP, and  Joseph Simone, M.Photog.Cr., API,F-ASP

Session Time: January 15, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The art of portraiture is changing. With the use of cell phones and software programs, Facebook and more, capturing good images has become a hobby for many. So, how do you, as a professional photographer, distinguish yourself from everyone else? How do you develop strong artistic portraiture technique? This is where this class comes in! Joseph and Louise Simone will show you how to create unique lifestyle portraits and how to expertly use light, composition and design rules. This program is designed to help you discover how to expand your portfolio and offerings, as well as how to incorporate fine art painting into your photography skill set. The Simones will share intelligent marketing and client education and explain how to promote your skills, expertise, and services, especially as a fine art photographer. Reconnect with your craft and set yourself apart from the rest with timeless portraits and your very own signature style. This is your opportunity to learn from legends of classic portraiture!  

 

 

Psychology of High-End Sales
Speaker: Bry Cox, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Session Time: January 16, 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Do your customers complain about price? Do they want everything digital? Do they buy the least amount possible or change your packages? When it's all said and done, do you feel underpaid and undervalued? In today's modern world, so many photographers avoid the sales process and just settle for small orders. This is a high-energy, info-packed class, where Bry Cox will share the secrets to higher sales and teaches you to strive for more!

Discover how to better price your work, how to confidently present your pricing and how to work with clients on varying price points. You'll learn how to overcome objections and sell on value, not dollar amounts. No fancy software or tricks needed as you master the psychology of presentation, pricing and sales. Put these techniques into practice and you'll attract better clients and separate yourself as an extraordinary artist, well worth the prices paid.

 

How to Convert High Volume Clients Into High Dollar Clients

Speaker: Matthew Kemmetmueller

Session Time: January 16, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

In this class, Matthew Kemmetmueller shares how he actively pursues and attempts to convert ALL of his clients from high-volume jobs into traditional custom photography clients. In this program, you will explore the importance and positive impact of bookings, while learning how to fill your calendar through direct mailings to your existing customers. Matthew will help you delve on pricing and explore how the right price points can guide your clients to the averages you want, without you becoming that high-pressure sales person. The success of past attendees of Matthew's program has proven that through marketing, solid pricing and shooting tactics, you can take a $35,000 volume job and turn it into $60,000 in gross revenue for your studio. Most importantly, you can do it with the character and professionalism of which you'll be proud. Come to this program to take your high-volume business to new profitability heights!

 

... and more!

 

You can find the classes in the Portrait track and other tracks in the Imaging USA schedule. Don't forget to register for Imaging USA 2018, January 11-16 in Nashville, TN. We hope to see you there!

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By David Eun 

Seeing as how PPA loves all things photography, let's be utterly frank: Who could say no to a free gadget to add to their equipment collection? 

PPA's back at it again with another social giveaway! However, we included a small twist this week, as the giveaway prize will be kept secret until this Friday (10/13). We know - It's rather cruel of us, but the anonymity was too difficult to resist. In case you're wondering how to win this secret prize, all you have to do is leave an answer in the comment section to this question: 

"Who has been your biggest photography inspiration, and why?" 

So leave a comment and enter a chance to win a free photography gadget! (It'll be awesome, we promise!)

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By Chris Homer

One of the best parts of Imaging USA is getting to network with your fellow photographers and discuss questions related to your photography business. You may even find the perfect mentor to help you improve as a photographer!

If you're a sports photographer, the Coach's Corner at Imaging USA 2018 is a great opportunity to meet with a pro in the field and get answers to those questions that have been nagging you. You'll get a free one-on-one 10 minute session to ask your questions and get advice on images, business and more. Sessions will take place from 8am - 5pm, January 14 - 16. 

These sessions are included with your All-Access Imaging USA registration! All you need to do is sign up! Hurry, these spots will fill up quickly!

Best of all, once you've connected with a mentor, you'll be able to meet other photographers, mentors, and speakers, and get even more advice!

Be sure to register for Imaging USA 2018, January 11-16 in Nashville, TN. It's the show for real professional photographers. We hope to see you there!


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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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Introducing our new Guest Blogger column! PPA Today will now publish a weekly story by an Imaging USA attendee, sharing their experience and giving you some pointers. To kick things off, we're republishing this piece by Mariah Ashley 

**originally published February 11, 2015; 

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes: "Such a pleasant thought, if you improve overall conditions everyone can sail happily into the sunset".

It's an idea I try to set my moral compass to and a philosophy I practice in my business. When I recognize this quality in others I want to latch onto them because lately it seems most people practice the "every man for himself" motto and would sooner see you walk the plank than steer your own ship.

...except at Imaging USA. There, everyone is raising the tide. Unfortunately, it's not possible to latch onto 11,000 people, not even if you're a Kraken (mythical sea beast with many arms). Still, I wish I could give every special person I talked to a big old slimy tentacle hug. I guess I'll have to settle for squeezing them with my words instead.

But before things get awkward, let's consider ships.

If your business were a ship what kind of vessel would it be?

A cruise ship, big and solid chugging along smoothly?

A classy vintage sailboat effortlessly shuttling beautiful people from one sundrenched Mediterranean island to the next?

A hardworking lobster boat, a little messy and a little stinky and filled with salty characters?

A leaky little rowboat adrift in a sea of questions looking for a safe harbor? (Me too).

I met people at Imaging who were sailing and bailing all of these kinds of ships. PPA is the 
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tide rising under us all. I'm so proud to know such a positive, cheery, and enthusiastic crew. Team PPA, easily identified by their bright orange shirts; registering, directing, tweeting, photographing, interviewing, organizing, and helping in a million other ways all the guests on the big festive Imaging USA party boat.

A particularly perceptive PPA team member asked me how my first Imaging differed from my current experience. It's funny thinking back to that convention just three years ago. I didn't know anyone at all. I felt like the new kid in school, the lame-o at the lunch table all alone. What a difference a few years can make.

Imaging feels like a family reunion now. It's not because I am so outgoing and that I easily made friends. I'm actually more like a nervous weirdo. But you'd have to be a Kraken (misunderstood mythical sea creature) not to make friends at Imaging. Team PPA is so open, so encouraging, so willing to go the extra mile, and so darn nice. Making friends with the crew that first year is what kept us on course. Plus, it's nice to know we have a place at the cool kids table. If you didn't get a chance to acquaint yourself with Team PPA this year make it your mission to do it at the next Imaging, join the reunion!

Another difference--the first time I went to Imaging I didn't speak to other photographers (nervous weirdo, remember?). Two years later I found myself chatting it up left and right. Talking with random attendees from all over the country renewed my faith in our industry. Photographers are good people, people! Not only are they creative and interesting but they are curious and kind as well. They want to know where you are from, what you shoot and how you are doing.

They are quick with encouragement and insight. They want to share how they got their photograph in the Loan Collection, where they found the perfect album, and where the shortest lines for coffee are in the morning. I'm so glad I came out of my shell and took the time to chat with fellow photographers. We photographers can be solitary creatures 360 days a year, why not be more social the other five? If it was your first Imaging and you felt a little hermit crab-ish, then shed that shell at Imaging USA 2016.

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The first and second time I went to Imaging I sat in the audience of many lectures listening to the great advice of the speakers. This time I had the perspective of being behind the podium looking out at the crowd and you know what I discovered? Of all the people at Imaging the speakers are the most selfish! We get the most out of it. Knowing that your message is reaching and helping people is like crack (not Kraken, that's an ominous sea creature).

Honestly my sails have never felt quite so full. I felt I had a small part in the tide rising and was so proud to see it release some of my beached buddies. I've been in that leaky row boat too, though I've recently graduated to a semi stable canoe. I want to share my canoe with others now, but not so many that I tip (just kidding). I want to see all of the hard working passionate people I met succeed. You deserve it!

Lady I talked to next to the post-it note clad Imaging USA Idea Wall, tying for her CPP: I hope you passed and got your certification!

Girl that borrowed money for the convention pass and slept in her car because she couldn't afford a hotel but knew Imaging would give her the answers she needed: I hope you got them!

Tall dude who told me he felt he had been given permission to express his true personality: Be you! Be tall and let that big personality shine through in your business!

Lady who told me she had decided to quit photography on Friday but felt inspired now to keep trying: Don't give up! I know you can do it!

Isn't it comforting to know that we are all in the same leaky boat? We have the ability to throw each other a life line. Toss it when you can! Imaging USA has done that for us over and over again. If it did for you too, make it your pleasure and your addiction to return the favor.

I cannot imagine what Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta will bring, but one thing's for sure, the tide is already a lot higher, let's keep it rising all year.

 
About the author:
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Mariah Ashley is co-owner of Snap! Photography in Rhode Island. She is blonde, loves to bake fruit pies, wears flip flops way past the summer season, should have been born in the 50s, paints and writes when the mood strikes her, is mother to Jacques and Vianne, vacations on Block Island, is vegan, never has proper or stylish outerwear, fears frogs and toads but loves turtles, has really skinny legs, personal Style- Bohemian Chic, wants to own a VW van,  grew up on a cranberry farm and is happiest when snorkeling is happiest when sipping a rum punch under a palm tree.




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By David Eun 

Want to win this fantastic and super-stylish Imaging USA 2018 T-Shirt? All it takes is one comment on the Facebook post! 

If you've never been to Imaging USA before, here are a few things to expect: Countless photography classes, workshops, parties, and tons of motivation... not to mention an 80,000 sq. ft. trade show full of everything photography-related! And what better way to enjoy it than with your Nashville Imaging USA T-Shirt!

Five winners will get the fabulous shirt to take to Nashville with them!

Let us know in the comments the number 1 thing you're looking forward to experiencing at Imaging USA! (Feel free to use emojis, if you communicate better in that language; we're fluent.)

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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

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Let's Meet...
Rocco Ancora
Facebook: Rocco Ancora
Instagram: roccoancoraphoto

Rocco Ancora is a world renowned wedding photographer, and his work is celebrated both locally and internationally. He is involved with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and has been awarded their prestigious accolade, Wedding Photographer of the Year, an unprecedented four times in a six-year span! Rocco is also active in WPPI, Dallas PPA, and The Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography.

A multiple Grand Award winner at WPPI, as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd placements, Rocco is an extraordinary artist and his craftsmanship is held in the highest regard by his peers. He is an amazing speaker and an instructor to behold. 

Speaker Sessions:
Monday, January 15

Rocco Ancora is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is open now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel! 

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By Bethany Clark

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PPA has given away three All-Access Passes to Imaging USA 2018 during the month of September, and we've got one more left to give away!
 
Any professional photographer who wants to kick off their 2018 at the best photographic convention out there can enter!
 
Imaging USA is packed with photography classes, workshops, parties, and tons of motivation... not to mention an 80,000 sq ft trade show full of everything photography-related!
 
To enter, simply fill in this form! The last winner will be selected this Friday, September 29, 2017!

Will that winner be you? BEST OF LUCK! Enter today.

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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of everything photography, including learning, networking, shopping, and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13).
Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every photographic and business topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet...
Mark Schoenrock
Web: photoplusgroup.com 
Facebook: Professional School and Sports Photographers International - PSPI

Mark Schoenrock spent over 25 years with Lifetouch, Inc., a giant within the school photography industry. During his tenure, he served in a variety of roles within the company including Vice President of Human Resources for the school, portrait studio and church businesses as well as Vice President of Photography for the school business. As VP of School Photography, Mark oversaw a wide range of responsibilities, including photographic operations and training and the photo program development and implementation. He was instrumental in repositioning photography as a competitive differentiator for the company and made a strong impact in an ever-changing industry. Mark oversaw the start-up of the Portrait Studios training and development along with customer service functions. He also led the Marketing department, Research & Development department, and a production facility. Within his Lifetouch career, if it had to do with photography or the photography business, Mark Schoenrock did it! Today, he serves as the Managing Director for PSPI, Professional School and Sports Photographers International, and consults with companies large and small.

Speaker Sessions:
Mon, Jan. 15

Q&A: 
What is your life motto?Past performance indicates future performance under similar circumstances. What was your first concert? Opening act: The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Main Act: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. An unreal experience!

 If you could have a theme song, what would it be? When I'm in a jazz mood, it's Miles Davis' "So What." For rock, it's Steely Dan's "My Old School," and country; George Strait's "It Just Comes Natural." 

Who has been one of your biggest artistic influences? Photographically- Don Emmerich, Tony Corbell and Tony Cilento, Painters- Salvador Dali, Caravaggio (his treatment of light is amazing) and Miro. 

Mark Schoenrock is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel! 

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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13).

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet... 
Kristi Elias, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr 
Instagram: ksephotography

Master Photographer and California Photographer of the Year, Kristi Elias has been an artist all of her life. In 1998, she earned her degree from Brooks Institute of Photography, and has worked as a professional photographer and gallery represented artist ever since. 

Kristi owns a portrait studio and art gallery in Long Beach, CA, and specializes in studio, location, and underwater photography. Her portraits are known for their distinctive, dramatic style and her strong use of a chiaroscuro color palette. This unique style and vision has brought her to the forefront of the photography world, and she's been featured on NBC News, in museums, art galleries, billboards, storefront window displays, magazine covers, and ads, as well as in numerous industry publications like Professional Photographer and Rangefinder Magazine. 

Kristi has earned numerous awards and international recognition, including multiple Photographer of the Year Medallions, the Canon Par Excellence award, multiple PPA Loan Collection images, and over 70 WPPI Merit Awards.

She's extremely involved in her industry as a member of the American Society of Photographers, Professional Photographers of California, and PPA, where she serves as a Council Member. Kristi believes in giving back and helping to grow the photography industry, achieving this through her roles as photographic mentor, teacher, author, and image competition judge. 

Kristi is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States, giving back to the profession that has given her so much. 

Speaker Session
Thursday, January 11 9:00am-5:00pm: The Fine Art of Portraiture 

Q&A: 
What do you most value in your life? Humor. 
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Artist and Olympic Athlete.
What was your first concert? Backstreet Boys.
Coke or Pepsi? Diet Coke. 

Kristi Elias is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!

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By James Yates
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Imaging USA in Nashville is right around the corner, January 14-16, 2018, but there are a few ways to save money if you get started NOW! These tips will ensure you show up in Tennessee with even more spending money...

1. REGISTER EARLY! Imaging USA is the show for real professional photographers, with hundreds of classes, tons of networking opportunities, a huge photo exhibit, and a giant expo floor. Over 10,000 photographers attend to learn from the industry's best. Aren't registered yet? Register by December 6, 2017 to save $50 with the Early Bird Rate

2. BOOK YOUR HOTEL EARLY! If you're not staying at the host hotels, chances are you'll have to spend some money on a taxi or parking to partake in some of the events. Why bother? Stay at the host hotels and be at the center of it all. They're filling up fast, though, (especially for Pre-Con) so BOOK NOW at our easy, one-stop-shop booking platform. Imaging USA Host Hotels: Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (HEADQUARTERS HOTEL), Hampton Inns & Suites at Opryland, Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland

3. FIND A ROOMMATE! Get on theLoop, PPA's exclusive social network, to post about and find a roommate. Everything's cheaper when you split the cost. 

4. MAKE AN EXPO GAME PLAN! Create a shopping list of the things you need for your studio in 2018 and grab those items first. The trade show floor is the best place to find exclusive deals from vendors, so save your holiday cash for January 14-16. 

Get ready to enjoy an amazing trip to Music City and rest easy until then, knowing you're saving money!

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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.


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By Bethany Clark

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PPA has given away two All-Access Passes to Imaging USA 2018 during the month of September, and we've got two more left to give away!
 
Any professional photographer who wants to kick off their 2018 at the best photographic convention out there can enter!
 
Imaging USA is packed with photography classes, workshops, parties, and tons of motivation... not to mention an 80,000 sq ft trade show full of everything photography-related!
 
To enter, simply fill in this form! One winner will be selected on the remaining Fridays in September 2017:

  • Sept. 22, 2017
  • Sept. 29, 2017
 
BEST OF LUCK! Enter today.

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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

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Let's Meet...
Christie Newell, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Instagram: sonshinegirls

Christie is a second generation photographer operating out of Germantown Hills, Ill. Christie's passion for photography started at an early age working with her mother who established the studio in 1977. Now a co-owner with her mother, Christie took over the shooting in 2002. Growing up surrounded by the love of photography, Christie is proud to carry on her mother's dream.

The studio, "Sonshine Portrait Design", is one of a kind studio built in 2006. While babies and children are the studio's specialty, they serve a broad range of clients. Christie feels that by getting to know each client individually, she can create a product as unique as they are. The end result is a portrait tailor made for each client. Christie's talent for design, light and final composition sets her apart from her competition. Her personality and attention to detail keeps her clients coming back.

Christie holds the Professional of Photographers of America Master of Photography degree, Craftsmen degree, and is a Certified Professional Photographer. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Northern Illinois Professional Photographers and Professional Photographers of Illinois. She serves on the American Society of Photographers Board of Directors and the International Photographic Competition Committee. Since 2006, Christie has won numerous awards for her photography on a local, state, district, and international level. These awards include the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award, 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 2 Lexjet, 1st place National Sunset Award, 2 CPP, 2 District 1st Place and others. Her work has been featured and published in the PPA International Loan Collection. She has also been named in the top ten photographers in Illinois the past six years.

Christie is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States, giving back to the profession that has given her so much.

Speaker Session:
Friday, January 12

Q&A:

What is your life motto? Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.
What do you most value in your friends? Wow, this is a question I could write a book on! True friends are the friends I keep and hold close to my heart. When you know you can trust them with anything and everything. You are always there for them when they need you, and vice versa.

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A mom of twins

What is your most treasured possession? My wedding diamond... it was my grandma's wedding stone :) Rich Newell did good.

What was your first concert? Boys II Men

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "like you know" "like yea" "like literally" I like "like"

What has been your proudest moment? Two of them... the days my boys were born. There is no prouder feeling than that.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Poverty.

Why do you love photography? Coming from a second generation studio, I grew up with it in my blood. It's what I knew growing up and what I learned unintentionally along the way. I love that God blessed me with this gift to capture moments for my clients that they can have for a lifetime.

Most embarrassing moment: Speech class... all of my speech classes. My fear of being in front of people speaking... I would cry and have major anxiety. That's why getting my craftsman was one of my biggest accomplishments. I made a goal to overcome my fear. 

If you could have a theme song, what would it be? Home by Phillip Phillips

What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? Study under photographers and business owners that have run a studio for more than 10 years at least. This industry is forever changing and evolving. If you jump in thinking you know it all, you will quickly sink. Print competition would be HIGHLY recommended! It has changed my life; it has changed the way I shoot, and it has changed what I am giving to my clients.

Who has been one of your biggest artistic influences? So many!! But most definitely Randy McNeilly, my husband, and Carl Caylor

What are some unmarked items on your bucket list? Cruise... somewhere warm. Australia, and if I went there to visit Kelly Brown's studio and eat a meal with her :)

What was one of the defining moments in your career? When I achieved my craftsman degree... for those that know me know how real this was for me and how real the fear was!

Christie Newell is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!

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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of everything photography, including learning, networking, shopping, and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13).

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every photographic and business topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet...

Thomas Dodd


Thomas Dodd is an Atlanta-based visual artist and photographer who has developed what he calls "painterly photo montage." In this method, he uses editing software and crafts elaborately textured pieces that have a very organic and decidedly non-digital look to them. His work often has mythic and quasi-religious themes, paying homage to Old Master art traditions while also drawing from psychological archetypes. Resembling paintings, his pieces are entirely photographic in nature, fusing many images into a cohesive whole, and he has had numerous exhibitions around the world.

Thomas' exhibition schedule has included Poland, Germany, Romania, New York City, Mexico City, Orlando, San Antonio, Seattle, Washington, DC, Atlanta and is continually growing. His photographs have been featured in many magazines, on book and album covers and he frequently teaches workshops and webinars on photo-editing and marketing for artists. Ironically, Thomas was best known as a musician and harpist in the 1990s and did not start his visual artistry until 2005. Today, his images are basically a visual equivalent of the music he composed, and the results continue to astound and amaze.

Speaker Sessions:

Sun, Jan. 14: 6:45-8pm: The Painterly Photo

Q&A:

What is your life motto? "You are never defeated as long as you can get back up again." Inspired by this eternally-optimistic dude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhRUe-gz690
What was your first concert? Bruce Springsteen in 1976 (Born to Run tour) which completely spoiled me- I thought that from then on all concerts would last 3 and a half hours long and have 4 or 5 encores... Quickly found out that wasn't the case at all.
What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? The most important thing that you should do as an artist is enjoy what you do. Every step of the journey. It doesn't matter what you do. Don't do things for money. Do them because you love them and then the money will come.

Thomas Dodd is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!


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by James Yates
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Are you looking to take in some live demonstrations at Imaging USA? The Demo classes are guaranteed to give you a jolt of inspiration as you witness top instructors working live, in front of you. 

As you prepare for the world's largest pro-photography convention, keep these Demo classes in mind to catapult your business!

Sunday, January 14th, 2018: 

8-9:30am: 5-minute Photography - Booray Perry Cr.Photog., CPP (sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging)
In any circumstance, in any setting, a good photographer should be able to capture a great portrait. Yet on-location shoots can make even the most talented professionals panic. Never fear! Booray Perry provides you with a step-by-step system that will eliminate the stress and worry of on-location photo-shoots and give you the confidence you need. Learn how to assess your location and determine which path to follow to achieve great images. This class will help you explore what to do when using natural light, bounce flash, or off-camera light. Booray will also conduct a demo to show you what he does and how he reacts each time a new element changes his image. You'll discover how to work through them and produce a final, award-winning result. Whether you shoot weddings, Seniors, events, or portraits, you will learn how to work faster and smarter, on-location and under pressure, for results that will wow!    

5-6:15pm: Pro-tween-ographer: How to become 'THE' Photographer Tweens Choose - Kay Eskridge M.Photog.Cr., CPP (sponsored by Kodak Alaris) 
Do you want to plan, advertise, and implement portrait experiences that will bring in year-round cash flow? Do you want to feel good about what you do as a professional photographer? Do you want to give your clients something to rave about? If you answered "Yes" to any or all of these questions, this is the program for you! Today's social media has changed how young people deal with self-image, especially girls in their tweens (ages 9-12). During this program, you'll learn how to embrace this demographic and position yourself as the Tween Choice in your community. Kay will cover different types of marketing approaches, various portrait programs to offer for this specific niche, and the psychology needed to ensure a successful portrait experience. You will learn how to successfully manage a pre-portrait consultation and then get a live demo, showing the appropriate lighting and posing for this age range. Discover how to stay true to your craft and your clients. After this program, you'll be equipped to make your tweens and their parents happy, while producing portraits that everyone will love.  

6:45-8pm: The Painterly Photo - Thomas Dodd 
In this demonstration, acclaimed photographer and digital artist Thomas Dodd will show you the methods and techniques he uses to get his signature "painterly" look. Thomas will share his philosophy and how this artistic effect is not achieved solely in the editing process but rather how it begins even before the photograph is taken with important components like model and wardrobe selection, lighting techniques, and backdrop choices. Thomas has his own way to make you discover how intentional pre-shoot planning and a steady diet of classic art can contribute to the images you will create. Thomas will also show you how to manipulate color and light in a way that mimics painting of the Old Masters. In this program, you will learn Photoshop editing techniques and tips that will give your images that perfect embellishment, creating an artistic masterpiece. Thomas will even show you some of his finishing techniques, including how to add actual paint -and other materials- on top of the printed pixels. From initial planning to the actual painting and final touches, this class is a must as it will help you transform your photos from images to art!

Monday, January 15th, 2018: 

8-9:30am: Maternity Posing & Lighting - Alli Peck
Maximize the tools of your trade as you learn to create outstanding images. Using live models, Instructor Alli Peck will demonstrate maternity posing at its finest. Learn the poses that showcase your clients' beauty, grace and poise in your maternity sessions. You will also delve into lighting techniques and learn to use both one light and strip lighting to achieve optimum effects. This workshop gives you the skills, but also the confidence, to conduct successful maternity shoots with stunning results!


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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of everything photography, including learning, networking, shopping, and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13).

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every photographic and business topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet...

Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPP

Web: boorayperry.com

Facebook: Booray Perry

Twitter: booray_

Instagram: boorayperry

Booray Perry had it figured out, or so he thought. After a 20-year career in radio, he retired from being a wacky morning man and moved to Florida to marry and start a family. He was a stay-at-home-Dad while his wife built a successful real estate business. When the economy downturned in 2007, his family found themselves starting over at which point Booray rediscovered his childhood passion, photography.  Today, he shoots approximately 100 weddings and events each year and teaches photography classes nationwide. Extremely involved within his industry, Booray serves on PPA's Online Content Advisory Committee, as a PPA Councilor and as the host of IPC Live. In 2014, he was a Platform Speaker for Imaging USA, and then a pre-conference instructor for Imaging USA 2015. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Area PPA, and is active in both Florida and Southeastern Professional Photographers Associations. The combination of Booray's ability to talk for hours, his humor, and experience make him a popular instructor and he's always eager to help fellow photographers on their path to success.

Speaker Sessions:

Sun, Jan. 14

8:00am- 9:30am- 5-Minute Photography

 

Q&A:

What do you most value in your friends? Bail Money

If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would you choose and why?  You know that guy that stood in front of the tanks in Tiananmen Square? I most identify with that guy's friend, who said he would be there but instead stayed home to watch Archer on Netflix.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "What seems to be the problem, officer?" OR "It wasn't my fault, Your Honor."

If you could have a theme song, what would it be? "I'm the Map," from Dora the Explorer

Booray Perry is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!


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By Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of everything
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 photography, including learning, networking, shopping, and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13).

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every photographic and business topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet...
Teri Fode
Facebook: terifodeseniors
Twitter: terifode
Instagram: terifode

Teri Fode specializes in stylized teen and senior portraits that also grow into family portrait opportunities. She has made incredible strides with her business and brand, beginning 11 years ago in a small in-home production studio -- when she used the client's home for sales and consults -- to today's beautiful, boutique-style store-front studio. Teri is also the creator of Voice Your Brand, teaching photographers how to market their own brands with purpose and intention using actionable strategies. Teri has built her business, not just through her amazing talent and charismatic charm, but through her involvement in her community and industry. She has been involved in her local Chamber of Commerce as well as the Women's Council and other networking organizations like Toastmasters and the Realtor's Association. Teri is also active on the lecture circuit and has been asked to speak at several state meetings and conventions including Professional Photographers of Iowa and the Twin Cities' PPA.

Speaker Sessions
Sun. Jan. 14 8 - 9:30am

Q&A
What is your most treasured possession? The obvious -my family and dog -but then my very first bible (it has so many written notes in it!) and a box of very old vintage family photos from my grandparents!

What was your first concert? LOL...Donnie and Marie. The original tour. Honestly.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "Literally" and "Actually"

What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? Stay in touch with every single client that walks through your door and spends money with you at least 4 times a year (12 times a year is best). It's the secret sauce to building a business by repeat clients and referrals. Otherwise, you'll wonder why someone who loved you and spent thousands of dollars with you used another photographer several years later. Cultivate...relationships.

What are some unmarked items on your bucket list? Shooting in Europe (I was there when I was younger...want to go back!) and spending an entire week in the Smithsonian Institute museum in DC (also was there when I was a kid and couldn't have cared less back then).

Teri Fode is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!
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PPA is proud to announce our finalists for the Grand Imaging Awards, to be awarded January 15 in Nashville, Tennessee at Imaging USA 2018, the largest annual conference and trade show for pro photographers. 

The Grand Imaging Award finalists have been judged to be the very best of the 2017 PPA International Photographic Competition (IPC). The Grand Imaging Award finalists were selected from 5,800 entries judged by a panel of 33 jurors. There are ten finalists in ten categories comprising the Grand Imaging Awards, and one winner from the ten categories will be named the recipient of the overall Grand Imaging Award. 

View slideshows of the finalists at PPMag.com.

The Grand Imaging Award finalists are: 

In the Animal Portrait category: Aurora DeLuca, Barbara Breitsameter (two images), Carl Caylor, Danica Barreau, Erich Caparas, Jody Miller, Michelle Garcia, Sarah Stiles and Susan Gertz. 

In the Children's Portrait category: Brent Lewis, Cristie Reddehase, DiAnna Paulk, Felice Boucher, Kathy Wierda, Kathy Wierda, Kimberly Smith, Leslie Kitten, Louise Simone and Mariellen Youngdahl.

In the General Portrait category: Ben Shirk, Christie Newell, Erich Caparas, Francie Baltazar Stonestreet, Jean Wall, Joseph Simone, Kent Shelton, Lauren DelVecchio, Michelle Parsley and Phaneendra Gudapati.

In the Landscape & Nature category: Douglas Bennett, Ed Cooley, Erica Harvey, Jonathan Adams, Kimberly Smith, Laura Bennett, Mona Sadler, Robert Smith, Ryan Hellard and Trudy Evans. 

In the Illustrative & Commercial category: Amy Feick, Andrea Joliat, Ben Shirk, David Quisenberry, Elaine Hughes, Gail Nogle, Karen Nakamura, Michelle Garcia, Michelle Parsley and Russell Jensen.
 
In the High-School Senior Portrait category: Adrian Henson, Cyndi Hornsby, Ed Pedi, Gail Carver, Megan Drane, Melissa Thompson, Michelle Parsley, Salvatore Cincotta, Shana Woods and Travis Gadsby. 

In the Wedding category: Erich Caparas, Gary Hughes, Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez, Marceliano Munoz, Mario Munoz, Maryanne Keeling, Molly Long, Ryan Higgins, Salvatore Cincotta and Tomas Munoz.

In the Non-Event Album category: Alison Miniter, Carol Scott, Chelsea Tracy, James Chagares (two albums), Jamie Hayes, Lisa Asp, Lisa Francescon, Rob Greer and Ted Linczak.

In the Event Album category: Allison English Watkins & Kris Doman, Cindy Dover, James Nisly & Genevieve Nisly (three albums), Larry Spencer, Marceliano Munoz, Mark Garber & Jennifer Gilman and Tomas Munoz.

In the Artist category: Ann Murfin, Cristie Reddehase (two albums), Emme Rigby, Michelle Parsley, Nylora-Joy Bruleigh, Peggy Sue Seehafer, Richard Sturdevant and Sandra Pearce.
 
Each category winner will receive a crystal award and the winner of the overall Grand Imaging Award will receive a $1000 cash prize. Last year's winner was Chicago pet photographer Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP,  for her image "Send in the Clowns" in the General Portrait category. 

To learn more about the Grand Imaging Awards, view previous winning images and watch the 2017 GIAs, visit PPA.com/Competitions.  




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