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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...

Nick Jones, M.Artist.

Web: harmonyandnick.com

Harmony and Nick are a husband and wife team who call Blackfoot, Idaho home. They have been in business for 7 years at their downtown location and are THE go-to studio for families in Southeast Idaho and Western Wyoming. The winning combination of Harmony's ability behind the camera and Nick's skills behind the computer has set them apart from the competition, and they've been able to successfully and consistently provide a unique product for their clients.

Both have experienced much success in PPA's International Photographic competition with multiple Photographer of the Year medals, and several Grand Imaging Award nominations. Nick walked away with the first-place trophy in his first year entering in the Artist category, and Harmony was recently a finalist in the coveted World Photographic Cup. The Jones' stay busy outside of their studio, involved in their local PPA Affiliate, Professional Photographers of Idaho, as well as participating in the IPC for the last 7 consecutive years. Harmony holds her Master Photographer degree and Nick is a Master Artist, and they both have what it takes to stay ahead in today's competitive market.

Most of all, they love creating and being part of their clients' lives. They live by the belief that you can truly love what you do and make money, and they enjoy sharing that experience with others. It's no wonder people want to keep up with the Jones!

Speaker Sessions:

Sat, January 13

9:00 am-5:00 pm - Increase Sales Through Compositing - Full Details

 

Q&A:

What is your life motto? "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."

What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty, honesty, curiosity

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Definitely a professional athlete, but my body decided to stop growing at 5'10" so that dashed my NBA dreams...

What was you first concert? Pearl Jam

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Literally, "literally"

 

Nick Jones 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. 

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Let's Meet...
Tony Corbell, Cr.Photog., API
Facebook: tonycorbell
Twitter: tonycorbell
Instagram: tonycorbell

Tony has been a photographer, photographic educator, and an author his entire adult life. He has released numerous books, written countless articles, and his work has been featured in publications around the globe, and while he was hired by some of the most discerning clients in the world, he is most proud to be acknowledged and included in more than thirty-five photographic books by other photographers.

Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, The Millennium Summit Meeting of World Leaders at the United Nations, countless sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts. He is currently featured on PPAedu, KelbyOne, Epson and Creativelive and his YouTube videos with Profoto Lighting and Sekonic light meters have surpassed one million views as he explains lighting techniques to photographers throughout the world.

He is involved with ASMP, PPA, WPPI and currently the president of The Camera Craftsmen of America, a group of 40 photographers worldwide. He teaches almost exclusively about photographic lighting and imaging workflow, and recently passed a major milestone, having taught more than 650 seminars and workshops in the US and abroad. His Basic Studio Lighting book has even become the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses!

Tony is a living legend in his industry, for his photographic talent his commitment to training and education! Most importantly, he is a person who loves what he does and with whom he does it.

Speaker Sessions
Saturday, January 13, 2018

What do you most value in your friends? Deodorant.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? I wanted to write movie screenplays. I actually have written some things I've never shown to anyone.
What is your most treasured possession? My first Hasselblad camera, 500C. I got it in 1979 and it had over 150,000 exposures when I got it. I worked it hard every day and put on another 350,000 exposures on it. It now sits on the mantel proudly having bought a house or two and a few cars.
What was your first concert? WAR, in 1973 (Cisco Kid, Low Rider, etc...)
What has been your proudest moment? I was really proud when I realized that I was either thanked or had work published in the books of 27 other photographers. Means more to me than anything I ever published under my name.
If you could have a theme song, what would it be? Beatles/John Lennon's "In My Life" (I'm a sucker for romance...)

Tony Corbell 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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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...

Darty Hines, Cr.Photog.

Web: syncrocks.com

Facebook: dartyhines

Twitter: syncrocks

Instagram: photodart

 

Darty Hines has been a professional photographer for over 26 years, working with prestigious colleagues such as Larry Peters of Peters Photography and most recently, Colleen Gonsar of Colleen & Company. Darty' s expertise has kept him at the height of our industry, and his experience includes every aspect of his business from photographer to graphic designer, marketing manager to event planner and social media fanatic.

He is a longtime PPA member, has won numerous photography awards and is currently on the industry's lecture circuit. Darty and his wife Michele are co-owners of the educational conference SYNC, and he has always promoted and believed in quality education for photographers.

Whether behind the camera, in front of students or consulting with the PPA Affiliates of North Carolina or Georgia, Darty Hines is a true professional, focused on his clients, his colleagues and the industry. 

Speaker Sessions:

Mon, January 15

5:00 pm - How To Get Noticed In The Crowd - Full Details

6:15 pm - Business, School, Sport, Event

 

Q&A

What is your life motto? "Create. Evolve. Live."

What do you most value in your friends? Being judgment free and loyalty.

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Surfer - sad thing is - I can barely swim.

What is your most treasured possession? If I had to vacate quickly - family then computers and photos.

What was your first concert? Night Ranger at the Ohio State Fair #HairBandNation

Coke or Pepsi? Diet Coke (with a little Blue Chair Bay Rum)

What has been your proudest moment? When my girls make smart decisions. Makes all the struggles of parenting worth it.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? I would turn off Facebook! (which is funny cause my program is on social media!) LOL

Darty Hines 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.

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Keith Dixon
Facebook: keith.b.dixon
Twitter: keithbdixon
Instagram: keithbdixon

Keith B. Dixon is a freelance commercial photographer, specializing in corporate event photography, corporate executive and on-location, group portraits. Throughout his career, he has photographed high profile clients including the U.S. Chief Judges of the U.S. Appellate Courts, several Bay Area Executives and many celebrities from around the world. Keith has also worked with corporate clients across the United States and abroad. He is an Official Ambassador for Dye  Sub Printer Maker DNP Imaging of America, NETGEAR (the number one producer of Networking and Cloud Based Storage), and affiliations to Spider Holster, Think Tank, and Arkon Mounts. He is a legend on social media, known for creating The Keith B. Dixon Zone on Periscope and Facebook Live and is the founding member of the popular BombSquad Photography Community.

In 2015, Keith was ranked #3 in the world as a Cloud-Based Influencer by Onalytica. He also created a series of free workshop for beginning photographers, the Keith B. Dixon Meetups, and somewhere in the midst of all this, still finds time to serve as the PPA Diversity Co-Chairperson within his industry. More than just a photographer or a social media guru, Keith is a true trailblazer, paving the way and educating those coming behind him.   

Speaker Sessions:
Mon, January 15
11:30 am Business

Q&A: 
What is your life motto? Go hard or not at all
What do you value most in your friends? Loyalty
If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be and why? Marcus Garvey and I named my youngest son after him.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A Business Man
What was your first concert? Chaka Kahn
Coke or Pepsi? Coke all day!

Keith Dixon 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 Trent Schick

Every year, Imaging USA puts on an amazing show and is an event that is anticipated by thousands of photographers. There's so much that goes into making Imaging USA incredible that we could write a whole book on it, but this year you are going to want to especially look out for the opening keynote speaker.

Kicking Imaging USA off with a bang will be the exceptional Ryan Estis, who has skyrocketed to prominence as a public speaker, leading his captive audiences toward achieving breakthrough performances in their careers and personal lives. According to his bio, Ryan "blends original research with compelling stories that move participants to take action."

An ad-agency executive for 15 years, Ryan broke away to become a motivator and consultant. Named one of the "Best Keynote Speakers Ever Heard" by Meetings and Conventions magazine, Ryan is bringing his unique research and insight to Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville.

You will be able to see Ryan Estis' opening session Adapt & Thrive on January 14th from 10am-11am. You're not going to want to miss this one. He's tailoring his message specifically for the professional photographers and small business owners in attendance at Imaging USA!

Ryan Estis 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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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. Learn more here about the people you'll be learning more from in January!

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Let's meet...

Pete Rezac

Pete Rezac Photography

Reno, Nevada

www.peterezacphotography.com

Facebook: Pete Rezac Photography
Twitter: PeteRezac
Instagram: prezac

 

Based in Reno, Nevada, Pete Rezac specializes in family and children's photography with an emphasis on black & white portraiture. Since 2003, he has worked diligently to expand his business, his client base, and his own skills. In 2010, he earned his Certified Professional Photographer from PPA, followed with his Photographic Craftsman in 2014 and his Master of Photography in 2015.

Pete had a top 10 Grand Imaging Children's Portrait in the 2015 International Photographic Competition and was a Platinum Medalist in both the 2015 and 2016 International Photographic Competitions, as well as a Gold Medalist in 2014. He earned a Kodak Gallery Award for the Western States District in 2012, has been named California Top 10 photographer and 2015 California Child Portrait Photographer of the Year.

Pete is extremely active and involved in his industry both in PPA of California and PPA Charities where he was the top donor for 2015 Celebration Day. He is a huge proponent of the Certified Professional Photographer program offered through PPA and is an approved instructor for the CPP Prep Class. Pete has served as a PPA Certification Judge and is a PPA Super 1 Day instructor each spring and fall. It's not just his expertise and experience but his dedication to his industry that makes him an outstanding instructor and individual.

Speaker Sessions - Saturday, 1/13

9am-11am Black & White Children's Character Portraits (Hands On, Portrait)

1pm-3pm  Black & White Children's Character Portraits (Hands On, Portrait)

4pm-6pm  Black & White Children's Character Portraits (Hands On, Portrait)

 

 

Q&A

What is your life motto? "Journey of a million miles begins with a single step - keep moving forward."

What do you most value in your friends? Honesty and sincerity

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Tom Watson the golfer! I was big golf nut as a kid, long before Tiger.

What was your first concert? ZZ Top Eliminator Tour!!

Coke or Pepsi? Coke Zero!

 

Pete Rezac 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...
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Susan Eckert
Long Island Boudoir Photography
Instagram: boudoirbysusan

Susan Eckert is author of Body & Soul: Lucrative and Life-changing Boudoir Photography (a Focal Press/Routledge Publication). As a studio owner, she has operated Long Island Boudoir Photography since 2008. A niche leader in her region, she has steadily grown her business--thriving despite a rising tide of newcomers. Her secret? Leveraging her experience in psychology to develop a unique and winning client-centered approach--one that has resulted in a well-oiled referral engine for her business.

Speaker Sessions

Q&A 

What is your life motto? This is my signature line-this quote from the Anais Nin diaries changed my life. 'And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.'
What do you most value in your friends?  Humor. Open-mindedness. A great laugh.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A hair stylist. An artist. A singer. A Painter. A Poet.
What is your most treasured possession? Our old family albums for sure!
Coke or Pepsi? Neither.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Awesome. Definitely.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? The amount of pain so many live with each and every day.

Susan 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

Registration is open for Imaging USA 2018. It may seem early, but PPA is already in full-swing preparing for next year's "kick-off photography party!" 

For some, the thought of being with more than 10,000 of the industry's greatest professionals at this larger-than-life photography convention can be exciting and intimidating at the same time. That feeling is completely normal, and PPA is here to help YOU! 

To take away some of the first-time jitters, here's a video overview of what you can expect at Imaging USA 2018:

 
Whether you're a first-time attendee or a convention expert, we want to see you in Nashville from January 14-16, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Book your room, sign up for classes, and plan your week at Imaging USA, all at ImagingUSA.org

We'll see you in Music City!



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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. Learn more here about the people you'll be learning more from in January!

First up....
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Ryan Armbrust
Boudoir Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky
Twitter: boudoirlou
Instagram: ryanarmbrust

For the past 8 years, Ryan Armbrust has owned and operated a retro pinup and boudoir studio with amazing results and success. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, his studio has photographed thousands of clients of all shapes, sizes and ages, delivering an exemplary product and experience. For Ryan, his success is in producing an extremely repeatable product for his clients while maintaining creativity, complete with Ryan's own retro touch. However, Ryan doesn't stop there. He has built a combined social media following of over 250,000 followers, and in 2012 Ryan's first published book, Shoot Sexy - Pinup Photography in the Digital Age, was released worldwide in 4 languages.

In addition to Boudoir Louisville, Ryan owns and operates a commercial photography brand, Sniper Photo. Specializing in corporate advertising, commercial photography, and environmental portraiture, Ryan has helped many businesses thrive through creative photography. An exquisite artist and exceptional businessman, Ryan is coming will share his expertise and experience with others at Imaging USA.

Speaker Sessions

Sat. 1/13
11:00 am Hands On, Technique
1:00 pm Boudoir! Shoot Like A Capitalist, Not Just An Artist. 
3:00 pm Hands On, Technique
4:00 pm Boudoir! Shoot Like A Capitalist, Not Just An Artist.
6:00 pm Hands On, Technique

Q&A with Ryan Armbrust

What is your life motto?: 'Cause I get the job done. I work. I work. I work. I work. I work...baby!'--Big Daddy Kane
What do you value most in your friends? A quirky sense of humor is what I value most. I like to be entertained.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? An Architect! Like Art Vandelay...
What is your most treasured possession? As far as material items go, my collection of Mid Century Modern furniture and kitschy stuff!
What was your first concert? Bon Jovi and Cinderella! Woot Woot!
Coke or Pepsi? Oh, I get angry when I'm traveling to a region that has Pepsi. A N G R Y !
Which words of phrases do you most overuse? "Sooooooooo" and "I'm gonna have you..."! I find myself saying those constantly during shoots.

Ryan 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 get on there and take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel. 









By James Yates
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You may already have the art of photography down, but is your business where you'd like it to be? If you find yourself wanting to learn how to boost your bottom line, the PPA Business Challenge is for you! 

The Business Challenge provides photography business owners 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. 

We all know that photographers are entrepreneurs, small business owners with a passion for their craft. We also know that, more often than not, many photographers open their studios as artists, not having gone to business school, nor carrying a finance background. It is part of PPA's mission, as a nonprofit, to help our members understand and implement the basic business principles needed to maintain a sustainable studio. 

The Business Challenge is meant to be 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 wanting to take 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. 

"PPA's business advice is based on years of experience and successful business mentoring," says 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." 

Kurkian led a presentation on the Business Challenge (pictured above) and its first year at this year's Imaging USA in San Antonio. Titled "4 Things You Need to Know to Be Successful", the group panel included Gregory Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP; Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API; and participants from the previous year's Business Challenge. 

As an example of the kinds of takeaways you'll gain from the Challenge, they presented these four steps to success... 

By Tristin Vaccaro

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January has come and gone, and so has Imaging USA 2017. It was a week filled with fun, friendship, and learning and we know you're probably missing it just as much as we are. While we were sad to see it end, all of us here at PPA are thrilled by the memories and opportunities created for everyone in San Antonio. In order to help you (and us!) relive the awesomeness that was Imaging USA, we've perused the Internet to gather some of the best stories and testimonials from attendees. Enjoy!

From the Blog of Amber Reinhardt
"I was one of those hungry photographers seeking out answers to many business questions. I felt I had answers, but needed to search out a plan of action. As a photographer, my job involves so much more than a photo shoot and camera. It goes beyond. Having built a successful business is only the first step. I came into Imaging USA, concluding taking my business to the next level successfully begins with me. Monday was a busy day, reaching beyond my expectations. Attending classes, back to back, left me to jot down key points from each speaker and moving on. By the end of the day, my questions were all answered."

From the Blog of Cristie Reddehase, B.A., M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
"As some of you may know, I LOVE to compete in the annual print competition held by PPA. This year was an extraordinary year for me. I was so glad that my friends and family were there to celebrate with me! I received Double Diamond Photographer of the Year. This means that during IPC, all 8 of my images were worthy of a merit and that all 8 of them were accepted into PPA's Loan collection. I'm the first female to ever accomplish this and also 1 of only 5 other photographers to ever receive this distinction."

From the Blog of Ron Vesely
"Not only was Imaging USA a great platform to share my experiences, techniques and general photo related insights from a baseball photographers perspective, but I had the chance to rub shoulders with some of the greatest photographers in the world! In particular, I had the privilege of spending some quality time with photo legends Dave Black and Ami Vitale, along with Nikon Professional Services Manager of Product Marketing, the one and only Mike Corrado. Great times, great stories!  The best part was witnessing a contest of Bear, Ninja and Hunter after the check for dinner arrived. You had to have been there to get the full effect, but think rock, paper, scissors. This spectacle alone was worth the flight to San Antonio!"

From the Blog of Amy Dokken, CPP
"Imaging USA was the first major photography convention that I've ever attended. I wasn't really sure what to expect. I chose to go mainly so that I could take my CPP exam and attend the portfolio reviews that were offered. I came away with so much more than I bargained for. I had downloaded the list of speakers in advance and combed through the schedule outlining the programs that sounded most interesting or relevant to my business. One I was particularly excited about was Jennifer Hudson's "The Handmade Life". It did not disappoint. Seriously, I could say Jennifer may have changed everything for me."

From the Blog of Lauren Nygard
"I was in San Antonio last week to attend the Professional Photographers of America's annual convention, Imaging USA. It was awesome for two reasons: (1) Imaging USA was an incredibly amazing experience, and I learned a lot from the speakers and other attendees, and (2) I got to spend a week with my family, which was kicked off with my dad's 60th birthday party!"

From the Blog of Suzette Allen Cr. Photog., CPP, API  
"I was recently at Imaging USA...The keynote speaker, Mel Robbins, was brilliant and her message was one I will not soon forget. In fact, it is probably one I will use the rest of my life. Its concept, clearly written in her book, "The 5 Second Rule:" (no, not the one about dropped food) ???? describes how we make decisions every day, all day long, and many times we agonize or overthink or delay to get more information, etc., choosing to do something else, instead of taking action. We distract ourselves instead of taking positive action that would actually take us toward our goals and success! Each decision is made in about 5 seconds.  The truth is, we KNOW what we SHOULD do. If we would just DO it, we would be far more successful.  For example, when the alarm goes off in the morning, we KNOW we need to get up. If we would just say "5-4-3-2-1" and GET UP, instead of laying there agonizing about the day, dreading what we need to face and hitting the snooze, we would be far more successful!...

So, while this concept is super simple, it is incredibly powerful. In fact it applies to almost every area of our lives. It certainly challenged me to start taking action and DOING the things I know I need to do but habitually avoid... Like exercise, blogging, phone calls, etc....and the list goes on...

Thank you, PPA, for the great programming at USA and for giving us tools to BE MORE. Your campaign is for real, and it is relevant."


And there you have it, some of our favorite memories of Imaging USA shared by photographers just like you! Consider sharing your Imaging USA stories, testimonials, or photos. It's super simple: just hop on over to your social media and use the hashtag #ImagingUSA. If you missed Imaging USA 2017, fear not. There will be plenty of memories to be made at Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville, TN!

By Mariah Ashley 

**originally published February 11, 2015; Don't have your badge for this week's Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, TX? There's still time! Register here and we'll see you on Sunday!**

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 James Yates
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It's super cold outside and, let's face it, you don't want to go anywhere this weekend. Curl up under a blanket, make something hot to drink, and enjoy these top photography blog posts from around the web. 

ACCESS: Read this PPA Today post on the amazing stuff that comes with this year's Imaging USA Expo-Only Pass (Drone Zone, Print for Success Theatre, Mel Robbins keynote, IPC exhibit, 600+ booth trade show) and get a promocode to enter to get your pass for FREE!

ADAPT: Windy conditions may seem like a ruined day for your photo shoot, but FStoppers has an article on how to use it to your advantage. More than just overcoming, there's a way to use wind to your advantage to create natural portraits. 

TIPS: Learn 10 tips for better wedding photography lighting via a video from Popular Photography. The first step is figuring out the space...watch the video to learn the rest. 

HOW-TO: Tis the season for these tips! Popular Photography again with 10 tips for holiday family portraits. They're simple, easy to remember, and will make the most out of your family get-togethers. 

BEWARE: Not to scare you, but memory cards can be damaged pretty easily. Here are a bunch of do's and don'ts for memory cards from PetaPixel. They'll clear up some common misconceptions and offer strategies to keep your images safe. 

INSPIRING: Business Insider has a slideshow of inspirational nature photography. Check out the winners from the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. These are jaw-dropping images you won't soon forget. 
 
DIVERSIFY: Here's a great piece on diversity issues in the modelling world. A Liberian model collaborated with an L.A.-based photographer to recreate fashion campaigns featuring white models. The results spark questions about black girl invisibility and the need to diversify.  

TRIBUTE: New York fashion and portrait photographer Rodney Smith recently passed away. PetaPixel has a nice piece on his legacy and a look at his iconic photos. 

DREAMING OF DRONES:  Professional Photographer magazine reviewed 8 popular drones so you can put your favorite on your Christmas wish list. Hurry up and read this article or Santa may just pass you by. 
 
PRINT: The Photo Fundamentalist has a great essay up about print permanence and the need to create prints. Go into the meaning of life, why man creates art, and more deep issues that dovetail perfectly with PPA's PRINT. Movement

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.

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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.

By Sidra Safri
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Immediate update! As I am sitting here writing this, we got a call from Rep. Judy Chu's office saying they are releasing the Small Claims bill TODAY.  Another giant milestone in the fight to protect photographers! The bill will be called the Fairness for American Small Creators Act. Stay tuned for the official announcement and the ability to read the final bill! 

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The holidays have come early for creative artists! PPA just got out of our meeting with Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and it could not have gone better. The entire Visual Artist Coalition was able to attend the meeting, with the sole purpose of talking about the importance of small claims and our concern with the removal of Maria Pallante as the Register of Copyrights. Chairman Goodlatte agreed with us wholeheartedly and said that something needs to be done for sure. 

After talking to us for a few minutes, Chairman Goodlatte gave us some fantastic news: he has prioritized four necessary reforms for the Copyright Office... and Small Claims is on that list! This is the first time a member of the House, let alone a ranking member of the House, has come out and said that Small Claims is a priority. This is a huge win for Creative Artists! However, this does not mean that our work is done. YOU, as a creative artist, are more important to this movement than ever! 

Keep in mind this is going to be a long journey, and we're just getting started! Once the bill is introduced, we still need to go through both chambers of Congress. However, having the Chairman talking about Small Claims is a huge win, and a step in the right direction. This meeting honestly could not have gone any better. It almost seems as if Chairman Goodlatte was reading our minds! CEO David Trust, Director of Membership Kristen Hartman, and I are all celebrating on Capitol Hill! This one meeting made our trip even more worth it! We hope our other two meetings today go as well as this one. Stay tuned for more news to come!

By Tristin Vaccaro
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At Imaging USA 2017 we're awarding individuals for the outstanding photography work they produced in 2016!  There are dozens of awards to give out over the three-day convention, so join us at these special ceremonies to honor those who made significant contributions to the photography industry. 

Attending these ceremonies is great inspiration for many photographers, as you'll see the best images of the year at the Grand Imaging Awards, and get to see who is honored as the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner at the Award & Degree Ceremony!

January 9 | 6:30-7:30pm
The Grand Imaging Awards are awarded yearly at Imaging USA based on the results of the International Photographic Competition (IPC). Bronze, silver, gold, and platinum medalists are announced, along with the top winners from each of the six photographic categories, as chosen by IPC jurors. The top image from all categories will then earn the overall Grand Imaging Award! 

Following the announcement of the Grand Imaging Award winner, finalist images for the World Photographic Cup will be announced. This is a really big deal because these finalists form Team USA that will go on to compete against countries around the world for the World Photographic Cup! Get a glimpse of these finalists and their images that will go on to compete on the world stage. 

You'll see some great images at the Grand Imaging Awards, so you'll want to attend to soak it all in. You may even find some inspiration for future photography projects!

January 10 | 6:30-7:30pm
At the PPA Award and Degree Ceremony we honor those who have gone above and beyond to set themselves apart in the photographic industry. There are tons of awards to give away at this ceremony for individuals, businesses, and groups alike. Awards include the Directors Award, Imaging Excellence Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Also, those who have taken the extra step to earn a photographic degree will be honored with ribbons and medallions. Degrees include Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, and Master of Electronic Imaging. Obtaining a degree takes a large amount of commitment and hard work, and we are proud to name those who have shown this passion for photographic excellence.

So while our winners don't walk down the red carpet, there is great honor in being presented with a PPA award or degree. We want to recognize those who make this industry great, and we hope you will join us at Imaging USA in San Antonio, TX, to honor them, too! 

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by James Yates
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You're all set to go to Imaging USA 2017, but you've never been to San Antonio before? Relax. Your PPA Team has scouted out the best attractions and locations and prepared a video guide to all the amazing sights and sounds set to blow your ten-gallon hat off come January. Here's a handy guide of things to consider making time for your trip in January:

  • Start with The Riverwalk, the unique, can't-miss 2.5-mile walkway along the San Antonio River. Take one of the famed Riverboat Tours to see the other side of attractions like the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Arneson River Theater and the Aztec Theatre. The boats pass right by and through several restaurants, making any night out to eat a gorgeous experience. It may sound like a tourist trap, it's not! It's really nice! That's probably why the Riverwalk is Texas' second most popular tourist spot after...
  • The Alamo/The Missions. Remember this? No trip to San Antonio would be complete without visiting the Alamo and the other four Spanish frontier outposts designated as a National Historic Park. 
  • Founded in 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village is San Antonio's original neighborhood. La Vallita houses over 30 art galleries and shops along with several restaurants. The Arneson River Theater is also there so you can get a better look from off of the boat. 
  • The RiverCenter Mall is also located on the Riverwalk and literally right downstairs from our host hotels. It's a fully functioning mall with all the stores you may need to get your shopping fix ($6 cowboy hats, anyone?) and tons of restaurants including a food court if you want something fast and cheap! 
  • You can experience the largest Mexican mercado in the city for authentic shopping underneath all those iconic, colorful flags at Market Square
  • Get the best view of San Antonio from atop the 750 ft-tall Tower of the Americas, built in 1968 for the Hemisfair (World's Fair), which you'll hear a lot about because it was a huge deal for the city. 
  • If you're looking to venture away from the downtown area by car or bus, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Aquarium and the San Antonio Zoo offer some of the most beautiful, Texas-sized flora and fauna for the entire family to enjoy. There are also the big theme parks, SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas if you have the need for speed and want to ride the state-of-the-art Iron Rattler or Steel Eel. Other kinds of thrill-seekers may want to check out the Natural Bridge Caverns, named for the 60 foot limestone slab that spans the caverns' entrance.  
You may not be sure what to expect from your trip to San Antonio, but what you'll get is a beautiful city with a lively and bustling downtown area, all easily accessible from the Imaging USA hotels and convention center. We're more certain than ever that January 2017 is going to be AWESOME. 


 

For more info, head over to ImagingUSA.org. Register and take advantage of the Early Bird rates for members by December 8th, OR pick up an Expo Only Pass for only $35 and get access to the trade show, Print Theatre, Drone Zone, IPC Exhibit and Keynote Presentation by Mel Robbins!



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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.

By Autumn Rice
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Mel Robbins is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers out there and you now have a chance to see her in person. Her life experiences have helped her craft speeches that deliver business-expanding, life-changing, interactive advice to inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and professional growth. Her book, Stop Saying You're Fine, is a best seller that has been translated into four different languages, and her TEDx Talk "How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over" has over 10 million views across 37 countries. Mel Robbins is a CNN host, commentator and legal analyst, criminal defense attorney, and now she can add Imaging USA Keynote Speaker to her host of talents. 

That's right folks; Mel Robbins is coming to Imaging USA! She will give a keynote presentation on the morning of Sunday, January 8th and follow it up with a book signing directly after in the lobby of the Lira Cockrell Theatre at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. in San Antonio, Texas.

So what are you waiting for? Imaging USA is the only place to be in January 2017! Go to ImagingUSA.org/Register to take advantage of the Early Bird Rates ($50 off!) before time runs out December 8th! 

See what all the fuss is about: Mel's Ted Talk 
By Tristin Vaccaro
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Whether you want to dust off your cowboy boots or just get out of the studio for a while, there truly are a bajillion reasons to go to Imaging USA

While fun and networking are definitely on the menu, we know the majority of you come to Imaging USA with the hopes of learning new things! That's why the classes, demonstrations, and workshops overflow with methods to improve both your business and photography talents.

Imaging USA instructors want you to leave San Antonio a more equipped photographer, and often provide class takeaways so you know just what you'll learn after attending their class.  So today, we're highlighting a handful of awesome Imaging USA classes, and their equally as awesome takeaways, that are sure to stick with you long after you return home!

Lindsay Adler, Cr.Photog.
January 6 | 9am - 5pm
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!

Takeaways: 
  1. How to pre-visualize, create a mood board, and plan for stylized fashion and portrait shoots
  2. Fashion lighting tools and techniques that give your portraits that wow factor
  3. Techniques of fashion photography useful to differentiate your work from the competition.

Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP
January 7 | 1pm - 5pm
Take volume photography to a whole new level! Go EXTREME as photographer Melanie Anderson shares all her creative techniques and tricks for school and youth sports! Walk away with the knowledge and the ability to achieve 100K+ as THE volume photographer in town! 

Takeaways: 
  1. Marketing to High School and Youth Sports
  2. Securing Sponsorships
  3. Creating Senior Sports Banners

Bradford Rowley
January 9 | 10-11:30am
This class will change your business and your life!  Discover the 10 steps that will explode your sales in 2017. Everything from closing strategies to handling objections, selling to the sophisticated clients, and more - it's all here!  

Takeaways: 
  1. Learn closing strategies for almost every objection
  2. Learn the alternative to hard selling, which is a turn-off to the sophisticated client
  3. Why selling portraits is the best kept secret out there, even among photographers

Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10 | 10-11:30am
Dog photography is one of the fastest growing niches, and this is your ticket to mastering it all! Learn from Best of the Best as Barbara Breitsameter shares her tips and techniques, her secrets and her skills, her experience and her expertise. Canine family members can be your ticket to a booming business! 

Takeaways: 
  1. Learn the steps for a successful stress-free session for the dog and everyone else
  2. Create artistic dog portraits with technical excellence
  3. Learn how PPA print competitions can take your dog photography to a whole new level 

Gary Box , M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10 | 5:15 - 6:30pm
Capture and sell fantastic family portraits! From lighting to marketing techniques, you'll discuss ways to enhance and increase your sales. Capture the image, wow the customer, and improve your profits! 

Takeaways: 
  1. Get more families in your door
  2. Learn better family lighting
  3. Sell family portraits for the wall
And there you have it, just a few of the nearly 100 diverse classes  and thousands of lessons available to you when you attend Imaging USA this January in San Antonio, Texas. If you haven't already, go register for Imaging USA so you too can leave the convention with awesome swag, valuable knowledge, and amazing memories! 

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By Autumn Rice
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Every year, Imaging USA attendees have the opportunity to take advantage of the best hotel deals and locations in the city, and this year is no different! We've blocked off hotel rooms in San Antonio that will save time, provide networking experiences, and save you money on transportation. Plus, you'll be in the heart of all of the action of Imaging USA 2017. But time is running out because these official hotels are almost completely booked! 

Don't panic; there's still some time left to take advantage of these savings, but hurry! If you haven't booked yet, here are your hotel options:

  • San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter (HEADQUARTERS HOTEL) 
  • San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
  • Hilton Palacio Del Rio
  • Grand Hyatt San Antonio
  • Homewood Suites

To make your hotel booking experience easy and comprehensive, we've created a "one stop shop" reservation system. Through this online system you can make your reservation, and even find a roommate. That's right; you can search through other Imaging USA attendees who are also looking for someone to split the hotel costs with, and share a room. This is also a great way to save!

Imaging USA 2017 will be January 5-10, 2017 in San Antonio, and we want you to be there, without having to break the bank. Take advantage of these hotel savings and find out about more at ImagingUSA.org

Find hotel information on the official Imaging USA Hotels website, and make your reservation for Imaging USA 2017 today! If you have any questions or need help booking your hotel, call 210-207-6734.

See you in San Antonio!

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By Autumn Rice
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Understanding how to market print products to your customers can be difficult for photographers, but PPA wants to help! 

The PRINT for Success Theater at Imaging USA offers 19 short-format sales training workshops on how to make more money selling printed products. If you're interested in encouraging your clients to purchase more printed works, this room is for you. 

Stop by the PRINT Marketing Theater and join a comprehensive sales session, get information about how to price and market printed products to your clients, and show them the value of printed photography. The sessions will be held in 30-minute intervals during Expo hours. The tips provided in these sessions are sure to get your clients excited about the print movement, and buying printed products in no time.

The best part is, it's free to Imaging USA attendees with an Expo pass! Check out the programming by day below:

January 8: 1:30 AM - 5:00 PM
PRINT. For Success: Sales Training for Photographers
Expo Floor, booth #1553

  • 11:45 - 12:15: Beyond Photo Papers: New Product Ideas for the Professional Photographer with Tobe Hall & Elisa Kauffman (ChromaLuxe)
  • 12:30 - 1:00: Increasing Your Average Sale with Dave Stock, Cr.Photog., CPP (Richmond Pro Lab)
  • 1:15 - 1:45: Seal the Deal on Wall Art Sales with Megan DiPiero, CPP (Simply Color Lab)
  • 2:00 - 2:30: Why buy the cow when you get the milk for free? with Kate Higdon, M. Photog. (ACI)
  • 2:45 - 3:15: The Value of A Print with Mark Weber, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP  (Marathon Press)
  • 3:30 - 4:00: 5 Ways to Create Value in Your Wedding Photography Business with Vanessa Joy, Cr.Photog.(Miller's Professional Imaging)
  • 4:15 - 4:45: 5 Ways to Create Value in Your Portrait Photography Business with Moshe Zusman (Bay Photo Lab)
  • Register for Imaging USA!

January 9: 1:30 AM - 5:00 PM
PRINT. For Success: Sales Training for Photographers
Expo Floor, booth #1553

  • 11:45 - 12:15: Concept to Creation with Jason Ake and Laura Penney (Professional Plotter Technologies)
  • 12:30 - 1:45: Learn Do Succeed - Simple Steps to Make More Money Moderated by Fundy: Client Communication - Educating your Client with Melanie Anderson, Shoot with Purpose - Get Clients Excited with Tracy Sweeney, Make More Money - In Person Sales with Andrew Funderburg
  • 2:00 - 2:30: Own Your Craft to Make More Money, with Pete Wright (Canon)
  • 2:45 - 3:15: Creating Legacy by Being a Print Artist with Tim Walden, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr.,CPP,F-ASP  (WHCC)
  • 3:30 - 4:00: The Value of Packaging with Ben Tyndell (Tyndell Photographic Packaging)
  • 4:15 - 4:45: The Reveal - Making the Most of In-Person Sales with Mark Zucker (Zookbinders)

January 10: 1:30 AM - 3:30 PM
PRINT. For Success: Sales Training for Photographers
Expo Floor, booth #1553

  • 11:45 - 12:15: Print and Album Sales with Emily and Steve Pogozelski (Finao)
  • 12:30 - 1:00: Print or Die! with Donna Cummings, CPP (Simply Color Lab)
  • 1:15 - 1:45: The Low Down on High-Volume Print Selling with Chris Garcia (Richmond Pro Lab)
  • 2:00 - 2:30: Selling Albums Through Storytelling with Julie Paisley (Miller's Professional Imaging)
  • 2:45 - 3:15: Making an Unforgettable Impression with Alexis Cuarezma (Bay Photo Lab)

So, if Print photography is something you want to incorporate into your business, be sure to make the print exhibit a part of your expo floor plan. In addition to the print exhibit, use the official print resources page to help apply print products to your photography business. 

Don't pass up this opportunity to soak up all of the information industry experts can offer you exclusively at Imaging USA. If you want to attend all of Imaging USA's classes, parties, and events there's still time to purchase an All-Access Pass

This Imaging USA will be one you won't want to miss! It's full of exhibitors and showcases that you won't want to miss! Visit ImagingUSA.org to get a full list of the exhibit floor, and plan out your expo route in advance! 

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