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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! Here is a list of tips that 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 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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You can't go it alone and be successful in your business (well, you can...but it's much harder...and did we mention lonely?) You need the support of your peers and, when it comes to connecting professional photographers, PPA offers a lot of opportunities.

PPA has amazing online education available to its members, of course, but sometimes it's best to get out from behind the computer! Take advantage of opportunities to Be More Connected that involve directly interacting with an instructor and/or fellow photographers live and in person. If face-to-face, in-person learning works better for you, then PPA has you covered!

  • Super 1 Day Events: Super 1 Day events occur bi-annually for two weeks and are facilitated by professional photographers looking to share their knowledge and experience with others. During Super 1 Day events, you get the opportunity to take part in day-long workshops covering a huge cross-section of topics. These are fantastic opportunities to hone your skills in addition to networking with your peers! Register now for Super 1 Day!

  • PPA Affiliate Schools: PPA has partnered with photography schools all over the country-and even in others- to provide professionals with in-person educational opportunities for one week each year. And like Super 1 Day, taking advantage of classes offered in these Affiliate Schools is not only a great way to become a better photographer, but also a great way to meet other pros just like you!

  • Photographic Competitions: All artists need to feel a sense of belonging and, according to Anne Geddes, PPA gave her "the fellowship and opportunities for my work to be reviewed and judged by my peers through photographic competitions, and it helped build my confidence and credibility as a photographer." Anne says, "There is a camaraderie that comes from entering your best images in print competitions. The judges are all walking up and 'sniffing' your print, as we used to joke. A judge says, 'You know, I don't think it's good enough for...' It's character building." PPA competitions begin at the start of the year at the district level and continue to the International Photographic Competition every summer.

  • Imaging USA: The world's largest, strongest and longest-running photography expo and convention continues to get bigger and better! 2018 is set to be no exception. Imaging USA will set up shop in Nashville, Tennessee. That's right. We'll be invading the Music City for three amazing days (six with pre-con!) of Imaging USA, January 14-16, 2018. You can't help but Be More Connected with a trip to Imaging USA! 

So get up, get out and get to learning! PPA is always adding ways to Be More Connected as a member. Learn more now at PPA.com/Connected. 


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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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by Mayo Lawal

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Reserve your spot for Imaging USA 2018 Hands-on classes by registering today!

These pre-convention classes provide photographers with an incredible learning experience, as they get to work side-by-side with the instructors.  During the class, students have the opportunity to get advice and lessons from instructors, and then go out on a photo shoot to practice the skills they are taught with their cameras. Bringing your equipment is a must.

And you can register right now!

There are three different sessions for each Hands-on program held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, so you can sign up for up to three classes and get all the hands-on practice you want! There are also special pricing offers available for participation in Hands-on sessions. Attend 1 Hands-on Class for $99, 2 for $159 or 3 for $199. But space is limited in each class for the benefit of students, so classes sell out fast. Check out this list of Hands-on classes to see which fits you best, and then head over to ImagingUSA.org/Schedule to view the complete schedule and register today!

Boudoir!  Shoot Like a Capitalist, Not Just an Artist.

Ryan Armbrust

Max Participants: 35 for each time slot

 

Black & White Children's Character Portraits

Peter Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Max Participants: 35 for each time slot

 

Between Light and Shadow

Tony Corbell, Cr.Photog., API

Max Participants: 35 for each time slot

 

Creating the Senior Experience

Howie McCormick

Max Participants: 35 for each time slot

 

How to Improve Your Maternity Photography Game

Eden Bao

Max Participants: 35 for each time slot

 

Choosing the Right Lens & Light for Anyone

Erik Valind

Max Participants: 35 for each time slot

 

Pet Portraits - Keys to Success

Angela Lawson, Cr.Photog., CPP

Max Participants: 35 for each time slot

 

Shooting the Dramatic Portrait

Chris Knight

Max Participants: 35 for each time slot

 

Off Camera Lighting from Daylight to Dark

Alison Carlino, CPP

Max Participants: 35 for each time slot

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...coming soon! On September 7, 2017, PPA will (for the first time!) publicly announce the finalists for 2018's Grand Imaging Awards!

The GIAs are awarded 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. 

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. 

So, get ready to celebrate and share congratulations! In one week, the 2018 Grand Imaging Award finalists will be revealed! 

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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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...

Rob Greer

Twitter: robgreer
Instagram: robgreer

Rob has photographed celebrities such as Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, Pierce Brosnan, Kristen Bell, Dennis Rodman, Jane Goodall and the crew who flew NASA's final space shuttle mission, and his list of clients is a Who's Who of successful businesses.

He is an expert in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and has been building websites and web-based applications since 1995. As Managing Director of E-commerce for a professional consultancy, his clients included Walmart, Dillards, AOL, Conoco, NASA, Microsoft, Samsung, Honeywell, and hundreds of other online businesses and retailers. Equally impressive, his photography has been featured in a variety of publications, from the New York Times and People, to US Weekly Magazine, USA Today and Brides magazine. Rob is a member of PPA and is heavily involved with WPPI, where he received 40 awards including the title of Master of WPPI. He currently serves as a print competition judge for their photographic competition and has appeared as an educator at NYC's PhotoPlus, Mystic 8 in Connecticut, and the I Am Photographer Festival in Estonia.

Today, as a professional wedding, portrait, and event photographer, he has put his knowledge to work and hopes to share his vast practical experience in optimizing websites for both search engines and potential clients. Mastering the art of SEO, his photography business is well-known for being on the first page of Google for many of the most competitive photography-related keywords.   

Speaker Sessions
Sun. Jan. 14 6:45-8:00pm 
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Q&A:
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up?  Truck driver.
What is your life motto? Don't screw up. 
What was your first concert: The Statler Brothers
Coke or Pepsi?  Diet Coke
What has been your proudest moment: When I pulled two unconscious guys from a burning SUV.
If you could change one thing about the world what would it be? Everyone in the world would suddenly have ready access to safe drinking water.
Most embarrassing moment: That one time when I was very young and said, "So when are you due?" #neveragain
What are some unmarked items on your bucket list? Running naked down the middle of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées while dodging dozens of yellow Citroëns while being bathed by the cheers and jeers of both tourists and locals alike. Is this perhaps a good example of over-sharing?
What was one of the defining moments of your career?: The most important defining moment in my career was when I attended my first Jerry Ghionis class and "saw the light."
Why do you love photography? Because it allows me to eat regularly.

Rob Greer 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...

Michael Christman
Instagram: mgc34

Michael fell in love with photography in the 8th grade and went on to pursue a career in photojournalism. At a fork in his career path, he fell into the church-directory and school-photography business and never looked back. From humble beginnings in a southern California garage, he spent 35 years with Lifetouch in a variety of roles including senior management. Upon retirement in 2007, he founded MCA with the goal of helping small and midsized businesses thrive and grow. Today, Michael and his team continue to serve companies in a variety of industries throughout the United States and Canada. Michael considers himself blessed with amazing mentors throughout his career, and he strives to help others achieve their vision while enjoying the journey.  His mission: "A better world, one leader at a time".

Speaker Sessions
Sun, Jan. 14 
6:45pm-8:00pm 

Q&A: 
What is your life motto? From Mindsets to Milestones. One step at a time. Keep grinding. Keep smiling. Help others rise. Be eternally grateful.
What do you most value in your friends? Honesty, Loyalty, Positivity, Absence of drama.
What is your most treasured possession? My images, representing a life well lived. Precious memories.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
What has been your proudest moment? Multiple: when each of my children were born.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Rid the world of hatred.
Why do you love photography? 1. Capturing precious moments in time for myself and others. 2. Telling stories without words. 3. Learning to see differently. 4. Learning & evolving. 5. It was my dream since childhood to be a photographer. 6. Because this is how I provided for my family for four decades. Blessed.
Most embarrassing moment? A sales presentation to 12 PTA moms. I was 26 years young, relaxed and on a roll. Showing samples, demonstrating technique, all the good stuff. When I got to the car I noticed that my fly was wide open! Oh well. Got the account! To this day, I always double check. 
What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? When interacting with clients, ask yourself, "What do I want them to know, What do I want them to feel, What do I want them to do???" With those answers in hand move forward enthusiastically! And in the process, find out what they want you to know, and what they want you to do for them. The rest is just execution.

Michael Christman 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...
Carrie Wildes, Cr.Photog., CPP 
Facebook: carriewildes
Twitter: carriewildes

In 2008, Carrie stepped down off the corporate ladder and began building a business of her own. Her team of Tampa-based photographers quickly took the wedding market by storm, and Carrie has never looked back. She has created her success through consistent branding, building strong relationships and a talent for capturing her clients' stories. Carrie is as passionate about her industry as she is about business and is devoted to helping other photographers succeed. Since 2013, she's been a mentor and instructor with PPA, and has taught many workshops and PPAedu-video modules. Carrie is very involved in her community, continually cultivating relationships, and is a member of the National Association of Catering Executives as well as the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She has earned her Certification and Craftsman degrees. The opportunity to hear Carrie share her experience and knowledge is not one to miss.

Speaker Sessions:
Sat., Jan. 13

Q & A:
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A bank teller LOL!
What is your most treasured possession? Hmmm if my house was on fire I would grab my grandmother's china, our wedding album and backup drives (this is 2nd to my family, of course!).
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "I'm so sure" and "for the love"

Carrie Wildes 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!


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

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By Bethany Clark

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Your 3-day All-Access Pass to Imaging USA gets you into dozens of incredible photography classes during the regular days of the convention, January 14 -16, 2018 in Nashville. These programs are included at no extra cost with your All-Access Pass. But if you're looking for even more photography education opportunities, Imaging USA has you covered with Pre-Convention programs!

Pre-convention (a.k.a. pre-con) takes place on-site and right before Imaging USA, from January 11 -13. While these programs do require an additional fee to attend, many photographers find the much smaller class size and the ability to get one-on-one attention from the instructors well worth the small add-on cost.

Pre-con programs range from multi-day workshops to half- and all-day classes on topics like post-processing workflow, fashion portraiture, the certification process, the business of senior photography, and more! 

There are also Hands-On classes, which take you on a photoshoot with the instructor to practice the skills you are taught with your camera right there on the spot! These classes are designed so you can attend multiple sessions during the day and get all the hands-on practice you want.

Pricing structure this year:
  • Full-day pre-con classes cost $159

And Hands-On classes are available in tiers:
  • 1 Hands-On class costs $99.00
  • 2 Hands-On classes cost $159.00
  • 3 Hands-On classes cost $199.00

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

Kristi Elias, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr
January 11, 9am - 5pm
A successful fine art portrait photographer needs an equal balance of uniqueness, creativity, and a strong business mind. Learn how to become that photographer in this fun-filled, fine art immersion. Kristi Elias combines a live, artistic photo shoot, creative editing, business, marketing, successful sales, and an abundance of inspiration. 

Al Audleman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API
January 11-13, 9am - 5pm
Planning to take the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) exam? Before you do, why not take this intensive class, covering all the technical topics on the exam? This Certification Prep Class isn't for the faint of heart- it's an in-depth study of the technical side of photography, almost equivalent to a semester of college! You'll work hard and study hard, but you'll also walk away a more polished, knowledgeable, confident professional.

Richard Newell, M.Photog.Cr
Christie Newell, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 12, 9am - 5pm
Rich and Christie will take you through the journey of making a merit image, showing you why competition is an investment in yourself and your business. Learn how to choose your images, what categories they should be entered in, the specifications for your print case, and how to register your case online. You'll also learn how your images are judged, and go over the "12 elements of a merit image" in depth, which will help you create your own merit-worthy image. 

Tony Corbell, Cr.Photog., API
January 13, 9am - 11am
This class is all about understanding and controlling light quality. Tony will go over all types of lighting and tools with an in-depth and specific focus on studio lighting. This class will also make you explore light shaping tools and allow you to fully understand what these are and how to best use them. Tony will discuss the critical aspects such as light quality, quantity, and direction and the significant role these play in the creation of your images. 

Eden Bao
January 13, 9am - 11am
Eden Bao will walk you through lens and lighting techniques that will help you create incredible images and make your clients feel beautiful. Discuss style, trends, and techniques, and start discovering how to define your own. After taking this class, you'll have the knowledge and confidence to enhance your images, improve your business, and create a client experience that will delight everyone! 

These are just a few of the dozens of Pre-Convention classes available! Since class sizes are very limited, be sure to sign up today. Head over to ImagingUSA.org/Schedule and click on the Pre-Convention tab to view the complete Pre-Convention schedule. If you've already registered for Imaging USA 2018, it's easy to add-on some pre-con classes. 

And if you haven't registered for Imaging USA, what are you waiting for? Register now for your Imaging USA All-Access Pass!

You can also apply for the Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship! This scholarship awards 4 lucky PPA photographers with a full Imaging USA registration (including all of the parties and events) and one pre-convention class, all for FREE. (Travel, meals, and lodging are not included.) To apply for the scholarship, you must be an active PPA member and you can't have previously received an Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship. Applications for the 2018 Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship are now open!  Applications are due by November 3, 2017. Recipients will be announced November 24, 2017 and notified via phone. 

What are you waiting for? PPA makes it SO EASY for you to attend Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville and begin next year with the knowledge and connections you need to Be More!


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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...

Nate Peterson, M.Photog., CPP

Twitter: npdp
Instagram: npdesignphoto

Sponsored By: White House Custom Colour

As a child, Nate Peterson was constantly doodling, never knowing this artistic talent would shape his career path. Formally trained in graphic design and visual communications, Nate then added photography to the mix and, with the introduction of the digital camera, fell in love with the craft.

Since then, he's been on a life-changing, nation-wide crash course, training with the leaders of the industry through PPA and state and local affiliates, WPPI, After Dark Education, and more, with the goal of becoming the premier portrait artist in his area. Nate's career has skyrocketed and with that, the expansion of his studio's personalized services, professional abilities, and boutique product options.

Today, Nate Peterson Design & Photography specializes in contemporary high school Senior portraits, sentimental family portraits, commercial product photography, and edgy sports images, based on the belief that a portrait is an artistic expression of its subject. Outside of his studio, Nate strives to help others find their photographic paths and stays active as a member of the American Society of Photographers, the Twin Cities PPA (where he served as a 2016 Board Member), the Wisconsin PPA, and the Indianhead WPPA Affiliate. 

Speaker Sessions:
Mon., Jan. 15 
8 - 9:30am The Grand Experience Experiment (Business, Inspiration)

Q&A:

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A Disney animator
What was your first concert? Aerosmith. Floor tickets. Tripped on a wire track on the way in running toward the front row, but held my balance. Got crushed in the front against the gate for the next 2-3 hours. Vivid memories...
Coke or Pepsi? Sparkling Water/Club Soda/LaCroix - Gave up pop many years ago. But it was Pepsi growing up and Diet Coke in my adult years before I quit.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "Just one more" as in one more pose, one more shot, one more look... to the client.
What has been your proudest moment? Completing a 5-year dream of leaving my full-time career and building a premier studio, purchasing and restoring a 100-year old commercial building for our studio and eventually selling our house to build a residence inside the studio building and getting my PPA Masters Degree and regional Senior Portrait awards all in the process. Now I'm just not sure what I want to do next. Rest maybe.
Most embarrassing moment: Very early in my photography career and as my previous career was winding down due to the economy and the future was uncertain, my co-worker and I found a new habit of leaving early on Fridays and heading to happy hour at the local sports bar/restaurant... After about four hours of sitting at the bar drinking, I got up to use the restroom. As I stumbled out back toward my barstool, I heard some kids excitedly yell "Hey Nate!" It was a family I had photographed a couple weeks before. I slurred a small conversation with them and probably left a very poor impression.
The good news is that was the beginning of the end for me with drinking. I decided if I were to make it in a small community with my name on the side of my building, I could no longer allow myself to be compromised like that. About a year later, I walked away from drinking all together. Life started getting better immediately... (not preaching... just sharing my experience.)
If you could have a theme song, what would it be? Most days I'm "You Got A Friend In Me" from Toy Story
What would be your advice for photographers just starting their career? Join the ranks of the professionals... Join their associations, such as PPA or local affiliates. Get to know handful of people whose imagery and business you admire. Learn from them. Listen to them. Implement what they teach you. And you can become the ones the next group of new photographers look up to and then give back to them. #mentorsrule


Nate Peterson 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...
Alli Peck
Facebook: glowportraits
Instagram: glow_portraits

With over 11 years of experience, Alli Peck is an expert photographer, and Alli knows children! She is a skilled Baby Whisperer, specializing in newborn and maternity portraiture and she uses her lighting and posing techniques to create treasured portraits. As a busy mom to 4 children of her own, it's no wonder that Alli is able to effortlessly capture an expecting mother's beauty. She is also a much sought-after instructor, traveling throughout the United States and Canada, teaching maternity workshops. She has taught at Imaging USA in 2016 as well as The Baby Summit. Where Alli goes, workshops sell out with photographers eager to hear the secrets and skills that have made her such a success. The same relaxed and candid personality that puts her clients at ease makes Alli an excellent instructor and mentor.

Speaker Sessions:
Mon., Jan. 15 

Q&A:
What is your life motto? 'C'est la vie'
What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A ninja
What was your first concert? Bon Jovi
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Well, I'm Canadian...eh?

Alli Peck 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!


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

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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 going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

Let's Meet...
Howie McCormick
Twitter: wvseniorpics
Instagram: wvseniorpics

Based in West Virginia, Howie McCormick specializes in Senior Portraits, tailored to fit each client's personality, hobbies, and ambitions. Howie McCormick Photography is known for not just capturing the images but delivering a high-school senior photography experience that every teen remembers. His photographic journey is varied and includes a wide array of genres and clients. He's done everything from photojournalism for both newspapers and magazines to weddings, corporate and commercial work and even team and action sports photography. Today, he pours those skills and experiences into being THE Senior photography studio in town. 

Speaker Sessions:
Sat, January 13

Q&A:
What do you most value in your friends? Support, accountability, loyalty and yes, most of all, a good twisted sense of humor. 
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? I thought I would be a comic artist.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "Anyway", "Right On", "That's What She Said", "Ummmm", and yes, "okay, one more"

Howie McCormick 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!


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

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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 going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

Let's Meet...
Julia Kelleher, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP
Facebook: jewelimages
Instagram: juliakelleher

Portrait Photographer, Master Photographer, Master Artist, Craftsman and CPP, Julia Kelleher has a list of credentials and degrees longer than the alphabet. She has grown from a sole proprietor of a small shop in Oregon to a six-figure studio and a team of employees. Specializing in newborn and family portraits, Julia provides a boutique experience with a style that is organic, textural and artistic. A PPA Diamond Photographer of the Year, International Platinum, Gold & Silver Medalist, Julia has had 15 prints accepted into the International Loan Collection. She is VP of Oregon's Professional Photographers, a member of WPPI as well as a Canon Par Excellence award winner. It doesn't stop there! Julia is a 10-time Creative Live instructor, WPPI instructor, and Imaging USA Platform speaker. 

She believes passionately in education and training, and enables other photographers to master in-person sales, their soft-selling techniques and create systematized efficiency within their businesses. Julia's photographic journey began at age 14, combined with journalism during her undergrad and graduate years. Today, she uses that experience in media relations and public communications to help other photographers understand their clients and improve their business. Whether behind the camera, in a sales session or in front of students, Julia delivers an experience you don't want to miss.

Speaker Sessions:
Sun, January 14

Q&A:
What is your life motto?  There's only two kinds of people in the world. The neurotic and the dead.
What do you most value in your friends? Authenticity. Integrity.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A princess veterinarian
What was your first concert? Spandau Ballet
Coke or Pepsi? Neither. Horrible for you and evil sugar overload.

Julia Kelleher 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! 


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

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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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