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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 Chris Homer

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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Eden Bao
Eden Bao Photography
Bothell, WA
Instagram: eden_bao

A Master Photographer, Eden Bao is an industry leader in maternity and newborn photography and owns Eden Bao Photography in the metro Seattle area. Eden is highly trained and educated in her industry and holds a Master Photographer in Portrait (MPP) designation with the Master Photographers International as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration. Eden is very involved in the industry and has received Advanced Communicator Bronze recognition at Toastmaster International, been active in PPA as well as Master Photographers International. She loves to work with other photographers and teaches workshops throughout Canada, the United States, and Brazil. Her background in photography, business, education and public speaking make her an outstanding mentor and teacher.

Speaker Sessions - January 13, 2018

9am - 11am How To Improve Your Maternity Photography Game (Hands On, Portrait Tracks)
1pm - 3pm How To Improve Your Maternity Photography Game (Hands On, Portrait Tracks)
4pm - 6pm How To Improve Your Maternity Photography Game (Hands On, Portrait Tracks)

Q&A 

What is your life mottto? "Believe you can and you're halfway there."--T. Roosevelt
What do you most value in your friends? Being present during the important times of my life.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Safeway cashier. I even practiced scanning my toys on a table.
What is your most treasured possession? My laptop!
What was your first concert? Metallica
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? NO! (I have two little girls)
What has been your proudest moment? That I end up in the company of you fine photographers at Imaging USA! Like seriously...so much in awe!

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


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

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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 Chris Homer 

With New Year's Eve right around the corner, chances are that you've been examining your
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 photography business and making some New Year's Resolutions to improve in the coming year. Attending Imaging USA, January 8 - 10 in San Antonio, can be a great way to start the year off right and get the knowledge you need to make your resolutions a reality! Here are 4 resolutions photographers commonly make - and how attending Imaging USA can help you achieve these. 

Sell More Products/Make More Money
One area many photographers struggle in is selling printed products to their clients. Selling these products can often greatly increase your business' profitability. The PRINT For Success Theater at Imaging USA provides the answers you need to start selling more printed products! At the PRINT For Success Theater, top photographers will share sales advice in nineteen 30-minute sessions over the course of three days, all happening during the trade show. Come by and get the sales advice you've been looking for. It's open to all badged attendees - including Expo Only! 

Learn a New Photography Skill
Adding a new specialty to your business is a great way to bring in new clients, and at Imaging USA we'll be hosting classes on one of the most popular new specialties - drone photography! The Drone Zone will allow you to learn anything and everything drone-related. There will be speakers who are pioneers in the area, a representative from the FAA to answer all your questions, and rumor has it that you might even get to FLY A DRONE! Photographers can have access to the entire Drone track (10 classes, presentations, and demos) with your Imaging USA badge (Expo-Only and All-Access passes alike)!

Find a Mentor/Become a Mentor
It's easy for photographers to feel like they are all on their own when running a photography business. In reality, there's a vast network of professional photographers who are willing to share their knowledge with you and provide support when you need it! Imaging USA is a great opportunity to find a mentor, because you'll be mingling with 10,000 other professional photographers. You may just meet that person with the knowledge to jump start your business - or become someone's photography mentor and create a life-long friendship. 

Enter a Photography Competition
Photographers who have participated in PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) commonly mention that the knowledge you gain by entering is one of the best ways to improve your images. At Imaging USA, you can browse the International Photographic Exhibit; It's the largest photographic display out there with over 3,300 photographs featuring the top images from 2016. Come take a look and be inspired to create your own images! 

There's also the opportunity to speak with an IPC Mentor about your own images you're thinking about entering in competition and get their advice. Check it out and remove the fear that comes with entering your images in a competition!

Now that you've seen how Imaging USA can jump start your resolutions, go to ImagingUSA.org/Register today and sign up to attend. Keep in mind that you can attend the Expo trade show, Drone Zone classes, PRINT For Success Theater, Keynote speech by CNN anchor Mel Robbins and International Photographic Exhibit with an Expo Only pass for just $35. If you want to attend all of Imaging USA's classes, parties, and events, upgrade to an All-Access pass! 

Don't be left out; Join us in San Antonio!

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 Autumn Rice

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Thousands of photographers will take over San Antonio for Imaging USA 2017 and if you're planning to be there, then don't forget to pack your camera! There will be loads of great photo opportunities and we want you to take advantage of them all! 

From photos with friends, to sights around the city, you'll have the opportunity to capture memorable moments all around Imaging USA. So, pull out your camera and take a picture of anything that catches your eye! And after you've captured the perfect picture, don't forget to share it with us. Tweet, snap, post, and share with the official #ImagingUSA, and your posts will be shared on large screens on site! 

Need more reasons? Here are a few sights for great photos opps at and around the convention:

Classes: There are great moments to capture photos of in classes. Snap some photos and share them with us!

Expo: The expo will be filled with your friends, industry professionals, vendors, and your PPA Team. Grab a few folks and get a group pic of the expo action!

The GIA's and the Award & Degree Ceremony: Snap some photos of the year's winners in their fanciest pants at these events where the award winners from the last year are recognized.

Parties: take a break from dancing the night away and snap some pics with friends. 

River Walk: Take a ride on the San Antonio River Walk and get great shots of the city from the boat! 

So whether you're on the plane to San Antonio, headed to an Imaging USA event or touring the city, keep your camera handy and capture some great moments from Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio. Remember to share all of your moments via social media with the hashtag:   #ImagingUSA

If you haven't already done so, you can still register: Go to ImagingUSA.org/Register and we'll see you soon!

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By Chris Homer

Did you procrastinate on getting a Christmas gift for the photographer in your life? Don't panic
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 - Imaging USA 2017 is right around the corner, January 8-10 in San Antonio, and an Expo Pass makes a great gift for any photographer!

Expo Only passes are available for just $35 and they'll get the recipient into the 3 day-long Imaging Expo trade show that will feature more than 600 booths from top photographic companies. They'll get a kick out of being able to get hands-on with the latest and greatest products in the photography industry, hear the inspirational keynote speech by CNN star Mel Robbins and check out the best images of 2016 at the International Photography Exhibit - the largest photography exhibit out there with well over 3,300 images! As an added bonus, the Expo Only pass goes even further this year by giving photographers access to the PRINT For Success Theater and the Drone Zone! 

The PRINT For Success Theater will have top photographers sharing sales advice in 19 sales training sessions over the course of three days, all happening during the trade show. Come by and get the sales advice you've been looking for! 

And at the Drone Zone, you can learn anything and everything drone-related. There will be speakers who are pioneers in the area, a representative from the FAA to answer all your questions, and rumor has it that you might even get to FLY A DRONE! Photographers have access to the entire Drone track (with 10 classes, presentations, and demos) through an Expo-Only pass! 

Now that you see why the Expo Only pass is a great gift for photographers, head on over to ImagingUSA.org/Register to grab one. And if you really want to be Santa, consider upgrading your gift to an All-Access Pass which will get you/your friend into ALL of Imaging USA's 100+ classes, parties and special events!


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 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 Chris Homer 

During Imaging USA 2017, you'll have the opportunity to attend one of the largest
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 photographic trade shows in the world! The Imaging USA Expo has more than 600 booths from top companies in the photography industry. You'll be able to get hands-on with the latest and greatest photography products - and find some great deals as well!

There's a lot going on at the Expo, so below you'll find some tips to help you make the most of the experience:

Download the Imaging USA App
The Imaging USA App is the easiest way to find exhibitors you want to visit and find your way around the trade show floor. You can browse exhibitors alphabetically, or by product categories. There's even an interactive map of the trade show floor that will give you navigation to any booth at the Expo! Visit ImagingUSA.org/App to download! 

Bring an Extra Suitcase / Expandable Bag
Shipping home all those purchases you make at the trade show can get expensive, so consider bringing an extra suitcase so you can take what you buy home with you. 

Wear Comfortable Shoes
The Expo floor is HUGE! You'll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you've got comfortable shoes on! Consider 2 pairs or more so you can switch shoes daily. Trust us - this trick really helps!

Look Out for Show Specials
Many exhibitors will be offering great discounts on products and services! Show specials will be listed in the exhibitor profiles on the Imaging USA App. Some exhibitors will also have speakers giving special presentations during the trade show; the schedule for those will be included in the exhibitor profiles on the app, so here you go: one more reason to download the app! 

Visit the International Photographic Exhibit and the PRINT For Success Theater
The International Photographic Exhibit will display the top images from PPA's International Photographic Competition. You'll want to take some time to soak in all these great images and be inspired! The exhibit is open the same hours as the trade show.

Meanwhile, the PRINT For Success Theater will have top photographers sharing sales advice in nineteen 30 minute sessions over the course of three days, all happening during the trade show. Come by and get the sales advice you've been looking for!

Hungry? There's an Eatery on the Expo Floor
The Expo will be taking place during lunch hours, but there's no need to leave the trade show floor to grab a bite to eat. There's an eatery on the trade show floor so you can grab some quick lunch and get back to browsing.

Need a Break? Visit the Relax, Recharge & Rest Station
If your feet get tired walking around the Expo and you need a rest, visit the Relax, Recharge & Rest Station (booth #1049). There you'll find comfy couches where you can kick back and get the rest you need! 

There you have it, you're ready to attend the Imaging USA Expo! Keep in mind that Expo only-passes are available for only $35 and are valid for three days! If you want to attend Imaging USA's classes, parties and events as well, purchase or upgrade to an All-Access Pass. The $50 early bird discount on All-Access Passes for PPA members has been extended to December 15. Visit ImagingUSA.org/Register to get your pass today! 


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 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!

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By Chris Homer

Have you been considering drone photography as an addition to your business? Imaging USA is tackling this hot topic with a host of brand new classes. For the first time ever, Imaging USA will have a "Drone Zone"! This is where you can learn anything and everything drone related. There will be speakers who are pioneers in the area, a representative from the FAA to answer all your questions, and rumor has it that you might even get to FLY A DRONE! 

Even better, you can have access to the entire Drone track (classes, presentations, and demos) through an Expo-Only pass for only $35! Take a look at everything being offered in the Drone Zone below and register here for Imaging USA 2017 today! 

Drones and Aerial Photography 101
Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington will start from scratch speaking plain English to explain where, when, how and why. This class is for complete beginners who are a little bit nervous and confused about aerial drone photography. Randy and Stacy will encourage participants to relax and ask questions throughout the class.

Flights - Camera - Action
Designing your commercial imaging flight today requires planning, visualization and safety considerations. Eddie Tapp, M.Photog., MEI,Cr.,API,CPP, will discuss tips, techniques and information that will help your flight strategies from composition flights, camera settings, safety practices and more. Even if your considering drone aerials in your business, come and prepare to take flight for your creative imaging experience.

Elevate Yourself and Your Business Using Small Drones
Camera-drones are the hottest thing in photography industry. Randy Bruan & Stacy Garlington from the DJI Photography Development Team will discuss drone hardware, flying basics, image capture, simple processing, do's and don'ts, and how to earn additional income with your drone.

Getting Started in Aerial Drone Imaging
The composition rules have changed, you can now move your camera in 3D space. Learn how to cast of traditional photography constraints and elevate your photography. In this session Colin Smith will provide tips on the best way to fly to capture the best photographs and video. We will also explore some basic image editing of aerial images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

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 


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