PPA Affiliate Tips & Clips February 2014

February 2014

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Be More Inspired

A Grandiose Pickle
In her latest installment, our guest blogger extraordinaire shares a sordid tale of a hereditary condition called Grandiose-itis. Read on to see how it affects her business and her life, and how it might even affect yours too.

Member Story: Why I Compete
Nervous about entering competition? Don't worry about it! Happens to everyone. Let PPA member and annual photographic competitor, Christine Walsh-Newton, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, calm those nerves. She dropped in to fill you in on why she gets into competition, and more importantly, what she gets out of it.

Time to Prepare Your Images for Competition!
The 2014 PPA District Photographic Competitions are underway. Rules are now online for the upcoming Northeast, Southwest and Southeast District Competitions. Take on that personal challenge and get your images ready to submit! Visit ppa.com/district-competition for rules and online entry.

Entries for this year's International Photographic Competition will be accepted May 26 - June 26 and the judging will take place August 3-7 at Gwinnett Tech in Lawrenceville, GA.

Be More Charitable

PPA Charities
Get involved and sign up for PPA Charities' Celebration of Smiles day, coming up in April. You can change lives by hosting a promotion to benefit operation smile—and it could boost your business reputation too! The official day is April 5, but you can pick one that works better for your schedule. Read the details and sign up!

Be More In-the-know

What's New in PPAedu?
A lot! Check out all of our new offerings from the likes of Carrie Wildes, Jeffrey Shaw and so many more! PPAedu continues to grow and grow, make sure you're leveraging all it has to offer you and your business!

Capitol Hill Update from PPA's Government Affairs Team
While you kept your eyes squarely focused through your viewfinder, or honed in on the finer points of the next great image you're retouching, PPA's Government Affairs Team was walking and talking to key staffers on Capitol Hill. Read on for the latest from DC!

Be More Visible

Faces of PPA Campaign
If you haven't submitted your Faces of PPA profile yet, now is the perfect time! Submissions are always open for this ongoing campaign that showcases the diversity within the PPA community. Get involved, have fun and show us who you are in your own creative way. That's all that matters! In the meantime, have a look at this handy Faces of PPA video and check out the gallery on Facebook.

PPA Branded Apparel
Have you been looking for more than a pin to show off your membership? Well check out our brand-new PPA branded apparel from Land's End! Browse the entire selection to find something for you. You can even customize where you want the logo!

Imaging USA 2014

Imaging USA Photos
Thanks for coming to Imaging USA 2014! Thousands of you took Phoenix by storm and made a positive impact on the city and each other. Check out all the picture and video wrap-ups on the Imaging USA Facebook page. See you all in Nashville!

Embracing Change a Month Later
Guest blogger and Imaging USA first-timer, Danielle Brooks, checks back in to update us on her progress since Imaging USA. After the "IUSA whiplash," how is she putting the overload into moving her business forward?

Imaging USA 2014 Infographic
There are a lot of numbers that go into a show the size of Imaging USA. Here are some (in a fun graphic form) to wrap-up a great show in Phoenix, and show you why next year's show in Nashville is the one you can't miss!

Congrats to Our 2013 PPA Degree Recipients!
A record 172 photographers did just that this year at Imaging USA in Phoenix. Take a look at the list of this year's recipients. Congratulations to you all!

A Student's Take
Ever wonder who those friendly guys and gals in the orange, long sleeve t-shirts who assist staff at Imaging USA are? They're student volunteers! And if you're also wondering what/when/where/why, then luckily for you, Student Photographic Society member, Tessa Smucker took some notes and photographed her experience. Take a look!

Upcoming Live Workshops & Webinars

Be More Profitable: PPA Business Workshop March 29-30
You've always wanted to take a PPA Business workshop, but it's hard to find the time or spare funds to travel to Atlanta. Well, good news! You don't have to anymore. PPA Business workshops will now be LIVE STREAMING online, for a fraction of the cost. No more travel or hotel expenses, just pull up to your computer and soak it all in. Plus, the stream is interactive so you can still have your questions answered. It's easy, accessible and proof that PPA is here to help you be more profitable! Register now.


There are several ways you can engage with your members:

  • In theLoop, PPA's exclusive online community.
  • Want a place to chat with other Affiliate Leaders? theLoop has a group for that!
  • Check out the Affiliate Leaders group.
  • Or why not become active and promote your affiliate in your State community?

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