PPA Affiliates Tips & Clips May 2014

May 2014

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Be More Inspired

A Painful Lesson in Symbiosis
Oh no… Wedding photographers, brace yourselves for this one. He hovers over your shoulder, he criticizes your positioning, he disrupts your focus and workflow. That's right, this week; Mariah is (quite literally) taking on the dreaded camera three.

Get Your Images Ready!
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 In-the-Know

Walmart Files Suit Against Photographer's Widow
Yeah, that Walmart. We haven't seen a case of copyright infringement bullying like this since… nope this one is a first! Read more on how the world's largest retailer is trying to push around a small Arkansas studio.

Hear About Amazon's Patent on Studio (Lighting) Arrangement? Here's What it Means for You
The announcement that Amazon has patented a commonly practiced studio arrangement for its products has created quite a buzz in the industry. We chatted with PPA attorney, Stephen Morris to see what it really means for you photographers. You might be surprised by what he says!

Copyright Update from Capitol Hill 5.20.14
Here are some updates from PPA CEO David Trust's latest visit to Washington, including an explanation of the newly formed PLUS Coalition and our comments (in full) from March’s Orphan Works Roundtable.

Be More Profitable

Helpful Tips to Increase Your Profitability from PPA Business
Tax season gives you a chance to give your finances a good, stern look. Did you like what you saw? Even in the most successful businesses, you can find ways to boost profitability. That's where Bridget Jackson's column comes in handy! Here are 8 helpful tips to increase your profit margins in a big way.

Be More In-Demand

Exclusive Deal from Professional Photographer Magazine
Attention affiliate members! Have you considered subscribing to Professional Photographer magazine? Well now is the time, because the magazine is offering an exclusive deal just for you. Professional Photographer is slashing the price down to $17.95 for affiliate members (regularly $27.00). The offer* only lasts until May 31, so make sure you take advantage! Subscribe now at PPmag.com/1795.

*Offer good for new and renewing subscribers

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.

Upcoming Live Workshops & Webinars

Live Webinars
June 3 – What Keeps You From Pursuing Your Dreams? Identifying and Overcoming the Obstacles to Our Goals  
June 10 – The Secrets to CPP Image Review | Exploring the Certification Image Review process
June 17 – Projection Sales in Your Pajamas: Increasing Sales from Existing Clients Using Projection Sales via the Web 

PPA Business Workshops
Summer school isn't the bummer it used to be—not when it can help you bring in more money. See if one of these upcoming workshops fits into your schedule and sign up!

Business Basics (for wedding photographers)
Jul 12–13, 2014 - Atlanta, GA
Early bird rate available through May 28.

Certification Preparation Class
Planning to take the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) exam? Before you do, why not take this 3-day intensive class, covering all the topics on the exam? You'll gain a better technical knowledge of photography, which probably means a more peaceful sleep before the exam!


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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