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PPA Today: May 2009 Archives

May 2009 Archives

Dear PPA Member,

Some days are harder than others when you're a photographer running a studio or home-based business. Mix in competition and a bad economy--now try to figure out what that ends up costing you! For many, the price is longer work hours, less personal time to spend with family and friends, and you can forget about long weekends, not to mention vacations.

Everyone is trying to figure out how to stay ahead of the game, whether it involves creating new marketing strategies or business plans. Everyone is asking, "What else can I do to keep money flowing in and clients coming through the doors?"

One outplacement firm CEO says, "Holding onto your job right now is more important for many than getting more work/life balance."

But you can strike a balance between work and home. It just takes a little effort and self-control. In this week's Vital Signs, we'll give you tips on how to find that balance between your work and home life...and why it's essential.

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Membership

Enter the 2009 AN-NE Marketing Awards Competition

The next AN-NE Marketing Awards competition is coming up fast--entries must be postmarked by June 26, 2009. A great way to gather expert advice on and reactions to your marketing pieces, this competition also gives you the chance to win a free year of PPA membership, free Imaging USA passes, and more--including up to 2 service merits (1 merit for finalists)! Better download the rules now and start thinking about your entry (or entries).

If you create, distribute or use digital photos, you'd better be!

The Stock Artists Alliance has invited PPA members to join them for an evening and learn how to make metadata work for you to better protect, promote, and profit from your digital images.

  • Dallas, May 27
  • San Antonio, May 28
  • Seattle, June 11
  • San Francisco, June 17
  • Los Angeles, June 18
  • New York, June 22
  • Washington, June 25
  • Plus Atlanta, Chicago and Tucson
    ( dates to be announced)

These evening events, including receptions, are free, but registration is limited. To learn more and reserve a place, please visit

What do Similac Infant Formula, People magazine, and PPA have in common? Jodie Otte!

Join us in giving a big congratulations to PPA member Jodie Otte, who recently landed a huge commercial deal with Similac. In addition, as a newborn photographer, Otte is going to be a spokesperson for them.

One of the full-spread Similac ads just came out in the center of June's People magazine - check it out on Otte's blog at

Dear PPA Member,

Be prepared. Yes, that's the Boy Scout motto, but it should be the professional photographer's motto, too.

Owning a business means that when things go wrong, you are the one clients turn to for a quick fix. But can you plan for the unforeseen? No one plans for their camera--only a few months old--to go kaput. No one expects a car to break down on the way to a shoot. No one wants to imagine a client breaking a leg after tripping on your stone garden path.

Do you know what insurance or other types of protection programs you need for each of those situations? This week's Vital Signs touches on those answers. There are so many different programs and policies you need to consider for protection as a professional photographer, especially when normal insurance cannot help.

Hopefully, this article will help you better understand the ways you can be prepared. Here's to a successful (and safe) business!

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Membership

These CPP Award Winners were recognized for the highest scoring Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) print, album, or electronic submission in their state print competition.


cpp_JohnHill_ct.jpg John Hill, M.Photog., CPP Presented by Marie Curtis at PP of Connecticut in February.
cpp_StevenYahr_nj.jpg Steven Yahr, CPP
Presented by Ivan Domazet, PPA of New Jersey in April.
cpp_speaker_paul_ca.jpgPaul Speaker, Cr.Photog., CPP
Presented by Tim Meyer & Michael Gan at PP of California in March.
cpp_BogdanFundalinski_ny.jpgBogdan Fundalinski, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP
Presented by PPS of New York in March.
cpp_EllaCarlson_nh.jpgElla Carlson, CPP
Presented by Don Chick,
PP of New Hampshire in April.
John Hill, M.Photog., CPP
PP of Connecticut
Kelly Highby, CPP
PP of Nebraska
Catherine Carter, M.Photog., CPP
PP of North Carolina
Jennifer Hudson, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
PPA of Massachusetts
Ryan T. Brown, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
PPA of Missouri
Jeff Bowman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Virginia PPA
Wilbur Jeffcoat, CPP
South Carolina PPA
Steven Yahr, CPP
PPA of New Jersey
Paul Speaker, Cr.Photog., CPP
PP of California
David Deutsch, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
PP of Michigan
Bogdan Fundalinski, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP
PPS of New York
Gary Fail, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP
Kansas PPA.
Beth Forester, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
PP West Virginia
Ella Carlson, CPP
PP of New Hampshire

Has your affiliate awarded this CPP Award to one of your members? Let us know so we can share and celebrate this with all of our affiliates! Send the member's name, your affiliate name, when the award was given, and even a .jpg image of the award winner to

We've published a brief, 20 question survey on DSLRs and Printers.  If you have not already completed it, we would like to hear from you. Your participation is greatly appreciated. This survey will close on Tuesday, May 26. To take the survey, go to:

Untitled Documentfstopbooks_11.jpgf•stop books™ (, a new on-demand photo book presentation, has announced a Studio Sample Promotion offering 40% off their professional products for a limited time. Between now and July 31, 2009, photography professionals may place an order for up to four photo book presentations to use as studio samples and receive 40% off the regular price. In addition, during this promotion, f•stop books™ has lowered the regular shipping and handling charges for multiple books on a single order.

Dear PPA Member,

Part of being successful in the professional photography business is simply loving what you do. It shows! You put a lot of work (and passion) into every image you take. And when that effort is seemingly disregarded by those who illegally use the image, it can hurt--and not only due to some lost revenue.

Last week, Vital Signs focused an article on ways to begin educating those who contribute to image copyright infringement. Yes, your client needs that education, but don't forget about the other parties. Think about this: if your client skips out of the studio to make some copies of the photograph on the cheap, they are not alone in the infringement. Someone okayed the reproduction order, probably without thinking twice.

So how can you help keep photo retailers educated and vigilant? PPA has a program to help with this tutelage: the Retail Compliance Network (RECON) program. This week's Vital Signs explains how this program works and how you can be a part of that combined education.

It's truly amazing what is accomplished when photographers work together--I see it every day!

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Membership

P.S. Don't forget about our free, member-only Webinar on Monday. Join SBA Lender Relations A/O, Lance Foster for Get the Loan You Need: Small Business Administration Loan Program.

Babies are born every day--that means that there are a lot of expecting mothers out there! Maternity and newborn photography is your way into that market, but you have to do it right. Join Kay Eskridge on May 19 as she shares marketing ideas to reach those mothers, from creating partnership marketing plans with doctors and companies to convincing clients of the value in designing nurseries around your images. Learn more and register online now.

Don't forget...the next free member Webinar is May 18th! And it's bound to speak to some photographers out there who are looking for ways to get some funds. Just click the link below to learn more and sign up soon!

May 18, 4:00pm EST

Get the Loan You Need: Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Program with Lance Foster, Lender Relations A/O, Small Business Administration

Worried about finding the funds to grow or just keep your business running with your debts? Are you reassessing your studio's financial situation? The Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs may be able to help you out--just attend this free, PPA member-only Webinar to get answers.

Graham Wilson's Vision Photography was almost out of business in 2003. Thanks to a revamped incentive program and a few years of help from PPA's Studio Management Services (SMS), they grossed $1.1 million in 2008.

Just two years after Todd and Jamie Reichman posted a 12-month loss, they were able to pay salaries to themselves and their employee and finance a $33,000 studio renovation...solely with their 2008 net profits.

After the SMS workshop, we literally saw results in our bottom line overnight. And they continue to help us each step of the way. - Rebecca &  Michael Zoumberos, Limelight Photography

If those aren't success stories, what are? Be inspired by these stories in May's Professional Photographer. And don't miss the "Ask the Experts" column, where the SMS team answers questions about specialty marketing, payroll services, and generating more cash flow for your business.

This year, we're taking our SMS Workshops on the road, as well as hosting them at PPA headquarters in Atlanta. Space is limited so register today! Contact us at, or call 888-851-0405 to register and learn more.

Every three years, PPA Councilors are elected...and your chance to vote is coming soon!

Councilors play an essential and integral role for Professional Photographers of America (PPA). They represent PPA at state meetings and conventions, encourage participation and membership in PPA, and act as the liaison between their state members and PPA. Without an enthusiastic Council, PPA would not be able to accomplish important tasks. In fact, our future as an organization is dependent on effective Council leadership.

On Friday, May 15, *voting members will receive e-mail with an election ballot link. You will have until June 15, 2009 to vote; however, we encourage you to vote as soon as possible.

If you would prefer a paper ballot, you must e-mail by Thursday, May 14.

For additional details on PPA Council, click here.

*All Professional Active, Retired, and Life Members in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia and Ontario are eligible to vote, as defined in PPA's Bylaws and Procedures.

Several years ago, most didn't think twice about burning a copy of a CD or downloading songs off peer-to-peer file sharing sites. Then, the artists and music industry spoke out. More importantly, they increased public education about breaking copyright laws. Now, even DVDs tend to have a "commercial" before the movie that refers to such actions as stealing.

That kind of combined education sends a loud message...and that's the kind of education that can help protect your images from client copyright infringement. This week's article touches on how to begin such copyright education yourself (to both clients and photo retailers). Next week, you'll learn about PPA's shiny new Retail Compliance Network (RECON Program) and how you can be a part of that education.

PPA is always searching for the best way to help you protect your copyrights. Infringements won't disappear instantly, but each educational step can help strengthen your rights and your clients' awareness of them.

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Membership

P.S. Stay tuned for next week's Vital Signs article (May 14). You'll learn more about the revamped Retail Compliance Network--our RECON program--where you can help investigate photo retailers to improve their compliance with copyright laws.

Professional Photographer, May 2008Professional Photographer magazine is your magazine, the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). So when an outside source names it the best magazine of the Southeast, it's a cause for some PPA member pride!

Yes, Professional Photographer won the Magazine Association of the Southeast's highest award, the Grand GAMMA, along with fourteen other GAMMA awards on April 30, 2009. These additional awards included the Gold top spot for General Excellence, Best Single Issue, Best Magazine Website, Best Cover, and Best Photography.

"Professional Photographer...creates a stunning visual impact of print. Add to that the service factor, and you have a magazine that starts and directs a conversation with its intended audience and does that extremely well," said Samir Husni, Ph.D, one of the GAMMA Awards judges. "All things considered, Professional Photographer--through its editorial content, photography, and design--rises to the top of the pot as the cream of the crop."

Congratulations 2009 Affiliate Newsletter Editors and Webmasters!

PPA recently held the 2009 Affiliate Communications Competition. Designed to improve affiliate associations' publications and websites and recognize those involved in producing these communication tools, the competition awards every eligible entrant one PPA merit per entry. Those who place or earn an honorable mention receive an additional merit for each winning entry...and bragging rights! The winners can certainly brag, thanks to the breadth of resources they make available to members.

Qualified judges came in from the communications field, scoring the publications and Web sites in the following three areas:
  • editorial content
  • overall appearance
  • service to members

Category I
Printed publication of more than 12 pages, 4-color, published at least 3 times per year.

  • 1st Place: Peggy & Steven Roosa, Professional Photographers of California, Pro Photo West    
  • 2nd Place: Bill Hedrick, M.Photog.Cr., Texas Professional Photographers Association, Texas Professional Photographer
  • 3rd Place: Kalen Henderson, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP, API, American Society of Photographers, ASP Magazine
  • Hon. Mention: Donald E. Hayden, Cr.Photog., Southwest Professional Photographers Association, Southwest Image

Category II

Printed publication of more than 12 pages, 1- or 2-color, published at least 3 times per year.

  • 1st Place: Scott Green, Cr.Photog., CPP, Detroit Professional Photographers Association, Detroit Newsletter 
  • 2nd Place: Kitty L. Pugh, Cr.Photog., CPP, Virginia Professional Photographers Association, Inc., Virginia Professional Photographer
  • 3rd Place: Ladd Scavnicky, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Professional Photographers of Ohio, The Contact Sheet
  • Hon. Mention: Scott Green, Cr.Photog., CPP, Professional Photographers of Michigan, PPM

Category III

Printed publication of 12 or fewer pages, 4-color, published at least 3 times per year.

  • 1st Place: Jennifer Brum, CPP, Professional Photographers Society of North Florida, Prolog
No other winners

Category IV

Printed publication or 12 or fewer pages, 1- or 2-color, published at least 3 times a year.

  • 1st Place: Fuller Royal, M.Photog.Cr., Professional Photographers of North Carolina, Focus on Carolina
  • 2nd Place: Sandra Harris, Cr.Photog., Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley, Latent Image
  • 3rd Place: Donald E. Hayden, Cr.Photog., Indian Nations Professional Photographers Association, INPPA Exposure
No Honorable Mention

Category V

Publication posted online or attached to an e-mail, at least 3 times a year.

  • 1st Place (TIE): Sarah Pfeiffer, Professional Photographers of Nebraska, News & Views
  • 1st Place (TIE): DeBorAh Wiltsey, Cr.Photog., Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association, Inc., The Wisconsin Photographer
  • 2nd Place: Jacqueline Cooper, South Central Photographers Association, Through the Lens
  • 3rd Place: Joseph A. Weber, M.Photog.Cr., PPA of Northern Illinois, Inc., Northern HiLites
  • Hon. Mention: Deborah Morrison, Suffolk Photographers Guild of New York, SPGNY Newsletter

Category VI

E-newsletter distributed via e-mail, at least 3 times a year.

  • 1st Place: Wendy Newman, CPP, Arizona Professional Photographers Association, AzPPA Monthly Bulletin   
  • 2nd Place: Sandra Harris, Cr.Photog., Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley, E-newsletter   
  • 3rd Place: Gerry Solan, Cr.Photog., CPP, Triangle Photographers Association, Triangle Photographers Association E-news
No Honorable Mention

Category VII

Web site designed exclusively for a PPA affiliate group or school.

  • 1st Place: Wayne Winders, Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois,
  • 2nd Place: Gregory Scott Doramus, Professional Photographers of Southwest Florida,
  • 3rd Place: Heidi Theriault, Connecticut Professional Photographers Association,
  • Hon. Mention (TIE): Bob Coates, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Arizona Professional Photographers Association,
  • Hon. Mention (TIE): Scott Green, Cr.Photog., CPP, Professional Photographers of Michigan,
  • Hon. Mention (TIE): Dave Johnson, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Twin Cities Professional Photographers Association,
  • Hon. Mention (TIE): Michael Thresher, Professional Photographers of Washington,

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