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PPA Today: August 2009 Archives

August 2009 Archives

Imaging USA Instructors

Trusted Voices & New Faces

Proven methods, new ideas and fresh inspiration are delivered by the hottest names in photography. You'll see speakers you recognize and new faces you won't forget.

You simply can't learn everything based on your own experience--that's another reason why Imaging USA is so handy. You can come to one place and hear from dozens of professional photographers who've found success in their art and their businesses, the true photographic rockstars!

From trusted voices like Yervant, Tony Corbell, and Ann Monteith, to newer faces like Jose Villa, Scott and Adina Hayne, and Alycia Alvarez...these photographers will share their experiences, helping you gather ideas and innovations to try back home. And that's really the key. Take what these photographers share and tweak it to make it work for you.

As you anticipate the for the latest instructor additions, and we'll see you in Nashville soon!

Your Imaging USA Team

PPA member Chontelle Brown was recently the subject of a feature in her local paper, The North Florida Herald. Read all about the Fort White, Florida photographer and her image that will be displayed at Imaging USA here

In February of 2009 the PPA Board of Directors appointed a task force to look into ways to include greater numbers of members in its annual International Print Competition. Recently, the task force surveyed PPA membership, and almost 3,000 of you responded! Thank you so much for your input.

The work of the task force is not complete yet--recommendations will be formally presented to the PPA board of directors at its meeting in October. But in the meantime, we thought you might like to get an update on where we are today.

In reference to the print competition, the task force has said:

  1. The quality of the judging itself must not be diminished.
  2. Prints will notbe eliminated.
  3. We musthave a print exhibit.

Get more details from the official, preliminary announcement from the Print Competition Task Force, which you can read here.

If you've been to Imaging USA, you know that the fun and education (yes, those two words do go together) extend from the classrooms to the Imaging EXPO floor. If you've never been...well, come and see for yourself!

©David Harvey
Imaging EXPO, Phoenix, Arizona

Imaging EXPO goes beyond what you might expect. It's not just great deals and amazing new products (in 196 product categories) that you can see and touch--it also includes live, in-booth demos by experts. In fact, GraphiStudio Theater dedicates an entire theater-style space to their demonstrations!

You've made an important investment in your career by joining PPA. Make sure you're getting your money's worth by joining us for a new live seminar that will answer the following questions...and more!

  • Curious about member benefits?
  • Want to get the inside scoop on certification and merits?
  • Need to know where to get important contracts and documents for your business?
  • And what's the big deal about Imaging USA?

Join us for an online event that will give you a brief overview of all that PPA has to offer our members--and give you a chance to ask questions and get immediate feedback from the PPA Member Services team. There is no charge for this online seminar, and it's a great way to learn about how PPA online seminars work!

Members, click here to see upcoming dates for this seminar.

Dear PPA Member,

Reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic...remember those three R's? Just about every school child has the importance of those subjects drilled into his brain. For pro photographers, maybe it should be the two B's--beautiful imagery and business skills.

It's the combination of the two "subjects" that forms the core of a successful photographer. And you really never stop learning, as the world never stops changing! There's no graduation cap that seals the deal. The good news is that you don't have to stick to just the schoolroom for such education. In fact, looking for different knowledge centers is important for thinking outside of the box, especially on the business end.

That's just what we're going to help you get started on this week: finding different places (photography related and not) to get more and more business education, helping you create a stronger studio.

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine, the wedding world's premier publication, has chosen to list Zorz Studios on their invitation-only Platinum List, a directory of top wedding professionals from around the world. Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique wedding and fine art photography studio, offers exquisite wedding photography coverage that blends an edgy artistic vision that's fashionable, bold and sensuous with the classic elegance of romantic imagery.

Read the full story at

# 6 - Parties + Special Events = More Time for Networking, Inspiration, & Free Food

Photographers find inspiration everywhere. It only makes sense that the educational conference and expo created for you allows you to do the same!

You see, Imaging USA goes beyond the regular type of photographic education and inspiration. In between classes, browse the 2,300 award-winning images hanging in the International Print Exhibit. You can even get more in-depth, one-on-one imagery help, thanks to the free PPA Print Competition Mentor Program (sign up fast before these ever-popular appointments are taken)!

©David Harvey
International Print Exhibit, Phoenix, Arizona

Want to meet more photographers (potential mentors and/or friends) in a relaxed setting? Try one of the parties on for size (the free food and music don't hurt, either):

  • PPA Charities Celebration on Saturday
    Enjoy  silent & live auctions, the Operation Smile presentation, dancing to a DJ, and a fun-filled event called "The Ronald" (think Celebrity Apprentice).
  • Rockin' Nashville Party on Sunday, sponsored by Canon
    Rock the night away and catch up with your fellow photographers after this first full day of Imaging USA.
  • Imaging...Ole! on Tuesday, sponsored by Kodak 
    Unwind and relax your brain as you party Southwestern style...and be sure to take photos to post on Imaging USA's Facebook fan page.

It's a good thing that all the Imaging USA happenings are centrally located in 2010 because there's so much going on--not including the 60+ classes. Check out the Event Highlights page of for all the latest!

Your Imaging USA Team

Take the latest survey on the Members Only OurPPA forum! Help PPA and other professional photographers learn what social networking sites are being used the most by photographers.

Which site do you find the most useful? Twitter? Facebook? LinkedIn?

Let us know and see what others are saying on the forum!

f•stop books™ (, a professionally packaged on-demand photobook presentation, announced today that prices have been reduced on the f•stop books™ professional photo book presentations by 25%. In addition, the f•stop books™ Studio Sample Promotion, which allows sample books to be purchased at a 30% discount on up to four books, has been revised and extended until December 30, 2009.

Dear PPA Member,

"'s about who you know."

Sometimes, success and business come from the most unexpected places--other photographers, for instance. Have you ever gotten a call from a potential client, only to have to turn them away because of previous bookings, location problems, or demands that lie outside of your specialty?

Sooner or later, this scenario happens to every photographer. You can still help the client by referring another photographer who you know has the skills and time to meet the demands of the project. In addition to helping the client, you'll be building a network that can bring you business in the future.

PPA and PPA Affiliates can help you build that network and, in turn, your business. Referrals, as we've mentioned before in previous Vital Signs, can drive your sales through the roof--and with a referral from another photographer, it's even easier. Read more in this week's Vital Signs article, Power of Peer Referrals.

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

On November 8-10, Jed and Vicki Taufer are hosting their workshop, "Selling the Experience" at Haven, their educational facility in Morton, Illinois. This class which normally goes for $1499, will be offered for only $1000, with $500 being given to PPA Charities!

Registration and full information is available at Class size is limited, so don't miss this opportunity to grow your business while helping PPA Charities.

Sirlin_Ted.jpgOur thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Ted Sirlin, who passed away on July 31, 2009.

The Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley (PPSV) released an announcement about his passing, calling it "Death of a Pioneer." How true that statement is.

Ted, M.Photog.Cr.Hon.M.Photog., started his business in 1946 and became a leader in the industry and in photographic associations. He was a past president for both Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and PPSV. His award-winning accomplishments can be seen in his degrees (Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, and Honorary Master of Photography)...but mostly in the images and memories he leaves behind.

Following is the obituary published in the The Sacramento Bee:

Sirlin, Theodore "Ted"

Born February 28, 1923 in New York City, New York and passed away in Carmichael, California on July 31, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Theda Sirlin; children Janet Sirlin Roberts, Sue Sirlin and David Sirlin; granddaughter Michelle Roberts; sisters Doris and Shirley; and his pet dog Coco.
He was preceded in death by his parents Soloman and Anna Sirlin; brothers Ben and Joe and sister Lil.
He attended the Signal Corp Photographic School and the Pennsylvania Military College where he received a 2 year Engineering degree. He served in WWII in the Philippines as a photographer.
He went on to open Sirlin Studios in Sacramento in 1946 at the age of 23, with a goal to capture and reflect the beauty, strength and sensitivity of the subjects he photographed. Ted continued to run the studio from his bed when he became bed-bound. The studio remains open to this day.
Friends are welcome for a memorial service at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the SSPCA or to the Sutter Roseville Hospice.

Dear PPA Member,

There is an oft-used phrase bandied about when people are asked to come up with unique ideas: "Let's think outside the box." However, with this week's Vital Signs, we're going to look "inside the box" for ideas--inside Doug Box's brain, in fact!
Doug Box, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, is an artist who is so busy he must not sleep! When he's not creating beautiful images, writing books and articles, or speaking to photographers around the world about how to be successful, he's giving back to the industry through leadership in many organizations. Doug serves on the current PPA Board of Directors and is the Executive Director for Texas Professional Photographers of America. I have a feeling that he might tell you he gets back as much as he gives...and it shows!

He's got some great ideas on how to market yourself, many of which can be implemented right away. So think like Box...and build the business you want!

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

Submit your best newspaper print or online photos published since September 13, 2008.

One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and appear on the November 2009 cover of E&P. Twenty-four additional winners in six categories (spanning four circulation groups) will be honored, along with a top prize in the new "Unpublished" and "News Web-only" categories. Winning photos will be selected by photo editors from major newspapers and magazines and featured in the November issue of the magazine reaching 162,365 readers and/or in our gallery at reaching an average of 470,00 unique monthly visitors.

Use this link for more contest and prize details and to enter today. Deadline is September 14, 2009.

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