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by Mayo Lawal

It finally Friday and you've got the recipe for a super relaxing weekend: the perfect weather, your favorite beverage, and our top photography blog posts from around the web. Enjoy.

Congrats to WPC Team USA Member...Francie Baltazar Stonestreet!

WORLD PHOTOGRAPHIC CUP: This article shines the spotlight on Francie Baltazar Stonestreet, one of the incredible photographers representing the United States in the World Photographic Cup, a world-wide event co-founded by PPA! Get inspired by reading Francie's amazing story on PPA Today.
How to Rock Your First In-Person Sales Portrait Session

SALES: You've got the skill and you're really looking into selling print products but you're still trying to figure out the best way to go about it. The author of this article has some tips and tricks on how to make remarkable In-person sales.


Google Removes 'View Image' Button from Image Search to Protect Photos

COPYRIGHT PROGRESS: In order to help protect photographer's copyrights, Google has eliminated the "View Image" button, which formally enabled users to download images without visiting the host webpage. Read the full story on PetaPixel.

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Drone Causes Aircraft Crash for First Time in the US

DRONES: National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently investigating an aircraft crash which may have been caused by an illegally flown drone and this article has the details. You can also visit to learn more about drone use and safety.  


How to Develop the Right Mindset For Creative Photography

CREATIVITY: You know that creativity is a key component of photography, but do you know how much your mindset impacts your creativity and ultimately, your works? Find out in this article!


Patty Carroll Talks About Her "Anonymous Women" Photo Series

INSPIRATION: The unique and beautifully crafted "Anonymous Women" photo series has made headlines in recent times. Read about the inspiring story of Patty Carroll, the photographer behind the breathtaking images.


How Marketing and Advertising Are Bound to Change In 2018

MARKETING: Digital marketing has been evolving rapidly over the years and in order to take maximal advantage of the opportunities these platforms provide, it is imperative to keep up with the trends. Find out how online marketing might be different this year in this article.


Science Photography Award Goes to Image of a Single Trapped Atom

MIND BLOW: The image of a single trapped atom (that's right: one single atom) won the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) science-photography contest. Check it out and find out more in this article on DPreview.

Business As (UN)Usual: How Kelly Tunney Found Her Ideal Clientele

PROFILE: Kelly Tunney is not only one of Australia's premier wedding photographers but also a recognized speaker and photographic instructor. Read about her 20-year journey and the unique values she upheld as she made her way up on Professional Photographer.

These Portrait Studio Fixtures Will Make Your Life Better

STUDIO: If you're considering designing a portrait studio in the near future, this photographer, who just designed a studio of her own, has some tips on how you can make a studio that you'd enjoy working in. 


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



PhotoVision's high-quality, rich-content videos have been beneficial to photographers of all skill levels. These videos show you the latest and most effective techniques that expert photographers currently use to make their work even better, and you can too! See for yourself by checking out the latest video, hosted by Parker Pfister.

In this video, Parker Pfister sits down with PhotoVision correspondent Angela Kurkian to discuss his art and business. Parker stresses the importance of 'playing' to keep your creativity alive and your passion for photography strong. He elaborates on how establishing himself as a high-end artistic photographer means no longer having to rely heavily on marketing. Parker also discusses how he balances work and play.

PhotoVision is included with your PPA membership. That alone represents savings of $199/year! So what are you waiting for? Head over to and begin streaming classes today... for FREE! If you're not a member of PPA, consider joining today!


By Chris Homer

Are you excited about Team USA's participtation in the World Photographic Cup?! This May,
 30 countries are competing in the highly-anticipated world-wide event co-founded by PPA, the World Photographic Cup. 

The national teams, including two-time winner Team USA, will be vying to take the cup from two-time, reigning champ Portugal. This year's list of registered countries spans from the U.S. to Pakistan, Singapore to Spain. For all-things WPC including galleries of competing images, visit 

Today we'd like to shine the spotlight on a Team USA member and creator of the images to the right in the portrait and wedding categories: Francie Baltazar Stonestreet,  M.Photog.Cr. , CPP.

A life-long photographer, Francie earned her CPP credential (Certified Professional
 Photographer) with PPA  in 2009 and has been advocating and supporting others to achieve their CPP ever since. She is a full-time working professional photographer specializing in weddings, engagements and bridal sessions, and continues to use the information gained through the CPP program every day.  

Francie has a great passion for the CPP program and believes it is the gold standard in the industry.  In 2012, Francie and her team of CPP Mentors assisted 30 photographers in passing their image submissions and supported 25 of those through the testing process so that they could receive their CPP.

She has been featured in Houston Brides and Houston Luxury Weddings magazines. Francie is also a published author and has been featured in the Dallas Business Journal, Houston Press and New York Times. Her inspirational essays have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, Stories That Warm the Heart as well as on many blogs and newsletters. She has also worked with Wiley Publishing as one of their Photographer Technical Editors.

Francie's notable accolades, awards, and achievements:

  • Master Photographer
  • Photographic Craftsman
  • Certified Professional Photographer
  • 2018 World Photographic Cup Team USA Member
  • Top 10 in the 2018 World Photographic Cup Wedding and Portrait Categories
  • 2018 PPA Diamond Photographer of the Year
  • Canon Par Excellence Select
  • Grand Imaging Award Nominee 2018
  • 2017 Kodak Elite Award
  • 2016 Kodak Gallery Award
  • Texas Professional Photographers Association: 2017 Platinum Photographer of the Year, 2016 Texas Photographer of the Year, 2015 Four for Four Print Case, 2015 Distinguished Portrait, 2014 Best Wedding Image in Exhibit, 2013 Best Portrait
  • 2016 Texas Professional Photographer Association: Presidents Award for Highest Print Case Score, Best Bridal Image, Best Wedding Album by a Master Photographer, Best Photographic Open Portrait, Best Portrait of a Man
  • PPA International Photographic Competition: 2016 Platinum Photographer of the Year, 2015 Silver Photographer of the Year
  • Southwest Professional Photographers Association: 2017 Best Bridal Portrait, 2015 Best Wedding Album
  • Professional Photographers Guild of Houston: 2015, 2012 Photographer of the Year, 2012 - 2015 Best Portrait of a Bride, 2013 - 2015 Best Wedding Album


The winner of the World Photographic Cup will be announced at the World Photographic Cup's Awards Ceremony at Sea World, Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, on May 5, 2018! For more information on this amazing event, and to view the finalist images from around the world, visit

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.


When you put your blood, sweat and tears into creating a masterpiece that showcases your uniqueness, the last thing you want is your work being improperly used or even stolen, especially if your art is your livelihood.  Unfortunately, many professional photographers of all backgrounds and fields deal with copyright infringement every day.

Granted, those who have high enough incomes predominantly benefit from today's current laws, but the same can't be said for the average professional, like Shannon. Check out Shannon's story on the battle for the rights to her own image:


Shannon is a professional portrait photographer who makes her living documenting cherished family milestones. She discovered a copyright infringement when a friend called to let her know how cute her image (a newborn portrait) looked on display at a local store. After some investigating, Shannon discovered that her client had taken professional prints purchased from Shannon to the photo department of a local drugstore belonging to a large, national chain. The client purchased copies of the photo from the drugstore even though she did not have printing rights. The drugstore not only sold prints to this customer without permission from the creator but additionally printed the image onto canvases and used those to advertise their canvas print sales.

 The photographer reached out to both the local store and the national corporate office regarding the infringement. She sent a cease and desist letter as well as an invoice demanding payment for the unauthorized use of her image for advertisement. Weeks later, she received a call from a corporate attorney who informed her that he would only correspond further through an attorney, meaning Shannon would have to retain counsel to pursue this any further.

Shannon is looking for a simple resolution. She wants this company to cease all use of her images, pay a reasonable licensing fee for the commercial use of the image thus far, and learn a valuable lesson so that they do not continue to do this to other photographers. Shannon believes that the current copyright system breeds infringements because large companies understand how unlikely small creators are to sue, so they don't think twice about committing infringements and ignoring demands.

 "I would not hesitate to pursue this if I could do so on my own through small claims," Shannon said. She believes the creation of a small claims option would not only give creators a feasible option for seeking modest damages but would also create a deterrent for corporations to commit infringements against small creators because there would finally be a risk of consequences.

This story and many others are the reason that a Small Claims process can be a game-changer for photographers and creative artists. It will help them enforce their copyright in cost-effective and efficient ways. We need everyone to support Small Claims at!


By Bethany Clark

PPAedu gives you 24/7 access to over 350 HD tutorial videos designed to educate you on all things photography and business. With new videos added every month, you are sure to find a video that fits you.

PPAedu is FREE to all members, and is just one of the many great resources that come with being a member. It's a learning opportunity that's too great to turn down, especially since the newest lineup of PPAedu videos, sponsored by Profoto, features none other than Tony Corbell as the instructor! The theme is how to "take control" of your photography and career. 

Tony has been involved in professional photography since 1979 when his first studio position was with his sister and her husband in West Texas. Since then, he has moved through an almost inspired life that has included traveling and lecturing in more than twenty countries, has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 world leaders at the United Nations, sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts. 

In 2012, Tony passed a major milestone having taught more than 600 seminars and workshops nationally and internationally. In 2008/09 alone, Tony spoke to over 9,000 photographers in 36 cities throughout the world including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico City, Sydney and many more U.S. cities. 2010 - 2012 was again busy with Tony traveling to Germany, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, Dubai, London, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and many more than 30 U.S. cities teaching photographic lighting and image workflow processes and practices. His Basic Studio Lighting book from publisher Random House (AmPhoto) has been popular worldwide and is the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses. Tony has written articles in nearly every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., and China.

Check out his latest video for PPAedu:

One of the challenges photographers face is photographing a group of people with less than ideal conditions due to harsh, overhead sunlight. In this video, Tony Corbell will tackle the details necessary to control light, shutter speed, and exposure efficiently and effectively to produce a high-quality image!

Visit our website to learn more about PPAedu, and see how you can start your education plan to make you and your business more successful!

By Bethany Clark

It's our favorite time of year, and we're not talking about springtime. We're talking about District Photographic Competitions with PPA! Every year, hundreds of photographers from across the country submit their images in hopes of earning a merit, and you can watch the judging LIVE! 

You can stream the judging of the Western District Photographic Competition that takes place February 22-23, 2018 at (Anyone can watch the judging; you don't have to be a PPA member in order to watch. Just create a free account and start viewing!)

If you've entered the Western District Competition, this is your chance to see how you did. Even if you didn't enter the competition, watching the judging is a great way to take a peek at what judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition. 

You can also learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and we invite you to tune in and get inspired. It's a great way to prepare for the International Photographic Competition, which begins this summer! 

But don't forget: what you'll see and hear watching this live judging pales in comparison to the prep you'll get when you request a critique (which are dedicated and focused comments on your image). Ordering a critique, just like entering competition, is a fantastic way to learn, grow, and become a better photographer. Enter a competition today!

Kelly Tunney has developed a reputation as one of Australia's premier wedding photographers. Now she can let others in on the tips and tricks she learned along the way. Throughout her 20-year journey, Kelly has watched many things change and she's taken note of the many things that haven't. All the while, what makes a business successful includes 
  • pushing boundaries
  • finding the right clients
  • customizing the experience
  • making it all worth it 
Read more about Kelly Tunney in this month's profile on Professional Photographer.  

By Chris Homer

You can now enter your images for the 2018 Southeast District Photographic Competition! Do
 it by March 13, 2018 to take advantage of the early bird fee and avoid a surcharge.

Entering your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully! 

If you're in the Southeast District, enter today! Below is the schedule for the remaining district competitions, which will be accepting entries throughout the winter and early spring of 2018; be sure to mark these dates on your calendar so you're ready when registration opens for your district!

2018 Judging Dates: March 22-23, 2018
Registration Opens: January 24, 2018
Early Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (surcharge fee applies): March 1, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 5-6, 2018
Registration Opens: January 31, 2018
Early Deadline: February 28, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (surcharge fee applies): March 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 17-19, 2018
Registration Opens: February 20, 2018
Early Deadline: March 13, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (surcharge fee applies): March 27, 2018 by 5pm ET

If you really want to get the most from entering photographic competition, be sure to order a critique when registering! You'll get a recording of a PPA juror reviewing each element of your image and suggesting how you can improve. It's a great opportunity to grow your skills as a photographer! Check out these past critiques to see what you'll get. 

So find your district and start getting your images ready. It's time you take the plunge to improve as a photographer by entering your District Photographic Competition.

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.

By Bthany Clark

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theLoop is a great place for members to connect with each other, share information/advice, get image feedback, and overall - a place to go if you need help. Become a member so you can "stay in the loop," and if you already are, then head over to theLoop to see what everyone's buzzing about. 

Lots of great discussions have been happening, so here are a few of the top posts in the back half of February 2018. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

This PPA member has a question about the gray areas of copyright. If a paparazzo takes a photo of a celebrity, and that celeb posts that picture on her social media, can the photographer sue the celeb for infringement? That's what's happening to Jessica Simpson, and this Looper seeks some insight into how this works.

How do you handle scenarios when someone other than your paying client wants to use photos you took? Particularly when they have contributed to the photo, whether with designs or property, etc.? Weigh in on this photographer's question on theLoop!

This Looper needs to recover some images from a CF card that was reformatted, and needs some recommendations about how to go about it. Can you offer advice? Log in and join the conversation!

And there you have 'em, the top posts from theLoop! Remember to check out theLoop frequently as new discussions are posted daily. It's a great way to catch up with fellow PPA members! Not a PPA member? Join today!

If you are a professional photographer looking to expand your reach on social media. . . Tuesday's free webinar is for you!

In this webinar, Todd Lewis, Charles Lewis, and Tom Morelli will teach you how to use Facebook to bring in clients and!

If you're frustrated at all right now that you don't have as many photography customers (or not as many GOOD photography customers) and you want the fastest, cheapest, and most effective way to bring them in right now - this live, online event is for you. 

These are the UP-TO-THE-MINUTE Facebook techniques for photography marketing - the stuff working RIGHT NOW. No worrying about "did that work two years ago, but not now?" We want you to be able to act on these secrets immediately and start booking more clients as soon as within a few hours of attending

This webinar is FREE and open to all FEB. 20th ONLY, so register now and tune in at 2:00 pm ET.

Oh, and if you're a member of PPA, you'll be able to replay this and any PPA webinar at your leisure and as many times you wish (videos uploaded about two weeks after original webinar date)! Block your calendar and learn how to use Facebook the right way!


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