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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of everything photography, including learning, networking, shopping, and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every photographic and business topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

Let's Meet...

Nate Peterson, M.Photog., CPP

Twitter: npdp
Instagram: npdesignphoto

Sponsored By: White House Custom Colour

As a child, Nate Peterson was constantly doodling, never knowing this artistic talent would shape his career path. Formally trained in graphic design and visual communications, Nate then added photography to the mix and, with the introduction of the digital camera, fell in love with the craft.

Since then, he's been on a life-changing, nation-wide crash course, training with the leaders of the industry through PPA and state and local affiliates, WPPI, After Dark Education, and more, with the goal of becoming the premier portrait artist in his area. Nate's career has skyrocketed and with that, the expansion of his studio's personalized services, professional abilities, and boutique product options.

Today, Nate Peterson Design & Photography specializes in contemporary high school Senior portraits, sentimental family portraits, commercial product photography, and edgy sports images, based on the belief that a portrait is an artistic expression of its subject. Outside of his studio, Nate strives to help others find their photographic paths and stays active as a member of the American Society of Photographers, the Twin Cities PPA (where he served as a 2016 Board Member), the Wisconsin PPA, and the Indianhead WPPA Affiliate. 

Speaker Sessions:
Mon., Jan. 15 
8 - 9:30am The Grand Experience Experiment (Business, Inspiration)

Q&A:

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A Disney animator
What was your first concert? Aerosmith. Floor tickets. Tripped on a wire track on the way in running toward the front row, but held my balance. Got crushed in the front against the gate for the next 2-3 hours. Vivid memories...
Coke or Pepsi? Sparkling Water/Club Soda/LaCroix - Gave up pop many years ago. But it was Pepsi growing up and Diet Coke in my adult years before I quit.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "Just one more" as in one more pose, one more shot, one more look... to the client.
What has been your proudest moment? Completing a 5-year dream of leaving my full-time career and building a premier studio, purchasing and restoring a 100-year old commercial building for our studio and eventually selling our house to build a residence inside the studio building and getting my PPA Masters Degree and regional Senior Portrait awards all in the process. Now I'm just not sure what I want to do next. Rest maybe.
Most embarrassing moment: Very early in my photography career and as my previous career was winding down due to the economy and the future was uncertain, my co-worker and I found a new habit of leaving early on Fridays and heading to happy hour at the local sports bar/restaurant... After about four hours of sitting at the bar drinking, I got up to use the restroom. As I stumbled out back toward my barstool, I heard some kids excitedly yell "Hey Nate!" It was a family I had photographed a couple weeks before. I slurred a small conversation with them and probably left a very poor impression.
The good news is that was the beginning of the end for me with drinking. I decided if I were to make it in a small community with my name on the side of my building, I could no longer allow myself to be compromised like that. About a year later, I walked away from drinking all together. Life started getting better immediately... (not preaching... just sharing my experience.)
If you could have a theme song, what would it be? Most days I'm "You Got A Friend In Me" from Toy Story
What would be your advice for photographers just starting their career? Join the ranks of the professionals... Join their associations, such as PPA or local affiliates. Get to know handful of people whose imagery and business you admire. Learn from them. Listen to them. Implement what they teach you. And you can become the ones the next group of new photographers look up to and then give back to them. #mentorsrule


Nate Peterson is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!



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By Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of everything
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 photography, including learning, networking, shopping, and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every photographic and business topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

Let's Meet...
Alli Peck
Facebook: glowportraits
Instagram: glow_portraits

With over 11 years of experience, Alli Peck is an expert photographer, and Alli knows children! She is a skilled Baby Whisperer, specializing in newborn and maternity portraiture and she uses her lighting and posing techniques to create treasured portraits. As a busy mom to 4 children of her own, it's no wonder that Alli is able to effortlessly capture an expecting mother's beauty. She is also a much sought-after instructor, traveling throughout the United States and Canada, teaching maternity workshops. She has taught at Imaging USA in 2016 as well as The Baby Summit. Where Alli goes, workshops sell out with photographers eager to hear the secrets and skills that have made her such a success. The same relaxed and candid personality that puts her clients at ease makes Alli an excellent instructor and mentor.

Speaker Sessions:
Mon., Jan. 15 

Q&A:
What is your life motto? 'C'est la vie'
What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A ninja
What was your first concert? Bon Jovi
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Well, I'm Canadian...eh?

Alli Peck is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!


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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.

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Understanding how to market printed products to your customers can be difficult for photographers, but PPA wants to help! 

The PRINT for Success Theatre at Imaging USA offers short-format sales training workshops on how to make more money selling printed products. If you're interested in encouraging your clients to purchase more printed works, this room is for you. The marketing tips provided in these sessions are sure to get your clients excited about the print movement, and buying printed products in no time.

Stop by the PRINT for Success Theater and join a comprehensive sales session, get information about how to price and market printed products to your clients, and show them the value of printed photography. The sessions will be held in 30-minute intervals during Expo hours. 

The best part is, the PRINT for Success Theatre is free to Imaging USA attendees with an Expo pass! So, if Print photography is something you want to incorporate into your business, be sure to make the print exhibit a part of your expo floor plan. In addition to the print exhibit, use the official print resources page to help apply print products to your photography business. 

Don't pass up this opportunity to soak up all of the information industry experts can offer you exclusively at Imaging USA. If you want to attend all of Imaging USA's classes, parties, and events, purchase an All-Access Pass! 

This Imaging USA will be one you won't want to miss! It's full of exhibitors and showcases that you won't want to miss! Visit ImagingUSA.org to get a full list of the exhibit floor, and plan out your expo route in advance!

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ImagingUSA-0940_BarrettRossCreative.jpgPPA's got BIG NEWS for this year's Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. For the first time, the Award and Degree Ceremony will be held on MONDAY night, January 15th, instead of on the final night of Imaging USA. 

Moving the Award and Degree Ceremony to Monday night means back-to-back celebrations as the Grand Imaging Awards happens on Monday also! Get dressed (once!) in your red-carpet finest and experience the Award and Degree Ceremony at 4:30 and the Grand Imaging Awards at 6:45. Then, on Tuesday, you can concentrate on dancing the night away at the Closing Party in the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center. 

Stay tuned to ImagingUSA.org for all the latest news and updates just like this one as we continue to find ways to enhance and improve the world's greatest photography convention!

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By Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in
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 photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

Let's Meet...
Howie McCormick
Twitter: wvseniorpics
Instagram: wvseniorpics

Based in West Virginia, Howie McCormick specializes in Senior Portraits, tailored to fit each client's personality, hobbies, and ambitions. Howie McCormick Photography is known for not just capturing the images but delivering a high-school senior photography experience that every teen remembers. His photographic journey is varied and includes a wide array of genres and clients. He's done everything from photojournalism for both newspapers and magazines to weddings, corporate and commercial work and even team and action sports photography. Today, he pours those skills and experiences into being THE Senior photography studio in town. 

Speaker Sessions:
Sat, January 13

Q&A:
What do you most value in your friends? Support, accountability, loyalty and yes, most of all, a good twisted sense of humor. 
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? I thought I would be a comic artist.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "Anyway", "Right On", "That's What She Said", "Ummmm", and yes, "okay, one more"

Howie McCormick is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!


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.

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By Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in
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 photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

Let's Meet...
Julia Kelleher, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP
Facebook: jewelimages
Instagram: juliakelleher

Portrait Photographer, Master Photographer, Master Artist, Craftsman and CPP, Julia Kelleher has a list of credentials and degrees longer than the alphabet. She has grown from a sole proprietor of a small shop in Oregon to a six-figure studio and a team of employees. Specializing in newborn and family portraits, Julia provides a boutique experience with a style that is organic, textural and artistic. A PPA Diamond Photographer of the Year, International Platinum, Gold & Silver Medalist, Julia has had 15 prints accepted into the International Loan Collection. She is VP of Oregon's Professional Photographers, a member of WPPI as well as a Canon Par Excellence award winner. It doesn't stop there! Julia is a 10-time Creative Live instructor, WPPI instructor, and Imaging USA Platform speaker. 

She believes passionately in education and training, and enables other photographers to master in-person sales, their soft-selling techniques and create systematized efficiency within their businesses. Julia's photographic journey began at age 14, combined with journalism during her undergrad and graduate years. Today, she uses that experience in media relations and public communications to help other photographers understand their clients and improve their business. Whether behind the camera, in a sales session or in front of students, Julia delivers an experience you don't want to miss.

Speaker Sessions:
Sun, January 14

Q&A:
What is your life motto?  There's only two kinds of people in the world. The neurotic and the dead.
What do you most value in your friends? Authenticity. Integrity.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A princess veterinarian
What was your first concert? Spandau Ballet
Coke or Pepsi? Neither. Horrible for you and evil sugar overload.

Julia Kelleher is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel! 


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.

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by James Yates
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Imaging USA 2018, the largest annual convention and expo organized by professional photographers for professional photographers, will be held January 14-16, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. In anticipation of this three-day photography event featuring more than 10,000 attendees and 600+ booths from over 150 exhibitors, PPA has compiled a list of the "Top 10 Things to See at Imaging USA 2018."

  1. Imaging Expo: Like the "Mall of America" for photographers, attendees can peruse everything from heavy equipment to small gadgets including printers, labs, and service providers. More than 600 exhibitors including well-known photographic companies Canon, Adobe, Miller's, Panasonic, Triple Scoop Music, H&H Color Lab, Kodak Alaris, Marathon, Zenfolio and ChromaLuxe will display their products and services. There will also be a wide variety of educational opportunities, product demos, and prize giveaways.
  2. Keynote address from famed motivational speaker Ryan Estis from 10:00-11:15 a.m., Sunday, January 14. Estis will provide a beginning-of-the-year boost of motivation and inspiration to help photographers take their businesses to new heights. 
  3. Renowned speakers in the photographic industry: 100+ of the best in the business will share their photography secrets including acclaimed photographers Lindsey Adler, Cris Duncan, Jerry Ghionis, Steve Kozak, Pete Rezac, and Carrie Wildes. 
  4. Educational opportunities for photographers of all levels. There will be live demos, pre-convention classes including hands-on workshops, show-floor classes with product tips and benefits, as well as a Coaches' Corner for sports and event photographers that includes a portfolio review and 30 minutes of mentoring.
  5. International Photographic Competition (IPC) Exhibit: The largest winter photographic exhibit in the Southeast, the IPC exhibit allows visitors to view some of the winning images from across the globe. 
  6. Grand Imaging Awards: Honoring the best of the best from 2017, the Grand Imaging Awards celebrate 2017's Medalists, Diamond Photographers of the Year and all the elite Loan Collection artists from the 2017 IPC. This event takes place on Monday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
  7. Awards and Degree Ceremony: Think of it as an official graduation for photographers earning degrees and awards from 2017. Degrees include Photographic Craftsman, Master of Photography and Master Artist. Awards will be presented for Lifetime Achievement, Imaging Excellence, Distinguished Service, and Humanitarian Service. This is a free event open to the public, so attendees can bring guests to enjoy in the celebration. 
  8. Imaging USA Closing Party: PPA will be taking over the Delta Atrium at the Gaylord Opryland on Tuesday, January 16 from 7-10 p.m. Guests will eat delicious food, take advantage of unique photo opps, and dance the night away. This event, while free to Imaging USA all-access pass holders, will require a ticket otherwise, which can be purchased at registration.
  9. PPA Charities: Learn about the philanthropic efforts being sponsored by fellow professional photographers. Get in motion at the 5K Super Hero Fun Run on Sunday, January 14 from 7-9 a.m. The Roaring 20's: PPA Charities' 20th Birthday Celebration will take place January 13 from 8-10pm and will feature a speakeasy-style setup including poker. Also, on Tuesday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m. the winner of the Dream Studio Giveaway will be announced. One lucky winner will receive more than $20,000 worth of photographic equipment and a studio makeover. Products, software, lab credits and more will be given away. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Expo.
  10. World Photographic Cup: Imaging USA is the best place to meet and mingle with the best photographers from the U.S. and around the world. View the amazing images from Team U.S.A. in the World Photographic Cup, the Olympics of photography. 
Head over to ImagingUSA.org and register NOW to take advantage of the early bird savings and reserve your room at the Gaylord Opryland Resort! See you in January! 


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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

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Let's Meet...

Nick Jones, M.Artist.

Web: harmonyandnick.com

Harmony and Nick are a husband and wife team who call Blackfoot, Idaho home. They have been in business for 7 years at their downtown location and are THE go-to studio for families in Southeast Idaho and Western Wyoming. The winning combination of Harmony's ability behind the camera and Nick's skills behind the computer has set them apart from the competition, and they've been able to successfully and consistently provide a unique product for their clients.

Both have experienced much success in PPA's International Photographic competition with multiple Photographer of the Year medals, and several Grand Imaging Award nominations. Nick walked away with the first-place trophy in his first year entering in the Artist category, and Harmony was recently a finalist in the coveted World Photographic Cup. The Jones' stay busy outside of their studio, involved in their local PPA Affiliate, Professional Photographers of Idaho, as well as participating in the IPC for the last 7 consecutive years. Harmony holds her Master Photographer degree and Nick is a Master Artist, and they both have what it takes to stay ahead in today's competitive market.

Most of all, they love creating and being part of their clients' lives. They live by the belief that you can truly love what you do and make money, and they enjoy sharing that experience with others. It's no wonder people want to keep up with the Jones!

Speaker Sessions:

Sat, January 13

9:00 am-5:00 pm - Increase Sales Through Compositing - Full Details

 

Q&A:

What is your life motto? "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."

What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty, honesty, curiosity

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Definitely a professional athlete, but my body decided to stop growing at 5'10" so that dashed my NBA dreams...

What was you first concert? Pearl Jam

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Literally, "literally"

 

Nick Jones is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel! 


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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

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Let's Meet...
Tony Corbell, Cr.Photog., API
Facebook: tonycorbell
Twitter: tonycorbell
Instagram: tonycorbell

Tony has been a photographer, photographic educator, and an author his entire adult life. He has released numerous books, written countless articles, and his work has been featured in publications around the globe, and while he was hired by some of the most discerning clients in the world, he is most proud to be acknowledged and included in more than thirty-five photographic books by other photographers.

Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, The Millennium Summit Meeting of World Leaders at the United Nations, countless sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts. He is currently featured on PPAedu, KelbyOne, Epson and Creativelive and his YouTube videos with Profoto Lighting and Sekonic light meters have surpassed one million views as he explains lighting techniques to photographers throughout the world.

He is involved with ASMP, PPA, WPPI and currently the president of The Camera Craftsmen of America, a group of 40 photographers worldwide. He teaches almost exclusively about photographic lighting and imaging workflow, and recently passed a major milestone, having taught more than 650 seminars and workshops in the US and abroad. His Basic Studio Lighting book has even become the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses!

Tony is a living legend in his industry, for his photographic talent his commitment to training and education! Most importantly, he is a person who loves what he does and with whom he does it.

Speaker Sessions
Saturday, January 13, 2018

What do you most value in your friends? Deodorant.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? I wanted to write movie screenplays. I actually have written some things I've never shown to anyone.
What is your most treasured possession? My first Hasselblad camera, 500C. I got it in 1979 and it had over 150,000 exposures when I got it. I worked it hard every day and put on another 350,000 exposures on it. It now sits on the mantel proudly having bought a house or two and a few cars.
What was your first concert? WAR, in 1973 (Cisco Kid, Low Rider, etc...)
What has been your proudest moment? I was really proud when I realized that I was either thanked or had work published in the books of 27 other photographers. Means more to me than anything I ever published under my name.
If you could have a theme song, what would it be? Beatles/John Lennon's "In My Life" (I'm a sucker for romance...)

Tony Corbell is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is open now, so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!

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By Chris Homer

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PPAedu is excited to sponsor its annual Imaging USA Kickstart Pre-Convention Scholarship Program. Four lucky PPA members will win the opportunity to get a FREE 3-day all-access pass to Imaging USA AND a Pre-Convention class of their choice -- completely on the house! 

Interested? Simply complete the PPA Kickstart Scholarship application and you will enter yourself into the running for Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville!

Pre-Convention Class registration normally ranges from $129-$299 and includes everything from a full-day of hands-on education to a 2-day PPA Business Workshop. If you're one of the four happy recipients, you'll get to choose the class you want!

So go ahead, apply for the Kickstart Scholarship to take your photography business to the next level and save a big chunk of money at the same time! Applications must be submitted by November 3, 2017. The winners will be announced on November 24


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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.

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