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PPA Today: Imaging USA: August 2013 Archives

Imaging USA: August 2013 Archives

Even though Imaging USA is still a few months away, it's always nice to know you've got some quick tips in your pocket to be better prepared! It's one thing for us to tell you what we think you need to know, but it's much more credible to hear it from your fellow photographers! 

We asked the Imaging USA community on theLoop what their tips were for first-timers and here are the top responses! 

  • "Attend the "first timer" reception and meet others that are there for the first time as well. You just might meet some photographer friends for life." - Audrey Wancket, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
  • "Bring business cards. These will come in handy and don't be afraid to hand them out to people you meet. Networking with peers is SO important!" - Amber Rushing
  • "The PPA Charities Event is casual and there are lots of great items to bid on. This is an amazing event to have face-to-face meeting with people you may only know from theLoop, Facebook or Twitter, in a smaller setting. It's also the perfect time to turn a virtual contact into a real-life friend. (Some of my dearest friends in this industry are people I've met through PPA!)" - David Grupa, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
  • "Find a couple of people who have been [to Imaging USA] before and buddy up with them. You can swap notes if you have to attend conflicting classes and compare notes with the ones you shared. You can visit the tradeshow floor with each other. It's great to have another pair of eyes or two when shopping the floor." - Steve Folino, CPP
  • "Take a pre-convention class and book it now. You'll learn a lot more in a small class environment than in open access lectures." - Haroon Ahmad, CPP
  • "If you're not making enough for a living, sign up for the pre-convention programs.  It will open your eyes!  Also if you have time and have a few things you need help with, go to one of the hash it out sessions. It's a forum where you can ask questions and get solid answers." - Timothy Cameron, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
  • "Sign up for portfolio review with a judge. You will really learn, especially if you end up with a great reviewer." - Haroon Ahmad, CPP
  • "Schedule some time to walk the print exhibit and watch the digital exhibit as well for inspiration." - Audrey Wancket, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
  • "Make good use of about 2 hours each afternoon to spend at the tradeshow. You will learn a lot about who is who and about products that may enhance your studio's revenue. Some trade show vendors offer free 1 hour lectures at the booth, and some of them can be as good as taking a class. Check them out as soon as the schedule is posted." - Haroon Ahmad, CPP(Editor's note: Many of the vendor's do not announce their seminars prior to the Expo)
  • "Save. Save. Save. So many of the vendors offer incredible deals during the show so if you have your eye on a new camera, lens and studio lighting...then save your money and wait." - Amber Rushing
  • "Another great thing about the Trade Show is that I get the opportunity to walk the floor and see all the different products, and see them live. I really love having the opportunity to touch and feel the products I am considering, either to buy or add to my current product line." - Andrea Taylor, CPP
  • "Don't forget to go through all your stuff when you get home. There will be coupons and so much useful information that you will forget you even had. It's like a recap." - Amber Rushing
General Info
  • "Download the Imaging USA app as soon as it is available! It was a tremendous help last year. It is great for selecting and organizing the classes you want to attend, and sorting out the vendors you want to see. It's a great time saver" - Dennis Chamberlain, Cr.Photog., CPP (Editor's note: We'll keep you posted for when it is available!)
  • "It can be a little intimidating at first. If you need help, look for an orange shirt. Folks wearing these orange shirts are there to help us. And if you can't find one, ask anyone wearing PPA medallions. Really, we've all been there and we'll be happy to help!" - David Grupa, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Clothing & Accessories
  • "Wear comfortable shoes! Even though the floor is padded usually, I find myself on my feet for HOURS on end because I'm enamored with the show, then standing listening to the extra seminars at the booths and just walking. I think good, supportive shoes are #1!" - Amber Rushing
  • "Pack lightly. My first year I carried a purse, camera bag with 2 bodies, coat, two notebooks, all the fixings and on top of all that, all the awesome free stuff you get at the show... that's A LOT!  They will have notebooks and pens for you. They will also give you bags to carry around all your free stuff." - Amber Rushing
  • "Take public transportation if possible!" - Amber Rushing (It is possible! Check out the LightRail options!)
  • "Last but not the least, stay an extra day or two and visit nearby surrounding attractions that you may want to photograph (Sedona, Red Rock, Grand Canyon...)" - Haroon Ahmad, CPP

If you're a seasoned vet--what other tips come to mind? What other questions do our rookies have for the vets? Head on over to the Imaging USA community on theLoop to ask and/or answer!

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If you've had a chance to check out the Imaging USA 2014 class schedule (or attended Imaging USA in the past), you know that three days of intense education in ten different tracks are included with your registration fee. But you also probably noticed that classes have been scheduled before the conference kick starts, from January 9 - 11. So, what's the deal with these classes before the official dates of the conference? 

Up to three days of pre-convention classes are available for an additional fee for those who want to maximize the Imaging USA experience. Get to Phoenix a few days earlier and get hands-on and small group learning sessions. There's something to interest any type of photographer... and offsite / outdoors / on-location hands-on opportunities!


If you're a PPA member who's considering attending one of the Studio Management Services (SMS) workshops (Business Basics or Business Breakthroughs), both will be taking place during pre-convention in Phoenix. The Business Basics workshop has even been split into two separate focuses for wedding and portrait photographers. If you're just starting out in the photography business, this workshop will provide some vital information on setting up and managing your business so that you can stay profitable! 

Check back next month for information on scholarship options for the SMS Business Basics workshop.

For those of you further along in business, the Business Breakthroughs workshop provides a more in-depth look at business and financial management, the how-to's of effective branding and marketing for maximizing sales. Better yet, if you sign-up for the Business Breakthroughs workshop you'll get a full-access pass for Imaging USA... for free! Just call us at 888-851-0405 or send us an email, so that we can set you up.

There will be other workshops (other than SMS) geared toward photographers who have just recently turned pro. Including "The Secrets To Success When Turning Pro" with Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, which you can read all about in this recent blog post

There are great opportunities for photographers that specialize in high school senior portraits as well, so be sure to check out the "Taking Your Senior Business to the Next Level" with Gary Box, Cr.Photog., and Pam Box, Cr.Photog., as well as the 'Building and Maintaining a Successful Senior Business" class with Larry Peters, M.Photog.MEI., CPP. 

Finally, if you've been thinking about earning your Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation, consider attending the Certification Preparation Class to prepare for the exam and image submission. After taking the workshop, there are three opportunities to take the exam during Imaging USA.  Read more about the Certification Preparation Class on and read the thoughts of some past class attendees on the PPA Today blog

Single Day Pre-Convention Classes

All the workshops mentioned in the previous section of this post last for multiple days, but there are excellent one-day pre-convention classes as well! 

These programs are for photographers of various skill levels and cover many different specialties. For instance, if you're into landscape photography you can spend a day in the Arizona outdoors in an "Off to the Desert Photo Shoot" with Bob Coates, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. A real treat!

Other pre-con classes focus on topics such as school and senior photography, babies and children, Photoshop techniques and many others!

If you're having trouble picking just one pre-convention class, the "Hands On Photography" sessions may be a great option for you. You can choose to attend up to three sessions, and you can combine them to create your own unique plate of photographic education! And yes, as the name suggests you won't just be listening to a lecture, you'll actually get hands-on experience with live models, shooting with the techniques your instructors demonstrate. 

Focus on children's photography? Maybe you'll want to attend "The ABC's of Children's Photography" Hands On Photography class. You can follow that up by learning more about lighting in the "The Power Of Light" Hands On session with Tony Corbell, Cr.Photog.API, and conclude your day with Julia Kelleher, M.Photog.Cr, CPP, and the "Bijou Baby: The First Year Forever" session. 

There are many hands-on photography options, so you can create whatever combination will suit your fancy! But don't think too long: pre-con classes always sell out. Attendance is limited to ensure a higher learning experience. So don't delay, or simply sign up today!

You can view the up-to-date pre-convention (and regular convention) class schedule on (Classes are continually being added, so be sure to check back frequently!)

When you're registering for Imaging USA, you'll see the options to add pre-convention classes to your registration. Make sure to act soon as the class sizes are limited for pre-con. 

Want to read more about Imaging USA 2014? Check out these other #IUSA14 blog posts:

About this Archive

This page is a archive of entries in the Imaging USA category from August 2013.

Imaging USA: July 2013 is the previous archive.

Imaging USA: September 2013 is the next archive.

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