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PPA Today: Imaging USA: September 2017 Archives

Imaging USA: September 2017 Archives

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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 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...

Bry Cox, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Facebook: brycox 
Instagram: BryCoxStudio

Capitol Records, CMT, TV Guide, American Girl, LeAnne Rimes, Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Mitt Romney and the last four Utah governors - the clients and businesses that have used Bry Cox's images read like a Who's Who of modern culture. A Master Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer and photographer to the stars, Bry is unsurprisingly also a Gold Medalist, chosen out of 25,000 international photographers. He also serves on the Adobe Influencer Team and is a member of PPA, the American Society of Photographers, and IPPA. For Bry, though, it's not just about what he does with his camera. He has a real passion for teaching and loves to use his experience to help other photographers succeed. He's been both a platform and pre-conference speaker at Imaging USA, has created PPAedu videos, and published books for photographers. Bry Cox is the ideal instructor, mentor and representative for his industry.

Speaker Sessions:
Tues, Jan. 16

Q&A: 
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? In high school I told my career counselor that I wanted to be a photographer. She said, "Pick something else," and I said musician. She said "No," and I said pilot. Then she said, "Why don't you be an engineer?"
What was your first concert? My first big concert was Neil Young. My last big concert was also Neil Young. I've been a big fan of his for years. Another top favorite concert though was Dave Brubeck before he died.

Bry Cox 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 is the best place to stand on the shoulders of giants (metaphorically speaking). As a professional photographer, it's easy to feel like you're lone-wolfing most of the year. Imaging USA provides a collaborative, supportive environment for you to ask fellow photographers your tough questions about your business or your craft. 

There are two special opportunities to work with seasoned veterans while in Nashville at Imaging USA 2018:
 
  • Coach's Corner
  • International Photographic Competition (IPC) Mentor Session. 
Coach's Corner: If you're into school, sports or event photography, this is an excellent chance to have a 10 minute, one-on-one session with top pros in the market. They'll review your work, talk pricing and business, and answer all of your questions! Space is limited, so sign up for your spot today! 

IPC Mentor Session: This is your chance to sit down with a Juror from the International Photographic Competition and see what it really takes to create high-scoring images and discuss what you should know to make images for photographic competition. This is a great chance to get practical advice to improve your work in PPA's District Competitions and the IPC!

Be More Creative in 2018 and learn from those who have already been there! These are two amazing opportunities that your creativity and business will thank you for taking!

Take advantage of Early-Bird Registration now and join us in Nashville, January 14-16th, 2018 at Imaging USA! 

By Bethany Clark

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PPA has given away three All-Access Passes to Imaging USA 2018 during the month of September, and we've got one more left to give away!
 
Any professional photographer who wants to kick off their 2018 at the best photographic convention out there can enter!
 
Imaging USA is packed with photography classes, workshops, parties, and tons of motivation... not to mention an 80,000 sq ft trade show full of everything photography-related!
 
To enter, simply fill in this form! The last winner will be selected this Friday, September 29, 2017!

Will that winner be you? BEST OF LUCK! Enter today.

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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...
Mark Schoenrock
Web: photoplusgroup.com 
Facebook: Professional School and Sports Photographers International - PSPI

Mark Schoenrock spent over 25 years with Lifetouch, Inc., a giant within the school photography industry. During his tenure, he served in a variety of roles within the company including Vice President of Human Resources for the school, portrait studio and church businesses as well as Vice President of Photography for the school business. As VP of School Photography, Mark oversaw a wide range of responsibilities, including photographic operations and training and the photo program development and implementation. He was instrumental in repositioning photography as a competitive differentiator for the company and made a strong impact in an ever-changing industry. Mark oversaw the start-up of the Portrait Studios training and development along with customer service functions. He also led the Marketing department, Research & Development department, and a production facility. Within his Lifetouch career, if it had to do with photography or the photography business, Mark Schoenrock did it! Today, he serves as the Managing Director for PSPI, Professional School and Sports Photographers International, and consults with companies large and small.

Speaker Sessions:
Mon, Jan. 15

Q&A: 
What is your life motto?Past performance indicates future performance under similar circumstances. What was your first concert? Opening act: The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Main Act: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. An unreal experience!

 If you could have a theme song, what would it be? When I'm in a jazz mood, it's Miles Davis' "So What." For rock, it's Steely Dan's "My Old School," and country; George Strait's "It Just Comes Natural." 

Who has been one of your biggest artistic influences? Photographically- Don Emmerich, Tony Corbell and Tony Cilento, Painters- Salvador Dali, Caravaggio (his treatment of light is amazing) and Miro. 

Mark Schoenrock 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.

Let's Meet... 
Kristi Elias, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr 
Instagram: ksephotography

Master Photographer and California Photographer of the Year, Kristi Elias has been an artist all of her life. In 1998, she earned her degree from Brooks Institute of Photography, and has worked as a professional photographer and gallery represented artist ever since. 

Kristi owns a portrait studio and art gallery in Long Beach, CA, and specializes in studio, location, and underwater photography. Her portraits are known for their distinctive, dramatic style and her strong use of a chiaroscuro color palette. This unique style and vision has brought her to the forefront of the photography world, and she's been featured on NBC News, in museums, art galleries, billboards, storefront window displays, magazine covers, and ads, as well as in numerous industry publications like Professional Photographer and Rangefinder Magazine. 

Kristi has earned numerous awards and international recognition, including multiple Photographer of the Year Medallions, the Canon Par Excellence award, multiple PPA Loan Collection images, and over 70 WPPI Merit Awards.

She's extremely involved in her industry as a member of the American Society of Photographers, Professional Photographers of California, and PPA, where she serves as a Council Member. Kristi believes in giving back and helping to grow the photography industry, achieving this through her roles as photographic mentor, teacher, author, and image competition judge. 

Kristi is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States, giving back to the profession that has given her so much. 

Speaker Session
Thursday, January 11 9:00am-5:00pm: The Fine Art of Portraiture 

Q&A: 
What do you most value in your life? Humor. 
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Artist and Olympic Athlete.
What was your first concert? Backstreet Boys.
Coke or Pepsi? Diet Coke. 

Kristi Elias 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 Lisa Sharer

People came from far and wide to San Antonio for the annual professional photographers' conference, Imaging USA 2017, to hear amazing speakers, and absorb their wisdom. Of all the educational series featured at the event, the PRINT program talks emphasize print product sales as a core component of your photography business. Now, you can get an exclusive look at the live recording of this inspiring program. Watch Photographers and Print Artists Tim Walden, Allison Tyler Jones, and the world-renowned photographer, Sue Bryce, as they walk you through their processes. Each speaker has unique experiences that you can apply in your everyday business to help you sell more prints.



When you're done hanging on their every word, join the PRINT movement! Once you sign up, you'll get monthly tips, info, tools, videos, etc. to help you grow as a Print Artist and help you grow your photography business. (By the way, these resources will be completely FREE to you!)

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in April 2017. It has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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By Bethany Clark

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PPA has given away two All-Access Passes to Imaging USA 2018 during the month of September, and we've got two more left to give away!
 
Any professional photographer who wants to kick off their 2018 at the best photographic convention out there can enter!
 
Imaging USA is packed with photography classes, workshops, parties, and tons of motivation... not to mention an 80,000 sq ft trade show full of everything photography-related!
 
To enter, simply fill in this form! One winner will be selected on the remaining Fridays in September 2017:

  • Sept. 22, 2017
  • Sept. 29, 2017
 
BEST OF LUCK! Enter today.

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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...
Christie Newell, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Instagram: sonshinegirls

Christie is a second generation photographer operating out of Germantown Hills, Ill. Christie's passion for photography started at an early age working with her mother who established the studio in 1977. Now a co-owner with her mother, Christie took over the shooting in 2002. Growing up surrounded by the love of photography, Christie is proud to carry on her mother's dream.

The studio, "Sonshine Portrait Design", is one of a kind studio built in 2006. While babies and children are the studio's specialty, they serve a broad range of clients. Christie feels that by getting to know each client individually, she can create a product as unique as they are. The end result is a portrait tailor made for each client. Christie's talent for design, light and final composition sets her apart from her competition. Her personality and attention to detail keeps her clients coming back.

Christie holds the Professional of Photographers of America Master of Photography degree, Craftsmen degree, and is a Certified Professional Photographer. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Northern Illinois Professional Photographers and Professional Photographers of Illinois. She serves on the American Society of Photographers Board of Directors and the International Photographic Competition Committee. Since 2006, Christie has won numerous awards for her photography on a local, state, district, and international level. These awards include the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award, 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 2 Lexjet, 1st place National Sunset Award, 2 CPP, 2 District 1st Place and others. Her work has been featured and published in the PPA International Loan Collection. She has also been named in the top ten photographers in Illinois the past six years.

Christie is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States, giving back to the profession that has given her so much.

Speaker Session:
Friday, January 12

Q&A:

What is your life motto? Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.
What do you most value in your friends? Wow, this is a question I could write a book on! True friends are the friends I keep and hold close to my heart. When you know you can trust them with anything and everything. You are always there for them when they need you, and vice versa.

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A mom of twins

What is your most treasured possession? My wedding diamond... it was my grandma's wedding stone :) Rich Newell did good.

What was your first concert? Boys II Men

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "like you know" "like yea" "like literally" I like "like"

What has been your proudest moment? Two of them... the days my boys were born. There is no prouder feeling than that.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Poverty.

Why do you love photography? Coming from a second generation studio, I grew up with it in my blood. It's what I knew growing up and what I learned unintentionally along the way. I love that God blessed me with this gift to capture moments for my clients that they can have for a lifetime.

Most embarrassing moment: Speech class... all of my speech classes. My fear of being in front of people speaking... I would cry and have major anxiety. That's why getting my craftsman was one of my biggest accomplishments. I made a goal to overcome my fear. 

If you could have a theme song, what would it be? Home by Phillip Phillips

What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? Study under photographers and business owners that have run a studio for more than 10 years at least. This industry is forever changing and evolving. If you jump in thinking you know it all, you will quickly sink. Print competition would be HIGHLY recommended! It has changed my life; it has changed the way I shoot, and it has changed what I am giving to my clients.

Who has been one of your biggest artistic influences? So many!! But most definitely Randy McNeilly, my husband, and Carl Caylor

What are some unmarked items on your bucket list? Cruise... somewhere warm. Australia, and if I went there to visit Kelly Brown's studio and eat a meal with her :)

What was one of the defining moments in your career? When I achieved my craftsman degree... for those that know me know how real this was for me and how real the fear was!

Christie Newell 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 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...

Thomas Dodd


Thomas Dodd is an Atlanta-based visual artist and photographer who has developed what he calls "painterly photo montage." In this method, he uses editing software and crafts elaborately textured pieces that have a very organic and decidedly non-digital look to them. His work often has mythic and quasi-religious themes, paying homage to Old Master art traditions while also drawing from psychological archetypes. Resembling paintings, his pieces are entirely photographic in nature, fusing many images into a cohesive whole, and he has had numerous exhibitions around the world.

Thomas' exhibition schedule has included Poland, Germany, Romania, New York City, Mexico City, Orlando, San Antonio, Seattle, Washington, DC, Atlanta and is continually growing. His photographs have been featured in many magazines, on book and album covers and he frequently teaches workshops and webinars on photo-editing and marketing for artists. Ironically, Thomas was best known as a musician and harpist in the 1990s and did not start his visual artistry until 2005. Today, his images are basically a visual equivalent of the music he composed, and the results continue to astound and amaze.

Speaker Sessions:

Sun, Jan. 14: 6:45-8pm: The Painterly Photo

Q&A:

What is your life motto? "You are never defeated as long as you can get back up again." Inspired by this eternally-optimistic dude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhRUe-gz690
What was your first concert? Bruce Springsteen in 1976 (Born to Run tour) which completely spoiled me- I thought that from then on all concerts would last 3 and a half hours long and have 4 or 5 encores... Quickly found out that wasn't the case at all.
What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? The most important thing that you should do as an artist is enjoy what you do. Every step of the journey. It doesn't matter what you do. Don't do things for money. Do them because you love them and then the money will come.

Thomas Dodd 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 James Yates
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Are you looking to take in some live demonstrations at Imaging USA? The Demo classes are guaranteed to give you a jolt of inspiration as you witness top instructors working live, in front of you. 

As you prepare for the world's largest pro-photography convention, keep these Demo classes in mind to catapult your business!

Sunday, January 14th, 2018: 

8-9:30am: 5-minute Photography - Booray Perry Cr.Photog., CPP (sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging)
In any circumstance, in any setting, a good photographer should be able to capture a great portrait. Yet on-location shoots can make even the most talented professionals panic. Never fear! Booray Perry provides you with a step-by-step system that will eliminate the stress and worry of on-location photo-shoots and give you the confidence you need. Learn how to assess your location and determine which path to follow to achieve great images. This class will help you explore what to do when using natural light, bounce flash, or off-camera light. Booray will also conduct a demo to show you what he does and how he reacts each time a new element changes his image. You'll discover how to work through them and produce a final, award-winning result. Whether you shoot weddings, Seniors, events, or portraits, you will learn how to work faster and smarter, on-location and under pressure, for results that will wow!    

5-6:15pm: Pro-tween-ographer: How to become 'THE' Photographer Tweens Choose - Kay Eskridge M.Photog.Cr., CPP (sponsored by Kodak Alaris) 
Do you want to plan, advertise, and implement portrait experiences that will bring in year-round cash flow? Do you want to feel good about what you do as a professional photographer? Do you want to give your clients something to rave about? If you answered "Yes" to any or all of these questions, this is the program for you! Today's social media has changed how young people deal with self-image, especially girls in their tweens (ages 9-12). During this program, you'll learn how to embrace this demographic and position yourself as the Tween Choice in your community. Kay will cover different types of marketing approaches, various portrait programs to offer for this specific niche, and the psychology needed to ensure a successful portrait experience. You will learn how to successfully manage a pre-portrait consultation and then get a live demo, showing the appropriate lighting and posing for this age range. Discover how to stay true to your craft and your clients. After this program, you'll be equipped to make your tweens and their parents happy, while producing portraits that everyone will love.  

6:45-8pm: The Painterly Photo - Thomas Dodd 
In this demonstration, acclaimed photographer and digital artist Thomas Dodd will show you the methods and techniques he uses to get his signature "painterly" look. Thomas will share his philosophy and how this artistic effect is not achieved solely in the editing process but rather how it begins even before the photograph is taken with important components like model and wardrobe selection, lighting techniques, and backdrop choices. Thomas has his own way to make you discover how intentional pre-shoot planning and a steady diet of classic art can contribute to the images you will create. Thomas will also show you how to manipulate color and light in a way that mimics painting of the Old Masters. In this program, you will learn Photoshop editing techniques and tips that will give your images that perfect embellishment, creating an artistic masterpiece. Thomas will even show you some of his finishing techniques, including how to add actual paint -and other materials- on top of the printed pixels. From initial planning to the actual painting and final touches, this class is a must as it will help you transform your photos from images to art!

Monday, January 15th, 2018: 

8-9:30am: Maternity Posing & Lighting - Alli Peck
Maximize the tools of your trade as you learn to create outstanding images. Using live models, Instructor Alli Peck will demonstrate maternity posing at its finest. Learn the poses that showcase your clients' beauty, grace and poise in your maternity sessions. You will also delve into lighting techniques and learn to use both one light and strip lighting to achieve optimum effects. This workshop gives you the skills, but also the confidence, to conduct successful maternity shoots with stunning results!


By James Yates
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You can't go it alone and be successful in your business (well, you can...but it's much harder...and did we mention lonely?) You need the support of your peers and, when it comes to connecting professional photographers, PPA offers a lot of opportunities.

PPA has amazing online education available to its members, of course, but sometimes it's best to get out from behind the computer! Take advantage of opportunities to Be More Connected that involve directly interacting with an instructor and/or fellow photographers live and in person. If face-to-face, in-person learning works better for you, then PPA has you covered!

  • Super 1 Day Events: Super 1 Day events occur bi-annually for two weeks and are facilitated by professional photographers looking to share their knowledge and experience with others. During Super 1 Day events, you get the opportunity to take part in day-long workshops covering a huge cross-section of topics. These are fantastic opportunities to hone your skills in addition to networking with your peers! Register now for Super 1 Day!

  • PPA Affiliate Schools: PPA has partnered with photography schools all over the country-and even in others- to provide professionals with in-person educational opportunities for one week each year. And like Super 1 Day, taking advantage of classes offered in these Affiliate Schools is not only a great way to become a better photographer, but also a great way to meet other pros just like you!

  • Photographic Competitions: All artists need to feel a sense of belonging and, according to Anne Geddes, PPA gave her "the fellowship and opportunities for my work to be reviewed and judged by my peers through photographic competitions, and it helped build my confidence and credibility as a photographer." Anne says, "There is a camaraderie that comes from entering your best images in print competitions. The judges are all walking up and 'sniffing' your print, as we used to joke. A judge says, 'You know, I don't think it's good enough for...' It's character building." PPA competitions begin at the start of the year at the district level and continue to the International Photographic Competition every summer.

  • Imaging USA: The world's largest, strongest and longest-running photography expo and convention continues to get bigger and better! 2018 is set to be no exception. Imaging USA will set up shop in Nashville, Tennessee. That's right. We'll be invading the Music City for three amazing days (six with pre-con!) of Imaging USA, January 14-16, 2018. You can't help but Be More Connected with a trip to Imaging USA! 

So get up, get out and get to learning! PPA is always adding ways to Be More Connected as a member. Learn more now at PPA.com/Connected. 


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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...

Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPP

Web: boorayperry.com

Facebook: Booray Perry

Twitter: booray_

Instagram: boorayperry

Booray Perry had it figured out, or so he thought. After a 20-year career in radio, he retired from being a wacky morning man and moved to Florida to marry and start a family. He was a stay-at-home-Dad while his wife built a successful real estate business. When the economy downturned in 2007, his family found themselves starting over at which point Booray rediscovered his childhood passion, photography.  Today, he shoots approximately 100 weddings and events each year and teaches photography classes nationwide. Extremely involved within his industry, Booray serves on PPA's Online Content Advisory Committee, as a PPA Councilor and as the host of IPC Live. In 2014, he was a Platform Speaker for Imaging USA, and then a pre-conference instructor for Imaging USA 2015. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Area PPA, and is active in both Florida and Southeastern Professional Photographers Associations. The combination of Booray's ability to talk for hours, his humor, and experience make him a popular instructor and he's always eager to help fellow photographers on their path to success.

Speaker Sessions:

Sun, Jan. 14

8:00am- 9:30am- 5-Minute Photography

 

Q&A:

What do you most value in your friends? Bail Money

If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would you choose and why?  You know that guy that stood in front of the tanks in Tiananmen Square? I most identify with that guy's friend, who said he would be there but instead stayed home to watch Archer on Netflix.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "What seems to be the problem, officer?" OR "It wasn't my fault, Your Honor."

If you could have a theme song, what would it be? "I'm the Map," from Dora the Explorer

Booray Perry 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...
Teri Fode
Facebook: terifodeseniors
Twitter: terifode
Instagram: terifode

Teri Fode specializes in stylized teen and senior portraits that also grow into family portrait opportunities. She has made incredible strides with her business and brand, beginning 11 years ago in a small in-home production studio -- when she used the client's home for sales and consults -- to today's beautiful, boutique-style store-front studio. Teri is also the creator of Voice Your Brand, teaching photographers how to market their own brands with purpose and intention using actionable strategies. Teri has built her business, not just through her amazing talent and charismatic charm, but through her involvement in her community and industry. She has been involved in her local Chamber of Commerce as well as the Women's Council and other networking organizations like Toastmasters and the Realtor's Association. Teri is also active on the lecture circuit and has been asked to speak at several state meetings and conventions including Professional Photographers of Iowa and the Twin Cities' PPA.

Speaker Sessions
Sun. Jan. 14 8 - 9:30am

Q&A
What is your most treasured possession? The obvious -my family and dog -but then my very first bible (it has so many written notes in it!) and a box of very old vintage family photos from my grandparents!

What was your first concert? LOL...Donnie and Marie. The original tour. Honestly.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "Literally" and "Actually"

What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? Stay in touch with every single client that walks through your door and spends money with you at least 4 times a year (12 times a year is best). It's the secret sauce to building a business by repeat clients and referrals. Otherwise, you'll wonder why someone who loved you and spent thousands of dollars with you used another photographer several years later. Cultivate...relationships.

What are some unmarked items on your bucket list? Shooting in Europe (I was there when I was younger...want to go back!) and spending an entire week in the Smithsonian Institute museum in DC (also was there when I was a kid and couldn't have cared less back then).

Teri Fode 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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PPA is proud to announce our finalists for the Grand Imaging Awards, to be awarded January 15 in Nashville, Tennessee at Imaging USA 2018, the largest annual conference and trade show for pro photographers. 

The Grand Imaging Award finalists have been judged to be the very best of the 2017 PPA International Photographic Competition (IPC). The Grand Imaging Award finalists were selected from 5,800 entries judged by a panel of 33 jurors. There are ten finalists in ten categories comprising the Grand Imaging Awards, and one winner from the ten categories will be named the recipient of the overall Grand Imaging Award. 

View slideshows of the finalists at PPMag.com.

The Grand Imaging Award finalists are: 

In the Animal Portrait category: Aurora DeLuca, Barbara Breitsameter (two images), Carl Caylor, Danica Barreau, Erich Caparas, Jody Miller, Michelle Garcia, Sarah Stiles and Susan Gertz. 

In the Children's Portrait category: Brent Lewis, Cristie Reddehase, DiAnna Paulk, Felice Boucher, Kathy Wierda, Kathy Wierda, Kimberly Smith, Leslie Kitten, Louise Simone and Mariellen Youngdahl.

In the General Portrait category: Ben Shirk, Christie Newell, Erich Caparas, Francie Baltazar Stonestreet, Jean Wall, Joseph Simone, Kent Shelton, Lauren DelVecchio, Michelle Parsley and Phaneendra Gudapati.

In the Landscape & Nature category: Douglas Bennett, Ed Cooley, Erica Harvey, Jonathan Adams, Kimberly Smith, Laura Bennett, Mona Sadler, Robert Smith, Ryan Hellard and Trudy Evans. 

In the Illustrative & Commercial category: Amy Feick, Andrea Joliat, Ben Shirk, David Quisenberry, Elaine Hughes, Gail Nogle, Karen Nakamura, Michelle Garcia, Michelle Parsley and Russell Jensen.
 
In the High-School Senior Portrait category: Adrian Henson, Cyndi Hornsby, Ed Pedi, Gail Carver, Megan Drane, Melissa Thompson, Michelle Parsley, Salvatore Cincotta, Shana Woods and Travis Gadsby. 

In the Wedding category: Erich Caparas, Gary Hughes, Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez, Marceliano Munoz, Mario Munoz, Maryanne Keeling, Molly Long, Ryan Higgins, Salvatore Cincotta and Tomas Munoz.

In the Non-Event Album category: Alison Miniter, Carol Scott, Chelsea Tracy, James Chagares (two albums), Jamie Hayes, Lisa Asp, Lisa Francescon, Rob Greer and Ted Linczak.

In the Event Album category: Allison English Watkins & Kris Doman, Cindy Dover, James Nisly & Genevieve Nisly (three albums), Larry Spencer, Marceliano Munoz, Mark Garber & Jennifer Gilman and Tomas Munoz.

In the Artist category: Ann Murfin, Cristie Reddehase (two albums), Emme Rigby, Michelle Parsley, Nylora-Joy Bruleigh, Peggy Sue Seehafer, Richard Sturdevant and Sandra Pearce.
 
Each category winner will receive a crystal award and the winner of the overall Grand Imaging Award will receive a $1000 cash prize. Last year's winner was Chicago pet photographer Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP,  for her image "Send in the Clowns" in the General Portrait category. 

To learn more about the Grand Imaging Awards, view previous winning images and watch the 2017 GIAs, visit PPA.com/Competitions.  




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...coming soon! On September 7, 2017, PPA will (for the first time!) publicly announce the finalists for 2018's Grand Imaging Awards!

The GIAs are awarded at Imaging USA 2018, the largest annual conference and trade show for pro photographers. The Grand Imaging Award finalists have been judged to be the very best of the 2017 PPA International Photographic Competition (IPC). 

The Grand Imaging Award finalists were selected from 5,800 entries judged by a panel of 33 jurors. There are ten finalists in ten categories comprising the Grand Imaging Awards, and one winner from the ten categories will be named the recipient of the overall Grand Imaging Award. 

Each category winner will receive a crystal award and the winner of the overall Grand Imaging Award will receive a $1000 cash prize. Last year's winner was Chicago pet photographer Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP,  for her image "Send in the Clowns" in the General Portrait category. 

So, get ready to celebrate and share congratulations! In one week, the 2018 Grand Imaging Award finalists will be revealed! 

To learn more about the Grand Imaging Awards, view previous winning images, and watch the 2017 GIAs, visit PPA.com/Competitions.  


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By Bethany Clark

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PPA is giving away four 3-Day All-Access Passes to Imaging USA 2018 throughout the month of September!
 
Any professional photographer who wants to kick off their 2018 at the best photographic convention out there can enter!
 
Imaging USA is packed with photography classes, workshops, parties, and tons of motivation... not to mention an 80,000 sq ft trade show full of everything photography-related!
 
To enter, simply fill in this form! One winner will be selected on the following Fridays in September 2017:

  • Sept. 8, 2017
  • Sept. 15, 2017
  • Sept. 22, 2017
  • Sept. 29, 2017
 
BEST OF LUCK! Enter today.

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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...

Rob Greer

Twitter: robgreer
Instagram: robgreer

Rob has photographed celebrities such as Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, Pierce Brosnan, Kristen Bell, Dennis Rodman, Jane Goodall and the crew who flew NASA's final space shuttle mission, and his list of clients is a Who's Who of successful businesses.

He is an expert in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and has been building websites and web-based applications since 1995. As Managing Director of E-commerce for a professional consultancy, his clients included Walmart, Dillards, AOL, Conoco, NASA, Microsoft, Samsung, Honeywell, and hundreds of other online businesses and retailers. Equally impressive, his photography has been featured in a variety of publications, from the New York Times and People, to US Weekly Magazine, USA Today and Brides magazine. Rob is a member of PPA and is heavily involved with WPPI, where he received 40 awards including the title of Master of WPPI. He currently serves as a print competition judge for their photographic competition and has appeared as an educator at NYC's PhotoPlus, Mystic 8 in Connecticut, and the I Am Photographer Festival in Estonia.

Today, as a professional wedding, portrait, and event photographer, he has put his knowledge to work and hopes to share his vast practical experience in optimizing websites for both search engines and potential clients. Mastering the art of SEO, his photography business is well-known for being on the first page of Google for many of the most competitive photography-related keywords.   

Speaker Sessions
Sun. Jan. 14 6:45-8:00pm 
Business

Q&A:
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up?  Truck driver.
What is your life motto? Don't screw up. 
What was your first concert: The Statler Brothers
Coke or Pepsi?  Diet Coke
What has been your proudest moment: When I pulled two unconscious guys from a burning SUV.
If you could change one thing about the world what would it be? Everyone in the world would suddenly have ready access to safe drinking water.
Most embarrassing moment: That one time when I was very young and said, "So when are you due?" #neveragain
What are some unmarked items on your bucket list? Running naked down the middle of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées while dodging dozens of yellow Citroëns while being bathed by the cheers and jeers of both tourists and locals alike. Is this perhaps a good example of over-sharing?
What was one of the defining moments of your career?: The most important defining moment in my career was when I attended my first Jerry Ghionis class and "saw the light."
Why do you love photography? Because it allows me to eat regularly.

Rob Greer 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 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...

David Grupa, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Web: davidgrupasports.com

Facebook: davidgrupa

Twitter: davidgrupa

Instagram: davidgrupa

David Grupa became involved in the photography industry in 1976 and joined PPA the very next year.  Since then, he's expanded both his business and his involvement. He is a member of the Minnesota and Twin Cities PPA Affiliates and works with PPA's Council as well as PPA Charities. Together, with his wife Kirsten, he owns and operates Grupa Portrait Studio, where they specialize in high school seniors, family portraits, and sports team photography. When it comes to photography, David Grupa has seen it all, and he enjoys sharing his experience for the benefit of other photographers.

Speaker Sessions:

Tue, Jan. 16

3:30 pm- 4:45 pm- Back to the Playground (Where You Found Your First Dollar) 

Q&A:

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up?  I wanted to be the play-by-play announcer for a professional baseball team.
What is your life motto? Pay it forward.

What do you most value in your friends? Wow . . . my friends are fun-loving, loyal and genuinely good people. They're also honest with me, which has helped make me who I am today.

Coke or Pepsi?  Mountain Dew

What are some unmarked items on your bucket list? One that I'll soon be able to cross off is giving a program at Imaging USA! Most of the others involve me visiting various MLB ballparks across the US.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Probably ones I shouldn't post here. 

Why do you love photography? What first grabbed me was the smell of the darkroom and the magic of seeing an image I created come to life in a tray of developer. What kept me was the allure of making it a business and the challenge of finding new ways to find and market to clients

What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? Learn the business of photography. So many people don't realize that while a camera was packed in the box, a photography business wasn't. Spend the money on education so that can you have a sustainable and profitable business model. 

David Grupa 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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