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By Autumn Rice

Are you looking to better your business with advice from your peers at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, Texas? Look no further because the business track courses are sure to give you great perspective to improve your business. These courses are taught by experienced PPA photographers that have been exactly where you are, and they want to help. Although the Pre-Con sessions are offered at an extra fee, they will provide you with invaluable insights to help your business be more efficient, more knowledgeable, and more profitable.

Here are the business sessions that you can join:

Ann Monteith, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI,API,A-ASP 
January 5-6
9am-5pm
In this intimate setting (exclusive to PPA members!), you'll assess the competitive portrait landscape and acquire those necessary, but too often avoided, business skills. You'll learn the financial, tax and legal requirements of running your business, so that you are confident and legally compliant. This is not your cookie-cutter course: it's a program that was specifically developed for photographers. And it has been proven to make significant and positive impact in the participants' bottom line!

Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Doug Box, M. Photog., Cr., CPP
January 5-6
9am-5pm
Owning a camera doesn't make one a photographer any more than owning a pencil makes one a poet. Rather, a successful career in professional photography is built upon a strong foundation - lighting, posing and good business practices. Listen and learn from Steve and Doug's wealth of knowledge as you cover a myriad of topics. Gain the knowledge, gain the expertise and gain a unique insight on how to go from hobbyist to professional. No professional photographer should be without this opportunity!

Lori Unruh
Jeff Poole
January 7
9am-5pm
Time and again, experienced photographers say that if they had it to do all over again, they would learn the business of photography first. Why? Because as much as we all love the art of photography, it's learning the business of photography that will keep us doing what we love for years to come! Join us as we cover what every photographer needs to know to run their business. We'll help you put all the new knowledge together into a big-picture annual plan!

Allison Tyler Jones, CPP
January 8
8am-9:30am
Do you really need more clients or do you just need to take exceptional care of your best clients? Perhaps your business is focused on the wrong type of client. You hear about photographers with "high-end clients" but does it seem like there is no such thing for your business or in your town? Allison will inspire you to build a sustainable business around your unique strengths, with fewer clients than you ever thought possible.

Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
January 8
8am-9:30am
Why do some studios thrive while others struggle? What makes your business sustainable, despite every-changing trends and styles? How can you be a great artist and a great business person? Instructor Ben Shirk is here to answer these questions and more. Discover the key elements that ensure client satisfaction, and explore the tricks and tips that have given Ben's studio one of the highest sales averages in the country. This is one adventure you literally can't afford to miss!

Bradford Rowley
January 9
10am-11:30am
This is a high-paced, energetic program that will give you ten specific, actionable strategies to help you double your sales in 2017. Learn how to maximize your sales skills and sell portraits at the highest level.  Instructor Bradford Rowley has made a career - and a fortune - doing just this, and he is here to share his expertise and experience with you.

Blair Phillips, Cr.Photog.
January 9
10am-11:30am
In years past, being really good at only one genre of photography was perfect. With today's ever changing society, you can still find great success with photography, but it may require a little more diversity than in years past. In this program, Blair will turn his business inside out and get right to the point of helping you make money. Blair will share a ton of marketing, ideas, and programs that are proven to work, and help Blair grow his volume business to photographing over 30,000 children per year. 

Jeffrey Shaw , Cr.Photog.
January 10
3:30pm-4:45pm
Building a successful photography business takes hard work and all too often, you feel like the proverbial hamster on a wheel. Maybe your business isn't doing as well as you expected, or maybe you've met your expectations but feel you could do more. Jeffrey Shaw, with over 33 years' experience in the industry, gives you the practical, specific action steps you can apply to your business and your life. So step beyond your limits, beyond your expectations and discover what you can really do!

Megan DiPiero
January 10
5:15pm-6:30pm
In this memorable and inspiring talk, Megan shares the life lessons that have shaped her business and created the success she has today. From her modest home studio, Megan comfortably charges 10 times the market rate for her sought-after headshots, resulting in sales that range from $1700-$6500. Learn how she does it and why pricing limitations are truly just in your imagination. Discover what it takes to build and deliver the kind of value your client desires. 

These sessions are perfect for photographers who are missing critical practices in their business.  As you prepare for the world's largest pro-photography convention, keep these Business Track classes in mind to catapult your business!

Head over to ImagingUSA.org/Programs to register for these Business Track classes and more available sessions at Imaging USA 2017!

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Are you looking to take in some live demonstrations at Imaging USA? The Demo Class Track is guaranteed to give you a jolt of inspiration as you witness live demonstrations by top instructors. 

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


Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation process from legend Tim Kelly. Experience a live demo as you discuss compositional dynamics and explore the challenges of posing techniques. Tim teaches you how to flatter a face, light your subject and create the right composition for amazing images. Composition, posing, lighting - it's all in here! Learn from the best!

Lighting With Conviction
Scott Detweiler
January 8
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Known as the only lighting course you will ever need, this class teaches how to create the look you envision and see in your mind. Stop worrying about what modifier you need and how many lights are required. Don't stress about how far away the subject is from the light and what you need to adjust. The answers to these and many more questions are at your fingertips. Learn how to think with light and capture the results you want. Scott Detweiler delivers an info-packed yet easily understood workshop that makes this one of his most popular subjects. This is a crowd you'll definitely want to join!

The Fine Art Composite Portrait
Mark Bryant, M.Photog., M.Artist.Cr.
January 8
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM

This class is about more than just taking good pictures. It's about the art, science and skill behind composite portraiture. You'll study the elements of lighting and discover how to use, manipulate and apply principles to achieve expert lighting. Discuss perspective and learn how to use your talent and your equipment for great shots. Then, delve into details like posing and props so that you bring detail and emotion into your portraits. Lastly, Instructor Mark Bryant walks you through the all-important postproduction processes. Explore color harmony, masking, sharpening and more as you learn how to bring all your hard work together for a fine art masterpiece!

Seniors... Think Differently...
Dan Rowe
January 8
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM

It seems every studio in town does senior portraits. This is your opportunity to learn how to do them better! Learn these simple, but effective ways to change it up as you explore lighting and posing techniques that are NOT what everyone else is doing. You'll even delve into some marketing techniques that will attract and keep new customers. Dan and Adrienne Rowe know senior photography and have built a career on not only doing it differently but doing it better. Learn how they do it and how you can too!


Boudoir photography isn't just about pictures. It's about finding your own confidence and courage and instilling the same in your clients. In this class, you'll delve into the power of this genre and how you can help change the lives of your clients as they discover their own power and beauty. Jen Rozenbaum finds inspiration from other powerful women, and uses this to help you grow your skills and your courage. As a photographer, you have the power to not only create an image of your client but to help define how they see themselves!

Lightapalooza!
John Hartman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, A-ASP,EA-ASP
January 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Discover what these cutting edge lighting techniques can do for your creativity, your talent and your business! John Hartman teaches you how to not only enhance your style but also how to separate yourself from your competitors. Cover topics like multiple-flash burst imagery for fast moving subjects, overpowering ambient light to create subject separation, and how to use light painting to create stunning images - and that's not all! Not only will you learn the concepts but explore how to add and incorporate them into your own distinctive style. Techniques, toolsets and implementation - it's all here, delivered in Hartman's unique, expert and engaging style.

Maternity Inspiration and Beyond
Dani Miller
January 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This class isn't just about taking maternity photos; it's about creating timeless classics that mothers will treasure for years to come. Dani Miller shares her innovative, creative ideas for setups that will make memories, not just photos. You'll explore both natural light and studio lighting in action and learn posing techniques that inspire awesome images. Delve into how to build that bond between you and your client and how to cultivate that relationship for future sessions. It's not just about one client session, it's not just about a photograph - it's a complete artistic experience that Dani creates and delivers for her clients! Listen, learn and then do it yourself!

Beyond The Speed Light...New Sources, New Look, New Light
Russ Harrington
January 9
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

For over 25 years, Russ Harrington has been THE Photographer for Country Music's biggest stars. In an everyday session, he has a very narrow timeframe to photograph a world-famous personality, including sets, makeup, wardrobe and location. Yet every shot is unique, dramatic and powerful. Spend some time with Russ and discover how he does what he does - and how you can too! Learn how your choice and use of lighting sources can define your distinct style. Delve into and really understand the nuances of strobes, ambient light, softboxes and more. During this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Russ shares his secrets, lighting techniques and tips. You'll witness the impact that various sources can have and best of all, how to do it yourself. Enjoy Russ' expertise, his lighthearted style and his experience as he teaches you to do what he does - in your own way.

Simple Techniques for Posing People in Groups of 2 to 100...
Michele Celentano , Cr.Photog., CPP
January 9
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Whether you're working with a group of 2 or 100, posing is a key to any portrait's success. And while posing a group of people puts fear in most photographers, Michele is here to show you how it's done! If you work with weddings, families, corporate events, teams or schools, this class will give you the insight and the ability to pose all groups of all sizes, easily and efficiently for amazing images! Stop stressing as Michele demonstrates her techniques, live on stage. Learn how to make people look younger, thinner and other characteristics that will wow your clients. You'll discover how to identify various body shapes and sizes and put them together for poses that work. Your best images start with you and what you create in the camera - walk away with new ideas you can use immediately!

Note: If you want to be included in the live demonstration, wear a black shirt.

Stylized Family and Children Photography
Kia Bondurant, M.Photog.Cr.
January 10
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Come and experience the style and skills that Kia Bondurant brings to her family and children portraiture. From providing creative sets and concepts, wardrobe ideas and innovative products, Kia does it like no other, and her clients love her for it! Take a glimpse into what you can really do for your business as Kia shares her style, her concepts, her innovation and yes, her competitive advantage.

Photographing Architecture - Taking Your Images to the Next Level!
Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog., M.Artist.Cr., CPP
January 10
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Architectural photography isn't like everything else. It takes a different perspective and vision to capture stunning images and breath-taking buildings. In this class, Randy Duinen shows you how to bring your architectural skills to a completely new level. Explore the differences in lighting residential and commercial buildings, and discuss the equipment you need to do both. Discuss how to shoot both interiors and exteriors, and the aspects that make the shot. Take advantage of Randy's insight and expertise as you discuss working with and marketing to this client base and discover how to earn more and more assignments. From the basics of lighting to Lightroom and Photoshop post-processing, it's all in here. Learn from one of the world's best!

Simple and Creative Ways to Work with Children
Alicia Adamopoulos
January 10
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Little humans, aka children, can often present more challenges than any other subject! They say big things come in small packages and children's portraiture is no different! In this course, learn from photographer Alicia Adamopoulos, who not only knows photography but she knows kids! Throughout her career, she's learned many easy methods for engaging her younger clients - as well as their parents - to present award-winning, creative images. She'll share how she prepares for a session, the tools she uses and the little tweaks and tips that can be the difference between a delight and a disaster!

Headshots 360
Jim Ferrara, M.Photog., CPP
January 10
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

For this class at Imaging USA, Jim developed a whole new platform for shooting headshots from the ground up! Shooting within a rather small space, Jim will demonstrate how you can get multiple looks with a three-light set up moving just one light- keeping the model within his or her footprint. The 360 is derived from the camera revolving 360 degrees around the person, while your main lights remain static. With adjusting the output power on each light, and other slight variations, the differences between each look can be as dramatic as you like. This class will be all demonstrated via live demo, and it will be Jim's debut with Headshots 360!

On-The-Go Lighting
Daniel Doke, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Learn the lighting technique that Wedding Photographer Extraordinaire, Dan Doke, uses in his portraits and events. Dan's expertise lies not just in his photography but in his desire to take his work to the next level. He's always thinking five steps ahead and in this class, he shares that process and his techniques with you! He'll demonstrate his lighting techniques for on-the-go weddings and portraits; he'll share his tool kit of lighting sources as you discover how he creates the dramatic, one-of-a-kind images his clients crave. In a live demonstration, see how he quickly poses and lights a couple under any time constraint. Discover how to be three dimensional and incorporate texture, drama and contrast. Learn how to make your images come alive - and all this can happen through easy light setups, both in the studio and on location. Create images that make you stand out from your competition!

Getting, Creating and Selling Families
Gary Box, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Pam Box, M.Photog.Cr.
January 10
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Family photography can be one of your most sustainable and profitable segments - easier and more profitable than even senior portraits! Discover what Gary and Pamela Box do to create amazing shoots - everything from their lighting and shooting techniques to how to convert it all into incredible sales. Learn how to capitalize on senior shoots and turn them into family orders. Discuss marketing techniques that get more families through your door. You'll even explore techniques for selling wall portraits that your clients will love. Capture the image, wow the customer, increase your sales - this is the way!

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Why-IUSA-IG_079 smaller.jpgAre you looking forward to attending the Business Track classes at Imaging USA? You should be! We've got several classes that are bound to improve your business acumen for 2017 - and your profitability

As you prepare for the world's largest pro-photography convention, keep these Business Track classes in mind to catapult your business!
 
Cultivating and Caring For a High-End Clientele
Allison Tyler Jones, CPP
Sunday, January 8
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Do you really need more clients, or do you just need to take exceptional care of your best clients? Perhaps your business is focused on the wrong type of client. You hear about photographers with "high-end clients" but does it seem like there is no such thing for your business or in your town? A High-End Client is nothing more or less than a client who values what you do and is willing to pay you what you're worth to do it. Which is awesome, but how do you cultivate those types of clients and once you get them, how do you take care of them so they keep coming back? Allison will inspire you to build a sustainable business around your unique strengths, with fewer clients than you ever thought possible.

The Great Sales Adventure
Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Sunday, January 8
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Why do some studios thrive while others struggle? What makes your business sustainable, despite ever-changing trends and styles? How can you be a great artist and a great business person? Instructor Ben Shirk is here to answer these questions and more. You'll learn an entire sales process that will make your numbers go through the roof. Discover the key elements that ensure client satisfaction, and explore the tricks and tips that have given Ben's studio one of the highest sales averages in the country. This is one adventure you literally can't afford to miss!

10 Strategies to Double Your Portrait Sales in 2017
Bradford Rowley 
Monday, January 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This is a high-paced, energetic program that will give you 10 specific, actionable strategies to help you double your sales in 2017. Learn how to maximize your sales skills and sell portraits at the highest level.  Instructor Bradford Rowley has made a career - and a fortune - doing just this, and he is here to share his expertise and experience with you. 

Survival of the Fittest
Blair Phillips, Cr.Photog.
Monday, January 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

We have all been told to not put all of our eggs in one basket at some point in our lives. This could not be a more meaningful statement for a photographer. Clients' wants and needs have been rapidly changing the scope of success in the photography industry. In years past, being really good at only one genre of photography was perfect. With today's ever changing society, you can still find great success with photography, but it may require a little more diversity than in years past. Blair Phillips has two very successful sides of his business that continue to grow each year. Blair has an upscale studio business, and operates a large volume business from there as well. In this program, Blair will turn his business inside out and get right to the point of helping you make money. Blair will share a ton of marketing ideas and programs that are proven to work. Blair will also share some of the things that have helped him grow his volume business to photographing over 30,000 children per year. This program will for sure be one that you will be so glad you sat in for. No fluff, no fillers, just straight to the point as soon as the program begins!

Beyond Expectation: Leave Limitations Behind and Live Your Full Potential
Jeffrey Shaw, Cr.Photog.
Tuesday, January 10
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Building a successful photography business takes hard work and all too often, you feel like the proverbial hamster on a wheel. Maybe your business isn't doing as well as you expected, or maybe you've met your expectations but feel you could do more. In this class, you'll burst out of the Zone of Expectations and move into the Zone of Possibilities! No, this isn't an inspirational, motivational presentation but a way to get you where you need - and WANT - to go! Jeffrey Shaw, with over 33 years' experience in the industry, gives you the practical, specific action steps you can apply to your business and your life. You'll discover what to do in your own studio so you can realize the freedom and financial results that you've been wanting. So step beyond your limits, beyond your expectations, and discover what you can really do!

The $3000 Headshot
Megan DiPiero
Tuesday, January 10
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

In this memorable and inspiring talk, Megan shares the life lessons that have shaped her business and created the success she has today. From her modest home studio, Megan comfortably charges 10 times the market rate for her sought-after headshots, resulting in sales that range from $1700-$6500. Learn how she does it and why pricing limitations are truly just in your imagination. Discover what it takes to build and deliver the kind of value your clients desire. Whether you do portraits or weddings, whether you're a novice or seasoned veteran, this is the jumpstart you need to catapult your brand - and your prices - to new heights. Passion, profit, pricing - it's all here!



There you have it! Just some of the Business Track classes that will be at Imaging USA 2017. If any of these classes interest you, register now

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By Autumn Rice

Imaging USA 2017 Hands-on classes are posted, and you can register for them right now! These pre-convention classes, although offered at an extra fee, provide photographers with more experience and instructional time than other Imaging USA sessions. During the class, students have the opportunity to get advice and lessons from instructors, and then go out on a photo shoot and practice the skills they are taught with their cameras!  Bringing your equipment is a must!

Thinking about registering?

These classes are shorter, so you can attend multiple classes during the day and get all the hands-on practice you want. There are three different sessions for each Hands-on program held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, so you can sign up for up to three classes for the day! There are also special pricing offers available for participation in Hands-on sessions. Attend 1 Hands-on Class for $79, 2 for $129 or 3 for $159. Space is limited in each class for the benefit of students, so classes sell out fast. Check out this list of Hands-on classes to see which fits you best, and then head over to ImagingUSA.org/Programs to register now!

Bree Adams, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Max Participants: 35 per each time slot

Tomayia Colvin
Max Participants: 35 per each time slot

Daniel K. Davis, M.Photog.
Max Participants: 35 per each time slot

Kay Eskridge, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Max Participants: 35 per each time slot

Mike Fulton, Cr.Photog.
Max Participants: 35 per each time slot

Joseph Glyda, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP
Max Participants: 35 per each time slot

Andy Gould
Max Participants: 35 per each time slot

Ted Linczak, M.Photog.Cr.
Max Participants: 35 per each time slot

Michael G. Taylor, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., API, F-ASP
Max Participants: 35 per each time slot

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PPA is always looking for ways to get you to Imaging USA and help start your year off right each January with six days of photography fun. We are pleased to announce that, for the third year, four lucky PPA photographers will win Imaging USA scholarships and the opportunity to soak in all the fresh, new ideas available at Imaging USA 2017. They'll get full access to every session, all of the after parties and events and can freely browse the massive expo tradeshow floor. The scholarship also includes the choice of a pre-convention class that happens the Thursday, Friday or Saturday leading up to the show. 

No matter where you are in your career, there's a class for you. Pre-convention programs range from multiple-day workshops to half- and all-day classes on topics like fashion portraiture, post-processing workflow, certification process, the business of senior photography, and more! 

Plus, there are also Hands-On pre-convention classes, which take you on a photo shoot with the instructor and practice the skills you are taught with your camera right there on the spot! These classes are designed so you can attend multiple sessions during the day and get all the hands-on practice you want.

The Kickstart scholarship includes: Choice of a pre-convention class and a full Imaging USA registration all for FREE. Travel, meals, and lodging are not included. Visit ImagingUSA.org for more information on hotels, travel and more. 

To apply for the scholarship, you must be an active PPA member and you can't have previously received an Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship. Applications for the 2017 Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship open August 1!  Applications are due by November 11, 2016. Recipients will be announced November 23 and notified via phone. 

What are you waiting for? PPA is making it SO EASY for you to attend Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio and begin next year with the knowledge and connections you need to Be More! 

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by James Yates

You didn't miss Imaging USA 2016, did you? Well, just in case, here on the PPA Today blog you will find exclusive videos from Imaging USA 2016 for your daily dose of motivation. Check out the video recording of this Imaging USA program in its entirety here!

Award + Degree Ceremony
Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta


In this video, check out the 2016 Award & Degree Ceremony at Imaging! Congratulations to all the photographers that earned their PPA Degree or got an award, including the Lifetime Achievement Winner, Kenneth L. Whitmire, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP.

Ken is such an inspiration and his joy is infectious. Watch and learn how a true legend accepts acclaim with grace and gratitude.

And don't even think about missing next year's Imaging USA. It will be in San Antonio, TX, January 8-10, 2017, so save the date!


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by James Yates

Learn how to use PRINTS to boost your studio's success! Over the next several days, you will find exclusive videos from Imaging USA 2016 for your daily dose of motivation. Check out the video recording of this Imaging USA program in its entirety here!

PRINT. The Movement: Success Secrets of a Six Figure Studio
Class taught at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta
by Allison Tyler Jones, CPP



In this video, Allison Tyler Jones shares her tips on creating products and using in-person sales strategies that have helped her create a successful and sustainable business. This interactive class was guided by questions from attendees, so watch to learn the answers to some of your biggest business and sales questions.
Be on the lookout for more Imaging USA 2016 videos coming your way next week!
And don't even think about missing out on next year's Imaging USA. It will be in San Antonio, TX, January 8-10, 2017, so save the date!

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If you've never seen or heard the great Tim Walden speak, you are in for a huge (and inspiring) treat! In the next few days, you will find several videos from Imaging USA 2016 for your daily dose of motivation. Check out the first video recording of this Imaging USA program in its entirety here!

PRINT. The Movement: Being A Print Artist
Class taught at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta
By Tim Walden, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP


In this program, you'll be part of a conversation on the importance of printing in photography and the role it plays in positioning you uniquely and making "the crowded market" a subjective argument. You will hear how to be a "Print Artist" in your community and how that can raise the value of your imagery and of you as an artist.

Be on the lookout for another PRINT. The Movement video coming your way tomorrow!
And don't even think about missing out on next year's Imaging USA. It will be in San Antonio, TX, January 8-10, 2017, so save the date!




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by James Yates

***all images © Alex the Photo Guy***

***except the dogs at the end. You'll see***


I can't even. I. Cannot. Even. 

If you read my previous post, then you know how much the Pre-Convention days here at Imaging USA in Atlanta meant to me as a first-timer. To be able to speak to members, hear their stories, share in their excitement, and make new friends in the process seemed like PPA's coupe de grace. 


And then the first official day happened today.


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The entryway to the GWCC had a DJ...at 8:00am. I danced to Outkast with Imaging USA attendees at 8:45 this morning! Now THAT is ATL love! I knew there were lots of parties at Imaging but this is ridiculous! 


Right off the jump, the 8:00am classes featured amazing speakers like Kristin and Paul Privette and Timothy Walden, M.Photog.Hon.M.Phtog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP, starting everyone's convention off with fun, informative (and full) classes that had me wishing I could stay for the whole thing each time I ducked in to sample them. The faces of the attendees, while they learned pro tips like how Kristin and Paul describe being "obsessed" with your products personally before showing them to your clients, were what you would call "transfixed". 


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This year, everyone's schedule was cleared so all attention would be paid to our Keynote Speaker, Amy Purdy. You could hear a pin drop as she told her life story and inspired everyone in attendance with her triumphant take on life's struggles. I've had the pleasure of writing up several blog posts about Amy over the past couple of months and I was more than a little "fanning out" over her being here. She did not disappoint, in both inspiration, and generosity of spirit. 


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We barely had time to think before the Board of Directors cut the ribbon to the Imaging Expo floor and, in an instant, PANDEMONIUM. It was like a Black Friday sale without the trampling and shoving (photographers are a classy and respectful bunch). Seriously, if you have never seen the Imaging Expo, it truly is like the Mall of America for photographers. Everything and anything you need for your business is there, from the latest trends to perennial favorites. 


I interviewed tons of people on the Expo floor and around the conference today and found a special bond with other first-timers. Our eyes would meet in a look of "CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!". 


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The evening classes were awesome too and I was able to catch an entire class on the amazing Studio Makeovers. Here's the deal: two studio owners, both members of PPA, were chosen to partner up with five PPA mentors, the best in the business, to completely overhaul the finances of their business. The class was a group interview and presentation as we were walked through their process and how their year went. It was a real-life experiment in the question, "How does change feel?" Here's a hint: both studios became increasingly financially successful. I'll devote an entire blog post to just this class when my head stops spinning from everything else I saw today but seriously, with mentors as strong as Ashley Brooke, Gregory Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP, Dave Doeppel, CPP, Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API, and Kristin Privette, CPP (yes, her again!), you can imagine how insanely informative and packed with info the class was. 

As Angela Kurkian, PPA's Director of Education, put it, "When you decide to create change, change occurs all around you." 



I'm inspired, I'm moved, I'm exhausted, I'm ready for more. I have to finish writing this so I can hop over to the Opening Party where I hope to dance with a few superheroes and flappers until all the fun starts again tomorrow! 

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^^^my favorite attendees, Louis and Annabella, © Judy Reinford^^^


Check out our amazing Recap Video for a whirlwind glance at all that went down



See you all tomorrow at Imaging USA! Don't forget to share and tag your photos on social media with #ImagingUSA

And if you've missed out, be sure to join PPA and go to next year's Imaging USA in San Antonio for FREE! PPA.com/Join


By James Yates

PPA's theLoop online community has been on a roll lately, hosting Imaging USA 2016 speakers for Ask Me Anything sessions. This week, we were privileged to have Terri Eddington, M.Photog., CPP, sit and answer your questions for our final AMA before Imaging USA 2016!

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Terri is a 3-time recipient of the International Photographer of the Year Award as well as PPA's highest honor of Diamond photographer; her elegant style and talent in wedding and boudoir photography has truly set her apart in the industry. Terri also devotes her time and energy to furthering her industry as the rising President of PPA Louisiana.

At Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta, Terri will be teaching the class "High Impact Lighting Made 'Easy'", January 11, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM. In this amazing workshop, Terri demystifies everything that is difficult, complicated and cumbersome about lighting. Using her unique gift of simplifying this all-important concept, she'll show you fun and easy-to-understand setups that will deliver stunning images for your clients!
 
Terri's easy-going approach and sparkly personality are infectious. Right at the start of our AMA session, she told the audience, "Go ahead ask me anything...I will answer with a 'TNT' response! Does that mean 'Powerful'? From me, no! 'TNT' means 'Terri Not Technical' LOL! If you like an easy approach and simple explanation...then I'm you girl!"

Thanks, Terri! We know there are both new and evolving photographers who appreciate "easy" and "simple"! Here are some highlights from her AMA:
 
What's Your Inspiration and Your Favorite Personal Photo?

My inspiration? "People". I love to photograph people. Any kind, any style and even anywhere! Years ago in painting or art class when I could choose to draw or paint anything, I would choose people! I was told that was the hardest - but not to me. It was my passion. I did not know that many years later I would be photographing people but I never get tired of it. It is always exciting to see the many faces and personalities before me. And I have the privilege to capture them all! 
What is my favorite photography ever? Really? I mean, really? That is impossible to say! But I can say, when I capture the soul of a person, there is nothing like it. When their inner beauty shines through their eyes we are no longer just photographers but artists!
 
Is your creativity for an image fully realized before the capture or in post-production?
 
There are so many ways to approach photography to where there is not a true right or wrong. I can just say from my personal experience I have done a little of both. I do try to have a "game plan" when I shoot. I like to know location, time of day (if outside), the personality or taste of the client to know what to work towards during a shoot. If shooting in the studio I try to have the type of props and style of lighting ready that will work for the client. These are things I do for my everyday clients. A lot of times these clients have a need for normal/regular shots. What I do try to do is at the end of the shoot I like to be creative and do a little something different. We just have fun! A lot of times it will be their favorite but it was nothing they originally asked for. This allows me to stay creative and also gives them something that maybe no one else has. 
Now, on a stylized shoot I do plan more ahead of time. I try to have a theme, look and style ready. But again during the shoot something might hit me and I go for it. It's either the look someone has or their personality that comes thru and may lead me in a different direction. No matter how tired I am at the beginning of a shoot, once we get started I am "in the zone". I don't get in a hurry when I shoot. I love to create so I make sure I schedule in the time. 
That being said I would say that I don't fully realize everything I am going to do before a shoot but it does help to plan a little.
 
How do you approach High Key Lighting?

I really don't shoot a traditional high key. As far as a high key look on the subject themselves, I shoot normal lighting ratios and then lighten in Photoshop. This allows me to be in control of how much I want to lighten the subject and also to keep good detail and depth in the eyes, etc. I do sometimes shoot to have the background a white high key look by putting a one-to-two stop higher light on the background than the subject as long as the light on the back of the subject (reflecting from the background) is not brighter than the main light.
 
We hope you found Terri's advice helpful! And remember to catch her live at Imaging USA in Atlanta! Sign up today at ImagingUSA.org/Registration.





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