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Are you ready?! We thought so. Registration for Imaging USA, PPA's annual photography convention and expo, is now open at ImagingUSA.org/Register!
Imaging USA 2016 was a huge success, with more than 10,000 industry professionals taking over downtown Atlanta last January. Check out the photos, videos and blogs detailing what was an amazing three days of photography business education and inspiration as well as exclusive tradeshow shopping. Now, by popular demand, your friends at PPA have worked to enable registration earlier than ever before for Imaging USA 2017, held January 8 to 10 in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
You'll be 'Livin' La Vida Lone Star' next year when you attend the largest concentration of photographic talent gathered under one roof. Since everything's bigger in Texas, the Imaging Expo will feature more than 600 booths, live presentations and hands-on demonstrations of new photo-related products by some of the most respected companies in the industry. Imaging USA's renowned educational classes are geared to improve a photographer's business skills, photographic repertoire and use of technologies. There will also be a special keynote address from a special to-be-announced speaker, an extensive photographic display of the International Photographic Competition collection, mentoring opportunities, portfolio reviews, several all-inclusive parties and much more.
This early-bird registration is only $199. Yep, that's for all three days of photography awesomeness. Tell your friends if they're not a member, because attendance to one's first Imaging USA is FREE as a perk for new members! There are many different ways to experience Imaging USA, including but not limited to the full conference, a full conference plus pre-conference courses option and Expo only. Visit ImagingUSA.org for complete registration information and pricing options. And keep checking back for updates to the event schedule.
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By: Lauren Walters
Let's get to know one of our speakers who will be at Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee. JulieAnne Jonker has her master of photography and photographic craftsman degrees from PPA and is also a certified professional photographer (CPP). In the following interview, she sheds some light on her career as a photographer.
Who's your class for?
Any photographer, really. It's about inspiration as much as what it takes to get your photography studio to the next level. I'll help you direct your business based on your definition of yourself as an artist
What are the top 3 takeaways from your class?
At the end of my class, you will be able to understand 3 things:
1. Who you are as an artist
2. What direction you want to take your studio in 2015
3. How you can operate a low-volume, high-end studio in this economy
Define your style as a photographer in 5 words.
My style reflected in my photography is vintage, ethereal, classical, compelling and timeless.
What makes your portrait style so unique?
The influences that I continually derive from the fine art world shine through my work and define my photography style.
What is your favorite medium of expression besides photography?
Outside photography, there are two outlets I use to express myself: painting and sculpting.
What was your proudest photographic moment?
Being invited and voted into the Camera Craftsmen of America has to be my proudest moment as a photographer.
What is one marketing mistake many photographers make when they are first starting out?
Inexperienced photographers tend to compete on price, and price only, to get their foot in the door, but that presents them as cheap studios with too many sales and specials.
What do you want to be known for?
As an artist I'd like to be known for creating timeless pieces.
Elvis, Johnny Cash, or Jack White?
Definitely, Jimi Hendrix.
JulieAnne has had a long streak of success. Learn from her at Imaging USA in Nashville! You'll have two opportunities to hear her speak: on the business panel "5 Golden Nuggets" and in her solo-class called "The Portrait as an Art Form".
If you haven't registered for Imaging USA, you can do so now at ImagingUSA.org/Register! We can't wait to see you in Nashville!
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