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Imaging USA Speaker Spotlight On... Christie Newell! - PPA Today

Imaging USA Speaker Spotlight On... Christie Newell!

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...
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


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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