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Imaging USA Speaker Spotlight On... Gary & Kathryn Meek! - PPA Today

Imaging USA Speaker Spotlight On... Gary & Kathryn Meek!

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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 highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet...

Gary Meek, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, A-ASP, EA-ASP
Kathryn Meek, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API


Gary and Kathy Meek of Hot Springs, Arkansas own and operate Gary's Studio of Photography. Gary has been teaching Certification Preparation Classes for over twenty-five years.   His educational degree is in math and physics. Both Gary and Kathy have received their Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman degrees and are Certified Professional Photographer. Gary has received his Educational Associate and Honorary Educational Associate from American Society of Photographers. They are Approved Photographic Instructors.  Gary and Kathy have received their Associate Fellowship, Fellowship and Senior Fellowship Degrees from Arkansas Professional Photographers Association.  Gary and Kathy have been awarded Life Membership in Arkansas Professional Photographers Association and Southwestern Professional Photographers Association. Gary is a Life Member of Professional Photographers of America.  Gary and Kathy have both received a Fellow of Photography degree in conjunction with Professional Photographers of the Ozarks.  They are both International Photographic Judges.

Gary and Kathy are both active in State, Regional and National Associations. Gary served on the Board of Directors of Professional Photographers of America 1999-2007, is a Past President of Arkansas Professional Photographers Association, a Past President of Professional Photographers of the Ozarks, and was President of Southwestern Professional Photographers Association for two consecutive years.  Gary is a councilor for Professional Photographers of America. Kathy is a Past President of ASP, Past President of Arkansas Professional Photographers Association and a Past President of The Southwestern Professional Photographers Association.  Kathy serves on the Board of Directors of Professional Photographers of America.

Gary and Kathy have received numerous awards from the state of Arkansas. Gary has received numerous print awards in all categories.  He has received the Best of Show and been named Photographer of the Year many times. He has received the Arkansas Distinguished Service Award and The National Award from Arkansas Professional Photographers Association and Southwestern Professional Photographers Association.  He has had the highest print case total score in Southwestern Professional Photographers Association.  Kathy has received numerous print awards, and Best of Show - several times!  Kathy has been named Arkansas Photographer of the Year. Kathy has also received the Distinguished Service Award from Arkansas Professional Photographers Association and the National Award from APPA, SWPPA and ASP. They have both won several regional awards in addition to these. They both have been consistent in having images accepted internationally for display at Professional Photographers of America's National Conventions.  They have both had images go into the international and ASP loan collection.

Speaker Sessions
Thursday, January 11 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, January 12 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, January 13 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Q & A with Kathy Meek:
What is your life motto? That one is easy.  Nike stole it from me.  JUST DO IT.  Lee Ann Womack sings a song, I hope you dance.  In the lyrics it says 'if you have the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance'.  Never sit on the sideline and let life pass you by.  If you want something that is good for you, get it.  If you want to do something that is good for you, do it.  If you want to go somewhere, go.  I hope you dance.
What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? The most important advice I can give to someone just starting a career in photography is to get all of the education you can.  You can never know too much. Understand that you must be a step above the crowd and be able to present images that the 'just put the camera on program and hope for the best' photographers are not able to produce if you want to thrive in the business of photography.  Speaking of the business of photography, don't forget to make business education a priority.  PPA provides excellent opportunities to learn the business as well as the technical side of our trade.  One last thing to remember is that the client IS your business.  Forming relationships with your clients is a must.  Always let them know that they are special to you and that you appreciate their business and their friendship. 
I believe in photography.  I also believe that if I expect my clients to be photographed regularly, I have to set that example.  I have always had my own family photographed as our family has changed.  It's so important to save all of the stages of our children and grandchildren.  I also suggest that you keep an up- to-date portrait of your family on display in your studio.  
Imaging USA has been a high point in my life every year since 1985 and IUSA 2018 will be no different.  It has come to be like a huge family reunion.  I look forward to visiting with dear friends from all over the US as well as many other countries.  The educational opportunities are what keep me up-to-date and relevant in today's world.  I just couldn't stay in business without that.  

Gary and Kathy Meek are just two of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! The early bird registration rate has been extended to December 13, so be sure to take advantage and register now!



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