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Imaging USA Speaker Spotlight On... Melanie Anderson - PPA Today

Imaging USA Speaker Spotlight On... Melanie Anderson

By Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2018 is just around the corner...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...
Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP

"We believe in creating visionary works with a passion for the community while placing family first, developing our craft and educating others." ... the purpose statement for Melanie Anderson's studio and team.

Melanie is a wife to her husband of 20 years, Bill, and a mother to their 4 children, Sarah, Emily, Kayla and Billy - whom she stayed at home with until they were all in school before embarking on a newborn photography business. She has nurtured Anderson Photographs from a home studio into a 3,000 square foot photography studio, specializing in Seniors, Children, Newborns, and Families, located in the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Hagerstown, MD.

Though Melanie is primarily self-taught, she gladly undertook and overcame the challenge of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer in 2011, and received her Craftsman Degree in 2015. Throughout the process, she continued to run the business as well as mentor for After Dark Education, go on tour with Sandy Puc, and appear on SPTV, in addition to being the Vice President of the Maryland Chapter for PPA, teaching at Southeastern Professional Photographers Association and several State PPA Chapters, and most recently filming several segments for PhotoVision (now also a part of PPA). Melanie stays passionate about one-on-one mentoring and works diligently to provide educational resources to fellow photographers through Anderson Education, which includes webinars, eBooks, videos and workshops.

Her awards and achievements include the following: PPA Photographic Craftsman Degree and Certified Professional Photographer, Maryland Photographer of the Year, Maryland Portrait Photographer of the Year, Fuji Award Winner, 2013 Washington County "Person to Watch", Maryland Achievement Award, and the #1 Photography Studio in Hagerstown Magazine's Hot List in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Speaker Sessions:

Tuesday, January 16


If you could have a theme song, what would it be?  "Let's Get Physical" Haha, just kidding... "Pour Some Sugar on Me" oh geez... ok...  but seriously... "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by IZ

Most embarrassing moment: When I got so excited on stage and was jumping up and down... I peed my pants. Yup!!! This mom of 4 has zero bladder control... jumping up and down and laughing can cause some issues when there is "liquid" in the bladder. Luckily it was just a bit and I had dark pants on, but I knew... and I didn't know if it was visible till I finished speaking and could check without being obvious.

Melanie Anderson is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Register online today!

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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