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The Best for Last at Imaging USA


That's a wrap folks! What a party to end what was officially the biggest Imaging USA ever with more than 11,000 photography enthusiasts here at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville. We hope you all danced and had a blast with your photography friends--new and old. Now you understand why Imaging USA is like a reunion!

And we couldn't be happier to have you all be part of the PPA family. It's the third recap in a row, but we have to say it again--without you, there is no Imaging USA. THANK YOU!!! 

"It's been an amazing Imaging USA here in Nashville," said David Trust, PPA CEO. "Seeing so many photographers here learning and improving yourselves and your businesses is what it's all about for us at PPA. Imaging USA is for you, and you made 2015 the best year yet."

More congratulations go out to last night's award and degree recipients. More and more degrees are being earned each year which means you photographers are responding to the call to raise the bar and BE MORE! 

"What a show!" said Susan Michal, PPA president, who received her honorary master of photography degree. "The record numbers are amazing but what's even better is the positive attitudes, smiling faces and photographers eager to learn and grow. I can't wait to see what everyone has in store for us at this year's International Photographic Competition! Keep pushing yourselves toward those degrees!"

It was your last chance to take advantage of the deals in the Imaging USA Expo floor and we sure saw a lot of you walking around with loaded bags and boxes. Thank you also to the exhibitors for making everyone happy! And if you were on hand for PPA Charities' Dream Studio giveaway it was a pretty special moment on the floor. Jim Hoover from Michigan won the $35,000 studio and was rendered speechless and on the verge of tears. Thanks to all who donated! Entries are already open for the drawing at next year's Imaging USA.

Things finished off with some more great programs, including one in particular that made this blog extra happy. Some of PPA's guest bloggers, Mariah Ashley, and her business partner, Trish Gilmore, spoke to a packed house just three years after arriving at their first Imaging USA with exactly $79 in their studio's savings account. That's the power of PPA and Imaging USA at work! It's great to see things come full circle for them. Who knows; one day maybe it could be you!

Tia Norsym and Regina Barrett from Chicago each attended the Business Basics pre-con class and were pumped for the knowledge they are taking home:

"I'm going home with much more confidence to start my business," said Regina, a first time attendee. 

Tia, a three-time attendee, said, "There's so much new info, each time there's something different, something new for me to focus on. This year I wanted help with my numbers so we took the class with Steve Kozak and Bridget Jackson. When I get home I'm taking the Square One financial analysis and getting started right away!"

Added Regina: "You can come Imaging USA looking for something--and you will find it."

Incoming president Michael Timmons shared his thoughts on next year's show in Atlanta.

"It's only going to get better from here!" he said. "Next year's IUSA in Atlanta is sure to be a great time. It's in PPA's hometown so it's sure to be a great show with plenty of fun and surprises!"

And Christina Van Streen of Goose Creek, South Carolina gave us the quote of the year at the closing party: "We were going to quit on Friday; we're not quitting anymore."

We hope you all had a great Imaging USA whether it was your first or 20th. See you all next year, January 10-12 in Atlanta. Bring those t-shirts!


John Owens is PPA's resident wordsmith. Know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? That's where he comes in. The Connecticut transplant and (still) avid Hartford Whalers fan is an aspiring adventurist/novelist/racer on a lifelong quest to find the best trails, brews and burgers.

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