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By Autumn Rice

Although there will be loads of partying and fun at Imaging USA 2017, there is a way you can give back with your work during the convention. There will be specific charity events and initiatives for attendees to participate in. In this blog, the focus is on Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization centered around training and educating professional photographers to produce high quality remembrance portraits for families facing the untimely death of an infant. In order to help families heal, the association provides parents with heirloom photographs and DVDs of their infants free of charge. More than 1,700 photographers have already touched the lives of families in 40 countries through this initiative. Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep welcomes any Imaging USA attendee to join the organization and make a lasting impact and contribution to such a personal and sensible cause.

As a photographer you have a skill to capture intimate moments and create life-long memories that only our profession can deliver to these families. You would be bringing so much more than 'just' photographs to these moms and dads in despair. You'd be giving tangible memories that provide a sense of closure to the families of these precious infants. 
You will have two opportunities to learn more about Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and how to get involved while at Imaging USA:

Photographers Giving Back: Remembrance Photography On Becoming a "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" Affiliated Photographer
Saturday, Jan. 7, 6pm-7:30pm  |  Marriott Rivercenter, Salon G, 3rd Floor
Imagine a photo session where each moment truly is a last moment, where there will be no second takes, no do-overs, and where your photography becomes a family's most prized possession. Are you looking for a way to share your craft with your community? We invite you to learn more about becoming an affiliated photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. In this session, staff and volunteers will share more about the organization and the details of how you can get involved, and hopefully, inspire you to volunteer and help heal some families around you.

Maximize Your Photography and Strengthen Your Local "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" Volunteer Team
Monday, Jan. 9, 8 -9:30am  |  Convention Center, 007D, River Level  
Interested photographers and current Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep volunteers are invited to attend this session dedicated to growing and strengthening our outreach network across the country.

Remember, the best gift you can give is one that can't be repaid. Be sure to take some time out of your fun-filled Imaging USA experience to hear about how you can help others by using your gift. 

Stay up-to-date with this charity event and more at!

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By: Lauren Walters

Are you getting back into the swing of things after Imaging USA? Put those ideas to work! ...After you check out our top blogs for the week.

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1.       When Photography Becomes More Than Just Taking Pictures

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: How do you capture original images in places that have been photographed over and over? This photographer wanted to take the best photograph ever taken in Myanmar. Worrying it's all been done, see what he did to tell a unique story.


2.       DOCUMENTARY: Finding Vivian Maier - Secret Photographer

OSCAR WORTHY: After dying in a Chicago nursing home, a woman leaves behind her hidden collection of photographs. Celebrating her life, this article delves into the story behind her Oscar nominated photos. The full documentary is available in some movie theaters and on iTunes, Amazon Prime and YouTube.


3.       Photos That Made The Photographer Cry

EMOTIONAL COST:  Traveling to a different country for original images is normal, but would you put yourself in danger to obtain that shot? This photojournalist thinks so. Take a look at her photos and judge for yourself.


4.       DOCUMENTARY: In 'Through A Lens Darkly,' Black Photography Fades up to Joy

MAKING YOUR MARK: This documentary features photography of African-Americans making history. Appreciate the difference these photos made and learn about the filmmaker's intent to showcase the evolution of professional photography!


5.       Print Your Photos or Risk Losing Them to The Digital Dark Age, Internet Pioneer Warns

PRINT VS. DIGITAL: To print or not to print? That is the question. This article suggests that you print or else your photos will get lost in cyber space. What do you say? Save or print?

6.       Thinking About Brand, Thinking About Photography

BRANDING: How do multi-talented photographers brand their work? Instead of keeping up with 2 or 3 separate brands for each talent such as a writer, photographer and painter, just keep up with one; your personal brand!


7.       The Checklist for Narrowing Down Your Photography Portfolio

PORTFOLIO HELP: When putting together a portfolio, your included pieces need to showcase a diverse range of skills and professionalism. Follow this short checklist to see if your portfolio work best represents you as a professional photographer.     


8.       How Much Should Photographers Charge in 2015?

INDUSTRY: Photographers were thrown a curve ball when the digital technology evolved. After this struggle, a few photographers were left in the dust because everyone with a smart phone considers themselves a photographer. With this new found struggle, what's a fair price range for professional photography?


9.       Adobe Photoshop Turns 25: How It Created, and Questioned, The World's Most Iconic Images

SOFTWARE: How long have you been using Adobe Photoshop? The software has been helping photographers plunge into the digital age of photography for the past 25 years. What does Adobe hold for the future?


10.   Stolen Photos of Newborn's Final Moments Being Returned

ETHICS: Baby Amari's life was lost 30 minutes after birth due to medical complications. Photographer Faith Massey's photos of Amari were stolen a month after they were taken, but returned shortly thereafter?  


There you have it ladies and gents, our top blogs selection for the week! If you have any suggestions for our next round, please contact us on the Loop.  

Jon King Keisling, 64, of Texas passed away on August 15, 2012. Well-known in the photographic community, Jon King became a PPA member in 2006. Much of the San Antonio area has been covered by his lens, including the Botanical Gardens (a favorite of his) and the Tower Life flagpole installation. His work took him worldwide, completing assignments in countries as far away as South Africa, Australia, Scotland, Canada and South America.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends and the many lives he has touched.

You can read more about Jon King Keisling here.

haynes_blog.jpgHaynes McFadden, 69, of Omaruru, Namibia, passed away June 10. Although he moved to Namibia in 1993 with his wife, Naomi, Haynes also lived in Atlanta, Ga., where he began working as a graphic artist in his grandfather's publishing house. In 1960, he turned to professional photography and continued in that trade on and off for the rest of his life. He even documented the relics of the Baha'i faith in Israel. (He was a committed member of the Baha'i faith for the last 44 years.)

Haynes joined PPA in 1992 and was also very active in his own local community of Omaruru. From running a computer training school to being the chairman of the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Omaruru branch, Boy Scout leader and tutor, he lent a helping hand and encouraging word where needed.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends and the many lives he has touched.
Our hearts go out to all the family, friends and the many lives these PPA members have touched.

Scott Stahl
Scott, owner of Scott Stahl Photography in Phoenix, Ariz., passed away May 16, 2012. After his stint with the Marine Corps., he married Kay and went through many different occupations until settling as a professional photographer--something he enjoyed doing every single day. He first joined the PPA family in 2006 as he followed his love for landscape, nature, event and wedding photography.

Keith N. Griffin
Keith, 54, of Winston Salem, N.C., passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2012. An electrician by trade, he was a photographer at heart who had just joined PPA's family last year. Family and friends may leave their memories of Keith in the guestbook at View his obituary.

James "Jim"  Stagner, M.Photog.Cr.
Jim, a PPA member since 1983 and a longtime member of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association (VPPA) and the Manassas-Warrenton camera club, passed away April 23, 2012, in California. He and his wife of 25 years, Mary Ann, made their home in Virginia. Jim served in the Air Force and worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but he became interested in photography through Mary Ann, who owned Lasting Images by Mary Ann. Although he didn't work in the studio, Jim captured beautiful images of flowers, landscapes and other pictorials. In fact, he won Best of Show at VPPA the very first time he entered as a member.

Richard Kinstler, Cr.Photog.
Richard, 92, of Mason, Ohio, passed away February 28, 2012. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he helped form the Photo/graphics department at P&G in 1947, where he was an accomplished photographer, manager and inventor for 35 years. He joined the PPA family in 1954 and became an award-winning Life Member with an artist's eye and the skill to capture the moment, tell a story, and make friends along the way. View his obituary.


ron_k_blog.JPGRon Kalwajtys, 73, president of GP Albums/General Products LLC, passed away on April 18, 2012.

Ron was introduced to the family business at a very young age when his father, Ray, took him to work on weekends to get out of his mother's hair. By the mid-1950s, Ron was an important part of the album business and learned every operation in the plant. In the 1960s, he became part the sales team. He was also an exhibitor at the very first PPA trade show (now called Imaging EXPO) as well as the first WPPI trade show. Throughout the years and these experiences, he saw the photographic industry blossom and change dramatically. And although he had been battling prostate cancer for five years, he continued to work at GP until he was hospitalized with complications from his chemotherapy in early April.  
Michael Ayers, a family friend and longtime GP customer, described Ron perfectly in saying, "He never knew a stranger and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him... right about now he is enjoying a Ketel One on the rocks."
The Kalwajtys family will continue the GP Albums/General Products legacy that Ron and his father Ray created. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all the lives he touched.
Andrea (Andie) Goodman, Cr.Photog., of Lancaster, PA, passed away April  7 at the age of 67. The wife of F. Edward McCue for 26 years, she was also a well-known photographer, jewelry maker and owner of Goodman & Associates. She was very active in the professional photography community with memberships in PPA and more local associations like the Delaware Professional Photographers. In fact, she and her husband were the 14th husband-and-wife team to become Certified Professional Photographers. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and all the lives she has touched.

Andie's memorial service will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Shaarai Shomayim (75 E. James St., Lancaster, PA). The family will receive friends at the Temple from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, people can make a donation to any photography-related scholarship fund in her name.

Online condolences may be posted here:
dougjirsa.jpgDouglas Jirsa, 62, passed away March 22 in Cherry Valley, Calif. A proud father of two, grandfather of two, and a professional photographer for more than 30 years, he and his wife Donna owned Lasting Impressions, a portrait studio in Redlands. Very active in the industry, Doug was a past president of the Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers and a member of PPA, Professional Photographers of Orange County and Professional Photographers of California (where he was awarded the Service Medallion). Doug was also a strong believer in professional education for photographers, and he was generous with his time and knowledge in many forms of outreach to others in this profession. Our hearts go out to his friends, family and the many lives he has touched.

The memorial service will be held March 31, 2011, at Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel in Redlands. Viewing will be at 12:30pm, and the service will begin at 1:00pm. A "Celebration of Life" gathering will be held at the Elks Lodge in Redlands.

Doug's obituary can be seen at If you have a favorite memory of Doug, please share it with his family through the Guest Book provided at this link.
brandy_rosenberger.jpgBrandy Rose Rosenberger, 32, of Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on March 10, 2011. She and her loving husband Andrew celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in December.

A PPA member, Brandy owned and operated All That Glitters Photography in Souderton, Pa. She enjoyed taking wedding and family images, especially baby portraits. "Brandy had been in business a mere five years and had accomplished so much," says friend and fellow PPA member Jeanine Rebeck. "Her many clients will always treasure the wonderful memories she has preserved for them."

In addition to photography, she enjoyed gardening, cooking and, especially, time with her children: three-year-old Evelyn Mary Rosenberger and one-year-old Naomi Claire Rosenberger.

"Brandy was an exceptional photographer who was dedicated to her craft...but even more so to her family," adds Rebeck. "She will live on in her children and in the art she created. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed."

Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 17, at 3:00pm in the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. Family will receive friends from 1:00pm to 2:30pm prior to the service. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, Telford, Pa. (

Mille_Totushek.jpgMildred "Mille" Totushek, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP--known to some as the "Matriarch" of Wisconsin Photography, as noted by a friend on the Heritage Funeral Home online guestbook--passed away April 11, 2010, at age 82.

An award-winning photographer, Mille earned both her Photographic Craftsman and Master of Photography degrees from Professional Photographers of America (PPA), where she's been a member since 1954. In fact, she was even honored as a Life Member of PPA. In addition, she earned her Fellowship from the American Society of Photographers and was a strong member of the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association, from whom she received the PPA National Award for outstanding service.

Mille started her career taking photos of equipment at Bucyrus Erie before opening her own studio in 1967, where she created memories for clients, family and friends.

One of the things she is most known for is her willingness to share her photographic knowledge and creativity. With her open heart and humor, Mille was a mentor to photographers throughout the United States. She was even honored with PPA's 2006 Harold Bovee PPA Jurors Meritorious Service Award for her outstanding service to the profession and dedication to the improvement of the association, the International Photographic Competition and the annual International Exhibition of Professional Photography.

Our hearts go out to her family, friends and the many lives she has touched.
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