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PPA Today: Inspiration: May 2015 Archives

Inspiration: May 2015 Archives

By Sarah Ackerman

Summer is just around the corner! Check out the top conversations on theLoop and join in!

Interested in expanding into the profitable world of corporate headshots? Or have you already made the jump and love it? Then this is an excellent thread for you! Discuss pricing, final products and everything in between!

How much should you charge for editorial use of your images? If you have experience in pricing it out, hop on this awesome thread! Or if you're looking to get into the editorial market, this can provide some solid guidance on what to expect. 

Rain, rain, go away! If you're ever stuck in an outdoor shoot and the weather just isn't cooperating, this is a great conversation about protecting your camera, lighting and more. Do you have any tricks on taming Mother Nature? Join in! 

Most studios hit some growing pains sooner or later. Looking to add extra staff? You've got options in terms of contracts, 1099s and other business decisions. Weigh in on this thread with your experience and help a growing photography business out!

This is an excellent thread for all wedding photographers! How do you handle your payment schedule? Do you collect the day of or do you try to handle it all before the big day? If you've ever worked a wedding, you'll enjoy this discussion. 

Don't forget, theLoop is PPA's safe and secure online community where members can discuss various photography topics! Not a PPA member? It's easy: join today!

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Sarah Ackerman is known around PPA as #Sarah in part because she handles all things social media and in order to differentiate herself from the other Sarah's in the office. Sarah loves improv comedy (think "Whose Line") and routinely performs around Atlanta. When she's not tweeting/facebooking/instagramming all of the action at PPA, she can be found gallivanting around the world or wandering around the woods with her pup, but more than likely she's on stage making people giggle.
By Sarah Ackerman

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This week we're embracing improvement! Check out our top eleven blogs to help you be more. And, yes! There is a bonus blog this week!

SCAM ALERT: Arm yourself with knowledge against these four scams that seem to be running rampant in the photography industry! The folks at PhotoShelter bring you the top four scams they've seen, including fake photo contests and fake photo assignments! Read on and Be More Protected!

INSPIRATION: If you've ever suffered from a lack of motivation, direction or inspiration, this awesome E-book from Eric Kim will give you the best kick in the pants! Download it in a variety of formats and feel the creativity flow!

FINANCES: If the finances of your business are keeping you up at night, check in with Krista Newbill and our PPA Studio Makeover team! Krista has been focusing on finances for the past month. See what changes she's made and what she's looking to do in the future with this update!

SCIENCE + STORYTELLING: How do you set yourself apart in a world filled with billions of advertising messages? It's not easy, but it can be done! Read up on how to marry the science of marketing with the joy of storytelling from HubSpot. 

I find this week's round up particularly inspiring. So get ready to feel good, stay happy and push your business to the next level!

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THE LOST GENERATION: Convincing your clients the need to purchase prints can be an uphill battle. Check out this wonderfully written piece by PPA Treasurer, Rob Behm, M. Photog., Cr, CPP, to see why it's so important and how you can better educate your clients. 

HEALTH: Here's an unpopular topic for many photographers - making time to take care of yourself! Everyone knows they should exercise, but TIME covers why it can harm your work if you don't.  
 
PERSONAL PROJECTS: Andy Baker of National Geographic clues you in on how to get noticed by potential clients, and why personal projects are so important. Check out the video from Behind the Glass in this great article from FStoppers.  

SKILL SETS: Improve your ability to effectively run a business with this piece from Inc. Even if you're a company of one, this is a great reminder if you ever hire a second shooter or office admin. Or if you're a larger organization, it serves as a great message about supporting, encouraging and taking really good care of your employees. 

DEFINING 'PRO': What makes you a professional photographer? InMyBag talked to five highly respected photographers, including Benjamin Von Wong and Missy Mwac, to get their perspectives. It's an eye opening read!

WATCH YOUR MOUTH: What are common characteristics of successful people? This awesome article by the Review Journal breaks down seven phrases that successful people wouldn't eversay, and (more importantly) why they would never say them.   

LEGISLATION PROGRESS: James Williams of the Federal Aviation Administration made an announcement this week on the status of upcoming drone regulations. Although it's taking a bit longer than we all would like, this is a step in the right direction. 

POST PRODUCTION: Photoshop can be your best friend in post-production, but these guys take it to the next level for some commercial shoots! Check out the time lapse videos on six plus hours of editing. It's amazing what you can do if you have that kind of time and skill.

PROTECTION: This great read from Fstoppers gives you a quick review on how to protect your images, but also talks about how your subjects are covered. Everything from architecture to tattoos could have a copyright. Stay educated on what's fair game and what needs some special permissions. 

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Let's end this week on a positive note! Join Imaging USA speaker Jeffrey Shaw as he chats with Cornell Thomas, author of "Power of Me, Army of One" on all things positive thinking and how it can change your business and your day-to-day life! 

There you have it - our favorite posts of the week! What photography blogs or podcasts do you follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee (at) PPA (dot) com

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Sarah Ackerman is known around PPA as #Sarah in part because she handles all things social media and in order to differentiate herself from the other Sarah's in the office. Sarah loves improv comedy (think "Whose Line") and routinely performs around Atlanta. When she's not tweeting/facebooking/instagramming all of the action at PPA, she can be found gallivanting around the world or wandering around the woods with her pup, but more than likely she's on stage making people giggle.

By Robert Behm M.Photog., Cr., CPP
PPA Treasurer

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Tomorrow they may very well be gone. The treasured memories, the smile moments, the passing opportunities for a quick shot of everyday life with those we love. That vacation to the Theme park or National park or worse yet, a rare family get-together and the only shot was one taken with a cell phone camera.

As professional photographers we know the value of what we do, and hopefully we all take the proper steps to insure that our client images are properly backed up and stored safely and securely. Certainly we value every image we create... right?

This conversation is not a new one, yet I do not see or hear much change happening out there in terms of protecting people's personal images. Digital photography has changed the way we approach photography, and for the consumer it has made it more convenient. However that seems to have devalued photography. We already have a generation of young people who do recognize the moment or opportunity for a great photo but then have no after thought of what to do with it other than post it to a social media site thinking that somehow it immortalizes the image. Sadly photography has become disposable to the majority of our youngest generations.

I am the first professional photographer in my family, however I was engrained with the idea that photographs are treasures from a very early age. My paternal grandmother had a second generation Brownie camera and made photographs on paper from a very early age. She continued with other film cameras throughout her life and always made albums with analogue metadata carefully printed on the back of each image. Later in life she became interested in painting and was a pioneer in hand colorizing black and white prints with oil paint before the invention of color film. My Dad had a part time job as a darkroom assistant at a local portrait studio in the small town he grew up in. He too became enamored with the print and how it told the story of our lives together.

By Mariah Ashley

De-cluttering Your Message

I've been avoiding my bedroom lately. I only go in there at night. I don't turn on the light and just kind of hop from the door into bed. I definitely DO NOT look around. I'm afraid if I do I might see something really horrible. Something embarrassing. I'm ashamed of...

My closet!

I've been meaning to spring clean my closet for a while now; I just haven't been able to get motivated to do it. I sort of started, which yielded a bag of donation clothes but I never finished the job. I left it, door open, shoes spilling out onto the floor. It's been that way for weeks.

I thought, I'll just get rid of everything that isn't totally me. The problem is, I'm not sure exactly what that means. Is me a black pencil skirt or a ruffled bohemian blouse? Cause I've got both... Gah! Who am I? What do I like? How am I perceived? Classic or Artsy? Fun or Functional?

It was time to call in an expert, a straight shooter, someone who thinks my feelings are of no consequence--my 13-year-old daughter.

"What about this one?" I asked holding up a plaid shirt dress.

"Are you kidding? Frump Town."

"Ohhh-kaaay how about this shirt?" I ventured, showing her a turquoise and gold leopard print tank top. (I swear, it wasn't as ugly as it sounds).

"It looks like something a tacky granny would wear. And what is this material? It feels greasy." She replies tossing it in disgust.



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This page is a archive of entries in the Inspiration category from May 2015.

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