might be 24 weeks away (yes, we are counting down), but we already have a stellar line up of industry professionals ready, willing and able to help you elevate the level of your photography. Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, of Steve Kozak, Photographic Artist, in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area will be back as one of our pre-convention speakers.
Steve's class, "The Secrets to Success When Turning Pro" focuses on the transition to becoming a full-fledged professional starting a photography business.
"I expect [attendees] to walk away with a clear understanding of their role in the craft of photography. They will learn the pursuit of excellence is not optional and that the work we do has value--professional photographers can make a great living," said Steve.
Like many of you, Steve doesn't take the term "professional photographer" lightly.
"Being a professional photographer carries with it a responsibility to always deliver at the highest level of quality and service, and to never stop learning something new. The rewards are greater than most can ever imagine and the personal satisfaction is over the top! I never take it for granted."
Some of that personal satisfaction comes from hearing about other photographer's successes. At Imaging USA, Steve's favorite interactions come from talking to former class attendees.
"I love those moments where I run into a former student who shares their success story and how far they have come after attending one of my classes."
Steve has plenty of opportunity to find those students; he has been a leader in the photographic industry for over a decade.
"This will be my 11th year speaking at Imaging USA and it is one of my career highlights. I love watching photographers learn how to take their passion and turn it into a profession. It is very gratifying watching others succeed while following my path towards success. I have been inspired by so many others before me, it is quite an honor to follow in their footsteps and give back to others."
So what keeps him coming back alongside newcomers and experienced pros alike? It's because Imaging USA combines the education you need to get started and stay on top with the networking and collaboration that the industry thrives on. Some folks go because they are starting out and need all the help they can get. Others, already in business, need some strategic help and guidance. And most everyone thrives on a triple shot of inspiration, creativity and energy boost. There are nine tracks during the conference
, and a wide variety of pre-convention courses
. This is THE only convention for all photographers, regardless of your specialty, location, or size.
Networking is a key at Imaging USA (or any conference!). This is where you connect with real people who will later be able to help you from afar. There are plenty of opportunities to spark these connections, even before the conference. Check out the Imaging USA Facebook
pages or head to the Imaging USA Community
on theLoop and start hunting for a roommate or a dinner partner.
With all of the wonderful memories from so many years of experience - one moment stands out for Steve.
"I think [my most memorable moment] might be the first time I walked through the print exhibit and saw some of my prints hanging in the show. I knew then that I had made it and that I belonged," Steve said. "Getting my Master's Degree
was pretty cool, too!"