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by Mayo Lawal

One must appreciate the work that goes into theatre photography. Despite the dim lighting conditions and constantly moving subjects, photographers must ensure they capture the right moments impeccably. 

"It happens so fast in front of you, you can't be too thoughtful because the moment is gone," says Joan Marcus, a freelance theatre photographer. Joan has made a name for herself in the profession, capturing more than 500 shows on and off-Broadway over the past 25 years. She also received a Tony Honor of Excellence in Theatre in 2014.

Read "The Drama Of Theatre Photography" on and get inspired by Joan's amazing story.


by Bethany Clark

Los Angeles-based Brian and Allison Callaway are a rare team in the photography industry: they're as comfortable in front of the camera as they are behind it. A former actor and model respectively, they've channeled their knowledge of how awkward it can be to be photographed into a thriving wedding photography business. 

Understanding that it's not a natural thing to have a camera in your face all day long, the Callaways prioritize their couples' comfort while working with them to craft scenes that will lead to great images.

"The idea is to actually insert photojournalism into the portraits," explains Brian. "We set the scene, put the people into it, give a little bit of direction, and then let them interact naturally. We are always trying to figure out a way to make a photo that shows off their connection and makes you feel something."

Read more about their style of wedding photography in "It's Not Wedding Photojournalism, But It Looks Like It" on! 

by Trent Schick

As kids, many of us were convinced our toys came to life when we weren't looking. Yet, we just couldn't catch them at it. Well, this photographer has the evidence. 

Mitchell Wu is a former wedding photographer who was tired of spending weekends away from his family and took up toys instead. He brings his past Disney work experience to bear making images filled with creative play.

Check out "Photo Gallery: Mitchel Wu Keeps It Playful" to see Wu's images on!

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Pro photographer Suzanne Deaton, M.Photog., offers advice to fellow photographers looking to both follow their joy and pay the bills.

Suzanne's five business tips are designed to marry your passion with an actionable strategy. For instance, "Figure out who you are first," she says. "You have to know who you are as an artist to tell someone else's stories. When you can do that, you become much more valuable."

By Chris Homer

Back in the days of film, infrared photography was a complicated undertaking that was rarely used outside of scientific and fine art applications. Today, photographers looking to offer something unusual to clients might find this alternative process an appealing option.

Laurie Klein is one photographer who's demonstrated the power of differentiation through infrared. "I've made most of the money in my career with infrared photography," she notes. And she says others can do the same.

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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.


Approach a stranger and create an alluring portrait in just 30 seconds? No way, you say. But Nicola Davison Reed is doing just that.

Nicola's street photography method is tried-and-true process she's developed over the course of her "30 Seconds of Street Portrait" project. And she's got some tips for other photographers who may feel a bit shy about talking to strangers.

By Bethany Clark

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Are you eager to steer your photography business more towards printed work? It's not as hard as you think, and there's plenty of help available to get you where you want to be! 

Get inspired by this article on Professional Photographer magazine titled "How to Foster a Portrait Business on Wall Art Sales", and also join the PRINT Movement


By Autumn Rice

With the Print Movement on the rise, now is a better time than ever to follow the business model laid out by Suzanne Deaton. After being a registered nurse for 11 years, Suzanne found her true passion in photography on a whim. She joined PPA, took advantage of educational opportunities, and decided to pride her business on producing tangible products that clients can appreciate as art. Today, she operates a successful studio focused on wall print and in-person selling.

Read about Suzanne's journey to printed photography and learn her tips for a successful print business in "How to Foster a Portrait Business on Wall Art Sales" on

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In 2013, when business was sluggish, Las Vegas-based commercial photographer Greg Anderson traveled to New Orleans to photograph contestants at the National Beard and Mustache Championships - without an assignment to do so. 

His initiative paid off. "I don't think my career got off the ground until I started intently preparing for things," Anderson says, pointing to the Beard and Mustache Championships as the genesis of that practice. "The only thing you can control is before the shoot. It was really preparing and being confident about what I was going to do in a shoot that made my career--or at least took it up a notch."

Read his fascinating story, Greg Anderson: At The Intersection Of Preparation And Inspiration, on today!


By Autumn Rice

2013 was a tough year for photographer Greg Anderson. His business was slow, and he wasn't finding many jobs to pursue. Instead of waiting for clients to find him, Anderson used this time to prepare himself for better days. He began photographing personal projects to build his portfolio, and through that, he became famous in a very specialized niche. It changed the trajectory of his career.

Read "Greg Anderson: At the Intersection of Preparation and Inspiration" to find out how Greg Anderson prepped himself for success on

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