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Mayo Lawal

When you have a youthful, self-conscious client aiming to make a memory as they move from one phase of life to another, you want to ensure you capture their uniqueness.

Maria Moore, M.Photog., CPP, has found success by making high school seniors' sessions as unique as the photographs she captures. 

"I believe that the senior session should not be just a portrait session, " Moore says. "We try to create an environment that will be something they remember way beyond their portraits." 

Read about Moore's amazing strategies in "Senior Portraiture: The Experience is Everything" on


by Trent Schick

"Any city, anywhere we are living, we never know when that day will come when it will disappear in front of us," says photographer Edi Chen of her motivation to pursue her photographic vision.

Living in New York City, Chen was enthralled by the architectural beauty around her, and she wanted to capture that through a daily photo journal. Find out why this was one of her biggest challenges and how she persevered in "Symmetry in the City: A Photo Diary of New York Edifices" at

by Mayo Lawal

Great photography includes the ability to express one's passion through images that tell a story.

Portrait photographer David Peters, M.Photog.Cr. F-ASP, tells his stories through Passion Voice, a faith-based nonprofit he founded to help victims of human trafficking. 

"This whole project was born from a desire to contribute, to do something valuable," says David. "I wanted to tell the transformational stories of people who changed their path, and use those stories to inspire others." 

Read David's inspiring story in Photographer's Personal Project Leads to Nonprofit Launch on 



by Trent Schick

As important as the quality of your photos is, sales are essential to a sustainable business. And understanding how to make the sale is often where photographers struggle the most.

Sit down with Melanie Anderson, CPP, as she shares the tips that make her successful in sales. She explains a five-step process to ignite sales, providing real situations and useful techniques.

Start selling more to your clients by reading "5 Ways to Ignite Sales" on!


201707-frank_massincarceration016__large.jpgBy Bethany Clark

Three photographers received the first annual CatchLight Fellowship -- a $30,000 grant for thought-provoking photography projects intended to further social good. 

More than 300 photographers applied for the grants, submitting portfolios, project proposal essays, and letters of recommendation, as well as participating in an interview process. They also were required to identify a partner organization they'd like to team up with on their proposed projects. 

Read more about the fascinating projects photographers Sarah Blesener, Tomas van Houtryve, and Brian Frank plan to do in this article from Professional Photographer magazine!


by Trent Schick

Aerial photography produces amazing images that can help us understand our world better. It also produces images that can make us see the world in a new light.

Photographer Zack Seckler shows Professional Photographer magazine how he captured stunning aerial photos of South Africa. Surprisingly, he didn't use a drone to make his perspective-shifting photographs.

Check out "Aerial Photography Transforms South African Terrain into Abstract Art" on!

By Chris Homer

Working with clients to create senior albums, wall art, and other heirlooms is one of the easiest and fastest ways to ignite sales. If you're a senior photographer, there's no reason to limit yourself to selling just the photo shoot and a collection. The key to increased revenue is establishing rapport with clients, educating them, and selling with intent.

Check out senior photographer Melanie Anderson's, Cr.Photog.,CPP., 5 step process to getting higher sales in "5 Ways to Ignite Sales" on

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
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.


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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