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Wedding Photographers Get Sued, Finding Your Signature Style and The State of Professional Photography: Ten Blog Posts Worth Your While From September 7- September 11 - PPA Today

Wedding Photographers Get Sued, Finding Your Signature Style and The State of Professional Photography: Ten Blog Posts Worth Your While From September 7- September 11

By Chris Homer

We're back again with our favorite blog posts from around the web! Check them out below:
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SEE THE DIFFERENCE: In her guest post on the PPA Today blog, Christine Walsh Newton, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, shares before and after images comparing when she was a MWAC (Mom With A Camera) to her work she has done so far now that she's earned her Master of Photography degree from PPA. It's a great look at how earning a PPA degree can help improve your photography, and a good reminder of the difference between a professional photographer and an amateur. If you want to find more resources to share with your own clients to show the importance of hiring a professional photographer, check out PPA's See The Difference Campaign and the See The Difference Resources

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS BEWARE: PetaPixel shares a shocking story this week about two photographers who were surprised to find a non-contracted vendor shooting images for marketing purposes at a wedding they were hired to photograph. Even worse, after telling the vendor to stop photographing and respect the couples' privacy, the vendor slapped the photographers with a lawsuit! Luckily, they were able to counter sue and win, but it serves as a good cautionary tale for all the wedding photographers out there!

INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: PPA's CEO David Trust was a guest on The PhotoTellers podcast with host Bill Ramsey to discuss The State of Professional Photography in America. Before you get all doom and gloom, give it a listen! Bill and David discuss where things are now as well as what photographers can expect from the recent movement toward new copyright law in Congress. They also dive deep into the business of photography and how PPA helps the industry.

NATURAL LIGHT PORTRAITS: Making a good portrait using natural light can be a challenge. If you need advice on how to accomplish this feat, head on over to Digital Photography School and read through these tips to keep in mind for the best natural light results.

INSPIRATION: PPA photographer Joel Grimes, Cr.Photog., was recently featured on PhotoFocus. Check out a video of Joel explaining how he created one of his favorite composite sports photographs. You may be inspired to try something out like thisyourself! And if you want more from Joel, he's also a PPAedu instructor. Check his PPAedu videos out
WHAT'S YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?: Imaging USA 2016 speaker and PPAedu instructor Lindsay Adler is renowned for her glamorous style. Having your own signature style can help separate you from the competition. In this guide on DIY Photography, Lindsay explains how you can develop your own unique style.

COPYRIGHT: If you ever have to borrow a camera or use a loaned one while yours is being repaired, keep this story from PetaPixel in mind! Read how one photographer ended up giving copyright credit on his photos to someone who didn't take them due to a metadata mix up with a loaned camera. Beware and don't let this happen to you! 

BE THE DIFFERENCE: With the growing competition from 'cheap' photographers, you have to find a way to differentiate yourself as a professional providing better images! In this podcast, portrait artist Bradford Rowley, who runs three successful studios, shares some ideas on how you can separate yourself from the competition. Check it out on Six Figure Photography. Oh, and don't forget about PPA's See The Difference Campaign and See The Difference Resources! Both are designed to help you show your clients the difference between a professional photographer and an amateur.

WEDDING ALBUMS: Here's a great post to help you make the argument to your clients about the value of having a wedding album or printed images over just digital files! You'll get some great ideas that might just increase your sales to a client. Take a look on PextaPixel. PPA is also involved with trying to educate the public on the value of printed photographs through the Printing in Professional Photography Summit. Check it out! 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sometimes, photographers fall into a marketing rut where they assume that their clients are just like them. You may not think you've done it, but odds are you have at some point! This post from Zenologue provides marketing pitfalls to be aware of that can hurt your photography business' bottom line. 

There you have it, our favorite posts of the week! What photography blogs or podcasts do you follow? Post your favorite on theLoop or email them to us at

About 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.


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