Imaging USA Speaker Spotlight On… David Grupa


Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it…three-to-six days of everything photography, including learning, networking, shopping, and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13).

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every photographic and business topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet…


David Grupa, M.Photog.Cr., CPP


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David Grupa became involved in the photography industry in 1976 and joined PPA the very next year.  Since then, he's expanded both his business and his involvement. He is a member of the Minnesota and Twin Cities PPA Affiliates and works with PPA's Council as well as PPA Charities. Together, with his wife Kirsten, he owns and operates Grupa Portrait Studio, where they specialize in high school seniors, family portraits, and sports team photography. When it comes to photography, David Grupa has seen it all, and he enjoys sharing his experience for the benefit of other photographers.

Speaker Sessions:

Tue, Jan. 16

3:30 pm- 4:45 pm- Back to the Playground (Where You Found Your First Dollar) 


What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up?  I wanted to be the play-by-play announcer for a professional baseball team.
What is your life motto? Pay it forward.

What do you most value in your friends? Wow . . . my friends are fun-loving, loyal and genuinely good people. They're also honest with me, which has helped make me who I am today.

Coke or Pepsi?  Mountain Dew

What are some unmarked items on your bucket list? One that I'll soon be able to cross off is giving a program at Imaging USA! Most of the others involve me visiting various MLB ballparks across the US.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Probably ones I shouldn't post here. 

Why do you love photography? What first grabbed me was the smell of the darkroom and the magic of seeing an image I created come to life in a tray of developer. What kept me was the allure of making it a business and the challenge of finding new ways to find and market to clients

What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? Learn the business of photography. So many people don't realize that while a camera was packed in the box, a photography business wasn't. Spend the money on education so that can you have a sustainable and profitable business model. 

David Grupa is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!

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