Studio Makeover: Financial Planning

Bridget Jackson CPA, Manager, PPA Business Consultant & Angela Kurkian M.Photog.Cr., CPP

The second segment of the Studio Makeover webinar series is geared toward financial fundamentals of a profitable business. Bridget Jackson, CPA and PPA Business manager, has worked with our two participating studios to analyze their current financial state. The studios have utilized these findings to build a budget and sales projection that will enable them to achieve personal and business goals.

During this webinar, Bridget will share key findings from this planning process and reveal the financial goals these studios will be tracking throughout the year. You'll also learn best practices for accounting, reporting and planning that you can implement in your own business as you follow along with our makeover participants!

The Studio Makeover webinar series will continue throughout the year as we discuss the goals, strategies and working plans for the two participating studios. Be sure to schedule time to watch all the upcoming webinars in the Studio Makeover series!

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Bridget Jackson Bio

Bridget Jackson is a Certified Public Accountant and the lead advisor with PPA's Studio Management Services. She has worked with small businesses for over fifteen years and has been with PPA for the last seven. Bridget enjoys educating thousands of photographers on the business of photography and working one-on-one with hundreds more to help them understand business concepts that can help them achieve their goals. Whether it is greater profitability, a better work/life balance, creating personal financial security, or questions on taxes and bookkeeping, Bridget is an all-in-one resource for studio management.  She’s leveraged her expertise by overseeing the 2008 and 2010 Benchmark Surveys, using the data collected to create tools and resources to aid photographers in implementing the results with their own studios. 

Bridget has brought a wealth of financial knowledge and experience to PPA, and has quickly become an industry expert on the financial operation of a photography business. If you have any questions for her about your business, or would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation, you are welcome to contact her at Find out why so many photographers say they owe their business’s success to the time they’ve spent with Bridget!          

Angela Kurkian Bio

Currently, as the Director of Education for Professional Photographers of America, Angela has the opportunity to connect with photographers all over the country as they work towards reaching both their business and life goals. She has a strong desire to help photographic artists understand their value and as professionals, develop profitable and sustainable businesses.  

Angela began her career in 1994, specializing in weddings and portraits and continues to develop both her business and her craft.  As the owner of Essenza Studio, near Cincinnati, OH, she works with a small team that caters to the high school senior, family and child portrait markets.

Along the way Angela has been awarded both nationally and regionally for her photography. She has won national awards such as the Kodak Gallery Award, the Fuji Masterpiece and Photographer of the Year, awarded by the Professional Photographers of America for her images entered in the International Photographic Competition