President’s Message: Aim High

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I can’t believe it’s already December. Our small business’ fourth quarter can be super overwhelming and busy, but I love the hustle and bustle this time of year. I hope all of you are looking forward to the holidays ahead and that your time is filled with family, friends, love, and laughter. Before you know it, we’ll be gathering at Imaging USA in National Harbor, Maryland, Jan. 16-18, 2022. That’s only weeks away.

It’s crazy to me that it’s been 23 years since I attended my very first Imaging USA, and I haven’t missed a one yet. I look forward to reconnecting with all my photography friends each year at the convention. Because so many of us work alone or with a business partner, gathering at Imaging USA is kind of like getting together with work friends. These are the people who understand more than anyone else the highs and lows of owning a small photography business. These are the people I can bounce ideas off of while we enjoy coffee or lunch, sharing solutions and gathering advice. The educational sessions at Imaging USA are priceless, and I could spend all day at the trade show. And then the parties! Who doesn’t love a great party?

"You’re never too old to learn something new."

Mary Fisk-Taylor

This year will be even more special for me for a couple of reasons. One, of course, is that it’s my presidential year, and that alone is incredible. And two, both my mom and my sister will be earning their very first PPA degrees. They each decided last year that they wanted to start educating others about our volume and high school senior business. They put themselves out there and started speaking on the topic and are now eligible for PPA craftsman degrees. I could not be more excited for them and awestruck that they both made this decision and followed through despite the pandemic and other challenges.

My mom and my sister came into the photography business with me when we needed extra help. In their prior careers, Mom was a computer programmer, and my sister was an educator. When they decided to open their own studio over a decade ago, I never doubted they would be a success. I’m not surprised that they set this goal and achieved it, but I’m in constant awe of how hard they work and how much they give back to our community and our industry through volunteerism and now top-quality education. I could not be prouder to be the daughter and sister of these two amazing women. And I’m honored to take the stage with them at Imaging USA to present them with their degrees.

They both continue to prove to me that you’re never too old to learn something new and that setting personal goals is paramount to your continued growth. I look forward to seeing all of the degree and award recipients walk across the stage at Imaging USA 2022 and wish every one a heartfelt congratulations. 

Mary Fisk-Taylor is the co-owner of Hayes & Fisk Photography in Richmond, Virginia.