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Grand Imaging Award 2018 finalists named by Professional Photographers of America

9.7.2017 News

Professional Photographers of America has announced the Grand Imaging Award finalists for 2018.The 100 finalists' images have been deemed the best of the 2017 PPA International Photographic Competition. The Grand Imaging Award finalists, 10 each in 10 categories, were selected from 5,800 entries judged by a panel of 33 jurors.At Imaging USA 2018, the top three photographers in each category will receive awards, with one of the 10 first-place images taking the overall Grand Imaging Award and... Continue Reading >

Stay on script: Marketing do’s and don’ts for photographers


September 2017 issue Business

What you need is a consistent messageOverwhelming. It’s a word Sacramento-based photographer and much-in-demand marketing consultant Teri Fode uses a lot, especially when she describes the pressures photographers face to keep their businesses prospering.“Almost every photographer I meet tells me it is overwhelming to keep up with the rapidly changing world of social media and other marketing tools,” says Fode. “I hear them. They’re faced with the prospect of learning about and... Continue Reading >

Senior portraiture: the experience is everything


August 2017 issue Profiles

Taking high school senior photography beyond the portrait helps Maria Moore stand outThe senior portrait clients of Maria Moore, M.Photog., CPP, have been known to take a hike. Makeup flawlessly applied, hair perfectly coiffed, they might don rain boots, hitch up the skirts of their lovely formal dresses, and tromp through the woods surrounding Huntsville, Alabama, until they reach a creek that’s become one of Moore’s favorite sets. Once there, they glide into the water, sometimes soaking... Continue Reading >

Business tips: Put strategy behind your passion


4.21.2017 Business

Because it’s not enough to love what you doDo what you love and money will follow. Who hasn’t heard that heartfelt but incomplete advice? Pro photographer Suzanne Deaton, M.Photog., notes that without a strategy behind the passion, you’re just hoping to earn a living instead of planning on it.Deaton offers some advice to fellow photographers looking to follow their joy and pay the bills:© Suzanne DeatonGet educated. “Earning my master of photography from PPA was the best... Continue Reading >

Full-service storefront studio creates credibility

October 2016 issue Business

In 2009, husband-and-wife team Dan McClanahan, M.Photog., and Alex McClanahan founded McClanahan Studio in Ames, Iowa, where they met as students attending Iowa State University.By 2012 the couple was able to purchase a 12,000-square-foot commercial building in the Ames historic district, which they remade into their dream studio, installing a new storefront gallery and remodeling vacant spaces to be rented. Now the McClanahan’s live and work in the fully rented building, balancing landlord... Continue Reading >

Model might: Dan Rowe breaks conventions of senior photography


August 2016 issue Profiles

A senior model program breaks with conventionSomething you won’t hear from Dan Rowe is “maybe.” He’s either with something or he’s not. This is a great quality for someone running a senior portrait business in a tiny town like Oakland City, Indiana (population 2,432).“Our town is very small with a lot of lower-income families, but because of the way it’s laid out, there a lot of reasonably sized high schools,” says Rowe. “Last year, we ended up with 27 total high schools... Continue Reading >

From surviving to thriving


August 2016 issue Profiles

What you do when your city goes bankrupt and there’s no market for your services: get personalEd, a hulking high school senior with an introverted personality, was a tough nut to crack, and it was easy for Detroit photographer Shawn Lee to see where he got it. Ed’s mom seemed immovable, firmly telling Lee, who promises his student clients the hottest senior portraits, that her budget wasn’t budging.“[She] said, Look Shawn, I don’t care how ‘hot’ the photos are, I’m not... Continue Reading >

Houston photographer offers free portraits to teens affected by floods


August 2016 issue News

Houston floods inspire philanthropyWhen spring flooding left many Houston families without homes, not to mention family photographs, PPA member Tomayia Colvin jumped in to help. “I knew in a lot of the areas affected that the parents didn’t have flood insurance and were not financially prepared to move everything,” she says. “I wanted to do something to help with the financial burden for the parents and to uplift the teens as well.”Knowing affected teens would certainly miss out... Continue Reading >
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