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PPA offers degree for wedding photographers

January 2020 issue Wedding

Establish your wedding credFifty-two percent of Professional Photographers of America members report that wedding photography makes up a portion of their business. With a majority of members engaging in this type of photography, PPA decided it was time to create a master of wedding photography degree targeted at this specialty. Earning the degree enables wedding photographers to improve their skills and knowledge in this unique niche as well as establish credibility with clients.The degree... Continue Reading >

Helen Yancy honored with PPA Lifetime Achievement Award

December 2019 issue News

© Foster Yancy Helen Yancy is being honored with a PPA Lifetime Achievement Award.Say “Helen,” and many PPA members know who you’re referring to. A highly decorated member and longtime volunteer in many capacities, Helen Yancy, M.Photog.M.Artist.MEI.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP, A-ASP, API, has another honor to accept. Next month at Imaging USA 2020, Yancy will be presented with the PPA Lifetime Achievement Award. Yancy is just the 17th photographer in the association’s 150-plus... Continue Reading >

High-mileage photograph

9.4.2019 News

Loan Collection image travels the worldWhen Dan Francis, M.Photog,Cr. CPP, entered photographs in the International Photographic Competition last year, he had no idea how far one would go. Literally.From his home base in Fargo, North Dakota, Francis sent “Passing Time” to Georgia in mid-2018 for judging at IPC. There it scored a 98, landing it in PPA’s prestigious Loan Collection. © Courtesy Dan Francis Dan Francis flew to Italy to see his image "Passing Time" displayed in... Continue Reading >

President’s Message: Perception vs. reality


June 2019 issue News

PPA President Audrey Wancket © JAMIE HAYESDon't be intimidatedPerception is the way a person thinks about something. Ask five people to describe a thing and you’ll get five different answers.William Branson III M.Photog., Cr., is a PPA life member and talented portrait photographer. “When I first attended the conventions and programs, I would sit in the back of programs by myself as I had not yet made any friends,” he told me. “I was petrified by all the people and intimidated... Continue Reading >

Certified professional photographer credential speaks volumes


June 2019 issue Business

If there’s a single credential that’s nearly universally understood by consumers as a professional stamp of approval, it’s certification. Certification exists across many industries and professions—accounting, medicine, and education, among others. While they may not have an appreciation for the specific criteria that must be met for certification in any given market segment, the public instinctively understands that certification connotes competence. They know that an individual who... 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 >

Photo Competition Prep: A Fresh Look at the 12 Elements


3.24.2017 News

One of the most daunting sentences you can hear as a novice competitor in PPA's International Photographic Competition is “Entries are judged using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image.” What are these 12 elements? Where can you find them? And most of all, what do they mean?If you’re new to image competition, it can feel like a game. It’s possible you have only a passing familiarity with the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Yes, the list is displayed at every image competition and a short... Continue Reading >

8 new rules for PPA’s International Photographic Competition 2017

3.15.2017 News

Know the new rules and deadlinesThanks to the efforts and participation of the PPA Board of Directors, members, volunteers, and staff, the International Photographic Competition has seen significant growth in the past few years, with upticks in entries, critiques, and overall image quality.IPC 2017 will include a number of rule changes:1. To increase efficiency, juror panels will be reduced from six to five members. In 2016, a six-juror panel judged each image, and the lowest score was... Continue Reading >

Robert Freson honored with Lifetime Achievement Award


January 2017 issue News

This year PPA honors Robert Freson with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Freson has been a professional photographer for more than 60 years, making iconic photographs of countless famous figures—Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Sophia Loren, Alfred Hitchcock, Dwight D. Eisenhower—as well as many noteworthy events, such as Winston Churchill’s funeral and the nuptials of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. In addition, he’s known for food photography (particularly for the successful book “The... Continue Reading >
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