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President’s Message: Perception vs. reality


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


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 >

The dramatic history of Professional Photographers of America

3.5.2019 News

Book chronicles the oldest professional association for working photographersThe history of Professional Photographers of America was literally 150 years in the making. And chronicling that history was itself a feat. After more than two years of extensive analysis, PPA has published its storied history in the book “The Challenge to Succeed: 150 Years of Professional Photographers of America.”PPA’s antecedent, the National Photographic Association, was founded in 1868 by a small group... Continue Reading >

4 steps to diffusing anger

March 2019 issue Business

We're often caught of guard when we have to respond to someone who's angry, which could be a disgruntled client, an unhappy employee, or even a family member. Whether they're silently stewing or screaming out loud, the first step as the recipient of anger is to calm ourselves so we can engage our best listening skills with an air of patience and curiosity. Clear a path for construction communication by following these steps.Source: "Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are... Continue Reading >

Caroll Michels: Advice on prospering as an artist


March 2019 issue Business

Caroll Michels began her career as an artist. Working primarily in New York, with some projects in Europe, she found a foothold in public art and landed several prominent museum exhibitions. As her career progressed and projects got bigger, she found herself spending 85 percent of her time doing administrative work, and only about 15 percent on creative expression.Tired of the grind, she shifted gears to focus on helping other artists navigate the world of professional art. She formed an... Continue Reading >

Befriending fear: Harness what scares you


January 2019 issue Business

He sounds like a slouch. He hangs around Judi Holler’s home and, well, everywhere she goes, for that matter. Cares for her and keeps her safe but wants her under his thumb, demanding that she vacuum or do laundry when she should be working. And check out his name: Fear. She should dump the guy, right? No way. Working with fear has become integral to Holler’s professional success.We’re not talking about an actual physical dude, of course. Fear is the metaphysical psychosis that occupies... Continue Reading >

A personal project redefined David Peters’ photography business


July 2017 issue Profiles

David Peters realized the true value of his work, and it changed his lifeFor decades, David Peters, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, ran a successful portrait business in Marin County, California, just outside of San Francisco. As he advanced into his 60s, Peters wondered if there might be a more profound purpose for him and his work, something to refocus his efforts and allow him to continue his career on renegotiated terms.Around the time he was contemplating questions that would potentially alter... Continue Reading >

How you know you’ve made it as a pro photographer


9.15.2016 Business

How do you know when you've made it as a pro? Professional Photographer asked five Imaging USA 2017 speakers about success: Kay Eskridge"When your clients become repeat clients, year after year and for all their photographic needs. When your clients think of you first when planning anything that needs to be photographed—all of their life events, you’re a part of." Kay W. Eskridge, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Images by Kay & Co. Photography, Phoenix, Arizona Mary Fisk-Taylor"I’ve... Continue Reading >
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