International Photographic Competition Goes Online for 2020

9.3.2020 News

PPA’s International Photographic Competition  hosted annually by Professional Photographers of America isn’t really a competition at all. It’s an opportunity for photographers to have their images evaluated by trained jurors and to receive constructive feedback from them. With a long history of identifying excellence, IPC challenges photographers to grow their artistic and technical skills by creatively capturing and then presenting their best images for review.This year, in response to... Continue Reading >

Imaging USA 2021 Goes Virtual

9.3.2020 News

With pressures mounting over the continued COVID-19 pandemic combined with looming event deadlines and deliverables, Professional Photographers of America announced plans to move Imaging USA 2021 into a virtual conference space. Included in the move are all facets of the event, including keynotes, pre-conference classes, educational programs, the Imaging Expo, photography exhibits, meetings, social activities, and awards ceremonies.Moving the event to a virtual format does not mean it will... Continue Reading >

5 Tips for Surviving an Economic Slump

May 2020 issue Business

We’ve all lived through at least one significant economic downturn, the most recent lasting from the end of 2007 to the summer of 2009. It’s not easy keeping our spirits up when we’re in the midst of it, but remembering that recovery inevitably comes along can soften the psychic blow. If your business is in a slump, don’t despair. There are ways to make the most of downtime.1. Improve your skills: If there is a skill you’ve wanted to perfect, now’s the time to practice. Maybe... Continue Reading >

President’s Message: Create a Mastermind Alliance

May 2020 issue Business

© Tim Kelly and Kyla Renee PaintingsIf you’ve been in business for more than a minute you know it’s hard work. There are so many surprises, and there are fires to put out every day as an entrepreneur. The phone rings and a client puts you in a tailspin. Your email system serves up an endless stream of messages. Oh, and there’s that social media thing that draws you down the rabbit hole. My personal favorite is discovering a YouTube video for the latest Photoshop trick. Do I need to... Continue Reading >

(De)stressing Out: Elevate and Sustain Your Work Performance

April 2020 issue Business

What do Navy SEALs, NFL players, and professional photographers have in common? More than you might think. Internationally renowned performance coach Fergus Connolly, Ph.D., has worked with top performers such as pro athletes and elite military teams and has found multiple parallels between their stress triggers and the ones experienced by entrepreneurs—particularly creative pros like photographers.Fortunately, there are techniques for recognizing and working through these triggers while... Continue Reading >

How to be habitually motivated

March 2020 issue Business

If only the intensity of our desire and motivations could create the reality we yearn for. Sadly, we can’t go the gym, work out for 8 hours, and get into shape. We can’t study diligently for a week to become accomplished photographers.Author Simon Sinek has a wonderful 3-minute video that explains why we can’t reach most goals through intensity alone. What it takes to attain the things that are really important to us, he notes, is consistency. Bit by bit and over and over we just have... Continue Reading >

5 ways to activate gratitude each day

December 2019 issue Business

No doubt about it: Gratitude is good for you. It has the power to improve your physical health, mental strength, energy level, sleep, and self-esteem. So says brain training expert Jim Kwik, who will deliver the opening keynote at Imaging USA 2020. Practicing gratitude on the daily enables you to better serve your clients and manage your business. Here are are five daily actions to rev up your gratitude.  Continue Reading >

How to focus on what really matters

December 2019 issue Business

We live in an amazing time. There is so much information at our fingertips, all the time. Photographers have access to a seemingly endless library of resources to build their businesses, perfect their processes, and hone their craft.But it can get overwhelming—quickly. There is so much out there, so many new tools and solutions and options, that even the savviest student of the digital economy can suffer from information overload. And even if you can process all this data, how do you apply... Continue Reading >

President’s message: Learning from the greats

October 2019 issue Business

© Gregory Daniel Portraits and Kyla Renee Paintings PPA President Audrey WancketPhotographers get to earn our living doing something we love. And we get to spend our working hours creating images that clients love. That’s especially true for portrait and wedding photographers. We create images that help our subjects feel great about how they look, portraits that show children how much they are valued, and wedding mementos that are so much more meaningful than marriage licenses. Our... Continue Reading >

Pro tips for better presentation and speaking skills

August 2019 issue Business

Are you talking yourself out of sales? Have you considered the way you’re presenting yourself to clients? Your mannerisms and delivery might be affecting your client communications.Cindy AshtonCindy Ashton, an internationally known presentation strategist and CEO of Minerva Enterprises, thinks about these things all the time. Over 20 years of consulting on presentation skills, speaking voice, body language, and content delivery, she’s established tips for better business... Continue Reading >