Ann Monteith is the industry’s leading authority on marketing and studio business management, and she was instrumental in the development of PPA’s Studio Management Services. Her Get Down To Business! Workshops and Guerrilla Management Workshops are credited with setting some of the country’s most successful studios on the road to profitability, and she is a widely read author on subjects of interest to studio owners and managers.
A former chairman of the board of the PPA International School of Professional Photography and a past president of PPA, she received the Gerhard Bakker Award for excellence in teaching, the Charles H. “Bud” Haynes Award “for distinguished service to PPA and its members for encouraging business awareness and practices in the field of professional image-making,” and a 2008 Leadership Award from the International Photographic Council, which was presented at the United Nations. In 2010 PPA presented her with the Helen K. Yancy Award, given for distinguished service to photography that represents “an achievement of service of far-reaching value.”
She and her husband, Jim have owned and operated four different studio businesses. Presently they are directors of Monteith’s Countryhouse Studios in Annville, PA, and also see clients at their vacation home and studio in Deep Creek Lake, MD. In 2009 they opened Persnickety Pet Portraits as a “warm fuzzy division of Countryhouse Studios.”