Christmas Greetings 2015







What the Duck: Thanks Photoshop!

See more of “What’s” adventure at his website.

IUSA — A Great Way to Start the Business Year!

In case you haven’t heard, PPA’s Imaging USA broke all attendance records with a crowd of over 11,000 at the annual convention. It was amazing how Opryland Hotel and Convention Center swallowed us all up, but next time I’m going to make sure I have the GPS I carry when I’m photographing landscapes with me so that I can find my way around.
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Once again I had the honor of teaching a full house of really well-motivated photographers, many of whom were determined to learn about the business of photography before they opened their businesses. There would be a lot less heartbreak in this industry if everyone took business this seriously!
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And again, it was my pleasure to teach along with the brilliant Bridget Jackson, one of only three accountants I trust — seriously! Bridget is PPA’s Business Consultant, and I know she would like for me to mention that if you need help on a business issue, she is just a phone call away for PPA members. Chances are you’ll get to talk to the sparkling Jenny Harrison first, so know that you’ll be in good hands with Jenny, who does a fantastic job as marketing coordinator for education and a whole lot more! I’ll be teaching this class at PPA Headquarters on April 25-26; learn more at this link.
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Bridget & Jenny
I also participated as a panel member of a Charitable Giving program sponsored by PPA Charities. The panel included, from left: Dean and Larry Lourcey, Meggan Harper, Lori Nordstrom, myself, Clark Sanders, and Pete Rezac. A reminder that Celebration of Smiles Day is scheduled for April 11, and you can find out more about this charitable giving promotion at this link.
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The Trade Show was fabulous, and it gave me a chance to fiddle with the auto pano feature of my new Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 which is my favorite traveling camera ever! I can’t say enough about how much I love this camera, and it’s not just because of the low price; I’m very impressed with the quality! Here’s a pano of the Lumix booth . . .
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. . . and one of Marathon’s display.
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Marathon introduced their new Family Marketing Program, which is a real direct-marketing bargain. You can learn more about it at this link. Marathon also debuted their new archival Bella Art Prints, a line of upscale designer prints available in sizes up to 20”x29” and on four beautiful paper choices. I was really impressed by a sample that they made from one of my 2014 Loan Collection prints, shown below.
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I also had a chance to visit the two companies without which I could not operate a business: SuccessWare . . .
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. . . and ProSelect.
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I heard someone say that “everyone and his dog was at the Trade Show,” and apparently it was true!
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Imaging USA 2016 is set for January 10-12 in Atlanta. Plan to arrive in time for the
PPA Charities Gala on the evening of January 9!