Ann Monteith’s “Beyond Guerrilla Management” Workshop
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Ann K. Monteith
Master Photographic Craftsman
Honorary Master Photographer
Certified Professional Photographer
Associate, American Society of Photographers
Honorary Associate, ASP
PPA International Juror
PPA-Approved Business Instructor
PPA-Approved Photographic Instructor
Fellow, Irish Professional Photographers Association
Ann Monteith is the industry’s leading authority on studio business management and serves as a consultant to studios throughout the country both privately and under the auspices of major industry suppliers. Her Guerrilla Management Workshops and Ann Monteith Means Business Workshops have helped hundreds of studio owners dramatically improve the profitability of their businesses.
In demand as a lecturer on business management and portraiture throughout the U.S. and abroad, she is a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PPA International School of Professional Photography and past president of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles published by the industry press including The Business of Wedding Photography (Amphoto, New York, 1998), The Professional Photographer’s Marketing Handbook (Marathon Press, Norfolk, NE, 1997) The Professional Photographer’s Management Handbook (Marathon Press, 1999), and the Professional Photographer's Guide to Marketing Success (Marathon Press, 2010).
Currently a consultant to Marathon Press, Monteith was instrumental in creating the Association’s Business Initiative and its Studio Management Services division. She is the author of the “Once Upon A Lifetime” children’s portraiture client education program; and the PPA “AN-NE” award for marketing excellence was so-named to honor her (AN) and former PPA president Marvel Nelson (NE) for their efforts in improving the marketing skills of professional photographers. She is the author of the "Findings" for PPA's three Financial Benchmark Surveys.
An active portrait photographer, she and her husband Jim are directors of Countryhouse Studios, a 7,000 sq. ft. studio located in a converted Dutch barn near Hershey, Pennsylvania, as well as a prestige portraiture business and teaching facility in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. In 2010 they opened Persnickety Pet Portraits as a "warm, fuzzy division of Countryhouse Studios."
Ann Monteith holds the B.A. degree in English from Bucknell University.
PPA-Approved Business Instructor
Judy earned a BS degree in Computer Science from Rowan University in 1985. After school, she worked as a software engineer for two years while pursuing her true passion: photography. She launched Judy Grann Photography, a residential studio, in 1987 and quickly learned that it was more difficult than she had expected. So she feverishly studied photography and business with Ann Monteith and other industry leaders. Doing so gave her the knowledge she needed to succeed. She switched her focus from low-end weddings and portraits to higher-end wall portraiture as home decor. Completing her first business plan helped her realize her goal of moving her home studio to a commercial location in the heart of Fairfax, Virginia. To her surprise, she met all of the goals in her plan — doubling her gross sales and tripling her take-home income.
After years of success with her studio business, Judy turned her talents to helping other photographers achieve their dreams. She is a well-known authority on studio business management, marketing, business planning and sales who is credited with helping scores of photographers turn their studios into profitable businesses. She has consulted with hundreds of studios, has taught the business side of photography to hundreds more, and has appeared as a guest speaker at numerous state and national photography conventions. Judy also has served as an instructor for the PPA Approved Business Instructor Class.
Currently she is Vice President of SuccessWare, Inc., makers of SuccessWare studio management software, which donates copies of their business planning and pricing software for your use during the Guerrilla Management Workshops.
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