The end of January marked my 1st Anniversary as a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and what better way to mark it than attending Imaging USA – which was conducted this year from Feb. 1-3 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
My experience as a photographer spans nearly 30 years, and goes back to the days of film and darkrooms. I got my start working as a active-duty U.S. Army photojournalist, and it was only recently that I began planning to work for myself full-time as a professional photographer when I hang up my current full-time gig. I am currently seeking out every resource I can to ensure that when that day comes I am fully prepared to be very successful.
For those who don’t know, Imaging USA is PPA’s annual conference and expo, which features world-class seminars on a variety of topics for professional photographers; as well as a large trade show filled with vendors delivering the latest in technology, equipment, gadgets, as well as products – such as wall art, papers, albums, etc. Additionally, as a huge bonus for its first-year members PPA covers the Imaging USA attendance fee; something I learned shortly after joining last year.
Not wanting to be overwhelmed when I got there, I began early making plans to attend, and as soon as the registration window opened, I was among the earliest of early-bird registrants. As the year progressed and the conference began to take shape, I carefully mapped out the seminar sessions I felt would be most helpful for me as I build, grow and shape my business. Just days before leaving for Nashville, I learned of another huge benefit to first-year member attendees – a pre-conference event designed to help new members get the most of of their business and Imaging USA.
Well, I could go on here for days with all that I took away from Imaging USA, but I think its better if I spread it out a little bit as I continue to digest what I brought back with me. In the coming weeks, I will be adding new posts that focus on particular points or topics that I took away from the conference and expo. I really look forward to sharing.
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” ― Ansel Adams