BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT Kevin Hurley, FP 1360 Maple Avenue Roanoke, VA 24106 540-345-3055 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 1st VICE PRESIDENT Jim Carpenter, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, FP 618-A Forest Street Charlottesville, VA 22903 434-296-7558 E-mail email@example.com 2nd VICE PRESIDENT/TREASURER Stephanie Garr Adams 8742 Shadymist Drive Richmond, VA 23235 804-477-6617 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org SECRETARY Tracy McGee 401 Waters Road Virginia Beach, VA 23322 757-382-9537 E-mail email@example.com CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Sharon Younce 1917 Fairoaks Road Powhatan, VA 23139 804-598-2392 E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org EXEC. SECRETARY Renny Cave, Cr. Photog., AFP, CPP 9909 Chancellor Place Bon Air, VA 23235-2711 804-272-0119 Fax 804-272-7510 E-Mail email@example.com EXEC. TREASURER Polly Frye, M. Photog. Cr., FP CPP 1585 Pine Court Harrisonburg, VA 28802-2485 540-438-0223 Fax 540-438-0223 800-552-VPPA E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org ASSISTANT TO EXEC. TREASURER Don Aittama, CPP 1960 Floyd circle McGaheysville, VA 22840 540-249-2035 E-Mail email@example.com BLUE RIDGE GOVERNOR Sharon Davidson, CPP 3916 Brambleton Ave., Suite 126 Roanoke, VA 24018 540-314-5600 E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org CAPITAL GOVERNOR Robert Harris, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, FP 9521 Amberdale Drive 804-276-1200 E-Mail email@example.com NORTHERN GOVERNOR Elizabeth Bailey 13160 Chestnut Fork Road Culpepper, VA 22701 540-429-3686 E-Mail portraitartbyelizabeth.com TIDEWATER GOVERNOR Keith Forrest, M. Photog. Cr., FP 5473 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23455 757-464-68006 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org PPA COUNCIL MEMBERS Kevin Hurley, FP 1360 Maple Avenue Roanoke, VA 24106 540-345-3055 E-mail email@example.com Charles Lawson, CPP, AFP 310 N. Main Street Kilmarnock, VA 22482 804-436-9999 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org David Lee Michaels 905 Winona Avenue Roanoke, VA 24015 540-342-9129 E-Mail email@example.com Anthony Rumley, M. Photog., Cr., FP, CPP 6964 Forest Hill Avenue Richmond, VA 23225 804-864-5700 E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In this Issue 2
In the News
Kitty L. Pugh
The Business Corner
Chairman of the Board Message
Welcome, New Members!
Learning Painter One Brush at a Time
From the Desk of . . .
Convention Chair’s Message
VPPA Board of Directors
Speaker information starts
Dues Billing Change
VPPA Fall Seminar
From the Desk of . . .
Virginia’s Degrees & Award Recipients
Mark Your Calendars
Directory of Advertisers
Doug Mattice Sharon Younce
Robert Holman Don Aittama
Magazine Deadline Dates for Upcoming Issues For the submission of Articles and Ads for advertising Dates are subject to change without notice
Issue: Submission Deadline Date: Spring/Summer 2013 April 30, 2013 Fall/Winter (Convention), 2014 Dec. 1, 2013
Do You Have Questions About the VPPA? Check our website at: www.vppa.org Look under General Information — Handbook. There you will find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions and lots that are not asked frequently! You can also find the VPPA Constitution and By-Laws there.
SEPPA REPRESENTATIVE Robert G. Holman, M. Photog. Cr., FP, CPP 1917 Laskin Road, Suite 111 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-4250 757-491-9111 Fax 757-491-0869 E-Mail email@example.com
PRINT SALON CHAIRMAN EDITOR, VPPA MAGAZINE Patricia Hansen, M. Photog., Cr. EIC., FP Kitty L. Pugh, Cr. Photog., AFP, CPP 418 West Palmetto 1917 Laskin Road, Suite 111 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-4250 252-480-0194 757-491-9111 Fax 757-491-0869 E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org E-Mail email@example.com
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IN THE NEWS • REMINDER - All address changes of any kind; e-mail, snail mail, website addresses, etc. need to be sent to Renny Cave, VPPA Executive Secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: 9909 Chancellor Place, Bon Air, VA 23235-2711. Renny will act as a clearing house and forward the information on to the appropriate people. • REMINDER - The only VPPA membership categories eligible to be listed on the VPPA website are those members with Active, Additional Active or Active Life Membership classifications. All other types of VPPA memberships are not eligible to be listed. • Web & Social Media Manager - David Lee Michaels is our Web & Social Media Manager. He will add events and other announcements to the Events Schedule page of the VPPA website as necessary. Links to members’ sites may also be requested by contacting David Lee at: email@example.com. Most Convention and Seminar information can be found on line at the website. Other items such as: Convention & Seminar Registration Forms, Print Competition Forms and Membership Application Forms can also be found on line. David Lee updates membership directory listings almost daily. If you have any questions concerning your listing or about the website, contact him via e-mail or by telephone at: (540) 342-9129. • Congrutalations goes to our Web & Social Media Manager and Blue Ridge District member David Lee Michaels. David Lee received a letter from PPA in November informing him that he passed all the requirements to become a Certified Professional Photographer. Way To Go, David Lee! • Get Well Wishes go out to Blue Ridge District member Slick Reeves. Slick had some health problems back in November and had to be hospitalized for a short time. He spent several weeks in rehab. Hope you’re feeling better and all is well now. Cards and letters may be sent to Slick at: 1100 Pansy Street, Lynchburg, Virginia, 23504 or he can be reach by telephone at: (434) 845-2298 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org • Get Well Wishes go out to long-time Blue District member and Past VPPA President, Jim Crawford. Jim was having some health issues back in November and had a few medical procedures done and was hospitalized for a while. He is doing much better. Cards and letters may be sent to Jim at his Studio: 287 W. Main Street, Covington, Virginia, 24426 or he can be reached by telephone at: (540) 962-1785. • Our Thoughts, Prayers and Condolences go out to the friends and family of former Tidewater District member Elliott Lee Torn. Elliott died November 14th, 2012, of a heart attack. Elliott was 64 years old and resided in Newport News, Virginia. For more information contact: Joseph Lust at (757) 464-2205 • Our Thoughts, Prayers and Condolences go out to Blue Ridge District member Slick Reeves. Slick’s sister, Lucille Reeves, passed away late Thursday night, November 29th, 2012. You can send Slick an e-mail message at: email@example.com or send cards and letters to: 1100 Pansy Street, Lynchburg, Virginia, 24504. • Our Thoughts, Prayers and Condolences go out to long time Tidewater District member Don Monteaux. Don’s mother, Vieva Regina Monteaux, passed away on Thursday, November 29th, 2012. Cards and letters may be sent to Don at his home address: 4302 Holly Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451, or he may be reached by telephone at: (757) 425-7235 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org • Our Thoughts, Prayers and Condolences go out to Northern District member Elizabeth Bailey. Elizabeth’s brother, Karl B. Stengele, passed away in December. Cards and letters may be sent to Elizabeth at: 13160 Chestnut Fork Road, Culpeper, Virginia, 22701 or she may be reach by telephone at: (540)429-3686 or by e-mail at: email@example.com • Our Thoughts, Prayers and Condolences go out to Tidewater District members Paul & Susan Trahadias. Paul’s father, Philip Trahadias, passed away on December 30th, 2012. He was retired from the company he founded, Atlantis Photo Processing, after 27 years. Cards and letters may be sent to Paul & Susan at their Studio/Lab address: 6223 Chesapeake Blvd., Norfolk, Virginia, 23513 or they may be reached by telephone at: (757) 373-4045 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org • Congratulations – Barbi Barnum had one of her images – “Timid Tessa” featured in the January on-line issue of the SEPPA magazine, Southern Exposure. Way To Go, Barbi! • Get Well Wishes go out to long-time Northern District member and Past VPPA President Bob Good who has not been feeling well lately. Bob celebrated another birthday on Saturday, January 19th. Happy Birthday, Bob! Cards and letters may be sent to Bob at: 12517 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, Virginia, 22827, or messages may be left for him by telephone at: (540) 289-9795, or by e-mail at: email@example.com VPPA Board Meeting Minutes (Condensed) from Board Meeting of Monday, August, 27th, 2012 in Richmond, VA • The Meeting was Called to Order by Anthony Rumley and an Invocation was given by Jim Carpenter. • There were no Proxy Votes to be confirmed. • Minutes from last meeting - A Motion was made and carried to accept the Minutes as presented from the last meeting. Executive Treasurer’s Report • Don stated that he has closed the Bank America account and put that money into the SunTrust account. Both banks required a minimum balance. That action freed up $4000 for the general fund. There is a debt of $3600 due to the scholarship fund from the purchase of the new projector. • As of this meeting, Don estimated $5k positive at the end of this year compared to the budget that the Finance Committee presented. Don recommended that if we have a surplus, that we pay back the scholarship fund from purchasing the projector. continued on page 3
By Kitty L. Pugh, Cr. Photog., AFP, CPP
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh, My! Lions and Tigers and Bears!!!!! Convention 2013 is right around the corner and we’re going to have a rip ROARING time of it. If you’ve ever wanted to act like an animal, this will be your chance. Don’t miss this opportunity to ‘swing like a monkey’ threw the trees. Roanoke will be the place to be. Don’t miss out on this one and only opportunity to play with the big animals at Virginia’s Annual State Convention. The date is: February 22nd - February 26th, 2013. Place: Holiday Inn Roanoke Valley View 3315 Ordway Drive, Roanoke, Virginia, 24017 Telephone: (888) 465-4329 or (540) 362-4500 Print Competition Entry Deadline: Friday night, Feb. 22nd, 2013 All print cases MUST be in by 4:00 p.m. Note: Print Entry Forms can be downloaded on line at the VPPA website: www.vppa.org. If you have any problems, contact: Pat Hansen at: (252) 480-0194 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org Reminder: If you want your images to be presented in the Blue Ribbon show at the Awards Banquet, you MUST include in your print case a CD containing all your images. Title each image as follows: Your last name followed by a period and the print title, using capitals for the first letter of each word. Put your full name on the outside of the CD. Print Judging: Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 2013, starting at 8:00 a.m. and continuing, if necessary, Sunday morning, Feb. 24th, at 8:00 a.m. until completion. Annual Breakfast/Brunch/Business Meeting: Saturday morning, Feb. 23rd, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Trade Show: Sunday, Feb. 24th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Open to the Public) CPP Exam: Sunday, Feb. 24th, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more details: contact David Lee Michaels, CPP Liaison, at [(540)342-9129] New Member Orientation: Sunday Afternoon, Feb. 24th, 1:30 p.m. Past Presidents’ Dinner: Sunday Night, Feb. 24th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (You MUST be a Past President to attend this dinner.) Print Critique: Sunday Night, Feb. 24th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. All Convention Party: Sunday Night, Feb. 24th, starting at 9:00 p.m. Theme: “It’s a Safari” and it’s a Jungle out there so push through the underbrush, put on your best animal costume and come play with the animals. It’s time to GET WILD! Note: Don’t forget to buy your Raffle Tickets for the Polly Frye Scholarship Raffle Event. $10 each or 3 for $20. Contact Jim Sanders (540) 828-3375 or your District Governor to purchase tickets.
CPP Luncheon: Monday, Feb. 25th, 12 o’clock noon – 1:30 p.m. Executive Board Photos: Monday Night, Feb. 25th, 6:00 p.m. – Hotel Lobby (Group photo of entire VPPA Executive Board and District Governors)
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IN THE NEWS continued from page 2
Well, its convention time again. Jim Carpenter and his staff have worked hard for the last 18 months to bring you an awesome line up of diverse speakers. As you know the convention is once again in Roanoke before moving back to Richmond for 2014 and 2015. As I thought about what I wanted to say in my message, Kevin Hurley, M. Photog., FP I kept coming back to the same theme. What has VPPA meant to me and my business? There is an old saying, “You get out of it, what you put into it.” You can’t sit on the sideline and expect things to just happen. You need to get involved! It never fails to amaze me. When I attend a district meeting, I always come away with a piece of knowledge that will help my business. This is my Thirteenth year in the VPPA; I have served in some way for nine of those years. I know you’re saying “good for you Kevin”. Well it is good for me, and my business. I have met lifelong friends! Not only in the state of Virginia, but across the Country. In 2005 I met Bob Boyd a wonderful photographer, who taught some lighting and posing that I still use today. In 2011 I met Cris Duncan, while I was looking for speakers for my convention. Cris and I talk on a regular basis, about photography, business and family. This September we spent 4 days in Yosemite National Park with a dozen other photographers, photographing and learning. My point to all this is, we need to get involved. The board works very hard to provide all these opportunities for you. Help us by promoting the VPPA, attending your district meetings, seminars and conventions. Remember you get out of it, what you put into it. See you at the Safari
Print Critique Sunday, February 24th, 2013 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Speaker: Pat Hansen, M. Photog. Cr., MEI, FP and Judges. Pat Hansen and the Judges will help answer some of the questions as to ‘Why’ one print got a ‘Blue’ ribbon and another didn’t. It’s all about the 12 elements of importance that make up a good photograph/portrait: Impact Creativity Style Print Presentation Color Balance Center of Interest
Print Quality Technique Composition Lighting Story Telling Subject Matter
• The McDearmid scholarship fund has a deficit of $374 and the Searle fund only has $130 in it. Polly said the McDearmid and O’Neal scholarships both come out of the Memorial fund so is not in deficit. Don asked what should be done to make sure the scholarship accounts are not depleted. Polly said that in the past a scholarship has been dropped if funds are not available. • Kevin Hurley has talked with H&H to try to put together a calendar as a fund raising item for the convention. He is still working on that. • The Board had already voted to reduce the Searle scholarship to $500. Don asked whether any other scholarships should be reduced. Renny said it would be a shame to drop any of the remaining scholarships but suggested that the McDearmid and O’Neal could be reduced, if necessary, to $750 each. Anything below that amount would not pay tuition at most schools. • Anthony Rumley recommended the finance committee come up with fund raising ideas. Renny read a statement from PPA that offered things to the affiliates to use in a raffle or auction. • Stephanie made a Motion for Renny to contact PPA to get more information and to explore the PPA offer. Motion carried. • Another idea was raised to offer one or more pre-Convention classes on the Friday of that week. Rather than renting hotel rooms, David Lee Michaels and Kevin Hurley each volunteered their studios for a class to raise money for the scholarship fund. Jim Carpenter was asked to explore this option. Jim asked Pat Hansen whether one of the additional judges could also do a pre-con class. She agreed to follow up on this. New Member Applications • A Motion was made and carried to accept six Active & 2 Provisional applications as presented. Renny still had two applications that were not completed and even though these people had been contacted, their final information had not been received. It was suggested that both be accepted as Provisional members and not have full Active status until the information is given. A Motion for same was made and carried. Executive Secretary’s Report – as presented by Renny Cave • Renny reminded the board that when an application is turned in, the Governor needs to let the applicant know when the next board meeting is and when the vote on the application will occur. • Don Aittama offered to follow up with each applicant stating he received their application and it will be voted on at the next board meeting and when that is. • Renny also reminded the governors to keep these applicants informed of monthly meetings while their applications are pending so they can attend. Changes to Membership Application – Renny presented new wording reflecting the pro-rating of membership dues. There was discussion on how to pro-rate membership dues when a member joins at Convention. Various suggestions were presented and discussed. Polly made a Motion to go back to the old way that allows anyone who pays after the Convention to have their dues cover the rest of that year plus the following year. However, a recommendation was made that the Finance Committee review this policy to see if it will affect the financial health of the organization or if we need to implement prorated payments. Motion Carried • Bobby Carlsen made a Motion for the President to have the finance committee review this and come back to the board with their recommendation. Motion carried. • Kevin suggested we use calendar dates such as Mar 1 and Aug 1 as the cut off dates instead of indeterminate descriptions such as “after the Seminar”. Motion carried • Renny reminded the Governors they need to have their District elections if they have not already done so. • Renny recognized Elizabeth Bailey, a Lt Gov and incoming Northern District Governor in attendance. - Renny reminded the Governors to add new members as they are voted in to their district lists and to make an effort to include them so they feel welcomed to the organization. - She also reminded the Governors that PPA Affiliation renewal will be coming up and for all out-going Governors to help new incoming governors with that. District Governors’ Reports – submitted in writing • All Districts presented reports. Convention 2013 – as presented by Jim Carpenter • Jim asked to include Lora Yeater from West Virginia to his list of speakers. She will present a program on high school seniors. H&H Color Lab will pick up her $1000 speaking fee and if we have 100 people in her program, $500 for 50 people and expenses. Jim advised that her son has cancer, so he has contacted another photographer to fill in just in case she is not able to attend. • Jeff Lubin will speak on Children. Burrell Colour Lab will pick up $1500. The cost to the Association will only be $500. • Jim had to drop Rich Newell to stay on budget. • Jim made a Motion to accept these two additional speakers. Motion carried. • Jim estimates that he is spending approximately $9000 for speakers. Sharon asked whether the $9000 included airfare and lodging. Renny said that she understood the $10k budgeted should encompass everything for the speakers including airfare and lodging. Jim stated that the $9000 included sponsorship which he has obtained. • Trade Show – Jim has contacted over 60 vendors and hopes to get at least 30 vendors at the trade show. • “The Wedding Planner” magazine would be willing to run an ad for the VPPA. This ad needs to be designed to impact as many studios as possible. They are also donating an ad that we can auction off to our members. • Jim hopes to get a TV donated by Crutchfield for an auction item or the grand door prize. • Wells Fargo will also be a vendor at the trade show. • Robert Holman is the Tradeshow Chairman, Charles Lawson, Portia Schneider and Jim are continued on page 5
Virginia Professional Photographer
The Business Corner By Doug Mattice
Self-Confidence and a Positive Mindset The Keys to Improving Your Sales, Your Photography and Your Bottom Line! When I work with a photographer to help them grow their business, one of the most common “weaknesses” I encounter in the first month of coaching is an overwhelming lack of self-confidence. This lack of confidence eventually eats away at their positive mindset, and it keeps them from achieving their dreams and purpose. Without a high level of confidence, you tend to put off the many actions that you MUST take in order to succeed in business. Studies have shown that many creative, artistic people have this personality trait, which is why so many of us feel insecure and have a huge fear of rejection. If you have a self-confidence problem, or a fear of rejection, it is hurting you in many ways: • It hurts your photography because it is difficult to be creative when you are stressed and tense. • It hurts your sales because you may be afraid to ask for the sale or worse, you may sabotage the sale by thinking the client is spending too much so you begin to discount your work. • It hurts your family because you are never there for them or even if you are, you are spending your time thinking about the business. • It hurts your overall success as a business owner because potential clients will see that you are insecure or that you lack confidence, hence they will not hire you.
Here are six ways you can improve your confidence that will lead to a more successful bottom line: 1.
Be careful who you spend your time with. Hanging out with the wrong people can ruin your confidence and positive outlook on life. These people are the “naysayers” and are always complaining about the economy, the government and why you can’t succeed in your business. They do not understand that you have a passion and a purpose to create beautiful images for your clients. If you listen too long to these people, you will eventually succumb to having a lack of confidence because you will become like them.
Be very careful of how you talk and think about yourself. This inner “self talk” has a tremendous amount of power in how we pursue things that we need to get done. If you constantly tell yourself, “I can’t” or “I will never be able to charge that much for my photography,” then you are just setting yourself up for internal failure. Keep a positive conversation going on in your head at all times. Push through the tough times and keep moving forward.
Start using these empowerment principles to keep a positive mindset. Here are a few of my favorites: a. Life offers neither problems nor challenges, only opportunities. This teaches you to make the best out of everything! b. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. This helps get you over the fear of rejection. Remember, “ask” for the exhibit, “ask” for the sale, “ask” for the design consultation. c. They are going to love these portraits! Say this over and over again in your head as you wait for your client to arrive for their viewing and sales appointment. This excitement will carry over into your sales conversation and will lead to better sales averages. You get the idea. Teach yourself to speak ONLY in positive terms and this will increase your self-confidence.
Act as if… Act has if you are already self-confident. Feelings follow actions, which means if you act self-confident then you will become selfconfident!
Begin working every day on YOURSELF and YOUR CONFIDENCE and ATTITUDE. Take control of your thoughts; read positive books and magazine articles and take time to study sales and telephone techniques. Over time you will see a positive change and your business will begin to grow faster than you ever thought was possible. The world today is such a negative place. It is up to you to take control of your attitude and mindset. As they say in the Marine Corps, “No one can do the pushups for you!”
Set some goals or intentions and read them to yourself every day. Knowing where you are going puts you ahead of so many other people who are spending their time aimlessly drifting from one day to the next. Having a set direction and a positive mindset will give you the self-confidence to fully succeed in presenting your gift of photography to the world!
To your success and confidence! Doug Mattice is a business breakthrough specialist who helps photographers increase their income within 12-18 months. Years of hands-on business experience and teaching provide Doug with the tools to show studio owners how to step into their role as the CEO of their businesses. He shows them HOW to grow their businesses to the next level, without going broke or crazy in the process. Doug begins by looking at the overall business model to determine the most lucrative offerings and strategies available that will take the business to the next level. Then, he creates marketing and business systems that clarify what the studio owner needs to do each day, week and month to create a highly profitable business and an amazing lifestyle. Doug is the creator of Unleash My Studio Business Breakthrough Program, which combines business, marketing and money strategies to teach photographers the essential foundations they need to create sixfigure businesses and beyond. To see more business tips and learn more about his services, visit his website: www.unleashmystudio.com
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD MESSAGE Before we can blink our eyes the 2013 VPPA Convention will be here. Jim Carpenter has a wonderful lineup of speakers for our convention this year. Jim has been working really hard for several years to make this Convention a great Safari ride for all of us. Some of his speakers are: Bill Allard, Vanessa and Rob Adams, Michael and Tina Timmons, Tim and Beverly Walden, Randy McNeily, Joe and Mary Jean Campanellie, and Lora Yeater. Also our own John Waters and Jeff Lubin will be presenting programs. Please Sharon Younce, FP make your plans now to attend this year’s Convention in Roanoke Feb. 22-26 at the Holiday Inn Valley View. Jim can always use volunteers, please offer to help him for the convention. Thank you Jim and all who have worked so hard to make our Convention exceptional! I am a visual person and writing an article for the magazine is difficult for me. I try so hard to find something that will be helpful in our profession to write about. I would much rather be out taking pictures than writing. The following are some quotes I found while researching material to write about. I hope you will find them helpful. Steve Shore writes; “As I wade a stream, I think wordlessly of where to cast the fly. Sometimes a difference of inches is the difference between catching a fish and not. When the fly I’ve cast is on the water, my attention is riveted to it. I watch the fly calmly and attentively so that when the fish strikes, I strike. Then, the line tightens, the playing of the fish begins, and time stands still. Fishing, like photography, is an art that calls forth intelligence, concentration, and delicacy.” “To photograph is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality,” he wrote, neatly defining the moment of suspended reality that occurs when the shutter opens and closes in an instant. “It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” Like an artist uses his brush or a musician uses their instrument, we use our cameras, and whether some agree or not . . . we are all artists. Photography is a form of art, a continuously growing one at that. We all have access to cameras these days - look at just about every phone and you’ll find a camera on it. Does that mean the person knows how to use that particular camera? Does it that make them an award winning photographer? Does that mean they are a “photographer?” As professionals, we are faced daily with the digital camera age. Everyone thinks they are a photographer. We can step out of our comfort zone to help these individuals learn more and become a professional or we can keep complaining about them. Invite them to our Convention, Seminars, or meetings. I look forward to seeing you all at the Convention. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.
Welcome, New Members! New Members voted into membership at recent VPPA Board meetings: Tyra Behrens Michael Gabriel David Michael Geller David Johnson Steven Norris Jessica Nunnally Steven Radcliffe Pam Soper Roy Widgeon Jametha Young
Northern District Northern District Northern District Tidewater District Blue Ridge District Capital District Tidewater District Northern District Tidewater District Tidewater District
IN THE NEWS continued from page 3 all working on Tradeshow. Convention 2014 – as presented by Stephanie Adams • Stephanie made a Motion to sign a two year contract with the Sheraton Park South in Richmond and to make the requisite $1000 deposit. Motion carried. • Stephanie gave details of the contract with the hotel and said that it is the best she has been able to find in the Richmond area. There are some space requirements that will need to be addressed. Ethics Committee - No inquiries to report. Finance Committee - as presented by Sharon Younce • Sharon advised that the Finance committee met Monday morning, August 27th , prior to the board meeting. Sharon asked Don Aitama to present the report. • Don stated that the Capital One card is charging us a $35 annual fee. He made a Motion to look into getting a new credit card without an annual fee. Bobby Carlson asked how much we typically spend on the credit card. Don and Polly replied we don’t put much on it, typically because the Association has had such a low credit limit. Don recommended that we try to get a higher limit and have a card with a cash-back rebate. With additional charges on the card, there will more cash back to save us money. He suggested that Kitty Pugh use the card for the magazine printing and that he and Renny will charge supplies, postage, etc. If the VPPA can charge hotel costs for Conventions and Seminars, it would greatly increase the amount of rebate paid. Motion carried Print Salon Report - as presented by Pat Hansen • Pat advised that Wolfgang is still in training to take over for Pat, possibly in 2014. • Five speakers for 2013 will also be judging, one will be the jury chair; however, she needs to fill out the rest of the panel. • Pat, Wolfgang, and Beth will be testing the software to see if they can work out the glitches. • Pat suggested bringing in Gordon Kreplin to judge and possibly do a pre-con program. Magazine Report - No report. Latest issue is out and most members have received it. Website – as presented by David Lee Michaels • David Lee has created a VPPA Facebook page for the general public and it is set to go live. • He is researching copyright issues. CVS is apparently allowing people to print straight from Facebook if they check a box saying they have the right to print that image. • Don and David Lee are trying to get with Jeff Burton about modifying membership renewal procedures on the website and creating a reminder system for dues payments. • Registration for the seminar has been seamless. • Convention teaser information is already on the website. Membership Report • David Lee Michaels stated that Capital and Tidewater still need liaisons. Library Report - A written report was presented and attached to the permanent minutes. Appointed Committee Reports • Term Limits will be discussed at the next board meeting. Old Business • Jim Carpenter made a Motion and it was carried to refrain from selling the original trailer at this time. Since the Association has to paid fees, insurance, etc., there was discussion on whether the print committee should use it rather than just having it sit empty. As it is, storage of the equipment is spread out among several different members. It would save trying to coordinate which member has what piece of the equipment when it is needed if it could all be stored in one central location. New Business - No new business was brought to the Board. PPA Report – as presented by David Lee Michaels • David Lee advised that four councilors have been elected - David Lee Michaels, Kevin Hurley, Anthony Rumley and Charles Lawson. The councilors will attend a mandatory training meeting at Imaging USA in January, 2013. SEPPA Report as presented by Anthony Rumley • April 12, 2013, pre-con. There will be several classes offered. • April 13 – 16, 2013, convention will be held in Athens, GA. • Starting in 2014 Conventions will most likely be in Atlanta to make it easier to access. • They are talking about having an executive members meeting from each state for training. Kevin Hurley will attend in 2013. Summer Seminar Report as presented by Bobby Thigpen • Bobby advised that 60 rooms have been booked. B&S Picture Frames and the VPPA Library are the only Trade Show vendors. There are still four tables available. • Sharon brought up talking with Richmond Camera. Anthony will speak to Blake Bullard. • Pat suggested talking to Robert Holman and John Waters to see if there are any local vendors who might be interested in coming. • Don Aittama stated that expenses should not be very high. We’re only looking at just the hotel and Adrian Hensen’s expenses. • Don also brought up doing a photographer auction to raise money. • Bobby Thigpen asked about getting Districts to sponsor coffee breaks. • Renny Cave reminded the governors to promote raffling off a one year membership to VPPA. • Tracy McGee is in charge of door prizes. Future Board Meetings - The next VPPA Board meeting will be held Monday, November 5th at Richmond Sheraton Park South Hotel in Richmond. - A Motion was made and carried to Adjourn.
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One Brush at a Time (Learning from the Master) By Eric Green, CPP, AFP
I had the great fortune to spend a week this summer with digital art pioneer and Painter Master Jeremy Sutton. His work embodies a creative mix of techniques borrowed from the old masters and his own unique use of color and texture. His works are easily identifiable by his personal style. In this article, I will the offer lessons I gleaned from my week with this amazing artist. Much to my surprise, we spent the first day and a half experimenting with different brushes. I found myself wondering if Jeremy suffered from the same brush paralysis that has been the theme of this series of articles. Did he have the same brush-inspired hesitance that so many complain of or was he leading us somewhere that I didn’t see as yet? The fact that he had us sharing these abstract brush experiments with the class as though they were finished works was even more confounding. His purpose began to become clear as we moved into working from photographs. We had indeed been creating abstract paintings that, if done convincingly, could stand on their own. These abstracts had roughly similar compositions and color make up as their source images. The layering of different brush strokes wasn’t done just to find interesting brushes or useful settings; they were highly layered textures perfect for painterly backgrounds. The pursuit of deep textures and layers of colors even extended to our mistakes. Jeremy insisted that mistakes be worked into the paintings-creating even more texture. Corel Painter has long had the ability to step backward multiple times using [Ctrl/Cmd Z]. However, since Rembrandt didn’t have an undo button, neither did we! (fig.1) Many in the class were surprised that we went several days into the clinic before any mention of painting details. Just a few days before, while sharing our reasons for taking the class, we stated almost in unison the desire to produce more painterly, less photographic Fig. 2 Fig. 1 paintings. Now, with equal unanimity, we were itching to learn new techniques for painting eyes, hair and other details. We were universally missing the point. In Jeremy’s words, paintings are often more convincing when they are suggestive instead of detailed. This lesson did not sink in until, while I was sketching a ballerina onto an abstract background, Jeremy emphatically told me “Stop painting … you’re done … it’s beautiful!” Before fully realizing what my hero had just said, I thought to myself, “But what about the eyes.” The master artist continued, “You have to know when to stop … If you don’t, everything you paint will look like a photograph.” (fig.2) I hope to bring more of the many lessons from this iconic master soon … but for now let’s have some fun. Here’s a quick grungy comic book technique I used to create a fun image of Mr. Sutton. Step One: Open the image and create a clone. [Files>Quick Clone] (fig.3)
Step Two: Fill the canvas with a background color of your choice. [Edit>Fill] Step Three: Create an embossed line drawing using the original luminance [Effects>Surface Control>Apply Surface Texture] and choose original luminance from the drop down box. Adjust the settings to taste and select OK. Apply Surface Texture again, this time, with the invert dialog box selected. (fig.4) Step Four: Create a new layer [Layers>New Layer] Fill the layer as in step two. Paint a loose abstract using any highly textured brush. I used square chalk from the chalk category. Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard Light Mode. This will change your muck up into a grungy overlay. Step Five: Click on the bottom canvas layer and again create a new layer. Use this layer to flatly color in skin, hair and other details. Each area could be done on a separate layer for extra control. Adjust the layer opacity to taste. (fig.5)
IN THE NEWS continued from page 5 VPPA Board of Directors’ Minutes from meeting of Monday, November 5th, 2012, held in Richmond, Virginia • The Meeting was Called to Order by Anthony Rumley and an Invocation given by Jim Carpenter. • Proxy Votes: Robert Harris represented James Cook for Capital District. Minutes from last meeting • A Motion was made and carried to accept the minutes as presented from the last meeting. Executive Treasurer’s Report – as presented by Don Aittama • Don reviewed the Treasurer’s Report. He stated that we came out a little better off than originally budgeted. The Summer Seminar took in about $988. The total Convention expense for the year was $28,465. We have spent $22,347 in general and administrative costs vs. the budget amount of $21,849. Don moved down to the bottom line of the budget and stated that we have spent $65,787 vs. the budget of $75,428, which is favorable. The budget had predicted a loss of $745, but there was a positive variance to the budget of $5,386. The Association had a loss of $11,000 in dues but picked up $5,000 in other income. The report reflected a loss in the scholarship fund of $4,273.95. Overall the financial statement was better than budgeted. Considering the number of members lost last year, this was a good sign and showed fiscal responsibility. A Motion was made and carried to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented. New Member Applications – as presented by Don Aittama • Don mentioned that he had heard from some members who are choosing not to renew, and there are several who are downgrading from Additional Active to Office Staff. Don stated that he overlooked bringing two applications with him and will send them electronically to the board. He stated who the members were. A Motion was made and carried to accept the applicants provisionally if they have fulfilled all the requirements of membership. Executive Secretary’s Report – as presented by Renny Cave • Renny welcomed all new and returning Board members. She stated that all board members need to be visible to the membership at seminars, conventions, etc., and at District meetings. The Board must be available for members to voice concerns, objections etc. The Board was asked to give consideration to read and respond to all emails regarding VPPA. If a group consensus is sent out, please respond with a reply to all so that all members can see the votes. • Current governors were asked to turn in credit requests for speakers and officers. It was recommended that all officers moving into a new job positions read the policy manual and become familiar with their new duties. • Current Governors were instructed to pass along the policy manual and all information to the new Governors. Materials were passed out to new governors. Governors need to bring written reports to all meetings. • A CD containing templates for Governors’ reports, Treasurer’s reports, contracts for speakers, a district mailing list, etc. was given to each incoming Governor. The mailing list needs to be kept as current as possible. District newsletters need to go out to executive board members, as well as district members. • Current applications were also in the packet, printed on blue paper. New stationary was included, listing contact information for all new officers. • Rebates are to be used for education of members. These can be used for social functions as well, but for the benefit for all members of the district. Don stated that rebate checks have already been sent out to the Districts. • The Liaison for the Governors this year is the VPPA President, Kevin Hurley. Kevin or Renny are available to answer any questions that the Governors may have if questions remain after the Governor has read their policy manual. District Governors’ Reports – submitted in written form • All Districts presented reports and copies of these are attached to the permanent minutes. Convention 2013 – as presented by Jim Carpenter • Jim requested two additional speakers, the Muncys and Don Aittama. Adding these speakers will bear no cost to the organization. A Motion was made and carried for approved of additional speakers. • Jim stated that the Convention has 13 scheduled speakers. • Joe Parker agreed to chair the photographers’ auction. Jim Sanders will be in charge of the raffle for the Polly Frye scholarship. • There will be a pre-convention class. The speaker will be Gordon Kreplin and the class will be held at Kevin Hurley's studio. Jim proposed charging $50 for attendance and limiting the class to 15 attendees. It was pointed out that Extra Day for Extra Pay functions usually cost $99 to attend. David Lee voiced concern over that price for a pre-Convention class. Pat pointed out another reason not to charge so much would be the added expense to attendees for having to obtain a hotel room for an additional night in order to attend the preconvention class. Stephanie mentioned maybe $79 would be a good price point and a compromise. The pre-con class cost at present does not cover lunch for the attendees, but a sponsor for lunch could be sought. A Motion was made and carried to set the cost for the preConvention program at $79. • Jim thanked David Lee Michaels and his wife, as well as Kevin Hurley and his staff for their help. • Pat Hansen asked Jim about rooms listed as comp rooms and mentioned one for an “unknown judge”. This person will be paying for his/her own room because people who come only to judge have to cover their own rooms. • Stephanie Adams passed around registration form. • Kevin brought up the issue that if you're a SEPPA or PPA member attending the convention, that $95 leaves no incentive for these individuals to join VPPA. A Motion was made and carried to increase the attendance fee for these individuals to $175 before the cutoff date, and continued on page 8
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IN THE NEWS continued from page 7 $200 after the cutoff date. After discussion, however, the Motion was withdraw until such time as the Finance Committee can review the fees. Sharon recommended changes to registration form were presented to Stephanie. A Motion was made and carried to accept the registration form with slight changes. • Regarding the upcoming 2013 convention, Kevin stated that he is going to try to get 4over, Inc. to donate postcards again to distribute to camera stores, schools, etc. • Renny followed up with PPA about items they had to raffle off and use. PPA approved this and we will receive certificates later this year and they will cover 2014 dues with the PPA certificate. Since PPA president will be present, Renny stated that she would like to see something special done and have him make the announcement when the prize is given. Convention 2014 – as presented by Stephanie Adams • Stephanie has spoken to a few speakers. She has a verbal commitment from Randy Collier from Utah. His fee is $1,500 with a sponsorship of $750, and he is willing to judge. • Gregory Daniel does amazing family portraits. His fee is $2,500 fee, with no sponsorship, but he is flexible and willing to work with us, and he is also willing to judge. • Joe Edelman does glamour. Stephanie would like for him to do a shootout. His fee is between $1,000-$1,800, depending on how long a program we require. He is working on obtaining sponsorship. • Travis Hugelman’s fee is $2,000 with sponsorship from WHCC and Larsen. What the sponsors are willing to provide will depend on how many people we are expecting to have in attendance. He is also willing to judge. • Stephanie requested approval for Randy Collier, Gregory Daniel, Travis Hugelman, and Joe Edelman, depending on budget. A Motion was made and carried to approve Stephanie’s request for speakers. • Kevin mentioned to Stephanie to check the PPA website to see if these judges are affiliated. Convention 2015 – as presented by Tracy McGee • Tracy mentioned that she already has a few speakers possibly interested in presenting programs, all of which are affiliated judges and offering to judge as well. One speaker interested in coming is Rick Massarini. • The 2015 convention theme will be something along the lines of an Egyptian theme. • The dates for the 2015 convention will be February 20-24, 2015. Ethics • Sharon stated that there are no inquiries to report, based on an e-mail that was sent to her by Fred Powell. Finance Committee – as presented by Sharon Younce • Don had to leave, but on his behalf, Sharon stated that the finance committee recommended that for the members who only paid half of their membership dues when they joined after March 15, they will then be billed for half the stated amount for renewal in November. In accordance with his recommendation, a Motion was made and carried so that the membership fees for 2013 may be adjusted accordingly. • Kevin Hurley presented additional recommendations from the Finance Committee: a) All new members who join between Sept 15 – Mar 15 would pay the full amount of membership dues per category and won’t be billed again until October of following year and, b) Part of the recommendation is also that new members joining between Mar 16 – Sep14, pay half of the amount of their membership dues per category. • A Motion was made and carried that any member joining between Sept 15 – March 15, would pay full amount of membership dues per category, or joining Mar 16 – Sept 14 will pay half. • Sharon made a Motion on Don’s behalf to pay the money back to the scholarship fund that had been borrowed to purchase the new projector in the amount of $3,570. The money would come from the surplus that is in the general fund. Motion carried. • Don is in the process of replacing the Capital One card with a Chase card which gives a 2% rebate on purchases. • Sharon made a Motion and it was carried that Renny, Kitty and Don be able to use this card. Print Salon report – as presented by Pat Hansen • Pat stated that Gordon Kreplin is going to be 6th judge. • At Seminar, Pat had a lot of problems with the Print Salon computer and needs a new battery for the Mac computer. • A Motion was made and carried that Pat to be allowed to purchase a battery. • Pat stated that there were problems last year regarding people who entered prints in EI category. Entries in that category need to have work prints. Multiple awards could not be awarded due to not having work prints. • Kevin Hurley asked for clarity on the cutoff date for paying membership dues in order to be able to enter prints in print competition. In previous years, members have shown up with print cases, dues, late fees and print case fees at convention. Magazine Report – as presented by Kitty Pugh • Kitty requested that board member bios be kept reasonable in length. She needs an updated photo and bio from each board member- especially the new board members. • Kitty is waiting on info from Jim for magazine. Kitty liked using Dropbox with Kevin last year. Website – as presented by David Lee Michaels • David Lee mentioned that he has created a new internal email address. Previously, his email account was a hit or miss on spam and receiving emails. The new email address is VPPA@davidleemichaels.com, and this new email address should prevent the same problems from happening in the future. • David Lee asked for headshots from new Governors, new executive board members and/or updates from existing board members for website. This will also help Renny and Kitty. He stated that the facebook page and videos from conventions, etc. could help generate new members. He requested the President’s message. continued on page 9
From the Desk Of... Renny Cave, Cr. Photog., AFP VPPA Executive Secretary
What Can We Do For You? The members of this organization know how important it is to belong to this professional photographic association. It denotes a level of proficiency and competence to current and prospective clients. The continuing education offered increases our pursuit of excellence in our art. All of that being said, the VPPA membership lists are and have been declining precipitously in the last few years. It is easy to blame the lackluster economy, and that definitely has had an effect. If you are not taking advantage of the District meetings, the seminar and the Convention, it might be hard to justify paying the dues. The Board has worked very hard to pare spending down to the bone, yet still be able to offer you a big bang for your bucks. Elsewhere in this issue you can read about the exceptional line up of speakers that Jim Carpenter has gathered for you. These people do not come to us for free. The hotel, the print competition, the social events—all of these cost money to provide. The Board has chosen the hotel in Roanoke for the last two years not for the convenience but because of the wonderful advantages that they offered us that helped to save money. Because members said that they have a hard time leaving their studios for the whole Convention, the schedule was shortened without losing any important events. The number of magazine issues has been reduced. There is only one seminar instead of three. The Board has done many more things both small and large in an attempt to keep the bottom line in the black rather than the red. But it won’t happen unless the members are willing to support the organization. So please tell us what we can do for you that will make you not only willing but eager both to stay as a member and to recruit new ones. Your District Governor (and every member of the Board of Directors) is available and ready to hear any constructive suggestions or any concerns that you may have. Give your professional association a boost. We want you to be the best that you can be and to offer an outstanding opportunity for all the professional photographers in Virginia. Help us to do that.
We Need Your Directory Photograph for the upcoming 2013-2014 directory So, you are a photographer and your mug shot is not in the directory. Come on, give me a break and send me your photograph by March 15, 2013 Email email@example.com 2.5" x 3.5" head shot in jpg format 300ppi with your name as the file name or Snail Mail a wallet print to 9909 Chancellor Place, Bon Air, VA 23235-2711
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CONVENTION CHAIR’S MESSAGE By Jim Carpenter, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, FP
Can you imagine daydreaming about the possibility of one day escaping on a safari to the wilds of Africa? Given no constraints, most people would jump at the chance to embark on just such an adventure. Today, with advancements in technology we can widen our horizons using virtual reality and taking virtual travels. With that in mind, I would like to ask you to close your eyes and clear your mind. Think of the African continent full of wild animals, vine-covered jungles, cascading waterfalls, and endless undiscovered lands. When you awake, you will find yourself entering the wilds of Africa. As your tour guide, let me welcome you to the VPPA 2013 Safari Convention. Don’t worry, there is no need to learn “Swahili” to communicate on this adventure. Grab your camera and come with me! This is one photographic opportunity you don’t want to miss! Our group of digital archaeologists will dig deep to unearth new forms of enlightenment. As the composition of our group becomes clearer, we may even stumble upon a rare find - unique ways to generate business currency. Before the ceremonial beginning of the Safari Convention, we will plant our spears in a circular formation and receive an opening message from Gordon Kreplin. On our desert adventure from beginning to end, sunrise to sunset, there will many tribal leaders who will guide us to safety from various pitfalls using photographic magic. On day one, William Albert Allard will amaze you with his depiction of the African continent acquired on his personal adventures as a National Geographic photographer. Day two, Jeff Lubin will teach us how to capture better images of ‘jungle’ children. We will relax and rehydrate after being fed by our chief cook. Reenergized and ready to continue our exploration, we will learn about Fusion with Vanessa Joy and Rob Adams. A nearby fire pit will allow Randy McNeily the stomping ground necessary to discuss the Renaissance of Portraiture where craftsmanship and technique are the most valuable tools for creating timeless fine art. No evening under the jungle stars would be complete without a ceremonial battle between two old rivals. An electronic battle will ensue between Pocket Wizards and Radio Poppers hosted by Don Attaima. Following a spectacular sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro, we begin day three with the M & M Boys (Bruce and Brian Muncy) discussing the balance between business and personal life. Bruce will offer a personal devotion as well. After so many days traveling through desert heat, listening to the shrieks and sounds of wild animals in the distance, and marveling at the picturesque landscape around us, we will need to restock our backpacks with supplies to continue on our journey. The Trade Show is the perfect place to find all the tools you need to cut your way continued on page 28
IN THE NEWS continued from page 8 Membership Report – as presented by David Lee Michaels • The New Member Committee still needs liaisons from Tidewater and Capital. David Lee stated that over the summer not much progress was made on the new member committee, but he would like to get it moving ASAP. He requested candidates for district liaisons for new member committee. • David Lee stated that he would like to see space at the tradeshow to promote VPPA to visitors of the tradeshow; he thinks it needs to be more than just a basic booth. It needs to be something that would be more interactive and make people want to talk to us. Renny recommended that this be set up at the registration desk since everyone must go there first and it stays open during the whole Convention. Library Report – as presented by Eric Green • Written report was submitted and reviewed by the Board. Appointed Committee Reports • Stephanie Adams discussed setting term limits for non-rotating board positions. She mentioned the possibility of instituting a limit such as 4 years so that it gives chance for evaluation of positions and also presents an opportunity for members to look over things just in case any unforeseen issues arise or a newly appointed chairperson fails to fulfill duties. Stephanie stated that she feels it would alleviate any underlying stress on this matter. • Bobby Carlsen discussed unusual structure of VPPA Executive Board NOT having limits on non-rotating board positions or periodic reviews of chair holder’s performance. They feel that appointing positions to people with voting rights, with no potential for new members to move into positions creates a problem if something were to happen to someone holding current positions because it would leave no room for training someone to take over position if something bad were to arise. • Bobby also voiced concern about overall perception and opinions of the members with regards to the board being so difficult to participate in. In order to keep the Association alive, it may be prudent to consider changes, encourage new ideas and new involvement. He agreed with Stephanie and felt that terms limits and a review process were good ideas. • Stephanie recommended implementing 4 year terms for current permanent board members. Anthony recommended that the Committee meet again and decide on specific recommendations to present to the board. Other committee reports • Pat Hansen, Anthony Rumley and Sharon Younce were charged with coming up with a disclaimer statement to accompany a CD that will show award winning images from the Convention. Such statement was presented to the Board as follows: The statement reads: “The images recorded on this CD/DVD are artistic in nature. They are produced by members of the Virginia Professional Photographers’ Association. They may contain material that is not appropriate for all age groups.” • A motion was made and carried to accept the wording for the Disclaimer as presented. Old Business • Renny reviewed policy manual changes. • The first change was to the description of duties for the Assistant to the Executive Treasurer. It established this as a voting position. The second was to waive dues if the duties were satisfactorily fulfilled. A Motion was made and carried to accept same.The second change gave a definition of the membership committee. The Membership Committee will be listed under standing committees. Motion made and carried. • The other changes reflected current policy. • It was suggested that the VIP program be eliminated for lack of interest. Motion made and carried. • The new Table of Contents reflects these changes. • Renny stated that changes approved earlier concerning dues payments made the printed applications incomplete and she will have them reprinted. The VPPA no longer has an 800 number. Renny put her phone number on the applications in its place. Ethics Committee Appointments • It was time for Tidewater and Blue Ridge to have appointments. John Warters and Jim Crawford are both willing to serve again. A Motion was made and carried that they both be re-appointed for a term of 2 years each. • Bobby Carlsen mentioned the lack of a proposed budget for 2013. A proposed budget would give committees a chance to voice needs and to better visualize needs as the board moves forward. Sharon stated that the original budget proposed covered more than one year. The Committee has been and will continue to work on the budget. Bobby recommended that the Board go through formal budget proposals. Transition of Officiers: • At the conclusion of Old Business, the Transition of new officers occurred. All outgoing officers and Governors were recognized and thanked for their service • New Governors are Robert Harris, Sharon Davidson, Elizabeth Bailey and Keith Forrest. New Business • Renny stated that it was time to vote on Virginia’s PPA affiliation. The Association must agree to abide by PPA’s rules, to submit all requested documentation and to pay the $300 fee. A Motion was made and carried to proceed with the affiliation. • A Motion was made and carried that the print salon chair be allotted one service credit for each member serving on the convention print committee. The Chair should set the criteria for this credit and may choose not to award a credit if she/he feels the member did not fulfill the criteria. Chair must submit a written list no later than one day prior to the awards dinner. • A Motion was made and carried that the Convention Chair be allotted an additional 9 service credits for a total of 25, but may not award more than 2 to any one individual. The continued on page 28
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VPPA’S 2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman of the Board Sharon Younce, FP 1917 Fairoaks Road Powhatan, VA 23139 (804) 598-2392 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Creativity is expressed in many ways. For some it is technology, for some painting, for me it is a little of both. Photography brings out the artist in me that took a long time to realize was there. It gives me the ability to paint with light. I want to create a work of art for all of my clients. Bringing out the best in everyone is my passion. Artful Images has been in business for years but photography has been my paintbursh for most of my life.
Secretary Tracy McGee 401 Waters Road Virginia Beach, VA 23322 757-282-9537 e-mail email@example.com Between being the kid with the camera in school, playing the clarinet, xylophone, vibraphone and bells in her school band from age 11 all the way through high school, having her poetry published and featured by the time she was 12, doing freelance photography work for her local newspaper just out of high school, and just feeding her passion for art with whatever outlet was available to her, Tracy has always been actively involved in one art form or another. Tracy was a bank branch manager and had been in banking for 8 years before leaving banking to get back into professional photography full time back in 2004. She finished her Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Information Technology with a 4.0 GPA and graduated with high honors. Tracy and her husband have a 6 year old daughter, a 9 year old son, and Tracy has a 21 year old step-daughter.
President Kevin Hurley M. Photog., FP 1360 Maple Ave Roanoke Va. 24016 (540) 345-3055 Executive Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org Polly Frye, M. Photog., Cr., FP 1585 Pine Court Kevin Hurley is the owner of Kevin Hurley Harrisonburg, VA 28802-2485 Photography. The studio is located in a 100 yr old (540) 438-0223 home in the Historic District of Old Southwest (540) 438-0223 Fax Roanoke. Kevin Graduated with a BA in Photojournalism from Morehead (800) 522-VPPA (8772) State University in 1981. He worked for a local camera store managing six e-mail: email@example.com photo labs, while perusing his photography part time. In 1996 he opened his Polly has been a member of the VPPA since 1952. Now in her studio full time. In 2002 he joined VPPA, and under the guidance of several 27th year serving as Executive Treasurer, she is retired from giving photographers, his business continues to grow annually. He is excited at the opportunity to serve the VPPA for the years to come. Kevin is married to a portrait photography but still involved with two art organizations. You will find her at the elementary art teacher (Marian) and they have two girls (Emma and Ellen). convention with checkbook in hand taking care of the financial business of the organization. First Vice President Assistant to Executive Treasurer Jim Carpenter Don Aittama, CPP 618-A Forest Street 1960 Floyd Circle Charlottesville, VA 22903 McGaheysville, VA 22840 (434) 296-7558 (540) 249-2035 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail: email@example.com Don’s first camera in 1966 was a $20 35mm Sears rangefinder Jim Carpenter has been a photographer in the camera that had manual settings for aperture and shutter Charlottesville area recording history and creating family speed. Don learned photography with this camera and quickly heirlooms for over 40 years. Jim spent 20 years as photographer at The Daily Progress newspaper before purchasing Gitchell’s Studio in 1988. He has earned from the PPA learned how to get good exposures without using a light meter. After starting a career his Master’s, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photography and as an accountant in 1983, Don set aside his camera and with the exception of family Photographic Excellence degrees and the Virginia Fellow Photographer degree. He has pictures, rarely took it out. In 2001, Don received a digital camera for Christmas and been the Grand Photographic Winner for the state of Virginia 5 times in 10 years. He became interested in photography again. This led to a strong interest in pursuing photography as a second career and he started photographing weddings in has been the recipient of the prestigious Eastman Kodak Gallery Elite Award, 12 FUJI professional 2004. Don joined the PPA in 2005 and the VPPA in 2008. Don’s accomplishments Masterpiece Awards, 4 Kodak Gallery Awards, and Best in Show for State and Region so far include completing the CPP Exam in 2010 and earning the PPA Silver Level 4 times. His works have been displayed at Walt Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida 3 Photographer of the Year award for 2011. Don works with his wife, Julie, on many of times and 2 of his photos have been a part of the Traveling Loan Show for the his photography assignments and has two daughters and one grandson. Professional Photographers of America in Korea. Jim has had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to photograph 9 United States Presidents, Queen Elizabeth of England, Executive Secretary Russian Prime Minister, Mikhael Gorbachev, among many others. Renny Cave, Cr. Photog., AFP On a personal level, Jim and his wife Joan are both natives of the 9909 Chancellor Place Charlottesville area. Jim has been an active member of the Lions Club, Dogwood Richmond, VA 23235-2711 Festival, Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, and is a Deacon at Belmont Baptist (804) 272-0119 Church. (804) 272-7510 Fax In 2005, Jim was selected by the C-A Chamber of Commerce as e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org A Past President of the VPPA and the current Executive “SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR” and most recently one of The Secretary, Renny runs a home studio specializing in children, Daily Progress’ “Distinguished Dozen”. families and seniors. During the Convention you might meet her at New Member Orientation or see her doing her favorite things—awarding Second Vice President scholarships and degrees. Feel free to stop her in the hall or send an e-mail with any Stephanie Garr Adams suggestions you may have for making the VPPA a better organization. 8742 Shadymist Drive
Richmond, VA 23235 804-477-6617 e-mail email@example.com Stephanie Garr Adams is a Certified Professional Photographer. Stephanie fell in love with photography as a young girl and while driving on vacation was known to ask to stop by the road to photograph the scenery. Her consistent interest in photographing led her parents to buy her her first SLR camera. From a young age Stephanie always wanted to be a physician and had never considered photography as a career, although she always planned on having a darkroom in her home. But after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and beginning the interview process for Medical School, she decided she wanted more flexibility in her family life than a medical career could provide and so enrolled in the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Western Massachusetts. Stephanie owns a studio in Richmond, VA and specializes in environmental portraiture of families and children. Stephanie has won various awards from VPPA and SEPPA and has been honored as a PPA Photographer of the Year in 2010. ‘What I love about being a photographer is creating memories and touching people’s lives.’
Print Salon Chairman Patricia A. Hansen, M.Photog., Cr., MEI 418 W. Palmetto Street Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 (252) 480-1908 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org A VPPA member for over twenty years, Pat is a graduate of Duke University, with a background in the arts and sciences. Before retirement she co-owned f2 Photographic Design in Northern Virginia, specializing in children and families. Now living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, she photographs the scenic wonders of the coast and wherever else her travels take her. Because of her great interest in competition, Pat presently serves the VPPA as Print Salon Chairman. She also holds degrees from the Maryland and North Carolina associations and serves as a nationally approved juror, judging and teaching whenever possible.
VPPA’S 2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Editor, VPPA Magazine Kitty L. Pugh, Cr. Photog., AFP, CPP 1917 Laskin Road, Suite 111 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-2405 (757) 491-9111 (757) 491-0869 Fax e-mail: email@example.com Kitty is a native of Norfolk and a graduate of Princess Anne Business College and Tidewater Community College. She has a para-legal degree and in 1994 earned her CPP. She co-owns and operates together with her partner, Robert Holman, Holman’s Photography Studio, which they opened in 1985. For her hard work and dedication to the VPPA, she was awarded the Virginia Award in 1995. In 2001 she received her Craftsmans degree and was the recipient of the State SEPPA Award. In 2007 she was the recipient of the National Award and the SEPPA Board of Governors Award. She is a past Tidewater District Governor, Past VPPA President and has served as Magazine Editor since 1997. Blue Ridge District Governor Sharon Davidson, CPP 3916 Brambleton Ave., Suite 126 Roanoke, VA 24018 540-314-5600 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org A native Virginian and a lifelong Hokie, Sharon sees the world through orange and maroon colored glasses. That tinted perspective has given her the natural ability to see the positives in all of life's challenges. While many in her profession feel faint at the notion of photographing infants and children, Sharon thrives on the daily surprises that arise from clients that are not toilet-trained. Even though she has degrees in Management Science and Business Administration, life has taught her the value of whimsy. Sharon Davidson Photography and Lakestone Gallery’s mission statements can be summed up in three short verbs: live, laugh, love.
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Kevin Hurley M. LPhotog., FP 1360 Maple Ave Roanoke Va. 24016 (540) 345-3055 email@example.com Kevin Hurley is the owner of Kevin Hurley Photography. The studio is located in a 100 yr old home in the Historic District of Old Southwest Roanoke. Kevin graduated with a BA in Photojournalism from Morehead State University in 1981. He worked for a local camera store managing six photo labs, while persuing his photography part time. In 1996 he opened his studio full time. In 2002 he joined VPPA, and under the guidance of several giving photographers, his business continues to grow annually. He is excited at the opportunity to serve the VPPA for the years to come. Kevin is married to a elementary art teacher (Marian) and they have two girls (Emma and Ellen). PPA Council Member and Charles Lawson, CPP, AFP 310 N. Main Street Kilmarnock, VA 22482 540-345-3055 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Bio information not available at time of printing.
Capital District Governor Robert Harris, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, FP 9521 Amberdale Drive Richmond, VA 23236 804-276-1200 e-mail email@example.com Robert Harris is an accomplished portrait artist who has become know for his talent and creativity in the discipline and art of photography. In addition to receiving the “Master of Photography”, Harris’ work has also been recognized with numerous Kodak Gallery and Fujifilm Masterpiece awards. Being recognized both nationally and in the state of Virginia for his wedding photography and album design are among his highest honors.
PPA Council Member and Web and Social Media Manager David Lee Michaels 905 Winona Avenue Roanoke, VA 24015 (540) 342-9129 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org After a successful career in Radio and the music industry, David Lee took his passion for photographing events, concerts and musicians and opened his photography studio in Roanoke, where he specializes in Portraits, Weddings and pets. In addition to serving as webmaster and PPA Councilor, he has served as Lt. Governor and 2 terms as Governor of The Blue Ridge District. David Lee is married, has 1 grown son, 4 dogs and 2 cats.
Northern District Governor Elizabeth Bailey 13160 Chestnut Fork Road Culpeper, VA 22701 540-429-3686 e-mail email@example.com Elizabeth has been a VPPA member since 2001. She enjoys photographing children in their element and capturing emotion and relationships. Beautiful imagery portrays a connection to the one photographing or the interaction of the subjects. She began with a B&W night class working with TMAX film and a manual 35mm camera, developing and projecting her own film and using only natural light. Now Elizabeth is all digital and knows studio lighting but still loving it all. 2013 will be her first year as Northern District Governor. Elizabeth would like to see VPPA grow not just in membership but continued quality of imagery. Thanks for that opportunity.
PPA Council Member Anthony Rumley, M.Photog., Cr., FP, CPP 6964 Forest Hill Ave. Richmond, VA 23225 (804) 864-5700 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Anthony Rumley owns and operates a retail studio in Richmond, Virginia. He has represented the VPPA for over 11 years by occupying various positions on the board. Last year Anthony received the SEPPA award and was also nominated as it’s newest board member. In addition to creating custom portraits for his clients, Anthony also donates his photographic talent to various community associations and is the Richmond Area Coordinator for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. He contributes much of his success to the ongoing support of his family, Jennifer, Alexandra and Ashton.
Tidewater District Governor Keith Forrest, M. Photog. Cr., FP 5473 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23455 757-464-6800 e-mail email@example.com David Keith Forrest, M.Photog.,Cr.,CPP,FP, began his business on his 16th Birthday, in 1972, photographing weddings out of his parents home. Keith earned the degrees of Photographic Craftsman in 1994 and the PPA Master of Photography degree in 1997. He has studied with almost all of the great photogaphers over the years from the beginning of his career – Monte Zucker, Rocky Gunn, Leon Kennamer, Joe Zeltsman, Frank Cricchio, Larry Peters, and a host of others. Two local photographers he always has considered some of his greatest mentors, are the great Bill McIntosh, and of course, his “other Dad” – Archie McDearmid. Keith and his former wife Joan, are the proud parents of Heather Ashley, 20, and David Keith, Jr, 14. Heather is now a college student, but helps out occasionally at the studio when she can.
SEPPA Representative Robert P. Holman, M. Photog. Cr., FP, CPP 1917 Laskin Road, Suite 111 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-2405 (757) 491-9111 (757) 491-0869 Fax e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Robert opened Holman’s Photography Studio with his partner, Kitty Pugh, in 1985. Robert was fortunate to have received an extensive photographic education as a photographer’s mate in the Navy. He joined PPA in 1985 and the VPPA in 1986. He obtained his CPP in 1988, his FP in 1997, his Craftsman in 1997 and Masters in 2001. He has won two Kodak Gallery awards for his commercial photography and is a past President of VPPA. He is the recipient of both the SEPPA and National Awards, as well as the SEPPA Board of Governors and Virginia Awards. When the weather is nice, you can find him catching a ride on his Harley.
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Convention Committees Registration Desk CPP Luncheon Stephanie Garr-Adams, Chairperson Cathy Benton, Chairperson Tracy McGee New Member Orientation Program Coordination Renny Cave, Chairperson Joan Carpenter, Chairperson Polly Frye Sharon Younce Trade Show Kevn Hurley Robert Holman, Chairperson Jim Carpenter Miranda Durrer-Davis Stephanie Garr-Adams Charles Lawson Tracy McGee Portia Schneider Don Aittama Photography, Candid President’s Reception Kitty Pugh, Chairperson & Banquet Robert Holman Kevin Hurley Don Aittama Jim Sanders Hospitality Room Eric Green Margie Hatcher, Chairperson Charles Lawson Print Display All Convention Party Bobby & Sandra Thigpen, Miranda Durrer-Davis, Chairpersons Chairperson Awards Presentation Joan Carpenter Pat Hansen SEPPA Award David Lee Michaels, Chairperson Convention Promotion Jeff Loope, Chairperson Kevin Hurley Fred Powell Audio/Visual Charles Hartman, National Award Chairperson Shelba Powell, Chairperson John Warters Bill Garrett Richard St. Peter Fred Powell Virginia Award Kevin Hurley, Chairperson Group Photo Jeff Kaiser, Chairperson Tracy McGee Print Salon Pat Hansen, Chairperson Michael Timmons, Jury Chairman The Devotion Bruce Muncy Trophies Polly Frye, Chairperson Renny Cave Kitty Pugh Door Prizes Lisa Akers Lisa Carter Photographers’ Auction Joe Parker, Chairperson
Dues Billing Change By Don Aittama, CPP
Over the past two months, we have been working with our developer, Proofcast, to set up an automatic dues billing system through our web site at www.vppa.org. We have cleared out old balances that caused problems in being able to register for the convention last year and made numerous corrections to the membership data base that is included in the web site. Going forward you will now receive your invoices for your dues via email only (I may still do a complete mailings in December or January if dues payments have been lagging). If you prefer to receive your dues billing via mail, please contact me and I will set it up so that the web site billing system will print an invoice that I can mail. Emails will go out every 15 days as a reminder to pay your dues starting with November 1 of each year. Emails will also only go out to members who have not paid their dues. If you think you have received an email in error, please contact me. You will have 3 options for paying your dues: 1. Print the email out, sign the ethics statement and send the signed form along with your check or credit card information directly to me at the address given on the invoice. 2. Access your account on the VPPA web site and pay your account balance directly through the web site. 3. Request a monthly payment plan by contacting me. Because this system relies on the accuracy of your membership listing with VPPA, it is important that you keep your basic membership information up to date, including 1. Address 2. Phone numbers 3. Web site 4. Email address To this end, I would urge all members to review their listing on the VPPA web site and submit corrections if needed. You can access your web site listing by clicking on: “Membership” and then “Member Profile Update”. You will need your user ID and password to access your membership record. If you can’t remember them, we can help you to gain access to your membership record. Alternatively, you can always send me any corrections and I will be happy to make sure that your listing is corrected. You can either call me, mail me a letter or send me an email. Sending me an email is probably the quickest way to get a correction done. My commitment to VPPA is to ensure that our membership information is as accurate and complete as possible.
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IN THE NEWS continued from page 9 Convention Chair must submit a written list no later than one day prior to the awards dinner. • Kevin Hurley, President, appointed a committee to investigate the degree program and bring back suggestions on how it can be approved. PPA Report – as presented by David Lee Michaels • Anthony Rumley will be the PPA Councilor on the Board going forward representing all Virginia PPA Councilors and will have the vote for that position. All of the councilors will be having an all day training day prior to Imaging USA in January 2013. SEPPA Report – as presented by Robert Holman • Robert stated that SEPPA will be April 10-14, 2013 in Athens, GA for the last time. Attendees will need to pre-register or pay an additional fee. VPPA is allowed two 8x10 ads in the SEPPA magazine to advertise their convention and seminars. Robert recommended taking advantage of this free advertising. Summer Seminar report – as presented by Bobby Thigpen • Bobby’s final report is attached to the permanent minutes. Don Aittama proposed to cut checks to districts for the distribution of funds from the profit of the Seminar. $900 of the hotel fee was for the meeting room space and the remainder of the hotel fee was for rooms for speakers. • Renny brought up that the $210 brought in from the membership raffle can not be counted as income because it does not pay for a full membership. There is a $30 loss. • Also, Don brought up to Renny that the seminar funds should be accounted for through the state fund and not the district funds. This was tabled until the Jan board meeting. • Renny reminded the governors that they will work together for the next seminar but will have separate duties. Capital will be hosting the summer seminar. There is a seminar report template and a vendor contract on the cd in the governor’s packet. Governors were urged to get the dates out to the membership so they can put it on their calendars and constantly remind them so they will be aware. Future Board Meetings • The next VPPA Board meeting will be held on Monday, January 7th, 2013, at the Richmond Sheraton Park South, in Richmond. • A Motion was made and carried to adjourn. VPPA Board of Directors’ Minutes from Meeting of Monday, January 7th, 2013, held in, Richmond, Virginia • The Meeting was Called to Order by Sharon Younce and an Invocation given by Jim Carpenter. Proxy Votes conferred in writing • Sharon Davidson stated that she held a proxy vote for David Lee Michaels and Renny Cave for Polly Frye. Minutes from last meeting – A Motion was made and carried to accept the Minutes from the last meeting as presented. Executive Treasurer’s Report - as presented by Don Aittama • Don discussed the members with delinquent dues. He described the new billing system that automatically sends out the statements on November 1st. This is repeated for those who have not paid every 15 days up until the end of February. He stated that there are only a dozen members without email addresses on file, and he mailed out the bills for those. • Upon questioning, Don admitted that there had been some glitches in the system. Some people had received notices after they had paid dues. With careful updating, this should not happen again. • Don reviewed the budget projection for 2013. Last year the Association experienced a loss of about $691. He stated that the challenges going into this year will be greater. Approximately 20 members have already cancelled their memberships, and there has been a decline in dues coming in from those outstanding. • Don has upgraded his cell phone through Intuit so that he has the capability to accept credit card payments. He stated that by running the payments this way, the credit card fees will be a lot cheaper than those charged by the company that we are currently using for our website. This should be one way to save some money. Don stated that having reduced the expenses of the VPPA magazine by 1/3 will also be beneficial to the bottom line. • Don referred to Anthony’s previous suggestion that money from the general fund be transferred annually to the scholarship fund. He stated that if 10% is conveyed to the scholarship fund, the deficit will be covered. In the future, the number of scholarships might need to be reconsidered. Don suggested an endowment fund as a possibility for housing some of the scholarship funds. This could be helpful in generating additional funds. He stated that the scholarship fund is likely to show a negative balance of about $4000. Don stated that the Association can’t continue on like this or there will come a time when there is no funding for any scholarships. • Regarding scholarship funds - Don stated that the total commitment is currently a little over $5000 unless changes are made. Renny stated that the O’Neal and McDearmid scholarships were already decreased to $750. • There were discussions regarding concerns over the amount of outstanding dues. Don stated that he anticipates continuing to receive membership dues right up until the end of February. He also stated that members will be unable to register for the Convention through the website without having current dues. Delinquent members would be unable to attend the Convention until their dues have been paid. • At present, 63 members have not paid and 19 members have requested to resign their VPPA membership. Renny urged the members of the Board to look over the list of members with delinquent dues as well as the list of those who elected to cancel their membership. Governors and all Board members were asked to reach out to them to see whether their memberships can be retained. • Don stated that he has a total of 6 Certificates of Deposit that he would like to put into a higher yielding CD. • Renny mentioned that some districts have a standing policy of making a donation to the memorial scholarship fund when a district member or a close relative of a district member passes away. • Don would like to see us actively use the Capital One card to earn 1-2% rebates back for a nice chunk of money. • A Motion was made and carried to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented. New Member Applications – as presented by Don Aittama • Don stated that there was one application coming in, but that he did not have the actual application in hand. Renny stated that the application belongs to David Lee Michaels’ wife, Melissa, who chose to upgrade. Since continued on page 29
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through the forthcoming jungle of photography. Mary Jean Campanellie is an expert at teaching Corel Painter. She can teach you how to paint in a different way while her husband, Joe Campanellie, can instruct you on capturing the wild side of animal photography. After days of trekking across the landscape, the All Convention Party will fill you with Jungle Fever. Grab your animal skins, paint on your tribal makeup, and prepare to do ceremonial dances until the sun comes up! There will be no rest, however, until the tribal elder John Warters, instills in us the ways of commercial photography for portrait photographers. When faced with extreme outdoor conditions, the days can seem long and the nights even shorter. Your energy and stamina may begin to wane. Do not fear, for Michael and Tina Simmons will revive you and get your creative juices flowing. Lora Yeater will offer a new vision to inspire those animalistic high school seniors to trek right to your door. After much exploration, instruction, revivement, and inventiveness, we will celebrate all the learning acquired on this virtual journey with photographs, entertainment, and awards. To conclude our African Safari, words of inspiration and motivation will be provided by our PPA President. Tim and Beverly Walden will discuss Art, Passion, and Purpose. The closing message will conclude our journey together on this virtual tour. Monkeys, elephants, and giraffes, oh my! Grab a vine and swing on by to the 2013 Safari Convention. Hope to see you there!
All Convention Mentor Photographer Event -- Buy a Mentor Photographer -Check out the line-up of talent. What a mixture of new names and old favorites. There’s a little bit of something for everyone. Bring your money and be prepared to buy your favorite artist. Oh, heck, don’t buy just one. Buy two or three or as many as you can afford. It’s your opportunity to be mentored by a photographer of your choice and learn as much as you can. It’s a close encounter. Learn from the best about: Photoshop & Lightroom, Baby & Children’s Portraiture, The Business Behind the Photography and much, much more. A portion of the proceeds from the funds raised will go towards helping to support the VPPA, it’s Scholarship Fund and its sponsored charities. Last year a total of over $5,000.00 was awarded in scholarships. Jeanette Burkle • Lisa Carter Cathy Benton • Jessica Robertson Shannon Turner
VPPA Fall Seminar September 8-10, 2012 Crown Plaza Hotel, Williamsburg, Virginia Photos by Don Aittama The Fall Seminar was hosted by the Tidewater District in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the Crown Plaza Hotel at Fort Magruder. Bobby Thigpen, Tidewater District Governor chaired the event, with the other three District Governors — Bobby Carlsen, Blue Ridge; James Cook, Capital; and Don Aittama, Northern, serving on the Committee. A good time was had by all who attended. Some of the speakers included: Adrian Henson, Cathy Benton, Anthony Rumley, Don Aittama, Jeanette Burkle, Jim Carpenter, Bruce Muncy and Charles Lawson.
IN THE NEWS continued from page 28 she has already submitted one application and the required images and since her membership will fall under David Lee’s studio, it can be considered complete. A Motion was made and carried to approve the membership. Executive Secretary’s Report - as presented by Renny Cave • Renny emphasized the importance of the Governors being present at all meetings, greeting all members and guests, bringing applications to every meeting and representing the district and VPPA in general in the best possible light. They are charged with making it as easy as possible for photographers to apply for membership. Renny asked the Governors to reach out to members who haven’t yet paid their dues and requested that they check in with them and see if they can encourage them to retain their memberships. She mentioned to the Governors that they must be sure to keep the District Secretaries apprised of all new and removed members in order to keep their email lists current. • Renny stated that PPA affiliations for the districts should have been completed by Dec. 31st. If a Governor has not yet submitted this paperwork, he/she should contact Cinnamon Draper at PPA asap so that all districts are affiliated and able to issue merits to speakers and judges in their districts. • Concerns were addressed over district affiliations with PPA not being submitted in a timely fashion, and the possibility of reconsidering the current process of affiliation renewals. Renny was asked to contact PPA to see whether there might be another option for this policy that may reduce the instances of lapsed affiliations. • Renny discussed the importance of Governors knowing their responsibilities and doing their jobs. Any officer who neglects their duties can be removed. She pointed out that the President takes the responsibility for initiating this action. District Governors’ Reports – presented in written form • All district reports were complete, except Tidewater which only presented a Treasurer’s Report. A Motion was made and carried to accept all Reports as presented. Convention 2013- as presented by Jim Carpenter • Jim discussed the tradeshow booths that have currently committed. The list of tradeshow vendors is attached to the permanent minutes. Jim stated that David Maheu has donated a backdrop and that this will make an excellent raffle item. • Jim reported that Gordon Kreplin’s pre-convention program already has 7 registrants. • The Convention postcards, unfortunately, were printed with incorrect dates on them. Kevin Hurley stated that he printed 70 registration forms in order to get them into people’s hands and the dates on the postcards can be easily corrected with a marker. • T-shirts promoting the Convention were available for sale with women’s sizes offered this year. $20 was decided for the selling price. • Renny mentioned that even though it wasn’t listed on the Convention schedule, there will be an 8 a.m. board meeting on the Tuesday of Convention. • Jim asked whether we decided to have a tradeshow booth for VPPA to promote ourselves, as mentioned by David Lee Michaels at the last Board meeting. Renny stated that it was decided at the last meeting that this would be set up alongside the registration desk for the duration of the Convention. • Jim encouraged those attending PPA Imaging in January to try to encourage people to attend our Convention and to participate in our association. • Kevin Hurley asked whether Jim has been able to keep to the budget. Jim stated that he is possibly over budget, but hasn’t accounted for the money that will be coming in for the Photographers’ Auction, raffles, etc. Convention 2014 – as presented by Stephanie Adams • Stephanie stated that she plans to contact more speakers. Her goal involves getting as much as possible done by June. • Sharon Younce encouraged Stephanie to put something in the PPA magazine announcing the dates of the 2014 convention. Convention 2015 – as presented by Tracy McGee • Tracy has begun putting out feelers for speakers through some of her PPA and various state contacts. She has mentioned the 2015 convention to the vendors with whom she has a working relationship. There will be an Egyptian theme for the 2015 convention. Seminar Report – as presented by Robert Harris • Robert Harris stated that they are trying to decide who is doing what for the Seminar and that they will discuss this and have the information ready for the convention. He was urged to select the hotel and set the dates as soon as possible and to publicize it as soon and as often as possible. Ethics Committee Report – as presented by Renny Cave for Fred Powell • Renny reported that Fred informed her of one issue that has been brought to the attention of the Ethics Committee. The committee has taken steps to handle it. Fred will inform the Board if any action is necessary. Finance/Audit Committee Report – as presented by Kevin Hurley • Kevin reported that the Finance Committee hasn’t yet met, but he indicated that the number of rooms being comped for VPPA officers and the amount being paid for the Past Presidents’ dinner need to be addressed. • Another suggestion concerns the registration fee paid by PPA and SEPPA members who wish to attend our Convention. It was suggested that Kevin meet with the Finance Committee and come up with a proposal to address these topics. • Don Aittama mentioned that moving the Convention to Roanoke benefited the association because of the decreased fees. He stated his concerns about the increase in charges for the 2014 and 2015 conventions if the membership continues to decline. • Kevin stated that he has contacted all new VPPA members personally, and he reiterated Renny’s statement about the importance of having the Governors also reach out to contact all new members in their districts. • Don requested that Jim use the same type of format this year that Kevin used to report the Convention expenses last year. Print Salon Report – as presented by Pat Hansen • Pat stated that John Shipman from PA is the final judge who has been procured for the 2013 convention. Pat remarked that she will be sending out an email reminding members that their membership dues must be paid in order to participate in print competition. • Pat doesn’t anticipate any major changes in the rules. She introduced Wolfgang Jasper as her associate. She and Wolfgang will be meeting to go over all the equipment, software, etc to be sure it is in order prior to the Convention. They will look over the current rules to determine whether or not any rules are needed. • Pat stated that a letter will go out to the judges this month. continued on page 34
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Editor’s Corner . . . continued from page 2 VPPA Membership Group Photo: Monday Night, Feb. 25th, 6:00 p.m. – Hotel Lobby President’s Reception & Awards Banquet: Monday Night, Feb. 25th, 7:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. Grand Door Prize Drawing: Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 1:00 p.m. – You MUST be present to win. Now, for all you animals who want to learn a whole lot of stuff so you can be one of those wild and crazy photographers, Jim Carpenter, our Convention Chairperson, has a whole lot of expert talent just waiting to share their wild jungle stories and safari experiences with us. Gordon Kreplin “Walk Into the Light” – pre-registration required William Albert Allard “National Geographic Photographer” Jeff Lubin “Children’s Portraiture” Vanessa Joy & Rob Adams “Photo Video Fusion” Randy McNeilly “Renaissance of the Portrait Photographer” Don Aittama “Pocket Wizards and Radio Poppers” Bruce & Brian Muncy “Your Business, Your Life” Mary Jean Campanelli “Corel Painter and Beyond” Joe Campanellie “Walk on the Wild Side” Pat Hansen & Judges “Print Critique” John Warters “Commercial Photography for the Portrait Photographer.” Michael & Tina Timmons “Creativity Revisited” Lora Yeater “High School Seniors” Tim & Beverly Walden “Art, Passion and Purpose” Stephanie Adams will be the person in charge of the Registration Desk this year at the Convention. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes right now to fill out your Registration Form and drop it in the mail. OR, you can also register on line. We’re trying to make it as easy for you as possible. Please pay especially close attention to the meal functions. If is very important for us to get an accurate head count for cost/expense reasons. Remember: You have to register if you want to attend the convention. If you did not receive a Registration flier in the mail, forms can be downloaded from the VPPA website at: www.vppa.org. Please, pre-register. Things will be so much easier AND FASTER for you when you arrive at the Registration Desk if you've already pre-registered. A Packet with your name on it will be ready and waiting for you at the Desk. Stephanie will have had time to check the spelling of your name, your degrees, your committee ribbons, and whether or not you've filled out and registered for the proper functions. Please, do this now and save yourself a lot of time at the Registration Desk. Last year at our Convention, thousands of dollars worth of Scholarship money and door prizes were awarded. Many of our Scholarships are by application process and others are by drawing. Forms to register for some of these scholarships can now be found on line at the VPPA website. Here is a list of just a few of some of the morewell known scholarships. • Polly Frye Scholarship - This scholarship pays tribute to our Executive Secretary Polly Frye. Polly is a Past VPPA President and has been a member of our Association for over 60 years. She has received every honor the Association can bestow, including a Life Membership. This is a $1,000.00 scholarship and is drawn at the end of the Convention. • VPPA Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship was begun in 1988 with funds generated from contributions in memory of W.E.A. 'Billy' Moore, a past President of the VPPA. This a $750.00 scholarship and the winner is announced at the convention awards banquet. • Gary ‘King’ Carter Scholarship - This is a $500.00 scholarship established in 1999 with a bequest from the estate of Gary Carter. This scholarship is limited to only those persons who have been Active or Additional Active members of the VPPA 3 years or less. Newer members are notified of their eligibility to receive this scholarship. Those interested must fill out and return a post card signifying their interest in receiving the scholarship. The winner is announced at the
From the Desk of: Robert Holman, M. Photog. Cr., FP, CPP Virginia SEPPA Representative
SEPPA 2013 To all of you ole’ timers who have entered prints in competition this year at the VPPA Convention – this is a Reminder; AND, to all of you who are new this year to print competition – Listen UP After you have received all of those fantastic BLUE RIBBONS this year, the next step is for you to package them up and send them on to SEPPA (South Eastern Professional Photographers’ Association) which is scheduled to be held in Athens, Georgia, April 13th – April 16th, 2013. The way it works is: If your print receives a Seal of Approval at SEPPA, it will receive an automatic Print Merit from PPA. This will happen ONLY, however, if you send your prints on to the National PPA Judging that is scheduled to be held this summer, usually in early June, in Phoenix, Arizona. If you enter your prints at Convention on the State level, at SEPPA 2013 in Athens, GA, and then send them on to PPA, three different panels will have had an opportunity to judge and critique your images. What a great way to learn how to become a better photographer. Now keep in mind, if one of the prints submitted at State level or at SEPPA doesn’t score well, trade it out for a different print before sending your entries on to PPA. It’s a difference judging panel and they might like a different print better. Print competition forms can be down loaded on line at SEPPA’s website: www.4SEPPA.com If you have any questions or if I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me at: 757-491-9111 or by e-mail at: email@example.com. I’m not sure if I will be flying, driving or reving up that black & yellow Harley for a road trip; but however I get there, I want to see YOU there. Athens, Georgia, April 10th – 14th – BE THERE!
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Virginia’s Degrees & Award Recipients NATIONAL AWARD Presented By STATE OF VIRGINIA 1958 1959 1960 1961 1963 1965 1966 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
* Ralph Bray Lexington * Hugh W. Tribble Portsmouth (Westfield, NJ) * Wendell B. Powell Richmond Van P. Moore Richmond (Greenville, SC) * Margo Kent Staunton * Robert A. Dementi Richmond Polly Frye Keezletown William S. McIntosh Virginia Beach * Archie McDearmid Virginia Beach Irby N. Hollans, Jr. Richmond (Arlington) * J. David Woody Bristol Patricia Woody Bristol * W.E.A. “Billy” Moore Suffolk Esther Bunch Virginia Beach Arthur Cournoyer Salem * George Ambrester Lanexa * David B. McClung Lexington * Phil Rich Alexandria Carlton O’Neal Newport News (Carrollton, VA) Tony Christiana Catlett James W. Taylor Waynesboro Jayne Opfer Benson, NC Phil Aull Charlotte, NC Haroldine Aull Charlotte, NC * Nancy Justice Fairfax * Robert Opfer Benson, NC * Aubrey Whitenack Richmond Lewis Longest Richmond * Jesse Pennell Richmond * Paul Huffman Richmond Mike Kessler Roanoke Renny Cave Richmond Randy Pearce Mechanicsville * Troy Justice Fairfax Ray Leahy Mt. Rainier, MD Kent Saunders Chesapeake Gene Campbell Forest James & Wanda Crawford Covington Mollie Isaacs Alexandria Glenna Taylor Waynesboro Pat Hansen Alexandria Marian Linett Virginia Beach Judith Whitmore Stafford Robert Holman Virginia Beach Bill Piacesi Dulles John Warters Newport News James Mitchell Moneta Kitty Pugh Virginia Beach Fred Powell Hanover * Bruce Hobbs Chesapeake Bill Garrett Danville * Richard Whitmore (posthumously) Stafford Shelba Powell Lake Wales, FL
SEPPA BOARD OF GOVERNOR’S AWARD RECIPIENTS 1985 1985 1985 1987 1989 1991 1993 1993 1995 1997 1999 1999 2003 2005 2007 2007 2009 2009 2011
* Paul Huffman * J. David Woody * Patricia Woody Randy Pearce * Archie McDearmid Mike Kessler Tony Christiana Polly Frye Renny Cave Arthur Cournoyer Robert Holman James Crawford Fred Powell Bill Piacesi Greg Finney Kitty Pugh Bruce Hobbs Pat Hansen Anthony Rumley
PPA PAST PRESIDENTS * Hugh Tribble * Archie McDearmid *Deceased
Richmond Bristol Bristol Mechanicsville Virginia Beach Roanoke Catlett Keezletown Richmond Salem Virginia Beach Covington Hanover Dulles Abingdon Virginia Beach Chesapeake Kill Devil Hills, NC Richmond
NATIONAL DEGREES Master of Photography & Photographic Craftsman (M. Photog., Cr.) Jeff Bowman Jim Carpenter Tony Christiana Mary Fisk-Taylor Keith Forrest Polly Frye Priscilla Good Rodney Good Robert Good Patricia Hansen Robert Harris Jamie Hayes Robert Holman Mollie Isaacs Suna Lee Marian Linett Jeff Lubin William S. McIntosh Bruce Muncy Carlton O’Neal Bill Piacesi Anthony Rumley Mary Ann Stagner Beverly Toves Shannon Turner John Warters Pete Wright
Photographic Craftsman (Photog. Cr.) Cathy Benton Bobby Carlsen Lisa Carter Renny Cave Arthur Cournoyer Rick Dawson Bill Garrett Mike Kessler Michael Linett Randy Pearce S. Fred Powell Kitty Pugh Kent Saunders Fred Sergio Elizabeth Vance
Approved Photographic Instructor (API) Marian Linett Michael Linett Fred Powell
SEPPA PAST PRESIDENTS * Hugh Tribble * Archie McDearmid * J. David Woody Arthur Cournoyer Tony Christiana
Portsmouth (Westfield, NJ) Virginia Beach Bristol Salem Catlett
Master of Photography (M. Photog.) Stephanie Adams Morris Burchette Susan Cecil Bob Cohen Kevin Hurley Jeff Kaiser Les Miller Don Monteaux Rosanne Rainville
Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Don Aittama Barbi Barnum Cathy Benton Teresa Bernard Bobby Carlsen James Carpenter Lisa Carter Erin Clark Rebecca Clark Anne Companion James Cook Sharon Davidson Rick Dawson Mary Fisk-Taylor Stephanie Garr Adams Eric Green Ritchie Gregory Robert Herrman Robert Holman Stephen Kancianic Charles Lawson Suna Lee Clements Mayes Connie McDearmid David Lee Michaels Don Monteaux Kitty Pugh Rosanne Rainville Anthony Rumley Fred Sergio Michael Sink Shannon Turner Liz Vance Sandra Worrell
Electronic Imaging Certified (EIC) Beverly Toves
Master of Electronic Imaging (MEI) Pat Hansen Mollie Isaacs Beverly Toves
SEPPA AWARD RECIPIENTS 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Mike Kessler *J. David Woody *Paul Huffman Randy Pearce Lewis Longest Ray Southard Patricia Woody Renny Cave Tony Christiana Arthur Cournoyer Polly Frye *Archie McDearmid Rosalie Cournoyer James & Wanda Crawford Bill Piacesi Fred & Shelba Powell Mollie Isaacs Robert Holman Kitty Pugh Pat Hansen John Warters James Mitchell Bruce Hobbs Cathy Benton Jim Carpenter Pete Wright Anthony Rumley Charles Hartman Kevin Hurley David Lee Michaels
Roanoke Bristol Richmond Mechanicsville Richmond Danville Bristol Richmond Catlett Salem Keezletown Virginia Beach Salem Covington Culpepper Hanover Alexandria Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Alexandria Newport News Moneta Chesapeake Portsmouth Charlottesville Richmond Richmond Portsmouth Roanoke Roanoke
Virginia’s Degrees & Award Recipients VIRGINIA AWARD RECIPIENTS
VIRGINIA DEGREES Fellow of Photography
Associate Fellow of Photography
(FP) Allen Austin Cathy Benton Jeff Bowman Morris Burchette James Carpenter Susan Cecil Tony Christiana Bob Cohen Arthur Cournoyer James Crawford Debra Curtis Mary Fisk-Taylor Keith Forrest Eva-Kersti Freyss Polly Frye Bill Garrett Priscilla Good Robert Good Rodney Good Pat Hansen Robert Harris Jamie Hayes Jeannie Hobbs-Klink Robert Holman Kevin Hurley Mollie Isaacs Mike Kessler Kathy Kupka Ray Leahy Suna Lee Marian Linett Michael Linett Lewis Longest, Jr. Jeff Lubin Joseph Lust Connie McDearmid William S. McIntosh Don Monteaux Bruce Muncy Carlton O’Neal Randy Pearce Bill Piacesi Fred Powell “Slick” Reeves Anthony Rumley Ray Southard Richard St. Peter Mary Ann Stagner Jennifer Stoneman Beverly Toves Shannon Turner John Warters Shirley Whitenack Judith Whitmore Pete Wright Sharon Younce
(AFP) Stephanie Garr Adams Lisa Akers Teresa Bernard Julia Bowman Jeanette Burkle, Bobby Carlsen Lisa Carter Renny Cave Rebecca Clark James Cook Earl Dashiell Don Gardner Bill Garrett Eric Green Ritchie Gregory Charles Hartman Margie Hatcher Doug Hinckley Ralph Housden Wolfgang Jasper Jeff Kaiser Kathy Kupka Charles Lawson David Lilly Jim Markey Lester Miller Joe Moss Brian Muncy Joe Parker Shelba Powell Kitty Pugh Rosanne Rainville Jessica Robertson Jim Saunders Kent Saunders, Jr. Joeseph Schultz John Westervelt
Polly Frye Dora Tribble Carlton O’Neal Ray Leahy Ray Southard Morris Burchette Gene Campbell Colbert Howell James Taylor Glenna Taylor Renny Cave Tony Christiana Arthur Cournoyer Randy Pearce Judith Whitmore Richard Aufenger Mike Kessler Joeseph Schultz Kenneth Saunders Jayne Opfer B.J. Longest Lewis Longest Jim Crawford Fred Powell Mollie Isaacs Pat Hansen Robert Holman Kitty Pugh Bill Piacesi
Wayne Conner Pulaski Arthur Cournoyer Salem Irby N. Hollins, Jr. Richmond * Patricia Woody Bristol * James Chandler Suffolk * Troy Justice Fairfax James Taylor Waynesboro * Ray Hash Petersburg Esther Bunch Virginia Beach * Archie McDearmid Virginia Beach Polly Frye Keezletown * David McClung Lexington * John H. Smith Virginia Beach Al Cothran Quinton, FL * Nancy Justice Fairfax * Jesse Pennell Richmond Carlton O’Neal Newport News * Robert A. Dementi Richmond * Aubrey Whitenack Richmond Lynwood Atkins Roanoke Kent Saunders Chesapeake Renny Cave Richmond John Westervelt Winchester Glenna Taylor Waynesboro * J. David Woody Bristol B. J. Longest Richmond Ray Leahy Mt. Rainer, MD Lewis Longest Richmond * Gary Carter Roanoke * Richard Whitmore Stafford Judith Whitmore Stafford John Warters Newport News Kitty Pugh Virginia Beach Mollie Isaacs Alexandria Patricia Hansen Alexandria Marian Linett Virginia Beach Shelba Powell Hanover Cathy Benton Portsmouth Tony Christiana Catlett Fred Powell Hanover Doug Graves Chesapeake Charles Hartman Portsmouth Jim Carpenter Charlottesville Robert Holman Virginia Beach Mary Fisk-Taylor Richmond Bill Piacesi Fredericksburg * Randy Searle (posthumously) Williamsburg Deborah Woodson Danville Cary Philbrick Powhatan Kevin Hurley Roanoke
PRESIDENT P. Frye R. Cournoyer J. Gentry A. McDearmid M. Burchette A. Cothran D. Woody A. Cournoyer I. Hollans J. Smith J. Chandler J. Taylor T. Christiana P. Woody T. Christiana L. Longest K. Saunders N. Justice P. Huffman R. Pearce M. Kessler P. McDearmid M. Hatcher R. Good R. Riddle R. Cave G. Carter J. Kelley T. Penrose M. Isaacs M. Isaacs J. Crawford R. Holman P. Hansen J. Whitmore J. Schultz F. Powell J. Warters B. Piacesi J. Mitchell B. Hobbs C. Benton D. Graves K. Pugh P. Meinen A. Rumley B. Piacesi W. Garrett S. Younce S. Younce
VPPA PAST PRESIDENTS
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* Esther Bunch * Patricia Woody Tony Christiana Lewis H. Longest Kenneth H. Saunders, Jr. * Paul Huffman * Nancy Starkey Justice J. Randolph Pearce Mike Kessler * Polly McDearmid Michael Hatcher Robert W. Good Rodger D. Riddle Renny Cave * Gary D. Carter James Kelley T.T. Penrose, III Mollie Isaacs James Crawford Robert Holman Patricia Hansen Judith Whitmore Joseph Schultz Fred Powell John Warters Bill Piacesi James Mitchell * Bruce Hobbs Cathy Benton Doug Graves Kitty Pugh Pat Meinen Anthony Rumley Bill Piacesi William “Bill” Garrett Sharon Younce Sharon Younce
Virginia Professional Photographer
IN THE NEWS continued from page 29 • Last year no one on the Print Committee ate much of the food provided, so this year only drinks will be made available. • Pat announced that she was approached to judge at Nationals in 2014, and that she hopes to see many entries from VPPA members. • Pat mentioned that the print committee needs a light meter for the upcoming print competition. Jim stated that he can locate one for the print committee to use. • Jim inquired about the possibility of VPPA allowing digital entries for print competition. Pat stated that PPA had previously said that as soon as they “got all of the bugs out” of their process, they were going to make their equipment and processes available to the state affiliations. They have not yet done this, so some states have now implemented their own systems. Pat predicted that if we were to allow digital entries, we would see more interest in participating in print competition. Magazine Report- as presented by Kitty Pugh • Kitty reported that the magazine is at the printers, but that a few changes could still be made. Millers Professional Imaging will have the inside front cover and the Convention has the back cover. Kitty stated that members receiving PPA degrees and credentials need to make her aware of this because PPA will not. Website Report – as presented by Sharon Davidson for David Lee Michaels • Sharon reported that updated information regarding the Convention is on the website. Members can now register online. She also reported that David Lee has been testing an iphone app that will show program schedules and, if it works, it can also be used for district meetings and Seminars. Because of all of his help, David Lee would like to have the iphoto company’s logo and info on our website and to display the iphoto information at the Convention. A Motion was made and carried to give Jim Cook with MyPhotoApp a corporate membership. • Sharon reported that 13 registrations have been received online with 7 of those registrants having also registered for the pre-con class. • Sharon reported that David Lee was approved to be our CPP liaison. A CPP exam has been scheduled for convention and David Lee would also like to schedule one to be held during the Seminar. Sharon also reported that the CPP award has been ordered. Membership Report – as presented by Sharon Davidson for David Lee Michaels • Nothing to report. Library Report – as presented by Tracy McGee for Eric Green • Tracy reported that the report for the Library reflected a previous account balance of $494.16, a decrease of $10 for bank fees and a final ending balance for this period of $484.16. • Tracy reported that there was one member who had not yet returned a very overdue DVD, “Photographing Models”, and owes the replacement cost of $163 and a late fee of $60. She also reported that one other member had not yet paid her late fee of $60. Kevin stated that he would contact the members about their late fees. Appointed Committee Reports: Registration Committee Report – as presented by Kevin Hurley • Kevin stated that nothing has been done as of yet regarding SEPPA and PPA registration fees. This will be addressed in the summer. Degree Committee Report – as presented by Kevin Hurley • Kevin discussed the degree committee’s feelings on the need to offer a service degree for someone who puts so much into the organization, but who doesn’t participate in print competition. The committee also discussed the need to make it less difficult to earn credits towards our state degrees in order to encourage people to remain active and avoid getting discouraged. Kevin has frequently been told that Virginia is a difficult state in which to earn a degree. This might be viewed as very discouraging to those who otherwise wish to participate. • Kevin also discussed replacing the stars awarded after earning the medallions with bars. This suggestion was based on comments from members who have complained that the stars frequently break. Term Limit Committee Report – as presented by Stephanie Adams • No report. Old Business - No old business was presented to discuss. New Business: • Robert Harris brought up the desirability of increasing VPPA’s online presence by sending out something similar to SEPPA’s monthly online magazine, perhaps quarterly. Renny suggested that while this is being considered, perhaps the district newsletters should be mass emailed out instead of having David Lee send out an email announcing that each is online. Renny made a Motion and it was carried to send all of the newsletters out to the membership • Robert indicated that the District Secretaries now need to send in their newsletters in a timely fashion to David Lee so that he can put them together and send them all out at once. • Kevin requested a volunteer to look into organizing this. Robert Harris volunteered. Kevin will call this the online magazine committee. Names of other members were suggested for consideration as members of the committee. • Tracy McGee inquired about the possibility of offering an album in which all of the Blue and Red, or Blue, Red, and White ribbon prints from the VPPA annual print competition would appear. It would be similar to the one PPA offers for the Loan Collection and the Showcase book. These albums could be pre-purchased and paid for in advance, so there would be no loss to the association. Tracy agreed to get some quotes together and to share the details at a future meeting. • Wolfgang mentioned the VPPA trailer in his backyard that currently only houses a turntable and was curious to know if the association would like to make better use of this trailer. He was told that the trailer is a continuing issue for the Board. The print committee planned to increase the amount of items stored in it after this Convention. PPA Report - Nothing to report SEPPA Report – as presented by Robert Holman • Robert stated that SEPPA will be held April 10 -14, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. Future Board Meetings • The next VPPA Board meeting will be held at Convention on Friday evening, Feb 22, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Roanoke. • A Motion was made and carried to Adjourn.
Editor’s Corner . . . continued from page 31 Awards Banquet. • Archie McDearmid Scholarship - This scholarship honors Tidewater District member, Past VPPA President, Past SEPPA President and Past PPA President Archie McDearmid. Archie passed away in 2010 but was a longtime member of the VPPA. He always had a twinkle in his eye, enjoyed serving our organization and mentoring new members. This is a $750.00 scholarship and the winner is announced at the awards banquet. • Carlton O’Neal Scholarship – This Scholarship was originally funded by the Joseph Lust Foundation and continues to be sustained by general scholarship funds. This Scholarship honors a Past President and long time member of the Tidewater District. Carlton has been a mentor to many aspiring photographers by encouraging the development of both the artistic and the business aspects of the profession. This is a $750.00 scholarship and the winner is announced at the awards banquet. • Bruce Hobbs Scholarship - This Scholarship was founded and continues to be funded by many of the people who have benefited over the years from Bruce’s guidance, counsel and support. Mentoring was been a very important part of Bruce’s life. Bruce passed away in June, 201l; but his philosophy was to always help others in their pursuit of this profession. This is a $500.00 Scholarship and is awarded at the end of the Convention. Our Convention will again be one day shorter this year in an effort to help our organization save a little money and lessen the burden of expense for hotel rooms/meals, etc. on our membership. A great deal of care and thought went into re-arranging things in order to make sure you, our membership, still have access to a lot of great quality programming, fun events and networking opportunities. This year’s Convention is cram packed with speakers. There is something for everyone. No Excuses! If you can’t attend the whole Convention, then pick out a day or two; but do what you can and come spend some time with your friends and fellow photography associates. Thousands of dollars in door prizes, auction items and big discounts will be given away. Come ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’. Come ‘Let Your Hair Down and Be an Animal’. You might scare up a door prize or two or even take home the Grand Door Prize which will be given away on Tuesday at the end of the Convention. Remember, you must be present to win though. Don’t be a BEAR and stay home all winter hibernating!
Treasurer’s Report 31 October 2012 General Fund Cash: Checking Accounts 12,733.58 CD’s: Investments Accounts Receivable Monthly payments 246.60 Deposits 1,000.00 Due to Scholarship Fund (3,570.35) Fixed Assets 21,706.00 Accumulated Depreciation (14,460.00)
Investment Scholarship Fund Funds Totals 4,085.60 25,510.52 22,961.75
16,819.18 25,510.52 22,961.75 246.60 1,000.00
3,570.35 21,706.00 (14,460.00)
Deferred Dues Income Fund Balances, Beginning Net Change in Fund Balance
4,290.00 11,756.59 1,609.24
4,290.00 70,185.72 (691.67)
TOTAL FUND BALANCES 17,655.83
Income Convention Membership Dues Other Income
22,518.66 42,929.86 3,013.61
22,518.66 42,929.86 5,510.70
Expense Convention General and Administrative Depreciation District Rebates Memorials PPA and SEPA Dues Summer Seminar VPPA Directory VPPA Magazine Scholarships
28,465.17 22,353.37 2,013.00 2,141.50 100.00 1,854.00 3,478.01 865.72 5,582.12 4,798.00
28,465.17 22,353.37 2,013.00 2,141.50 100.00 1,854.00 3,478.01 865.72 5,582.12 4,798.00
Net Change in Fund balance
66, 852.89 1,609.24
Apr. 13 -16, 2013 - SEPPA 2013 to be held in Athens, Georgia, at the Classic Convention Center. For more information contact Robert Holman, Virginia’s SEPPA Rep., at: (757) 491-9111 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or go on to SEPPA’s website at: www.4SEPPA.org. Mar. 11, 2013 - Blue Ridge District Monthly Meeting to be held at David Lee Michaels’ studio in Roanoke. Sue Rakes will present a program on Outdoor Location Photography. For more information, contact: Sharon Davidson, Blue Ridge District Governor, at: (540) 314-5600 or by e-mail at: Sharon@sharondavidsonphotograhpy.com VPPA Seminar - The Capital District will host the VPPA Fall/Summer Seminar. The exact date and location are still to be determined. For more information contact your local Governor or Capital District Governor Robert Harris at: (804) 276-1200 or by email at: email@example.com Feb. 21 – 25, 2014 - VPPA Annual Convention to be held in Richmond, Virginia, at the Sheraton Richmond Park South Hotel, in Richmond. For more information, contact Stephanie Adams by telephone at: (804) 477-6617 or by e-mail at Stephanie@stephaniesportraitdesign.com Feb. 20-14, 2015 - VPPA Annual Convention to be held in Richmond, Virginia, at the Sheraton Richmond Park South Hotel, in Richmond. The Convention will have an Egyptian theme. For more information, contact Tracy McGee by telephone at: (757) 382-9537 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information regarding District Programs, contact the following individuals: Blue Ridge District Governor: Sharon Davidson at (540) 314-5600 Capital District Governor: Robert Harris at (804) 276-1200 Northern District Governor: Elizabeth Baily at (540) 429-3686 Tidewater District Governor: Keith Forrest at (757) 464-68006
COVER NOTE “Low Mileage”
Virginia Professional Photographers Association Statement of Cash Reciepts and Disbursements Year Ended October 31, 2012
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
by Kevin Hurley, M Photog., FP Low Mileage will be an image that will be with me forever. This is the print that earned me my final print merit for my Masters. I took the photo in the back yard of the studio last winter as the sun was warming the frozen truck. I’ve walked by that truck thousands of times. It was the combination of the steam and condensation that drew my eye to the speedometer that day. I photographed the truck with a Nikon D300 and a 24-70mm lens.
Respectfully submitted by Don Aittama Treasury Assistant for Polly Frye, Exective Treasurer
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