On Sunday Nov 2 2014 new PPANE President Lorraine Beddell officially assumed the mantle of leadership after an energetic Presidency by Ed Pedi. During Ed’s term many new programs were implemented (including the “Summer Sizzler” and “Safari” days) while membership grew and N.E.I.P.P. attendance swelled by 50%. Lorraine will continue many of these initiatives while adding her own stamp to the year ahead.
Ann Monteith’s “Get Down to Business” workshop on Nov 3 + 4 was an intensive and detailed 2 day presentation focussing on the true costs of running a viable photography business in these changing times. Thanks to the support of PPA and long-term PPANE sponsor Marathon Press, Ann candidly shared her personal experiences and insights acquired by running 3 distinct businesses and acting as President for PPA. She outlined a multitude of challenges affecting our industry then offered concrete measures to earn a fair living by offering services, products and heirloom images that will be valued now and for future generations.
Whether you are experienced or new to the profession you will gain many direct non-nonsense ideas to apply to achieve a more balanced bank account and work-life balance. I was one of the 26 attendees at this PPA endorsed school and will certainly be applying many of the clear principles as I refresh my offerings for the year ahead. Thanks to Candace Pratt Stiteler for suggesting this program be hosted in our region. If you weren’t lucky enough to attend in the Boston area, Ann offers these programs across the country several times every year. Check PPA or Ann’s website for details of the next program. You will gain so much more than a Merit.
As we move towards the peak holiday season for many photographers, don’t forget to register for N.E.IP.P. in Hyannis, MA next Mar 29-Aril 2 2015. With attendance growing significantly places are filling fast. If an experienced professional such as Ann Monteith considers the value of such learning experiences is something that can refine or expand her repertoire of skills you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to learn either. Call Executive Secretary, Fred Stitler, on 603 868 2970 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register now. See you at the Cape next Spring.
Deborah Key Mundair