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  • April 02, 2012 11:22 AM | Anonymous
    Wednesday April 25, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell, CT starting at 5:30 pm.

    The CTPPA will kick off it’s new season of speakers and education with one of the “coolest” speakers, Blair Phillips. Blair comes to CTPPA from Landis, North Carolina and in a short period of time has taken an economically depressed town and created a “killer” high school senior market. In three short years, Blair and his team have gone from the back row of the classroom to “The Coolest Kid in School”. Through innovative senior rep programs, bulletproof lighting and posing, Blair will show you how to evolve not only your senior marketing programs, but provide you with techniques that will boost your entire book of business.

    The key to Blair’s success is his eccentric lighting and posing, which distinguishes his senior portraits from others. Blair’s unique use of eclectic locations and fashion forward posing breaks the mold of the traditional portraits, creating a fresh and different look for each client.

    Blair is a working photographer with a brand new 4000 square foot facility. Blair and his wife Suzanne, don’t just focus in on one type of photography, but photograph a “little bit of everything”. In seven short years they have built a very successful business and strive to share their success as national speakers.

    Join us at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell, CT on April 25, 2012 with networking beginning at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:00pm and lecture at 7:00pm.

    For more information on Blair, visit his website at www.blairphillipsphotography.com. Blair is sponsored by H & H Color Labs
  • March 07, 2012 11:35 AM | Anonymous
    As a young(er), single mother, I post a fair amount of pictures online. Between Facebook and Twitter it’s safe to say all of my friends and followers know what my son (JT) looks like. But, at the same time, if you were to walk into my house or see my desk at work, I have a myriad of products with JT’s picture all around me. What I don’t understand is how anyone would think having a computer image of their kids is enough. But that seems to be the concern of many in our industry.

    This conflict of hard copy vs. digital image needs some sort of balance; you know, a little of both “old” and “new” traditions. I love the ability to sit at my computer and watch a slide show of JT through the years and I also love to see him on the walls in the house or the calendar on my desk.

    So I got to thinking that maybe I have an advantage or a little better incite because I work at a professional photo lab and get to see many of these products first hand. I have the ability to physically touch and see a product to determine if I love it or not. I’m one of those people who needs the full effect.  Think about it.  Nothing does a product justice like the product itself.

    The bottom line is that most people are hands on and react to that which is in front of them. They don’t understand how great something is until they can see it. With all of the new products on the market today, it is more important than ever to have samples on display to turn your customers from “that sounds nice” to “I have to have that”.

    Do parents still want pictures of their kids to decorate their home and offices? My answer is 100% yes… I’m living proof of that!!



    article originally posted on century color blog
  • March 06, 2012 11:40 AM | Anonymous
    “Action is the Foundational Key to all Success” - Pablo Picasso

    Dear Members,
    Take action today and register for the 63rd Annual Connecticut Professional Photographers Association Convention and Print Exhibition. Focus on Success with me and your CTPPA colleagues from Thursday, March 8th(Pre-Con workshop) till Monday, March 12th  2012, at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport Hotel.

    We start off with the marketing expert, Lawrence Chan from 6:00 till 9:00pm. FYI, there is a $50 fee to attend this pre-convention workshop.

    Friday, March 9th, we have a Business Roundtable Discussion at 10:00am. You can attend the Print competition at 11:00am and watch and focus on how well your prints score. Friday evening, from 7:00 till 10:00pm, Matthew Jordan Smith will take us “Beyond Great Pictures”. CTPPA’s famous hospitality room opens at 10:00pm. This is a place to chill, focus and network with your friends. Saturday, March 10th begins at 9:00am with Tim and Bev Walden. Their program is titled “Separated by Excellence”. They will educate us on how to separate ourselves from the masses and focus on how to run a successful, high end studio. The Walden’s will continue their program after lunch from 1:00 till 3:00pm. Larry Lourcey will begin his lecture at 3:30pm and focus on the ins and outs of Print Competition. The print critique will follow at 5:30pm. The day will end with a kickin’ cowboy party! So bring your cowboy hat and boots and be ready to focus on how to line dance!

    Sunday, March 11th is our Free Day and begins at 8:30am with a live shoot with Bob Davis, bring your camera and focus with the pro! The Trade Show opens at 11:00 and runs until 3:00pm. That’s when the Annual meeting for all members begins. Bob continues his program “What the Flash!” from 3:15 till 6:30pm. Join us at 7:00pm for the Free Awards Reception. Our guest and speaker, Tim Walden happens to be the 2012 President for the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). He will honor us by performing the induction ceremony of the incoming CTPPA Board members during the evening events.

    Monday, March 12th is the last day of the convention and we have the one and only Kevin Kubota giving his all from 9:00am till 5:00pm, with a lunch break in the middle. Now focus on your computer and connect with the website www.ctppa.com to register for this amazing learning experience.

    I hope to see you all there!


    Lynn Damon, M.Photog, Cr,
    CTPPA President
  • February 24, 2012 11:52 AM | Anonymous
    “Focus on Success”

    It’s that time again! Who would have thought that a year could go by so fast, but we find ourselves again at an exciting time of the year for CTPPA. The 63rd Annual Convention and Print Competition will be held on March 8-12, 2012 at the Hartford/Windsor Marriot Airport located at 26 Day Hill Rd, Windsor, CT.

         

    Have you blocked the time from your schedule? Have you registered yet? Have you made your hotel reservations yet? Don’t miss this golden opportunity for you to “Focus on Success”. If you are a CTPPA member, this convention is FREE! Yes, you heard it right, FREE. Where else can you hear Matthew Jordan Smith (sponsored by Sony), Tim and Bev Walden, M.Photog, Cr., Larry Lourcey, M.Photog, Cr., CPP (sponsored by WHCC), Bob Davis (sponsored by Canon), and Kevin Kubota (sponsored by WHCC, Asuka Books, and Kubota Imaging Tools) all in one space for FREE! If you aren’t a member of Connecticut’s premier association for professional photographers, check out the low prices for a full day of programming and also don’t miss our Free Sunday sponsored by Canon. New this year is our Pre-Con programming featuring California’s Lawrence Chan on Thursday March 8,2012. His program is only $50.00 for members and guests.

    The Hartford/Windsor Marriott has kept their word and kept their price low at $89.00 per night. Don’t miss the fun as our hospitality suite keeps the networking and fun going late into the night! Saturday Night our past president’s party is a suprise this year and for only $20.00 per person will keep you dancing all night long. Another change we made is the Sunday night Awards Reception which is FREE for members and only $25.00 for guests. Make sure that you register for this event as there is a deadline, so we can make sure we have enough food! The format has changed and it will be finger foods, a cash bar and theater style seating for the awards so that everyone can cheer on all the award winners. Who knows it could be…..YOU!

    Our famous tradeshow is held on Sunday March 11, 2012, from 11 am to 3 pm. We have some awesome vendors waiting to offer you great deals and new technology. Some of the vendors that are confirmed are Century Color Lab, Sony, Kubota Imaging Tools, Asuka Albums, Pexagon Tech, and Lens Pro to Go to name a few. This whole day is a free day, sponsored by Canon, so bring a friend or two and let them spend the day with all this fabulous association.

    The last thing on our agenda is the Annual Print Competition. This event is open to members and the deadline to submit prints is March 5, 2012 by 6 pm to print chair Mark Brendel, CPP.

    You could be the next CTPPA Photographer of the Year!
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