The Professional Photographers of Central Ohio (PPCO) is a network of professional photographers committed to the craft of photography. The organization provides its members with fellowship, business and marketing support. We serve the Columbus, OH area, and many of the surrounding counties, and strive to elevate the standards of photography. We are the Columbus and vicinity affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America.
Greetings from the President!
I am putting out a quick President's message to you from Dawllas and the Texas School of Professional Photography. You've probably already heard me talk about what a great educational experience this is and this year's event might be the best one yet.
May is going to be a great month for PPCO. I spent time with our May speaker and first-year PPCO member Tony Makris and I think he has a great story to share that can help us connect both our technical photography and business management skills through certification as way to set us apart from other photographers competing in our markets. We will also host our annual elections using the new leadership structure approved by the membership last month. If you are a Active Professional Member with at least one year of experience in PPCO, you are eligible to be a Board Member. We still need at least one more Board Member to fill out the board for 2016-17, so if you are passionate about our industry and want to help PPCO keep growing, there is a place for you. With a full Board, the work we have to do can be spread across more people and we can make a bigger impact on the industry in Central Ohio.
We wrap up our 2015-16 programming year before shifting to the less formal summer meetings. This is also my last President's message as my term is up as your president. As a group, we can look back proudly on the past year for the growth and relevance of PPCO. As an organization, we have increased our membership, were good stewards of the membership's money, provided some unique and valuable programming, and even brought back a day-long merit workshop. Our January image competition had over 100 images submitted for judging by three top-level PPA judges. We balanced our focus between technical photography skills and small business management topics while providing a number of local photographers the opportunity to speak and begin their path toward PPA degrees by earning speaking merits.
Remember to bring an 8x10 print for the print competition, a few dollars for the 50/50 raffle, and $10 if you want to purchase a chance to win a PPA membership. Drawing for the PPA membership will be held at the May meeting.
See everyone on the 9th!
Professional Photographers of Central Ohio
May Meeting Details
The Path to Certification
Tony Makris, CPP
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 6PM
The presentation will include a discussion on the benefits of becoming a CPP, why you should become a CPP, how to become a CPP, and the re-certification requirements for certified professional photographers. We will review some stories from colleagues that made the leap to get certified, take a look into the requirements of certification as well as the benefits of becoming a certified professional photographer and what it can mean for you and your business.
Photographing weddings since 1991, Tony fell in love with photographing weddings following his first assignment at 16 years old. He has been behind the shutter ever since preserving precious moments for his clients. In 2005, he fulfilled a life goal of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer. In 2009, his wife Sara joined forces with me to shoot side-by-side with him at weddings, adding an additional perspective and diversity to their portfolio. Tony and Sara have documented over 200 weddings together. They enjoy the challenges and rewards that wedding photography provides us on a weekly basis.
Tony is am currently pursuing his PPA Master of Photography degree is the 2016 Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Liaison for Central Ohio. He is a member of the PPA, PPO, and PPCO as well as WPPI.
Learn more about Tony at http://www.makrabbitt.com/about-us/
Current PPCO members can attend for free, guests are welcome for $15. Want to come to your first meeting free? Contact me or any PPCO member for a "Be My Guest" card to see what PPCO is like in person.
General Membership Meeting
Date: Monday, May 9, 2016 - 6:00pm
Topic: Elections and "The Path to PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)" with Tony Makris.
Berwick Manor Restaurant
3250 Refugee Rd
Columbus, OH 43232
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