Monthly Archives: December 2010

Texas School “Bonanza” Goodie Basket Valued at $6,000!

One lucky attendee at the January 15, 20011, PPA Charities Celebration at Imaging USA in San Antonio will win an incredible educational treasure — worth over $8,000 — in the form of instructional products produced by teachers at the 2011 Texas School, which will take place in Dallas on May 1-6, 2011. For the winner, the Bonanza Basket, which will be the featured raffle prize at the PPACH Celebration, will be the next best thing to taking ALL of the fabulous instructors listed below home! Tickets will be sold for only $20 each . . . so get those $20 bills ready!*

Plus: A Texas School Scholarship for 2012 also will be included!

Here’s what the instructors have donated:

  • Suzette Allen — 10 different CDs of assorted brushes, actions and edges
  • Ross Benton —
  • DougBox — 2 Books – Doug Box’s Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers and Professional Secrets of Natural Light Portrait Photography
  • Carl Caylor — Artistic Elements of Portraiture DVD set
  • Don Chick — Portrait Lighting Using a Large Softbox CD
  • Jim Cunningham — Painting Portraits DVD
  • Greg Daniel — Easy Cameo Painting CD, Painting Simplified CD Floating Watercolors, Purpose Driven and Images CDs, $100 Midsouth Gift Certificate
  • Don Emmerich — Nancy Emmerich’s favorite brushes CD and Cameracraftsmen of America 2010 Book
  • Robert Faust — Job Shadow Robert on an Engagement or Bridal shoot to learn his techniques
  • Mary Fisk-Taylor — Marketing Kit and Sales Plan Book
  • Mike Fulton — Guide to TTL Flash Book
  • Joe Glyda — The Artist’s Way book, Rogue Flash Benders
  • Colleen Gonsar — The Ultimate Senior Marketing Kit and Creating a Lifetime Customer Book
  • Elizabeth Homan — Senior Posing Guide and Family Posing Guide
  • Janine Killian — Janine’s Idea Guide DVD and Children Sessions Show
  • Julianne Kost — Adobe Photoshop Lightroom3
  • Steve Kozak — The Art of Composition, Bridal Posing Guide and Senior Posing Guide CD’s and Quit Using your Camera on Program, Photographing People Outdoors, Fundamentals of Flash Photography and Fundamentals of Studio Lighting DVD’s
  • Scott Robert Lim — Tiny Trigger Set – includes 1 Transmitter and 3 Receivers
  • Don MacGregor — 2 Scholarships to Image Explorations School – July 10-14, 2011
  • Dan McDonald — Photoshop 101 DVD
  • Ann Monteith — Ann’s 2nd edition of The Professional Photographer’s Guide to Marketing Success, published December 2010.
  • Larry Peters — 2009 Posing Guide CD
  • Sandy Puc’ — Family Tour DVD
  • Ralph Romaguera — Complete Collection of Educational Tools: School Days Manual, Pricelist Book and Bonus DVD, Sports, Marketing, Art Series, Digital workflow/Show Me the Money CDs
  • Richard Sturdevant — DVD Set “Stur De Vinci”
  • Michael Timmons — Photoshop Tutorials CD and Over 300 Backgrounds and Overlays Templates CD
  • Tim Walden — Studio Lighting, In-Depth & In-Detail
  • John Wilson — Designer Template CD
  • David Ziser: Captured by the Light book, Kelby Media – “Live Wedding Shoot” DVD, Kelby Training “Rapid Tips and Tricks” DVD

Simon’s Inspiration

If you want to catch the holiday spirit, take a moment to visit Simon’s Circle, by clicking here.

Simon is the 10-year-old son of Honorary PPACH Trustee for Florida Britney Fullgraf. Simon has already raised over $240 by selling notecards and bookmarks of his own images.

You also can keep up with Simon’s fund-raising activities by networking with him on Facebook.


Thank you, Simon, for your support of PPA Charities and Operation Smile . . . but even moreso for being a role model and inspiration to all of us!

Sturdevant Masterwork to be Auctioned at January 15 Charities Celebration!

Attendees at the live auction portion of the PPACH Celebration on January 15 at Imaging USA are in for a riveting ride when bidding begins on “The Deadman’s Hand,” Richard Sturdevant’s exceptional artwork, printed by BWC Photo Imaging. With a value set by the artist of $3,500, it’s possible that Celebration attendees will see that figure surpassed, given the accolades that Garland, Texas, photographer Sturdevant has received of late: He has not only engaged an eager following of collectors of his remarkable interpretive images and richly layered composites, he has consistently wowed PPA-approved jurors in national and district competitions. At this year’s Southwest PPA district print judging, all four of his electronic imaging entries received perfect scores of 100. “The Deadman’s Hand” is one of those extraordinary images.

According to an article that appeared in the December 2010 issue of The Professional Photographer magazine, it is believed that no other photographer has ever achieved four perfect scores at a PPA judging. If you haven’t read the article about Richards singular accomplishment, you can find it on page 98 of the current magazine issue. See more images and learn about his multi-faceted business at

The beautifully framed canvas is 40 inches wide, and BWC President/CEO Lou George has generously offered to pay for shipping to the home of the lucky winner.

The Charities Celebration begins at 9:00 P.M. on January 15, the eve of Imaging USA, and the live auction will begin soon thereafter.

Goldstein’s Guide to Christmas Shopping

As editor of The Connecticut Spotlight, the publication of Connecticut Professional Photographers, PPA Charities Trustee Harvey Goldstein can be counted on for lively editorials. This month, he shared his wisdom (and holiday photograph) on the subject of holiday gift-giving, with a nice shoutout for PPA Charities. It is reprinted here with Santa Goldstein’s permission:


The Chanukah candles have burned out, the latkes (fried potato pancakes) have been enjoyed, the dreidels have stopped spinning and the 8 days of gifts has ended. ARE YA READY FOR SOME CHRISTMAS? We do it all in our house so December is just one long holiday and food-fest. In the Goldstein house, we easily slide from latkes and sufganiyot (soof-gah-nee-YOT), which are jelly doughnuts that are eaten on Chanukah to Christmas ham and anginettes (Italian cookies).

Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Have you started your Christmas shopping?
My suggestion for gift-giving is to honor someone with a donation to a charity in their name. We all have “stuff”. As a matter of fact, we all have too much “stuff”. Why continue to clutter everyone’s home with “stuff”? You can give to the Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Diabetes Foundation, St. Jude… and the list goes on. My favorite is PPA Charities ( PPA Charities is the philanthropic arm of the Professional Photographers of America. In 2005, PPA Charities named Operation Smile as its charitable partner. A perfect fit for photographers, whose daily business is creating smiles for their clients, Operation Smile’s mission is repairing childhood facial deformities including cleft lips and cleft palates.

At the 2010 PPA Convention, PPA Charities presented a $100,000 check to Operation Smile, surpassing their goal by $30,000. The goal for the 2011 PPA Convention is $120,000, but we need your help. If you purchase a smile ($240) before December 25, your donation will be matched and you will be purchasing two smiles for the price of one. Can you think of a better way for a photographer to spend his/her gift money?

There are many worthwhile charities but only one that combines what you do every day (make children smile) and giving hundreds of children the opportunity to smile. Our mantra is normally, “$240 will change a life”; from now until Christmas, our mantra
is, “$240 will change TWO LIVES.” It will actually change three lives, because it will
certainly change yours as well.

Wishing my fellow MOT a belated Happy Chanukah and to most everyone else, a very
Merry Christmas! Whatever holiday you celebrate, celebrate with zest and gusto, but also
safely. And to all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!