Fall is here, and for some reason it always feels like the beginning of a new year, not the beginning of the final quarter of the year. It’s always a time of great reflection on my life, even though it’s peak season for my business and spare time is almost non-existent. I was talking with a photographer friend of mine recently, and she was telling me how she has hit a creative slump. You wouldn’t think that during your busiest season that could happen, but it does. I told her I think it happens because we are so busy, and it can feel like we’re just going through the motions. She mentioned that she wanted to get back to camera club and NHPPA meetings, and I told her that was the best thing she could do for a creative slump – surround herself with like-minded people who can relate to what she’s going through. Our families and friends will build us up – and that’s wonderful – but only other photographers and creatives can really know what we sometimes are up against in our photographic world. I do hope to see her at this month’s meeting; that social time before the speaker comes on is gold.
Fall also means lots of great things coming up at the NHPPA! Our October monthly meeting features Jen Hargrove with her program, “The Art & Business of Pet Photography,” with a bonus hands-on workshop by Jen the very next day called, “Sit.Stay.Smile” where she’ll cover, pet posing, lighting, marketing & sales.
Our Board of Directors has been listening to our members and has been working hard this year to bring more “hands-on” programming to speaker meetings and Conference. If you have any topics or techniques you’d like to see in the future, please let me or any board member know!
Speaking of our amazing Board, the position of Second Vice President has opened up recently, so if you would like to learn more about that position or other positions on the Board, I’d love to hear from you! It truly takes a village of talented, committed people to keep the association running, and fresh faces and fresh ideas are always welcome as positions become available!
As President, I am fortunate to be the one who chooses the theme for our annual Conference in April. The 2020 Conference theme will be...Pirates! I wanted to announce it now to give everyone a chance to plan an amazing costume for Conference, and also because I thought it would be fun to have a contest to come up with a clever title for it! You can check out the NHPPA Members Facebook group for the details, and there will also be an e-blast sent out for any members that aren’t on Facebook.
You can check out the Meetings & Events tab to see what’s coming up in November for the monthly meeting and the Fall Seminar. It’s never too early to register, so jump on,get it done, and check it off your to-do list. I will see you there!
Tanya Hervey, A.C.Ph.