Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wednesday Word of the day! - Photography Associations

In the photography field, there are a lot of acronyms to deal with. I call it alphabet soup. Sometimes I have no idea what people are talking about. So today I wanted to explain what a few of the Photo organizations acronyms you might see behind photographers names might mean. Kara Powell PPA, WPPI, NAPCP

These are a few that I am a part of, but there are a ton out there. I encourage all of you that are interested in photography to go out and look for yourself. You will learn so much. Learning is such a fantastic part of life. Of course, being a teacher by trade, you know that I enjoy being a lifelong learner, I will always be attending classes and conferences. But know that some of you might not enjoy that. Good news! It is not all about that. Some of these organizations have forums, events, magazines, etc. Some you just pay the annual fee and you are a member.

Professional Photographers Association (PPA) and local chapters -
PPA is one of the most well know Photography associations. It has so much information, and coverage in the annual fee you will be impressed. I highly suggest if you can only afford one, this is the one you get.

Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) -
This is the conference I just went to, but it is also an association. I will be posting more on this soon, but wow! Very impressive. If you are at all interested in weddings or portraits. Check this out.

Texas Photo Forum - - A good place to ask questions and it is free!

National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) -
A great location for parents to look for a quality children’s photographer and for children’s photographers to advertise and learn. I am a member here, because of the discounts, blogroll and advertising.

Texas Professional Photographers Association (TPPA) -
Professional Photographers Guild of Houston (PPGH) -

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