SC Photo Con – Annual Convention 2020-02-14T18:55:50-05:00

Learn. Share. Grow.

The Annual Convention is FREE and open to all PPSC* Members in good standing.

*Did you know? If you are a PPSC member, you will earn ONE merit towards your Associate Fellows or Fellows Designation!

Learn. Share. Grow.

The Annual Convention is FREE and open to all PPSC* Members in good standing.
*Did you know? If you are a PPSC member, you will earn ONE merit towards your Associate Fellows or Fellows Designation!

CONVENTION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

FRIDAY NIGHT SHOOT OUT

Join us for a fun shoot out followed by food and drinks!

We will be meeting at USC Horseshoe, Sumter St. (South Gate next to Norman Cannon Palms Memorial Garden).  Inclement weather location TBD.

CLASSES BY TOP INSTRUCTORS

Classes on the craft and business of photography.

Columbia Convention Center located at 1101 Lincoln Street in Columbia, SC 29201.

AWARDS CEREMONY

Photographer of the Year and Print Competition Awards

Columbia Convention Center located at 1101 Lincoln Street in Columbia, SC 29201.

CONVENTION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

FRIDAY NIGHT SHOOT OUT

Join us for a fun shoot out followed by food and drinks!

We will be meeting at USC Horseshoe, Sumter St. (South Gate next to Norman Cannon Palms Memorial Garden).  Inclement weather location TBD.

CLASSES BY TOP INSTRUCTORS

Classes on the craft and business of photography.

Columbia Convention Center located at 1101 Lincoln Street in Columbia, SC 29201.

AWARDS CEREMONY

Photographer of the Year and Print Competition Awards

Columbia Convention Center located at 1101 Lincoln Street in Columbia, SC 29201.

CLASSES BY TOP INSTRUCTORS

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CLASSES BY TOP INSTRUCTORS

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Clark Berry, SC-FPh

Professional Headshots – Lighting Techniques and Styles

Professional Headshots – Lighting Techniques and Styles

Everyone needs a good headshot! Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn are just a few platforms that require a profile picture. The need for a quality professional headshot has never been greater. Clark will teach you lighting styles and techniques to improve your headshots for men, women and children. He will also go over the tools needed to pull it off in an efficient way. Lighting, posing, and different styles will be covered.

Clark Berry has been a professional photographer for 18 years. He and his wife Becki operate a portrait and wedding studio in the heart of Lexington, SC in the Old Mill. Clark has been a member of PPSC for 16 years and was named Photographer of the Year in 2009.

View Clark’s work at https://clarkberry.com

Clark Berry, SC-FPh

Professional Headshots – Lighting Techniques and Styles

Everyone needs a good headshot! Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn are just a few platforms that require a profile picture. The need for a quality professional headshot has never been greater. Clark will teach you lighting styles and techniques to improve your headshots for men, women and children. He will also go over the tools needed to pull it off in an efficient way. Lighting, posing, and different styles will be covered.

Clark Berry has been a professional photographer for 18 years. He and his wife Becki operate a portrait and wedding studio in the heart of Lexington, SC in the Old Mill. Clark has been a member of PPSC for 16 years and was named Photographer of the Year in 2009.

View Clark’s work at https://clarkberry.com

David Hilton, DBA, M.Ed., Cr.Photog.

Fundamentals of the Million Dollar Studio

Fundamentals of the Million Dollar Studio

…It’s not about the money, It’s about being the best you, that you can become.

David teaches portrait photography studio owners to break free of the myths that hold so many studio owners back. It’s not the economy, not the customers, not the competition – the power is within you! 

This program will teach you step by step the necessary adjustments to make to your mindset and your business to ignite your career. 

He will teach you step by step the necessary adjustments to make to your mindset and your business to ignite your career. Key concepts you will learn include:  

Understanding your personal motivation & what holds you back, with the strategies to break through those barriers. 

  • Understanding your personal and business brand that customer will crave to own. 
  • Relationship based marketing as a powerful, yet inexpensive, means to rapid business growth. 
  • Building your customer journey from first encounter to the final thank you note and referrals so that during the order session customers are predisposed to wanting to own their portraits. 
  • Knowing how to manage your time, so that you run the business, rather than the business running you (managing a larger, successful business is actually much easier than managing a very small business!)
  • And much more…

David’s programs will help you achieve your dreams, perhaps even taking you to success that you never thought possible.

David is experienced in building businesses, guiding owners to higher profits, and greater freedom. He is the author of two books on entrepreneurship: SPARK, Taking Your Business from Struggle to Significance and The Ultimate Success Secret with co-author Dan Kennedy.

As president of Hilton Photography, a business that he recently successfully sold, he grew and managed multiple locations and recruited, hired and trained over 500 people.  He developed this company to operate profitably without his day to day involvement.

He holds a Photographic Craftsman degree from PPA, a Doctorate in Business degree from SMC University, a BS degree in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in Education from Worcester State College, and a MBA degree from Boston College.

David Hilton, DBA, M.Ed., Cr.Photog.

Fundamentals of the Million Dollar Studio

…It’s not about the money, It’s about being the best you, that you can become.

David teaches portrait photography studio owners to break free of the myths that hold so many studio owners back. It’s not the economy, not the customers, not the competition – the power is within you!

This program will teach you step by step the necessary adjustments to make to your mindset and your business to ignite your career.

He will teach you step by step the necessary adjustments to make to your mindset and your business to ignite your career. Key concepts you will learn include:

Understanding your personal motivation & what holds you back, with the strategies to break through those barriers.

  • Understanding your personal and business brand that customer will crave to own.
  • Relationship based marketing as a powerful, yet inexpensive, means to rapid business growth.
  • Building your customer journey from first encounter to the final thank you note and referrals so that during the order session customers are predisposed to wanting to own their portraits.
  • Knowing how to manage your time, so that you run the business, rather than the business running you (managing a larger, successful business is actually much easier than managing a very small business!)
  • And much more…

David’s programs will help you achieve your dreams, perhaps even taking you to success that you never thought possible.

David is experienced in building businesses, guiding owners to higher profits, and greater freedom. He is the author of two books on entrepreneurship: SPARK, Taking Your Business from Struggle to Significance and The Ultimate Success Secret with co-author Dan Kennedy.

As president of Hilton Photography, a business that he recently successfully sold, he grew and managed multiple locations and recruited, hired and trained over 500 people.  He developed this company to operate profitably without his day to day involvement.

He holds a Photographic Craftsman degree from PPA, a Doctorate in Business degree from SMC University, a BS degree in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in Education from Worcester State College, and a MBA degree from Boston College.

Lori and Jeff Poole

Adding Boudoir to Your Brand

Boudoir photography is a fast-growing niche. There’s a lot to consider when adding this specialty genre to your brand, but it can be both lucrative and personally rewarding under the right conditions. In this talk, we’ll cover all the things you need to know to get up and running. Topics include:

  • Why your WHY is crucial to this genre
  • Finding your target client
  • Building your portfolio
  • Popular products for boudoir
  • Working with hair & makeup artists
  • Studio set-building and non-studio options
  • Tips for male photographers
  • Special considerations for your contracts and studio policies
  • Handling awkwardness… for you and for your client
  • Challenging your own discomforts and biases, and helping client through theirs
  • Getting your clients to do *that* pose or *that* faceBoudoir posing is a bit different than classical portrait posing, and it’s so important to pose well! We’ll reserve the last portion of class for a live posing and lighting demo to explore how to help your client look and feel their best.If you’re considering adding boudoir to your brand, you will not want to miss this informative class!

Jeff and Lori own indigosilver studio in Wilmington NC, offering boutique boudoir portraiture and wedding photography. They also own and operate The Shoot Space, their educational outreach for photographers. The Shoot Space is a community-oriented studio offering workshops, tutorials, photographers’ contracts, and online educational content for photographers.

View Lori and Jeff’s work at https://indigosilverstudio.com

Digital Marketing – It’s No Longer the Way of the Future – It’s Now

Have you ever researched or shopped for that next new piece of camera gear only to keep seeing it in your news feed over and over again, tempting you to you buy it? Guess what, that’s no accident! And I’ll bet many of you actually clicked and made a purchase. Guess what, that’s exactly what was supposed to happen.

In the digital world we leave a foot print everywhere we go, whether we like it or not. It’s just the day in age that we live. So if it’s gonna happen, why not take advantage of it in our business to make more money?

We can do the same thing as the big guys, but for a lot less money. In this class you’ll learn:

• What the facebook pixel is and how to install it.
• An introduction to the facebook business manager
• How to build a targeted audience for your genre
• How to craft an ad that get’s results
• How to build a retargeting campaign for website visitors • How to put all this together to craft your marketing plan

If all this sounds Greek to you, then you don’t want to miss this class!

Jeff and Lori own indigosilver studio in Wilmington NC, offering boutique boudoir portraiture and wedding photography. They also own and operate The Shoot Space, their educational outreach for photographers. The Shoot Space is a community-oriented studio offering workshops, tutorials, photographers’ contracts, and online educational content for photographers.

View Lori and Jeff’s work at https://indigosilverstudio.com

Lori and Jeff Poole

Adding Boudoir to Your Brand

Digital Marketing- It’s No Longer the Way of the Future – It’s Now

Adding Boudoir to Your Brand

Boudoir photography is a fast-growing niche. There’s a lot to consider when adding this specialty genre to your brand, but it can be both lucrative and personally rewarding under the right conditions. In this talk, we’ll cover all the things you need to know to get up and running. Topics include:

  • Why your WHY is crucial to this genre
  • Finding your target client
  • Building your portfolio
  • Popular products for boudoir
  • Working with hair & makeup artists
  • Studio set-building and non-studio options
  • Tips for male photographers
  • Special considerations for your contracts and studio policies
  • Handling awkwardness… for you and for your client
  • Challenging your own discomforts and biases, and helping client through theirs
  • Getting your clients to do *that* pose or *that* faceBoudoir posing is a bit different than classical portrait posing, and it’s so important to pose well! We’ll reserve the last portion of class for a live posing and lighting demo to explore how to help your client look and feel their best.If you’re considering adding boudoir to your brand, you will not want to miss this informative class!

Marketing and Shoot Demo Sessions

Have you ever researched or shopped for that next new piece of camera gear only to keep seeing it in your news feed over and over again, tempting you to you buy it? Guess what, that’s no accident! And I’ll bet many of you actually clicked and made a purchase. Guess what, that’s exactly what was supposed to happen.

In the digital world we leave a foot print everywhere we go, whether we like it or not. It’s just the day in age that we live. So if it’s gonna happen, why not take advantage of it in our business to make more money?

We can do the same thing as the big guys, but for a lot less money. In this class you’ll learn:

• What the facebook pixel is and how to install it.
• An introduction to the facebook business manager
• How to build a targeted audience for your genre
• How to craft an ad that get’s results
• How to build a retargeting campaign for website visitors • How to put all this together to craft your marketing plan

If all this sounds Greek to you, then you don’t want to miss this class!

Jeff and Lori own indigosilver studio in Wilmington NC, offering boutique boudoir portraiture and wedding photography. They also own and operate The Shoot Space, their educational outreach for photographers. The Shoot Space is a community-oriented studio offering workshops, tutorials, photographers’ contracts, and online educational content for photographers.

View Lori and Jeff’s work at https://indigosilverstudio.com

SCHEDULE

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SCHEDULE

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Kick off the weekend with fun, drinks, and a shoot out with talent provided by Millie Lewis Model and Talent Columbia.

3pm – 6:30pm
Shoot out at the USC Horseshoe

6:30pm – 8:30pm
Dinner
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

Friday, February 28, 2020

Kick off the weekend with fun, drinks, and a shoot out with talent provided by Millie Lewis Model and Talent Columbia.

3pm – 6:30pm
Shoot out at the USC Horseshoe

6:30pm – 8:30pm
Dinner
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

Saturday, February 29, 2020

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Registration

9:30 am – 9:45 am
Welcome Message
PPSC President Sarah Goldman and VP Jerry Finley

9:45 am – 12:15 pm
Clark Berry
Professional Headshots – Lighting Techniques and Styles

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Lunch

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
PPSC School of Photography 1-Day Classes Presentation
John Herrel

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fundamentals of the Million Dollar Studio
David Hilton

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
PPSC Business Meeting
(all members welcome with door prize at the end)

6:00pm – 9pm
Social at The Grand
1621 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201
(bowling is free for PPSC members, $15 for guests, RSVP must be sent through PPSC Contact Page by February 14th)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

9 am – 12:00 am
Adding Boudoir to Your Brand
Lori Poole

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Print Competition Awards Presentation

LUNCH

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Group will split in half for Jeff Poole – Marketing / Lori Pool – Shoot Demo

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Break

4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Group will split in half for Jeff Poole – Marketing / Lori Pool – Shoot Demo

6:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Farewell

*PPSC Merits are awarded to PPSC Members in good standing who stay for the entirety of all educational events. These merits can be applied towards your fellowship, associate fellow and more.  If you leave early, merits will not be earned.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Registration

9:30 am – 9:45 am
Welcome Message
PPSC President Sarah Goldman and VP Jerry Finley

9:45 am – 12:15 pm
Clark Berry
Professional Headshots – Lighting Techniques and Styles

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Lunch

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
PPSC School of Photography 1-Day Classes Presentation
John Herrel

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fundamentals of the Million Dollar Studio
David Hilton

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
PPSC Business Meeting
(all members welcome with door prize at the end)

6:00pm – 9pm
Social at The Grand
1621 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201
(bowling is free for PPSC members, $15 for guests, RSVP must be sent through PPSC Contact Page by February 14th)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

9 am – 12:00 am
Adding Boudoir to Your Brand
Lori Poole

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Print Competition Awards Presentation

LUNCH

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Group will split in half for Jeff Poole – Marketing / Lori Pool – Shoot Demo

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Break

4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Group will split in half for Jeff Poole – Marketing / Lori Pool – Shoot Demo

6:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Farewell

*PPSC Merits are awarded to PPSC Members in good standing who stay for the entirety of all educational events. These merits can be applied towards your fellowship, associate fellow and more.  If you leave early, merits will not be earned.

HOTEL

PPSC has a group rate at SPRINGHILL SUITES COLUMBIA DOWNTOWN/THE VISTA.

The PPSC group rate is 179 USD per night for a King Suite with sofa bed. The special rate expires February 14th and rooms are limited.

HOTEL

PPSC has a group rate at SpringHill Suites Columbia Downtown/The Vista.

The PPSC group rate is 179 USD per night for a King Suite with sofa bed. The special rate expires February 14th and rooms are limited.

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Sponsorship Application

Please fill out the online form if you would like to sponsor this event. Non-event sponsorships are also available.

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