Letter From the President – March 2016

A Letter from the President
Hello my fellow Northern-ites,

Where can a photographer and artist, both new to the industry and experienced, learn first-hand by seeing the artistic process, understand the why and why not’s of using various fine paper for various type of images, see and hold the difference between dozens of fine art paper, talk with our speaker and ask questions first hand? It’s at our monthly Northern (PPANI) workshop!

First and foremost, thank you to Maria Bernal for your friendship and sacrificing so much to come to Northern in March. Anyone that knows her personally knows how much she misses her family, including her Tiny Human, during her travels to sacrifice and teach other industry professionals. In addition, I know most of you don’t know this, but she decided to forego the WPPI Awards Night to be with us instead of receiving one of their highest trophies…thank you…thank you…thank you…for sharing your creative process and knowledge! You are simply amazing!

During our lunch break, I had the privilege of handing out some great awards from our very competitive February All-Day Print Competition. It was a tremendous honor not only because of the gravity of the awards, but because it went to some of our newer members which I have grown to call friends:

Congrats John Tulipano for winning the Best of Black and White and Best of Commercial categories.
Congrats to Katherine Owen for winning Best Portrait category.
Congrats to Peggy Sue Seehafer for winning Best Artist and Best of Show categories.
I often get opportunities to speak and judge at other state conventions and meet some amazing talented photographers throughout the country. This past weekend I got to visit with friends at FotoChaos, Missouri’s state convention, and although it was an amazing privilege, it reminds me how thankful I am for my own Northern family back here at home. I know that many organizations want to grow their membership body, which it immensely important, but as for me and our [leadership] family my vision is to grow Northern not only in terms of quantity, but more importantly in quality of professionals with great character wanting to grow in their craft…this is reason “we do what we do”.

I am so excited for our state’s APPI convention, PhotoWorld, this weekend March 18-21. Not only will there be a proliferation of talent, but it is the host of PPA’s North Central District Print Competition and finally a whole lot of good times hanging out with friends…come and join us! All the details can be found at:

PhotoWorld Chicago

I can’t wait for our next month’s program on April 13, 2016 where good friend and amazing photographer will take us on a journey from initial capture using natural lighting techniques to a finished professional image. If you want to see this process…I wouldn’t miss it! Carl is an amazing teacher…pretty funny I might add… ☺

Here are our next three amazing three speakers:

April 13: Carl Caylor – Before, After, and How to Get There – Elwood House, 509 N. 1st St., DeKalb, IL

May 11: Jessica Edwards – Senior Photography: “Be the Trend” – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

June 8: Emily Andrews – Promotions, Sales and Marketing – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

Visit our website at www.ppani.org and register TODAY!

Finally, I would like to say thank you to ProCam and Bill Skinner for providing such amazing hospitality and professional partnership in hosting our March program. Many Northern members and Board members have shared with me how much they enjoyed having our workshops at ProCam…and we will continue to do so as frequently as possible moving forward.

God bless,

Peter Yu
PPANI President 2016
M.Photog. Cr., CPP, F-PPANI, F-APPI

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