- When: Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 5:00-9:00pm
- Social Hour at Barley’s downtown – about 5:00pm (click for directions, free parking lot next to building and under bridge on same side of street as Barley’s downtown)
- Laughlin Print Competition deadline at Farmer’s Mutual – about 6:30pm
- Seminar / Meeting at Farmer’s Mutual – about 7:00pm
- Where: Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee (837 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville, TN 37917 – click for directions)
- What: Professional Photographers of East Tennessee Monthly Gathering
- PPETN Members: Free to attend
- Non-Members: $20.00 to attend (first visit is free—apply here)
- Parking: Free parking lot on site
The August 2015 meeting for the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN) will be Thursday, August 13 at Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee in downtown Knoxville. Attendees are encouraged to attend our Pro Photographers’ Social + Networking Hour directly before the meeting at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in downtown Knoxville (click for directions – see below). The 6:30 PM deadline for Laughlin Print Photography Competition (held at Farmer’s Mutual – click for directions) is still in place (details below) and the program will be from 7:00-9:00 PM.
Pro Photographers’ Social + Networking Hour
Attendees are encouraged to get together for a social and dinner hour in the Old City (Barley’s) before the monthly event. This is a time for all pro photographers in Knoxville—young and old, new and experienced—to get together and network, socialize, and have fun with their peers. Attendees typically go to Barley’s before (and sometimes after) the events.
Pro Photo Seminar Program
Presented by Tracy Page, CPP, Cr. Photog.
Finding Your Brand
Are you struggling with telling the world (or your local market) who you are?
Spend an evening learning a little about branding — from the nitty gritty of the branding process to how to apply that to your business. Tracy will take us through some of the basics what a brand is, how to market a brand and creating short term and long term brand awareness.
- Who your target is
- The importance of knowing your competition
- Knowing your unique promise
- Creating identity with purpose
For more information on the featured speaker, check the featured speaker section at the bottom of the page.
Laughlin Print Photography Competition
The Pro’s Choice “East Tennessee Photographer of the Month” is awarded based on the votes of fellow professional photographers and pays for PPETN’s annual scholarship.
Make sure to prepare, print, digitally submit, and bring your 8″x10″ prints in for submitting. You can compete to be the Pro’s Choice “East Tennessee Photographer of the Month” and earn points toward the prestigious Pro’s Choice “East Tennessee Photographer of the Year” award!
Studio, Active, and Aspiring members may submit to the competition. Studio and Active members may vote in the competitions.
Points towards the Pro’s Choice “East Tennessee Photographer of the Year” will be recorded each month.
All monthly winning images will be published on the PPETN website with back-links to your website (verify your website is correct on our members page). This will help with your exposure (P.R.) and SEO (search engine optimization)!
Entry fees provide funding each year for the awarding of the Michael Laughlin Memorial Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship members can apply for to attend any PPA-approved school or training event. The criteria and application is available on the PPETN.com website and we encourage members who qualify to apply. Entry fees are $3 per image, up to four images.
In-Person Digital Submissions
If you choose to submit images in-person via portable media, that media may not be returned. In the case of USB flash drives, the drive must be well labeled and will be returned to you, but due to data storage limits, it may not be returned until a later date. Please communicate with PPETN’s Web Editor how and when you prefer to have your drive returned to you, and they will do what they can to make that happen.
PPETN Door Prizes
PPETN tries to give away door prizes at our monthly events (last year, PPETN gave away hundreds of dollars worth of gear and equipment)—all you have to do is be present to win! Door prizes have been generously donated to PPETN by featured speakers, local and national photography labs, education companies, and equipment manufacturers.
As available, we will give one door prize out to the first-place entry in the Laughlin Print Photography Competition, and one will be given randomly to an Active, Studio, or Aspiring member in good standing AND in attendance. Repeat: You MUST be present to win a door prize!
Tracy is the name behind Babycake Studios and Studio Duetto, which specializes in headshots for the talent industry. Besides being a very active photographer, Tracy is also a graduate of the University of Georgia Grady College of Mass Communications with a major in Advertising and minor in Graphic Design and has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and art. She has worked with some of Atlanta’s top ad agencies and was a Brand Manager for one of the nation’s top builders. She is a member of GPPA, PPA, she is CPP and serves as a Liaison and Image Certification Judge and she is the 2014 Georgia Photographer of the Year.