A little over a year ago I was just beginning my term as president of the Maine Professional Photographers Association. I remember having a list of goals for our organization. In my acceptance speech I called upon our organization to honor the past and embrace the future, with hopes for connecting our seasoned members with our newest members, putting names to faces and creating a network of professionals that lift each other up in the ever-changing world of professional photography. As a personal goal, I hoped to continue to propel the organization forward. This momentum was clear when I took office and I am thrilled to say we are continuing the ascent!
As my year at the helm of this great organization draws to a close, it is now time for reflection. In the past year, the Maine PPA has seen incredible growth! Special thanks to our Board of Directors who worked tirelessly to grow the organization and provide a new member mentor program. Since our last convention our membership has grown by 24 new members! This is unprecedented for the MPPA!
This year has been filled with so many wonderful experiences, in fact, so many I could never list them all here. Some of the things that stand out to me include, working with an incredibly motivated Board of Directors, hosting talented speakers at our monthly meetings, and planning a convention with a dream team of speakers! Some of the smaller, yet memorable, moments include, sharing a meal with a member in Bangor, photographing a driver at a race track with the help of a fellow Board member, and the many, many one to one conversations over coffee with so many of you.
It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve this organization. Maine PPA holds a special place in my heart. I feel as though I have grown up as a photographer over the years with the help of this organization. The guidance and expertise of so many members has made me a better photographer, businessperson, and friend. I will always be grateful to the MPPA President so many years ago, who drove up beside me on a scooter and said "Hey, you look like a photographer! You should join the MPPA!"
MPPA PRESIDENT 2014-2015