M. Photog. Cr.
Several years ago I was
watching one of those antique appraisal
shows. A young lady appeared on the show
with a beautifully decorated china pot with
a lid for evaluation and appraisal. She
explained that it had supposedly been in her
family for an extremely long time, perhaps
hundreds of years. Her mother would use it
only at special family gatherings and on
holidays to hold gravy or soup. After a
brief commercial the host in fact confirmed
that it was indeed as old as they had been
told, It had been made in England and was
one of the most beautiful examples of a
ďchamber potĒ from that era that he had ever
seen. His appraisal was for thousands of
Chamber Pot??? If you donít know the
definition just Google it. There is lesson
to be learned from this story.
As professionals we always
want to learn how to use the right tool for
the job we are doing, and how to use that
tool to our best advantage. This is why we
surround ourselves with successful
professionals in our industry. We do this
by taking advantage of opportunities to hear
other photographers share their knowledge
with us, and help us grow in this great
The friendships we build and
fellowship that we enjoy is also a big part
of this too. Of course this is why we have
our conventions, and why we attend them.
Southwest has always hosted
the district competition each year, but we
only held the convention every other year.
This yearís convention is the first ďannualĒ
convention in more than 50 years. The 2016
SWPPA convention has been moved from the
Sheraton in Arlington to the Embassy Suites
Hotel in Frisco, Texas. This is a fantastic
facility with an attached convention center
that seems just made for us. It is just
across the street from the Stonebriar Centre
Mall, just blocks from the Ikea store, and
many other shopping opportunities. There is
also a multitude of restaurants nearby.
Our convention opens with the
2016 Southwest District Judging starting at
9 a.m. Friday, April 1st, and continues
through Saturday. Can you honestly think of
a better day to start judging than April
Foolís day? There are two hands-on
workshops on Friday, the first of two
photowalk safaris and three fantastic
programs that continue into the evening.
Saturday and Sunday we have a full lineup of
great speakers on a variety of topics to
help us all become more creative and earn
more money. Our final program will run until
noon on Monday.
Donít forget visit the Trade
Show Saturday, and Sunday. This is your
opportunity to check out the latest and
greatest offerings from all the vendors.
They work hard to serve our industry and
provide the products we need in. These
people are here supporting us, and help by
sponsoring various events here and provide
many of the speakers. Please make sure to
take time to thank them.
We have planned a
basketball-themed party Saturday evening
along with an ice cream bar and cash bar.
We can have a little fun, and enjoy
everyone's company. During the halftime
break we will be giving out the first ever
SWPPA Fellowship degrees. For those of you
that have been active in this association,
check out the requirements for earning your
degree. You may already qualify to receive
one of these degrees.
Sunday, we will end the day
with a Dessert Bar. The evening will
conclude with the PPA Southwest District GIA
awards, SWPPA trophies, and the announcement
of the SWPPA Photographer of the Year. If
you donít already have your images ready you
need to get with it. The final day to enter
is March 24th. Make sure you donít miss
It is a privilege to join the
long list of those who have had the
honor of serving as the president of
this nearly 100 year old association. I am
looking forward to seeing all of you at this
year in Frisco.