SWPPA President
Dwayne and Barbara Lee
M. Photog. Cr. CPP

The Southwest PPA – Your Enhanced Membership Benefit


Happy Spring, y’all! This is one of my favorite times of the year as there seems to be a rebirth going on.

If you missed the “Shoot Out in the OK Corral” – the 2017 SWPPA Regional Convention & Trade Show held March 24-28 in Oklahoma City – you missed a great event! Over 200 photographers from across the eight State District came together to learn, share, purchase, have fun, and fellowship.

We had 18 wonderful speakers present a wide variety of photographic subjects ranging including newborns, high school seniors, Santa, weddings, portraits, drones, Photoshop, composites, profitability, print competition, and more! There was literally something for everyone.

And our wonderful Vendor partners really hit it out of the park this year! Not only were most of our speakers sponsored in some manor by the Vendors, together they furnished over $1,600 worth of products and services that went into a special Bonus Packet given to everyone who pre-registered for the Convention. Needless to say, it didn’t cost our attendees to come – it PAID them to come to the convention!

     The Trade Show was a big hit! Not only did we have a great looking layout, but we had 34 different vendors in probably the most diverse gathering of vendors in a Trade Show at the Regional level in a long time. We even set a “first” – this was an INTERNATIONAL Trade Show with an album company from Poland in attendance. We had a great time at the opening night Trade Show Party, where not only was there a lot of shopping going on, but we had several games for attendees to play for prizes, but we also had a shoot-out.   The vendors were very happy with all the activity. The only disappointing matter was the lower than expected attendance on Sunday (the second day).

This convention marked the final appearance of IPC judging being performed at the local District level. Starting in 2018, all of the District judging will take place in Atlanta. PPA is arranging a set time frame for each District’s judging for the following years. The SWPPA District judging will occur in the first part of April.

And, you know, it’s just not a convention without food and beverages! A wonderful Hospitality Room was open each evening for attendees to come and enjoy some refreshments and conversation.

I would be remise if I did not recognize a couple of people who took leadership roles in helping make this convention a success. Eldora and Dwaine Horton, our Convention Managers, gathered an army of volunteer workers in all aspect of the convention to get the job done. Thank you, Hortons, and thanks to all of you who served on a convention committee. And finally, I want to thank the Officers and Directors of the SWPPA for all you did to help out.

The SWPPA now has two new Vendor Liaisons on the Board of Directors. With Henry Oles of Virtual Backgrounds needing to resign his post for personal reasons, the SWPPA Board of Directors has selected Bill Porter of Arlington Camera and Pat Cahill of American Color Imaging (ACI) to serve alongside with us.

Planning has already gotten underway for next year’s convention. Slated to be held in New Orleans, LA,  be on the look-out for news about the location, activities, and speakers.

Until we see each other again, keep your focus and passion on your business.


Dwayne Lee, M.Photog., Cr. – API
President. SWPPA






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