What a weekend. We had a great turnout for Luminate, OPPA’s premier competition and education event. I hope you were able to join us for some fantastic imagery on Saturday during our state image competition, and some solid business and marketing lessons from Mary Fisk-Taylor yesterday.
I want to extend a special thank you to all of our volunteers who made this event possible. To everyone who helped haul gear, set things up, tear things down, or shuffle things around, thank you! We are OPPA, and we’d be nothing without you. I want to give special thanks to Rekha Varghese, our Competition Director, and Lisa Dillon, Vice President, who put in a ton of effort over the past several months to ensure that the event went off smoothly. Both Rekha and Lisa spend many hours organizing other volunteers, making multiple trips to the Art Institute to coordinate physical and tech logistics, and taking care of numerous details to ensure the weekend went as smoothly as it did.
We’re just a month away from our annual banquet, and if you haven’t already reserved your ticket, now is the time! As an OPPA member your banquet ticket is complimentary, but you need to reserve your seat and make an entree selection. I hope that you can join us for a fun evening where we will chat photography, enjoy a great meal with friends, and honor our colleagues who have earned awards throughout the year. PPA President Rob Behm will be with us for a special presentation.
The 2018 event calendar is shaping up, with several events in place and more in the works to be announced shortly. It looks like we’ll have quite a few OPPA members heading to Nashville in January for Imaging USA which is always a fun time. Let me know if you'll be there!
I look forward to seeing you at our banquet next month to wrap up what has been a great year for OPPA members. As always, if I can answer any questions or help you develop as a photographer, please reply and let’s talk.
Aaron Hockley, Cr.Photog., FP-OPPA