John Huegel CPP, Cr. Photog.
I recently earned the degree of Photographic Craftsman by earning the required number of speaking and service merits. Service merits are earned when attending training or conventions, and by volunteering at conventions. I volunteered for two years at the PPA National convention as an “Orange Shirt”, and attended many educational sessions offered by other photographers, where I learned new skills.
To earn the speaking merits, I developed and presented educational programs to other professional photographers. My first program, which I presented throughout New York and at several Tennessee photographic groups, was focused on developing a strong web presence for photographers by creating strong web sites with content that the search engines will promote. My second program, which I presented across New York state and at several Louisiana photographic groups, was centered on creating a business model that is tailored to the photographer’s lifestyle and business goals.
Both of these programs can be viewed on my main website if you are curious. I am also available to present these programs at your professional photographer gathering, whether it is a PPA group or not.
I am very proud to have earned both of these degrees. I helps me to stand apart from other photographers. Helping each other learn and grow is a core element of truly professional photographers and I am very glad to be in the company of many great PPA members.