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Professional School and Sports Photographers International (PSPI) made its official debut at WPPI 2016 in Las Vegas. Attendees participated in a full-day program of seminars and events for school and sport photographers as part of the annual WPPI Conference and Expo, along with additional programming as part of full WPPI conference programming.

PSPI is part of Emerald Exposition’s Photo+ Group umbrella of photographic properties that includes WPPI, Photo District News, PDNedu, Rangefinder, Shutterlove, and the online portfolio site, Photoserve.

 

THE 2017 UNIVERSITY FOR SCHOOL AND SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

The 2017 PSPI University for School and Sports Photography took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Organized by PSPI (Professional School & Sports Photographers International), the University for School and Sports Photography is a one-day educational program, integrated with the WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference & Expo.

The PSPI program is geared for those who are interested in volume school and sports photography. Attendees will learn best business practices, how to grow your business, as well as important school laws and regulations on student data privacy. Other topics such as creating team composites, senior banners and the best products to offer will round out a full day of education, and networking. Keeping in tradition with WPPI, it will be fun, and offer many opportunities for great giveaways from our exhibits.

 

PSPI’s MISSION

PSPI is a volume photography industry group committed to providing its school and sports photography members with the following:

  • Education and networking
  • Trade-show and access to relevant vendors and new products
  • Forum to share current legislation and industry relevant legal issues such as FERPA, copyright ownership, data classification and security, FCRA, digital guidelines, and industry advocacy.

 

PSPI serves all volume photographers and photography companies regardless of size or sales volume in an effort to promote a value proposition that inspires and unifies the industry and grows the market rather than trades share among competitors.

PSPI assists photographers, yearbook companies and labs by establishing and distributing the Digital Yearbook Guidelines and Standards and The Student Privacy Pledge (Expanding Trust in Education Technology).

 

PSPI COMMUNITY PURPOSE

The purpose of The Professional School and Sports Photographers International (PSPI) is as follows:

  • To extend through its members the aims and ideals set forth in the Code of Professional Responsibility.
  • To develop and promote dignity, respect and recognition to the profession to which its members seek and serve.
  • To provide opportunity for its members to meet and network.
  • To recognize and encourage members to exhibit those ideas and qualities of leadership commensurate with the responsibility which the profession owes to educators and the public.
  • To provide leadership to, to advocate for, to act in the best interest of, and to promote professionalism in the school and sports photographic industry.

 

WHY PSPI?

As a part of the Photo+ Group PSPI is a member of a stable, credible, financially healthy parent organization and a member of a premier photographic industry leader with expertise in the photographic marketplace, photography tradeshows and publications

In addition to participating in school and sports volume education, the opportunity for volume photographers to explore beyond their current markets and business models; to access the leading professional photographers of portrait, wedding and family photography.

As a part of the Photo+ Group PSPI uniquely offers the following:

  • The opportunity to learn how to enter other professional photography markets such as portrait and family photography (particularly attractive to those with underutilized studios in the seniors business).
  • The opportunity to grow photography skills by learning from the best in the industry.
  • Visibility into the broader photographic industry to learn about emerging technologies, equipment, photographic techniques, marketing and new products.
  • Information needed to leverage existing capital/hardware investments by photographing outside of the traditional school and sports market.
  • Access to one of the largest professional photographic tradeshows/events.
  • Access to professional photographic publications not generally available in the volume photography space.
  • A predictable annual event focused designed for volume photographers located in Las Vegas, a favored venue for the industry.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

The board of directors invites you to continue the tradition of promoting and preserving the volume school picture industry by becoming a member of PSPI. PSPI and WPPI is offering a simplified pricing structure that delivers real value with plenty of benefits for our members.

Gold Level PSPI Membership: $2,800 (Suggested for those with annual sales in excess of $20M)

  • Up to 25 Full Photo+Group Memberships (includes Full Platform Pass to WPPI 2017, annual subscriptions to Rangefinder and Photo District News)
  • Logo inclusion on signage at PSPI event
  • Thank you announcement during PSPI event as supporter
  • Up to five social media posts of your choice via our networks

Silver Level PSPI Membership: $1,700 (Suggested for those with annual sales between $8M and $20M)

  • Up to 15 Full Photo+ Group Memberships (includes Full Platform Pass to WPPI 2017, annual subscriptions to Rangefinder and Photo District News)
  • Logo inclusion on signage at PSPI event
  • Thank you announcement during PSPI event as supporter
  • Up to three social media posts of your choice via our networks

Bronze Level PSPI Membership: $1,000 (Suggested for those with annual sales of up to $8M)

  • Up to 10 Full Photo+ Group Memberships (includes Full Platform Pass to WPPI 2017, annual subscriptions to Rangefinder and Photo District News)
  • Logo inclusion on signage at PSPI event
  • Thank you announcement during PSPI event as supporter

Individual Membership: $150

Benefits for a Photo+ Member include:

  • A $50 savings on the admission fee to the PSPI – The University for School and Sports Photography (Feb 9, 2017)
  • A complimentary Full Platform Pass to The WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference & Expo offering:
    • 4-day pass to the WPPI Conference with access to over 50 WPPI Platform Classes (Feb. 5-9, 2017)
    • 3-day pass to the WPPI Expo (Feb. 7-9, 2017)
    • WPPI special events with access to morning inspiration keynotes, after hours photo club house, live judging of the Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition, and the Honors of Excellence Awards Ceremony.
  • Annual subscription to Rangefinder magazine
  • Annual subscription to Photo District News
  • Savings on contest entry fees
  • Vendor discounts on gear, software, and insurance
  • Discounts to other photography events, including PhotoPlus Conference & Expo in New York City, Oct 26 – 28, 2017

 

2016-2017 Board of Directors

 

President – Courtney Hayes Lutz (Visual Image Photography)
President Elect – Jake Mark (Dorian Studios)
Vice President – Joy Cahill (Cahill Studio)
Vice President Elect – Michael Strawbridge (Strawbridge Studios)
Past President and Director – Brian Fox (Fox-Mar)
Director at Large – Ed Sanders (Inter-State Studio and Publishing Co.)
Technical Advisor – Bill Freeman (Freeman Photography)
PSPI Managing Director – Mark Schoenrock
PSPI/Photo+ Group Liaison – Jason Groupp
Committee Leadership
PSPI Digital Guidelines Committee Chair – Jeff Allen (Lifetouch)

 

WHO TO CONTACT

 

Thanks for your interest in PSPI.

  • Questions or comments about PSPI or the University for School and Sports Photography? Please send an email to Mark Schoenrock: mjschoenrock@msn.com.
  • Questions or comments about the Digital Guidelines? Please send an email to Jeff Allen: jallen@lifetouch.com.