Free magazine for event photography launched

EPM Logo, Denver, Colo., announced the publication of Event Photographer Magazine.

This magazine is produced by Jim Roshan and Warren Baum, long-term and well-known event photographers. The magazine is scheduled to launch on March 1st, 2012. The free online magazine will feature numerous topics including youth sports, events, schools, churches, old time, amusement, and other volume photography scenarios. It will be published six times per year.

“For years event photographers have been left behind when it comes to being included as an integral part of the photography industry.” says Baum. “We decided to create a way for event photographers to finally get industry specific updates, education shared by peers, and a format to connect with those who have the products they can benefit from using in their businesses?”

“Event Photographers are business people first.” said Roshan. “That is why we are publishing this new photography business magazine.”

The magazine will be tied into the site, which includes, educational blogs, from various vendors and industry leaders; the Forum; EP Market Place, for purchasing/selling used equipment; template sharing site; marketing/PR consultants; vendor updates; and networking opportunities.

Gallery Giclees of Ohio expands staff


Gallery One founders Alan Brown, CPF, and Norah Lynne Brown, CPF,

Gallery Giclees, sister company of Gallery One, Mentor, Ohio, named Diana Weber Gardner as creative director. Weber Gardner has served in management with a non-profit organization for the arts and in media relations. At Dun & Bradstreet she managed communications and marketing, and she served as both marketing manager and manag- ing editor for Penton Media. She has a long history with Gallery One founders, Norah Lynne and Alan Brown, having first worked at the gallery in the 1970s.

Linda D’Agostino Clingeris the company’s International Sales Manager, marketing Gallery Giclees to a select group of art galleries and interior designers. The former editor of limited edition art publisher Mill Pond Press, Venice, Fla., she has 18 years of art publishing and promotion experience in addition to a retail background.

Gallery One's 18,000 square foot store in Mentor, Ohio

The Cleveland area native recently relocated back to Lake County after more than 20 years in Southwest Florida.

Gallery Giclees has seen its business increase in recent months due to demand for the fine-art giclee canvases it publishes.

Olympus Projects $410 million loss

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Olympus forecast a $410 million full-year loss due largely to its ailing camera operations, Reuters reports.

The company wrote down 14.05 billion yen to reflect a drop in the value of its inventories after the Thailand floods. Operating profit will decline 6.2 percent.

The Japanese camera maker is facing a 13-year accounting fraud covering $1.7 billion in losses.
The company was founded in 1919 as a microscope and thermometer business; Olympus produced its first camera in 1936, Bloomberg notes. And as shown in the graph from Olympus, imaging is still less than 16 percent of overall revenue.

The company’s full report is here.

Great speakers lined up for 2012 PSPA/SPAA conference

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The 2012 PSPA/SPAA Conference is coming up this week; here’s a look at some of the session highlights:

Tony Corbell

Digital Lighting with Tony Corbell

In this session, accomplished and decorated photographer, Tony Corbell discusses all types of lighting and its tools (portable flash, studio strobes, sunlight and ambient light) in depth. Lighting applications include additive, subtractive, reflective and transmission. Corbell will discuss light quality as well as light quantity and how light direction plays a significant role in the resulting mood of an image.



Robert Ste-Marie

Opening New Revenue Streams Through Green Screen Photography with Robert Ste-Marie

Robert Ste-Marie, president and co-founder of 36Pix, will show photographers how they can use the flexibility of green screen to offer high-impact, personalized products that customers can order online and share with family and friends. He will cover the use of the online store as a portal to link social media and direct customers to photography products other than school photos. Attendees will get a glimpse of the future direction of portrait photography as it relates to consumers’ growing use of the Internet.

Steve Craighead

Keeping the Door Closed with Steve Craighead

Steve Craighead, training, development and HR expert, will present an important session for business owners. Your days are busy; from employee selection to getting those picture day packages out the door, make sure you are taking the appropriate steps to keep the door closed on human resource issues such as negligent hiring and retention claims to general compliance while creating that productive work atmosphere.



The $299 Member Registration ($479 for non-members) includes access to all educational sessions on Saturday and Sunday; keynote luncheon on Saturday; Official Business Luncheon on Sunday; Welcome Reception; Vendor Reception; Coffee Breaks; and complimentary Trade Show badge to WPPI trade show (Monday-Wednesday). For more information, visit the PSPA/SPAA conference site.

PSPA/SPAA conference to feature vendor panel

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The upcoming 2012 PSPA-SPAA Conference at the Renaissance Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev., will feature a vendor panel, Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3:15 p.m., moderated by Mark  Schoenrock, of Lifetouch Inc. Panelists will include Bing Liem, Fujifilm; Mike Gurley, Canon; Chris Van Zandt, Eastman Kodak; and Ron Wrenholt, Lifetouch.

Topics will include video and motion capture in the school picture business; social media impact on the industry; effect of ecommerce on parental purchasing; and more.



CPI replaces CEO


CPI Corp., St. Louis, Mo., announced its its Board of Directors has named James J. “Jim” Abel, an independent company director since 2004, as the company’s interim president and CEO. Abel succeeds Renato Cataldo, who joined CPI in 2005 as COO and become president and CEO in 2006.

“We appreciate Jim’s willingness to step into this interim role to help address our financial and operational challenges,” says David M. Meyer, executive chairman. “He is a highly accomplished executive whose broad business background and analytical strengths will be invaluable to CPI at this critical juncture.”

From 2008 to 2009, Abel served as president and chief executive officer of Financial Executives International (FEI), an organization representing senior financial executives in dealing with the regulatory agencies involved with corporate financial reporting and internal controls.


PPFA announces winners of International Framing Competition

Trevor Yates award-winning "Titanic" piece

The Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA), held its International OPEN and PRINT Framing Competition Jan. 28-29, 2012, during the PPFA 2012 annual convention, held concurrently with the West Coast Art & Frame Show at the Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The International competition is the grand finale of PPFA Chapter level competitions.

Entries were displayed on the WCAF trade show floor, where viewers could vote for Popular Choice.

Trevor and Jenny Yates' award-winning "Titanic" piece

In the OPEN category – in which participants can frame anything, indulging their creativity without restriction – Trevor and Jenny Yates of Just Frame It, Gladstone, Australia, took First Place, and also won a Judges Award for Technical Merit, sponsored by SoftTouch Solutions, for their hinged framing piece with a book and photo about the Titanic.

Second place went to Lavonna Bonnie Dietering of Art Inc., San Antonio, Texas for a brightly colored “bug”; Dietering also won a Popular Choice Award, sponsored by Picture Framing Magazine. Deborah Hill, MCPF, and Elizabeth Hellsen, CPF, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, took third place with a military shadowbox.

Mikki Kavich, MCPF, Mikki’s Frame Shop, Crossville, Tenn., won a Judges Award for Best Shadow Box Design, sponsored by Attach-EZ. Boris Smorodinsky, Striving Artists, Chatsworth, Calif., took High Point First Time Entry. Jo-Anne Sherburne, CPF, J.H. Sherburne Inc., Shelburne Falls, Mass., won an Honorable Mention.

In the PRINT category, all participants framed the same digital photograph reproduction, “Fall Leaf/Blue Sky” by artist Linda Sutton.

Dean Cardenas and Chris Laune, from Art Inc., San Antonio, Texas, took First Place, and a Judges Award sponsored by Vermont Hardwoods for Frame Innovation in Honor of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Glenn Renick, Fastframe #518, Lakeville, Minn., took Second Place; and Trevor and Jenny Yates, Just Frame It, Gladstone, Australia, took Third Place.

Amy Holloway, CPF, Bradley’s Art & Frame, Houston, Texas, took High Point First Time Entry, as well as an Honorable Mention.

Bruce Westphal, CPF, The Great Frame Up, Indianapolis, Ind., received a Judges Award from PPFA for Innovation in the Use and Manipulation of Materials. Lavonna Bonnie Dietering, Art Inc., San Antonio, Texas, received a Judges Award from Frank’s Fabrics for Contour Wrapping of a Liner, and also received an Honorable Mention. Dara Hoell, Sterling Frame Studio, Upton, Mass., received an Honorable Mention. Christopher Taylor, The Art Shop, Greensboro, N.C., won the Popular Choice Award sponsored by Picture Framing Magazine.

Karla Elder, CPF, served as Head Judge in the OPEN competition, with judges Alan Abeyta, CPF, and Jini Lumsden, MCPF. Lumsden also served as a judge in the PRINT competition, with Patrice Marquardt, CPF, and Head Judge Chris Paschke, CPF, GCF. Adela Davis, MCPF, served as secretary for both competitions.

Images of the custom framed pieces will be posted under “Competitions” at

PPFA announces Annual Service Award winners

The Professional Picture Framers Association™ (PPFA®), a PMA member association, honored the following members during the PPFA All-Member Meeting and Luncheon held Jan. 31 at the PPFA 2012 Annual Conference, Mirage Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev. PPFA President Ken Link, CPF, presented the following award winners with their respective accolades:

• PPFA Lifetime Achievement Award: Charles Saucier, CPF

The owner of Riverbend Gallery, Harvey, La., Saucier joined PPFA in 1980 and became a Certified Picture Framer in 1986. He currently serves as president of the PPFA Deep South Chapter, and has served as secretary, treasurer and program chair. He served two terms as a Director on the PPFA National board, is a Competition judge, teaches framing seminars, and has traveled extensively to other chapters in support of programs.

• Paul Frederick Distinction for Leadership Award: John Pruitt, CPF

A PPFA member since 1976, Pruitt has worked on the local and national level, holding many offices including PPFA President, Board Director, Chair of the Advisory Committee, Oaks Club, Supplier Committee, Awards & Recognition Committee, Nominations Committee, and most recently as chair of the Bylaws Committee. He has been heavily involved in the North Texas Chapter, where he served as program chair, vice president and president and was one of the first Chapter members to earn the Certified Picture Framer (CPF) designation.

PPFA Service Award: Linda Pujo, MCPF

Owner of Picture Perfect Custom Framing in Menasha, Wis., Pujo has been involved in the Wisconsin Chapter for many years, has held various offices including president, and  currently serves on the Chapter board. She is an Accredited PPFA Competition Judge, and serves on the PPFA Competition board. She is a Master Certified Picture Framer, an MCPF examiner, and a PPFA educator at the Chapter and national level.

Vivian Kistler Recognition for Innovation Award: Bert De Roo, FrameReady—SoftTouch Solutions; Jeff and Jeanette King, SpecialtySoft; and Paul Thomas and Dan Merrefield, LifeSaver Software

All three POS software companies were honored for developing visionary computer technology that streamlines the ordering process for consumers and framers.

Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award: Kathy Courtney

Co-owner of the Courtney-Laughlin Studio and Gallery in Beaver, Penn., Kathy Courtney has been active in the Tri-State chapter for over a decade, serving as President for two terms and currently serving as Secretary/Treasurer.

The PPFA Awards and Recognition Committee was chaired by Linda Wassell, MCPF; with Robin Gentry, MCPF; Alan Abeyta, CPF; Rob Bottge; and Fran Gray, MCPF.

In addition, outgoing PPFA Board members Gene Ausili, CPF, Shirley Damon, CPF, and Jeannette King were honored for their service; and long-time PPFA member and educator Nona Powers, MCPF, was honored with a lifetime membership.

Ruth Yheulon, CPF, custom framed the awards with Larson Juhl moulding and TruVue Museum glass, both donated by Larson Juhl, and mats donated by Bainbridge.

Fry’s Electronics adds inkjet refilling

Fry’s Electronics Inc., San Jose, Calif., will add on-site inkjet refilling nationwide in the first quarter this year, using equipment from Retail Inkjet Solutions. Fry’s has 34 electronics superstores in nine states. Customers bring in their empty cartridges to the Service Department for on-site inkjet cartridge refilling while they shop.