Coming soon: The new PMA Podcast

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PMAlogo_CMYK_smallI’m excited to announce that we will be launching the new PMA Podcast in September!MIME Logo PMAN

The PMA Podcast is the podcast for anyone whose business revolves around imaging and pictures. We’ll cover topics like increasing sales, new imaging technology, the latest in picture framing, business management tips, advances in photo output, high volume photography, and much more. Designed for members of PMA and its international community of imaging associations — AIE, DIMA, NAPET, PPFA, PSPA, and SPAA — the PMA Podcast is your weekly source of information to help you grow your business.

If you’re a fan of the DIMAcast or the AIE Imaging Executive podcast, you’ll find all the great content you’re used to — including our friend Bill McCurry‘s monthly McCurry Marketing Idea Exchange podcast and transcripts — and lots more, now all in one place, on the PMA Podcast.

Look for the first episode on September 8, followed by a great new interview every week.

Welcome, new members of PMA and PPFA!

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Fast Frame, Dallas Texas

Hanging Around Hoover, Hoover, Alabama

Harvard Art, Harvard Mass.

Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, Del.

Photo Pro, Napa, Calif.

Right Photography Ltd., Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada

SoSocio Straatweg, Netherlands

Focus on: Teri Winfield, High Desert Art & Frame

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Teri WinfieldWhen Teri Winfield, her husband Bob and son Stephen opened High Desert Art & Frame in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2008, they quickly added photo restoration services; and a couple of years later, realized the huge need for photo, slide and negative digitization.

The well-rounded menu of services is a major factor in their shop’s success.

“Having all of these services available in one stop has provided us a customer base that utilizes all our services, depending on their needs at the time,” says Teri, a member of PMA and PPFA since March 2008.

An expert at scanning photos in bulk and photo restoration, Teri is passionate about her customers’ family stories, including old photos and memorabilia.

The first Certified Personal Photo Organizer (certified by APPO, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers) in New Mexico, she enjoys helping customers sort through boxes of photos and albums to preserve memories for future generations.

These projects resonate in Teri’s own life. Three years ago, she became the guardian of her mother’s photos, including photo collections from both her grandmothers. “It’s an honor and a huge responsibility,” she says. “As a child, it was always a treat when I could talk my mother into going through those cardboard boxes of family photos.”

Teri is digitizing not only those family photos, but also letters, cards, report cards, newspaper articles and any other scrap of paper that tells the family story. She has also restored family photos that are damaged or faded. “With today’s digital technology, the results can be amazing,” she says.

As the huge wave of Baby Boomers grows older, there is an urgency to preserving family histories and photos, she notes. “Many collections are quite large and can be overwhelming for our customers. Having assistance in prioritizing, organizing and breaking the process into steps brings a great deal of relief. The fact that their precious memories never leave my shop is an added bonus for the locals.”

Teri’s husband Bob serves as marketing guru, creating strategic alliances with local business owners. A Certified Picture Framer, he runs the large format printing side of the business; and is the equipment expert, shop fixture designer, and chief commercial and residential art installer.

The couple’s son Stephen is a Certified Picture Framer, with 12 years experience in the framing industry. He does most of the framing, and uses his creative talents at the design table, including using a Computerized Mat Cutter (CMC) to create intricate mat designs.

Located in Albuquerque’s Glenwood Village Shopping center, High Desert Art & Frame showcases the work of some the area’s best artists in its gallery, including photographs, paintings, glass art, and jewelry; and features a local artist each month, with a reception during First Friday ARTScrawl and display of the artist’s work  for the entire month.

The store supports a variety of community efforts throughout New Mexico, through donation, framing, or event sponsorship, including ABQ CASA, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children); All Faith’s Receiving Home; American Cancer Society; Christina Kent Daycare; Heart Gallery of New Mexico Foundation; and Roadrunner Food Bank.

– By Sheila Pursglove

Welcome, new members of PMA and PPFA!

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PMAlogo_CMYK_smallJoin us in extending a warm welcome to all our new members, including these great companies!PPFA_RGB_150

9th Street Gallery & Frame, Marshalltown, Iowa

A Fine Line, Salmon, Idaho

ABC Photo Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

AD Upton Pty Ltd., Clermont, Queensland, Australia

Covered Bridge Frame Shop & Gallery, Contoocook, N.H.

King Dyro Productions, Glendale, Calif.

Queensland School Photography, Loganholme, Queensland, Australia

Welcome, new members of PMA/PPFA

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Foto Gulf Co., Barwa Village, Al Wakhra Doha, Qatar

QuantaPrint Corp., Rochester N.Y.

Renditions by Michael Harder,  Santa Clarita Calif.

Sportszonetemplates.com, Benton, La.

Vital Image Photography, Muskegon, Wis.

Crestar Mfg., East Greenwich, R.I.

Virginia Beach Frame Shop, Virginia Beach, Va.

PMA and PPFA welcome new members

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Wisching You The Very Best Photography, San Diego, Calif.

GoodShots Photography, Balmain NSW, Australia

Johnson Photography, Baton Rouge, La.

Lamote Inc., Ansonia, Conn.

Momento Pro Pty Ltd., NSW, Australia

Panasonic Australia, Macquarie Park NSW, Australia

Print 2 Metal, Malvern, Victoria, Australia

Tony Color Lab, Haryana, India

PMA refines mission statement, sets new goals

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PMAlogo_CMYK_smallThe Board of Directors of PMA has refined the PMA mission statement and set new objectives for member services, resources, and support. The new mission statement, which expands on the previous mission, “Promote the growth of the imaging industry,” now details specific areas of focus:

“Evolve the imaging business community worldwide by promoting innovation, marketing, technology, and passion for photography.”

The refined mission statement arose from the work of a committee comprised of key industry members: Gaby Mullinax of Fullerton Photographics in Fullerton, Calif.; Marsha Phillips of F-11 Photographic Supplies in Bozeman, Mont.; Jerry Sullivan of Precision Camera in Austin, Texas; and chaired by PMA past-president Allen Showalter of King Photo/Showalter Imaging Group in Harrisonburg, Va.

Along with the refined mission statement come a number of plans for new, additional ways to help PMA members grow their businesses and to advance the industry as a whole.

Included are the continuation of the consumer facing Big Photo Show in various formats; the development of a Big Photo Show kit, which would help photo retailers host their own Big Photo Show events in their local markets; continued support and development of certifications; social media programs for members; additional promotion of National Photo Month and the establishment of a National Photo Store Day; continued legal support; and ongoing work with other industry groups to help market and promote revenue generating aspects of photography.

“Our mission and focus must be clear and targeted to the industry needs of today. We recognize that the basic motivation in our industry is the passion for photography. Photography is not going away because technology has caused a paradigm shift; in fact, the passion is stronger than ever, because it’s more convenient to capture and share images than ever before in human history,” said PMA President Bill Eklund of Sharp Photo & Portrait, Eau Claire, Wis. “PMA, as the industry’s worldwide photo association, needs to help its members evolve by promoting innovation and technology; providing networking events like the PMA Conferences and PMA@CES to help our members with idea sharing and marketing their products and services; and fueling consumer passion for photography with information and education events like the Big Photo Show. We are excited to unveil our refined mission statement, and to offer these new and expanded resources and tools to our members.”

PMA/PPFA welcome new members

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Bush Mountain Stitchery & Framing, North Brookfield, Mass.

Colonial Custom Framing, Williamsburg, Va.

Double Diamond Technologies Inc., Ocean View, N.J.

Kevin Gillentine Gallery, New Orleans, La.

Night Owl Photo Cinematography, North Hollywood, Calif.

Paoli Fotobar, Paoli, Penn.

PhotoTek of Lake Charles, Lake Charles, La.

RKO Custom Framing, Charleston, S.C.

Welcome, new members of PMA and PPFA

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Join us in extending a warm welcome to these and all our new members:PPFA_RGB_150

American Frame Corp., Maumee Ohio

American Moulding, Lake Ariel Pa.

Art House Reproductions and Inkjet Lab, Newstead Queensland,  Australia

Avant Printing LLC, Richmond, Calif. 94804

Cam Caddie, Glendale, Calif.

Crying Shame Frame Shop, Tappahannock, Va.

Framing Wholesalers, Fort Myers, Fla.

USEDPHOTOPRO.com, Indianapolis, Ind.

Welcome, new members of PMA and PPFA

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We are so glad to welcome all our new members, including:

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LGA Photography, Goodlettsville, Tenn.

Magdalene’s Custom Framing, Washington, D.C.

Peter’s Finishing Touch, Norwalk, Conn.

Professional Reprographics, Nashville, Tenn.

ProPrint Digital, Kansas City, Mo.

Westwind Frame & Gallery, The Dalles, Ore.

Wyman Frame, Oklahoma City, Okla.