OK, so math was never my strong suit.Â I avoided any math, statistics, or accounting classes in high school or college (I was also never a big history fan…but I digress..)Â I went to a PPA’s Studio Services Management seminar in Atlanta this weekend.Â You are probably wondering what PPA stands forâ€¦so let me back up.Â PPA stands for Professional Photographers Association, and it’s the â€œgoverningâ€ body of portrait photographers.Â It’s who goes to capital hill to fight for our health insurance rights, it’s who puts on oodles of learning seminars and educational conferences- and one of them is called SMS run by the UBER fantastic Ann Monteith and Carol Andrews- and it’s something that gives you a whole new meaning into the realm of accounting and your own numbers!Â I am overwhelmed at best at all of the accounting- or should I say managerial accounting that I took this weekend! 18 hours of numbers, and programs and marketing.Â (For my photog friends who read my blog, I highly recommend this class!Â It is a business MUST!)
I met up with some of my wonderful photog friends while I was there which really made the trip a blast!Â Kelly Hite has been one of best friends since our days at UF together, Edie Black and I joke about how we “met online” and developed an ever lasting relationship, and Christine Ryan and I met through TAPPA (Tampa Area Professional Photograhers Association).Â So 4 girls in one hotel room- image that!Â Actually we did quite well (minus Kelly’s horribly annoying white noise machine! ha!)
To my photog girls- we sure did grow this weekend! I know we have some great challenges- and I am not sure I have enough chocolate in my house to fix me! But at least we now know how to add, subtract, and multiply and â€œWE WILL KNOW THE NUMBERSâ€… (said in my best Ann voice!)Â I miss you all!Â Kel- I am so lucky to have you in this with me.Â It makes every day that much more fun!Â Edie- my online love- so, so glad we met and I am able to share and learn so much from you!Â Christine-so glad we became such amazing friends!Â It was an instant click from the beginning and I love sharing/getting education from each other!