History

A convention was held on campus at the University of Florida in 1933. It was organized by Kodak, and some of the suppliers of photographic equipment and chemistry (yes, chemistry). The attendees decided to form an organization to represent the professional photographers in attendance from all over Florida. The Florida Photographers Association was officially formed during that convention on May 3, 1933, with approximately 30 members, each paying $2 for their annual dues. Here's a copy of their convention program.

During WWII, due to gas and food rationing, the FPA did not hold a convention for three full years ('42-'44). They resumed their convention schedule in 1945, forever putting the number of conventions two years behind the actual age of the association (in 1985, the FPP celebrated it's 50th Convention, even though the association was 52 years old).

In the 1950's it changed its name to the Florida Professional Photographers and have continued to educate its members through conventions, seminars, and schools. 

Just for fun... here's a news clipping of President Johnson issuing a Proclamation declaring the week of May 2-8, 1965 as "Professional Photography Week."

Just two years later, Florida Governor Claude Kirk also issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 26 - April 1, 1967 as "Florida Professional Photography Week." 

In 2015, the FPP turned 82 years old and still going strong!

Past Presidents of the FPP 
  • 2014 - Jackson Koontz III
  • 2013 - Martin Gudz
  • 2012 - Sandra Pearce McAuley
  • 2011 - Donna Campiz
  • 2010 - Dana Lunden
  • 2009 - Debbie Alcorn
  • 2008 - Cherilyn Nocera
  • 2007 - Kirk Kief
  • 2006 - Al Gordon
  • 2005 - L. Kim Warmolts
  • 2004 - Eric Newhall
  • 2003 - Judy Fish
  • 2002 - Terry Allison
  • 2001 - Tom D. Willhoite
  • 2000 - Kevin E. Newsome
  • 1999 - Minas Frangoulis*
  • 1998 - Marybeth Jackson
  • 1996 & 97 - Jim Abrisch*
  • 1995 - John E. Jernigan
  • 1994 - Bill Snow
  • 1993 - Jerry Perkins*
  • 1992 - Nancy Soles
  • 1991 - Peggy J. McAteer
  • 1990 - Robin H. Phillips
  • 1989 - Al Audleman
  • 1988 - Steve Ford
  • 1987 - Paul R. Baker
  • 1986 - Luis A. Melendi
  • 1985 - William C. Minarich*
  • 1984 - Helen Ciallella
  • 1983 - William N. Kilborn
  • 1982 - Hal West
  • 1981 - William A. Potthast*
  • 1980 - Arturo H. Morales*
  • 1979 - Bruce M. Evensen
  • 1978 - Raymond Malinowski*
  • 1979 - Claude w. Bass, III
  • 1976 - Richard G. Fowler*
  • 1975 - J. Sam Johnson
  • 1974 - Robert W. Fulton*
  • 1973 - Ted Saylor
  • 1972 - Mike Dexter
  • 1971 - Hugh M. Grey, Jr.*
  • 1970 - Joseph E. Maddock*
  • 1969 - Charles Smith*
  • 1968 - Michael Sheldon
  • 1967 - H. Owen Cupit, Jr.*
  • 1966 - Joseph Scheff*
  • 1965 - Frank N. Anderson*
  • 1964 - Orville L. Parker*
  • 1963 - Robert E. Dittrich*
  • 1962 - S. Lane Atkinson*
  • 1961 - Duane M. Herrig* 
  • 1960 - Donald M. Schwarm* 
  • 1959 - Charles J. Wick*
  • 1958 - Richard E. Hinman*
  • 1957 - Philip H. Graham*
  • 1956 - Richard Phillips*
  • 1955 - Virgil R. Deane
  • 1954 - Jim Jernigan*
  • 1953 - William W. Carnes
  • 1952 - C. W. Dishinger, Jr.*
  • 1951 - Joseph J. Steinmetz*
  • 1950 - Roy N. Green*
  • 1949 - A. Wade Blake*
  • 1948 - Harvey E. Slade*
  • 1947 - C. Vern Klintworth*
  • 1946 - George Sanderson*
  • 1942, 43, 44, & 45 - Howard F. Mohr*
  • 1941 - Al P. Burgett*
  • 1940 - Carle W. Blakeslee*
  • 1939 - Hortense Christenson*
  • 1938 - W. L. Courson*
  • 1937 - W. Earl Burnell*
  • 1935 & 36 - W. L. Courson*
  • 1933 & 34 - C. W. Dishinger*

* Deceased

Benefits of Membership

Annual Convention
Included in your membership is our Annual Convention (aka FOCUS) held in the late summer each year. Simply PRE-REGISTER to save your spot! The three day convention is held in Orlando and features up to a dozen speakers. The purpose is to provide its membership with the most exciting educational opportunity possible. A Trade Show, Image Competition, Awards Presentation, Parties, and Fellowship all culminate in bringing together like-minded photographers and studio owners to learn from each other and share their knowledge in helping to elevate the industry we all love.

The Florida School of Photography
The Florida School of Photography is held each June in Daytona Beach, hosted by Daytona State College. It is a PPA Affiliated School, providing 26 hours of intense hands-on instruction over four days with one talented instructor of your choice. You will spend the entire time with your choice of one of six to ten nationally known instructors covering everything from lighting and posing to marketing and sales, to business, Photoshop, and workflow tricks.

Spring and Fall Seminars
Twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall, the FPP sponsors a full day seminar, centrally located within the state, at incredibly low prices for its membership.



Trade Show

Each year during the Convention, the FPP hosts one of the state's largest Trade Shows of photographic equipment, supplies, and vendors. You can count on finding your next lab, frame supplier, or equipment supplier to keep your business rolling.


Image Competition
The FPP Annual Competition is hosted during the convention, providing its members with an educational opportunity like no other. If you want your imagery to improve, submit your images for scoring and critque, and earn the creditials you deserve. Visit our Gallery of Merited Images from the 2014 Competition.


 



Degree Program
The FPP's degree program allows members to earn merits towards designations and degrees that are easily marketed to your clientele. The Florida Service Award recognizes service to the industry; the Florida Education Degree recognizes your commitment to furthering your education; and the Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence and the Florida Degree of Artistic Excellence reward members for quality imagery through our annual image competition.

The Florida Photographer Magazine
The Florida Photographer has consistently been recognized as one of the country's best photographic publications, earning numerous first place awards and placing in the top three year after year. A digital magazine, published four times a year, will bring you news and articles that will prove to be invaluable in the success of your business.

Scholarships
Every year, the FPP awards numerous scholarships to its members to attend the annual Florida School of Photography. Most of these are announced during the Florida Awards at the convention, and reward those who get involved and assist the FPP in becoming the country's best state photographic organization.
 
 

SEPPA Membership and Convention
If you are a member of the FPP, you are also automatically a member of the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association. SEPPA is our regional affiliate and hosts the District Judging for PPA's image competition. SEPPA holds a convention every odd numbered year and members of SEPPA may attend the SEPPA convention for at no charge. That means your dues for the FPP buys you membership in TWO organizations and gets you into THREE conventions every two years at no additional charge!

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