Welcome President Walton

Welcome President Walton

Welcome President Walton

A warm welcome to President Walton, our new FLPP President.  Sworn in last night by PPSNYS President Pat Luke were:

  • D. Brent Walton, president
  • Al Knataitis, 1st VP
  • Monroe Payne, 2nd VP
  • Neil Sjoblom, Secretary
  • Ameka Cooper, Treasurer


After Pat Luke provided a State of PPSNYS address, Brent provided insight to his emphasis for the year.  He gave a review of the PPA and PPSNYS degrees, service awards and certifications.

Education is our main charter.  We exist to educate photographers in all aspects of the business.  This doesn’t necessarily mean we provide training specifically in photography, but our training can also cover things like insurance, taxes, and other aspects of running a photography studio.


Al Knataitis reviewed upcoming programs for 2017.  He also asked for input on what people want to see.

He announced we have no program for February, but that was short lived.  In February we will have several stations set up where people can stop and learn about specific aspects of retouching and other photographic software.  (We’re looking for volunteers to bring their laptop and operate a station.)

As some ideas were discussed, it was brought up that we are not here to cater to the “camera club” photographers.    Going back to Brent’s comments earlier in the meeting, our charter is educating professional or aspiring professional photographers.


  • We have an annual full-ride scholarship to PPSNYS Workshop, as well as a 1/2 scholarship and $250 scholarship.  You earn points towards these scholarships by attending the monthly meeting, submitting images to image critique/competition at those meetings, and bringing new members in to the organization.
  • Convention early-bird deadline is coming up – Register by 1/31/2017 to receive the early-bird discount.
  • Watch for PPSNYS Service Award points announcement.  These are typically due at the end of February.