It has been an honor to serve VPP and its membership for the 90th year! During my 14 years of membership, it has been a privilege to watch VPP develop into the modern organization before us today. Yet, the dedication to the membership through education has never wavered.
It is easy to think of education as just being limited to courses, textbooks, webinars and guest speakers focusing on topics such as composition, lighting, business, or equipment. While all of those are important aspects of our profession, we often forget that one of the biggest educational experiences, when we join VPP, is the connections that we make with our peers.
I began my VPP journey right out of high school I was welcomed with open arms. Experienced members were always available to answer any questions that I had whether it was a question on composition, lighting, business, or equipment. And while education is never ending it seems I am also on the reciprocating end of this as I welcome our new members.
This organization has been a priceless asset to my growth as both a photographer and a person and I know I am not the only person that feels this way. It is evident in the fact that I see the same faces at every educational opportunity that VPP offers. As an educator myself, it is amazing to see the growth of our members and how their work has evolved over time. If you were to look at past convention booklets and see the various masterpieces in the print competition section and how those photographers have continued to grow over time.
At the beginning of my term, I gave everyone a challenge to get involved. I asked new members to seek out older members and ask questions. If you’ve been here for a while introduce yourself to a new member, Invite them to educational opportunities. If it weren’t for these attributes I would not be where I am today. Thank you to the mentors who were always willing to teach me something new.
Yours in Education,
Jonathan Adams, M.Ed., M.Photog., Cr., CPP