Imaging USA 2010 – Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee

December 30, 2009 2 comments

January 10 – 12, 2010

Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

Imaging USA

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
(official headquarters of Imaging USA 2010)
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214 * 615-889-1000

Three day seminar and tradeshow hours

Sunday and Monday (January 10 and 11, 2010) – 11AM – 4:30PM
Tuesday (January 12, 2010) – 9:30AM – 1:30PM

Click here to view a list of instructors for this event

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WPPI 2010 Convention and Trade Show – MGM Grand Convention Center – Las Vegas, Nevada

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

(Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) WPPI 2010 Convention and Trade Show * March 4 – 11, 2010 * MGM Grand Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Full Registration – Member
Early Bird Rate – $229 (Register by 12/31/09)
Regular Rate – $249 (Register after 12/31/09)

Full Registration – Non-Member
Early Bird Rate – $379 (Register by 12/31/09)
Regular Rate – $399 (Register after 12/31/09)

Full Convention March 4 – 11, 2010 / Trade Show March 8 – 10, 2010

March 4 & 5: WPPI Plus Classes
March 6 & 7: Print Competition Judging
March 6: Business Institute
March 6: All About Schools
March 8-10: Trade Show
March 11: Closing Program

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Groups and Associations for Photographers

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Groups and Associations for Photographers

Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)

American Society of Media Photographers

Advertising Photographers of America

Editorial Photographers


Afi Soul Lydia Photo Shoot, Alexandria, Virginia

December 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Photo shoot with vocalist and songwriter, Afi Soul.  The shoot took place in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  The images from the shoot will be used for Afi Soul‘s upcoming six month tour in China.

Photography: April Sims (“We are GREATER than i“)
Model: Singer, Afi Soul
Make-up: Lynette Queen-Copperhead Evans
Hair: Iya Oyawumi Awosade
Stylist: Jamila S. Keyes


April Sims at Skip’s Summer School photography seminar

August 18, 2009 3 comments

I am currently attending Skip’s Summer School (photography seminar), located at the beautiful MGM Grand Las Vegas, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

There are so many inspiring speakers at the seminar.  The great thing about all the teachers is they are all photographers.  I am rejuvenated by all the inspiring speakers as well as the testimonials of other seminar participants.

I had the pleasure of taking pictures (see below) with some of the photographers.

AprilandDaneSanders.jpg picture by April0416

April Sims and Dane Sanders

Clutching my autogaphed copy of Fast Track Photography by Dane Sanders after sharing a few tears with Dane.  His story and his passion and willingness to help other touched me deeply.

AprilandRonDawson.jpg picture by April0416

April Sims and Ron Dawson

AndyJohn-BambiCantrell-AprilSims.jpg picture by April0416

Andy John Bambi Cantrell April Sims

All of the above photography by

I am sitting in class right now so I have to run.  More to come so stay tuned.


United States Capitol Dome in Rotunda

July 27, 2009 Leave a comment

2009 Trip to United States Capitol

I took my daughter to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The tour is free. If you are a U.S. resident get in contact with your state representative to set up a tour by your state representative’s office. All other visit the United States Capitol Visitor’s Center either online or in person for more details.

© 2009 April Sims


Created three Flickr Groups Today

July 27, 2009 Leave a comment

I created three Flickr groups today.

Posing Guide: – I am always asked where is the best place to find the best photographs, so I created this group.  I am calling on my fellow photogs to contribute as well as inviting those that I feel have taken great poses.

Artists by Artists – A place where photographers can pay hommage to artists (e.g., musicians, poets, photographers, authors, etc.).

Great Use of Location: – This group was created to show that ordinary and less than ordinary location can be turned into extraordinary locations.

I hope you enjoy the groups and participate in the future or forward these links to those you feel may be interested in contributing or those who will find the links useful.

April Sims
Photographer & Digital Artist


Categories: Photography