We are so excited to announce that Jamie has been elected as one of four PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Councilors for the State of Virginia. This is truly and honor and Jamie wants to thank everyone from the Virginia PPA that nominated and voted for him. Jamie is a long standing member of the PPA and truly believes in its ideals and mission, so to be able to represents PPA in this manner is a true honor.
Below you will find the Press Release which explains an little more about this position and what it means:
Richmond Photographer Elected to International Nonprofit Council
Richmond, Virginia — Jamie Hayes of Richmond, Virginia was elected to join the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Council for 2015 – 2018. A nonprofit, international association with 28,000 members, PPA is ultimately governed by its members through such council representatives.
PPA Councilors are professional photographers who volunteer their time and service to guide and act as the voice for their state’s PPA members. They are nominated and elected by peers and fellow PPA members. Duties include discussing and voting on changes to the bylaws and adopted procedures and the leadership of the association (via the election of the board of directors and the nominating committee). They also play a crucial role in sharing the PPA message to existing, new and prospective PPA members.
About Jamie Hayes
It all began for Jamie at the age of 13. He never imagined that saving S&H Green Stamps would lead him to purchase a Kodak 110 camera and this would define his life’s path forever. That camera with its’ fancy new flash cube extender would lead him on an incredible journey into professional photography. Jamie photographed his very first wedding at the age of 15. He had to get a ride from a family member but did not want his bride to know, so he had his uncle park down the block and walked the remaining two blocks to the church. Twenty five years, two former employers, hundreds of weddings and thousands of sessions later, Jamie and his business partner Mary Fisk-Taylor have created one of the most creative and lucrative home based studios in the Richmond, Virginia area.
Jamie considers himself very lucky, most people consider him to be extremely talented. He was blessed with a fine eye for detail, an imagination bigger than life and an ability to create images that have been named some of the best in the country. His name is constantly at the top of the list for highly accomplished professional photographers but the real reward is the smiles and tears that he consistently brings to his client’s faces when he delivers their beautiful portraiture. Jamie gives credit to all of the wonderful friends and mentors that have encouraged and taught him along the way. He truly believes that becoming a member of PPA so many years ago was the beginning of his photography education and brought him to the point where he is today. Jamie’s appreciation for the education led him to the PPA Business Instructor program back in 1999. Ever since then Jamie and his business partner Mary have been lecturing across the country at many National and Regional conventions as well as week long schools.
Receiving his Craftsman degree in 1998 and his Masters’ in 1999 Jamie has enjoyed many awards for his work including the Kodak Grand Gallery Elite, Kodak Gallery Awards, Fuji Masterpiece Awards as well as many entries into the PPA Traveling Loan and General Collections, three time Virginia Photographer of the Year and numerous Best in Show awards. In 2002 he received a perfect score of 100 at SEPPA regional competition and had all four entries, 2 wedding albums and 2 prints, one of which was only a few of the newly accepted team coverage wedding albums, accepted into the PPA Loan Collection.
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. It assists more than 28,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com.