The Master Photographers Association (MPA) is putting the finishing touches to its plans for Focus 2011. The MPA is the UK's only trade body exclusively for full-time, qualified professional photographers.
The trade show takes place between 6 and 9 March at its traditional home at the NEC in Birmingham. The MPA team will be hosting a packed programme of events on its stand Q24 that will be of interest to professional photographers.
Leading photographers will be holding daily seminars on the stand. Visitors will pick up invaluable hints and tips to help improve their photography and make their business perform better.
Names include Joe Buissink (weddings), Richard West (NIK), Paul & Kate Cooper (the art of Food Photography), Chris Bradbury (Surrealist Portraiture), onOne Software, Richard Dutkowski (Black & White Portraiture), Michael Dearden (Giving weddings the edge), Hasselblad H4D (Live Beauty Shoot Demo), Steve Walton (Living on the Landscape), Kevin Pengelly (Weddings), Clare Louise (Creative Fantasy Portraiture), Giles Christopher (the Illustrative Photographer), Brian Brown (Fashion & Glamour), Roy Wooding (Rediscovering Industrial Photography)
The Cherubs baby promotion is a major part of the MPA's activity and Cherubs will be well represented on the stand with selected postcodes being offered for sale, plus new Data Only Baby Leads being made available at specially reduced prices. Cherubs is the UK's longest running baby photography promotion, established by the MPA nearly 20 years ago. See www.cherubs.uk.com for further information.
Qualifications are a key aspect of the MPA and all photographers must attain the Association's Licentiate (LMPA) qualification and Diploma in Photographic Practice before being admitted to full membership. The qualifications panel will be on hand to offer advice and support throughout the show. No other photo trade body has such a strict entrance criteria, thereby adding real value to becoming a 'Master Photographer'.
Members also have the opportunity to be 'mentored', to help them move up through the qualification ranks. Full details on the Mentoring programme will be available on the MPA stand.
The MPA Shop will be open for business throughout Focus, offering educational material, DVD's, software and books. Keep your eyes open for special Show Discounts.
"Focus has been a key event in our calendar for many years and we're really looking forward to another busy show," says Colin Buck, MPA chief executive. "It's a great opportunity to meet our members and also to reach out to other photographers who have yet to join our Association."
For more information please visit The MPA