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Pro Photo Live Class: “Work Smarter, Not Harder” by Brent Watkins

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Farmer's Mutual of Tennessee

837 Hall of Fame Drive

Knoxville, TN 37917

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The September 2017 professional photography event by the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN) will be Thursday, September 14 at Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee in downtown Knoxville (click for directions, free parking on site). The event program begins at 6:30 PM with the Laughlin Print Photography Competition entry deadline, followed by competition voting, then the featured presentation from 7:00-9:00 PM.

Attendees are also encouraged to attend our Pro Photographers’ Social + Networking Hour prior to the meeting (around 5pm) at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in downtown Knoxville (click for directions, free parking lot next to building and under bridge on same side of street as Barley’s downtown). This is a time for all pro photographers in Knoxville—young and old, new and experienced—to share a meal and network, socialize, and have fun with their peers.




Pro Photo Live Class Program: “Work Smarter, Not Harder”

Presented by: Brent Watkins


Are you DROWNING in your BUSINESS? Are you overwhelmed? Are you looking at a to-do list that gets longer faster than you can get it done?



Has your PASSION been replaced by ANXIETY? What if it could be a little bit easier?


Imagine how you would feel if you stopped:


  • Agonizing about what and how to charge

  • Guessing about what you are making

  • Stressing about things falling through the cracks.

Are you ready to escape the panic?

Anyone who says that you can work just a few hours a week and be successful is lying.
 Any software that says it can fix all your problems is bogus.


You still have to work hard! But, you should be working hard on the right things. 

If you spend all your time working IN your business, you can't spend time working ON your business.


For more information about our featured speaker, check the bio section at the bottom.





Laughlin Print Photography Competition

You can compete to be the Pro’s Choice “East Tennessee Photographer of the Month” and earn points toward the prestigious Pro’s Choice “East Tennessee Photographer of the Year” award! The winner also receives first selection of available Giveaways at the event.

Studio, Active, and Aspiring members may submit to the competition. Active and Studio Primary members may vote in the competitions.

Click for details and to submit images to the competition

Entry fees ($3 per image, up to four images) provide funding each year for the awarding of the Michael Laughlin Memorial Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship members can apply for annually to attend any PPA-approved school or training event. The criteria and application is available on PPETN.com and members who qualify are encouraged to apply.




PPETN Event Giveaways

PPETN regularly provides free giveaways at our monthly events (PPETN will give away nearly $2,000 dollars worth of equipment, products, software, gift cards, and other photography-related items this year alone)—all you have to do is be present to win! Giveaways have been generously donated to PPETN by featured speakers, local and national photography labs, service and education companies, and equipment manufacturers.

This event's sponsored giveaways include items from:

  • Animoto (Official Sponsor)
  • Hunt's Photo (Official Sponsor)
  • Richmond Pro Lab (Official Sponsor)
  • Shootproof (Official Sponsor)





Speaker Bio

Brent Watkins


Brent has been a Professional Photographer for over 20 years and is an expert in several areas of traditional and electronic imaging [including: lighting, color management, pre-press, 4 color printing and workflow management].

Brent specializes in Selling Portraiture and Event photography as well as Wedding and Commercial. He and his wife Teri Ann are the 3rd generation owners of Sylvart Studios in Barberton, Ohio.

Brent is a Board Member of Professional Photographers of Ohio and on the Advisory Board of Skip Cohen University. He is also a co-Founder of Lifeline.Photo—a photography business management system. He speaks and teaches for several Professional Photography/Arts organizations.

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