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Pierson named President of PPI

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Professional Photographers of Iowa recently held its annual convention in Des Moines.

Master Photographer Doug Pierson and Professional Photographers of Iowa President Michelle Wilbur are pictured at the PPI's annual convention that was held in Des Moines recently. Pierson was presented with the honor of being one of 10 Master Photographers in the state of Iowa. Pierson was also elected by his peers as the next PPI President, a one-year term that will begin in June. Photo contributed.
At that Convention, Cherokee's acclaimed professional photographer Doug Pierson was elected president of the organization. This was a true honor for Pierson.

When he began his career in photography he worked in Fort Dodge in a professional color lab where he developed wedding photos. His then boss was President at that time of the Professional Photographers of Iowa.

"I feel that I've come full circle in a way. This has always been one of my goals," said Pierson.

This is an honor that comes with responsibilities. Pierson stated that the PPI is an organization whose goal is education and promotion of professional photography.

Photographers from across the state put together programs and invite other photographers from around the world who share their skills in such areas including business, lighting and computer techniques.

Other responsibilities with being the PPI President is to organize next year's convention of the PPI. Pierson stated that this is a great time for being part of the PPI, membership in the organization is around 340 photographers, and nearly all attend the annual convention and also a smaller convention held in the fall. Pierson's term will begin on June 1 and his term will last for one year.

Pierson also was named one of the PPI's 10 Master Photographers of the State of Iowa for his print compositions during the convention. Pierson took home that honor by entering four of his prints, which scored points in that particular division.

A total score was added of his prints to bring him enough to be declared a Master Photographer. There were two divisions - one Master and the other Non-Master.

This is one of four composition prints that Cherokee Master Photographer Doug Pierson submitted for consideration to this year's Professional Photographers of Iowa competition held in Des Moines. Pierson earned Master status by having combined points from all his prints. This print is titled "Ethereal," and is a demonstration of Pierson's skill and imagination. Photo by Doug Pierson
In the course of the interview with Pierson, the question of why should people go to a professional photographer, especially with all the advancement made in recent years with digital photography and computer programs that accessible by the masses?

Pierson's response was, "With a professional you get experience. As an example, posing. When it comes to posing a subject, a professional knows the correct pose that can make that subject look the best they can.

"Another example is photographing groups. A professional know how to properly balance and make sure that everyone is were they should be in a photo, and that they are looking at the camera and getting that proper composition, said Pierson.

"A further example is lighting. Lighting is one of the most important things when taking a photo. The proper lighting is the difference from taking a bad photo to making one look nearly three dimensional," added Pierson.

"Plus, with a professional you get services after the photo has been taken, such as softening of the skin tones, blemish removal, and composing the photo to where your eye moves to the subject," added Pierson.

"A Professional Photographer interacts with the subject and incorporates the techniques that they have learned by going to school or by having years of experience. The professional can use all those techniques while photographing a subject and make it seem seamless.

"Just because the cameras are now digital, doesn't mean there's a magic bullet. Digital cameras are just another tool and not a magic bullet," said Pierson.

"All in all, a professional photographer presents their clients with a whole experience. That what I try to do, I try to make that experience fun. And you can't get that experience anywhere else except a professional photographer," added Pierson.

Pierson, along with his wife Rita, are the owners of Pierson Photography of Cherokee and is located at 518 N. 2nd St. Pierson started his studio in 1990 and is excited that he been here in Cherokee for the past 20 years. Pierson Photography is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and afternoons and evenings by appointments.

To set up an appointment with Pierson call 225-2453 or visit piersonphotography.com. You're also invited to visit the Professional Photographers of Iowa on the web at www.ppiowa.com.

With a professional you can have all your special occasions, senior photos and all childhood milestones captured.

Those special images will last forever.

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