President’s Message 2022

Focused on a brighter tomorrow!


Wow!  For the second year in a row we had to cancel SPX because of a virus, and then hurricane Ida.  With an uncertain future, we must look at the things we can control.

Some people’s lives are filled with more hardships than others, but make no mistake, every life’s journey has some tough stretches.  Everyone is tested on this journey.

The real leaders will step up when the path gets steeper and more difficult.  Adversity is a large part of life, and the sooner we come to terms with that reality the easier life will be for us.

It is times like this when a leadership steps in.  We may need every virtue in our arsenal to help us stand fast.  Perseverance, self-discipline, courage, responsibility, integrity, etc.  This is where your leadership skills are tested.  This is where you will see those people who stick to their assignments and build upon their strengths.  Remember, man cannot be perfected without trials.  You don’t get a master’s degree by waiting on someone else to get you there.

As we enter 2022, the Leaders of PPLA choose to be here to help and support our members, to help them with their photography, as well as with business.  We strive to bring some of the top photography and business speakers to our events.  We will also have pop ups and Member2Member programs.  We are excited about the new opportunities that await us.  Knowing that it will be challenging as we bring our past forward, we realize that success will come from the education, connections, and hard work we have put in thus far.

A Chinese proverb says:  Any real achievement and worthwhile prize will probably come at the cost of a few failures.

Our board of directors has a relationship with a shared purpose.  We are here to inspire you to find your voice in this industry and to encourage you to grow in confidence, so that you will be able to inspire your fellow photographers.  This common vision is what our leadership is built on.

Stay tuned to our web site for what is coming up.

When it is time to do a daring deed, take on a tough task, or face the unknown, there are no better allies than PPLA’s board of directors.

The ultimate test is not whether we meet our goals, but how we conduct ourselves along the way.

Be inspired to become great,

James. W. Byron

2022 President

Professional Photographers of Louisiana