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PAPA's 2017 Annual Conference

Thursday, March 16, 2017 to Saturday, March 18, 2017
San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
Make Your Hotel Reservation Here!
1800 Old Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA  94010

(650) 692-9100
Niki Britton
Annual Conference
Registration is required
Payment In Advance Only
- Registrants are responsible for their own Hotel reservations
- Conference open to active members of PAPA and Guests only
- Non-members must join PAPA before registration
Cancellation Policy:
Money for conference will be refunded, less any fees accrued by PAPA. Please contact Niki Britton or John Mooney.
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2 Day Conference March 17th & 18th!
Corporate PAPA Members
Friday Night on the Town (Optional)
Saturday Night Banquet Only
Thursday Night Dinner Out
San Francisco Helicopter Night Shoot

PAPA’s 2017 Annual Conference

 March 17th & 18th
March 16th San Francisco Helicopter Night Shoot 

San Francisco, CA

We will be staying at the beautiful San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront! This gorgeous hotel is located just one mile from the San Francisco Airport and provides a FREE shuttle to and from SFO! The hotel has given us an AMAZING room rate considering we are in one of the hottest locations for conferences in the US! The hotel is fully renovated with beautiful conference spaces! The hotel has a gorgeous lobby and outdoor area with 2 miles of walking trail along the water where you can get a fantastic view of airplanes taking off and landing at SFO!

What's Happening?

March 16, 2017
  • San Francisco Helicopter Night Shoot! 7pm (includes seat in an R44 and a Gyro!)- $275 Space is limited! Sign up today by contacting Niki Britton ( or 408-712-4466) or registering online when you register for the conference!!
  • Welcome Reception - Check-in, get your conference SWAG BAG and mingle in the lobby with your fellow PAPA Members! New to PAPA? Meet your PAPA Pal and get introduced! 

March 17 & 18, 2017

A World Class Conference for Aerial Photographers

2017 PAPA Conference SCHEDULE 
A speaker lineup of Dynamic Experts and trailblazing colleagues whose valuable, real-world advice will propel your business forward

Hands-On Specialty Presentations & Breakout Sessions

      Marketing & Promoting your business like the Big Boys: Marketing and communications expert, Lacey Haines, Head of Consumer Public Relations for Hewlett Packard will be presenting a program on how you can promote your business just like the big boys!  You will be able to take her advice to create marketing strategy and an action plan that you can implement immediately to reach editors and get your name and photography in magazines and newspapers and in front of potential clients for FREE.

        Ground/Interior Photography with Todd Quam:  Have you ever had to turn down a client asking for both aerials AND ground photography? Are you interested in being able to offer ground and interior photography as an add-on to your clients but aren't sure how? Learn how to take beautiful ground and interior photographs, HDRs, and more from PAPA member Todd Quam! 

         Stand Out with Special Certifications:  Learn how to become a certified SBE (small business entity), DVBE (disabled   veteran business entity), DBE (Disadvantaged business entity), Women owned business entity. Learn how these certifications can benefit you and get you those big contracts!


        Photoshop: Allen Macbean, Long-time PAPA member and Photoshop aficionado has agreed to help the rest of us cope with some of our worst Post-production nightmares by sharing some of his BEST Photoshop fixes. 


        Video editing: Shooting video with the Drone or the Osmo or from the helicopter is just the beginning of the revenue streams possible. If all you are doing is shooting and handing over the raw footage, you are leaving money and opportunities on the table by not offering editing services. But editing video can be a daunting and time consuming task.  You will get expert editing advice to help you learn the basics of Adobe Premier Pro with additional advice on editing of specific problems faced by aerial videographers including color correction, straighten horizons, cropping out those blades, etc .


        Drone Flying techniques: GET OUT AND FLY!  Take some time to get out with your fellow PAPA members and fly your drone! *location TBD* Very few fellow PAPA members have mastered the art of advanced drone flying techniques.  Join these members and the experts from Helicopter World to learn how to get the delicate balance between dynamic imagery and smooth flying.  Helicopter World is one of the largest resellers and repairers of DJI products.


        Vertical Photography, Mapping & Surveys: “If I can do it, YOU can do it,” says Susan Hedenberg, long time PAPA member.  Vertical photography, while not exactly an art, needs to be done exactly right.  Learn the best methodology, techniques and what specialized tools are available that will allow you to bring your clients the highest quality imagery that demands the highest price point.

        - SkyIMD, a PAPA corporate partner will be at the conference to talk about their system and how you could put it to work in your Vertical Photography business


         The USGS Wants Your Archive:  Nothing is forever except death, taxes and just maybe your  archive. Do you  have a plan for archive of aerials for when you retire? The USGS, the United States Geological Survey,  could be your  best option. The USGS is tasked with the study of the landscape’s natural resources and the hazards that threaten it using, primarily using aerial photography for its work. Representatives from the USGS will be on hand to discuss the positive possibilities of donating your archive.  It is something to think about.

        Have you heard the story about how Fifty five subscribers paid $10,000 each to have aerial photos of their home in an exclusive personalized book presented in a boxed set made of  canvas from Finland.

        Yes, it’s all true…
        Yves Tremblay, PAPA  member and owner of Photo Helico of Quebec Canada, has launched his magnificent book "The most beautiful houses of Quebec from the air!” In Yves words, “the success of the book is overwhelming.” To get together ALL the successful businessmen from this part of the country in one joint project is a ‘’tour de force’’ in itself. Participants included some of the world’s most reputable financial leaders, CEO’s of Bombardier, Cirque du Soleil, major Canadian banks, NHL players, artists and many corporation owners in Quebec. 

      Aerial Photographer Panel/Town Hall

      Here’s your chance to participate and ask those burning questions! The aerial photographer panel is an opportunity for you to network and discuss how to build a better business with other seasoned aerial photographers! Patrick Belanger, Pedro Martinez, and Frank Carlton will help in leading the discussion!

      Topics to be discussed:

    • How to Price your Jobs
    • Don’t leave money on the table, offer add-ons and price accordingly
    • How to set reasonable profit margins
    • How to bid on Jobs
    • Investing in new equipment
    • Full-Time, Part-Time employees and on demand help
    • Renting vs. Owning your aircraft (operating expenses, insurance, liability, etc)
    • Renting vs. Owning vs. Working from home
    • What do you want to know? Ask Questions?


    Speakers, presentations etc may change without prior notice

    • Night out in San Francisco! (Friday, March 17) - Join your  PAPA friends and colleagues for an authentic San Francisco dinner on Fisherman's Wharf at Aliotos! Enjoy a gorgeous view of the wharf with friends! 
    • Print Competition! - New This year: PRINTS WITH A PURPOSE! (more information to come) Show off your best images, earn points toward your Masters and bragging rights. 
    • Saturday Night Awards Banquet! - Great Food, Drinks, Friends and Awards!


    Kent & Lynette Larson

    Amy Hartsfield

    George Bordner

    David Wyatt

    Rita Donham

    Jamie Burgess

    Tom & Leigh Stiles

    Dan Bigelow

    Michael Buben

    Sherry Simpson

    Paul & Traci Rodriguez

    Evan Petty

    Kevin Butts

    Jon Engle

    Julie & Patrick Belanger

    Tayler Schmitt

    Wendy Whittemore

    Rodger Helms

    Todd Quam

    Brian Harvey

    Michael Estigoy

    Susan Hedenberg

    Don Eichelberger

    Gregory King

    John Wark

    Leo McManus

    Frank Carleton

    Debbie Cruikshank

    Vern & Jennifer Kingsford

    Steve Hane

    Ken & Marilyn Cantrell

    Pedro Martinez

    John & Carol Whitney

    Charlie Sarratt

    David Sievert

    Troy Morgan

    Scott Sellers

    Chuck Boyle

    Mark & Mary Jane Seeman

    Ronald Brown

    Fred Emmert

    Curt Waltz

    Jonathan Blumb

    Andrew Holt

    Ted & Sherry Campbell

    Summer Anderson

    Allen Macbean

    Stan Macbean

    Alicja Orkiszewski

    Yves Tremblay

    David Wyatt

    John & Dee Ann Mooney

    Susan Frye