Imaging USA Speaker Spotlight On… Jeff Gump!


Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down inJeff Gump the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13).

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet…
Jeff Gump, Cr.Photog.

Jeff Gump, founder of one of the country's most successful youth sports photography businesses, is perhaps even better known as a speaker and trainer of photographers across the nation. Gump declared himself a professional photographer at the age of 15 and today Gump's Sports Photography has shot well over a million young people and is still growing strong in Jacksonville, Florida.

As a well-known and sought after speaker, Jeff has traveled across North America and Canada for the past 10 years educating aspiring as well as veteran photographers. He has spoken to both large and small groups for organizations such as PMA-SPAA (Photo Marketing Association), PPAedu, Imaging USA, PMA Canada and many PPA Affiliates.

One reason for his popularity as a speaker is that in an industry where secrets are typically well-guarded, Jeff holds nothing back. He shows audiences everything from how to make a winning presentation to how to set up and execute flawlessly on photo day. Perhaps most importantly, he explains how the photographer can keep more money in his pocket instead of paying out too much of it in big commissions. From customer service and vendor/supplier resources to profitability and sales, Jeff lays it all out so that others can experience the successes that he has.

Jeff Gump's session at Imaging USA is on Saturday, January 13, 9am - 5pm: Volume Photography 201

Q&A with Jeff Gump:

What do you most value in your friends? Honesty...keeping in touch, not being negative, and those who love their families.

Coke or Pepsi? Coke Zero

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "Well sure"

Most embarrassing moment? I was doing a wedding 20 years ago, and was headed to the reception and was running late. I parked my red Alfa Romeo sports car at the top of the hill and ran in to capture the bride and groom as they arrived at the reception. A few minutes later, the DJ got on the PA and asked whose red convertible was parked outside. It just rolled down the hill and smashed into someone else's car in the parking lot. It was mine; I forgot to put it in gear... that really sucks!!

Each photographer has a specialty/genre/ niche; how did you discover yours? A friend of my dad was a Little League Coach, and said he could get me a meeting with the board. 1988… almost 30 years later we are still going. Of course that was during the film days, when you had to print what was on the negative, before PhotoShop.

Jeff Gump is just one of the many amazing photographers you'll get to meet, hear, and learn from at this upcoming Imaging USA! Registration is open online now so save some money and take advantage of the Early Bird discounts for your passes…and your hotel!