Hey everyone, Colby McLemore here with some exciting news to share. I’ve recently been elected as the Executive Secretary for the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association (TNPPA) for the 2023-2024 term, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to take on this role.

For those who might not be familiar with TNPPA, they are the state’s professional photographer’s guild and are an official Community Network of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). We’re a community passionate about advancing the photography industry through education, innovation, and building a strong sense of community.

My journey in photography has been quite a ride, starting when my father gifted me with a film camera as a teenager. Over the years, I’ve worked hard to capture the essence and beauty of various subjects through photography and videography. It has transformed from just a passion to a full-time career through the years. Now, I work full-time as a Knoxville, TN-based advertising and headshot photographer throughout the region.

TNPPA’s commitment to education and community building aligns perfectly with my vision for advancing the industry. I’ve been an active member of TNPPA for over ten years, contributing in various capacities, including doing multiple presentations and workshops, such as the most recent one on food photography, and serving on numerous photography competition committees. Additionally, I’ve had the opportunity to represent the association as a state’s national counselor for the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). I’m excited about this new role and the chance to work closely with the incredible individuals on the 2022-2023 Board of Directors. Karen Fox, TNPPA’s Incoming Chair of the Board, has shared her enthusiasm for my election, and I’m grateful for the support of such a fantastic team. Karen says, “Colby is a highly valued, long-time member of TNPPA. He is always willing to lend a hand where needed and has served as a mentor to many. His contributions to our association, including his work on our Bylaws and his involvement with PPA, are exemplary. Colby acknowledges that through the education of our peers, we elevate the photographic industry as a whole. He possesses a drive and energy that inspires those around him. We are thrilled for Colby to serve as Executive Secretary on the 2024 Board of Directors.”

For me, It’s about giving back to a community that has given so much to me through education, mentorship, and advancing the photography industry as a whole. I believe that through the education of our peers, we elevate the entire photographic community.

If you are a professional photographer, I invite you to join me on this journey. Checkout the amazing community and I hope to see you at an event soon!