Professional Photographers of America Announces Barbara Breitsameter as Winner of Grand Imaging Award by Barbara Breitsameter

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) presented the Grand Imaging Award this week at Imaging USA 2017, the largest annual conference and trade show for pro photographers by pro photographers. The award went to Barbara Breitsameter M.Photog.Cr., CPP, for her image “Send in the Clowns” in the portrait category.

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Diamond Photographer of the Year 2016 - Professional Photographers of America by Barbara Breitsameter

Chicago Illinois – Barbara Breitsameter of Poppyblue Photography in Long Grove, Illinois was named a Diamond Medalist during Professional Photographers of America's 2015 International Photographic Competition. Breitsameter's work was on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 10-12, 2016. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,200 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,100 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,085 (roughly 21 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. Breitsameter was named a Diamond Medalist, meaning that all four of her merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2015, She was one of only 35 Diamond Photographers of the Year.

About PPA: 
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA's roots date back to 1869. It assists more than 28,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at

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    Title:  Love You Mommy!   GRAND IMAGING AWARD - 2ND PLACE - ANIMAL


Title:  Love You Mommy!

Places to Go, People to See GRAND IMAGING AWARD - 4TH PLACE - ANIMAL

Places to Go, People to See

Hand Painted Wall Art of your pet! by Barbara Breitsameter

Please check out my good friend, Lois Stanfield's beautiful work.  She is offering a Holiday Sale -- Dog and Horse painted wall art portraits of your favorite photograph through December 2nd.  Her work is extraordinary!  Don't delay -- it's not too late to have a hand painted masterpiece of your dog or horse.  This would be a perfect gift for a loved one or for you! 
Lois Stanfield --  International Award Winning Photographer and Artist

Dog Photography Mentoring by Barbara Breitsameter


Autumn is here!  There is a chill in the air, fall colors are just starting and the daylight hours are growing shorter.  I am always sad to say "See you later, Summer."  The sadness is short lived because there is so many new photo ops with the landscape ablaze with color and the cool weather brings out the feistiness in the dogs I photograph.  

Autumn also is a time I start to wrap up instructing dog photographers for the year.  The past year I have made a transition from co-instructing workshops to now teaching only one-on-one personalize mentoring for the aspiring dog photographer to the experienced pro.   After several years teaching dog photography workshops, I decided I wanted to offer more for my students than the "basics".  Imagine offering hands-on attention for each student, focusing on his or her individual needs and skill level.  

I've had the best students and take such pride watching them grow and excel as a professional pet photographer.  It has been a FANTASTIC year!  

If you are interested in learning more about DogTalk one-on-one personalized mentoring please CLICK HERE for more information or contact me at 847-989-6591 or

It's National Dog Day - August 26 by Barbara Breitsameter

Take some extra time today to appreciate and give lots of cuddles to your canine friend.  Yes, today is National Dog Day.  Honor your dog by having professional portraits done.  They are with us such a short time, we share so many wonderful moments with them.........why not document that special time in your life with your dog for always.  

National Dog Day at Poppyblue