Kickstart Scholarship Winners for 2023 Announced

Published: December 02, 2022

Four photographers are the winners of this year’s Kickstart Scholarships. The winners will each receive a complimentary 3-day All-Access Pass to Imaging USA 2023, as well as admission to a free pre-convention class.

Eligibility for the scholarship required applicants to be a full- or part-time photographer, an active member of PPA, and have not previously received a Kickstart Scholarship. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! Keep scrolling to learn more about these dynamic photographers.


Nicole Bradshaw

As an avid photographer from my youth and a native New Mexican, I have a deep love of all things outdoors. I became a portrait and wedding photographer to help others preserve their memories for generations to come. I am a wife, a mom of three amazing boys, and a huge bookworm!

What are you most excited about at this year’s Imaging USA?
I am most excited to learn new things and meet people from across the country!


Hiedi Bulkley

I’m a recently retired Juvenile Probation Officer and taking my photography business full time. I am also a Senior Adjunct Professor at Whitworth University. I love to take portraits of seniors, families, newborns, and couples. I’m excited to be doing more weddings in the future as well! I love to travel, camp, and spend time with our 5 grandkids making forever memories!

What are you most excited about at this year’s Imaging USA?
I am looking forward to learning more about the business side of photography, branding, and sales. I am really excited to learn new ways to better my craft and step outside of my comfort box. It will be great to network and meet more photographers.


Iris Savoy

I'm Iris Savoy and I own Nikki Photography in Maryland. I specialize in concert photography, but I love to shoot everything. My camera in my hands is my happy place.

What are you most excited about at this year’s Imaging USA?
I'm most excited about Imaging USA 2023 because I can take classes and seminars that will prepare my business to accomplish my yearly goals. I will be able to socialize and network with other photographers from across the country.  


Alexandra (Lexi) Crocco

My name is Alexandra (Lexi) Crocco and I am a legally blind Certified Professional Photographer from Orange, CT. I’ve been photographing professionally since 2014 and I opened my small home studio, Alexandra Joy Photography in 2015. I photograph families, kids, animals (both pets and wildlife), and candid events.

What are you most excited about at this year’s Imaging USA?

Everything! This will be my first time at Imaging and I've been hearing about so many great memories and experiences from my CTPPA family since I joined. And now I finally get to experience it for myself.


Join Nicole, Hiedi, Iris, and Alexandra this January in Nashville. Register today for your All-Access Pass