PPARI Newsletter March/April 2018   Recently updated !

In This Issue

Message from the President

Special Offer from Hunt’s

Announcements

Program Recap

Upcoming PPARI Programs

Super 1 Day

Seven Steps to Becoming a Certified Professional Photographer

Vendor Highlight

Al’s Corner

Our Sponsors

Message from the President, Jackie Nelson

Hello everyone,

I want to start out by saying it was great seeing you all at our 2018 convention! I want to thank all the members of the board for AGAIN putting on a great event! Image competition, our speakers, vendors, members, and food….Fantastic!

The awards banquet was nice, I always love seeing who wins the judges awards. Great job entering, and if you didn’t enter this year start your image competition folder now! We have some information coming out that is going to help us all with image competition next year.

We look forward to bringing you another action packed year of education and social events. Please feel free in invite a guest to any of our 2 hour monthly programs. Keep an eye on our web page, and social media pages for all the latest.

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for reaching out to send myself and Melissa well wishes and congratulations on our newborn son, Grayson Miles Nelson. Born on March 7th and weighed 9lbs 10oz. He is doing well and surely has changed our lives. Again thank you all so much!

Warmly,

Jackie

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Special Offer from Hunt’s

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Announcements

New CPP’s

Congratulations to PPARI Board Members Bailey Fox of Bailey Fox Photography and Kim DiIuro of Kimberli Photography on becoming PPA Certified Professional Photographers! Bailey is our current Ways and Means Chairperson and Webmaster, and Kim is our current Newsletter Editor.

Bailey Fox

Kim DiIuro

 

 

 

 

Hunt’s Education

Hunt’s Photo & Video offers classes and photo walks on a regular basis. Visit http://edu.huntsphoto.com/ for a complete listing. Below are a few upcoming events.

Creative Lighting with Speedlights with Tony Gale

Saturday & Sunday, April 21st & 22nd, Hunt’s Photo Melrose. Join award winning pro photographer Tony Gale for a two-day workshop covering creative lighting with speedlights. We will go from on-camera to off-camera and include modifying your speedlight for the best results. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

Hunt’s Photo Adventure: The City of New York

Wednesday May 2nd – Sunday May 6th. With an emphasis on the history and photographic possibilities of the city including The Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO Park, The 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, Rockefellar Plaza, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Ellis Island.  Trip includes lodging, In-field instruction during each excursion, Image Review & Critiques.

Capturing Your Pooch’s Personality

Saturday, April 7th at Hunt’s Photo, Melrose. Very few things melt the heart like a great photo of a dog, and photographing these loving companions can be a challenging endeavor. Join lifelong dog owner and Hunt’s Photo Educator Emily Hojnowski as she covers the best practices for taking better photographs of dogs that will help you capture a more beautiful portrait of your pooch!

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Program Recap

2018 PPARI Annual Convention

 

 

A big thank you to our 2018 convention sponsors! This event would not be possible without you! 

April Program: Social Media by Jen Vondenbrink

We welcomed Jen back for a second program on using social media to boost your business.

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Upcoming PPARI Programs

May Program

Click this link to register: https://ppari.wildapricot.org/event-2884161

come learn about IPS and how to sell wall portraits

June Program

https://ppari.wildapricot.org/event-2897949

Introduction to creating for print competition 

Location

Radisson Hotel Providence | (2081 Post Road, Warwick, RI)‎

From concept to basic creation. Instructor Judy Reinford will cover how to start the creative process to come up with ideas, how to find source images and start putting it all together into a story that will turn into your final work of art. Things discussed will be perspective, lighting, and size of each image, how these play a key role in fitting together for the final piece. She will also cover the 6 best tools to use in Photoshop for composting that will also improve your daily editing techniques for client work. 

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Super 1 Day

May 7

Posing and Lighting to Flatter Any Subject  Brandi Morgan, M.Photog., CPP

May 12

Creative Portrait Lighting In studio  Bailey Fox, CPP 

May 21

Environmental Photography for all lighting situations using Speedlights  Brandi Morgan, M.Photog., CPP

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Seven Steps to Becoming a Certified Professional Photographer

by April Kroenke, M.Photog, Cr., CPP, AFP-OR

As more and more of students have joined my CPP Study Group and are passing the CPP exam, I have had many others ask, “How do you even begin to get your CPP?” So to answer this question I have put together seven steps to starting your CPP journey.  

First, I want to congratulate you for wanting to take this next step in your photographic journey. When starting down this path, it is essential to keep in mind that this is all about giving yourself the confidence in your abilities and taking your skills to the next level while demonstrating it your industry peers.   

Step 1 – You must be a member of PPA.

PPA is the governing body of the certification and to earn and maintain your CPP; you have to be an active member in good standing with PPA. Go to ppa.com to learn more about all the excellent member benefits including $15,000 in equipment insurance. 

Step 2 – Figure out WHY you want to earn your CPP.  

Your “Why” is very important!  Unless you have a “Why” to focus on as you start down this road, it will be very daunting—especially on those days that you feel like you want to give up and not finish.  It is in those times that you can look at your “Why” and refocus on it to continue through.  You will have those moments— keep focusing on your “Why.”  

For me, my “Why” was that I wanted to know I had the foundational knowledge that all photographers should possess. And I wanted my portfolio to demonstrate that application of that knowledge. I wanted my abilities to be reviewed by those in my industry so could tell me that I was working at a professional level.  I wanted that green light. 

Step 3 – Join a Study Group

Being part of a study group has been very successful for my students as they are preparing for the exam.  I would recommend the buying a study guide—there are two excellent ones I recommend. One is by my late friend Al Audleman, and the other is by Steve Kozak.  These are great resources.  You can find these two guides on linked my website located at http://www.aprilkroenke.com/cpp-mentorship.  

PPA has many other resources located at https://www.ppa.com/benefits/education/certification/exam-overview-and-resources.

Step 4 – Declare your candidacy with PPA.

Here is where you can find the application form to declare your candidacy with PPA and pay the $200 application fee.  When you apply for your candidacy, your 2-year time clock begins.  I would recommend that you do this in the weeks just before you plan to take the exam as it will give you the most amount of time to pass the exam and submit your portfolio for review. The link to declare your candidacy is here: https://www.ppa.com/benefits/education/certification/how-to-earn-your-certification

Step 5 – Find the nearest Exam.

You will find a listing of the exams in your area and the upcoming dates here http://ppa.formstack.com/forms/cpp_exam.  If you do not see a time, reach out to your State CPP Liaison. If you are in a remote area and will not have the ability to get to a location to take the exam, PPA has just launched this year for 2018 the ability to take the test online for an added $25. Also new in 2018 is the ability to take the test in Spanish if that is your preferred language.

The exam will cover the following topics (in the following percentages):

Camera, Lenses and Attachments – 12%

Exposure and Meters – 15%

Lighting – 25%

Composition and Design – 25%

Digital Post Production – 13%

Image Capture and Output – 10%

There are 100 questions on the exam, and you have 2 hours to take the exam.  You must earn at least a 70 out of 100 to pass and move onto the portfolio portion. If you score less than 70 on the exam, you will find out the areas that you need to work more on.  You will have to wait 30 days before you can retake the exam.  You can take the exam as many times as you need to pass in your two year period. Once submitted, results will take 2-3 weeks after the exam date and arrive via email.

Step 6 – Join the CPP Image Review Facebook Group 

You can join this closed group once you have passed the exam. Please note that this is not a PPA-endorsed page, but it has many CPP Liaisons that run the page.  This group has been an excellent resource for those who want to have feedback on their images as they prepare them for submission.

Step 7 – Image Submission

The second part of certification is the portfolio review.  Your image portfolio will need to include 15 images; 6 Compulsory and 9 Client.  The 6 compulsory images will demonstrate a standard of technical proficiency that all professional photographers regardless of their niche should know. Mandatory images must contain the following: Short lighting 3:1 ratio, Broad Lighting 3:1 ratio, Selective focus with minimal depth of field. 3 Elective images from the following: High Key, Low Key, Rule of Thirds, Use of Shape, Form, and Texture, Balance (symmetrical or asymmetrical), Color Harmony, “S” Curve Line, Assertive, Angular, or Masculine Line, Architectural. The other nine images will come from your client work over the last 24 months.  For specific requirements and resources, refer to https://www.ppa.com/benefits/education/certification/image-submission-overview.

Time to Party

You have passed the exam and the portfolio review!!! Congratulations!!!! Now it is time to party and reward yourself for all the blood, sweat and tears you have put into earning your CPP.  

Good luck and I look forward to seeing your growth as you start your CPP journey.  

Author’s Bio:

April Kroenke, M.Photog, Cr., CPP, AFP-OR, is recognized by both her clients and peers worldwide for her modern yet authentic photography.  From beauty shoots to family pictures, high school senior portraits to personal branding and military events, she can provide her clients with photography for every avenue of their lives.  Since becoming a CPP Liaison, April has been on a mission to help others along their CPP journey, while helping to raise the tide of our industry. April has taught several Professional Photographers of America Super One Day classes, to the SW District of Professional Photographers of Washington and many classes offered through Oregon Professional Photographers of Association.

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Vendor Highlight

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Located right in Harrisville, RI, David Maheu creates custom painted canvas and muslin photography backdrops, which are endorsed by many premier professional photographers. Visit www.backgroundsbymaheu.com to view the many styles and colors offered.

 

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Al’s Corner

Al Weems is a long time member of PPARI who will be contributing feature articles. 

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PPARI Newsletter January/February 2018

In This Issue

Message from the President

Announcements

Program Recap

Upcoming PPARI Programs

Our Sponsors

Message from the President, Jackie Nelson

Greetings!

Happy New Year to you all! The PPARI board is fast at work making last minute plans and preparations to make our 65th Annual Convention a great success. As you may have noticed we have offered you an alternative way to get registered for the convention this year. As always you can print and mail Gary your check and form for your meals, and programming. You can also get registered online. Simply go to our website www.ppari.org , click on Convention, and click Register Here.

If you haven’t already submitted a handful of images for Image Competition, what are you waiting for? Wouldn’t it be nice to win a new award to proudly display? Send out a PR notice and gain recognition in your town as an award winning photographer! If you want more information on our image competition simply go to our website, (see above) and click on the tab for Image Competition, it’s that simple.

Our convention theme this year is “Put yourself on the map.” Here is a brief look at what’s to come.

Fri- 3/2/18 Image Competition, image critique, dinner for $25.00, Trish Logan presents, “BOLD Business Strategies”

Sat- 3/3/18  Rick Hydran – “Real Estate Photography”

Sat- 3/3/18  Gene Hutnak – “Keep it simple”

Sun- 3/4/18  Melony Anderson – Business Management, Pricing, Finding your inspiration.

We have a new committee of folks working hard on our door prizes, sponsorships, raffle items, and silent auction items. BRING CASH for raffle tickets! Please plan to be with us Saturday evening for the image awards dinner. The speeches are brief, and the food is fabulous! There will also be a drawing for a scholarship to NEIPP!

I love when I hear someone in the crowd say, “WOW, that was worth the price of admission!” I love hearing people share new ideas about business at lunch. I love the suspense of the awards dinner, but most of all I enjoy spending time with all of you. I look forward to seeing all of you at convention.

Stay Warm,

Jackie

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Announcements

Hunt’s Education

Hunt’s Photo & Video offers classes and photo walks on a regular basis. Visit http://edu.huntsphoto.com/ for a complete listing. Upcoming featured classes:

Creative Lighting with Speedlights with Tony Gale

Saturday & Sunday, April 21st & 22nd, Hunt’s Photo Melrose. Join award winning pro photographer Tony Gale for a two-day workshop covering creative lighting with speedlights. We will go from on-camera to off-camera and include modifying your speedlight for the best results. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

Hunt’s Photo Walks

The Streets of Harvard Square 
Saturday Feb 24th • 1-6 pm Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 

The Botanic Gardens at Smith College
Saturday Feb 24th • Northampton, MA 

The Streets of Harvard Square
Saturday Feb 24th, Cambridge, MA. 

Olde Sturbridge Village
Sunday February 25th, Sturbridge, MA.

 
EVOLVE 2018 Photo Convention

March 9th-12th, 2018 at the new convention location: Hotel 1620, Plymouth, MA.
http://members.ppam.com/event-2626932 to register!

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Program Recap

January’s Program

Suzanne Merrill of Starr Photography showed us how to wrap and pose two newborns to create beautiful portraits. This program was well attended with a very engaged audience!

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Upcoming PPARI Programs

65th Annual PPARI Convention

The 2018 PPARI Convention will be held March 2nd – 4th at The Radisson near the airport in Warwick. Click here to open the convention flyer and registration form.  You can also register and pay online by clicking here

A big thank you to our 2018 convention sponsors! This event would not be possible without you!

 

April Program

Stay tuned for more details about our Social Media program coming in April! 

 

May Program

Charleen Larkin will teach us about Presenting IPS Wall Portrait Sales on May 14th from 7:00-9:00 PM. Location TBA.

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PPANE/NEIPP April 7 – 12

Click the links below to register! 

PPANE Conference April 7th

NEIPP April 8th-12th

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PPARI Newsletter November/December 2017

In This Issue

Message from the President

Announcements

Program Recap

Upcoming PPARI Programs

Vendor Highlight: Millers Lab  

Our Sponsors

Message from the President, Jackie Nelson

Hello everyone, Happy Holidays!

I’m watching our first snowfall of the season while I write this December installment. As I sit and reflect on this past year I say wow, so much has happened. Since March your team of board members has worked very hard planning our educational seminars, our Convention in March, and particularly we have focused our attention on our web presence. We have changed our social media pages, added some, extended and built others. We have essentially rebuilt our website with current up to date material, adding many more images. We have discussed new ways to grow our membership base, and how to appeal to a broader audience of photographers.

I value each of you as members, we value you as associates, we value your presence and consider each of you a part of our photographic family, and friends. I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for valuing our association and for being with us. We are currently working on the final touches of Convention 2018, and our monthly educational programs for the year.  If you have something in particular you would like us to try to bring to the association for a monthly program, speak to one of the board members, we are happy to hear your feedback. Keep a close eye on your email, and our social media pages where you can always find what’s coming up next!

Please be sure to SAVE THE DATES for our March 2018 Convention. Our theme this year is “Put yourself on the map.” Here is a brief look at what’s to come.

Fri- 3/2/18 Image Competition, pizza party, image critique, and a special surprise.

Sat- 3/3/18  Rick Hydran – “Real Estate Photography”

Sat- 3/3/18  Gene Hutnak – “Keep it Simple”

Sun- 3/4/18  Melony Anderson – Business Management, Pricing, finding your inspiration. We have a new committee of folks working hard on our door prizes, sponsorships, raffle items, and silent auction items. Please plan to be with us Saturday evening for the image awards dinner. The speeches are brief, and the food is fabulous! There will also be a drawing for a scholarship to NEIPP!

As we wrap up this year, let’s reflect on what we did well this year, and grab the reins for what we would like to see change for next year. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a blessed and prosperous New Year!

Jackie

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Announcements

Passing of Al Audleman on December 8th

The following is from the PPANE/NEIPP FaceBook page on December 9th: The PPA and PPANE/NEIPP family lost one of it’s own yesterday. Al Audleman passed away unexpectedly, and it is a shock to us all. He was a kind, gentle, giving man, who’s passion for life and photography was evident in all he did. He taught on the state, regional and national level and 1000’s of people’s lives have been touched by him and changed for the better. Al was a friend and mentor to many of us, and will always be remembered fondly. 

Hunt’s Education

Hunt’s Photo & Video offers classes and photo walks on a regular basis. Visit http://edu.huntsphoto.com/ for a complete listing. Upcoming featured classes:

Lighting with Speedlights: Portraits

Speedlights have become a versatile tool in the photographer’s camera bag. They have never been more useful for different types of photography than they are today. With accessories available to transform speedlights into studio lighting, the possibilities are limitless while remaining extremely compact. This workshop specifically illustrates and teaches students how to light for portraits with speedlights, on-camera, but more specifically, off-camera. The workshop will cover light modifiers, gels and an in-depth description of how to make it work, including external remote triggering. Any brand-flash is welcomed and can be discussed.
Sunday January 28th, 10 am-4 pm • Hunt’s Photo, Melrose
Tuesdays February 6th, 13th, 20th, 6-8 pm • Hunt’s Photo, Melrose

Hunt’s Photo Walk: Hunt’s Photo Walk: Boston After Dark- Science & North Point Parks 
Friday, February 16th • Boston/Cambridge, MA Boston, MA 4-8pm

Hunt’s Photo Walk: Hunt’s Photo Walk: The Streets of Harvard Square 
Saturday Feb 24th • 1-6 pm Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 

 

Imaging USA 

Imaging USA 2018 will be held in Nashville January 11-16. Click https://imagingusa.org/ for complete details and to register.

 

EVOLVE 2018 Photo Convention

March 9th-12th, 2018 at the new convention location: Hotel 1620, Plymouth, MA.
http://members.ppam.com/event-2626932 to register!

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Program Recap

October’s Program

Tim Cameron presented “Find Financial Success Photographing Family Portraits” where he covered how he runs his sessions, lighting large groups, and sales and marketing tips.

PPARI Holiday Party!

A good time was had by all at the Cowesett Inn! Good food, good company, and a fun Yankee Swap topped off the night!

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Upcoming PPARI Programs

January Program

2018 Convention

The 2018 PPARI Convention will be held March 2nd – 4th at The Radisson near the airport in Warwick. Refer to the Message from the President for information about the programs.

 

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Vendor Highlight: Millers Lab

Miller’s is the largest professional lab in the US serving all 50 states and Canada. They have a wide range of products and are especially known for their high-quality hand-crafted signature albums. For prints and cards, their 24-hour turnaround time combined with free overnight shipping means you receive your orders just a couple of days after submitting them! Starting November 22nd through December 22nd, they are processing orders around the clock. 

 

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