PPARI Newsletter July/August 2018

In This Issue

Message from the President

Announcements

Program Recap

Upcoming PPARI Programs

PPAM Photopalooza!

Super 1 Day

Vendor Highlight: ACI

Our Sponsors

 

Message from the President, Jackie Nelson

Hello Everyone,

Happy Summer to you! Have you taken some time out to enjoy a walk on the beach, have you made it downtown to Waterfire, had your first Del’s lemonade of the season? What are you trying this season that’s different from this time last year? Have you implemented some new tools learned? Are you trying some new products offered by your lab? If you answered no to any of these questions I ask you, “What are you waiting for, Christmas!?” By the way Christmas is only 21 weeks away!

At our latest program held at Printmakers I learned of two new products/services being offered there that you should take a look at. Ask Marc or Tony to show you some samples that they can produce with their new laser machine. It’s awesome!!
Also they are now able to offer digital delivery of your images directly to your clients phone, huge time saver! If you haven’t seen all of what’s new at Printmakers stop in. Tony, Marc, and Manny are always ready to help you!

I am hoping to see more of you at our programming coming up. I know summer is a busy time of year for all of us, and that’s a good thing. But take advantage of all the fantastic programs we have lined up for you!

August, Wed. August 15th “Lighting for Headshots” At Hunts in Providence.
September, Wed. Sept 19th “Keeping It Simple” with Gene Hutnak at his new studio.
October, Wed. Oct 17th “I don’t Do Weddings” with Phil Frink at Vee’s Photography.
November, Wed. Nov 14th “How to Flatter with light and poses for Maternity Portraits” with Bailey Fox.
December, our holiday party. The date still pending, stay tuned!

See you guys soon! Stay Cool!

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. 

 
 

 

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Program Recap

June Program

Introduction to creating for print competition by Judy Reinford M.Photog,M. Artist,CPP

Thank you Judy for inspiring us to improve our images and enter competition!

 

July Program

Telling a story with your photographs at Printmakers by Sandor Bodo and Steve Szydlowski.

Thank you Sandor and Steve for sharing your fascinating stories!

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Don’t forget to support our 2018 convention sponsors! This important educational event would not be possible without them! 

 

 

 

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Upcoming PPARI Programs

September Program

Gene Hutnak presents Keeping it Simple

Wednesday, September 19th 2018 7:00pm-9:00pm

Click the link above to register!

Gene will discuss his Simplicity Series children’s portraits and the use of hybrid lighting. Gene can create beautiful lighting consistently that gives a window light feel without the window. He will discuss sales, lighting, camera settings and how he presents the finished images to the client.

Gene is a member of PPA, is a CPP and a past President of PPARI with over 37 years experience as a professional photographer. Gene and Linda operate Gene Hutnak Photographylocated in North Scituate, RI. Gene specializes in creating wall portraits of families & children.

 

October Program

November Program

Join Bailey in the studio for a 2 hour lighting and posing workshop with a maternity model.   Bailey will go over her posing flow for maternity portraits.  She will cover lighting dos and don’ts as well as give styling tips.   Bailey is proudly sponsored by CGPROPRINTS and will have give aways!   Bring your camera and practice on our model!  

Holiday Party

Party time!!! Our annual holiday party will be held on 12/02/2018 from 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM at 226 Cowesett Ave, West Warwick, RI 02893

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 PPAM Photopalooza!

Take a look at Photopalooza! All through August – great instructors and great classes for every level photographer.

Volume Photography with Melvin Guante

Date:  Sunday August 5th, 2018 • Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Melvin’s Photo, 34 Frank Street, Watertown MA  02472

The days of dull cookie-cutter photography of school and sports teams are gone! You can now offer exciting contemporary photography that captures the character of each individual while still maintaining an efficient workflow. Melvin will show you how his techniques as applied to volume photography, and will enable you to efficiently produce creative photographs that sell.

When you leave you’ll have the tools you’ll need to land your job and to photograph it with confidence.  And what’s more; you’ll make money doing it! And, you will be able to do this with the equipment you already have on hand.

 

How to create a successful boudoir session with Alice Pepplow

Date:  August 6th, 2018 Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: The Imagery Studio, 172 Shrewsbury Street • 2nd Floor • Worcester MA

Alice Pepplow will walk you through the necessary steps to create a great boudoir session. In this workshop, Alice will share how to prepare the client for the appropriate lingerie according to individual body type, and talk about the experience she provides before, during and after the session. 

Lighting and posing with both natural light and strobe will be demonstrated. A hands-on session will be provided in her 600-sf studio with ideas for creative use of a small studio. A model will be available, so please bring your camera to practice your freshly learned skills.

 

From Booking to the Beach with Cassandra Sullivan, M. Photog., CPP
 DATE:  August 8, 2018 2:00pm – 8:00pm
LOCATION: 931 Long Pond Road, Plymouth MA

Summertime means trying to fit in a whole bunch of clients in a a limited amount of time.  Everyone is busy with family and friends, even you! That means you need to run your business as efficiently as possible, to make sure clients are happy and that you make it easy and fun for them to do business with you – so you can enjoy the summer too!

Join me as I discuss and demonstrate different solutions that can be used to run a business, and my workflow from answering an inquiry all the way through the In-Person Sales appointment, and beyond.

We’ll talk about studio management software, letting clients book online, bookkeeping, how I prepare clients for their session, image and data management, and how can all work together and keep you organized.  Bring your questions and any challenges you may have in running your studio and we’ll come up with a solution together!

 

Basic Wrapping and Photography for Newborns
That’s a wrap!  Basic wrapping and safety for Newborn Photography with Bailey Fox, CPP

DATE:  August 13, 2018 10am – 4:30pm
LOCATION: Kenneth Berman Photography
36 South Main Street, Sharon MA  02067
Contact: 401-497-9720

 In this course Bailey will cover everything you need to know about how to safely handle your client’s newest family member.  What tools and tricks she uses to keep that baby asleep, safe, and happy. She will go over verbiage and procedures to prepare the client for the portrait session.

Bailey will demonstrate 3 different wrapping techniques. She will cover some simple low-cost options for props and wraps which will help either add variety to your newborn session, or get you started! She will show you how she flows from one pose to the next and will explain each step as she takes them. 

If you are new to babies this class will give you a base foundation to feel confident saying “yes” to taking a newborn session.  If you are a seasoned veteran newborn photographer this class will still encourage and help you fine tune some basic posing, soothing and wrapping skills. 


The Nuts and Bolts of Speedlight Photography with Scott Levine

DATE:  August 19, 2018 10am – 4:30pm
LOCATION: The Studio 21, Fieldstone Drive, Stoneham MA
 

Speedlights – Fast, Furious and Fun to Use (also very useful!)During this hands-on seminar, photographers will learn the ins and outs of how speedlights respond to color and tone when used in TTL or AUTO, and how to correct for them.

Proper use of Speedlight Softboxes, Beauty Dishes, and umbrellas will be demonstrated and how they can enhance a location portrait.  Split Lighting, Short Lighting, Butterfly, and Rembrandt lighting will be shown and which tools should be used to create them.

Also, students will be instructed and have hands-on use of gels, barn doors, snoots, and grids too. On loan from PocketWizard will be TT1’s TT5’s, Plus 3’s & Plus 4’s as well as to further enhance each photographer’s experience and working knowledge. Lighting Modifiers from Lastolite, Rouge and Westcott will be available for hands on use.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a camera and their speedlights with them.

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Super 1 Day

Maternity Lighting, Styling, and Posing Studio and On Location with Bailey Fox, CPP  October 12, 2018

Newborn Workflow and Lighting and Posing with Bailey Fox, CPP  October 22, 2018

 

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Vendor Highlight

ACI

Background Town (owned by ACI) is having a 50% off sale 8/6 – 9/3! Code: 50BGT18 Choose from hundreds of colors and designs or create your own custom design. Their UltraCloth is described as wrinkle-free, non-glare, super soft, extra expandable and durable. The result is an amazing background that creates an extremely realistic environment. All UltraCloth backdrops come with rod pockets, are machine washable and dryer safe! Other promotions include 25% off metal prints 8/16 – 9/23 and 30% off gallery wraps 8/16 – 9/30.

Also, as the school and sports photography season approaches, ACI can help with their  innovative software that will enhance your workflow and grow your sales! For more information, contact Ken Wilson at kwilson@acilab.com.

 

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Our Sponsors

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PPARI Newsletter May/June 2018

In This Issue

Message from the President

Special Offer from Hunt’s

Announcements

Program Recap

Upcoming PPARI Programs

PPAM Photopalooza!

Vendor Highlight

Al’s Corner

Our Sponsors

Message from the President, Jackie Nelson

Hello Everyone,

The summer months are here. It’s been fairly hot and I know business has picked up for you. One thing I really enjoy about being a PPARI member is, if there is something I need all I have to do is pick up the phone. I have called on colleagues all of which I have met over the years through PPARI. I needed help with a wedding, large family portraits, preschools, high schools, leagues, and sometimes just to bounce an idea off another photographer. I’ve shared techniques, tips and tricks, software advice, camera questions, and how to deal with a particularly difficult client.

I have lent equipment, borrowed equipment, and bought equipment from other members, folks I’m happy to say are my friends. We may be little but we have an abundance of knowledge, experience, and true professionalism to share with one another. We are up against many challenges in today’s market that Professional Photographers of years past did not have to try to overcome. We are in a unique field, with great opportunities. Let’s focus on the positives, and be thankful for the phone ringing, and for clients who choose us! Stay tuned for information being released about the rest of our monthly programs.

Thanks for reading, see you at the next program.

Cheers!

Jackie

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Special Offer from Hunt’s

Attention Canon Users!!!

Hunt’s is offering aggressive pricing on Canon bodies and lenses for a limited time! Email your wish list to Gary Farber at digitalguygary@wbhunt.com and he will give you a quote. Hunt’s has always been a big supporter of PPARI and this is the perfect time to support them back!

 

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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. Below are just a few upcoming events.

Beyond the Basic Photo Walk: Boston From Above- Museum of Science

Friday, August 3rd, 5-10pm • Hunt’s Photo Melrose & Boston/Cambridge, MA Featuring sunset, low light and night photography Instructors: Don Toothaker & Emily Hojnowski 
 

Hunt’s Photo Walk: Olde Sturbridge Village

Saturday August 4th, 9:30am-4:30pm, Sturbridge, MA. Sturbridge Village is a living history museum that features many authentic period buildings and homes to explore and enjoy.
 

Hunt’s Photo Education Weekend of Workshops (with Sigma!)

Fri July 27th, Sat July 28th, & Sun July 29th

July 27- Boston After Dark- MIT Architecture

July 28- Natural Light Portrait Workshop

July 29- Sports & Action- Myopia Polo

Each featuring lenses from Sigma

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Program Recap

May Program

Why Your Customers Will Want and Love Wall Portraits by Charleen Larkin

Thank you Charleen for giving us helpful tools and strategies to boost wall portrait sales!

 

 

Don’t forget to support our 2018 convention sponsors! This important educational event would not be possible without them! 

 

 

 

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Upcoming PPARI Programs

July Program

07/19/2018 7:00 PM at Printmakers, 75 York Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Click the link above to register!
 
Sandor and Steve will teach us about storytelling with our images.  They will show us some examples of their work and the stories behind the captures. 

Sandor Bodo: Born in Budapest, Hungary of artistic parents, the young Sandor was carried under wraps and on shoulders as the Bodo’s fled Hungary during the Uprising of 1956, eventually to resettle in Nashville, Tennessee. Even as a lad, Bodo was always involved in making of images and objects of art. Undergraduate work at Brown University brought Bodo up to Providence in 1971. After securing a BA concentration in Fine Art at Brown, he extended his education in England at Sheffield Polytechnic School of Art and Design and with an MFA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London in 1978. He returned to Providence to live and work and since 1996 has been a staff photographer at the Providence Journal Bulletin where his images and videos can be seen daily.

Steve Szydlowski: is an award-winning photojournalist for The Providence Journal, latest award, 2016 Rhode Island Press Association Photographer of the Year. Steve has photographed local and regional stories for 29 years as staff photographer. Previously Steve worked as a freelance photographer for the Associated Press and The New London Day (New London, CT). Steve has also organized and curated the Providence Journal traveling photographic exhibit “Living Vision” an exhibition of photography that has been shown in Providence and Westerly, Rhode Island. Former co-founder Providence Center for Photographic Arts.

 
 

September Program

Gene Hutnak presents Keeping it Simple

Wednesday, September 19th 2018 7:00pm-9:00pm

Click the link above to register!

 

Gene will discuss his Simplicity Series children’s portraits and the use of hybrid lighting. Gene can create beautiful lighting consistently that gives a window light feel without the window. He will discuss sales, lighting, camera settings and how he presents the finished images to the client.

Gene is a member of PPA, is a CPP and a past President of PPARI with over 37 years experience as a professional photographer. Gene and Linda operate Gene Hutnak Photographylocated in North Scituate, RI. Gene specializes in creating wall portraits of families & children.

 

 

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 PPAM Photopalooza!

Take a look at Photopalooza! All through August – great instructors and great classes for every level photographer.

Volume Photography with Melvin Guante

Date:  Sunday August 5th, 2018 • Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Melvin’s Photo, 34 Frank Street, Watertown MA  02472

The days of dull cookie-cutter photography of school and sports teams are gone! You can now offer exciting contemporary photography that captures the character of each individual while still maintaining an efficient workflow. Melvin will show you how his techniques as applied to volume photography, and will enable you to efficiently produce creative photographs that sell.

When you leave you’ll have the tools you’ll need to land your job and to photograph it with confidence.  And what’s more; you’ll make money doing it! And, you will be able to do this with the equipment you already have on hand.

 

How to create a successful boudoir session with Alice Pepplow

Date:  August 6th, 2018 Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: The Imagery Studio, 172 Shrewsbury Street • 2nd Floor • Worcester MA

Alice Pepplow will walk you through the necessary steps to create a great boudoir session. In this workshop, Alice will share how to prepare the client for the appropriate lingerie according to individual body type, and talk about the experience she provides before, during and after the session. 

Lighting and posing with both natural light and strobe will be demonstrated. A hands-on session will be provided in her 600-sf studio with ideas for creative use of a small studio. A model will be available, so please bring your camera to practice your freshly learned skills.

 

From Booking to the Beach with Cassandra Sullivan, M. Photog., CPP
 DATE:  August 8, 2018 2:00pm – 8:00pm
LOCATION: 931 Long Pond Road, Plymouth MA

Summertime means trying to fit in a whole bunch of clients in a a limited amount of time.  Everyone is busy with family and friends, even you! That means you need to run your business as efficiently as possible, to make sure clients are happy and that you make it easy and fun for them to do business with you – so you can enjoy the summer too!

Join me as I discuss and demonstrate different solutions that can be used to run a business, and my workflow from answering an inquiry all the way through the In-Person Sales appointment, and beyond.

We’ll talk about studio management software, letting clients book online, bookkeeping, how I prepare clients for their session, image and data management, and how can all work together and keep you organized.  Bring your questions and any challenges you may have in running your studio and we’ll come up with a solution together!

 

Basic Wrapping and Photography for Newborns
That’s a wrap!  Basic wrapping and safety for Newborn Photography with Bailey Fox, CPP

DATE:  August 13, 2018 10am – 4:30pm
LOCATION: Kenneth Berman Photography
36 South Main Street, Sharon MA  02067
Contact: 401-497-9720

 In this course Bailey will cover everything you need to know about how to safely handle your client’s newest family member.  What tools and tricks she uses to keep that baby asleep, safe, and happy. She will go over verbiage and procedures to prepare the client for the portrait session.

Bailey will demonstrate 3 different wrapping techniques. She will cover some simple low-cost options for props and wraps which will help either add variety to your newborn session, or get you started! She will show you how she flows from one pose to the next and will explain each step as she takes them. 

If you are new to babies this class will give you a base foundation to feel confident saying “yes” to taking a newborn session.  If you are a seasoned veteran newborn photographer this class will still encourage and help you fine tune some basic posing, soothing and wrapping skills. 


The Nuts and Bolts of Speedlight Photography with Scott Levine

DATE:  August 19, 2018 10am – 4:30pm
LOCATION: The Studio 21, Fieldstone Drive, Stoneham MA
 

Speedlights – Fast, Furious and Fun to Use (also very useful!)During this hands-on seminar, photographers will learn the ins and outs of how speedlights respond to color and tone when used in TTL or AUTO, and how to correct for them.

Proper use of Speedlight Softboxes, Beauty Dishes, and umbrellas will be demonstrated and how they can enhance a location portrait.  Split Lighting, Short Lighting, Butterfly, and Rembrandt lighting will be shown and which tools should be used to create them.

Also, students will be instructed and have hands-on use of gels, barn doors, snoots, and grids too. On loan from PocketWizard will be TT1’s TT5’s, Plus 3’s & Plus 4’s as well as to further enhance each photographer’s experience and working knowledge. Lighting Modifiers from Lastolite, Rouge and Westcott will be available for hands on use.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a camera and their speedlights with them.

 

Vendor Highlight

Sew Trendy Fashion and Accessories

Sew Trendy carries beautiful handmade designer gowns and accessories for women, maternity, girls, and newborns. They have a photographer program that gives you a discount based on spending as well as a subscription box service containing new designs. A rental option is coming soon. Check them out at www.sewtrendyaccessories.com.

 

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Al’s Corner

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

Observation and Awareness

 

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Our Sponsors

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Printmakers Ad

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PPARI Newsletter March/April 2018

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

Backgrounds by Maheu

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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Our Sponsors

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