PPARI Newsletter May/June 2018

In This Issue

Message from the President

Special Offer from Hunt’s


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.



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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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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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