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Upcoming events

    • 15 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Transitions Portrait and Design, 1256 N Lake Rd, Stanton MI 48888


    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JD Color Lab, 3018 Corunna Road, Flint, Michigan 48503

    Are you new to print competition, do you need a little help with understanding about competition more, or, do you just need another set of eyes to look at your prints?

    Well, have we got the perfect event for you.

    Come join us on November 12, 2018 at JDLab in Flint Michigan for a night of just what you're looking for. We have a number of PPA Approved judges that will help you take that other look at your images and help you get more out of print competition with the best print you can enter.

    Don't worry if you have yet to enter the competition world, we have all been there before. Bring along some of your favorite prints and let us help you learn what's expecting in print competition. And to help you even more, you can even bring digital prints so you don't have to have each printed. But, if you really want to see how your image can be printed, you can have it printed right there at JD. Just order it a few days before, and you can pick it up when you get there.

    If you choose to bring your images as digital files, make sure that you bring them to be viewed on an adequate display, such as a laptop or large tablet. We will not be able to give a proper or honest  review if they are displayed on anything smaller, like your cell phone.

    The PPM has some of the most talented photographers in the country.  Some have moved on to earn the prestigious accreditation of being a PPA affiliated judge. These judges have all been where you are, and can help you better understand what is looked for.

    Please R.S.V.P. with three questions that you would like to ask about competition. This way we can keep our presentation focused, and ensure that we have enough time to answer them all.

    And as with all of our events, if you're a member, there is no cost to attend or to be critiqued..

    Non-Members are only $29

    3018 Corunna Road, Flint, Michigan 48503

    • 10 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • TBD

    In this ever changing time of web based marketing and competition, have you wondered where you stand with your web presence?

    Learn what a Digital Audit is and what it can do for you.

    A digital audit is a study of your brand's digital presence, on it's own and in relation to your competition set.

    There are many ways to use digital technology to improve your business outcome. Conducting a digital audit will help you work out whether your business is a digital novice, digitally active or digitally advanced.

    Meghan will use a working example of one of our member's websites as example of what you can do to improve your web presence.

    Non-Members $49

    • 15 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Frederick Meijer Gardens

    Come check out a magical opportunity to photograph at the Frederick Meijer Gardens

    Meet PPM President Kari Douma, at the annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are blooming exhibition. It is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Lena Manor every  March and April. Let the exhibition spark your imagination as you observe an array of colorful butterflies flying, landing and eating. This exhibit includes 7000 tropical butterflies and 50 different species.

    This PPM event will be a casual fun meet-up photographing the butterflies and other beautiful plants and sculptures at Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture park.  Join us for a fun relaxing day of friends and photography! 

    We will meet at the front entrance at 1:00 PM, and you are responsible for your own admission to the gardens. The rules of the garden will need to be observed. No tripods, reflectors and you cannot disrupt operations.

    For more information about Fredrick Meijer Gardens, visit their website: http://www.meijergardens.org

    • 06 May 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Harbour Light Photography, 589 W. Midland Rd., Auburn, MI 48611

    “Get iT Right in Camera”

    PPA Merit Program  

    By: Adam L. Carroll, M. Photog., Cr., PPA Certified

    When: Monday, May 6th, 2019

    Time: 12-8:00 (1.5 hour dinner break)

    Where: Harbour Light Photography, 589 W. Midland Rd., Auburn, MI  48611

    In this PPA Merit class Adam will share how to get your images ‘Right’ in your camera lessening your workload later on your computer and putting more money in your pocket with time saved. This hands-on program will be filled with useful information that you can take home and implement right away in your summer sessions.   

    We will start at his beautiful studio in Auburn with multiple lighting techniques inside, move outside to his Studio Portrait Park for midday lighting techniques with off camera flash and translucent panels.   

    Next, we will head to Downtown Bay City for some Urban portraits with alleys and old buildings using natural light and off camera flash again.  A dinner break will be taken in Downtown Bay City TBD.

    Finally, we will run over to Bay City State Park for a final demonstration on the beach using natural light and off camera flash techniques.

    Be sure to bring your camera!  We will be shooting in the same areas Adam’s 2017 Best of Show album of a High School Senior was photographed.

    Adam Carroll, owner of Harbour Light Photography in Auburn, has been a professional photographer for over 25 years.  Adam became PPA Certified at the age of 25, earned his Master of Photography degree at 28 and Photographic Craftsman at 31.  Adam has earned numerous awards at the local, state and national levels including Four Time Photographer of the Year by PPA, Seven Time Top Seven Photographer/Master (PPM), Three Time Best of Show Album (PPM).

    Adam takes the most pride in running a very successful studio over 13 years offering all types of photography including children, families, seniors, business/commercial, weddings, schools and sports.  Harbour Light Photography has become a top studio in the Bay City area.

    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tawas Point State Park, 686 Tawas Beach Rd, East Tawas, MI 48730

    Your Family Beach Session
    PPM Style!

    We're doing it again !!!!!!
    After a GREAT event and time last year, we're going to have our "Family Beach Session" again, this time, on the East side of the state in beautiful Tawas. If you missed the last one, you will not want to miss this one. You'll have a great time, meet some great people, and walk away with a family portrait that will be treasured for years to come. 

    We make it our mission to help families understand and value family portraits. We also understand the sacrifices that our families make at times for us. Well, how long has it been since you've had a great professional one of your family?

    Join us at Tawas Point State Park, right on Lake Huron for your chance to preserve your family for years.

    We will have a number of award winning and some of the best photographers in the state there to help you capture this moment. And, you will receive your files to be able to edit as you wish.

    So, bring your families, and your camera for another great event hosted by your Professional Photographers of Michigan.

    The PPM will provide hotdogs, Brats and soft drinks, but, you are more than welcome to bring a dish to pass and it's going to be BYOB.

    You will need a Recreation Passport for entrance to the park. And any other rules the park has will be out of our control. (pets, etc.) 

    Bring chairs, blankets, towels, bug spray etc.

    6:00 - 7:00 Pot Luck picnic
    7:00 - 9:00 Photo shoot at the beach

    Here's the location's website:


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