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Upcoming events

    • 22 Jul 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Ludington State Park, 8800 M-116, Ludington, MI 49431

    Your Family Beach Session
    PPM Style!

    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 portrait of your family?

    Join us at Ludington state park, right on Lake Michigan 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, 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.

    Here's the location's website:

    For those of you wishing to make it an overnight  trip, we have a couple of suggestions for lodging close by:


    ludington beach house

    • 06 Aug 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township, MI 48317

    Even with the best planned event, we can't always plan the weather.
    So, here's a Redo..

    We had originally scheduled James for his shoot out at out convention, due to the weather, we only had a small turnout. And because of the incredible demand and our desire to make it up to you; our members, we're bringing James back for an incredible event at the Old Packard Proving Grounds in Utica.

    Shoot out with the Classics

    If you ever wanted to experience an evening of shooting with a master photographer showing you the best in posing and lighting, this is the event for you!  

    James Schmelzer is an award winning photographer, lecturer, and has been the technical representative for F.J. Westcott Company for over 30 years.  James has been actively involved in designing new light modifier products as well as creating instructional videos demonstrating control of light. James is also a Sigma Photo Pro, and a Lumix Luminary,  He conducts workshops, speaks at seminars, and demonstrates at trade shows.

    James has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America, where he holds the Master Craftsman Photographer Degree. He also holds a Master's Degree with the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International. James is the owner of Elite Photographic Studio in Shelby Township, Michigan where he specializes in High School Senior portraits and Weddings.

    To see the original class description of James's event, click here: James Smeltzer

    To show the venue, here are a few photos taken by our very own Edward Westwood.

    • 09 Sep 2018
    • 10 Sep 2018
    • Double Tree Hotel, Pt Huron, MI

    2018 Fall ArtistY

    “The Fine Art of the Portrait”

    Come join us on this fall as we learn from Paul Ernest.  This hands on artist retreat will be focusing on Art and Storytelling of a portrait.  Make sure you bring your camera gear and laptops as we learn how to create one of a kind art portraits that will fill your creative soul.    

    Paul says:

    “Over the years i have worked, trained or studied in areas that I have broken down into 5 keys parts or perspectives. That said, I decided to analyze those areas to understand how I approach my work and how I could teach it to others. The diagram with two rings. The inner ring shows the experiences in my life and the outer ring shows how I apply them to my work.

    In this study I will teach you the five parts of my approach based on my background as an artist, writer, photographer, creative director and cinematographer.”

    This is a class you won’t want to miss!  All PPA members who attend on Monday September 10 will receive a PPA service merit.


    Retreat Schedule

    (subject to change)


    1:00 - 2:00 Meet and greet

    2:00 - 4:00 Class Paul Ernest (Theatre seating)

    4:00 - 6:00 Dinner

    6:00 - 9:00 PhotoWalk Start downtown, boardwalk, beach.

    Monday - Merit Class

      6:15 meet in lobby( optional) sunrise lighthouse shoot

     9:00 - 11:00 Class Paul Ernest (Classroom seating)

    11:00 - 11:30 General Membership Meeting

    11:30 - 1:00 Lunch break on own at Freighters

      1:00 - 5:30 Class Paul Earnest

    Hotel Information:  
    Double Tree by Hilton Hotel 
    800 Harker St, 
    Pt Huron, MI 48060
    (810) 984-8000

    Book early as there are a limited number of rooms available at our rate of $ 109.

    Hotel Link

    (Remember to mentioned PPM for your discount)

    And remember, this is a Merit Class for PPA.

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



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