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Upcoming events

    • 11 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit/Dearborn 5801 Southfield Expressway Detroit, MI 48228

    Digital AudIT
    Don't be left in the cold...

    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

    • 08 Mar 2019
    • 3:45 PM
    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 5:45 PM
    • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit/Dearborn 5801 Southfield Expressway Detroit, MI 48228


    Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit/Dearborn

    5801 Southfield Expressway

    Detroit, MI 48228

    THURSDAY, MArch 7, 2019

     1:00 - 5:00 Board Business Training with Bryan Welsh

    Friday MArch 8, 2019

    10:00 - 1:00 Print drop off

    1:00 - 5:00 Sorting prints and setting up print comp room (Also set up pipe and drape)

    2:00 - 4:00 Early bird bonus class

    5:00 - 9:00 Judging/Print comp party room

    9:30 - ? Hospitality suite

    Saturday Feb 9, 2019

    9:00 - 12:00 Print judging (If time before lunch, print critiques)

    12:00 - 1:30 Lunch

    Kira Derryberry
    sponsored by WHCC  

    2:00- up until 5:00 Program  Kira Derryberry

           15 minutes after to visit vendors

    5:00 - 7:00 Set up print display and shooting bays  (pizza ordered for workers)

    5:00 - 7:00 Dinner for attendees on their own

    Saturday Night Shootout - 4 bays
    sponsored by  

    10:00 - ? Hospitality suite

    Sunday Feb 11, 2019

    Sally Kohler
    sponsored by  

    9:00 - 11:00 Class (Room A) Sally Kohler

    11:00 - 11:15 Visit Vendors (Room A)

    11:30-12:00 General meeting for PPM Members (Room A)

    12:00-1:00 Lunch (JD or ACI sponsored?)

    Bryan Welsh
    sponsored by McKenna  

    1:00 - 3:00 Program (Room A) Bryan Welsh

    3:00 - 3:45 Visit Vendor (Room A)

    Ella Carlson
    sponsored by  ACI

    3:45 - 5:45 Program (Room B) Ella Carlson

    5:45 - 6:30 Visit Vendors (Room B)

    - Set up for Awards in Room A

    7:00 Past presidents receptions/awards  Michigan room

    • 15 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Frederick Meijer Gardens - 1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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

    Let's meet up 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.

    1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    XCH7+RP Grand Rapids Charter Township, Michigan
    (616) 957-1580

    • 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)


     Harbour Light Photography

    589 W Midland Rd, Auburn, MI 48611
    JW3C+9G Auburn, Michigan
    (989) 662-9850

    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.

    • 10 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Cops & Doughnuts Headquarters

    Do you have something you do well in your business that you can share with others?  Are you struggling with something that other experienced photographers could help you with? Are you just wanting to meet other photographers and talk shop? Let's just meet-up, talk, and hang out at Cops and Doughnuts!  We have found over the years that so much can be learned from the relationships you build with other photographers. Talking one on one or in small groups with other photographers can give you new ides, help you with problem solving, inspire you, or just make friends! This meet up will take place at Cops and Doughnuts in Clare, Michigan.  We will meet at 10:00 AM and just talk and hang out for a while!  See you there!

    Cops & Doughnuts Headquarters

    521 N McEwan St, Clare, MI 48617
    R69J+QH Clare, Michigan
    (989) 386-2241

    • 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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