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Upcoming events

    • 18 Jul 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Fitzgerald Park, 100 Fitzgerald Park Dr, Grand Ledge, MI 48837

    It's that time of year!

    This is one of our favorite and most popular events. This year we are changing it up and going to the center of the state (instead of the beach). We will see you at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge!

    Grab the family and bring your own picnic (we'll provide the charcoal!) as we gather in the park to relax and enjoy some food. But first, grab your camera as top photographers capture each others' family photos. (Don't lie, you know it's time to update your family photos.)

    Consider bringing camp chairs, a folding table, or picnic blanket too!

    There is a $5 non-resident entry fee per vehicle.

    For more info about the park, visit: https://www.eatoncounty.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Fitzgerald-Park-4

    This is a MEMBERS ONLY event. Log in to register. Registration ahead of time is extremely helpful.

    • 16 Aug 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Detroit (detailed meeting location coming soon)

    URBAN SAFARI SHOOTOUT with Edward Westwood, M. Photog.

    Come and join me for an afternoon of fun, adventure, and photography!

    We’ll visit some of my favorite spots to create portraits in Detroit. Everything from scenic park settings to grungy industrial and graffiti settings.

    I’ll cover lighting with OCF, “finding the light” suitable for portraits, posing, and analyzing what makes a good spot for creating a portrait.

    BRING YOUR GEAR!!! I would like everyone to shoot during this program. I’ll find a spot, setup a portrait, cover some lighting and posing, create a portrait, then let all of you go at it and photograph. I’ll have lights we all can use, but, if we do any HHS then you’ll have to bring lights that work for you.

    This will be a very fun and interactive afternoon/evening. I will have some models, but if you have someone in particular you’d like to bring.....let me know.

    This a PPA Continuing Education event providing current PPA members a merit for attending. 

    • 01 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom

    Mary Fisk-Taylor, M. Photog., Cr., CPP, EA-ASP, API, ABI,

    Deborah Fisk, SP and Andee Moore – The Real Life Studios Team

    For almost a decade the mother and daughter(s) team at Real Life Studios has been running a profitable, successful and downright luxurious Volume & Senior Portrait business. Mary Fisk-Taylor has co-owned a very high-end portrait and wedding business in Richmond, Virginia for over 25 years and after hearing so many of her clients complain about their sub-par school and event pictures approached her Mom, Debbie Fisk and sister, Andee Moore about opening a boutique volume and senior portrait studio.

    Together this team decided that just because it is volume does not mean it has to lose all creativity, personal care and professionalism. They started Real Life Studios and never looked back. This team specializes in small private school volume and senior portraits and never fails to deliver the best experience both in and out of the camera room.

    This program will give you some of their top performing business practices including how to secure school contracts without commissions, maximizing your senior portrait sales from a contract school, processes and procedures to streamline their small business and their luxury client experience on a volume budget.

    3 Take-Aways

    • School & Event Contracts without paying Commissions
    • Maximize your Senior and Volume Sales
    • Luxury Client Care on a Volume Budget

    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 27 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Chateau Chantal, Traverse City, MI

    PPM Fall Retreat

    Sept 26th & 27th at Chateau Chantal, Traverse City

    Made In Michigan

    Featuring Master Photographer Sam Sarkis & Master Artist Karen Walker.

    Kickstart you Creativity with this Complete Experience.

    First, Sam Sarkis, Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman, will demonstrate efficient lighting & posing techniques for wedding/engagement couples, as well as, techniques for high school seniors. You will learn lighting techniques you can use inside to enhance your images and how the use off camera flash outside can take your portraits to the next level.

    Next, Karen Walker, Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, and Adobe Certified Expert, will share her methods for creating images with a distinctive artistic feel. She will focus on post-production techniques & tips for compositing and editing. From simple to more advanced techniques, Karen will teach you how to create images that will make you a standout in your market.

    Together, these speakers provide you a complete process to take your images to the next level. From artistic lighting to creative digital finishes, you will be able to immediately apply these skills to your art and business with your own style.

    But Don't Forget The Location! In-Person!

    Chateau Chantal Winery and Inn on Old Mission Peninsula, 15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City, MI 49686

    Call for Inn Reservations: (231) 223-4110
    Room price varies. Must mention you are with PPM or they will not let you book a room. Rooms are limited, other accommodations available below.

    Additional Accommodations available at Country Inn & Suites, 420 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI (near the base of Old Mission Peninsula). $129/night, breakfast included. Call (231) 668-7280 and mention PPM for group rate. Must book by 8/26/21 for special rate.


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