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  • 14 Aug 2017 1:04 PM | Kurt Robertson (Administrator)

    Fall Artistry Retreat Schedule:

    Sept 24-25, 2017

    Sunday:

    1-3 Certification Exam

    4-6 Program

    6-10 Picnic at the Park (North Beach Park Grand Haven)  

    PPM will provide dinner… (no alcohol allowed at park)  


    Monday:

    9-11:30 Program

    11:30 General Meeting

    12:00-1:30 Lunch

    1:30-5:00 Program

    Don't forget Christie Newell is giving a fantastic program at Fall Artistry so register now!



  • 04 Aug 2017 9:49 AM | Kurt Robertson (Administrator)

    August 2017 MTPPA Business Meeting

    Welcome to August!!!

    Who out there is is having a busy, hot, crazy, fun summer? Hopefully it's filled with great photography and quality time with the people that matter to you. I can't believe as I'm writing this that my term as president is ending this month, and I hand over the reins to our VP, Anthony Werch. This year has really flown by, and I've learned a lot from our board, past presidents, and members. We would not be where we are today without their support. I look forward to Anthony running this ship and taking us to the next level.

    The August meeting is our yearly business meeting. I hope everybody makes attending the August 8th meeting a priority. We will have at least one open position we will need to vote on, which is for Vice President. I encourage the rest of our membership to consider serving on the board. It takes a dedicated team to keep this organization running, and we literally cannot do it without you.

    We did miss a couple deadlines, so we are going to announce the Photographer of the Year, and the Earl Austin Award in September. The theme for print of the month is "Negative Space." It's a compositional element that we all should use in are work, so I expect a lot of great entries! We will also use those points to put toward the POTY grand total.

    After the business meeting, Anthony is going to lead the group in discussing marketing strategies, and share best practices.

    I hope to see you all very soon!

    Rich Wyllis, MTPPA President

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 7pm - 9pm 
    2937 Atrium Dr, Okemos, MI 48864


  • 02 Aug 2017 10:50 AM | Kurt Robertson (Administrator)

    Christie Newell of www.sonshineportraitdesign.com is our speaker for our Fall Artistry Retreat.  This is part of our commitment to bringing quality speakers and in-person education to photographers all over Michigan.

    Program Description.

    If your working towards a degree this program will get you ahead of the game. If you have your Masters,  some reach this point and think they don't need to enter print competition anymore or they have developed a major creative block. Christie is going to help you get out of that rut and go through her creative process to go above and beyond with your competition prints. This will be hands on shooting and post processing

    Here is her bio.



    Christie is a second generation photographer operating out of Germantown Hills, Ill. Christie's passion for photography started at an early age working with her mother who established the studio in 1977. Now a co-owner with her mother, Christie took over the shooting in 2002. Growing up surrounded by the love of photography, Christie is proud to carry on her mother's dream.

    The studio, “Sonshine Portrait Design”, is located in a one of a kind studio built in 2006. While babies and children are the studio's specialty, they serve a broad range of clients. Christie feels that by getting to know each client individually, she can create a product as unique as they are. The end result is a portrait tailor made for each client. Christie's talent for design, light and final composition sets her apart from her competition. Her personality and attention to detail keeps her clients coming back.

    Christie, holds the Professional of Photographers of America, “Master of Photography” degree, "Craftsmen" degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Northern Illinois Professional Photographers and Professional Photographers of Illinois. She serves on the American Society of Photographers Board of Directors and The International Photographic Competition Committee. Since 2006, Christie has won numerous awards for her photography on a local, state, district and international level. These awards include the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award, 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 2 Lexjet, 1st place National Sunset Award, 2 CPP, 2 District 1st Place and others. Her work has been featured and published in the PPA International Loan Collection. She has also been named in the top ten photographers for Illinois the past six years. Named top photographer in Illinois and North Central District over the past couple years.

    Christie is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States. Giving back to the profession that has given her so much.

     

    Christie Newell  M.Photog. Cr., CPP



  • 06 Jul 2017 4:50 PM | Kurt Robertson (Administrator)

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    TJ Houston is speaking at Triangle July 11th.  Go to MTPPA.org for more information or RSVP on their Facebook page..

    Are you a starving artist? Is it time for a restart on your business? Are you underwater and need to bail out?

    In this workshop TJ will go through the stages of a customer from Lead to Leave and discuss how you can improve the way your business works. Focusing on People, Profit and Process are the keys to success in your business and in this session we will share tips and tricks to improve your business in these key areas. The goal of this session is to get a firm understanding of your current processes and how they can be improved so you can focus on what you love. Capturing Memories

    Tj Houston is an author, blogger, photographer, and an educator located in Nova Ohio. Tj runs a successful brick and mortar studio where he creates unique experiences for his senior and wedding clients. Tj loves helping photographers improve their businesses and share ideas brought from the business world into the photography industry. 

    Location: 2937 Atrium Dr. Okemos MI 48864

    Cost: Free for members. Members please RSVP to the Facebook Event. Non members cost $49.00.

  • 05 Jul 2017 3:23 PM | Kurt Robertson (Administrator)

    The upcoming Fall Artistry Retreat will be held at the Spring Lake/Grand Haven Holiday Inn on September 24th and 25th.  This is our Speaker’s bio.  You may register for this event at www.ppm.org.

    Christie Newall is a second-generation photographer operating out of Germantown Hills, Ill. Christie's passion for photography started at an early age working with her mother who established the studio in 1977. Now a co-owner with her mother, Christie took over the shooting in 2002. Growing up surrounded by the love of photography, Christie is proud to carry on her mother's dream.

    The studio, “Sonshine Portrait Design”, is located in a one of a kind studio built in 2006. While babies and children are the studio's specialty, they serve a broad range of clients. Christie feels that by getting to know each client individually, she can create a product as unique as they are. The end result is a portrait tailor made for each client. Christie's talent for design, light and final composition sets her apart from her competition. Her personality and attention to detail keeps her clients coming back.

    Christie, holds the Professional of Photographers of America, “Master of Photography” degree, "Craftsmen" degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Northern Illinois Professional Photographers and Professional Photographers of Illinois. She serves on the American Society of Photographers Board of Directors and The International Photographic Competition Committee. Since 2006, Christie has won numerous awards for her photography on a local, state, district and international level. These awards include the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award, 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 2 Lexjet, 1st place National Sunset Award, 2 CPP, 2 District 1st Place and others. Her work has been featured and published in the PPA International Loan Collection. She has also been named in the top ten photographers for Illinois the past six years. Named top photographer in Illinois and North Central District over the past couple years.

    Christie is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States. Giving back to the profession that has given her so much.

    Sponsored by aci

    www.acilab.com


     


  • 24 Jun 2017 10:50 AM | Kurt Robertson (Administrator)

    The upcoming fall convention will be held at the Spring Lake/Grand Haven Holiday Inn on September 24th and 25th.  More information to come soon.


  • 22 Jun 2017 12:23 PM | Kurt Robertson (Administrator)

    This is our friend Andrew getting his national award.  Great job Andrew

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  • 19 Jun 2017 3:12 PM | Kurt Robertson (Administrator)

    We have a new logo and website.  It's a work in progress, but it is progress.  Many new changes are coming to PPM soon.  Please stay tuned.


  • 06 Jun 2017 2:59 PM | Kurt Robertson (Administrator)

    Our leadership is hard at work updating PPM as an organization.  There are big things coming in the near future.  A new website, a new marketing plan, and new benefits for our members along with closer integration with GLIP.  

    It's hard work changing the look and plan of an organization that has been around for a long time but times are changing quickly  It's time for a new look and new approach to PPM.  We hope that our members will appreciate the changes in our annual convention and approach to continuing education for the benefit of their careers.


  • 24 Sep 2012 7:51 PM | Melonie Walker
    Don't miss out on the 2012 Fall Seminar being held at the Holiday Inn located in Spring Lake, MI.

    This year's programming will begin on Sunday, October 7th at 4:00pm on the beach at the Grand Haven state park.  We will be covering senior portraits on the beach (posing and lighting).

    From 6:00pm-8:00pm we will head a little further down the beach and check out the awesome Lighthouse and photographing the lighthouse at sunset.

    8:00pm-10:00pm... don't miss out on the fun at the local restaurant, 22 Below!  Join us for hor' devours and one round of drinks (thanks to Allied Imaging Lab).  22 Below has great dinner options so if you would like to fill your tummy, please feel free to order diner on your own.  We will also be awarding prizes from the 2012 Shoot It/Show It Print Competition and showing a slideshow from this year's PPM Presents programs!

    The night's not over yet.... we have one more program for ya!  Matt and Jodi Jarka will cover off camera flash for a City Lights photo safari from 10:00pm-11:30pm.  Bring your camera and OCF as they show you some cool techniques using their senior model. 

    And just in case you wanted to simply kick back and relax after 22 Below, you can join us for a bon fire at the hotel!

    Sunday morning there will be a church service held from 8:30am-9:00am.

    Registration and print competition drop off will be Sunday morning from 8:30am-9:00am.  This year's print categories are:  Senior, Family, Children, Landscape, Wedding/Event, and Open.  Registration is $5 per images.  General membership voting will open till 1:00pm Sunday so make sure you stop in to cast your vote!

    Christie Klein will kick off our Sunday morning programing at 9:00am talking about baby portraits.  Posing, Safety and more!

    There will be a general membership meeting from 11:00am-11:30am and lunch from 11:30-1:00pm.  (Make sure you stop in to vote for your favorite images for the print competition!)

    Our last program of the day will be covering workflow and more in Lightroom.  We will end the day with our Awards Ceremony and wrap up meeting!

    Please note this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.
    Make sure you register online: www.ppm.org. 
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