Upcoming events

    • January 26, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EST)

    Online Class:

    Tax Training for Photographers presented by the Michigan Department of Treasury - Part 2 

    Treasury representatives return to DPPA with the latest updates. They will present the ins-and-outs of business tax obligations for photographers and photography industry professionals. Topic areas include:

    Federal vs. State Taxes

    Individual vs. Business Taxes

    Sales Tax Basics & Photography

    single mixed sales transaction

    • packages
    • packages with separately itemized fees

    taxability of photography services and sales

    • sitting/session fees
    • temporarily licensing photographs
    • photo booths
    • photo restoration

    tax exempt transactions

    • type of item sold

    digital images vs. physical prints

    flash/thumb drives or CDs/DVDs vs. online drop box

    • who your client is

    schools/school events


    • how the product will be used

    equipment used to create/develop photographic images

    photo editing software (canned vs. custom)

    resale (mats, frames, canvas, etc.

    commercial advertising elements


    Use Taxes

    Employees vs. Contractors

    Registering with Treasury

    SUW Filing Guidance & Michigan Treasury Online

    *Following the presentation there will be a dedicated time allotted for questions.


    Nancy Hill is a Senior Analyst with the Michigan Department of Treasury with 25 years of service.

    Nancy specializes in the interpretation of tax statutes, rules, and Revenue Administrative Bulletins for sales, use, and payroll/pension withholding taxes, convention facility development tax, environmental protection regulatory fees, and accelerated filing.

    Sarah Rusnell has been with the Michigan Department of Treasury since 2013. Ms. Rusnell has a Bachelor of Communication Arts and Sciences degree from Michigan State University. She is a Senior Analyst in Tax Administration specializing in communication and outreach.

    In her time with Treasury, Sarah has worked extensively with sales, use, and withholding (SUW) taxes, Michigan Treasury Online (MTO) optimization, change management, and developing taxpayer education programs.

    • February 16, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EST)

    Online Class:

    Photoshop Tips and Tricks with Ed Westwood, M Photog.

    Ed will share tips, tricks, keyboard shortcuts and how to setup PS for faster workflow.

    -setting up PS preferences

    -creating and saving tool presets

    -using grids and guides

    -transform and liquify tools

    -adjustment layers and clipping masks

    -scripts and image processor

    -automate/batch processing

    -masks and channels

    -camera raw

    At the end of class, you have everything you need to know to setup your computer and PS to do basic portrait retouching.


    Edward Westwood, M. Photog.

    Photography has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father was an avid shutterbug, taking photos of holidays, vacations, just about everything our family did. Every couple of months, we would all get together, pull out the slide projector, and spend the evening looking at photos old and new. I learned early on the importance of preserving memories with photography. When I was 12 I had my first darkroom under the basement stairs. At 14, I received my first SLR camera for Christmas. My only thought for a career was to be a photographer, and in 2021 I will be celebrating 40 years as a professional photographer. In that time I have been lucky to work with some of the top studios in the Metro Detroit area.

    In 1994 I was hired as a contract photographer for General Motors. Interesting work, but the best part was that we were on the cutting edge of digital photography. Photoshop 2.5 (before layers!) and a Kodak DCS420 camera were my tools back then. My computer geekdom and my passion for photography were a perfect fit! I also discovered that I love to share what I know with my fellow photographers and started teaching Photoshop in 1999. In 2012 I starting working with my wife, Julie Proudfoot, at our studio, Wally Spice Photography/WSP Seniors. Julie and I met at a PPM convention 10 years ago, and our mutual love of photography soon turned into relationship that changed our lives forever when we got married in 2013. I earned my Master of Photography in 2010. I am currently a Professional Photographers of America Councilor and serve on the Detroit Professional Photographers Association Board of Directors, and a Past President of Professional Photographers of Michigan.

    • March 16, 2021
    • (EDT)

    * Please Note: Details of this program may change. A decision as to whether this class will be offered in person or online will be determined closer to the presentation date.

    Merit Class:

    The Real Scoop on Real Estate Photography with Karen Thaemert, Cr. Photog, CPP

    Real Estate work is a form of volume photography.  On the surface, it may seem simple because you are not dealing with people and posing.  Quickly, you learn that it is not as easy as it seems on the surface.  This class goes over all of the basics from gear and rules to shooting and lighting techniques.  You will learn tips and tricks for working quickly and getting the job delivered efficiently.  Practical topics on workflows are covered from booking the job, to the shoot, all the way through post-processing and delivery.  Students walk away from the class with the beginning steps and knowledge for successfully photographing a home for real estate.

    Karen will also discuss marketing and cross-marketing ideas.

    This full-day class also includes an excursion to a real house and a demonstration of how to use different shooting/lighting techniques.


    Karen runs two distinct photography businesses: the portrait studio, and the corporate business. The portrait studio has a focus on high school seniors and families. The corporate side of the business is filled with real estate jobs and business portraits. Interestingly, all seem to mix together to bring in clients. The hundreds of real estate agents in her book of business continually fuel the headshots and personal branding jobs as well as refer their clients for family portraits.

    • May 18, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)


    • June 15, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)

Past events

December 15, 2020 Online: Holiday Party
November 17, 2020 Online: Photographic Competition
October 20, 2020 Online: Image Critiques
September 15, 2020 Online Class: A Tale of Two Wedding Styles with Sam Sarkis and Ray Anthony Iavasile
June 16, 2020 Annual Awards Ceremony
May 28, 2020 Online Class: Photoshop Tips with Ed Westwood
May 21, 2020 Online Class: Photoshop Tips with Ed Westwood
May 19, 2020 Online Class: The Portrait Sales Presentation with Ron Nichols
May 14, 2020 Online Class: Photoshop Tips with Ed Westwood
May 07, 2020 Online Class: Photoshop Tips with Ed Westwood
April 30, 2020 Online Class: Photoshop Tips with Ed Westwood
April 29, 2020 Online Class: Making More Profit Designing Wedding Albums with Sam Sarkis
April 23, 2020 Online Class: Photoshop Tips with Ed Westwood
April 21, 2020 Online Class: The Tale of Two Products with Carl Caylor
April 17, 2020 Online Class: Workflow for Competition Prints with Kelly Dobson
April 16, 2020 Online Class: Photoshop Tips with Ed Westwood
April 09, 2020 Online Class: Photoshop Tips with Ed Westwood
March 17, 2020 Cancelled / Evening Presentation: The Senior Model Program They'll Pay You For with Jenn Lewis
March 17, 2020 Cancelled / PPA Merit Class: Create a Full Service Experience and Get Paid for It with Jenn Lewis
March 06, 2020 Image Competition Series: Great Lakes PhotoMax & Image Competition
February 18, 2020 Evening Presentaton: Tax Training for Photograpers with the Michigan Department of Treasury
January 28, 2020 Evening Presentation: Lights, Camera, Action, 1-2-3! Creative Lighting Workshop with Claude Jodoin
December 10, 2019 Holiday Networking Event
November 12, 2019 Image Competition Series: Local Image Competition
November 04, 2019 Image Competition Series: Image Critique & Portfolio Review
October 15, 2019 Evening Presentation: Modern Headshot with Emma Burcusel
September 16, 2019 Evening Presentation: Shooting On Location with Fuzzy Duenkel
September 16, 2019 PPA Merit Class: On Location Workshop & Evening Presentation with Fuzzy Duenkel
September 11, 2019 Image Competition Series: New to Competition (Webinar with Carl Caylor)
June 18, 2019 Annual Awards Banquet
May 21, 2019 Outdoor Flash Photography at Edsel Ford House
April 16, 2019 Marketing and Social Media for Photographers / Album and Folio Print Competition
March 19, 2019 Exploring Mirrorless Cameras
February 19, 2019 Tips on How to Go Pro
January 15, 2019 Portfolio Building Shoot Out
December 11, 2018 Holiday Networking Event
November 20, 2018 Print Competition
November 13, 2018 Sam Sarkis-Lighting and Posing
October 16, 2018 Senior Sports and Composites--Mike Osborne
September 18, 2018 Justin Haugen-Mastering MagMod, Getting Big Results Out of Your Small Kit
June 19, 2018 2018 Awards Ceremony / Banquet
May 15, 2018 Lisa Langell - Stop Documenting, Start creating Beautiful Images of Nature
May 14, 2018 Lisa Langell - Stop Documenting, Start creating Beautiful Images of Nature
April 17, 2018 Mike Price -
March 20, 2018 Marisa Miller
February 20, 2018 Kelly Dobson - Rethinking creativity as a skill
January 23, 2018 Robert Hall - Lighting Under pressure
December 13, 2017 Holiday Networking Event
November 21, 2017 DPPA Print Competition
October 17, 2017 James Schmelzer
September 19, 2017 Sherry Hagerman - Light It Up ~ The Road to Epic Weddings
June 20, 2017 2017 Awards Ceremony / Banquet
May 16, 2017 Kathy Falls - Old Masters Techniques are Still Revelant & Album Competition
April 18, 2017 David Humphrey - Posing for Profit - Seniors - All Day
March 21, 2017 David M Deutsch - Post Production Print Effects & Tips
February 21, 2017 Trish Logan - Bringing the Big Guns to your Business with School Photography & Folio Competition
January 17, 2017 Amber Henry - The Inspired Wedding
December 03, 2016 Detroit Parade Company Photo Walk
November 15, 2016 DPPA Print Competition
October 11, 2016 Melanie Anderson - The Senior Experience - ALL DAY
September 20, 2016 Claude Jodoin - Lighting for Fun and Profit
August 23, 2016 Amy Feick - Competition Basics
July 19, 2016 Outdoor Model Shoot
June 21, 2016 Awards Ceremony
May 17, 2016 Album Competition and Angela Plackowski Lawson - "Pet Photography 101"
April 19, 2016 Mark Zucker "From Mildly Successful to Wildly Successful"
March 15, 2016 Folio Competition, Kirk Voclain - Coolest studio in Town with Senior Portraits
March 15, 2016 Camera Cleaning
February 16, 2016 All Day Workshop "Photography - Soup To Nuts" with David Duetch
January 19, 2016 WOW Workshop with Sam Sarkis - "Perfect Posing and Lighting Techniques for Wedding Photographers"
December 15, 2015 Holiday Social Party / Print Critique
November 17, 2015 Print Competition
October 20, 2015 Anna Venhaus
September 15, 2015 Michael Mowbray
August 18, 2015 Workshop - Hands on
July 19, 2015 100th Year Anniversay / Social Picnic
June 16, 2015 2015 Awards Ceremony / Banquet
May 19, 2015 Lindsay Adler - Fashion Flair for Portrait and Wedding/Creative Retouching
April 21, 2015 Lora Yeater - Follow Your Heart
March 17, 2015 Landon Day - Get In The Fast Lane - With Speed Lighting
February 17, 2015 Mary Bortz - Distinctive Black and White Character Portraits
January 20, 2015 Rick Trummer - "You May not Want to Hear This"
November 18, 2014 Print Competition
October 21, 2014 David Hakamaki - Running a Successful Home Based Photography Studio.
September 16, 2014 Ken Sklute \ Canon Explorer of Light