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    • March 28, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Bright Photography Studio : 140 W Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48084

    Evening In-Person Presentation:

    Make It or Break It Lighting
    by Kari Douma

    Originally scheduled for March 21st - has been moved to March 28th

    Lighting is what makes or breaks a great portrait… it's what separates the cream of the crop.  Join Kari as she goes over lighting effects for any and every situation, and learn to take your work to the next level.  Kari will demonstrate her favorite lights and modifiers, as well as flattering poses and preferred techniques. We will have models for you to photograph and practice the newly acquired portrait skills. This hands-on demonstration will help you raise your confidence and will set you apart from your competition. This is a great portfolio building session under the watchful eye of the Master Photographer.

    Members are free. Guests must register and pay in advance. Register early for a discount. No refunds.


    Kari Douma, M.Photog., Cr., CPP

    Kari Douma is a Certified Professional Photographer in the West Michigan area and has earned her reputation as one of Michigan’s premier wedding and portrait photographers. Kari has developed her passion for photography into a distinctive craft through her discriminating eye and commitment to excellence.  Her works have achieved both local and national recognition, from local level, state level, Professional Photographers of America and the Canon Par Excellence Award.  Kari has a commitment to photography education, and has served on the board of directors from the local and state affiliates, as well as the PPA affiliate school and the Great Lakes Institute of Photography.  She also travels to share her knowledge by teaching other photographers throughout the United States.  Kari loves to give back to the photographic industry by serving on the PPA council, and also is a PPA approved juror and wedding juror for photographic competitions.

    Event sponsored by American Color Imaging [ACI]

    • June 20, 2023
    • 6:30 PM

    Annual Awards Ceremony

    Please join us for an evening of fellowship and celebration! Catch up with old friends and meet new members, while looking forward to the upcoming membership year. 

    6:30 Festivities Begin 

    7:00 Dinner (cash bar available)

    8:00 General Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony

    Meet the newly appointed 2023 DPPA executive board and directors.

    Show your support for fellow members as they receive service and competition awards, including the 2023 Photographer of the Year!

    Everyone must be registered to attend. Registration ends after June 13th. No walk-ins or late registration.

Past events

February 21, 2023 Free Evening Presentation and Social Meetup : Wildlife - In and Out of Africa, with Ron Conigliaro
January 17, 2023 Evening Online Presentation: Putting Your Best Paw Forward with Pet Photography by Nicole Begley
December 06, 2022 DPPA Holiday Party
November 15, 2022 Photographic Competition
November 09, 2022 Image Critique & Portfolio Review
October 26, 2022 Evening Presentation: Conceptualizing Storytelling Imagery With Amber Damour
October 26, 2022 PPA Merit Class: Creating Painterly Storytelling Imagery with Amber Damour, M.Photog.
October 03, 2022 DPPA Members Only: DPPA Special Edition Image Review
September 20, 2022 Evening Presentation: Making a Merit Image with Rich and Christie Newell
September 20, 2022 PPA Merit Class: Fine Art Maternity and Newborn Photography Workshop with Christie Newell
June 21, 2022 Annual Awards Ceremony
May 17, 2022 On Location: Dequindre Cut Photo Walk with Edelyn Westwood
April 19, 2022 Evening Workshop: Composition and Perception in Visual Art
April 19, 2022 DPPA: Meet up for Dinner
March 15, 2022 PPA Online Merit Class: Metamorphosis from Photography to Art with Judy Reinford
February 15, 2022 Evening Online Presentation: The Craft of Photography and the 12 Elements Beyond Competition with Bryan Welsh
January 25, 2022 Evening Online Presentation: World Photography - Off the Beaten Path with Ron Conigliaro
November 29, 2021 DPPA Holiday Party
November 09, 2021 Print Competition
October 19, 2021 Evening Presentation: Before, After... How to Get There with Carl Caylor
October 19, 2021 PPA Merit Class: On Location Workshop with Carl Caylor
October 18, 2021 Evening Online Event: Image Critique & Portfolio Review
September 21, 2021 Evening Presentation: Architecture and Interiors with Randy Van Duinen
September 21, 2021 PPA Merit Class: Architectural Photography, Post-Processing and More with Randy Van Duinen
June 15, 2021 Annual Awards Ceremony
May 18, 2021 On Location: Photography Workshop
April 20, 2021 Evening Online Class: Portrait Lighting and Posing with Adam Carroll, M.Photog., Cr., CPP
March 16, 2021 Evening Online Class: Workflow and Marketing with Real Estate Photographer Karen Thaemert, Cr. Photog, CPP
March 16, 2021 PPA Merit Class: The Real Scoop on Real Estate Photography with Karen Thaemert, Cr. Photog, CPP
February 16, 2021 Evening Online Class: Photoshop TNT - Get Blown Away by Some of the Deep Dark Secrets of Photoshop with Ed Westwood, M Photog.
January 26, 2021 Evening Online Class: Tax Training for Photographers with the Michigan Department of Treasury - Part 2
December 15, 2020 Online: Holiday Party
November 17, 2020 Online: Photographic Competition
October 20, 2020 Online: Image Critiques
September 15, 2020 Evening 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