Upcoming events

    • May 18, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Fair Lane, Home of Clara and Henry Ford, 1 Fair Lane Drive, Dearborn, MI 48128

    On Location: Photography Workshop

    Have you always wanted to photograph models on the beautiful grounds surrounding Fair Lane: Home of Clara and Henry Ford? Now is your chance! DPPA is hosting an exciting day for you to hang out with your photography peers, photograph models, and learn lighting, posing, and composition from two great mentors, Jim Schmelzer and Sam Sarkis.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to try out Panasonic’s newest Lumix cameras, as well as portable constant lighting provided by Light & Motion.

    Masks are required by the estate. Bring whatever you want to photograph with— camera bodies, lenses, flashes, tripods, etc. The choice is yours. Don’t miss this fun day of portfolio building!

    Parking is free and available in the estate's lot across Fair Lane Drive from the home.

    Space is limited. Please register early to reserve your spot.

    Check in begins at 12:30.


    With two locations in Detroit and Los Angeles, more than 25 years Nationally Acclaimed Photographer Sam Sarkis has lived out his dream capturing the special memories of people from all walks of life. From a simple portrait to the grandest of weddings, Sam takes a vision and brings it to reality with a unique and artistic style

    PPA Master of Photography . His award-winning photography has been accepted for inclusion in the Professional Photographer of America International print exhibition and the prestigious traveling loan collection for many years. Sam Sarkis is currently listed as one of the Top 7 Photographers in Michigan by DPPA and is the current recipient of Kodak’s 2010 Award of Excellence. Sam is a long time and active member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) having served as a board member for several years; Detroit Professional Photographers Association (DPPA) and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).


    James Schmelzer is an award winning photographer and instructor with over 30 years experience teaching lighting and posing techniques.  As a LUMIX Global Ambassador, James has ben actively involved with Panasonic in demonstrating LUMIX cameras at trade shows and camera dealers across the country.

    James uses LUMIX cameras exclusively at his studio where he specializes in wedding, portrait and fashion photography as well as video production services.

    James is a long standing member of the Professional Photographers of America , where he holds the Master Craftsmen Photography Degree. He also holds Master of Photography Degree with the Wedding and Portrait International.

    James is owner of Elite Photographic Studio in Shelby Township, Michigan.

    • June 15, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • The Post Local Bistro, 844 Penniman Ave, Plymouth, MI 48170

    Annual Awards Ceremony

    After a long 14 months of online meetings, please join us in person, 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 2021 DPPA executive board and directors.

    Show your support for fellow members as they receive service and competition awards, including the 2021 Photographer of the Year!

    The Post Local Bistro is located in downtown Plymouth and has parking conveniently located on the street in front of the venue, as well as the lot located in the rear. DPPA will be meeting under a large white tent, located outside, on the right side of the building. Registration ends after June 8th, so that the venue can properly prepare our dining space. Thank you for registering early!

    *To address COVID concerns we will be meeting outside. Current CDC guidelines will be followed at the time of the event.

Past events

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