President's Message 

Hello everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great summer so far.  Remember to stay hydrated when working on your weddings and photographing outdoors!

I am very excited to be your president for the 2019 - 2020 season. My message to you is 'never say never' because never always wins!  Years ago, I would watch print competition at DPPA and admire all the beautiful work being done by our peers. I thought I would never enter, that wasn't for me.  My boss at the time, Marisa Miller at Focal Point made all the photographers enter one image, that was all I needed to start.  I was ok entering at DPPA but I would NEVER enter PPM or know where this is going.  I ended earning my master's degree in 2011 from PPA.

I have been involved with DPPA for years as a member.  A good friend said I should get involved with the board. Nope, that wasn't for me, well, ok, I will be on the board but I will NEVER go through the chairs!  Hmm..guess who is president this year.  Oh boy!  

As much as I didn't want to do these things, they have helped me grow as a person, become a better photographer and the people I have met along the way are priceless.  I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. You might  surprise yourself with what you find out about you.

What a great year we had 2018 - 2019 at DPPA. We are working hard on the 2019 - 2020 line up of speakers. We will kick off September with an all day event with Fuzzy Duenkle, speaking about seniors, lighting and posing.  If you are not familiar with Fuzzy, check out his work, it is beautiful!!

We are working hard behind the scenes with other affiliates.  Did you know as a member of DPPA, you can go to Triangle's meetings in Lansing for free?  Did you know as a member you will be receiving a $100 discount to MAPP Rock That conference July 25-27th.  This information will be coming in another email to members.  DPPA will have a table there and will be offering critiques on images. We are working on other benefits for our members all the time.

Renewal emails for membership will be coming out soon.  This year, we will be offering another cool t-shirt for early sign up.  Look for your renewal email in your mailbox soon.

I am always open to talk, email or text if you have suggestions or would like help on any committees.  If you are interested in joining the board, please let us know, we are always looking for new people.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you in September! 

Yours in imaging,


Mari Latozas M.Photog.
Photography by Mari
Detroit Photographer of the Year 2012, 2013 & 2015

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