Image Competition Series:
New to Competition (Webinar)
Carl Caylor will review the basics of International Photographic Competition (IPC), including rules, 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and ways to prepare for image competitions.
PPA Merit Class:
On Location Workshop & Evening Presentation with Fuzzy Duenkel
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM - On Location Workshop with Fuzzy Deunkel
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Break for Dinner
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Evening Presentation at Procam
In this live shoot workshop, Fuzzy will show you how he creates custom portraits on location! Yes, we are going on location. EVERY session is a new adventure. Each one presents new challenges and opportunities for something new and exciting.
Fuzzy is a master at lighting techniques similar to those used in the fashion/commercial industry but scaled down for the photographer who chooses to work without an assistant. Fuzzy will extensively cover lighting theory and various light modifiers since total light control is essential for compelling images.
Fuzzy will also spend time covering selecting photo sites on location. Site selection is particularly crucial for image design, posing inspiration and theme. He’ll show how he uses ordinary locations to produce extraordinary results!
Fuzzy’s equipment choices are also keys to helping rather than hindering creativity. Your tools need to contribute to the creative process, and not get in your way. Each item much be portable, quick, and effective. Fuzzy will show how his choices facilitate speed and creativity.
If on-location, and especially outdoor portraits are something you love, then this workshop is guaranteed to teach you key techniques and give you a fresh perspective.
*Registration includes both the day workshop and the evening presentation. No need to register for the evening program separately. Attendees have the option to bring a wide angle camera to record "pull-back" images of the workshop setups. This is a teach and learn event, not a portfolio builder.
Year after year, my clients inspire me to create timeless works of art that capture their individuality, love, and laughter — as well as accolades from my colleagues for artistic craftsmanship.
These prestigious portraits are a testament to you: your life, your achievements, your passions, your hobbies, your hopes, your dreams. And each portrait is rooted in my never-ending quest for excellence.
I am a Master Craftsman Photographer who has had numerous articles published in national magazines. My wife, Shirley, who earned the PPA Crafstman Degree, and I have been featured speakers at hundreds of conventions and seminars in 43 states and Canada.
I’ve had numerous prints selected for National Traveling Loan Collection, Epcot Center, exhibitions in Germany, Korea, and the International Hall of Fame and Museum in Oklahoma. I am also a:
– Four-time Fuji Masterpiece Award winner
– Three-time Wisconsin PPA Photographer of the Year
– 14-time Wisconsin Senior Photographer of the Year
– Three-time Photographer of the Year for the Southeastern Wisconsin Professional Photographers of America
– Five-time Senior Photographers International Photographer of the Year
– SPA Artist of the Year
– Wisconsin PPA Hall of Fame recipient
And while each of these professional accolades fills me with pride, the most rewarding part of my craft is making portraits that become cherished family heirlooms for you, my clients and friends.
Shooting on Location with Fuzzy Duenkel
Award winning photographer, Fuzzy Deunkel will share the techniques he uses to photograph seniors on location, including:
1) Equipment Your tools can either contribute to or detract from the
creative process. Each item must be portable, quick, and effective.
Fuzzy will show how his choices facilitate speed and creativity.
2) Light Control Fuzzy will extensively cover lighting theory and
various light modifiers since total light control is essential for quality
images. Lighting principles are constant. But the tools needed will
vary based on whether working indoors or outdoors. Indoors, lighting
consists mostly of added lighting. but outdoors, light control involves
subtracting bad light and adding good light. If you're not doing this...
your images aren't as strong as they can be.
3) Selecting Photo Sites On-location Site selection is particularly
crucial for image design, posing inspiration and theme. Fuzzy goes to
every client’s home to create truly unique images. He’ll show how he
uses ordinary locations (and “ordinary” people) to produce extraordinary
results! The beauty of this is that you no longer have to drive
around looking for great locations. It's already there... for free!
*If you are registered for the daytime workshop, you do not need to register separately for the evening presentation.
Modern Headshot with Emma Burcusel
Emma Burcusel will demonstrate her headshot process and discuss the following topics:
- Shooting (minimalistic setup and ways to create a headshot set on a budget and at almost every location)
Emma Burcusel is one of the most sought-after portrait and branding photographer in the state of Michigan. As a result of her work, clients get iconic portraits that are more than a headshot. Portraits that are able to represent them and show who they truly are as a person.
Image Critique & Portfolio Review
5:30 PM : Meet and greet.
6:00 PM : Experienced competition entrants and judges will be on hand to provide feedback on member portfolios.
Local Image Competition
MTPPA and DPPA will host their annual image competition, judged by veteran professionals. This is a good warm up and the first chance to have your images judged.
Holiday Social Event
Tax Training for Photographers with the Michigan Department of Treasury.
Treasury representatives present the ins-and-outs of business tax obligations for photographers and photography industry professionals. Topic areas include sales, use, and withholding tax basics, collecting tax, filing and payment rules, and a live demonstration of Michigan Treasury Online (MTO). Dedicated question and answer time is built into the presentation.
Great Lakes PhotoMax & Image Competition
During this regional conference, PPM will host their annual image competition following IPC regulations and approved judges. All are welcome to participate in this perfect testing grounds for Districts.
PPA Merit Class:
Create a Full Service Experience and Get Paid for It with Jenn Lewis Sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging
From how to handle the initial inquiry, through the consultations, the shoot, and the ordering session, Jenn breaks down all things in person sales (IPS). She’ll teach you how to properly educate your clients, and how to reward good behavior in them in order to reach your end goal. She’ll break down the psychology of the sale and how to guide your clients through the entire process. Jenn will help you to prevent the roadblocks that many of us hit with IPS, and make sure you understand the why behind each step. She understands the fear of the leap, but her no-BS teaching method will ensure you’re making a lot more money when you implement her strategy. Jenn is an open book, and this class is full of content you can implement right away!
ABOUT JENN LEWIS
Jenn Lewis is an award-winning portrait photographer based in Clemmons, North Carolina who concentrates on seniors and headshots. She began her photography business 12 years ago as a "mom with a camera". With a determined work ethic and tenacious personality, she grew her part-time business from her living room to her full-time 1600 square foot studio while multiplying her sales average by 10. She is an army of one, but her ADHD helps her to multitask like a BOSS.
Jenn is easily recognized by her crazy curly hair, which has been rumored to give her superpowers in her sales room. She enjoys road trips, long walks on the beach, and pink Starbucks.
The Senior Model Program They’ll Pay You For with Jenn Lewis Sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging
In this class, Jenn will discuss the evolution of her successful senior model program, and why she doesn’t want her models to sell her sessions. She’ll talk about everything her senior model program entails, from the point of entry, how to keep the kids happy, and the reason they refer all their friends. She’ll also talk about her senior sessions and why she’s one of the most sought after senior photographers in the area. So many senior photographers have given up after unsuccessful attempts at model programs, but if done right, they can be the fruitful foundation of your senior photography business.
Annual Awards Ceremony