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    • October 30, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • IN PERSON! Charlotte Senior Center: 212 Ferry Rd, Charlotte VT 05445

    During my 19 years of being in business, 12 years of participating in Image Competition at International Photographic Competition, and past 4 as an approved IPC Juror. I’ve found a common thread amongst all of it! That thread contains PPA’s 12 Elements of a merit image on the work you produce on a daily basis.

    We will spend time discussing the 12 elements and how they are a proven guideline to help you not only grow in image competition, but also in day to day work. Keeping them at the back of your mind will subliminally improve your craft and everyday work, which in turn should help you find the success you may be looking for in image competition.

    I will share my philosophy in how I evaluate my own work, how I’ve curated a group of colleagues I can show my work to and get honest feedback, and how to converse using the 12 elements. Why I order critiques vs. every image competition possible. How I found my group of colleagues, and how they help. I’ll also share why you also need to be careful! I’ll cover how I use image competition to help me define my style, keep my mind thinking creatively, tell the story I want viewers of my work to understand, constantly refine the nuances of my lighting, why I keep my presentations simple, my subjects engaging, and my compositions memorable! If you are keeping track that’s seven of the elements just to describe how I think about image competition and every day!

    Join me with your questions, your photographs, and most of all your willingness to have fun! If you can do that we’ll have a great conversation. My goal to leave you energized and inspired on how you too can use the 12 elements on your daily work - to help you reach your image competition goals!

    How to Be Good with Minimal Equipment
    During my 19 years of being in business and 7 years of teaching my fellow colleagues around the country - I’ve found that there is one thing in common at the end of the day and that’s to “Be Good”. Some might want to be superior and exceptional - but you have to be good first!

    Now “Being Good” doesn’t mean you need to have the best and latest camera, or the biggest most expensive brand name lights - in fact if you aren’t good they can make you look bad! “Being Good” is knowing how to make Superior Photographs with minimal equipment - you might find yourself in a situation where you need to borrow equipment, but still need to get the job done.

    I’ll show you a couple of in-expensive speed lights and the trusty old umbrella are more than capable tools to help you “Be Good” - of course I’ll spend a little time on what I think is a crucial piece of equipment that you should only need to buy once - and you can buy it used!

    Bring your questions and let’s have a great time “Being Good” with minimal equipment!

    Pete Rezac, a portrait photographer based in Reno, Nevada, still chooses to work with medium and large format cameras and film in creating his fine art portraiture because of the tactile process it provides him in creating his work, along with the rich tones and high fidelity of the photographs that come from these tools. Seeking an authentic look to his children character portraits, Pete was inspired to create timeless portraits showing children at their best. This work has earned him numerous accolades from the photographic community.

    Pete holds the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, and Certified Professional Photographer degrees from the Professional Photographers of America, he is an active educator teaching and mentoring other professional photographers throughout the United States. Pete also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographers of America, and is an approved IPC Juror. He is a past President and Chairman of the Board for the Professional Photographers of California.

    Accomplishments: Pete has earned the PPA 100 speaking merits bar and about half way to earning his second 100 speaking merit bar. Pete has earned his International Photographic Competition 50 merit bar for excellence in International Photographic Competition. Pete has earned the Imaging Excellence Award for placing 15 images into PPA’s prestigious Imaging Excellence Collection. Pete has been featured in “Professional Photographer” magazine for his Children’s Character Portraits, Charitable Marketing, and being a Certified Professional Photographer Pete has taught both pre-convention and platform demonstration programs at Imaging USA in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022. Pete was awarded the PPA National Award from the Professional Photographers of California in 2020.

    • January 08, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • virtual (link will be sent prior to event)

    Join Chris McGinnis, Olympus OM SYSTEM Ambassadorvirtually to learn how he has mastered Macro Photography. 

    Then on February 5, join us in-person to practice with macro lenses (VPP will provide) and attend our Annual Meeting.

    In this workshop, Chris will bring you into the often-overlooked tiny world of insects and spiders through field macro photography. Chris will show his favorite gear, explain how he gets set for success in the field, share his baseline camera settings, and demonstrate how he uses a lightweight macro rig to capture razor-sharp, high-magnification images of live subjects—all without a tripod! 

    Beyond the basics, Chris will dig into focus bracketing and focus stacking. These techniques can be used to achieve greater perceived depth of field—a huge help for macro. The concept is simple: Take a series of photos with slightly varied focus and composite the in-focus areas. You will learn the fundamentals of focus bracketing and stacking, the camera controls that will bring better results, and various post-processing options available for stacking bracketed series.

    Chris McGinnis is a creative director and OM SYSTEM Ambassador photographer who specializes in field macro photography of insects and spiders. He and his camera can be found exploring gardens, meadows, and the forest floor near his home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His photos showcase the intricate details and hidden beauty of arthropods which often go unnoticed.

    • February 05, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Jon Adams Studio, 219 Lake Rd, Milton, VT 05468

    This will be a fun day where members test what they learned the month prior in Chris McGinnis' Macro class by practicing with peers. VPP will provide macro lenses, if you plan to attend please notify us of what camera body brand you will be using.

    We will also hold our Annual meeting with updates on what the board has been up to and what the plans are as we move into 2023.

    • March 03, 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • March 05, 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • Hilton Hotel, 60 Battery Street, Burlington VT

    Our 94th Annual Convention will be held at the Hilton Hotel in  Downtown Burlington

    Fri, March 3 – Virtual Print Competition (printcompetition.com)
    Sat, March 4 – In-person Education and Awards Banquet
    Sun, March 5 – Virtual Classes

    Please stay tuned as we are currently working on providing you with an amazing weekend of educational and motivational speakers.

    • March 04, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hilton Hotel

    Defining the values of your business is critical to its longevity and to your success. From this session you will walk away knowing what your core values are, how to integrate them into every aspect of your business, how to use your values to attract the right clients as well as how to set boundaries. 

    Lisa Condon is a business strategist, speaker, and intuitive coach. Using a combination of theory and practices from the Project Management Institute, Six Sigma, SCRUM, EQi, and Appreciative Inquiry, Lisa matches individuals and businesses with the appropriate path. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, SCRUM Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and PMP. Personally, Lisa feeds her free-spirit by traveling the world with her husband, Nate and enjoys the comfort of home with her fur-babies Jack, Simon, and Dexter.

    • March 05, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual

    "Impactful Conceptual Images"

    Brooke will share how she creates dark, conceptual images from start to finish, including a breakdown of the ideation and editing processes. It's one thing to have a wild idea, and it's another entirely to translate that idea to something that resonates in the hearts and minds of others. Brooke will share not only how to create these works, but how to take them to the next level of professional presentation and audience reception. https://brookeshaden.com/gallery/

    Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

    Self Description: Intensely anxious, powerful little creative soul.
    Favorite Memory: Flying into the sky before she lost her wings at the age of 5.

    Greatest Achievement: Starting The Light Space, a photography school for refugees Greece and survivors of human trafficking in India and Thailand. 

    Please consider using amazonsmile to support Blossomy, the parent organization for The Light Space.
    Greatest Fear: Whales.
    Favorite BookDune by Frank Herbert.        

Past events

September 28, 2022 Jim Westphalen - Fine Art & the Path to Get There
August 10, 2022 2022 Summer Backyard BBQ
July 13, 2022 Mike Taylor - Lighting with Grace and Ease
May 29, 2022 Bonus: Photo Walk in Websterville
May 17, 2022 Jack Reznicki - Copyright and Model Release
March 30, 2022 Dan Burkholder: iPhone/iPad Artistry
March 06, 2022 Annual Conference - Day 3 (virtual) afternoon: Monica Sigmon
March 06, 2022 Annual Conference - Day 3 (virtual) morning: Leslie Andrews
March 05, 2022 Annual Conference - Day 2 VIRTUAL Awards Night
March 05, 2022 Awards Banquet - Day 2 (in-person) evening
March 05, 2022 Annual Conference - Day 2 VIRTUAL afternoon: Colby McLemore
March 05, 2022 Annual Conference - Day 2 (in-person) afternoon: Colby McLemore
March 05, 2022 Annual Conference - Day 2 (in-person) morning: Mark Mann
March 05, 2022 Annual Conference - Day 2 VIRTUAL morning: Mark Mann
March 04, 2022 Annual Conference - Day 1 (virtual) Image Competition
January 30, 2022 VPP Annual Meeting 2022
January 25, 2022 Bryan Welsh: "The Marketing Riddle"
January 12, 2022 Meet the Vermont Professional Photographers!
November 07, 2021 Introduction to Photoshop Painting with Karen McCall & Abby Sullivan
September 28, 2021 Gena Tussey: "Stop Adulting & Start Playing... Get Off Your Butt!"
July 15, 2021 Summer Backyard BBQ
May 16, 2021 Photo Restoration with Chris Paulis
March 05, 2021 VPP Annual Conference 2021
February 07, 2021 VPP Annual Meeting & Power of Personal Projects Workshop
January 19, 2021 Social Media Strategy - Part 2
January 05, 2021 Social Media Strategy
December 15, 2020 Chris Richman: From Inspiration to Merit
December 01, 2020 Clark Knight: In-Person Sales (IPS) Via Zoom Meetings
November 17, 2020 Douglas Weittenhiller: photographing families with teens
October 20, 2020 Robert Nickelsberg travels to Khanh Phu
October 18, 2020 Food and Product Photography with Scott & Donna Erb
October 06, 2020 Michael Schwartz: Travel Photography & Safety
September 15, 2020 Photographing Newborns with Natascha Dacres
September 01, 2020 Small Town Marketing with Aly Elliott
August 25, 2020 Learn about Mirrorless Cameras with Hunt's
August 04, 2020 Win Wolloff's Illustrative Art
July 08, 2020 Bonus Speaker Jessi Beyer
June 23, 2020 Light Painting with Loren Fisher
May 17, 2020 Adobe Photoshop with Jon Adams, M. Photog., Cr. CPP
April 30, 2020 Resilience and Photography with Retired US Diplomat Beth Payne
March 05, 2020 2020 Convention
February 02, 2020 Lights, Lights and more lights and Annual Meeting
March 14, 2019 2019 Convention

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