The Shutter | What’s Happening VPP?

Welcome to the newest Vermont Professional Photographers newsletter, The Shutter. Our goal is to convey what’s happening in VPP, what’s coming up, who’s doing what in Photography, and so much more!

If you have materials, articles, or interesting photography tips & tricks to share please feel free to send those to

Member Spotlight | JON ADAMS

Based out of Milton and a Certified Master Photographer, Jon Adams photographs weddings, portraits and high school seniors.

Q: How did you first get into photography?
I was in my high school yearbook club when I was handed a camera and had to go photograph an event. Since then, I have been hooked.

Q: What do you primarily photography in your business?
I primarily photograph weddings and portraits. During the summer it is mainly weddings and then into the fall it is high school seniors and families. I am the official photographer for the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization so once pageant season hits I will be doing headshots for the contestants.

Q: When did you join VPP and why?
I joined VPP when I was 20. I was room mates with Wayne Tarr’s son, Nicholas, and when I got to meet Wayne in person I was thrilled. Wayne invited me to a workshop and I believe the speaker was with Don McGregor. I saw how much I could learn from this group and I have been a member ever since.

Q: What roles have you filled from joining VPP?
It seems like I have been on the board for a very long time but I really do enjoy it! I have only had two positions and that has been the VP of Education and Treasurer.

Q: What are your most notable awards / achievements from photography?
Every year I feel I grow a little. Life is about learning and if I ever stop learning I think I will have to find another profession. That being said, these past few years have been very humbling. This past spring I received my Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman degree from PPA. Probably my most humbling award that I have been honored to receive was a nomination for a Grand Imagining Award from this past PPA International Photographic Competition.

Q: What is your favorite part about VPP convention? (or anything that pertains specifically to VPP)
My two most favorite parts of the VPP convention is the image competition and the hospitality suit. Both of those gives me a chance to see what other photographers (and friends) have been up to for the past year.

Q: What are you working on currently in your photography?
My current projects is upgrading my website (to new SEO standards) and developing a more efficient workflow. If anyone has any advice for either of those let me know!

From the Desk of the President

I am so excited to be presenting you with this first issue of VPP’s resurrected newsletter! You can expect to receive this on a quarterly basis, and in it you will find all sorts of interesting articles that will help you navigate through this increasingly complex and competitive world of photography. Here you will find articles on current topics and current members, a “For Sale” corner for members to sell and buy equipment, as well a calendar of events so you can mark your calendar for special events that pertain to our members and photography.

I hope that you enjoy your issues of our newsletter, and if you have anything to contribute to it, please contact

Member Classifieds

$900 – Speedotron Brown Line DM802B CC 2-Light Travel System
Extra Light & Accessories
Stina Plant (

$200 – Pocket wizard TTL Wireless Radio Super 4-pack
Flex TT5 Transceiver x2, AC3 Zone Controller, & G-Wiz Trunk Bag.
Sarah McGarghan

$400 – Wacom Intuos Pro Pen & Touch Medium Tablet
Wireless accessory kit, 2048 levels sensitivity, original packaging.
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Member Roundtable

Back in May, Kelly Schulze and I started a new VPP dinner meetup group with a focus on social interaction and discussing a specific topic. Our first round table discussion topic was “How to Stay Motivated” and came at an opportune time as we all went into a busy Summer season. We had 12 attendees! And it was a great time. August’s meetup was lightly attended so we decided to recycle the topic, “Balancing Life and Work”, for the November meetup. 10 people joined us and we had a great discussion. With some guided thoughts attendees were able to expand on how they approach finding balance in their lives. It’s a hard balance to find and one we will likely always work towards. Some ideas were to unplug at a certain time each day, let go of perfectionism, exercise, limit time wasting activities, and find one change you can do to make life and work easier. Cleaning team? Editor? In-house masseuse? The greatest takeaway was to “Don’t stress. Start small. Build from there.” Looking forward to our next meetup in January or February! Be well, Kathleen Porter

 VPP Workshops

As the Education Chair for Vermont Professional Photographers I have been researching various Speakers and Workshops to come to Vermont to introduce their technique, style and specialties for our members to learn and observe. Keeping variety of topics has been my goal, each technique we learn can be used for any aspect of Photography, so I do hope that our subject spark your interest and we will see you at our upcoming Workshops.

Thank you, Natascha Dacres – Education Chair

Dan Burkholder – I-Phone Mastery
January 21, 2018
Hampton Inn, 42 Lower Mountain View Dr. Colchester

Dan Burkholder has a long history of looking beyond the photographic horizon to explore, teach and exhibit the next great thing in imaging. His book, iPhone Artistry (Pixiq Press, 2012), is the universe’s most comprehensive and fun how-to book for iPhone photographers. His poignant monograph, The Color of Loss (University of Texas Press, 2008), intimately documented the flooded interiors of post-Katrina New Orleans.

You can visit his website at

Recent Workshop | Richard Hydren

Richard Hydren traveled up to Colchester,VT from Rowley, Mass on Sunday November 5th, 2017 to demonstrate and teach us about Real Estate Photography using various techniques and fun equipment. We had a class of 17 for this workshop, so it was quite well received. Richard started creating images for Large Property companies in 2004.

Home sales are based on First Impressions, Relationships and Emotions, as a real Estate Photographer; it is up to you to create this for the potential buyer to keep this home from the being cut off the short list.

Some of the key points that Richard gave us before even taking any photos of the rooms or space were to make sure we are familiar with the space and have the proper equipment to capture the shots in a professional way to make a difference in the finished images.

Full Frame Camera w/ 2 card slots
16-35 mm lens, Industry standard
4 Speed lights at most
Light Modifiers
Use Lightroom for post process
Use CamRanger (remote Shooting ability)

We were able to watch Richard in action as we visited one of the Hotel Suites. Richard once again provided some very useful information on shooting inside the rooms for successful and professional looking images.

Look at the room from various angles
Don’t make the room look bigger than it is.
Don’t show more ceiling than floor
Rooms and Buildings need to be square
Turn every light on to add sparkle
No dogs should be in the scene
Watch for reflections
Remove clutter
Show flow from room to room
Capture features and structural detail
Use Remote shooting in tight/small spaces

The Finished images that Richard shared with us were simply amazing! The focus on having proper equipment and the knowledge of what angles to capture clearly showed in the finished product. It was a very education and enjoyable day. Richard shared his website information for all to view (virtual tours)
And Richard can be found on Facebook

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