Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts


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Upcoming events

    • 23 Jan 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hampton Inn & Conference Center Natick

    Web Social Media & SEO for the Photographer (A.M.)  and Build your own light modifier (P.M.)
    by Ray Peeples

    Registration starts at 9AM
    Program begins at 10 AM

    One Speaker, One Day, Two Programs, Great Results! 

    We will spend the day covering two very different topics.  The morning will be filled with thoughts on website design and SEO.   A Hitch Hikers Guide to Web & Social Media for Photographers.  You will learn ways to better your presence in the digital wonderland of the inter-webs.

    After lunch, we will shift gears into ways to make professional photo tools and construct a light modifier to be used on a Speedlight.  This will be a little different type of work shop that will exercise your mind and hands!

    Everyone will have a new tool to try when they leave, both in the digital landscape as well as bending mind and your hands as we craft a light to make better photographs.  We will explore other maker projects to get better photos. (You can build your own light modifier at the seminar with Ray or just learn how and then make it on your own at home. Materials fee of $25 due upon registration if building at the seminar. With the materials fee you will leave with a finished light modifier at the end of class.)

    Ray is a wedding and portrait photographer from Litchfield, New Hampshire and is a dedicated believer to the life as a maker of everything from photos to equipment and
    lifelong learning with a deep desire to understand how all things work.  Our goal will be to debunk and demystify the inter-webs, as well as to introduce the concept of being a “maker” in the millennium world!

    • 24 Feb 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 27 Feb 2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • Hilton Hotel, Dedham, MA
     2 0 1 7 P P A M C o n v e n t i o n
    Feb 24-Feb 27, 2017

    'Focus on Innovation'

    Join us for education and fun as we "Focus on Innovation"
    at the new convention location – Hilton Hotel, Dedham, MA.

    A block of rooms are reserved with an incredible rate, guaranteed until February 8, 2017. Call 781-329-7900 use PPAM code to receive $99 (per night/ plus tax) room rate.

    There's lots to do at the convention and we could use some help. Plus you'll earn PPAM service merits. Want to help?          Use the ONLINE SIGNUP VOLUNTEER FORM


    • 24 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hampton Inn & Conference Center Natick

    It's a Kid's Life
    Presented by Mike Ridinger

    Registration starts at 9AM
    Program begins at 10 AM

    Sponsored by Black Rapid, SweetLight Systems
    and H&H Color Lab


    “Kids”.  Sometimes just t
    he mention of them sends terror into the hearts of photographers.  Seen as the apple of a parent’s eye, viewed as small demolition experts by studio owners.  A child will either totally shun and wreak havoc on your time with them, or willingly be your best friend.  It is our job to break down that wall and get them
    to trust us.  Once you have gained their trust, they will be like putty in your hands. Mike acts silly.  Mike lets them be silly.  Mike makes mom be quiet.

    Join Mike Ridinger as he walks through a children’s consult to show how he connects with a subject going into detail on what works and what doesn’t.  From location, props, clothing, everything is planned-out ahead of time.

    Mike will also go in depth on lighting, from available light to studio light, he will do a hands on approach to learning.  Mike believes lighting is a major part of the session and, has a tendency, to be the most over-looked.  He will be using studio lighting, locational lighting and reflectors as well.

    Bonus Program: “AAA Customer Service”

    Studies are showing that customer loyalty is based on how well you treat them.  It’s not even about the best product most of the time.  However, when you add a great product to great customer service, you will win.  Women will go to an ok hairstylist if they are treated over the top.  People eat in mediocre restaurants all the time because the wait staff is awesome.  It’s the experience over end results.  Customer service starts on the very first phone call, and goes all the way to the hand-written thank you after the order is picked up.  He will talk about how he runs his studio with AAA customer service and a great product.

    Mike & Jessica Ridinger own and operate their studio in beautiful downtown Lewiston, Idaho.  Their pride and joy are their two sons, Keaton and Cade.  Every day is a great day at Ridinger’s, the Art of Photography where they get to go to work and enjoy what they love, creating images and meaningful relationships with their clients.  The studio was originally established in 1917 as Engstroms. They are the 3rd owners of the studio.

    Mike was recently awarded his PPA Craftsman Degree at Imaging USA.  He is a past President of Professional Photographers of Idaho, and is regarded by many as one of the best mentors in the industry.  He is constantly giving back his knowledge to his fellow photographers.

    Sponsored by

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