Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts


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    • 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

    • 05 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Nancy Green Photography's Studio 90 Main St., Carver, MA
    • 11

    PPAM Photopalooza 2017

    From Import to Export
    Basic Organization and Workflow with Lightroom CC

    with Cassandra Sullivan, M. Photog., CPP

    DATE:  March 5, 2017 10am - 4:30pm

     LOCATION: Nancy Green Photography's Studio
        90 Main St., Carver, MA

    Lightroom is a fully integrated workflow-oriented database solution intended and designed solely for photographers and photographers’ workflow.  Sound complicated?  Well then let’s take the mystery out of Lightroom and learn it’s capabilities for organizing and managing your images, and processing your RAW files.  Learn simple methods for creating catalog, organizing your files and importing your images.  Learn tips and tricks for the Library Module with keywords and import presets, culling images, organizing, renaming images, and using keywords, ratings, labels, filters and collections.

    Next, we’ll go in the Develop Module and work on basic processing of RAW images with time-saving workflow steps, using and creating presets, and how to decide what needs to be taken into Photoshop.

    Exporting images for print or the web is the final step – learn how to create your own exports for all the possible uses of your images.

    If you’re feeling unorganized, if you feel like you’re wasting time, or can’t wrap your head around Lightroom, this program will send you on your way with more knowledge to a more streamlined workflow.

    Cassandra has been photographing High School Seniors, Families, and Weddings on the beaches of Cape Cod and SE Massachusetts since she started her business, Cassandra’s Photography, in1998.  She attended Rhode Island School of Photography, and, also worked in Tech Support and managed a Helpdesk, where she mastered the art of articulating technical information clearly to non-technical people.  Cassandra has served as VP of Communications for Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts, and as President of Professional Photographers of Cape Cod.  She was awarded the National Award by PPAM; has won the PPAM Photographic Excellence Award in 2013 and 2015; IPC Bronze Medalist in 2016, IPC Gold Medalist in 2015, as well as a Top 10 Photographer of the Year in Arizona for the past 4 years.

    All PPA members attendees will receive 1 Merit.
    PPA # Must be provided at time of registration.

    Class limit: 12

    Class Hours: 10am– 4:30 pm

    Payment must be made upon registration

    Location: Nancy Green Photography's Studio 

    90 Main Street, Carver, MA

    • 12 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • ASA Photographic 71 Faulkner Street, #215 N. Billerica, MA
    • 12

    PPAM Photopalooza 2017

    Instagram Marketing

    with Patricia Takacs, M.Photog.

    DATE:  March 12th, 2017 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

     LOCATION: ASA Photographic, 71 Faulkner Street, #215
    N. Billerica, MA

    Join Patricia as she takes the mystery out of Instagram and teaches you how to use this free marketing tool for your photography business. She will show you how to build your profile, find your tribe, insta cheats and present information on how to use the platform to drive traffic to your website and generate leads.


    Patricia is a full-time destination wedding photographer and owner of Kivalo Photography based out of southern Maine.  She photographs 30-35 weddings and engagements a year.  She has been published in over 10 national and international blogs and magazines.  Her work has donned the cover of Professional Photographers of America magazine.  Patricia has been named diamond photographer of the year, is the Maine PPA president for 2017-2018 and is VP of communications on the regional PPANE board. 

    Class limit: 15

    DATE:  March 12th, 2017 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Class Hours: 10:00 am– 1:00 pm

    Payment must be made upon registration

    Location: ASA Photographic
    71 Faulkner Street, #215
    N. Billerica, MA

    • 13 Mar 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 195 North Avenue, Rockland, MA 02370
    • 4

    PPAM Photopalooza 2017

    Beauty & Boudoir

    with Stephanie Olsen, CPP

    DATE:  March 13th, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

     LOCATION: 195 North Avenue, Rockland, MA 

    This Workshop will cover everything from the initial inquiry through product delivery.

    From the moment of first contact, Stephanie will be sharing how she responds and discusses her step by step process from the first time she replies, to the pre-session consult, the session day and the in- person sale. Each step of the way h
    as specific details to make the client experience one that she will say was one of the best of her life. Stephanie shares how she guides them through the experience and to her desired sale.

    All details will be discussed about the session day and there will be a live shoot with a model to show attendees how she works, mainly with natural light. Attendees will see how the light is sculpted and manipulated to achieve dramatically different results
    within the same session.

    The post production will cover how to edit efficiently and quickly as well as Stephanie’s
    logic behind how she is able to cull hundreds of images down to a top 40 or less in a very short time. Retouching will also be discussed and her personal preferences will be presented as well.

    Stephanie is a true believer in not presenting images online. Sneak Peeks and In Person Sales will be discussed in detail along with her product lines, vendors and pricing menu.

    This will be a day full up with information and fun!

     Stephanie Olsen lives and works in Rockland, Ma. She has been married for almost 17 years, has, a 12 year old daughter and 5 hens! She enjoys her vacation home in VT year round as well as traveling to new places and especially loves her peaceful backyard in the summer.

    Stephanie attended the NESOP 2 Year Full Time program right out of high school. She majored in Product Advertising photography and minored in Portraiture. After working several years as a full time assistant in Boston’s commercial studios Stephanie went on her own. She has been photographing Weddings and Portraits for the last 20 years.  Her studio was built right behind her home about 10 years ago. Over the last 5 years, Stephanie have been transitioning slowly out of weddings and spending more time on beauty and boudoir. She plans to continue to expand in all categories involving women and portraits.

    Over the last several years, Stephanie’s involvement with PPA has helped her fine tune my craft and her business greatly. She has truly enjoyed sharing what she does and how she does it with fellow photographers at all levels in their careers.

    All PPA member attendees will receive 1 Merit.
    PPA # Must be provided at time of registration.

    Class limit: 8

    Class Hours: 9:00 am– 4:00 pm

    Payment must be made upon registration

    Location: 195 North Avenue, Rockland, MA

    • 18 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Cathleen Broderick Photography, 7 Marble St., Suite 85 Whitman, MA
    • 15

    PPAM Photopalooza 2017

    Why should high school seniors choose YOU?

    with Cathleen Broderick, M.Photog., CPP

    DATE:  March 18th, 2017 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

     LOCATION: Cathleen Broderick Photography, 7 Marble St., Suite 85
    Whitman, MA

    With so many options these days for photography, why should a high school senior choose you over their neighbor, friend or their own selfie? Face it, Senior Portraits are not what they used to be! It’s all about the experience and creating something they cannot do themselves. Find ways to determine YOUR style, up your game service wise and photographically to make this segment a profitable and FUN part of your business. We’ll talk about attracting both the student and the parents and how to deliver from consultation to sale.


    Cathy’s studio is located in Whitman, MA and she has been photographing Seniors in the Southeastern MA and South Shore area for the last 12 years. If you would like to increase your senior bookings or increase your sales, join us on March 18th in Whitman!

    Class limit: 15

    DATE:  March 18th, 2017 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Class Hours: 10:00 am– 1:00 pm

    Payment must be made upon registration

    Location: Cathleen Broderick Photography, 7 Marble St.,
    Suite 85, Whitman, MA

    • 26 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Studio 21 Fieldstone Drive, Stoneham MA
    • 11

    PPAM Photopalooza 2017

    Portraits with Speedlights and Modifiers

    with Scott Levine

    DATE:  March 26th, 2017 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

     LOCATION: The Studio 21, Fieldstone Drive, Stoneham MA    

    During this hands-on seminar, photographers will learn the ins and outs of how speedlights respond to color and tone when used in TTL or AUTO, and how to correct for them.  Proper use of Speedlight Softboxes, Beauty Dishes, and umbrellas will be demonstrated and how they can enhance a location portrait.  Split Lighting, Short Lighting, Butterfly, and Rembrandt lighting will be shown and which tools should be used to create them.  Also, students will be instructed and have hands-on use of gels, barn doors, snoots, and grids too. On loan from PocketWizard will be TT1’s TT5’s, Plus 3’s & Plus 4’s as well as to further enhance each photographer’s experience and working knowledge. Lighting Modifiers from Lastolite, Rouge and Westcott will be available for hands on use.  Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a camera and their speedlights with them.

    All PPA member attendees will receive 1 Merit.
    PPA # Must be provided at time of registration.

    Class limit: 12

    DATE:  March 26th, 2017 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

    Class Hours: 10:00 am– 5:30 pm

    Payment must be made upon registration

    Location: The Studio 21, Fieldstone Drive, Stoneham MA    

    • 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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