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    • 04 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, MA 02048

          Demystifying Image Competition
    with Francie Baltazar Stonestreet, MPhotog, Cr., CPP, IE

    Monday November 4th 2019

    Registration starts at 9AM
    Program begins at 10 AM

    Location: Holiday Inn 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, MA

    "Demystifying Image Competition"

    Image competition can be overwhelming. Where to start? What do I enter? What do all those numbers mean?  Why should I enter? And the list goes on! It’s scary and overwhelming. Or maybe you want to understand how to break through the Merit level and move up into the Loans. Wait! What’s a merit? What’s a Loan?

    In this program Francie will break it all down so that you can clearly understand the path into image competition and earning merits and loans. You will also learn:

    Why entering image competition can change the way you shoot

    What are the 12 elements of an Image?

    How do judges arrive at their score?

    Judges language – what does it all mean?

    What Elements are needed to move your score from Merit to Loan?

    Common mistakes new competitors make

    To enter prints are digital? Which is the best?

    Entering Albums into image competitions

    3 editing secrets to check your images

    Master Photographer and Master Artist, what’s the difference?

    Why feedback is painful yet essential to growth and learning

    Francie’s journey into image competition was long and painful to achieve success. She will share with you her lessons learned and inspire you to jump into image competition. Come and see how exciting image competitioncan be and how you can take your skills to a new level through actively competing in Image competition.

    Francie Baltazar Stonestreet is a professional photographer based in Kingwood, Texas. She is a Certified Professional Photographer, Photographic Craftsmen and Master Photographer. She entered her first image competition in 2010. Since that time she has been awarded Houston Photographer of the Year two times, Texas Photographer of the year two times, Texas Top 10 3 times, multiple Platinum Photographer of the year, Kodak Gallery Award, Kodak International Elite Award, Canon Par Excellence, Diamond Photographer of the Year, Grand Imaging Award Nominee 4 times and GIA third place winner in the Portrait Category. World Cup Team USA 2015, 2016, 2017 and Top 10 in the world 2017 in the wedding and portrait category. Francie’s images have been featured on the cover of Professional Photographer as well as several articles in Professional Photographer Magazine. Her work as also been highlighted at FotoFest International and her fine art line shows in galleries as well as in private collections. As an educator Francie speaks around the country share her knowledge with other photographers. She is presenting Love Stories, creating Emotion Art and Style in Wedding at Texas School of Professional Photography.

    • 08 Dec 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    PPAM FREE Holiday Social

    Sunday, December 8th, 2019

    Location: ASA Photographic
    71 Faulkner Street, Suite 215
    North Billerica, MA 01862

    Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    ‘Tis the Season’ of giving and celebrating together!
    Join in the festivities, food and fun in a casual environment at PPAM’s  Holiday Social!

    It’ll be a potluck event so please sign up to bring your favorite food.
    Volunteers are also needed to help with decorating, set-up and clean-up.

    Bring your own adult beverage.
    (Spouses, significant others and friends are welcome)

    Lastly, in the spirit of the season...

    Please bring a new, unwrapped gift to benefit the
    Toys for Tots program.

    • 06 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hampton Inn & Conference Center 319 Speen Street, Natick MA
    How to Sell Albums
    How we make an ‘extra’ $45K a year with albums
    with Trish Gilmore, Cr., CPP

    Monday January 6th, 2020

    Registration starts at 9 AM
    Program begins at 10 AM

    Lunch 12 PM-1 PM
    Boxed Lunch option will be available for attendees for $15
    Pay on day of seminar

    NEW Location: Hampton Inn & Conference Center
    319 Speen Street, Natick MA

    How We Make An "Extra" $45k A Year With Albums
    Trish Gilmore Cr., CPP           

    Every client should leave your studio with an album! We specialize in weddings, but these principles can absolutely be applied to non-wedding clients as well!

    Give your clients the chance to experience the joy of physically looking through their photos and not just viewing them on a screen. Give yourself the chance to experience the joy of having more money in the bank!

    I hear many photographers say that they don’t bother with albums because it’s too much of a hassle. No! Being stressed about money is a hassle! Why not add albums to your rotation if you don’t already? If you already do, I will offer some pointers on getting bigger sales that will hopefully get you to the next level.

    I will share the whole process…what to sell, how to price, designing, selling and everything in between. After many years of trial and error we have finally figured out a system that really works and I want to share it with you so that you can make that ‘extra’ money too!

    We sell photographs, why not sell them in an album?!


    Trish has been a wedding photographer since 1997 and has been the co-owner of Snap Weddings in Rumford Rhode Island since 2005. Snap shoots about 30 weddings per year and prides themselves on giving their clients a great experience as well as great photos. Trish had been dubbed the ‘album queen’ because of her passion and talent in creating wedding albums for all her clients and strongly believes that everyone should have a physical album to enjoy in the years to come, especially in the digital age!

    Trish is a CPP and just recently attained her Craftsmen Degree. Currently she is the Vice Chair of the Certification Committee and was previously on the board of PPA Charities for five years. She has won awards for Album design at Northeast Districts and merited albums at IPC. She was also a platform speaker at Imaging USA in 2015.

    In her free time Trish takes Sunday drives in her 1950 Packard, tends to her 14 year old son, tries to be a good wife to her new husband, listens to girl talk with her step daughters, does craft projects, swims every day to be healthy and calls her mother regularly.

    • 13 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hampton Inn & Conference Center Natick

    The Art of Portraiture 1920's Style
    presented by 

    Rick Ferro, M.Photog., Cr.

    sponsored by

    Monday April 13th, 2020

    Registration starts at 9AM
    Program begins at 10 AM

    Location Hampton Inn & Conference Center
    319 Speen Street, Natick MA

    The Art of Portraiture 1920's Style

    Taking your Photography to a New Level

    Photographers as well as Clients are always looking for something new in Photography.

    Why not create a nostalgic look? Something so different that will set you apart from your competition.

    Get ready to set the stage for creating patterns, that were used in a forgotten era!.

    Rick Ferro's Program is going to bring us back to the 1920's.

    He is going to share all his tips on Hand gestures, Body Language, and Creative Lighting Effects.

    He is also going to use different Light source like Off Camera Flash, LED Lighting, and much more.

    It's all LIVE with Models,  so bring your Camera's.


    In the last forty years, Rick has impacted the photographic community by being one of the leading wedding photographers in the nation.  In addition to wedding photography, his clients have included 7-UP, Sprint, the Miami Dolphins, Master Card, and Mercedes Benz.

    In 1993, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, approached Rick to create for Disney a wedding photography department. Rick became the Senior Wedding Photographer for Disney and trained their photographers. Rick was a photographer for ABC’s “Weddings of a Lifetime” and the “Regis & Kathie Lee Show”. Rick currently has photographed “Weddings of a Lifetime” for Disney’s “Free Form” channel.

    Rick has owned and operated over five photography studios and operated a photography concession for an international cruise line for three years.

    In 1999 Rick wrote his first book, “Creative Techniques For Lighting and Posing”, published by Amherst Media. Since then, Rick has had over eight books published in multiple languages.

    Because of Rick’s experience as a photographer, author and teacher, he is asked to speak at professional guilds, conferences and conventions and has taught in the United States, Canada and internationally in the UK, Scotland, and Ireland. Rick currently shares his insights and techniques on social media.

    Rick is a Lifetime Member of WPPI, Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, and is a member of PPA, Professional Photographers of America. Rick has an Associate of Science Degree and is a WPPI Master Photographer. Rick has received his PPA Master Photographer & Craftsman degree.  He has also earned the honor of his images meriting the PPA Loan Collection and Showcase Collection. In 2006 Rick received, along with his wife, the United Nations Leadership Award from the International Photographic Council at the United Nations in New York City. 

    Currently Rick is a Lead Photographer and Trainer for Walt Disney World’s Fine Art Department.

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