Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts


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Upcoming events

    • 26 Feb 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • 29 Feb 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sheraton Framingham
     2 0 1 6 P P A M C o n v e n t i o n
    Feb 26-Feb 29, 2016


    Join us for education and lots of fun being 'BETTER TOGETHER' at the new convention location – Sheraton, Framingham, MA

    To reserve your room call (508) 879-7200 and mention PPAM for your special $109 (plus tax) room rate.

    • 05 Mar 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 175 Lowell Street, Dunstable MA 01827
    • 0

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    PPAM Photopalooza 2016

    March 5thA day of Photoshop Immersion with Alison Miniter, M.Photog., Cr., CPP and Ella Carlson, M.Photog.,M.Artist, Cr.,CPP, EA-ASP.

    From HDR, plug-ins, and painting with Photoshop, to blend modes and retouching, Alison and Ella will give you a day of great Photoshop tips and techniques...the same techniques they use for their award winning images and client work. Bring your laptop, a Wacom tablet if you have it and make sure you have Photoshop loaded (even better if you have a CC version).

    Class limit: 10

    Location: 175 Lowell Street, Dunstable MA 01827

    Contact: 978-649-7783

    Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    • 12 Mar 2016
    • 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 730 Boston Post Road, Sudbury MA at Wayside Plaza
    • 9

    PPAM Photopalooza 2016

    March 12th From Chasing Fires to Chasing Toddlers - Photojournalistic Photography Program                                      with Paula Swift, M. Photog., CPP  

    (Payment must be made upon registration)

    Paula Ferazzi Swift, M. Photog., CPP owner of Paula Swift Photography a Boston area portrait photographer, spent 10 years chasing fires and covering news assignments all over Central Massachusetts as a photojournalist at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. ('95-'05)

    Paula decided to leave the photojournalism world while starting her family. She wanted to continue her photography career and decided to head down a new career path focusing on children and families using her skills as a news photographer. Paula started a photography business where she could utilize her photo-journalistic skills to photograph the relationship children and families shared in front of her cameras in a natural way; Capturing fleeting moments during a session when a child thinks no one is watching, the hugs a parent shares with a shy child, or even a toddler running away from the camera giggling. Paula approaches her sessions just like a fire…ready to go at a moment’s notice, but in a stress-free way for her clients.

    Paula will talk about her experience as a photojournalist and how she implements those skills in capturing beautiful, timeless and story-telling portraits in today’s competitive photography world.

    Paula’s work has appeared in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Boston Globe, New York Times, LA Times, Esquire, Time, Newsweek and internationally via the Associated Press wire service. Three of Paula’s images were part of a Pulitzer nomination and finalist entry in 2000 in feature photography for the photography staff’s coverage of the deadly Worcester warehouse fire that took the lives of 6 firefighters in 1999.

    Paula’s portrait work has won two Kodak Gallery Awards, Hallmark Award, Photographic Degree of Excellence by PPAM, Loan and General Collections at IPC, and 2014 Photographer of the Year bronze medalist at PPA’s IPC. In February 2015 Paula received her Master of Photography at Imaging in Nashville.

    Paula started her portrait photography business in Framingham, MA in 2004 and moved into a new studio in Sudbury, MA in December 2013. She is a mom to three sons, who are her daily inspirations.

    Class limit: 10

    Location: 730 Boston Post Road, Sudbury MA at Wayside Plaza

    Contact: 978-261-5266

    Hours: 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    • 19 Mar 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 90 A Main Street, Carver MA 02330
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    PPAM Photopalooza 2016

    March 19thPortraits and Sales-Start to finish with Nancy Green M.Photog., Cr., CPP

    (Payment must be made upon registration)

    Sales! Some of you HATE that word. Some of you are scared to death of that word. Some are just wanting to know how to make them BIGGER. Well, that’s where Nancy may be able to help. She’s going to give you her proven successful process and you can put your own twist on it to make it work for you. She’ll take you from the initial contact to the actual delivery; whether it’s an “In-Town” or “Out-of-State” client. 2015 brought an increase of sales of over 30%. “There MUST be something she’s doing right!”

    There will be some studio setting demo’s to show the process of sale during the session. Nancy will show you how she works in the camera room and why it helps in the finished work.

    Green Photographers was a portrait/wedding studio that opened in 1979. Nancy is still thriving after many changes in her personal and professional life. Nancy Green Photographyis a custom “Wall Décor” portrait studio and also provides corporate photographic services. She also has a sister company called Camera Art Academy that provides beginner photography classes.

    Nancy is a past president of PPAM and PPANE. She has been awarded the PPA National Award by both Massachusetts as well as Vermont. She is a PPA Affiliate Juror and PPA Councilor. The Image Awards include many Court of Honors, Kodak Gallery, Fuji Masterpiece, Hallmark Best Portrait to name a few. “Always striving to be the best I can be then get even better”.

    Class limit: 15

    Location: 90 A Main Street, Carver MA 02330

    Contact: 508-866-3636

    Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    • 20 Mar 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 16 River St, Braintree MA and on location
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    PPAM Photopalooza 2016

    March 20thWeddings and More with Stephen Sedman Cr.Photog.

    (Payment must be made upon registration)

    Today’s Bride is more visually savvy than ever. She is exposed to more information and more choice than ever before. To be successful in wedding photography today you need to know what your potential customers want and then give them even more. Exceeding expectations is the best way to grow your reputation, your business and your profits. Stephen will show you how to book more weddings, and through efficient workflow have more time to enjoy life. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.

    Marketing – The secret to marketing is having the products and packages that your clients want and getting them to see them. It sounds really simple, but in practice it takes a lot of effort. Knowing what today’s customers want is the first step. Stephen will share his marketing and sales strategies that keep his calendar full.

    Make your clients rave – a detailed look at planning ahead to make the wedding day experience more relaxed for you and your client. This is almost as important as taking great images when it comes to generating referral business, but of course taking great images is important, so Stephen will demonstrate that also.

    Flash and other lights - Have you ever taken a picture, looked at the screen and just scratched your head wondering “Why did that happen?” After this program you will know why it’s happening and more importantly, how to fix it. There is no perfect flash system, but if you understand how it works, and where it can fail, you will learn to love your flash. After demystifying using a single flash accurately and creatively, we’ll add two or three more and it will really start to get interesting. We’ll cover manual, auto and ttl multi flash use. Nothing makes your work shine like great lighting. We'll discuss all light sources but concentrate on flash, if you can’t find the light, then bring it with you! This part of the program will include shooting, so bring your cameras.

    Class limit: 10

    Location: 16 River St, Braintree MA and on location

    Contact: 781-794-3222

    Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    • 26 Mar 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 21 Kallio Path, Pembroke MA 02359
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    PPAM Photopalooza 2016

    March 26thRamping Up Your Studio Production with Susan White M.Photog., CPP and Mark O’Connell

    (Payment must be made upon registration)

    Spend the day with Mark O'Connell and Susan White as they demonstrate methods to streamline your studio production starting after the session to packaging for customer delivery.

    Emphasis will be on enhancing your usage of Photoshop. Mark will show you how to create your own actions and then turbo-charge them with tools inside Photoshop and some little known free Adobe products. He'll teach his step by step approach to retouching portrait faces using his collection of Photoshop tools, scripts and actions.

    See how they have harnessed the many features of Photoshop to make their workflow faster and easier and how you can too!

    Learn how they prepare their images for In Person Projection Sales, showing a few simple steps to making their work more pleasing and easier to sell. Mark will demonstrate some 3rd party products that are free or low cost but boost productivity every day at the studio.

    Mark & Susan will go over some of their finishing and packaging techniques that add value to their products and much more as time permits.

    Class limit: 12

    Location: 21 Kallio Path, Pembroke MA 02359

    Contact: 781-826-8189

    Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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