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Upcoming events

    • 15 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Hampton Inn & Conference Center 319 Speen Street, Natick MA
    Register

    September 1st, 2021 - PPAM statement on Covid:

    - Masks are required at any in-person events until further notice

    - We encourage those who are unvaccinated to consider whether it is safe to attend

    What Mother Never Told You About Image Competition
    with
    Mark Sweeney, M.Photog. M.Artist.Cr. and Ken Bovat, M.Photog.Cr.CPP

    Monday November 15th, 2021

    Registration starts at 9 AM

    Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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



    What Mother never told you about Image Competition

    Replace Your Fear of Failure With a Need to Succeed!
    Once again, it’s time to start thinking about image competition.

    Ken Bovat and Mark Sweeney will share their competition expertise of many years, talk about ways of setting yourself up for success, and how to avoid many of the pitfalls people starting out often encounter. 

    Learning new skills from image competition carry over to our everyday work, making us better photographers.

    We will walk through the Competition Categories and offer our insight on the Twelve Elements images are evaluated by, and the Rules - something people Always forget to read.

    We will show you ways to look critically at your images long before the judges put eyes on them, and offer some tips on how to make your images look their very best.

    Whether you are a seasoned competition professional or are thinking about taking the leap and entering for the very first time, this program is for you !




    Biographies

    Mark's Photographic career started in high school as a staff photographer for The Elkhart Truth and South Bend Tribune newspapers in Northern Indiana where he photographed sporting events, feature stories and spot news.

    He is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Photography and for the past 20-odd years he has been in Clifton Park, New York photographing weddings and corporate events.

    Mark holds the Master of Photography, Master Artist, and Photographic Craftsman Degrees from PPA. A recipient of PPAs Imaging Excellence Award and Imaging Excellence Bar, he’s been a Top 10 Grand Imaging Award finalist in 2019 and 2017 and is a 12 time IPC Medalist, including 2018 Diamond Artist Of The Year and 2020 Platinum Medalist.

    Mark is actively involved in PPA. He’s a PPA Councilor, on the Competition Committee, is a Past President of his local affiliate Capital-Champlain and on PPAs list of Approved Jurors.


    Ken Bovat is a Master Photographer, Craftsman, CPP is the owner and sole photographer of Photo-Art by Ken Bovat in Claverack, New York. 

    He began his business in 1976, photographing mostly weddings and environmental portraits, working out of his home. 

    As his business grew, he relocated to an old railroad depot, which he converted into his current studio. His photography consists of weddings, portraits - specializing in High School Seniors, copy and restoration and a small amount of commercial photography. 

    Ken received his Master of Photography Degree from the Professional Photographers of America in 1988 and his Photographic Craftsman Degree in 1992. He was awarded Life Membership in 2014. Ken holds the Certified Professional Photographer accreditation from PPA. In 1998, the Professional Photographers' Society of New York State awarded Ken the PPA National Award. Ken went on to serve a President of that organization in 2003-2004. 

    Ken reached a personal goal in 2020 of earning 150 exhibition merits. 

    Ken is the recipient of numerous photographic awards on the local, state and international levels. He has lectured and presented photographic classes to many groups, both professional and amature.


    Monday November 15th, 2021

    Registration starts at 9 AM

    Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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

    • 10 Jan 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Hampton Inn & Conference Center 319 Speen Street, Natick MA
    Register

    September 1st, 2021 - PPAM statement on Covid:

    - Masks are required at any in-person events until further notice

    - We encourage those who are unvaccinated to consider whether it is safe to attend

    Social Media & Personal Branding by Sassy Mouth™ Workshop

    with Marisa Balletti-Lavoie, Cr.Photog

    Monday January 10th, 2022

    Registration starts at 9 AM

    Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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


    Social Media & Personal Branding by Sassy Mouth™ Workshop

    Join the Queen of Sass Marisa Balletti-Lavoie for a bold, fresh, original program spotlighting the do's, don'ts, and why's of social media & personal branding. Marisa will provide tips to capitalize on your social media reach, demystify hashtags, and unravel using various
    social platforms for business. The Personal Branding portion of Marisa’s
    program focuses on defining the question “What is Personal Branding?”,
    along with activities to refine your brand, and how to turn this concept
    into profitable Personal Branding Photo Shoots.




    Biography

    Marisa Balletti-Lavoie believes in bold, independent, original thought
    daily, and living her life unapologetic. She is a self taught
    professional photographer of 13 years, & life long artist. Marisa's
    Meriden, Connecticut photo studio The Sassy Space, is the center of her
    Sassy Mouth™ Photo creativity. Marisa continues to re-invent, and evolve
    her brand, constantly climbing higher, and pushing boundaries along the
    way. In 2020 Marisa received her Craftsman Photographer Degree from the
    Professional Photographers of America, and has been acknowledged by the
    American Society of Photographers with the first ever “Superstar” pin,
    in gratitude for her work on their social media. She loves music
    festivals, dancing like a fool, her family, great lipstick, and boxed
    wine. Marisa believes in the power of education, and will be an eager
    student of the world for life. 


    Monday January 10th, 20221

    Registration starts at 9 AM

    Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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

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