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  • 11 Feb 2018
  • 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit/Dearborn 5801 Southfield Expressway Detroit, MI 48228


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • This option is only available if you are joining under the "New First Time" member option. This registration is available to those that have either never been a member of PPM, or, hasn't been a member for the past 5 years.
    This includes all PhotoMax Classes, photographers lounge, hospitality suite, and awards ceremony.
  • This is an add-on for those that have joined under the Basic Membership level.
    As with the Premiere membership, thi swill includes all PhotoMax Classes, photographers lounge, hospitality suite, and awards ceremony.
  • Premiere member- $0.00 Includes all PhotoMax Classes, photographers lounge, hospitality suite, and awards ceremony.
  • We all wish we had stunning locations to photograph all our clients. The reality is, many of us have to make do with average, everyday banquet halls and typical outdoor locations. Amy will walk you through what she does to create beautiful art for her clients in the most average of places.
  • We will go into how I consult with my clients prior to our Children's Character Portrait Session. What I’m after and the “Authenticity” that we need in order to make these type of pictures to really shine. The clothing, the dirt, the expression, and the props. We’ll then go into how we produce the portraits including how I light them, what I’ve found to be good working exposures, the poses that work well, and how many shots I try to make. These portraits are also about efficiency. Finally, we’ll go into the post production that I do to finish these images along with sizes I offer to clients. These are commissioned portraits rather than volume sessions. Questions - Its my goal to leave you prepared to start producing these as soon as you are ready. The great thing about in person education is being able to ask questions. So please don’t be afraid to ask - it’s the best way we can all learn!
  • If you ever wanted to experience an evening of shooting with a master photographer showing you the best in posing and lighting, this is the event for you! James Schmelzer is an award winning photographer, lecturer, and has been the technical representative for F.J. Westcott Company for over 30 years. James has been actively involved in designing new light modifier products as well as creating instructional videos demonstrating control of light. James is also a Sigma Photo Pro, and a Lumix Luminary, He conducts workshops, speaks at seminars, and demonstrates at trade shows.
  • Ever wonder what it would be like to fly? Have you been curious about becoming a Drone pilot and adding a new product line to your existing business or maybe starting a new business altogether? Join Michael, an F.A.A. licensed, sUAS pilot, as we navigate this exciting new adventure together. There are many things to consider in this new opportunity to photographers and entrepreneurs alike. Is it right for you? Let Michael help you determine that before you invest many hours and dollars into this venture. 
    This two hour program will give you the basic information that you need to make the decision on whether to purchase a drone for your business or hire out the services of a licensed pilot. There really is more to it than just buying a drone.
  • "I didn't know you were posing me!"

    We hear it all the time from our clients...I don't want our pictures to look "POSED" but they want the most flattering pictures they can get so what's a photographer to do? Playful posing keeps your clients so distracted they don't realize you're actually sneaking in that dreaded posing. But first you have to understand what's going on in your client's mind. We will dig into what clients are worried about going into a photo shoot and why they put up barriers. Then we'll talk about ways to move them through those barriers into a relaxed playful attitude that allows you to do your work. We'll talk about prompts that work and ways to have more fun with your clients.
  • The Ultimate Workshop For Senior Portrait Photographers

    Initial Meeting | Shooting | Lighting | Post Production | Sales
    A 1 day hands-on intimate workshop with industry leader Rynelle Walker that will take your senior photography business to the next level of success.

    Rynelle will personally take you through every part of the process from meeting with your client to shoot, edit to sale and show you how to create a truly unique experience for your clients that results in consistent higher sales for your business.

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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit/Dearborn

5801 Southfield Expressway

Detroit, MI 48228

Friday Feb 9, 2018

10:00 - 1:00 Print drop off

2:00 - 4:00 Early bird bonus class Amy Feick -  

How to Create Beautiful Art in the Ugly Location
     sponsored by PPM and JD lab 

5:00 - 9:00 Judging/Print comp party room

9:30 - ? Hospitality suite

Saturday Feb 10, 2018

9:00 - 12:00 Print judging (If time before lunch, print critiques)

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch

2:00 - 5:00 Program - Pete Rezac

Black & White Children's Character Portraits
     sponsored by Bayphoto 

5:00 - 7:00 Dinner for attendees on their own

7:00 - 10:00 Shooting Bays 4 Bays - James Smeltzer

Saturday Night Shootout
     sponsored by Westcott 

10:00 - ? Hospitality suite

Sunday Feb 11, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 Program - Michael Timmons

Introduction to Drone Photography
     sponsored by PPM 

11:00 - 11:15 Visit Vendors

11:30 - 12:00 General meeting for PPM Members

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 Program - Wilson Sarkis

Creative Lighting
     sponsored by Zookbinders 

3:45 - 5:45 Program - Barbi Barnum

Playful Posing
     sponsored by PPM 

7:00 Past Presidents receptions/awards - Michigan room


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