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Fall Artistry Retreat - Astro+Landscape

  • 17 Sep 2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • 18 Sep 2023
  • 3:00 PM
  • Best Western, 505 S Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
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  • PPA, MAPP, DPPA, and PPOhio members.
  • First Year Member FREE pass to Fall Retreat
  • PPM Member, includes PPA Merit.

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PPM Fall Artistry Retreat

Sept 17-18 in Mackinaw City, MI

Astro & Landscape

Featuring Master Photographer Bob Coates

From improving your landscape photography skills, to learning the tricks of astro photography and creating a masterpiece of "astro landscape" imagery, this two day workshop will take your photography to new heights. Spend two days in Mackinaw City, taking a deep dive into the art of shooting the stars. 

Known for its stunning views of the glorious "Mighty Mack" Bridge and easy access to a Dark Sky Park, the Mackinaw City area also has a high potential of seeing the Northern Lights in September. This is a can't miss opportunity!

Hotel Information 

Best Western Plus Dockside Waterfront Inn

505 S Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Special rates are no longer available, but it never hurts to ask. Breakfast included

Call the Hotel directly at: 1-800-944-1615 to book your room and mention PPofMI!

Right on the beach of Lake Huron, just a few steps to the water. Access to shopping, gorgeous views, ferries and waterparks make this region particularly popular for friends and families. 


The following schedule is subject to change, becoming more detailed as we get closer, but since many are bringing families and are curious, here is a rough sketch of the event. 

  • Sunday 9/17, 12PM: Registration Check-In opens with "Classroom" instruction at 1PM
  • Sunday Evening: dinner together followed by Coffee & Wine Tasting
  • Sunday Night : Photowalk to capture the night sky
  • Monday 9/18 10AM: "Classroom" instruction with all official activities wrapped up no later than 2PM. 

Speaker Bio

Bob Coates started his official pro career in March of 1995 after picking up and putting down a camera for the previous Thirteen years. Based in the Caribbean for his first three years of business Bob concentrated on commercial photography. He was dragged kicking and screaming into the wedding side of the business and then embraced weddings. Upon his move to Sedona, Arizona to get out of the path of hurricanes, weddings were expanded and mixed with some commercial work. Coming full circle Bob is back to concentrating solely on commercial projects, chasing wildlife and creating an art décor line of images as a ‘Lens Based Artist’ combining photographic images with digital artistry.

Articles for magazines and books authored by Bob are part of how he gives back to the photographic community. In addition, Bob has presented programs from Hawaii to the Caribbean including National platforms at Imaging USA and other venues. Judging local and International print competitions is another way Bob shares his expertise in the industry.

Bob has always believed in helping his local community using his photographic skills. Among fundraising projects a couple notable ones were a calendar based on the movie Calendar Girls that raised money and garnered lots of community awareness and National press for the Sedona Arts Center. He also photographed, designed, printed and sold a calendar titled ‘Flowers for Food’ for the Sedona Community Center raising over $15,000.

The Gallery of Modern Masters at the Hillside Sedona Center represents Coates’ artwork. Bob currently lives and works from his residential studio in Sedona, AZ with his wife Holly.

Check out Bob’s other work: A Blog for photographers

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