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    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 5th Avenue Beach, Manistee, MI

    *** Location Updated, but still in beautiful Manistee! ***

    **Please Note, this is a PPM Members (and their families) Only Event **
    Not a current member? Renew your membership by June 30, 2020 at ppofmi.com/renewjoin and use code "
    " for 50% off. (Now that's a great deal for dinner with friends and a portrait.)

    We're doing it again !!!!!! 

    After a GREAT event and time last year, we're going to have our "Family Beach Session" again, this time, on the West side of the state in beautiful Manistee. If you missed the last one, you will not want to miss this one. You'll have a great time, meet some great people, and walk away with a family portrait that will be treasured for years to come. 

    We make it our mission to help families understand and value family portraits. We also understand the sacrifices that our families make at times for us. Well, how long has it been since you've had a great professional one of your family?

    So, bring your families, and your camera for another great event hosted by your Professional Photographers of Michigan.

    Back to the West Coast! 

    Considered to be one of Manistee’s most beautiful beaches, this great spot is ideal for those looking to walk the beautiful North Pier. The Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse is also located off of the north pier.


    Fifth Avenue Beach, Manistee, MI (More about this beach)

    July 12, 2020
    Approximate Schedule:

    6:00 - 7:00 Pot Luck picnic

    7:00 - 9:00 Photo shoot at the beach

    What to Bring:

    • Plate to pass
    • Picnic stuff: chairs, blankets, towels, bug spray, sun screen
    • Camera if you will would like to photograph your own family or volunteer to photograph others.
    • Make sure you bring your own camera memory card. This way you can just hand it to the photographer and after the shoot, they'll give it back to you so you can edit as you wish.

    Examples from previous years:

    Tawas (East Coast)

    Ludington (West Coast)

    Ludington Behind the Scenes

    • 03 Aug 2020
    • 9:45 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Traverse City State Hospital, Traverse City, MI 49684
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    This event has been rescheduled! August 3rd, 2020!!

    Photo History Tour at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons

    The semi-guided Traverse City State Hospital (TCSH) Tripod Photography Tours gives photographers of all levels a chance to respectfully explore various unrestored buildings that are not normally included on the Guided Historic Tour. You will learn about Dr. Munson’s “Beauty is Therapy” theory on patient care, the former uses of the structures on the property, the purpose of the architecture and more.

    Smaller groups are escorted through a variety of spaces, such as basements and attics, with enough time to allow everyone opportunities to capture the building elements they find compelling.  This tour also includes an excursion into the 1883 underground steam tunnel.

    2.5 hours  -  $50 per person  -  Limited to 12 people

    Arrive by 9:45AM. Tour begins at 10:00AM. 

    Meeting location:  B50 ~ The Village Store - 630 Cottageview Dr Suite 64, Traverse City, MI 49684

    What to bring:

    • Closed toed shoes are required
    • Dress for the weather as you will be spending time outside rain, snow or shine.
    • Camera equipment, including tripod

      Other Notes: 

      • Ages 18 & over, ID required
      • Over 1 mile of walking - Not wheelchair accessible

      More Info on the TCSH

      • 20 Sep 2020
      • 12:00 PM (EDT)
      • 21 Sep 2020
      • 7:00 PM (EDT)
      • DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City - Riverfront
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      Nichol Krupp

      September 20-21, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City - Riverfront

      Spend the weekend in beautiful Bay City. Enjoy the coastline and explore some of the hidden gems with our host, Nichol Krupp.



      Watch and learn how Nichol uses natural light and urban settings to create her signature style portraits while working with clients to bring out personality, attitude, depth and connection. 

      Bring your camera to shoot “behind the scenes” to take home your own inspirational flip book! 



      It’s all in the details…

      • Design a life and a business you love!
      • Raise your income while lowering your number of clients. 
      • Work through a plan-for-profit worksheet and take home numbers on paper for your own business 
      • Stand apart from competitors with a luxury brand approach 
      • Work from anywhere with Nichol’s virtual sales system

      We will end the day with inspiration and motivation for developing your own personal projects that fuel not only your own creative passion, but raise the level of your style and brand. 

    Past events

    22 Jun 2020 Studio Lighting Inside and Out (PPA Merit Class)
    20 Apr 2020 (Virtual) Speed Mentoring
    03 Apr 2020 Educational Webinar Series
    06 Mar 2020 PhotoMax 2020
    10 Feb 2020 “Standing Heads Above Your Competition” Profitable Business Headshots with Michael Price
    16 Jan 2020 Imaging USA
    12 Nov 2019 Image Competition Series - Part 3
    04 Nov 2019 Image Critique and Portfolio Review at JDLab
    21 Oct 2019 The Power of Lightroom / The Magic of Photoshop
    14 Oct 2019 Ann Arbor Law Quad - Photowalk
    29 Sep 2019 2019 Fall Artistry Retreat with Jeff Johnson
    11 Sep 2019 Image Competition Series - Part 1
    25 Aug 2019 Shoot From The Wells at Comerica
    28 Jul 2019 Your Family Beach Session PPM Style!
    10 Jun 2019 Coffee at Cops and Doughnuts
    06 May 2019 Get It Right In The Camera
    15 Apr 2019 April - Butterflies in Bloom
    08 Mar 2019 PhotoMax 2019
    11 Feb 2019 Digital Audit with Meghan Michaels
    12 Nov 2018 Print Comp Critique at JDLab
    15 Oct 2018 Making Magic Happen - Trudy Evans
    09 Sep 2018 2018 Fall Artistry Retreat
    06 Aug 2018 Shootout with the Classics - Jim Smeltzer
    22 Jul 2018 Your Family Beach Session PPM Style!
    11 Jun 2018 Speed Mentoring
    11 Feb 2018 PhotoMax
    24 Sep 2017 PPM 2017 Fall Artistry Retreat w/ Christie Newell
    25 Apr 2017 Karen Goforth - The Road to Success in Photography - MERIT Class
    21 Apr 2017 2017 PPA NE District Competition / PPM Convention
    13 Mar 2017 2017 T-shirt/Hoodie Order
    14 Nov 2016 PPM ON TOUR: Frankenmuth (MMPPA)
    02 Oct 2016 PPM-2016 Fall Artistry Retreat
    19 Sep 2016 PPM/PPA MERIT CLASS: Kim Schlegel
    15 Aug 2016 PPM ON TOUR: Western (PPWM)
    14 Jun 2016 PPM ON TOUR: Lansing (Triangle)
    25 Apr 2016 Camera Cleaning 1/2 OFF
    25 Apr 2016 PPM/PPA MERIT CLASS: Leslie Conway
    15 Mar 2016 PPM ON TOUR: Detroit (DPPA)
    01 Mar 2016 PPA/PPM Merit Program with Jim Cunningham
    28 Feb 2016 FREE pass (PPM/North East Districts)
    28 Feb 2016 iPad Raffle Raffle Tickets
    27 Feb 2016 Helen Yancy Scholarship Fundraiser Raffle
    25 Feb 2016 2016 February Frenzy/PPA Northeast District Competition
    23 Feb 2016 T-shirt/Hoodie Order
    21 Feb 2016 Convention Meal Tickets
    25 Oct 2015 PPM-2015 Fall Artistry Retreat
    24 Aug 2015 Christine Walsh-Newton: PPA MERIT CLASS
    27 Apr 2015 Steve Ragland: PPA MERIT CLASS
    10 Mar 2015 Kimberly Smith-PPA MERIT CLASS
    06 Mar 2015 March Madness
    16 Feb 2015 PPM ON TOUR: Sandra Pearce
    13 Jan 2015 2015 Convention Shirt/Hoodie
    08 Nov 2014 Sabina Cavalli-Sportraits
    05 Oct 2014 PPM-Fall Artistry Retreat
    03 Aug 2014 PPM Presents: Christopher Pritchard
    30 Jun 2014 PPM Presents: Steve White ~ Infared Photography
    18 May 2014 PPM Presents: Carrie Stadelman~Natural Light Seniors
    29 Apr 2014 PPM Presents Melonie Walker: Album Design
    21 Apr 2014 PPM Presents: Adam Carrol/Steffanie Good
    01 Apr 2014 Jessica Edward-Merit Tuesday
    28 Mar 2014 PPM-March Madness Convention
    22 Nov 2013 Wine Tasting at Cork on Saginaw
    24 Sep 2013 PPA MERIT TUESDAY: Helen Yancy
    22 Sep 2013 PPM 2013 Fall Focus Seminar
    22 Jul 2013 PPM Presents~Wilson Sarkis: Weddings
    09 May 2013 PPM Presents: Melonie Walker (Shooting Wireless to iPad and Really Cool Apps)
    18 Feb 2013 MERIT MONDAY: Barbara Yonts
    15 Feb 2013 FEBRUARY FRENZY
    12 Nov 2012 PPM Presents: Print Competition Preparation
    07 Oct 2012 Fall Seminar
    20 Sep 2012 PPM Presents: Social Media Explored
    27 Aug 2012 PPM Presents: Sunset Beach Portraits
    19 Aug 2012 PPM Presents: Downtown Urban Photo Safari
    06 Aug 2012 PPM Presents: Waterfall at Sunset Safari
    23 Jul 2012 PPM Presents: Junkyard Portrait Safari
    16 Jul 2012 PPM Presents: Warehouse Studio/Grunge Safari
    27 Jun 2012 PPM Presents Bundle Packages
    24 Jun 2012 PPM Presents: Free Yourself From Photoshop
    19 Jun 2012 PPM Presents: Creating a Business Plan & Marketing
    10 Jun 2012 PPM Presents: Downtown Urban Photo Safari
    04 Jun 2012 PPM Presents: Social Media Explored
    07 May 2012 PPM Presents: Adam Carroll
    22 Apr 2012 PPM Presents: Steve Ragland
    31 Mar 2012 PPM Presents: David Humphrey
    12 Feb 2012 Digital Cameras Revealed
    11 Feb 2012 Digital Cameras Revealed
    10 Feb 2012 Pre-convention Programs
    10 Feb 2012 Michigan Photographic Expo


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