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    • 27 Jun 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


    • 24 Jul 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640
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    Family Picnic and Photo Day at Dow Gardens

    Sunday, July 24, 2022 2-6pm

    We have had so much fun at previous family days, we had to keep the tradition going. Bring your camera, pack a picnic, grab your family or a friend, and join us at the Dow Gardens. We'll have time to explore the beauty of this Michigan gem, enjoy a picnic and exchange Family Photos. 

    This is a FREE* Members Only Event, but this year we are inviting our friends from DPPA as well. PPofMI will have drinks and some snacks to share.  *See Dow Gardens Entry fees below.

    The Photos: 

    We strongly encourage each Photographer to bring their camera and photograph another Member's Family. 

    If you are willing to volunteer to photograph more families, please email president.ppofmi@gmail.com or let a board member know. Delivery of photos is only expected to be the RAW images. Please note, it is suggested that you edit your own family's images out of respect of each others time. 

    The Gardens:

    Entry Fees: 

    Each family/individual will cover their own entry fee based on the Gardens' standard schedule. 

    • Annual Pass $20.00 per person
    • Adult daily $10.00
    • Kids (6-17) $2.00
    • College Students $2.00 (with valid i.d.)
    • Kids (5 & under) FREE 

    You can prepurchase your entry tickets here: https://sales.dowgardens.org/Tickets.aspx?ttc=GenAd&ec=ADM&ad=07/24/2022&cal=https%3a%2f%2fsales.dowgardens.org%3a443%2fcalendar.aspx

    Details about the venue:

    Experience a dazzling 110-acre display of annuals and perennials punctuated by distinctive bridges, towering pines, and delightful water features.

    General admission grants access to all features of campus including Gardens, Forest, and Canopy Walk, as available. Guests must enter through the 1809 Eastman Avenue Visitor Center. The park closes at 8PM. 

    Dow Gardens is largely an outdoor experience. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended and strollers/wagons are welcome. Weather-related closures do occur. Please call with questions or visit the Dow Gardens Plan Your Visit page for more information.

    Photography is welcome and encouraged. Please be mindful of other guests, and do not obstruct the walkways. Tripods and light stands will be allowed. Do not enter planted or unplanted beds. Do not climb trees.

    Drones are NOT permitted on the premises.

    This is a non-smoking campus. This includes vaping and electronic cigarettes.

    No pets (service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are welcome).

    Please note, though picnics are welcome, outside food and beverages are not permitted indoors. Concessions are available at the Whiting Forest Café.


    • 21 Aug 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • 26 Sep 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Grand Rapids, MI
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    PPM Fall Artistry Retreat

    It's time to delve inside the BOX and explore your art
    with TWO CLASSES IN ONE!

    Sept 25th & 26th in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

    Paint & Payments

    Featuring Master Photographer Gary Box

    First, we'll feed our creativity in the world of body painting. From painting techniques to lighting, photographing, and compositing the final image, you'll see the entire process. Let your mind run free. 

    Then, it's time to get into the business of photography. Gary Box, known for his sales techniques that get results, will share his secrets for impressive sales totals that you can put into immediate use and take your business to the next level.

    Schedule

    Sunday, September 25th, 2022

    Noon-2PM Check-In

    2PM-6PM   Keynote presentation - Paint! Body paint workshop: painting demonstration, photography and compositing the final art

    6PM-8PM   Dinner on your own

    8PM-10PM   Social Gathering (to be announced)

    Monday, September 26th, 2022

    9AM-9:30AM PPM General Meeting

    9:30AM-1PM Payments! presentation - take a deep dive into the business of sales in photography


    This schedule is currently an estimate and may altered before the event to better serve our members. 

Past events

04 Mar 2022 Great Lakes PhotoMax 2022
16 Jan 2022 Imaging USA
01 Nov 2021 Out Of the Dark, with Lightroom - Masterclass hosted by Ron Conigliaro
03 Oct 2021 Real People - Real Life - Boudouir Anywhere
26 Sep 2021 2021 Fall Artistry Retreat - Made in Michigan
01 Sep 2021 Real Life Ideas for your Boutique Volume & Senior Portrait Studio
16 Aug 2021 Urban Safari Shootout Detroit Area
18 Jul 2021 PPM Family Photo Day
07 Jun 2021 Posing Your Client's Made Easy with Shawna
18 May 2021 Headshots with Chris Jones
03 May 2021 How to Start a Love Affair with Your Blog
03 May 2021 All About Albums (PPA Workshop Event)
26 Apr 2021 Marketing Round Table with Sarah and Lori
12 Apr 2021 Understanding & Sharing your Client's Authentic Story with Dr. AJ
05 Mar 2021 PhotoMax 2021
10 Feb 2021 Pre Competition Image Critique
17 Jan 2021 Imaging 2021 - Virtual
08 Nov 2020 (RESCHEDULED: Nov 8-9) 2020 Fall Artistry Retreat
03 Aug 2020 (RESCHEDULED) Private Tour of Traverse City State Hospital
12 Jul 2020 Family Beach Session
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
28 Jul 2014 PPM PRESENTS: PROP & BACKDROP MAKEOVERS!
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
22 Oct 2013 PPM PRESENTS: MICHAEL & TINA TIMMONS
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)
15 Apr 2013 SHOOT IT / SHOW IT ONLINE PRINT COMPETITION
18 Feb 2013 MERIT MONDAY: Barbara Yonts
15 Feb 2013 FEBRUARY FRENZY
27 Nov 2012 SHOOT IT / SHOW IT ONLINE PRINT COMPETITION
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
07 Jun 2012 SHOOT IT / SHOW IT ONLINE PRINT COMPETITION
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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