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Upcoming events

    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Online or Find a Watch Party Near You!
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    Online February 11 via PrintCompetition.com

    Watch parties across Michigan

    We have a few changes this coming year to help improve the experience of our competitors. 

    The Annual Image Competition will be February 11, 2023, a few weeks prior to Great Lakes PhotoMax. The competition will be held completely online, via PrintCompetition.com.

    Watch parties will be hosted across the state on February 11 (ie. Photographer’s Tailgate Party, Club 79).

    To celebrate your art, a Print Exhibit will be at Great Lakes PhotoMax 2023, showing all the pieces submitted to the competition.

    Awards will be presented at the Annual Banquet March 4th at the Somerset Inn, Troy, MI (during PhotoMax 2023).

    Deadlines, rules and submission details will be sent to your email and posted at ppofmi.com prior to the Competition. The Annual Image Competition is open to all photographers. PPofMI Members receive additional discounts on entry fees and are eligible for awards.

    Banquet and Awards Ceremony - March 4th

    Enjoy a multi-course meal and classy cocktails with members and their partners at this black tie optional event. A beautiful evening celebrating excellence in imagery. 

    Visit PhotoMax Event Registration to purchase Banquet tickets. A separate registration option is available for Banquet Only Tickets.


    • 03 Mar 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Somerset Inn, 2601 West Big Beaver Road, ​Troy, MI 48084
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    ** NEW THIS YEAR**

    David Beckham portfolio - Michigan PhotoMax 2023

    Fashion Posing and Lighting with Seniors - David Beckham

    PRECON WORKSHOP - MARCH 3RD

    Take a deep dive into different lighting scenarios and seamless blend with posing techniques. Up your posing and lighting skills with this full day workshop.

    Registration is separate from PhotoMax.  

    Ready for a full weekend of amazing speakers? REGISTER FOR GREAT LAKES PHOTOMAX  MARCH 4-5 


    Summary

    Fashion Posing and Lighting with Seniors. We will be looking at multiple types of lighting: Studios Strobes, OCF, LED Studio and outside. We will be using multiple modifies so that you can get different effects and results. This will be hands on class, so bring your cameras and Godox Triggers. Through out each of the lighting set-ups we will be learning the Elements of Posing. By breaking down posing into simple steps we can learn how to pose any body type in any situation. We will be using HS models so that we can get great photos as well.

    Speaker Bio

    After pursuing two other careers and enjoying them tremendously, I decided it was time to follow a life-long passion of portrait photography. I started relearning in the late nineties and began David Beckham Photography and set up a basement studio. My goal was to be just like the pioneers of senior photography, Kent Smith and Larry Peters, but cheaper. I had visions of growing to tremendous proportions. Well that dream never happened. As soon as I developed my own fashion-based style, my own Senior Model Program, and my own way of using OCF did I make an impact. I opened my full-time studio in 2009 and have seen 15-25% growth every year since. In 2012 I changed to only offering Senior and Fashion photography and my best sales ever.

    In 2020 I earned the Masters of Photography from the PPA and I am the President of the Professional Photographers of Ohio. I was honored with the PPA National Award in 2020. My work has been published in many national magazines including the Cover of PPA Magazine. I write two or three articles a year for Shutter Magazine. A Photo of mine was awarded the Grand Imaging award for Best Senior Photo in 2019 and I had a TOP 10 photo in the 2016. Senior Style Guide has chosen my work six years in a row for their coveted Hot 100 list. I was honored to be a platform teacher at Imaging USA in 2022 and they asked me back to do it again in 2023! I speak and teach at multiple PPA events, SYNC in 2018, 2019 and 2020, Shutterfest 16, 17, 18, 19 and 21. I also lead “Everything Senior Workshops” from my studio and on location 4-6 times a year. I host and educational Facebook Group called ASKDavid.

    Lodging 

    Lodging is available at the Somerset Inn. Book your room at Somerset Inn by February 10 and note that you are with the "Professional Photographers of Michigan Group" to get a special rate of $119 (Tower Rooms) and $149 (Executive Wing). Go directly to somersetinn.com when checking rates add Group Code "594" or call 248-643-7800 for booking assistance.

    • 04 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Somerset Inn, 2601 West Big Beaver Road, ​Troy, MI 48084
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    Great Lakes PhotoMax  |  March 4-5, 2023  | Troy, Michigan

    MORE Education. More FUN. More leveling up.

    ** NEW PreCon Workshop - March 3rd**

    Fashion Posing and Lighting with Seniors - David Beckham (separate registration)

    Take a deep dive into different lighting scenarios and seamless blend with posing techniques. Up your posing and lighting skills with this full day workshop. Register at the PreCon Event Page

    Speakers

    From First Contact Thru Sales with David Beckham 
    Photographing People of Various Skin Tones and Color with George P. Joell, III
    Photo Restoration with Karen Walker
    Mediocre to Marvelous with Fuzzy Duenkel

    Banquet and Awards Ceremony - March 4th

    Enjoy a multi-course meal and classy cocktails with members and their partners at this black tie optional event. A beautiful evening celebrating excellence in imagery. 

    When registering, please add YOUR banquet  dinner ticket AND any guest you may have. Banquet tickets are not included in the Convention registration fee.

    Annual Image Competition 
    **February 11**

    This year Image Competition will be held online on February 11. The awards will be compiled and presented at the Banquet March 4th. More information will be coming soon and deadlines announced. Watch parties will be spread throughout the state. Consider hosting and creating your own Club 79 experience. 

    Lodging 

    Lodging is available at the Somerset Inn. Book your room at Somerset Inn by February 10 and note that you are with the "Professional Photographers of Michigan Group" to get a special rate of $119 (Tower Rooms) and $149 (Executive Wing). Go directly to somersetinn.com when checking rates add Group Code "594" or call 248-643-7800 for booking assistance.

   

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