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Upcoming events

    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 2:00 PM
    • 27 Sep 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • Chateau Chantal, Traverse City, MI

    PPM Fall Retreat

    Sept 26th & 27th at Chateau Chantal, Traverse City

    Made In Michigan

    Featuring Master Photographer Sam Sarkis & Master Artist Karen Walker.

    Kickstart you Creativity with this Complete Experience.

    First, Sam Sarkis, Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman, will demonstrate efficient lighting & posing techniques for wedding & engagement couples and individual portraits. You will learn lighting techniques you can use inside to enhance your images and how the use off camera flash outside can take your portraits to the next level.

    Next, Karen Walker, Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, and Adobe Certified Expert, will share her methods for creating images with a distinctive artistic feel. She will focus on post-production techniques & tips for compositing and editing. From simple to more advanced techniques, Karen will teach you how to create images that will make you a standout in your market.

    Together, these speakers provide you a complete process to take your images to the next level. From artistic lighting to creative digital finishes, you will be able to immediately apply these skills to your art and business with your own style.


    Sunday, September 26th, 2021

    Noon-2PM   CPP Exam - Must sign up with PPA.com

    2PM-3PM   Check-In

    3PM-6PM   Presentation - Sam Sarkis - Wedding Photography

    6PM-8PM   Dinner on your own

    8PM-10PM   Social Gathering at Chateau Chantal

    Monday, September 27th, 2021

    9AM-9:30AM PPM General Meeting

    9:30AM-10:30AM Presentation - Sam Sarkis - Marketing

    10:30AM-1PM Presentation - Karen Walker - Post Processing

    But Don't Forget The Location! In-Person!

    Chateau Chantal Winery and Inn on Old Mission Peninsula, 15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City, MI 49686

    Call for Inn Reservations: (231) 223-4110
    Room price varies. Must mention you are with PPM or they will not let you book a room. Rooms are limited, other accommodations available below.

    Additional Accommodations available at Country Inn & Suites, 420 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI (near the base of Old Mission Peninsula). $129/night, breakfast included. Call (231) 668-7280 and mention PPM for group rate. Must book by 8/26/21 for special rate.

    • 03 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • 649 W 12th St, Mio, MI 48647

    An invitation from Amanda:

    Please join me for an "out of the bed" experience and find out how to use your location to make anyone feel sexy, confident, and outright gorgeous!

    Learn how I shoot boudoir all year round and in many different settings. Let me show you how to capture gorgeous images that highlight your client’s uniqueness in a setting that fits their personality and in ways not commonly done in this field!

    • Learn how to collaborate with your client to develop a styling concept and discover flattering wardrobe and makeup recommendations to match, that lets the client maintain their identity.
    • Master the use of everyday scenery to capture different traits of your client while showing them they can be sexy, romantic, and edgy outside of the bedroom and at the edge of their comfort zone!
    • Empower your client in front of the camera with poses that emphasize her favorite assets, minimize problem areas, and yes- teaches them to love the body they are in!
    The second part of this class will be using models in an outdoor setting to capture your own vision. Please bring your camera! This will not be a class on lighting or editing, but on the essence of having fun and creating a relationship with your client that builds trust and lets them be free and expressive no matter their size and shape.

    So let's get out of the bedroom and into the wild while we adventure into my world of beautiful chaos that we call real life.
    • 01 Nov 2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • Online Via Zoom

    Out Of the Dark, with Lightroom

    - Masterclass hosted by Ron Conigliaro -

    As a photographer and professional musician, I draw a lot of similarities between the two when producing finished photos. In music, we consider the type of guitar, percussive instrumentation, vocal parts, etc. - everything to effectively convey a mood for the piece. I take this approach with my photography, it's not likely that I'll process photos exactly the same unless they are part of a set. I try to "find the music" in my photos and utilize the tools we have to best set the mood and highlight the story of my subjects.

    Please join me in this session to discover the Adobe Lightroom (LrC) product and the tools it offers for editing your work. We will primarily focus on the "Develop" model internals and additionally display integration with external products like Portrait Pro, Photoshop, Topaz, etc. If you're not familiar with Lightroom, you will learn how simple it can be to quickly edit your shots into award winning photos. If you already have a working knowledge of Lightroom, I think you can pick up some tricks and editing techniques. I additionally hope I can inspire you into stepping outside of your comfort zone and finding the music in your photos.


    Ron Conigliaro is an award-winning professional Photographer and Producer based in Detroit, Michigan. He has been masterfully capturing extraordinary moments in time and stunning, unique places in nature due to his extensive travels, adventurous spirit and true passion for photography. Ron prides himself on being a versatile photographer studying and shooting genres of many types. Also a professional Businessman and Musician, some may consider him a jack of all trades and master of every project he puts his mind to. At the start of his career, Ron fearlessly took the path less traveled, choosing not to go to college but instead following a path in music and later teaching himself software development. His aptitude and hard work in teaching himself proved incredibly useful, as he was eventually able to establish his own software development business— Quantum Information System Solutions, Inc., where he currently serves as President and CEO.

    Over the years, Ron has found success in this tech-based business venture, expanding it so now Quantum offices reach beyond the borders of the United States. This software business has allowed him to visit offices located all over the world. Due to his business travels, he was introduced to the beauties of the Earth and the varying cultures, foods and attractions to be discovered outside of his Michigan bubble. Ron’s exposure to the stunning landscapes and exotic wonders outside of the U.S. would fuel his motivation to embark on a career in photography.

    Ron founded and is the current Owner and Operator of Zoom Room Studio and Ron Conigliaro Photography. His photography businesses allow him to capture every breathtaking moment of his travels. His skillful attention to detail, focus and perspective bring to life every image recorded through his lenses. His photos have been displayed in exhibits around the world, and published in numerous print and digital publications, including National Geographic Your Shot. Yet Ron remains humble and appreciative of his life’s journey and accomplishments. For every experience you would like to keep close to your heart, with a physical reminder to look back on through the years, Ron’s Zoom Room Studio will ensure you have that opportunity with expertly taken and brilliantly sublime photos to last a lifetime. Ron has seen the world, and Zoom Room Studio can show you the world you want to see through beautiful, personalized photos you will cherish forever.

    To view Ron's current online exhibit, "Close Up On Asia" - click this link: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/678039/close-up-on-asia?fbclid=IwAR3BXlhLNUaK6Qr5-OMfRrsa9_8YjYz1Skn3gj8oe_j7KC7sGH74ndwV5vI

    Follow Ron's photo adventures at:

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/ron.conigliaro

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/zoomroomstudio

    IG: zoom_room_studio


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