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Upcoming events

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

    • 24 Jul 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640

    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

    PPM Fall Artistry Retreat

    It's time to delve inside the BOX and explore your art

    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.


    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. 


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