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Upcoming events

    • 02 Oct 2023
    • 16 Oct 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom

    Professional Photographers of Michigan Image Competition-  Zoom Education Series

    Curious about how to start in Image Competition? Getting ready for next season by sharpening up on the latest rules? Get better and get informed with this THREE part series on the inner workings of Image Competition by PPofMI, led by Master Photographers and Michigan Image Competition Officials.

    October 2nd at 7pm, Kari Douma will discuss “The What-Why-How of Image Competition.” Explore why Michigan’s top photographers find it to be a useful tool and how it could be a huge part of your professional growth. 

    October 9th at 7pm, Sue Brown and Randy Van Duinen explore “Image Prep with the 12 Elements in Mind.” Whether you are just now learning the phrase “12 Elements” or struggling with what “Presentation” is, why it’s important or how to accomplish a digital mat quickly, or you need a brush up to get ready for the new season, this is a must attend. Image Prep is one of the number one questions asked leading up to the competition deadline.

    October 16th at 7pm, Competition Chairs Chris Jones and Adam Carroll dig into the “The Rules - Everything You Need to Know to Enter” and SUCCEED. We will hit key points like Categories, How to Submit, Scoring and Trophies, as well as any other questions you may have. By the end of this discussion (and the series as a whole), you will have a comprehensive understanding of image competition and the resources to explore further. Can you say “mentor?”

    Zoom Link provided in registration reminder prior to workshop beginning. 

    • 23 Oct 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 4044 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, MI 49418

    THe Magic of Pet Photography

    Ready to expand your skill set?  Angela Lawson will give us some fabulous tips as we explore the art of pet photography. Join us in Grandville (West Michigan) at Kari Douma Photography's studio for a full day PPA Merit program. 

    Call Me Frank_merit

    Speaker: Angela Lawson

    Angela is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), Photographic Craftsman, and a member of Professional Photographers of America, as well as a member of her local and state affiliates.  She believes that it is important to continue to improve her skills, stay abreast of the industry, and prove her competence through certification, as well continuing education.  She participates annually in PPA’s International Print Competition, where she has received high honors, with many of her images receiving outstanding merits, and one image went on to be placed in the prestigious Loan Collection Book, and another into PPA’s Showcase Book.


    • 23 Feb 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Somerset Inn, 2601 West Big Beaver Road, ​Troy, MI 48084
    • 31


    PRECON WORKSHOP - February 23RD, 10AM to 5PM*

    Join us for an enriching workshop where you'll discover the techniques that elevate your images, setting your brand apart and boosting your income. Explore the F.A.S.T process – a four-step journey to capturing the perfect shot. Learn the art of lighting elements and mastering control over your subjects. Dive into the world of portrait lighting styles and acquire the skills to craft them with finesse.

    * Bonus Opportunity at 7PM! Every photographer will have individual sessions with the provided models to shoot and correct all aspects of the workshop with instructions.

    Registration is separate from PhotoMax.  

    Ready for a full weekend of amazing speakers? Register for Great Lakes PhotoMax Feb 24-25 2024

    Workshop Summary

    Kick off the morning with a warm welcome. Discover the back story of the Alexander Martin brand and the overarching goals of the workshop.

    The F.A.S.T. Process:

    Unravel the key principles of the F.A.S.T. process. Find, Ambient, Set, and Take. Learn how to identify compositions, harness ambient light for mood, and confidently set up lights to capture striking images.

    Simple Lighting Setups:

    Explore three straightforward yet impactful lighting setups tailored for sports photography. Witness the art of split lighting, the 10 and 2 arrangement, and The Fab 4 configuration.


    Friday, February 23rd - PreCon!

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM: Using Earth's Elements to Enhance Creativity with Richard Harris - (Alexander Marting Imagery) Registration for this workshop is separate from PhotoMax. Register today!
    5:00 PM -7:00 PM: Dinner on your own
    7:00 -9:00 PM: Take What You Learned and Apply It! Shoot-Out with models across the hotel. Optional Bonus Round!

    *Schedule subject to change.

    Speaker Bio

    Richard Harris, known as Alexander Martin Imagery, considers being a photographer as his second favorite job, right after being a dad. With a remarkable 25 years in the wedding industry, he has developed a deep passion for narrating your unique story. Richard has had the privilege of documenting nearly a thousand weddings, and each one continues to be a source of new learning experiences. His commitment to pushing the boundaries in capturing unforgettable moments is unparalleled, ensuring you see them in a fresh light. By combining his expertise in portrait and creative lighting techniques acquired over his extensive career as a wedding photographer, Richard now crafts truly distinctive images that resonate with his clients and their families. Beyond his love for learning and creating, he finds immense joy in sharing, inspiring, and educating others. As an educator, he imparts the wisdom, experiences, and knowledge he's gained, witnessing the growth and excitement of those he teaches... a truly rewarding experience.


    Lodging is available at the Somerset Inn. Go directly to or call 248-643-7800 for booking assistance.

    • 24 Feb 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 25 Feb 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Somerset Inn, 2601 West Big Beaver Road, ​Troy, MI 48084


    ONLY $129 for EVERYBODY!

    Special pricing expires September 28, 2023 at midnight!

    Great Lakes PhotoMax  |  February 24-25, 2024  | Troy, Michigan


    PhotoMax is a collection of hands on photography workshops led by nationally recognized photographers from all over the country.  Join with us for a weekend of enlightening education, inspiring conversations, and game changing networking with photographers and vendors. Have fun as you take your photography business to the next level!

    **PreCon Workshop - FEB. 23rd**

    Using Earth's Elements to Enhance Creativity  (separate registration)

    Learn the shots that will make your images stand out from the rest, creating a more sought after brand and work that will increase your revenue. Come learn the F.A.S.T. process (4 steps to the perfect shot), how to use earth's elements to enhance creativity skills with this full day workshop. Register at the PreCon Event Page

    PhotoMax is a PPA Continuing Education merit event!  Working toward a PPA Degree? Attend the Pre-Con February 23 AND the Conference February 24-25 and earn TWO Merits in ONE weekend!

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