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Upcoming events

    • 25 Mar 2020
    • 10 Apr 2020
    • Private PPM Members Only Facebook Group

    We know that times are tough and the world seems to have come to a halt, but we won’t let “social distancing” stop us from networking and sharing knowledge!  

    You’re invited to join your PPM family during our new Educational Webinar Series!

    We’ll be featuring a speaker each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2pm for the next 3 weeks, covering a wide variety of business & photography-related topics. These “virtual workshops” are free to all current PPM Members and will be livestreamed to you in the comfort of your own home! 

    You’ll find the current list of webinars under the “Events” tab of the  PPM Members Only Facebook Group. Click on each event to learn more!

    Be sure to keep an eye on our PPM Members Only Facebook Group for the Live video feeds and the links to our Zoom webinars at the actual start time.

    Current Line Up

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 2pm : “How to Generate Income & Maintain Effectiveness During Lockdown” with Derek Cookson via Facebook Live (inside the PPM Members Only Group)

    Friday, March 27, 2020 at 2pm: “4 Lighting Styles in 30 Minutes!” with Adam Carroll via Zoom (link will be posted in the PPM Members Only Group)

    Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2pm: “Social Media: Where is Your Audience & How Do You Reach Them?” with Rachele Wright Wilson via Facebook Live (inside the PPM Members Only FB Group)

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 2pm: “Lightroom 101” with Kari Douma via Zoom (link will be posted in the PPM Members Only FB Group)

    Social Events will also appear time to time. 

    Members Only

    Make sure your membership is up to date and you are part of the PPM Members Only Facebook Group to join in on the fun.

    New members, please apply here

    • 20 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • DETROIT SHIPPING COMPANY, 474 Peterboro Street, Detroit, MI 48201

    Speed Mentoring

    Sharing Knowledge. Growing Each Other. 

    Grab some great food and sit down with your fellow PPM Members. Top photographers will share their secrets to succeeding in the Business of Photography. 

    This event was extremely successful in 2018, so we had to bring it back. The free flow of information was invaluable and inspiring to the participants. 

    We are all professionals. We are all learning. Come share and/or learn from your colleagues.

    Time: Monday, April 20th, 2020 at 6PM 

    Location: DETROIT SHIPPING COMPANY, 474 Peterboro Street, Detroit, MI 48201

    Parking Note: DSC offers limited free parking behind the building. The lot next door is operated by another vendor, and available. 

    • 11 May 2020
    • 9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Traverse City State Hospital, Traverse City, MI 49684
    • 3

    Photo History Tour at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons

    The semi-guided Traverse City State Hospital (TCSH) Tripod Photography Tours gives photographers of all levels a chance to respectfully explore various unrestored buildings that are not normally included on the Guided Historic Tour. You will learn about Dr. Munson’s “Beauty is Therapy” theory on patient care, the former uses of the structures on the property, the purpose of the architecture and more.

    Smaller groups are escorted through a variety of spaces, such as basements and attics, with enough time to allow everyone opportunities to capture the building elements they find compelling.  This tour also includes an excursion into the 1883 underground steam tunnel.

    2.5 hours  -  $50 per person  -  Limited to 12 people

    Arrive by 9:45AM. Tour begins at 10:00AM. 

    Meeting location:  B50 ~ The Village Store - 630 Cottageview Dr Suite 64, Traverse City, MI 49684

    What to bring:

    • Closed toed shoes are required
    • Dress for the weather as you will be spending time outside rain, snow or shine.
    • Camera equipment, including tripod

      Other Notes: 

      • Ages 18 & over, ID required
      • Over 1 mile of walking - Not wheelchair accessible

      More Info on the TCSH

      • 22 Jun 2020
      • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Guys & Dolls Photography, 312 E Chippewa St, Mt Pleasant, MI

      Studio Lighting Inside and Out

      Dan and Kari Pulver

      (PPA Merit Class)

      Dan & Kari Pulver from Guys & Dolls Photography of Mt. Pleasant bring you- Back to the Future

      From Dan and Kari Pulver: 

      What if digital technology was wiped out.... Would you have the ability to continue doing what you do? No more looking at the back of the camera to see if you got it, no more fixing files in photoshop. Could you create the imaging you are creating today with confidence? If you have a question mark in the back of your head then read on.

      We tell people all the time we're thankful we got into photography when we did for the simple fact that we were trained the way in my mind photography should be taught. A time when tradition meant more than trend. When the wonder of photography was still real and people got so excited to see their PAPER proofs! (Which usually consisted of 10 to 20 poses - 20 if they didn't blink.) 

      This program will teach you to work with confidence. I'm not a fan of the word basic but sometimes that is where we need to start to achieve the best results. From lighting, indoor and out to posing that is photographically correct. We will touch on all of the aspects that have kept our studio open for over 40 years. It seems everyone wants to talk digital software and photoshop technique. How about we talk photography and worry about technology after we get it right in the camera?

      Come enjoy the day with us and I guarantee you leave as a more confident photographer.

      Location: Guys & Dolls Photography, 312 E Chippewa St, Mt Pleasant, MI

      Date: Monday, June 22, 2020

      Time: 12(noon)-8PM with 1.5hr Dinner Break

      • 20 Sep 2020
      • 12:00 PM
      • 21 Sep 2020
      • 7:00 PM
      • DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City - Riverfront


      Nichol Krupp

      September 20-21, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City - Riverfront

      Spend the weekend in beautiful Bay City. Enjoy the coastline and explore some of the hidden gems with our host, Nichol Krupp.



      Watch and learn how Nichol uses natural light and urban settings to create her signature style portraits while working with clients to bring out personality, attitude, depth and connection. 

      Bring your camera to shoot “behind the scenes” to take home your own inspirational flip book! 



      It’s all in the details…

      • Design a life and a business you love!
      • Raise your income while lowering your number of clients. 
      • Work through a plan-for-profit worksheet and take home numbers on paper for your own business 
      • Stand apart from competitors with a luxury brand approach 
      • Work from anywhere with Nichol’s virtual sales system

      We will end the day with inspiration and motivation for developing your own personal projects that fuel not only your own creative passion, but raise the level of your style and brand. 


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