September 24th Program: Image Competition – Salon

JPPG Fall Image Competition/Print Education/Salon

  • Early Bird Deadline on Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 11:59 pm
  • Final prints and entry fee must be received by Monday, September 23rd at 11:59pm
  • A Great Panel of Judges are Lined Up For Us!
  • First-Time competitors enter for free

We are excited to have several first-time competitors join us this year in image competition. This is a great way to improve your photography anonymously because the judges will be critiquing each image without them our anyone in the audience knowing who the maker is. The exception is if you win 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in a category or best of show. In that case we will celebrate you and the image you created!

Our judges this year are exceptional artists and award-winning photographers. All three were awarded the esteemed degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman, and without giving too much away, other degrees and prestigious titles earned by these judges are: Certified Professional Photographer, Master Artist Degree and the prestigious Fellowship Degree from the American Society of Photographers (ASP).  Each of them have had and currently have their work on display in public galleries.  They have graciously agreed to spend a day with us for a nominal fee and we are truly grateful. Their names are withheld until all entries are received.

Judging will take place prior to our meeting from approximately 3pm-6pm and you are encouraged and welcome to attend. The room will remain darkened and attendees will remain silent throughout the judging process. Once the meeting has officially started for the evening (approximately 7:30pm), the scores will be announced for each image, and the judges will take turns critiquing each image against the criteria found here: 12 Elements of a Successful Print

How to Enter:

  • Review the Official Salon Education Rules which will include your entry form. Print at least the last page and fill it out. Highlights are below, but please read all of the rules.
  • Get your images ready! You may enter up to 6… your 4 highest scoring images will count toward end of the year awards, etc.
  • Be careful to follow instructions on naming and sizing your files.
    File Size: 4000 pixels the longest side

Format: JPEG quality 10 (file size must not exceed 3.5mb)
Embedded color profile: either in sRGB or Adobe RGB (1998)
File name example: last name_category_imagetitle (use _ for spaces)
Example: jones_P8_See_Spot_Run.jpg
(This is the current PPA image guideline for entry except for adding name and category.)

  • Email your images and entry form to Michael Joseph NO LATER than Monday, September 23rd at 11:59pm. No exceptions. Be sure you receive an email confirmation.
  • Your entry may be paid when you enter on the JPPG website, or you may pay with a check made out to JPPG by 7pm on salon night.
  • First-time competitors are free. Just email your images and entry form by the deadline. If you wish to enter more than 6 images, you may do so by paying the entry for anything over 6 images.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

When and Where?

We meet at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin (I-295 and San Jose Blvd). Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm.

People’s Choice

NO people’s choice on salon night

Not a JPPG Member? No Problem. You are welcome to attend and the cost is only $25/event. You may pay in advance (below) or at the door. Guest fee is waived for first time visitors only, so your very first meeting is FREE!  Just let us know at check-in.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

Entry Fee Payment

Late registration link (beginning 12:00am on Saturday, September 21st)

Select Number of Images Entering

Below are some of JPPG’s 2018 Salon Winning Images

Congratulations to the Makers!

JPPG 2018 Best of Show: “Drama Queen” by Jackie Kramer

“Forgotten Prayers” by Keith Bartholomew

“Graceful Landing” by Jim Dvorak

A Red Heron glides it’s feet across the water as it prepares to land.

“Grand Central” by Tom Grzybala

“Ice Cold Stare” by Pat Lowe

“It All Comes Down to Love” by Michelle Shafer

October 9th Program: Suzette Allen


Painting your images can be fun and easy especially if you know the secrets to success. Speed up the painting process and maximize efficiency by preparing your files for the most dimension and using filters to accomplish the ‘first wash’ on your files. Learn how to modify and customize brushes to your liking and how to organize your tools for efficiency. 

But even more important is using a system that doesn’t get bogged down by memory-hungry brushes! Learn to leverage the “1% secret” and paint with more speed and control! 

Brush making (or modifying) is also a vital skill to get the look you want and develop your own style. Learn to design your own custom brushes and save them for future creativity. 

We will also explore how to finish off your art with a convincing texture (if not printing on true canvas or watercolor paper). Suzette will also show some of her images with surface brush strokes that truly complete the look. 

Topics you will learn: 

  • Choosing good images to paint. 
  • File Prep for dimension and drama 
  • First Wash techniques with filters 
  • Mixer brush modifying and customization 
  • System for speedy painting: “the secret” 
  • Layers and mixing- controlling the look with painting on layers 
  • Get inspired about new directions with your images 
  • The marriage of blending modes and painting for gorgeous art 


Suzette Allen

Suzette Allen is a passionate educator, teaching Photoshop to professional photographers for 19 years. Her work has morphed over the years, specializing in retouching, compositing, video and painting. Her passion for creativity and fearless attitude toward technology has served her well and kept her at the forefront of photoshop education and creativity while her laid back, friendly style has kept her in the hearts of many of her students as a true source of help and inspiration. 

Her latest passion of travel with her husband and beloved Bubble Trailer has taken her on a 13,000 mile trek across the country this fall, and she will be coming through Jacksonville on Oct 9! She wanted to thank the members for changing the usual meeting time to accommodate her Bubble Trailer Tour schedule! Get ready to be inspired and enjoy the journey as you follow her adventures on IG at @BubbleTrailer as well as the sights and stories on her blog, #createontheGo #MobileArtLife #CampCreateConnect 

A special note from JPPG: We are so excited to welcome Suzette and her husband Jon on their amazing Bubble Trailer tour, that we are waiving our $25 admission fee! But wait, there’s MORE! If you are not currently a member, decide to join (or re-join) that night and pay for your 2020 membership in full, your November admission is also FREE. If you are thinking of coming back to JPPG, this is the perfect time. We are looking forward to seeing you there! 

P.S. Click on Suzette’s Bubble Trailer link above and follow her tour to be entered to win weekly prizes! 

Darla Sharp – August 27 Program

Taxes Don’t Have To Be Taxing!

Are you interested in making money from your photography or are you already making money? Does the thought of receiving an audit notice from the IRS make you nervous or cause panic? Then this program is for you.  Darla will share with you what questions you should be asking your tax professional and how you can stay prepared. She will also share a brief overview of the differences in tax implications of a sole proprietorship, LLC and S Corporation. If you want to learn some strategies to avoid paying IRS penalties & interest, then don’t miss Darla’s program!

Darla Sharp is the owner of The Sharp Studio, LLC in New Smyrna Beach, FL. She began her photography career right out of high school working for a professional studio in Western Kentucky and continued to expand her experience in the industry over the last 30 years working for various color labs and dark rooms. In 2004, while endeavoring to outsource the accounting for her and her husband’s businesses, she stepped into the world of tax preparation.

For over 10 years she served clients as a tax advisor while growing her expertise in Small Business tax preparation and meeting IRS requirements to write tax returns. Today she continues to serve both industries working in operations for H&R Block and also running her studio as a Certified Professional Photographer, member and FED degree holder with FPP, and FPP Delegate and Program Director of her local guild (Professional Photographers of Greater Daytona Beach)

FREE for first time visitors!

$25 Returning Guest Fee

Linda Long – July 23rd Program

Competition- turning your art into money and marketing

Linda Long, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, FDPE, FSA, FED

Fifteen years ago Linda started a photography business on a whim.  Her hobby quickly grew into a full time endeavor and has grown into the premier Tallahassee portrait and wedding studio.  Linda is the FPP Competition Manager and an IPC juror in training.  She has earned: 2017 FPP Photographer of the Year, The Becker Award, five time Florida Top Ten Photographer, six time Tallahassee Photographer of the Year, and lots of other accolades for her work.

Competition is more than simply selecting and entering your best photographs.  It is a journey which challenges makers to push the limits of their skills and it forces them to grow and change, becoming better photographers through the process.  While competition is widely regarded as the best way to learn and grow, it is rarely seen as a money making endeavor.  Join Linda as she shows you how to turn competition work into a viable component of your business– from bringing in new clients, gaining respect from the community, garnering greater client loyalty and even how you can get clients to pay you to photograph for competition!

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)


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Rick Ferro Workshop – June 30th

Do you want to make more money with your portraits? Learn how to pose and light your clients and increase your income at Rick Ferro’s workshop. Rick is a lead photographer and trainer for Walt Disney World. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master photographer!


  • Get hands on experience and guidance with posing and lighting couples and individuals
  • Bring your camera! Two shooting bays. Pose models, get feedback to refine and shoot
  • Experiment with the newest LED products and off camera flash equipment.
  • The location is in a large bay behind the Shoppes of St. Johns. Plenty of parking is available.
  • Bring your camera, note taking materials and questions for Rick Ferro
  • Two restaurants are located in the shopping center for a convenient group lunch

Sign up at the JPPG meeting on June 25th with check or cash, or email about mailing a check.

Lighting is Everything! June 25th Program

Rick Ferro

As a lead photographer and trainer for the Disney Corporation, Rick Ferro will teach you his style of lighting and posing that landed him the job at Disney in 1993 to develop and train their photographers. His award winning images have been seen all over the world and he has received international awards and recognition.

Rick loves to teach and is looking forward to sharing his expertise so you can create beautiful portraits your clients will love!  His comprehensive program will cover:

  • Effective Use of Light
  • How to control the sun in harsh conditions
  • Off-Camera Flash
  • Led Lighting  /  Specialty Lighting using Rotolight
  • Importance of Body Language and posing
  • Posing & lighting couples
$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

Even if you only photograph the occasional portrait or are a full time wedding photographer, you will benefit from Rick’s lifetime of experience he is graciously happy to share with you. You can look forward to live demonstrations and behind the scenes tips and tricks. We look forward to seeing you at Rick’s program on June 25th!

***Followed by Rick’s bio, model and set-up images, then the typical JPPG wrap-up

May 28th Program – Hands on Headshots

Hands on Headshots

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

6:30pm Social 30, 7:00pm Program

A Workshop with your expert guides,

Michael Joseph, M.Photog Cr., FDPE, FED and Tammy Czigan, CPP, FED, FSA

Do you struggle with creating a headshot that your client loves without taking dozens of images? Would you like to learn how to analyze faces and create more flattering light on your client’s faces?  Then don’t miss the JPPG Hands on Headshots workshop!

Come prepared to work from both sides of the camera. That’s right, it’s headshot night at the guild meeting! Bring your camera, favorite portrait lens and dress in any style you choose for your new headshot.

We will begin with 10 practical tips on lighting and posing and move right into the hands-on workshop and you will photograph each other. Two lighting set ups will be in place.

Get the best headshot you can of each person you photograph, because at the June meeting we will pick a winner! You will be given instructions on how to submit the headshots you take. Our committee will narrow the choices and you will vote on your favorite headshot at our June meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

When and Where?

We meet at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin (I-295 and San Jose Blvd). Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm.

People’s Choice

Members, don’t forget your 8×10-ish entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both. All entries must be submitted by 6:51pm. Can’t make it to the meeting? Send your images with a friend!

Not a JPPG Member? No Problem. You are welcome to attend and the cost is only $25/event. You may pay in advance (below) or at the door. Guest fee is waived for first time visitors only, so your very first meeting is FREE!  Just let us know at check-in.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

Michael Joseph

Originally from Allentown, PA, Michael Joseph has traveled throughout the eastern U.S., photographing people and their pets. With over 30 years, 16 states and thousands of portrait sessions behind him, he has photographed every stage of life and type of person that you could put in front of him. He is a walking encyclopedia of his craft.

He received his Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees from PPA, the Florida Photographer of the Year from FPP, Highest Case Score, and the North Florida Photographer of the Year. Some additional distinctions include three-time Florida Top Ten List, Kodak Gallery Award recipient, and the FDPE, FED degrees from Florida Professional Photographers.

Tammy Czigan

With an outgoing personality and a background in recruiting, Tammy is adept at quickly putting her headshot clients at ease.  She has photographed hundreds of headshots and a large percentage of them on a green screen. She loves the challenge of getting a headshot that every client loves, especially the ones who walk in the door saying they hate having their headshot done.

Tammy has her Certified Professional Photographer from PPA and her FSA and FED degrees from Florida Professional Photographers. She has attended FPP’s Florida Photography Workshops 9 times and is happy to share the knowledge that was so generously shared with her.

Amanda Hunter – Stock Photography – 4/23 program

A few years into her career, Amanda stumbled into selling stock images. She realized that she had taken tons of images that were just sitting on her hard drive that could be making her extra money. I bet you do too! In her program, Making Money While You Sleep, Amanda will walk you through the differences between a few of the most popular stock websites, what sells, and what you can expect once you start putting your images out there. It’s never too soon to start making money while you sleep!

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

Amanda Hunter is a portrait and commercial photographer in Tallahassee, Florida. When she started her business 5 years ago, she never thought she’d be so involved in the photography community, serving as President of her local guild and volunteering with FPP and PPA. She’s working toward getting her Masters and Craftsman degrees through Professional Photographers of America and was ranked in the Top 10 Photographers in Florida in 2018.

Ken Bovat – 03/26 Program

Ken Bovat, Certified, Master Photographer, Craftsman, is the owner and sole photographer of Photo-Art by Ken Bovat in Claverack, New York.
He began his business in 1976, photographing mostly weddings and environmental portraits, working out of his home.

As his business grew, he relocated to an old railroad depot, which he converted into his current studio. His photography consists of weddings, portraits – specializing in High School Seniors, copy and restoration and a small amount of commercial photography.

Ken received his Master of Photography Degree from the Professional Photographers of America in 1988 and his Photographic Craftsman Degree in 1992. He was awarded Life Membership in 2014. In 1998, the professional Photographers’ Society of New York State awarded Ken the PPA National Award. Ken went on to serve a President of that organization in 2003-2004.

Ken Bovat

Ken is the recipient of numerous photographic awards on the local, state and international levels. He has lectured and presented photographic classes to many groups, both professional and amateur.

Artist Statement
Photography is my passion, as well as my profession. I use the power of light, color and composition to create an image that reflects a specific mood and meaning. I love creating new and different images that I hope will be enjoyed for generations.

Would you like to understand how color can make or break your images? Then this program is for you!

For any professional photographer, recognizing the conscious and subconscious influences of color is crucial to bridging the gap between what you are trying to communicate and what is actually perceived by the viewer.

We try to get you to think about color in ways you have never thought before.

We then connect it to people portraits and how certain colors can change a persons look. What color should you be photographed in and why.

Ken’s program will cover:
• Seeing color differently
• Recognizing the subconscious influences of certain colors
• How colors work together
• The nine types of color compositions
• Understanding skin color undertones


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Kevin Floyd – 02/26 Program

Kevin Floyd
Kevin Floyd

Kevin demonstrates his Photoshop Portrait retouching techniques as an open book.
How far can you go in Photoshop?   Until you get caught! 

His class is designed to show you exactly what he does and how he does it and how not to get caught.  There are little things and big things that changed his world and helped him transform and sell his photos.

He’ll share his bag of tricks from fixing dark teeth to opening eyes! He will cover whatever you need, so be prepared and bring your questions.
Whether you are new to Photoshop or are a seasoned veteran this class is designed for you! Master teacher Kevin Floyd has had over 20 years of full time classroom teaching experience on both the college and high school level including 10 years at the Prestigious Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.  Kevin is a Studio & Gallery Owner,  holds both Master & Craftsman Degrees and is Certified by the Professional Photographers of America.  Kevin is currently serving on the board of ASP and is a Past President of Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild. He is working to earn his last speaking merit for PPA’s 100 merit teaching bar in 2019.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)