JPPG 2016 Award Recipients

Our Annual Holiday party and Awards Banquet was a perfect end to a great year in the Guild. One of the highlights of the JPPG Holiday Party is the presentation of the JPPG End of Year Awards. We would like to extend congratulations to our Members who were recipients of these well-deserved awards.

Photographer of the Year – Melanie Miller
Competitor of the Year Award – Pat Hutton
First Time Competitor Award – Michael “Feather” Frame
Marie Moran Education Award – Keith Bartholomew
Marjorie Sharpe Service Award – Michael Joseph
People’s Choice Award – Leslie Ward

The following two Members are the recipients of the two Jim and Adrienne Abrisch Scholarships. Each will receive $300 toward their tuition for Florida Photography Workshops in June.

Michael Butler and Michael Joseph

Congratulations to all of our Award and Scholarship recipients!

Holiday Party and Awards Banquet – December 8, 2016

Save The Date!

Our Holiday Party & End of Year Awards Banquet is set for Thursday, December 8th at the Mediterrania Restaurant, located at 3877 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, on the corner of Baymeadows Road, just off of San Jose Blvd.

There will be a Social Hour with appetizers from 6pm-7pm. We’ll have a cash bar available for additional purchase, with beer and wine from $3-$6. Our party and dinner will kick off at 7 pm. You won’t want to miss it.

We are very excited to present all the End of Year Awards, two $300 scholarships for Florida School, and we’ll have a lot of awesome door prizes to give away!

You can sign up now by selecting the appropriate button below and choosing your meal. You will need to sign up before Monday, December 5th. The tickets for members are $30 each or 2 for $55. Non member rate for the dinner $40 each or 2 or $65.

Dinner Includes Choice Of:

  • Roast Chicken – Roasted with Lemon, Olive Oil & Greek Spices; Comes with sautéed spinach and potatoes
  • Lamb Exehico – Baked Lamb Shank with Fresh Onions, Tomatoes, Peppers, Feta Cheese & Greek Spices; comes with sauteed spinach and potatoes.
  • Baked Tilapia – Stuffed with Spinach & Feta Cheese, topped with Lemon Sauce; comes with Rice Pilaf
  • If you have any food allergies, they will accommodate you with Gluten Free or Vegan.

To purchase your tickets, please choose either a single ticket or a couple’s ticket below. For both, please select your dinner choice. If you require a special meal due to dietary restrictions, please select that option and email with what type of meal you need.

JPPG Members
Single Ticket Purchase: ($30)

Meal Choice

JPPG Members
Couples Ticket Purchase: ($55)

Meal Choice

Single Ticket Purchase: ($40)

Meal Choice

Couples Ticket Purchase: ($65)

Meal Choice



JPPG President’s Message – November 2016

We had a lot of great participation in our annual salon at October’s meeting. We really have some exceptionally talented photographers in our group! The judges shared some good pointers and gave everyone in attendance some insights on how to develop their eye for improving their own photography. That’s what our guild is all about.

We had a great hands-on seminar at Walter Jones park on Sunday October 30th. Everyone brought their camera and had some good one-on-one time with instructors and models and were able to get their questions answered and test some new shooting options. It’s great to learn and grow among friends and instructors who have real-world practical experience and really know their stuff. I was very happy to see our group being very well behaved, following the rules of the park and making an extended effort to leave it cleaner than we found it! Take only photos, leave only footprints!

Don’t forget to sign up for our Holiday Party December 8th. There will be lots of great awards, recognition and lots of prizes, it will be fun for everyone! Remember we are here for each other and happy to help!


Dan Harris
Dan Harris, JPPG President

Let’s Get Social Seminar – Social Media for Business with Gina Barca – November 30th

Social media is one of the most effective ways to market and grow a business today – yet many entrepreneurs don’t utilize this invaluable tool. It is crucial for any business to have a marketing plan and part of that plan should be a social media strategy.

Covering all aspects of social media marketing – including trends, strategies, analytics, the newest social networks and more. This workshop will show you exactly how to use social media to drive real results and keep you on the leading edge of social media marketing.

Discover the most important aspects of social media marketing. What you MUST know to stay ahead of social media for business. Get results and grow your business using social media like a PRO.

We limit attendance to ensure an intimate environment where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive personalized attention.

There are TWO separate times available. Please use the drop down box to register and select the time that works best for you.

EARLY BIRD PRICING AVAILABLE! Whether you’re a JPPG Member or not, early bird pricing is available! If you register below by Friday, November 25th, 11:59pm, Members can take advantage of the $39 early bird price and Non-Members can take advantage of the $49 early bird price. That’s a $10 savings for registering early! The price on the flyer above will be applied to any registrations after the November 25th, 11:59pm early bird deadline.

Location: Joseph Photography, 3758 Beauclerc Road, Jacksonville FL 32257

Members Early Bird – $39
(Register by November 25th, 11:59pm)

Please Select Time Slot

Non-Members Early Bird – $49
(Register by November 25th, 11:59pm)

Please Select Time Slot

November 29th Program – Gina Barca – A {BRAND} New Year

Brand New Year - Gina BarcaMark your calendars and plan on joining us for the last program of 2016. On Tuesday, November 29th, we will be welcoming Gina Barca who will be presenting “A {BRAND} New Year” Branding | Marketing | Social Media.

Please note that our meeting date is one week later than normal due to Thanksgiving. Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The themes for November are Landscape/Architecture (Non-Living) and Portrait. You may enter into one or both!

Now, a few words from Gina!

First and foremost, thank you for considering me as a speaker for your event. My name is Gina Barca. I am a creative entrepreneur, photographer and designer.

I founded Barca Designs in 2009 shortly after obtaining my Degree in Graphic Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology. My background in design equipped me with a unique set of skills as a photographer. An innate passion for branding and marketing inspired me to begin helping others not only build and grow their businesses but THRIVE!

“A {BRAND} New Year” evolved from my own journey as a creative entreprenuer, specifically how I recently transformed my brand in just ONE year. Through this process I have developed a system for helping others discover and define their brand in five steps. The program provides fundamentals of branding and marketing as well as how to use social media effectively for business.

Through my involvement with the Professional Photographers of America, Florida Professional Photographers and my local guild the Professional Photographers Guild of Palm Beach.  I have seen exponetial growth as a photographer and business owner. I believe that it is my duty to give back to those organizations and become a larger part of the photographic community. It is very rewarding to be able to give back while I pursue my personal goals of achieving my Florida Service Award and Photographic Craftsman Degree.

I am excited for the opportunity to share “A {BRAND} New Year” with you.

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.


$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)


2016 Salon Results

Our 2016 Salon was held on October 25th. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to all who merited and those who placed! We would also like to thank our judges, Susan Michal, Kira Derryberry, and Linda Long, as well as our moderator, Olis Garber.

Best of Show and 1st Place Commercial - Should I Have One More by Pat Hutton

Best of Show and 1st Place Commercial – Should I Have One More by Pat Hutton

First Place Illustrative - Inferno - Shelley Gill

First Place Illustrative – Inferno – Shelley Gill

First Place Portrait - Crested Turaco - Victor Barrera

First Place Portrait – Crested Turaco – Victor Barrera

First Place Social Function - Morning Glory - Derick Le

First Place Social Function – Morning Glory – Derick Le

First Place Electronic Imaging - Lady Liberty - Feather Frame

First Place Electronic Imaging – Lady Liberty – Feather Frame

Second Place Commercial - Bringing Them In - Pat Lowe

Second Place Commercial – Bringing Them In – Pat Lowe

Second Place Illustrative - Sunrise On the Swamp - Pat Hutton

Second Place Illustrative – Sunrise On the Swamp – Pat Hutton

Second Place Portrait - Here's Looking At You Kid - Melanie Miller

Second Place Portrait – Here’s Looking At You Kid – Melanie Miller

Second Place Social Function - From Seattle With Love - Derick Le

Second Place Social Function – From Seattle With Love – Derick Le

Third Place Commercial - Dinner On the Piazza - Steve Czigan

Third Place Commercial – Dinner On the Piazza – Steve Czigan

Third Place Illustrative - Glacier Lagoon - Victor Barrera

Third Place Illustrative – Glacier Lagoon – Victor Barrera

Third Place Portrait - Cliff Diver - Pat Lowe

Third Place Portrait – Cliff Diver – Pat Lowe

Third Place Social Function - The Urban Lights - Derick Le

Third Place Social Function – The Urban Lights – Derick Le

Special Guild Event – On-Location Rotation Shoot – October 30th – REGISTER HERE!

We are excited to announce that we are hosting an On-Location, Rotation Shoot on Sunday, October 30 at Walter Jones Park (11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223).


Olis Garber & Kevin Floyd
Jane CZ & Capt. Rick Bauer
Dan “the main man” Harris & MJ

2:00 PM – 6 PM… Don’t Be Late!

We’ll Provide Complimentary Bottles of Water. We’ll Provide the Models.
Bring Your Own Energy Bar or Snack. Bring Your Own Camera & Lens

This event is open to JPPG Members AND Non-Members

Members Early Bird, $30 (before 11:59pm the 29th)
Members At the Door, $50
Non-Members Early Bird, $45 (before 11:59pm the 29th)
Non-Members At The Door, $50

JPPG Members – Early Bird Price – $30
Register BEFORE October 29th 11:59pm

Non-JPPG Members – Early Bird Price – $45
Register BEFORE October 29th 11:59pm

Twelve Elements of a Successful Print

With Salon quickly approaching, refer to the following 12 Elements of a Successful Print that judges use in determining the score of a print. If you’re on the fence about an image, review the list below to help you decide! And remember, while it may be a nail-biting, sweaty palms experience, competing helps you grow immensely as a photographer!

Twelve Elements of a Successful Print

There are twelve elements that a print should be measured against when considering an image for competition. These are sometimes known as the Dirty Dozen. The Twelve elements listed below in the order of their importance.

  • Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.
  • Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.
  • Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.
  • Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.
  • Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is man-made or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.
  • Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.
  • Print Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.
  • Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.
  • Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.
  • Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.
  • Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.
  • Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.

JPPG President’s Message – October 2016

We had a great meeting with Portrait Designers; Gregory Daniel and his wife Lesa. They gave us some exceptional information about their high-end portrait studio and some pointers on how to lift our sales by becoming providers of Fine Art. If you get a chance to take one of their classes, don’t miss it. It will be a real turning point in your career.

I hope everyone survived (Matthew) -the storm- and are back on their feet again. Many weddings & photography events had to be cancelled. It’s comforting to know you are a member of a group that can help you in times of emergency. Be sure to make good friends and contacts with your fellow members so if you have a photography issue you can reach out and get the help and support you need.

We are coming upon the busy photography season, remember your fellow guild members as referrals for your overflow work or for some ‘joint ventures’ that can help you learn ‘hands-on’. A few ‘reminders’ and ‘words-to-remember’ during the next few months: ‘Busy’ doesn’t mean ‘profitable’, stay focused and don’t let the bombardment of $50 mini-sessions on your Facebook feed deter you from your smart business plan!

Also, beware of scams, if it is too good to be true… you know. Also, establish strict payment and refund policies so you don’t get caught in a rip-off scheme. Please hold true to your established business policies and practices. There is a reason you put those in writing and have your customer sign them. It doesn’t do your business or the industry any good if you break your own ‘rules’.


Dan Harris
Dan Harris, JPPG President

October 25th – Fall Salon Photographic Image Competition – Registration and Rules

The Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild will host our Annual Photographic Image competition (Salon) on Tuesday, October 25th. We are hoping that all of our members will enter! So, get your images ready! Early registration and entry fees ($40) are due on Friday, October 21st at 11:59 pm and images are due by 11:59pm on Monday, October 24th. Late registration ($55) accepted after 12:00am on Saturday, October 22nd until 11:59pm Monday evening, October 24th.


Judging will be taking place approximately 3:00pm – 6:00pm on the 25th of October, prior to the regular meeting time. Once the meeting has officially started for the evening (7:00pm), the scores will be announced for each print, and the judges will take turns critiquing each image. The afternoon judging may be attended but this format is designed to make the evening critique stronger, in terms of education, because each image will be addressed by the judges!

REMEMBER!!! First-time competitors can enter their images for FREE!

Click here for more details about Salon and a link to the official rules

There are TWO ways to pay your entry fee. You may pre-register by using the links below, or you can pay by check made out to “JPPG”.

Early registration link (up through 11:59pm Friday, October 21st)

Late registration link (beginning 12:00am on Saturday, October 22nd)