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)

Outgoing President’s Message

It seems each year time just moves faster and faster! Having served as your guild president for the past 3 years, I wanted to take a minute and thank all our wonderful volunteers who have put in so much time, energy and dedication to the guild to make it what it is today.

And of course without all our great members we wouldn’t have a guild! So a big shout out to my fellow photographers and friends who I enjoy meeting and working with throughout the year. As members with common interests we all gain from each other’s support and comradery.

I joined the guild 18 years ago looking for some guidance on how to create a business out of my favorite hobby and not only learned a ton in the process, but have made some lifetime friendships. The photography industry continues to evolve and change, I have had to change and expanded my business over the years to service my customers efficiently.

I make jokes daily (not always funny ones) about how the business of photography has become less and less about taking pictures. Picture taking is now only 20% of what we do. Our studio has become its own lab and manufacturing facility doing everything from initial developing, retouching, printing, framing and finishing.

The president of the guild is officially a 2-year labor of love, (I loved it enough to do it for 3 years) but now having passed the torch, I am still working hard in my business and will still be an integral part of our guild helping to guide its future success. I am looking forward to the future, please know that I am here to help you should the need arise, and I appreciate your help and support too!



2018 Award and Scholarship Recipients

We hope you enjoyed the holiday party and the presentation of the End of Year Awards. We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to these 2018 award and scholarship recipients.

2018 Award Recipients

Photographer of the Year – Dana Heisler
Competitor of the Year Award – Jackie Kramer
First Time Competitor Award – Michelle Shafer
Marie Moran Education Award – Ken McBride
Marjorie Sharpe Service Award – Tammy Czigan
People’s Choice Award – Keith Bartholomew

We also presented two special awards.

Dan Harris, the outgoing President, was presented with an award to thank him for serving as President for the past three years. Keely Deuschle was also presented a special service award. Keely has served on the Board for the past 10 years in many different positions, including President.

We are truly grateful for the service that both Dan and Keely have given to the Guild.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

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:

Susi Vazquez was the recipient for the Active Membership Scholarship and Keely Deuschle was the recipient for the Service Scholarship. We also selected alternatives for each scholarship in the event that Susi or Keely cannot attend.

Congratulations to all of our 2018 Award and Scholarship recipients!

JPPG Archives – Guild Newsletter from 1978

JPPG has a long history. It goes back to the mid-1900s when it was known as the Professional Photographers Society of North Florida, or PPSNF. The name JPPG was recently only adopted within the last 10 years.

From time to time, we come across something that rewinds the hands of time in all of the history that we keep in many binders — newsletters, meeting minutes, marketing pieces, etc — and we get a glimpse of what the photography world and the Guild was like. This piece, however, was shared with us from one of our Members, Harry Forsythe.

 We’ll take you back through the JPPG Archives to 40 years ago to June 1978. 

Below are scans from a PPSNF Newsletter from June 1978. Some of our Members were Members back then, some were in their early childhood years, and some of our Members weren’t even born yet.

There’s a great article on Competition, too, that’s definitely worth the read. Enjoy this time machine travel back to 1978.

Click to enlarge each page of the newsletter image below.

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

Hot and Cold with Susan Michal – November 27th

Hot and Cold with Susan Michal

Susan Michal - Hot and ColdWe are excited to present to you November’s program which is the last program of 2018!

Please come and join master photographer and ASP fellow, Susan Michal, as she shares images and experiences from her trips to the Arctic Circle and Africa. Her presentation, “Hot and Cold,” shouldn’t be missed!

These two very diverse landscapes offer amazing opportunities for incredible images. Susan will share with you her thoughts on getting out of your comfort zone and seeing this amazing world and all it has to offer.

She will discuss equipment, logistics, and what goes into preparing for wild and crazy adventures …halfway around the world.

Susan’s Bio

Susan Michal is an internationally published, award winning artist. Susan’s unique and compelling images have been used in calendars, greeting cards, and posters around the world. Her art has been displayed in prestigious galleries, corporate locations, and prominent homes. She is the author of two books highlighting her work, Flowers in Transition and Dancers in Motion. Susan was a contributor to Wowsdom, a book that empowers teen women and a variety of industry related publications. She is a respected lecturer both in the art community and within professional photographic associations around the world.

Susan has served as President and Chairman of the Board for Professional Photographers of America. She holds the Master Craftsman Degree in photography and is certified by the Professional Photographers of America. Susan is one of only 120 photographers to receive the prestigious fellowship from The American Society of Photographers and is a member of the society of twenty five.

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 program beginning at 7:00pm.

People’s Choice
Members, don’t forget your 8×10-ish entry for People’s Choice. The categories this month are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both! Please submit all entries by 6:51pm! If you 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.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal


Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal

Copyright Susan Michal

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal

Hot and Cold - Copyright Susan Michal


2018 Holiday Party and End of Year Awards

Our 2018 Holiday Party and End of Year Awards is almost here!

Who: All JPPG Members and Guest(s)! Non-Members are welcome, too!

Where: LeJardin on Park, 2594 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

LeJardin on Park is owned by our very own Member, Michael Myatt, who has graciously invited us to use her venue at no cost to our guild. Her venue is located steps from Park & King Street in Riverside, around the corner from the popular King Street restaurant row. If the weather is nice, we will be able to enjoy her lovely outdoor courtyard and gardens. Ample parking is found next to her venue and at the Jacksonville Pediatrics office next door.

When: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Come for Social Hour from 6pm – 7pm and enjoy an assortment of appetizers.

BYOB – Glassware is provided and you are welcome to bring your preference of beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, to enjoy throughout the evening. Sweet & unsweet tea and ice water will be provided.

At 7pm, we’ll get the rest of the party going and enjoy the delicious food. You won’t want to miss it!

During this event, we will present all of the End of Year Awards, two Abrisch Scholarships for $300 each to Florida Photography Workshops (formerly Florida School), and we’ll have some great door prizes to give away!

Cost: $35 per person / $70 per couple.

Catering by Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

Dinner Includes Your Choice Of:

  • TOMATO BASIL SALMON – gluten free – Wood-grilled and topped with tomato, basil vinaigrette
  • CHICKEN BRYAN – gluten free – Wood-fire grilled and topped with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and lemon butter sauce
  • CHICKEN PARMESAN – Coated with Mama Mandola’s breadcrumbs, sautéed and topped with pomodoro sauce, romano and mozzarella
  • PENNE CARRABBA – Wood-grilled chicken, penne pasta, alfredo sauce, peas & mushrooms
  • VEGAN OPTION – Pic Pac Sauce (crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil & olive oil), penne pasta, sautéed broccoli, and light balsamic vinaigrette dressing for your salad.

Dinners include: Salad, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Broccoli, Penne Pomodoro, fresh bread with herb mix and olive oil, and an assortment of delicious desserts.

When you click on the link below to register, you’ll be able to make your dinner selection.

You must RSVP and choose your meal selection by Thursday, December 6th.

Hot and Cold Gallery Show by Susan Michal

Hot and Cold Gallery Show

Susan Michal would like to extend an invitation to her pop-up Hot and Cold Gallery Show. Her collection of images from Africa and the Arctic Circle will be featured.

She invites you to come and enjoy these diverse images from the opposite ends of the Earth.

Susan’s images will be on display on Friday, October 19th, beginning at 6:00PM and lasting until 9:00PM at Complete Choice Framing.

Complete Choice Framing is located at 11112 San Jose Blvd, Suite #27 in the Barnes and Noble plaza next to Newk’s Eatery. 

A portion of the sales from Susan’s show will benefit Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary.

Please see the below flyer for additional information. For questions, please contact Susan by email or call her at 904-262-6900.

Upcoming Speaker

We are also excited that Susan is our scheduled speaker for our November 27th program. Please be sure to check out the details for her program!

Gallery Show Hot and Cold Susan Michal

2018 Salon Image Competition Results

Congratulations to everyone who entered into the 2018 image competition and salon. We know it’s not easy having your images judged and we applaud you for entering. We would like to especially congratulate everyone whose images merited and placed. 

Images were judged by our three judges: Linda Long, Marti Newkirk, and Kira Derryberry. To learn about scoring and what makes a merit image, please see the Image Competition page.

The winning images and makers are listed below in their respective categories. 


  1. First Place: Ice Cold Stare – Pat Lowe
  2. Second Place: Graceful Landing – Jim Dvorak
  3. Third Place: Happy Little Bee Eater – Carol Fryer

Social Function

  1. First Place: It All Comes Down to Love – Michelle Shafer
  2. Second Place: A Day in the City – Derick Le
  3. Third Place: Fallin In Love – Michelle Shafer


  1. First Place: Forgotten Prayers – Keith Bartholomew
  2. Second Place: Home – Cristina O’Connor
  3. Third Place: The Magic Moment – Keith Bartholomew

EM – Electronic Manipulation

  1. First Place: Psychedelic ‘Shroom – Jackie Kramer
  2. Second Place: Coming Home – Diana Halstead
  3. Third Place:My Blue Heaven – Jackie Kramer

EA – Electronic Art

  1. First Place: Grand Central Station – Tom Grzybala
  2. Second Place: Calla Dancers – Diana Halstead
  3. Third Place: The Race Is On – Keith Bartholomew


  1. First Place: Drama Queen – Jackie Kramer
  2. Second Place: Galactic Bayou – Keith Bartholomew
  3. Third Place: Reflective Direction – Dana Heisler


Drama Queen – Jackie Kramer

Judges’ Choice:

  • Linda Long’s Judge’s Choice: Memories by Cristina O’Connor
  • Kira Derryberry’s Judge’s Choice: A New Day Brings New Hope by Dana Heisler
  • Marti Newkirk’s Judge’s Choice: Grand Central Station – Tom Grzybala

Drama Queen by Jackie Kramer

Best of Show & First Place Illustrative. Drama Queen by Jackie Kramer

Galactic Bayou by Keith Bartholomew

Second Place Illustrative. Galactic Bayou by Keith Bartholomew

Reflective Direction by Dana Heisler

Third Place Illustrative. Reflective Direction by Dana Heisler

Ice Cold Stare by Pat Lowe

First Place Portrait. Ice Cold Stare by Pat Lowe

Graceful Landing by Jim Dvorak

Second Place Portrait. Graceful Landing by Jim Dvorak

Happy Little Bee Eater by Carol Fryer

Third Place Portrait. Happy Little Bee Eater by Carol Fryer

It All Comes Down to Love by Michelle Shafer

First Place Social Function. It All Comes Down to Love by Michelle Shafer

 A Day In the City by Derick Le

Second Place Social Function. A Day In the City by Derick Le

Fallin In Love by Michelle Shafer

Third Place Social Function. Fallin In Love by Michelle Shafer

Forgotten Prayers by Keith Bartholomew

First Place Commercial. Forgotten Prayers by Keith Bartholomew

Home by Cristina O'Connor

Second Place Commercial. Home by Cristina O’Connor

The Magic Moment by Keith Bartholomew

Third Place Commercial. The Magic Moment by Keith Bartholomew

Psychedelic 'Shroom by Jackie Kramer

First Place Electronic Manipulation. Psychedelic ‘Shroom by Jackie Kramer

Coming Home by Diana Halstead

Second Place Electronic Manipulation. Coming Home by Diana Halstead

My Blue Heaven by Jackie Kramer

Third Place Electronic Manipulation. My Blue Heaven by Jackie Kramer

 Grand Central Station by Tom Grzybala

First Place Electronic Art & Judge’s Choice (Marti Newkirk). Grand Central Station by Tom Grzybala

 Calla Dancers by Diana Halstead

Second Place Electronic Art. Calla Dancers by Diana Halstead

The Race Is On by Keith Bartholomew

Third Place Electronic Art. The Race Is On by Keith Bartholomew

 Memories by Cristina O'Connor

Judge’s Choice (Linda Long). Memories by Cristina O’Connor

A New Day Brings New Hope by Dana Heisler

Judge’s Choice (Kira Derryberry). A New Day Brings New Hope by Dana Heisler