2017 Holiday Party and Awards Banquet – December 7

Please Save The Date!

The date for our Holiday Party & End of Year Awards Banquet is set for Thursday, December 7th at the Mediterrania Restaurant, located at 3877 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, on the corner of Baymeadows Road, just off of San Jose Blvd.

Please plan to come for the Social Hour from 6pm – 7pm and enjoy an assortment of appetizers. A cash bar is available for your additional purchase, with beer and wine prices ranging from $3-$6. 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 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. The deadline to sign up is Monday, December 4th. The tickets are $35 each.

Dinner Includes Choice Of:

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

To purchase your tickets, please choose your entree and 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 keely@mikkeanphotography.com with what type of meal you need.

JPPG Members
Single Ticket Purchase: ($35)

Meal Choice

JPPG Members
Couples Ticket Purchase: ($70)

Meal Choice

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

March 22 Meeting – Hanson Fong, Canon Explorer of Light, f2.5 Glamour and Fashion

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, for a FREE Event with CANON EXPLORER of LIGHT, HANSON FONG presenting “f2.5 Glamour & Fashion”!

(And… Mini Seminars will go on sale at 5:45pm!)

RSVP for your FREE Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/jppg-presents-hanson-fong-canon-explorer-of-light-f25-glamour-fashion-tickets-22456345534?aff=website

Hanson will share his master technique on using continuous and natural lighting for his “out of this world” look!

He will be using a special lens, using an aperture of no more than f2.5 to create a new, exciting look for glamorous portraits. Hanson will also be demonstrating how to understand composition and how to find the proper background to create the ideal portrait, anytime, any place, anywhere!

You will also see Hanson using some of his latest tools to get his desired look… continuous light sources, light modifiers and reflectors.

This special evening with Hanson is a FREE, no charge invitation for a time of education entertainment! If you’ve never seen Hanson you’ll see what we mean… he has the special gift of blending laughter with learning! But don’t be surprised to also see his more serious “eye of the tiger” side as well, as he brings out all the emotions of his audience.

Social time begins at 6:30pm. Announcements begin at 7:00pm with Hanson to present his program after the announcements. We will have a New Member special that night and back by very popular demand, JPPG Mini Seminars will go on sale beginning at 5:45pm!

About Hanson

Hanson Fong of San Francisco, is globally recognized as one of the premier wedding and portrait photographers in the industry. With more than 30 years of experience, Hanson has rightfully earned the Photographic Degrees of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman. He is currently a member of the prestigious Society of XXV. Hanson is also a proud member of Canon’s Explorers of Light. Hanson’s photographic experience and educational credentials are unsurpassed. As an award winning photographer and instructor, Hanson is on the cutting edge of photography. His work sets the standard for photographers around the world. Hanson regularly shares his techniques that apply to both fine art and classical photography. In his course “Fong Shui, Harmonizing the Fine Art of Posing and Lighting” he demonstrates the Classic 10 Poses that he pioneered, flow posing, body shifting and facial analysis. Complimented with his animated personality, attendees enjoy live shooting demonstrations, hands on posing techniques, as well as large screen projections of present and past work. Hanson has lectured at every major school of photography across America and has been invited to speak at various national and international conventions. His work and talent are recognized throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, Mexico and Europe. His work has been displayed in the Hall of Fame, Epcot Center, and the ASP Traveling Loan. Hanson’s images have been seen in numerous publications including “American Photo,” “Bridal Guide,” “Popular Photography,” “Rangefnder,” “Studio Photography,” and “Professional Photographer.” The quality of his work is reflected in the aesthetic appeal found in each of his photographs.

Pssst! You can still register for Hanson’s special hands-on seminar on March 20th at: http://jppg.org/special-hands-on-seminar-with-hanson-fong-march-20/

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2016 22nd march grand meeting

Special Hands-On Seminar with Hanson Fong March 20

What do you think about a hands-on seminar with Canon Explorer of Light HANSON FONG?! Mark your calendars for March 20th!

The key element to being a successful photographer is to make people look great. Hanson will share with you his perception in creating perfect photographic harmony by demonstrating how to use correct lighting, from natural to hot light to flash lighting. A live demonstration of the Classic 10 poses that Hanson has mastered and pioneered will assist you in posing any person, regardless of weight and/or height. His technique will enable you to pose any family grouping, couple, or bridal couple. In addition to hands on posing, Hanson will discuss lighting techniques. You will learn how to photograph under any lighting condition, indoors or outdoors, any place, anytime. His approach to finding the “light” is simple and uncomplicated. Proper lighting and posing will help you create highly
desirable and timeless photographs. Bring camera.

WHEN: Sunday, March 20, 1:00pm – ’til out of light!
WHERE: Susan Michal’s studio, 4007 Deer Hallow Ln, Jacksonville 32257 (Mandarin area)
COST: Members-Only Early Bird (before 11:59pm March 17) $79 (Please see your email for a link to the SUPER early bird pricing available for Members Only!)
Non Members AND After March 17: $99

REGISTER: See paypal buttons below

Early Bird
(Before 11:59pm March 17)

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Susan Michal’s Fine Art Gallery Event

You’re Invited!

Susan Michal will present a Fine Art Gallery Event titled “FLOWERS IN TRANSITION” on October 29th, 2015 at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts. There will be a Public Artist Reception from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.

Please RSVP to: studio@susanmichal.com

Flowers in Transition is a photography exhibition featuring the fine art flower photography of Susan Michal.

A note from the artist: When you look at a flower through the camera lens you see things that you may never have noticed when viewing them with the naked eye. I love the complex textures, the intense colors and the unexpected shapes. Some are soft and gentle in their beauty, some are bold, many are funny and some are just strange, proving that God has an intense sense of humor and a strong imagination. I am very aware of the short life that flowers have, and have been very interested in photographing them as they transition through the stages of bud to bloom and death.
Susan Michal’s fine art book, Flowers in Transition will be available for pre-purchase during the exhibit.
Prints exhibited will be available for purchase.
Show Dates:
The show opens October 29th.
Gallery Hours:

Monday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays through Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Open through all performances,  admission is free.
Exhibit Location:
The Thrasher-Horne Center is located on the SJR State Orange Park Campus at 283 College Drive.

Kutting for Kids and Making Strides Charity Events

JPPG is continually involved in giving back to the community with photography. Two of our annual events are quickly approaching and we are looking for Member volunteers to assist in photographing these two events.

Please contact Ken Moran at 904-962-9058 or by email at moranphotography@comcast.net if you are available to help and for additional information.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – Orange Park
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7:30am
Location: Behind the Orange Park Kennel Club

Kutting for Kids
Date: November 15, 2015, noon to 4:00 pm
Location: Nimnicht Chevrolet, 1550 Cassat Avenue, Jacksonville, 32210
Kutting for Kids is an annual event in Jacksonville, FL to collect hair donations for Locks of Love.

January Meeting Report

After two months with no JPPG meetings, it was more than refreshing to be back and around my fellow photographers again. The January meeting was a great way to kick off the new year. The evening opened with announcements, the 50/50 drawing (the winner received an astounding $125!), and door prizes.

Upcoming Events:

February – For our February meeting, Michael Potthast will be traveling up from Winter Haven, FL as our Guest Speaker. For more information, please visit the JPPG blog post.

March – In March, we will be hosting the semi-annual Salon competition. Time is ticking, get working on those images! Information regarding deadlines and the like still to come.

April – Gary Hughes will be our March guest speaker. More information to come.

Also, for anyone seeking to join JPPG, the $25 Membership fee will be waved until the Friday the 24th.

Duval County invites you to participate in their Special Olympics event where you will be photographs have the chance to be put into The Art of an Athlete 2015 calender. The categories are Photo Journalism, Creative, and Portrait. The practice event will take place in February, followed by the final competition on March 8th. For more details such as entry requirements, please visit the EventBrite site

Education Chair Ken Moran and Dan Harris were able to give out more information about the upcoming 2014 mini seminars. They said each class will be $35 unless you register for more than one. If you register for 3, the price drops to $30.00 per class. For 5, the price is then $25.00 per class. For 7 or more, the price is only $20.00! At 10 classes, you get two free classes and that’s not even the best deal. For $360, you can purchase what is called the VIP All Access Pass. For a mere $15.00 a class, you get to attend each and every class offered this year! “You’ll learn things you never though you’d be able to learn.” said Dan.

Here are a few of the confirmed classes:

• Preparing Your Images for Competition with MJ and special guest
• Secrets to Finer Retouching with Jane Conner-Ziser
• Conceptual Shooting and Composition with Fred Brinson
• Exploring the Mysteries of HDR with Olis Garber
• Educate Yourself! with Kevin Floyd
• Glamor Session Lighting Techniques and Extraction with Bob Sargent
• Word Press, Social Media and SEO with Keely Deuschle
• On-Location Natural Light Photography with upcoming PPA President Susan Michael

To sign up for Mini Seminars, you must first be a member of JPPG (If you’re thinking about joining, as mentioned above, the $25 membership fee is waived until the 26th), and you have to be at our February Meeting IN PERSON and be able to pay when you register. If you can’t make it that night, there will be a PDF posted soon on the JPPG website that you can print off and send with a friend to turn in. The classes are a first come first served basis. Get there at 6:00 and be sure to get into the classes you want! After the meeting, any left over spots can be signed up for online, but there’s no guarantee the class you want will have spots open at the end of the night.

MJ will also be hosting another camera lens sale with Nelson. If you would like to be notified of when this will be happening, email Michael at michael@josephphoto.com.

Finally, Rick Sammon, a 10th year Cannon Explorer of Light, began his presentation. He showed us a slideshow of his stunning work, offering tips for each and every print. He talked about how to get the best in-camera exposure, how to create drama in an image, the difference between looking and seeing, “croposition”, the rule of odds and his top 10 ways to get inspired. For more of Rick’s work, or a list of his top plug-ins, please visit his site ricksammon.com

At the end of the night, 35 of us, including Rick and his wife Susan, got together at Chili’s for dinner and socializing.

— Samantha Addy

Special Olympics Florida ‘The Art of an Athlete’

Special Olympics Florida – Duval County Invites You To Participate in ‘The Art of an Athlete’

This initiative is an opportunity for your photography to be featured in the 2015 Special Olympics Florida – Duval County calendar. This calendar will be used to showcase the amazing efforts of our athletes as they compete in a variety of sporting competitions.

The Categories will be Photojournalist, Creative and Portrait. All photographers, whether professional or amateur, will submit their entries to be considered in an Open Division. The only exception will be for entries in the Student Division.

The Special Olympics Florida – Duval County sporting events to be considered will take place starting with practice events in February 2014 until the final competition to be held on March 8, 2014. Our distinguished Photography Advisory Committee will review initial submissions, with the final selections made by our Honorary Selection Committee. The final selections will be revealed at a VIP Viewing Reception in May.

Please find details and entry requirements including information about the Kick Off Event (attendance is required to pick up qualifying materials) at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-art-of-an-athlete-tickets-10093926205?aff=erelexporg

You can also keep up with events and updates on the SOFD -The Art of an Athlete Photography Project Facebook event page.

We look forward to your participation and the opportunity to celebrate both your talents and those of our Special Olympics Athletes!

For additional information, please contact Ashley at 804-824-4903 or by email at ashleym@charleneshirk.com