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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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!



January 29th Program: Brad Hall – Videography 101

Please join us on Tuesday, January 29th, as Brad Hall from Tampa, Florida  presents Videography 101

With ever advancing imaging technology, video is more important than ever to understand and add to your professional service offerings.  Brad will provide an overview of basic video capture in a real-life scenario video shoot.  You will learn basic camera settings including suggested resolutions, frame rates, color profiles, sound, lighting, and more!

With over 30 years of experience, Brad provides photography and video services to clients from local social events to large scale commercial projects.


Featured on ESPN, MTV, Cosmopolitan, RedBook, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Inside Weddings, Headline News, Time, Florida Weddings Magazine, NBC Universal, CBS News, USA Today, Fox and Friends, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, America Online, Disney, Verizon Nationwide, Yahoo, In-Touch Magazine, The New York Daily News, the Kodak Image Gallery on Time Square, ABC, The Discovery Channel in addition to numerous other publications, billboards, menus, websites, brochures, marketing materials and broadcasts worldwide.

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)

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

2019 Proposed Slate for JPPG Board

Below is the proposed slate for the 2019 JPPG Board of Directors. This is being published in accordance with our bylaws.

The proposed slate includes:

President – Tammy Czigan
1st Vice President – Michael Joseph 
2nd Vice President – Leslie Evans
Treasurer – Dana Heisler
Secretary – Julie Worthy
Past President – Dan Harris
General Member – Pat Lowe
General Member – Ken McBride

Voting will occur at the October general meeting.

Preview the NEW Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera

New Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera

JPPG (Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild) invites you to an evening with the New Full-Frame Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera and its surrounding system. 
Tuesday, September 18th. No Charge!
We have arranged for Chuckie LuzierCanon’s Southeast Pro-Market Rep, to ship in the new Canon EOS R camera! This is a perfect opportunity for photographers to have a hands-on experience with the new system. 
  • A studio lighting set up will be in place for our use.
  • Bring your own SD card and you can leave with files that you actually photographed with the new camera.
  • Feel free to bring your own favorite lens or two to use on the new camera.
  • Participate in discussion of the new system… what you like about it and even what you might want to see in the future of the system and why. 
Please RSVP at as soon as you can… we need a head count!


Tuesday, September 18th. 
Come as early as 6:30 PM, but we will start promptly at 7 PM. 
NOTE: This is not our monthly meeting. It is a bonus evening due to the new camera! Our regular meeting this month is Tuesday, the 25th at the Ramada!


Joseph Photography
3758 Beauclerc Rd
Jacksonville FL 32257

Purchase Your Mini Seminars Online Now!

Thank you to everyone who registered for our 2018 Mini Seminars at Tuesday’s meeting! If you missed the meeting or were thinking of adding a few more classes, we have opened the classes up for online purchasing!

Some classes are just about sold out so don’t wait too long! If a class is sold out, you will not be able to add it to your cart. A printable copy of the classes is also available for you to look through.

Please visit our Mini Seminar page now to reserve your seat!

Proposed Slate for 2018 Board of Directors

At our September 26th meeting, Keely Deuschle presented the proposed slate of Board of Directors for 2018 to our Membership.

In accordance with our Bylaws, we are publishing the proposed slate of Officers and Elected Board members for review by our Members prior to the October 24th meeting, at which time the proposed slate will be voted upon by our Membership. Appointed Board Members are appointed by the President and will not be voted upon at the beginning of the meeting. At the October meeting, we will also accept any nominations from the floor. All nominations made from the floor must carry with them the consent of the persons so nominated.

As we present these Board members, we would also like to take a moment to thank Jeff Nelson, our current Board member, who will be stepping down. Jeff has given an incredible amount of time to the Guild and we are very grateful for his service.

Proposed Officers:
  • President – Dan Harris
  • 1st Vice President – Michael Joseph
  • 2nd Vice President – Keely Deuschle
  • Treasurer – Carol Charbonneau
  • Secretary – Melanie Miller
Appointed Board Member (Appointed by President):
  • Delegate – Tammy Czigan
Proposed General (Elected) Board Members:
  • Board Member – Pat Lowe
  • Board Member – Ken Moran
  • Board Member – Dana Heisler

Bylaws Update

As required by our organization’s bylaws, we are posting proposed changes to our bylaws for review by our Members. To view the proposed changes, please click here. (This requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which is a free download.)

Changes made include updates to membership categories, updates to Board member duties and responsibilities, clarification of guest fees, and general grammatical changes.