October 24th Program – Beautiful Boudoir with Rhea Lewis

R2017_TamaraKnightPhotog-49For our October 24th program, we are proud to welcome Rhea Lewis presenting her program, “The Beautiful Boudoir – Instilling Confidence in Others Through Portrait Photography.

This program will give insight into the transformational nature of boudoir photography for women; it’s not just about taking pretty pictures. It discusses why everyday women seek this style of photography experience; if there is enough of a market for it and if you can build a business with it.  It will go over what it takes to be successful in this market and if this genre is right for you.  The speaker will share her personal journey into this style and why she has chosen it.  She will then go over how she does it; from lead generation. to booking clients, to client consultation, to her version of the boudoir experience, her set design process, posing and flattering your subject, special editing techniques, sales presentation, ad her pricing strategy.  She is an open book and eager to share her knowledge in this new and empowering experience for women from all walks of life.

Biography: Rhea Lewis, CPP, is an award-winning portrait photographer. She has been in business as a professional photographer over the past 13 years, and owns a boutique studio in Jupiter, FL. She has received many accolades for her art. Her images have been on the cover of many publications including the cover of Florida Professional Photographer Magazine, Palm Beach Parenting and Style Magazine. She is a leader in her profession and has served as President of the local PPG Guild of the Palm Beaches and currently serves on the Board.

Rhea believes very strongly in continuing education, networking and sharing knowledge in her industry in order to foster the growth of all artists in a community of support and goodwill.  She entered the speaking circuit in 2017 and has hosted several PPA sponsored Super 1 Day programs.  She is always open to mentoring and assisting those new into the photographic industry and in particular those interested in pursuing the lucrative boudoir market.

At her boutique photography studio in Jupiter she enjoys a thriving high-end clientele. Rhea has been primarily a family and children photographer but over the past 4 years she has rapidly expanded her market to include boudoir and luxury women’s portraiture.  She has become a highly sought after studio for her boudoir specialty with her elegant, classy and sensual style, her warm and comfortable studio and her encouraging all women team. In her studio in Jupiter, clients can experience a pampering experience including professional hair and makeup, sip champagne and feel like a movie star while Rhea and he all women staff allows each women to express their true self while feeling beautiful and confident.  She strongly believes in uplifting women and that through this experience all women can rediscover the amazingly beautiful person they are, and have positive visual imagery to uplift their self-esteem.

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. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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)



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September 26th – Image Competition and Salon

Yes! It’s that time again…

JPPG Image Competition/Review/Salon/Education!
All of the above!

Tuesday, September 26th is right around the corner, so get your images ready!

Early Bird Entry is Friday, September 22nd at midnight! Just $40.

Last Chance Entry is Monday, September 25th at midnight! Increased rate is $55.

1st Time Ever Participants… NO Entry FEE!

Please send JPEGs to mjjoseph@me.com
Make them 4000 pixels on the longest side for single images.
Name them according to this example… jones_P8_See_Spot_Run.jpg

• A full entry is 6 images.

• NEW feature… you may now enter additional images beyond 6 for just $5 each!
(only your top 6 count toward awards)

• NEW feature… you may now enter fewer than 6 images according to this scale:
1 – $15 2 – $20 3 – $25 4 – $30 5 – $35
For awards, it’s in your best interest to enter 6, but if your main purpose of entering is for education & review, this new feature is a terrific way to take the pressure off if you have fewer than 6 images ready!

Once again, our guest judges will be doing their job in the afternoon of the 26th
and will be giving educational critique at our 7:00 evening meeting…

Ramada Mandarin
3130 Hartley Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32257

Please feel free to review the JPPG Salon Rules and Entry Forms!

To learn more about what makes a successful competition image, we encourage you to review the 12 Elements of a Successful Image.

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, September 22nd)


Select Number of Images Entering




Late registration link (beginning 12:00am on Saturday, September 23rd)


Select Number of Images Entering




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August 22nd Program – Sit, Stay, Smile – Pet Portraits with Michael Joseph

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We have a special treat for you on Tuesday, August 22… the man with the voice made for radio and TV, a Master of Light, King of Tech, Sultan of Style, the Dog Whisperer, the Cat Charmer, the go-to guy for technical advice, and the guy with the Awesome Boots will be our August guest speaker… that’s right, you guessed it… it’s our very own MJ, doing a live demo with people and their pets! Assisting will be the love of his life, Karen! Both will be ready to answer an arsenal of questions and share their words of wisdom from a lifetime of portrait experience. Get ready!

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. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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)



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July 25th Program – An Evening with Tim Kelly – EXCLUSIVE Appearance

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Sponsored by WHCC

Please plan to join us on Tuesday, July 25th, for an EXCLUSIVE appearance – An Evening with Tim Kelly sponsored by WHCC.

While it would be impossible for this most awarded photographer to show you all of his secrets in one day, Tim will take you to overload with great ideas, inspiration and answers in this special evening appearance.

In professional photography over forty years, he has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share. His studio has always been on both the artistic and technological cutting edge, and his new studio, gallery and lab produce the finest work in the industry. He continues to prove himself over and over, taking the highest imaging honor – the Kodak Gallery Elite Award, for an unprecedented third time! In 2011 he set an award and print score record with his state entries. In 2014 he took the Kodak Gallery award for his portraiture in Florida, and then the regional Gallery Award for yet another image. In 2015 PPA Awarded Tim the Helen K. Yancy Award for his lifetime of influence in the industry.

Tim is a Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, Fellow of American Society of Photographers, International Portrait Master and life member of Cameracraftsmen of America. He has been widely published and has produced many educational materials for the professional portrait photographer. Tim is also a Kodak “Mentor” and has been inducted into the International Society of Portrait Artists, founded in Siena, Italy. His latest book, B&W Portraiture, behind the work of a legendary photographer” was released by Amherst Publishing in 2015. Also released in 2015 was the DVD “The Essential Tim Kelly Lighting Tutorials”, a most popular collection of his top three lighting videos on one disc.

If you are interested in advancing your portrait art, or your portrait sales, don’t miss a chance to hear Mr. Tim Kelly!

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. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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)



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June 27th Program – Randy Van Duinen – Light Painting the Night Up! Hands-On!

head shotMark your calendars and plan to be at the June 27th program for a night of Hands On Light Painting with Randy Van Duinen! Randy will start out by explaining how to light paint through a slide presentation showing you the equipment used, examples of both small table top set-ups and large scale shoots, along with techniques to get your creative juices flowing. He will then do a live presentation where you will actually see him light painting a couple different setups using different techniques.

The last part of the presentation, and best part, is all hands-on! You will be able to make your own light paintings using the setups that Randy has laid out with the lights he has brought with him. So remember to bring your CF card SD card (correction) so you will be able to make your own light painting photograph and get advice as you shoot.

BIO

Randy Van Duinen is a nationally and internationally award-winning architectural photographer, speaker and trainer. His art photography is in private collections around the country and in the permanent collection at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Randy is recognized for his digital imaging skills that he uses with his architectural and art photography. Randy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Photography from Grand Valley State University.

Professional Photographers of America Awards & Degrees

  • World Photographic Cup – Silver Medal, 2014
  • World Photographic Cup USA Team, 2016, 2014
  • 1st place in the commercial category, 2014 Grand Imaging Awards
  • 2nd place in the commercial category, 2013 Grand Imaging Awards
  • Top 10 Commercial photographer: 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Master of Photography (M.Photog.)
  • Master Artist (M.Artist)
  • Photographic Craftsman Degree (Cr.Photog.)
  • Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

Florida Professional Photographers

  • Florida Professional Photographer Artist of the year 2016, 2015
  • Florida Professional Photographer of the year 2012
  • Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence (FDAE)
  • Top 10 Florida Photographer: 2012, 2013 and 2014

Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association

  • Photographer of the Year 2015
  • Photographer of the Year 2013
  • Top 10 Photographers past six years

Published in local and national magazines

  • Professional Photographer (Cover)
  • Photoshop User (Cover)
  • Interiors
  • Builder (Cover)
  • Professional Builder
  • USA Today
  • Tampa Bay Illustrated
  • Light It

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. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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)



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May 23rd Program – Pete Wright – Photograph! Process! Print! The Fundamental Skills of a True Artist

IMG_0896We hope you will join us on Tuesday, May 23rd, as we welcome Pete Wright as our program speaker with his program Photograph! Process! Print! The Fundamental Skills of a True Artist.

In this full circle program, Pete will take you through the studio lighting and posing techniques to use to create visually stunning portraits. Then he will take you into post processing and retouching your images to assure you the best possible product for your clients. To complete the circle, Pete will simplify the printing process and give you the steps you need to be able to finish your own art. This course will give you a better understanding of the tools necessary in each of the stages to get the best results from your work.

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Jacksonville Canon reseller Dorado Graphix will be coming with Pete and bringing Canon’s Large Format printers to print free sample wall portraits for those in attendance. Attendees may bring a thumb drive to the meeting with one image sized up to 24″ wide for printing! Please save your image on a thumb drive, label it or place in an envelope with your name on it and bring to the meeting.

BIO

Pete Wright is an international award-winning Master Photographer and writer based out of Bradenton, Fl. As a fourth generation artist and second generation photographer, Pete got his start as a professional and college sports photographer and eventually expanded into weddings and portrait photography. Outside of his client work, Pete has an extensive body of fine art photography and uses his free time to create new works which he considers to be his chicken soup for the soul. Through his success in print competition, Pete has become passionate about the physical print and an advocate for selling printed images and learning from the process of printing ones own work.

In May 2015, Pete’s First Book “Cinematic Portraits, How to Create Classic Hollywood Photography” was published by Amherst Media and was followed in the Summer of 2016 by his Wedding Photography book “Wedding Photography Kickstart” co-authored with his wife, Liliana. His work is also featured prominently in the Amherst title “500 Poses for Photographing Full-Length Portraits: A Visual Sourcebook for Digital Portrait Photographers” Additionally Pete has been a regular contributor to Professional Photographer Magazine, Action News Magazine, Richmond Weddings Magazine and others

Pete has been lecturing around the world since 2005 in both platform and hands-on environments. He has spoken multiple times at both Imaging USA and WPPI and lectured around the world at various workshops, state and regional conventions. He has also worked extensively as an International Print competition judge and chair for well over a decade. Pete is a true believer in the term “Pay it forward” and feels it is his responsibility to be an open book, sharing his knowledge.

Pete is sponsored by both Dorado Graphix and Canon!

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. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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)




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April 25 Program – Roamin’ with Roman – A Paradigm Shift in the World of Bird Photography

IMG_0965 copyPlease join us on Tuesday, April 25, as we welcome Roman Kurvwczak to Jacksonville! Roman will present his program, Roamin’ with Roman – A Paradigm Shift in the World of Bird Photography.
 
This instructional program represents a fundamental change in the way today’s bird photographers should think and do things, especially when it comes to birds in flight! Roman will cover everything from gear to settings and techniques while also covering some of the most common mistakes photographers make in this exciting field.  Questions will be encouraged and answered throughout the presentation so that those attending gain a clear understanding of the principles of bird photography.
 
You can find galleries, blog, gear reviews, nighttime landscape e-book, and more at: www.roaminwithroman.com
 
BIO
 
Roman Kurywczak is a professional nature photographer and Sigma Pro who conducts lectures and workshops across the globe.  His boutique tour company, Roamin’ with Roman Photo Tours, caters to small groups (only 4 in the US) to provide the ultimate learning experience for participants. His down to earth and easy to follow teaching presentations make him a highly sought after lecturer. The author of several instructional books on nature photography, Roman strives to share his passion for photography as others have shared with him.  He is married, has two sons, and lives in NJ.
 

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 categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

 

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)

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March 28 Program – Hands-On Lighting and Posing

You’ve asked for hands-on programs, and we are excited to host a hands-on evening for our March 28th program.

Please plan to join us at the Ramada Inn Mandarin, 3130 Hartley Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257 for:

• Hands-On Posing & Lighting
• Bring your camera!
• Come ready for a headshot!
• Bring a friend to join in the fun!
• 3 Set-ups… 2 indoors for headshot setup and family and group posing with live models!
• Lighting gear and pocket wizard slaves provided!

A great night of practice and learning from each other!

You can shoot solo or even shoot in small collaborating groups! No one gets left out! We’ll all get to see the results of our creative efforts!

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 categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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)

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February 28 Program – Dave Cross – The Best of Both Worlds – Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

Dave CrossMark your calendars! Please plan to join us at our February 28th program as we proudly welcome Dave Cross to Jacksonville! Dave’s program, “The Best of Both Worlds: Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together,” is one that you will not want to miss!

Although Lightroom is a very powerful tool on its own, when you combine it with Photoshop you can access an incredibly creative and productive workflow. In this session Dave Cross will explore different options for moving files between Lightroom and Photoshop to harness the full non-destructive strengths of both programs, and strategies to approach common image problems.

You’ll learn

  • When to use the Lightroom Spot Removal tool vs the Patch tool in Photoshop
  • How to create a two-way Smart editing workflow between Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Using Dehaze with the Lightroom Adjustment Brush vs Dehaze with a mask in Photoshop
  • How to fix image problems with Merge to HDR – with one image
  • Retouching strategies that take full advantage of both programs
  • How to make Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop even better
  • Using Photoshop and Lightroom’s Identity plates to create borders
  • How to retouch Smart Objects

…and more!

If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of these two formidable programs, this is the session for you.

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 categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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. Come and try out our first meeting of the year for $5 off the event price so you’re first time attendance is only $20!

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

BIO:

For over 25 years Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their Adobe software. Since1987, Dave has taught Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught for Adobe, at Photoshop World, the Texas School of Photography, Adobe MAX, Imaging USA and at numerous corporate locations. Dave has written many articles and multiple books, co-hosted Photoshop User TV and has appeared in many DVDs and online courses for Kelby Training, CreativeLive and Photoshop Cafe. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and now offers online training at online.davecrossworkshops.com, with new content added every week.

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January 24 Program – Olis Garber – Northern Exposure – A Reward in Patience and Determination

We would like to welcome you to our first program in 2017! Please join us on Tuesday, January 24, as we welcome our very own JPPG Member, Olis Garber, presenting Northern Exposure – A reward in patience and determination.

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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. You may enter into one or both!

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. Come and try out our first meeting of the year for $5 off the event price so you’re first time attendance is only $20!

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

BIO:

Olis Garber
Is an internationally awarded Master Photographer, focused on quality, art and customer service!  

Based in Jacksonville Florida and available for worldwide travel.
 
His presentation “Northern Exposure – A reward in patience and determination,” is about vision & commitment to getting it right… paying attention to details and mastering techniques.
Olis will share his Iceland landscapes and Alaskan Wildlife images. He’ll also reveal his research notes, planning data, shooting setups and post processing techniques!  Plus… he’ll let you in on the cost for these photo expeditions… just in case you’d like to join him on one of his future expeditions!

Professional Honors
2011 FPP Florida Photographer of the Year ranked 1st in the state, PPA Gold Medalist International Photographic Competition & JPPG Competitor of the Year
2012 JPPG Jacksonville Photographer of the Year & FPP Top Ten Photographer ranked 2nd in state
2013 PPA Silver Medalist International Photographic Competition & JPPG Top Ten Photographer
2014 Awarded a “Master of Photography” degree by the Professional Photographers of America, JPPG Competitor of the Year, JPPG Top Ten Photographer & JPPG People’s Choice Award

Specialties
Wedding Photography
Fine Art Portrait Photography
Architectural Photography
Landscape & Wildlife Photography

Professional Associations
ASP (American Society of Photographers)

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