June 26th Program – Lightroom CC Classic: Speed Up Your Editing with Marty Grivjack

Please join us on June 26th as we welcome Marty Grivjack for his program, Lightroom CC Classic: Speed Up Your Editing.

Join Lightroom Sensei Marty Grivjack for a fun-filled evening of Lightroom Learning. There are lots of new features in Lightroom CC Classic, so this is a DO NOT MISS if you want to speed up your editing workflow and learn the magic of the “Sensei” features in this new edition. Bring your questions and notepads… lots to take notes on!

Bonus! Learn how to do Frequency Separation Retouching!

Marty’s Bio

Marty Grivjack, PPA Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.), is a Florida-based professional photographer and Lightroom editing/workflow instructor, with a summer studio in the Adirondacks of New York. Marty combines his expertise in digital photography workflow with his in-depth knowledge of computers to provide the optimum learning environment for today’s digital photographers. He shoots both major camera formats and is fluent on both computer platforms. He is widely known for his ability to convey easy-to-understand procedures that lead to great “ah-ha!” moments. Some call him “MaGriver.”

Marty spends his non-lecture time creating tutorials and writing articles covering workflow strategies and image editing/management in a never-ending effort to provide the highest quality, easy-to-follow instruction on the industry’s top photography editing products.

He is the past-president of The Professional Photographer’s Guild of the Palm Beaches, and is a member of PPA and the Florida Professional Photographers (FPP). He is the digital presentation specialist for the annual Florida Competition Salon. Marty travels the country conducting PPA Super Monday programs, seminars, schools and individualized training. No question goes unanswered, and no photographer left behind!

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.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

May 22nd Program – Level Up: One Light Made Simple with Kira Derryberry

On May 22nd, we’ll hope you join us as we welcome Kira Derryberry for her program, Level Up: One Light Made Simplesponsored by WHCC.

In this live demo program, learn how to master multiple one light set ups for studio and on location portraiture. Create dynamic images that are great for seniors, headshots, families, fashion, and more. Kira will guide you through selecting the right light modifiers for the job, learning how to see how the light falls to best flatter your  subject, and all using tools that won’t break the bank! If you’ve been an all natural light shooter until now, this is a great class to get you out of your comfort zone and into the world of creating natural looking lighting that doesn’t overwhelm. Prepare to ask questions, learn new techniques, and level up your skill set!

Kira’s Bio

KIRA DERRYBERRY, MASTER PHOTOG, CR., CPP
Kira Derryberry is a portrait photographer based in Tallahassee, FL. She’s a Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer, and a Director for the Professional Photographers of America board. Kira is an active competitor in both the state and International Print Competitions and earned silver medals in 2014 and 2015 and a Platinum medal in 2016 at IPC. Her Loan Collection Image, “The Skeptic” was featured on the March 2016 Cover of Professional Photographer Magazine along with a feature article on her work. Alongside her heavy participation in her local and state association, Kira proudly serves as a member of the board of directors for the Professional Photographers of America. Kira also shares her knowledge with her fellow photographers as a Spider Holster Ambassador and a Tether Tools Pro.

Kira got her start in photography in high school then graduated with a BA from the University of Alabama with photography as her focus. Knowing how to shoot, but not necessarily how to start a business, Kira leaned on her experience as a web designer for work, taking a job at a Tallahassee based advertising agency for 5 years before opening her studio in 2010. Since her studio opening, Kira has developed a strong client base in portraits ranging from children and families, to headshots, commercial work, and boudoir. Kira and her husband Kevin have been together since 2002, and together they have a seven year old daughter, Lucy. When not slinging a camera, she spends much of the remainder of her free time playing video games and watching bad science fiction.

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.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

April 24th Program – Creative Compositing – Go Beyond the Normal! with Randy Van Duinen

We’re very excited to bring Randy Van Duinen back to Jacksonville for our April 24th program, “Creative Compositing – Go Beyond the Normal!”

If you are looking to kick start you creative photography or add new options to your studio, you will want to attend his program on compositing with internationally award winning photographer Randy Van Duinen. He will show you his process of creating stunning and unique composited images. Learn different ways to cut out images and then put them together to create seamless images. He will teach you some processes that will allow you to quickly put together a composite that will make your clients come back for more.

Randy’s Bio

Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog., M.Artist, Cr. CPP, FDPE, FSA, AIA

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, 2014, 2015, and 2016 

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.

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.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)



March 27th Program – An Evening with Florida Times-Union Photojournalist Will Dickey… Surveying the Artistry of His Fascinating Portrait Studies & Breathtaking Landscapes

Will DickeyPlease join us on Tuesday, March 27th for an exciting evening with special guest, Florida Times-Union Photojournalist Will Dickey. This special program, “An Evening with Florida Times-Union Photojournalist Will Dickey… Surveying the Artistry of His Fascinating Portrait Studies & Breathtaking Landscapes.”

This special event is FREE! We do, however, ask that you please register in advance at the following link to ensure a space is reserved for you:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-florida-times-union-photojournalist-will-dickey-tickets-43624200157

Will Dickey has been a Jacksonville resident since he became a staff photographer for The Florida Times-Union in 1983. News events, environmental portraits, sports, business, digital illustrations and features are among his daily assignments for the newspaper. His work has also been featured in Water’s Edge, Florida Trend, Newsweek and Time magazines, ABC World News and National Geographic’s website.

Will has won regional and national awards for his newspaper work. But he has a special respect for nature and for the beauty of the northeast Florida landscape, especially the Timucuan Preserve and the St. Johns River.

The waterways and woods are his passion, professionally and personally, and photographing them is something of a return to his roots. He grew up in Alabama and wet his first hook as a young child, fishing alongside his father and uncles in the creeks and ponds of his hometown Chatom, north of Mobile. In high school and college (Auburn University) he developed an interest in photography and turned his camera to nature.

For the past several years, Will’s images of the First Coast landscape have been displayed in local art galleries and he is now exhibiting at area outdoor art festivals.

Check out his Landscapes, Photojournalism and Follow him on Facebook!

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

There will be NO People’s Choice for this event!

Sunrise at Big Talbot Island, part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (www.willdickey.com)

Sunrise at Big Talbot Island, part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (www.willdickey.com)

08/20/15--Photo illustration by Will Dickey for Jaguars special section cover.

08/20/15–Photo illustration by Will Dickey for Jaguars special section cover.

Will.Dickey@jacksonville.com--04/30/16--Runners carry U.S. flags at the start of the Never Quit 5k run Saturday morning, April 30, 2016 on Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The Never Quit events are inspired by long-time military veteran Gerard Petroni, who died in 2009. His son, Erik Petroni is the founder and director of Never Quit, which sponsors events around the world for the U.S. military, in addition to stateside running and other physical events that everyone can participate in. (The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

Will.Dickey@jacksonville.com–04/30/16–Runners carry U.S. flags at the start of the Never Quit 5k run Saturday morning, April 30, 2016 on Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The Never Quit events are inspired by long-time military veteran Gerard Petroni, who died in 2009. His son, Erik Petroni is the founder and director of Never Quit, which sponsors events around the world for the U.S. military, in addition to stateside running and other physical events that everyone can participate in. (The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

Will.Dickey@jacksonville.com--03/28/16--Yulee High head football coach Bobby Ramsay, photographed in the team locker room Monday, March 28, 2016 in Yulee, Florida. (The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

Will.Dickey@jacksonville.com–03/28/16–Yulee High head football coach Bobby Ramsay, photographed in the team locker room Monday, March 28, 2016 in Yulee, Florida. (The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

Will.Dickey@jacksonville.com--04/07/16--The coffin of Putnam County Deputy Brandee Smith is loaded into a hearse after her funeral at St. Johns River State College in Palatka, Florida Thursday, April 7, 2016. She died in a boating accident on the St. Johns River. (The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

Will.Dickey@jacksonville.com–04/07/16–The coffin of Putnam County Deputy Brandee Smith is loaded into a hearse after her funeral at St. Johns River State College in Palatka, Florida Thursday, April 7, 2016. She died in a boating accident on the St. Johns River. (The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

05/13/15--Suns starting pitcher Trevor Williams lets one fly in first inning action against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Bragan Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

05/13/15–Suns starting pitcher Trevor Williams lets one fly in first inning action against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Bragan Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

Photograph by Will Dickey--Interior of Fort Pickens, October 7, 2016 in Pensacola Beach, Florida. (www.willdickey.com)

Photograph by Will Dickey–Interior of Fort Pickens, October 7, 2016 in Pensacola Beach, Florida. (www.willdickey.com)

February 27th Program – In Person Sales (IPS) Secrets with Tamara Knight

22492028_1460899697297603_5312095639994008427_nWe invite you to join us on Tuesday, February 27th, as we welcome Tamara Knight to present her program, “In Person Sales” (IPS) Secrets.

Do you struggle with not earning enough on each session and find there is just not enough time in the day to get it all done?  Join Tamara as she shares her unique “In Person Sales” (IPS) secrets that tripled her sales averages in the first year of implementation!  Tamara struggled for the first several years until she learned and developed a successful business model that works.  The results are remarkable, clients are delighted with the process and new products. In addition it has positioned Tamara Knight Photography as one of the premier business leaders in the community.

Tamara’s program is a must see for those wanting to take the leap into IPS or to just improve on their current sales process.

  • Raise Your Sales Averages
  • Implement and Improve Your In Person Sales
  • Spend Less Time on Production
  • Streamline Your Products

Speaker Bio

Tamara Knight is a certified (CPP) and award winning professional photographer, a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America), and has been published internationally. Tamara Knight is based in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Russia, she moved to America 19 years and has been a photographer for 9. She loves creating beautiful family and modern beauty portraits.

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 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.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)



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January 23rd Program – Kevin Floyd – 3D Lighting: Understanding Light and Make it Work for You

IMG_6688-1Our first meeting of the year on January 23rd is with our own Kevin Floyd who will present 3D Lighting: Understanding light and how to make the light work for you. We invite you to hear from Kevin as he discusses:

  • Things you didn’t know about light, that you can use.
  • Will cover the 5 lighting patterns, short vs broad,  quality of light, Size of light source.
  • What makes light soft.
  • Baffled by baffles?
  • Light modifiers and how to make your own that DON’T look home made.
  • Efficiency of Light
  • Depth of light
  • Light and Color   NOT white balance
  • Reflection and absorption
  • Studio lighting indoors and out.
  • Garage lighting
  • Fashion Glamour lighting.
  • Props humor and stories
  • But wait there’s more…action packed and full of useful INFO.

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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November 28th Program – Personality Portraits with Robert Sargent and Live Sweets and Treats Auction

Please plan to join us for a special evening as we welcome Robert Sargent presenting a mini-program, Personality Portraits: Capturing the Essence of Humanity.

Also during the evening, a live auction of Sweets and Treats! You will have the opportunity to bid on homemade decadent goodies and maybe even some useful photographic items. All proceeds to benefit JPPG. Don’t miss it!593 101 6112 rtch b

Learn how to get a great expression without the standard request to “Smile” or “Say Cheese”… Cheese is for crackers! Robert will do a live photo shoot as he shares how you can get great expressions through having fun and talking with your client. This is a great way to get to know your client and capture your client’s true unique personality in a two dimensional still photograph.

About Robert

Robert has been a Professional Photographer for over twenty years. He is considered by many to be a master at his trade and is regarded as a true “digital artist.” He has mentored other professional photographers in the art of lighting and posing techniques. He is a truly passionate photographer with an eye for beauty and capturing cherished moments in life.

Achievements include:

  • Founding Member, Past Officer, Past Board Member of Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association (TAPPA)
  • Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) by Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Since 1998
  • Florida Education Degree for Photography (FED)
  • Florida Degree of Professional Excellence (FDPE)
  • Internationally Published (Goldwell Magazine, Focus Magazine, Inspire Quarterly, Luxury Home Magazine, Digital Capture Magazine)
  • Former Canon Freelancer for Canon Camera Corp

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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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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