FPP 2012 Awards

The Florida Professional Photographers (FPP) put on another incredible convention this year! There were many amazing speakers, including our own Damon Fecitt and Michal Joseph, an awesome trade show, print competition with real-time viewing if you were not present, and more!

We are also EXTREMELY proud to have the #2 Photographer in Florida among our members. Congratulations to Olis Garber!

Several of our members also did very well in print competition! Congratulations!

JPPG also did really well in the inter-guild competition! They took ALL scores from every member of each section that stated their section affiliation. JPPF came in second place behind the Ft. Myers guild (PPSWF) by only 0.04 points! Ft. Myers/PPSWF: 79.60 with 30 entries and Jacksonville/JPPG: 79.56 with 18 entries.

This convention also means FPP says goodbye to it’s current president, our own Donna Campiz, and welcomes the new president Sandra Pearce-McAuley.


Florida School Tuition Increases April 1st – Register Now!

Florida Professional Photographer’s “Florida School” is ALMOST HERE!

Register NOW before the tuition goes up on April 1st!

What is Florida School? It’s only the best week-long educational event here in Florida for photographers with some of the industry’s most knowledgeable photographers! Florida School is celebrating it’s 20th  year in 2012.

The dates are June 3 – 7, 2012 and classes are held at the Daytona State College in Daytona Beach. There are nine instructors (see below) for the 2012 Florida School. You select ONE and spend the entire week in their class, receiving hands-on instruction and plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.

Tuition must paid in full by April 1, 2012 for these rates (unless you’re participating in the recurring payment plan).

Class Tuition is as follows:

  • $585 for FPP/SEPPA/PPA members (Andre Amyot students add $75 workbook fee)
  • $535 for the 2nd person from the same studio
  • $775 for non-members
  • Add $100 if not paid in full by April 1, 2012 (unless you’re participating in the recurring payment plan).

Instructors include:

  • Andre Amyot – The Business of Photography (All Levels)
  • Al Audleman – CPP Class and Exam (All Levels)
  • Tony Corbell – The Power of Light (Intermediate to Advanced)
  • Bruce Evenen – Taking Control of the Light (All Levels)
  • Josh & Bruce Hudson – Marketing, Sales, Social Media and Lighting (All Levels)
  • Susan & Stewart Powers – Weddings (Intermediate Level)
  • Teri Quance – High School Seniors (All Levels)
  • Janice Wendt – Retouching Secrets of the Masters (Intermediate Level)
  • Helen Yancy – Advanced Painter (Advanced Master Class)

Attendees who are PPA members in good standing will receive two PPA Educational Merits upon completion of a five day class. FPP Members will receive three FED points for the five day class, which is good towards their FED degree. Attendance for each day is mandatory to receive FED points and/or PPA merits.

The host hotel is the Daytona Beach Resort (yes, it’s on the beach).


Reservations must be made by May 13, 2012 and you must mention you are with the FPP to get this special rate.

If you need a roommate, please contact Marybeth Hamberger at 954-426-2562 or via email at mhamberger@comcast.net.

FPP Spring Seminar – Pepito Valdes “How To Create A Masterpiece” – March 4th

The FPP Spring Seminar will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 9:30AM – 4:30PM at the Howard Johnson in Ocala. Join fellow photographers as Pepito Valdes, M.Photog,FDPE,FSA,FED, presents “How to Create a Masterpiece“.

Pre-registration: FPP Members-$30 / Non Members $50. Pre-registration prices good thru February 29th. Pre-Register online
At the door prices: FPP Members – $45 / Non Members $65

Wall Portraits were once only for the rich and famous. Centuries ago everyone wanted to preserve their likeness for future generations and commissioned the best painters. Today, through the art of photography everyone has the affordability to have a wall portrait in his or her home. Learn how to fill the void left behind by the old portrait masters of Centuries ago.
Through years of perfecting his craft Pepito has created a style and marketing plan that he will share as well as devote an entire segment to Posing and Lighting.

Additionally, he will emphasize selling wall portraiture instead of just ordinary pictures. He will also discuss the ins-and outs of his wall portrait business, touching on all aspects of creating a Fine Art Portrait for home or office.

Furthermore, Pepito will discuss the key elements of how to establish a personal relationship with your clients; His personal customer service style will assist you in creating and selling fine art wall portraiture.

Lastly, by creating memorable images that can be a work of art to be handed down from generation to generation. You to can learn how to create a masterpiece portrait.

“The most important things in Life are not things at all, they are our relationships to one another.” ~~Pepito

The Howard Johnson Ocala is located at 3951 NW Blitchton Road, Ocala, FL 32282

FPP 2011 Awards, Degrees, and Photographer of the Year!

Wow, wow, wow! What an incredible Florida Professional Photographers (FPP) Convention! Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible! It all led up to Tuesday evening, the night that degrees and many awards would be presented and where JPPG Members took home some of the most esteemed awards! Congratulations to all, but especially to the #1 Photographer of the Year, Olis Garber!

It was also where we said goodbye to the current FPP President and welcome in the new FPP President – our very own Donna Campiz!

Olis Garber Named 2011 Florida #1 Photographer of the Year

We are soooo incredibly proud of Olis! This was Olis’ first year competing at the State level and with his incredible HDR landscape and bird photography, this award is very well deserved. Please make sure to congratulate Olis next time you see him at our meetings!

Olis’ accomplishments included a perfect 100 score for his image, “Ice“, and the same image was awarded First Place in the Illustrative – Landscape category. He also received First Place in the Portrait of an Animal category for his image “Attitude“. And, his entire case of 6 images all merited! Congratulations, Olis!

Scroll down to the image gallery below to see Olis’ incredible work!

Susan Michal Named Top 10 Florida Photographer and Recipient of Other Esteemed Awards

Our own Susan Michal also took the Awards Banquet by storm! Susan was named a Top 10 Florida Photographer for 2011 (and well deserved, too!)

Susan was also presented with the PPA Certified Professional Photographer Award (recognized for the highest scoring Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) print, album, or electronic submission in their state print competition) and the Outstanding Service Award for the JPPG Section.

Susan’s print, “The Shopkeeper“, scored an incredible 97 and she, also, merited all 6 of her images. Scroll down to the image gallery below to see Susan’s “The Shopkeeper” image!

Other Print Awards

Several other JPPG Members also received awards for their images:

  • Patricia “Pat” Lowe was awarded First Place in the Commercial Advertising Illustrative category for her image “Shaken, with a Splash“.
  • Damon Fecitt was awarded a Distinguished Award in the Illustrative Open category for his image “9 Months to Hold You“.
  • Keely Deuschle was awarded a Distinguished Award in the Portrait of an Animal category for her image “Doggone Basket“.

Degrees Awarded

We are also proud of two of our Members who were presented with their new Florida Professional Photographer Degrees.

  • Pat Tankersley received his Florida Education Degree and his Florida Service Award.
  • Rick Bauer received his Florida Education Degree.

Both Ramfis Campiz and Michael Joseph received 20 point bars for their Florida Service Award, as well!

Steve Metz Presented with PPA National Award

Our favorite Burrell rep, Steve Metz, was presented with PPA’s National Award. This coveted honor is presented in recognition of outstanding service to professional photography performed by an individual. We know how much Steve gives back to our industry and this is very well deserved!

Congratulations to all of our Members on their well-deserved Awards and Degrees and to new FPP President, Donna Campiz!

2010 FPP Photographic Competition Awards

Congratulations to EVERYONE who entered competition at this year’s FPP Convention. We extend a special congratulations to JPPG Member, Rick Bauer on his print competition awards!

Top Ten Florida Photographers
#5 Rick Bauer

Kodak Gallery Award
ILLUSTRATIVE OPEN – Rick Bauer, “My Cathedral”


Distinguished Award: Rick Bauer, “My Cathedral”

"My Cathedral" by Rick Bauer

JPPG Member Receives FPP Awards

The Florida Professional Photographers (FPP) Convention is held in August of each year and is a time when the FPP presents their Degrees and Special Awards.

Awarded was the Outstanding Service Award which is presented to an individual in each of the affiliate guilds who go above and beyond in their service to their guild. This award was presented to Keely Deuschle for our JPPG affiliate!

Learn more about these degrees and awards from the Florida Professional Photographers.

FPP Dream Team Wedding

With the success of our guild’s last two Dream Team Wedding (DTW) Seminars, we were approached by the Florida Professional Photographers and our own Donna Campiz (FPP Convention Chair) to do it again, but at the FPP Convention! If you’re not familiar with the Dream Team Wedding Seminar, it is a full day of education from top wedding photographers from around the country who take you through an entire day of a typical wedding and how they photograph the different aspects of the wedding, from getting ready to the ceremony, from formals to the reception.

Our President, Pat Tankersley, took the reins and started the ball rolling getting some amazing talent lined up to photograph the various segments of a wedding day. The Dream Team Photographers included: Julie Hughes, Susan and Stewart Powers, Stephanie Rounds, Mario Muno, Jr., Rick Ferro, Al Gordon, and Hanson Fong.

Orlando photographer, Stephanie Rounds, did an amazing job finding local vendors who donated their products and services to the wedding / seminar and transformed two ball rooms – one for the ceremony and the other for the reception. But this was not a wedding with models portraying the couple or the bridesmaids and groomsmen. This was a real wedding of two photographers from the Tampa area who met at this very convention two years ago – Brian Idocks and Derica Sonnon – with their close family and friends and about 75 wedding photographers as students/guests.

The seminar began with Julie Hughes and the “Bride Getting Ready” segment with the Bride and Bridesmaids. While some of the intimate details were photographed in private, Julie showed how you can work to create beautiful images using what is available around you. And as sometimes happens on a typical wedding day, Julie showed how to handle situations where the lighting may not work as originally planned. Stewart and Susan Powers then demonstrated how they work with Groom and Groomsmen as they also get ready as well as photographing some of the details that are unique to the guys. Mario Munoz, Jr., heated it up a bit with some glamour/funky bridal portraits and brought the group outside then back inside to unique places (like under the stairs where the sun was creating some cool patterns through the open steps) to create amazing images. Rick Ferro brought everyone back in to demonstrate photographing the formal groom portraits and getting some amazing shots in a place as simple as a large hotel meeting room.

Everyone then moved downstairs to the ballroom that was transformed for the wedding ceremony. We had the opportunity to watch and learn from Rick Ferro and Stephanie Rounds as they captured all the details of the ceremony. After the wedding ceremony was over, Hanson Fong showed how he works with the couple and their families and bridal party for the formal family and bridal party portraits – including how to work with large groups as well as children in the grouping.

As the reception began, Al Gordon and Stewart and Susan Powers, provided insight into how they use additional lighting at the reception and took attendees through all the details of photographing the reception including the first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dances, cake cutting, bouquet tossing, etc.

After the reception, Al Gordon led the couple and the group to several different locations throughout the hotel to photograph the couple portraits – on the stairway using different posing and focusing techniques, in the bar where Brian and Derica met, etc. Julie Hughes even jumped in to photograph some of the couple with a few members of another large group (those competing in the International Yo-Yo Championships) as they did their cool yo-yo tricks in the background. It was all about finding different ways to use what is available and finding unique settings or places that you may have never thought of to create amazing images.

The events of the day led up to the grand exit presented Julie Hughes. Unfortunately, it was pouring outside so it was somewhat limited, but Julie made it work. We all gathered and sent Brian and Derica off on their new life and with that, the seminar was over.

While a normal wedding day doesn’t have instruction and moves quickly, it was so wonderful to see how each of the superstar photographers works with either natural light, flash, inside, outside, beautiful location, or not.

This day could have not been put on without the help of these amazing vendors: Lynda Whitney – hair, Elvin – Makeup, Den Daniele of Grant Hemond – DJ, Fourish – Ceremony Florals, Lana of Fairbanks – Bridal Party flowers, Lee Forrest Designs and Flowers by Lesley – Reception Florals, Anna Cakes – Wedding Cake, Kirk Kief – Grooms Cake, Burrell Color Imaging – Programs, and Steve Metz – Up lighting and Projected Monograms. Thanks also to the JPPG Board of Directors who worked behind the scene to make everything go as smoothly as possible. And special thanks to Pat Tankersley and Stephanie Rounds for all the work you did to pull this together and make it a huge success!

Congratulations Brian and Derica!!

If you could not attend the day long teaching seminar…we have some GREAT NEWS !! We are making a complete Master Set of images from the day, including a slideshow of the best of the best, with overall views of the set ups etc. And we will Also include a full day video covering each aspect of the wedding and all of the teaching from the day. (over 4 hours of video instruction and demonstration) All of this for the very low price of only $99.00!! Visit the FPP Website to Pre order your complete set today – you will not be sorry.

Here are just a few images from the day!

FPP Convention Message

FPP Convention Message By Donna Campiz FSA, FED

I can’t tell you all what an honor it’s been to serve as your convention Manager. This year will be one of the best ever. Our programs are comparable to a national convention. Do you ever wonder how top photographers in your area can come up with the coolest ideas…? They go to national conventions! The beauty of this convention is FPP is saving you money by providing you the opportunity to see talent on the national level.

Remember, education should never take a back seat in your business. You have no excuse; this one is in your backyard.

Andy Marcus, who has photographed high profile weddings and events all over the world.

Dennis Craft, past PPA president that gets amazing images of children and is fun to watch.

Hanson Fong, the creator of flow posing will take on any large family grouping and make them all look good in five minutes or less.

Richard Sturdevant, the master of Photoshop techniques will share his knowledge of creating award winning images and artistic talents.

Bruce & Josh Hudson, Bruce has been in business for over twenty years and has ridden the wave of up’s and down’s in crazy economical times. He will share his strategic plans on riding the new wave of marketing to create a better client base.

Rick Ferro, Fashion is in and Rick will walk you through setting up lights for the new fashion look.

Larry Lourcey, will show us how to organize a home studio when paying rent to a silent partner is not an option. It’s essential to keep every dime in your pocket in today’s economy.

Andrew Jenkins and Jackie Palmer will explain why image is so important while having a studio in your home.

Pat Chill, showing us how to maximize our bottom line from photographing schools and sport photography in the slow months.

Janice Wendt, will take you through the amazing ways Nik Filters can take an ok image to a competition ready image.

John Woodward will take you through the hotel and show you how to handle lighting situations on his safari. We don’t always have the perfect location’s when photographing our clients today.

Dream Team Wedding will take you through an entire day of a wedding photographer. Learn from top wedding photographers from around the country on how they handle having no time at a wedding to and creating phenomenal images.

Now the cut off date for the FPP early bird discount is July 23rd, however the Rosen Hotel special price for FPP is JULY 9th!!
You need to take action now and register!
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2010 Florida School – May 23 – 27

The 2010 Florida School is just around the corner! If you haven’t registered for a class yet, don’t wait too long as class sizes are limited! FPP has even extended a Payment Plan to help defer the cost over the next several months.

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