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:

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.

Proposed 2016 JPPG Board of Directors

At our September 22nd meeting, our Immediate Past President, Keely Deuschle, presented the proposed slate of Board of Directors for 2016 to our Membership, as put together by the Nominating Committee and approved by the current Board of Directors.

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 27th 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 our current Board members who will be stepping down: Kevin Floyd, Ken Moran, and Ramfis Campiz. Each of these individuals have given an incredible amount of time to the Guild and we are very grateful for their service.

Proposed Officers:

  • Dan Harris – President
  • Michael Joseph – Vice President/Director of Programs (also Chair of Education and Salon)
  • Jeff Nelson – Vice President/Director of Membership (also Chair of Charities)
  • Melanie Miller – Secretary (also Chair of People’s Choice)
  • Carol Charbonneau – Treasurer (also Chair of Door Prizes)

Appointed Board Members (Appointed by President):

  • Keely Deuschle – Website and Pro(b)log Editor (also Chair of Social Media)
  • Karen Joseph – Communications (also Chair of Sunshine Committee)

Proposed General (Elected) Board Members:

  • Pat Lowe – (assisting with Charities, People’s Choice, and Door Prizes)

As our current President, Kevin Floyd, is stepping down from the Board, we will not have an Immediate Past President position; however, two Past Presidents – Keely Deuschle and Michael Joseph – will serve in that capacity, as needed.

Congratulations to JPPG Members – PPA Degrees, Medalists, Certification

Our JPPG family extends a congratulations to several of our JPPG Members on their recent accomplishments and recognitions!

Certified Professional Photographer

We are very excited that our own Tammy Czigan has recently become JPPG’s newest Certified Professional Photographer (CPP). This is a designation that less than 3% of all professional photographers earn. Those who have earned the Professional Photographic Certification have passed a comprehensive written exam measuring their technical expertise, and have successfully submitted their work to a panel of judges for review and approval. Individuals must be re-certified every 3 years to retain their certification. Tammy proudly joins our other JPPG CPPs Cliff Addy, Jennifer Mosley-Connell, Damon Fecitt, Kevin Floyd, Susan Michal, and Keely Deuschle. Congratulations, Tammy! Learn more about Certification.

PPA International Photographic Competition Medalists

We also extend a congratulations to our JPPG Members who were Medalists in PPA’s 2014 International Photographic Competition and who were recognized at the Grand Imaging Awards in February 2015 in Nashville, TN.

  • Platinum Medalists: Platinum Medalists had three images included in the PPA Loan Collection and one image in PPA’s General Collection. Congratulations to our Platinum Medalists,  Ken Moran and Susan Michal.
  • Silver Medalists: Silver Medalists have achieved the inclusion of one photographic image into PPA’s Loan Collection and three images into PPA’s General Collection. Congratulations to our Silver Medalist, Keely Deuschle.

PPA Master of Photography Degree Recipients

And finally, we proudly congratulations two our JPPG Members on earning their PPA Master of Photography Degree at the 2015 Award and Degree Ceremony in Nashville, TN. We congratulate Keely Deuschle and Kevin Floyd on this incredible accomplishment. The Master of Photography, abbreviated M.Photog., is awarded for superior photographic skills—demonstrated through the PPA International Photographic Competition, advanced education and service to the industry. Keely and Kevin proudly join our other JPPG Master Photographers Rick Bauer, Olis Garber, Michael Joseph, Susan Michal, and Marianne Pophal. Congratulations, Keely and Kevin! Learn more about PPA Degrees.

PPA President Susan Michal

We’d be remiss if we didn’t congratulate our own Susan Michal on an incredible year as PPA’s President. And what a way to end the year – an amazing convention in Nashville, TN with record attendance of 11,000+. We are so very proud of you, Susan!

Mini-Seminars 2012 – Register at the July 24th Meeting

This is a Members Only Event*

We are happy and excited to present to you the lineup for our Mini Seminars! We have some very gifted professionals in our Guild (and beyond) who have volunteered their time and talent for us! We look forward to seeing you participate! You must pay when you register, no exceptions…sorry!! (If you can’t be there, make arrangements with a friend to sign you up!) So bring cash, checkbook or credit card so you won’t miss out on the classes you’d like to take! Sorry, NO email or early registration accepted.

Registration for Mini Seminars begins at 6:00pm!

Education is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your business!


Most classes will begin at 7:00 and last about 2 to 2.5 hours, unless noted. Also, most class sizes are limited, please respect class limits, they are set to accommodate the speaker, location and class attendees.

We are offering these Valuable Seminars for a great price, affording you the opportunity to take as many classes as you like! The more you take the better the deal!

Pricing is as follows & prices are “night of sale” only!
1 class: $35.00… 3 classes: $30.00 each… 5 classes: $25.00 each
7 or more classes: $20.00 each (amazing value!)
(This pricing only valid July 24th… first-come, first-served… classes will sell out! If available, online pricing is set at $35 per class.)

Plus… buy 10 and get 2 free!
And check out our VIP All-Inclusive Pass** for just $360! (that’s about $15 per class)
**The VIP All Inclusive Pass includes; VIP seating during the class, admittance to sold out classes, FREE lunch with Eddie Tapp and VIP “After Party”!

Read the class details and descriptions on our Mini Seminar page OR

Download the Master List of Mini Seminars Here!
(This is a PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat to read)

We look forward to seeing you all in class! We hope everyone takes advantage of this great opportunity!

Not a JPPG Member? You can become one by joining on July 24th!
*Mid-Year Membership Special just $65 for individual membership!

Incredible Opportunity – Mini Seminars to Prepare for Salon – March 8 & 10

You asked for help with understanding and preparing images for the JPPG Salon, as well as state, regional & national competition and we’re bringing it to you just in time for OUR Salon on March 22!

If you’re entering competition or even thought about it, DON’T MISS THESE CLASSES!

Mini Seminar 1: On Tuesday, March 8, 6:30-9pm, presented by Susan Michal (M.Photog., Cr., CPP), Michael Joseph (M.Photog.), and Dan Harris on lighting pertaining to print competition, the 12 Elements of a Successful Print, understanding the rules and what the judges are looking for.

Mini Seminar 2: On Thursday, March 10, 6:30-9pm, well, this one is soooo exciting, you DEFINITELY won’t want to miss this! Wow! Susan, Michael, Dan, and Sherri Ebert (M.Photog., Cr., CPP) will continue the education about print competition by discussing how to choose the right image, how best to present the images and provide some critique of images attendees may bring. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! 3… yes THREE Nationally Affiliated Jurors including the current PPA PEC (Print Education Committee) Chairman, Dennis Craft, will be LIVE via Internet THURSDAY ONLY to provide live critiques of YOUR images! Bring several of your digital images to be critiqued so you can better prepare them for this year’s competitions!

Then take the feedback you’ve received and apply them to your images in preparation for the upcoming competition!

**These two mini seminars piggy-back on each other, so we encourage you to attend both**

A special price for both classes is only $35. If you are not able to attend both classes, you may register for one class or the other for just $20. JPPG Members Only.

All classes will be held at Susan Michal’s studio in Mandarin. Details are provided at the link above.

PPSNF 2010 Membership Renewal

Just a reminder to get your 2010 PPSNF Membership renewed by the January 26 meeting!

Benefits of membership include:

  • monthly meetings with a speaker or hands-on training on the fourth Tuesday of each month
  • hands-on learning workshops with top professionals
  • real world business advice
  • access to technical training and learning experiences
  • fun social events
  • a network of professionals to use as emergency backup and support
  • print competitions to encourage you in earning degrees
  • award winning newsletter-PROLOG and website access

Plus, we have many more exciting MEMBERS ONLY surprises in store for 2010.

Don’t miss out!

Each member must submit a NEW application every year. Yes, this means you!

Download a copy of the Membership Application today!

You also must submit a copy of your 2010 Florida State Sales Tax ID.

We also like to have a current headshot for your web listing.

Headshot requirements:

  • Image Size: 144px x 216px (portrait orientation)
  • Resolution: 72dpi
  • Converted to Black and White

Please e-mail the image to

and Keely will get it posted for you!

We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Jennifer Brum
Vice President, Membership

PPSNF Holiday Party!

The PPSNF Christmas Party on December 8th is almost here! This year, the party will be held at a NEW location – the beautiful Omni Hotel in downtown Jacksonville! Cocktails will be from 6-7pm with a cash bar and dinner/dancing will be from 7-11pm.

The menu has been selected and we can tell you that you won’t be disappointed! For those who like to get out and move, we will have a dance floor and DJ this year! There will also be a bar, a mentor auction (see below), door prizes, as well as our End-Of-Year Awards! Because we all know that our wallets are a bit tighter this year, we’ve chosen not to have a gift exchange.

We will be collecting toys for Toys For Tots, too, so please bring an unwrapped toy or two for donation to this awesome charity.

Mentor Auctions

Bid on one-on-one time with some of our top local talent, including:

  • 1/2 Day with Susan Michal
  • Full Day with Rick Ferro
  • 1/2 Day with Peggy McAteer
  • Full Wedding Day with Pat and Wanda Tankersley
  • Full Day with Michael Joseph
  • 1/2 Day with Brenda Estes for your choice of Retouching, Album Design, or go with them on a Photo Shoot

Save The Date! PPSNF Christmas Party

Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, December 8th!

Our annual PPSNF Member Christmas party will take place this evening at a NEW location!

This year, we will be at the beautiful Omni Hotel in downtown Jacksonville! We’re still working out the details, but as quickly as the next few months go, we wanted to give you plenty of notice for you to save this date for a wonderful evening!

Stay tuned for more information!

Mini Seminar Survey

It’s quickly coming upon Mini Seminar time and we want your feedback on what types of seminars you’d like to see. Please take a few moments to take this short survey and let us know what YOU want. Not all of the classes will be offered, but we will make every attempt to host a class for which there are a lot of requests for.

Mini Seminars will go on sale at 6:00pm at the August 18th meeting.

PPSNF Family Picnic at Hanna Park

Hey PPNSF members, mark your calendars for Sunday, July 19th and plan to head out to Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park at Pavillion #4 to join the rest of the PPSNF family for a fun day of food, family and fun!

When: July 19, 2009 – 11:00 a.m. until ???

Where: Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32233

Driving Directions: Map to Hanna Park (also see map below)

The park is open daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., April – October and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Nov – March.
Admission: $1 per person 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., then $3 per car 10 a.m. to close.

The park includes a beautiful campground on the shore of the Ocean and also includes many walking and biking trails. So, if you’d like to extend the weekend a bit, plan on setting up camp and bringing a bike and pail and shovel for the kids for the beach!

PPSNF will provide the meats to be grilled for the picnic, but we ask each person to please bring a covered dish to share! 

As we receive RSVPs and dishes being brought, we will update this so we don’t end up with too many of one thing!

***Items Spoken For***

  • Taco Salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Tossed Salad
  • Chips
  • Dessert (2)
  • Peach cobbler
  • Brownies
  • Watermelon
  • Veggie or veggie salsa
  • Squash casserole
  • Baked beans
  • Hot dog buns / hamburger buns
  • Hot dogs / hamburgers
  • Ketchup, Mustard, Relish
  • Plates, napkins, cups
  • Drinks

Suggestions for Other Food Items:

  • Drinks: Water, Soda, Juice
  • Salads: Tossed, Potato, Macaroni, Waldorf, Coleslaw
  • Baked Beans
  • Casserole (any kind )
  • Sweets: Cookies, Brownies, Cake, Pie
  • Watermelon, Fruit Tray, Vegetable Tray
  • Hot dog Buns, Hamburger Buns
  • Tomatoes, Lettuce, Onions, Cheese
  • Chips
  • Meat: If you want something more than just hot dogs and hamburgers, bring it and grill it there

You may also want to bring

  • Containers for leftovers (ziplock bags are useful)
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Shade umbrella (optional)
  • Band-aids, bite lotion
  • Hiking, cycling, driving maps & information
  • Games, balls, frisbee, books, iPod, pillow etc.
  • Your camera
  • Fishing Pole
  • Bathing Suit (for the splash park or the beach)
  • Canoe or Kayak (or rent one there)
  • A tent if your going to stay long and it’s sunny outside.
  • Bike
  • Foldable Chairs