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    • 11 Oct 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Procam - 4300 Westbrook Drive Aurora, IL 60504

    Creative Portrait Lighting Using Multiple Lights

    Join featured presenter John Gress as he takes you through the process of lighting a subject with 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 lights. At a session on location and you only have 2 lights? He’ll show you how to get the best lighting possible! Ready to tackle a 5 light set up? He’ll guide you through the process and in the end, you’ll be able to light your subjects for their best look with any number of lights you have available.


    For over 30 years Chicago photographer & director John Gress has created stunning photography and videos for some of America’s largest companies and international media outlets. His work has included national lifestyle advertising, portraits and videos for the beauty industry and action photography of professional athletes. Professional Photographer Magazine called Gress “one of the nation’s foremost experts on lighting.”His unique resume has allowed him to develop a dynamic style that produces striking visuals whether they are produced in the real world or in his Chicago, Illinois studio, located at 5339 W Lake St., Suite 427, Chicago, IL 60644.

    As a commercial photographer, Gress has worked on advertising and public relations campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies. His clients and marketed brands have included

    Airborne, Avon, Ben & Jerry’s, Best Buy, Burger King, Chrysler, Cialis, Clairol, Dodge, ESPN, Hyatt Hotels, Hershey, Hyundai, Lexus, Lufthansa, Mattel, Merck, Microsoft, Midas, Miller Coors, Nabisco, Nike, Ocean Spray, Reebok, S.C. Johnson, and Sam Adams. Film and video clients have included Hyatt Hotels, Namaste Laboratories, Napa Auto Parts, WebMD and NPR. Chicago Photographer Gress’ work as a photojournalist has appeared in major publications around the world, including Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Time, The New York Times, The Times of London, The Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated. He has covered almost every major Sports championship in North America and the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 US presidential elections. In 2007, he was named a finalist for the National Press Photographers Association’s The Best of Photojournalism Sports Photojournalist of the Year competition. Gress’ interest in photography began in his native Oregon when, at age 14, he took his mother’s Vivitar point-and-shoot camera to summer camp. He enrolled in his first photography class during freshman year of high school, and by his senior year was covering major events for the Associated Press. In 2000, he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Portland State University.

    • 8 Nov 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Procam - 4300 Westbrook Drive Aurora, IL 60504

    Getting Started in Volume Photography and Beyond. 

    Have you ever wondered what the volume photography market is all about? Is it something you are suited for? Is it something that you can incorporate into your studio work? Does it require a large investment or equipment that you don’t have? Is it worth the trouble?

    Di Murphy, CPP, has the answers to these questions and more. With over 30 years of experience in the youth sport market, Di’s program will start at the beginning and take you through her entire process from marketing to booking to picture day and beyond. With a B. S. In Cinema and Photography, years of experience teaching high school, and Certification through the Professional Photographers of America, Di knows her stuff. She will share lighting and camera options, vendor resources, posing techniques, methods for dealing and communicating with parents and leagues and pricing strategies. She will demonstrate some of her renowned speed posing and share tips for turning that so-so pose into a great one. She will discuss pre-pay versus online galleries, traditional teams versus composited teams, indoors versus outdoors. Interested in creating banners? That will be covered, too. 

    So come spend the day with Di and gain the incites you need to enter the volume photography market or enhance what you are already doing. Whether you are a novice or a veteran, this will be time well spent. 

    Di has been a photographer since the age of 8, when her grandmother gave her her first camera. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Cinema and Photography and went on to found Tintype Studio Inc. which specializes in youth sport photography. At its peak, Tintype photographed close to 100,000 children annually and now, after recessions and Covid, is a much smaller enterprise but still manages to photograph 20,000 children annually. She also founded, along with her wife, Anne Susan Portrait Design which focuses on headshots, families,  and pet portraiture. Every Christmas season Anne Susan hosts The Santa Experience in Evanston where children can spend private time with Santa, reading stories, decorating ornaments and much more.

    Along the way, Di has earned the credential of Certified Professional Photographer through the Professional Photographers of America and has become a national speaker at professional photography conferences, teaching the pros how to better organize their businesses and pose their young clients. Di’s company was the first volume photography business in the Chicago area to go completely digital in 2000. Since that time she has educated herself to become an expert in digital photography and by extension smartphone photography.

    In her spare time, Di loves to sing, travel, go to movies, spend time with her family and play with her dog, Rudy.

    • 10 Dec 2023
    • 5:30 PM
    • Villa Olivia - 1401 West Lake Street, Bartlett IL 60103

    Villa Olivia, Bartlett

    December 10th, 2023 


Past events

13 Sep 2023 Mike Price - The 6 S's of Headshot Photography
5 Sep 2023 Quarterly Member Meet-Up
9 Aug 2023 Jenn Lewis - Full Day
8 Aug 2023 Jenn Lewis - Evening
12 Jul 2023 Summer Print Competition, July 2023
14 Jun 2023 Bob Davis - Elevating your Weddings Photography - Techniques for stunning results
23 May 2023 Competition Image Review
10 May 2023 Jennifer Dunn - Overcoming the biggest obstacle in your business YOU!
12 Apr 2023 Kristy Steeves - Posing & Lighting
8 Mar 2023 Marnie Clagett - Pricing and Sales Strategies that Work!
23 Feb 2023 Headshot Merry Go Round
8 Feb 2023 PPANI - Annual Awards Banquets
8 Feb 2023 Annual Print Competition, February 2023
11 Jan 2023 PPANI All Inclusive (Prepaid) 2023 registration
9 Nov 2022 Gena Tussey
12 Oct 2022 Christie Newell
6 Sep 2022 Gary Hughes Headshot Workshop
13 Jul 2022 Semi-Annual All Day Print Competition
8 Jun 2022 Bryan Welsh
11 May 2022 Kerri Weiss
13 Apr 2022 Aaron Hockley
9 Mar 2022 Mary Fisk-Taylor
9 Feb 2022 February Annual Print Competition 2022
10 Nov 2021 Chris Knight - The Dramatic Portrait
13 Oct 2021 Scott Detweiler - Advanced Photoshop Portrait Editing
8 Sep 2021 Sabina Cavalli - Sportraits
14 Jul 2021 Mid-Year Print Competition
9 Jun 2021 Michele Celentano - Family Posing
12 May 2021 Dan Frievalt - Senior WOW Factor
14 Apr 2021 Jerry Alt - Lighting for Everything
10 Mar 2021 Gary Box - Marketing and Selling Inside the Box
10 Feb 2021 Annual Print Competition
13 Jan 2021 Online Trivia Night
11 Nov 2020 Kelly Schneider - Powerful Portraits
14 Oct 2020 Barbara Breitsameter - Conceptual Photography with a Spark of Sophistication!
9 Sep 2020 Twig & Olive - Creating Beautiful Family Sessions within Your Brand
12 Aug 2020 David Beckham - Strictly Business
13 May 2020 Lisa Asp and Kristy Johnson - Combining your Passions: Travel and Wildlife Photography
8 Apr 2020 Richard Sturdevant - How to Create Award Winning Art
11 Mar 2020 Jeff Dachowski - selling for success
12 Feb 2020 All Day Print Comp
11 Dec 2019 PPANI Prepaid 2020 registration
8 Dec 2019 PPANI Holiday Party
13 Nov 2019 Mark Bryant - composites
9 Oct 2019 Kathryn Northcott - Light Painting
11 Sep 2019 Brooke Shaden - fine art portraits
12 Jun 2019 Pierre Stephenson - Taking the Plunge - Underwater Portraits Live!
8 May 2019 Megan DiPiero - The $3000 Headshot
10 Apr 2019 Steve Kozak - The Road to Success Requires 4-Wheel Drive
13 Mar 2019 Dan Rowe - Seniors
13 Feb 2019 All Day Print Comp
1 Dec 2018 PPANI Holiday Party
14 Nov 2018 Bob & Dawn Davis- Visual Storytelling with Weddings
10 Oct 2018 Pete Rezac - Black and White Children's Portraits, Print Comp to Follow
12 Sep 2018 Scott Detweiler - Lighting & Advanced Composition
20 Jul 2018 PPANI Member's Only Event: Daniel Berry - Photographing the Night Sky
13 Jun 2018 Tim Priest - Commercial and Product Photography
10 May 2018 Sandra Pearce - Digital Painting day two hands on
9 May 2018 Sandra Pearce - The Art of Painting in Photoshop, Print Comp to follow
11 Apr 2018 Dani Miller - Creating Magic with Little Souls
14 Mar 2018 Michael Mowbray - Headshots
14 Feb 2018 All Day Print Comp
2 Dec 2017 PPANI Holiday Party
8 Nov 2017 Bert & Cindy Behnke - Family photography, PPA Continuing Education Class
8 Nov 2017 PPANI Prepaid 2018 registration
11 Oct 2017 Thom Rouse; Fine Art & Photoshop, Half Day Print Competition
13 Sep 2017 Jason Higdon, M. Photog. Cr. Photog. - Photoshop Skills

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