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

    Kristy Steeves, M.Photog, M.Artist, Cr, CPP

    Embrace the Light & A look at Posing Your Clients

    It’s been said that skilled photographers are artists who light with a paintbrush. They are writers who narrate their own visual story. They define their personal style. They are in control of the way their images look and feel. They do this by knowing how to see the light, manipulate it, and use it to their advantage. Lighting is a crucial part of photography. Sculpting with it is an art form. Join Kristy Steeves, M.Photog, M.Artist, Cr, CPP, as she shares her unique approach on embracing light (and shadows) to create shape, form, shadows, texture, and mood. The placement of light, shaping of light, and ratios can all work in your favor. Kristy will demonstrate certain techniques, such as broad, short, split, profile, Rembrandt, and cross lighting, along with proper posing, to get beautifully sculpted images. Light is your greatest tool. Come and create. Find your voice. Write your story. Define your style. Paint your masterpiece. Learning how to light is one of the greatest discoveries you can make as a photographer. We will have live models available so bring your cameras for this all- day, interactive, hands-on experience! Let’s have some embracing the light!

    Posing people for powerful portraits can be tricky. Some people lock up when a camera is pointed at them. They become stiff, their expressions change or they are not sure where to look. It’s up to us to make sure our clients look great and feel at ease. Posing is an art form. It’s critical to the success of any portrait. Join Kristy Steeves, M.Photog, Cr, CPP, as she shares her unique approach to posing people of all ages and body sizes. She will demonstrate correct and incorrect posing starting with the head and going all the way down to the toes. It’s all in the details when it comes to making our clients look their best from top to bottom!

    Kristy graduated from Indiana University with two Bachelor of Arts degrees: one in journalism and one in political science. She worked as a television news reporter for 25 years before switching careers to become a professional photographer. She specializes in children, pets, high school senior portraits and corporate head shots. Kristy is actively involved in the photography industry serving as an approved PPA juror and elected council member. She is currently on the ASP Board of Governors as well as previously holding positions as president and vice president of Professional Photographers of Northeast Ohio. She also served as an elected member of the PPA Nominating Committee.

    Kristy has won various awards including four television Emmy awards, PPA Diamond Photographer of the Year and has received the Imaging Excellence medallion.  She currently holds the title of Ohio Photographer of the Year and PPNEO Photographer of the Year. Kristy received the Northeast District Grand Imaging Award for the Children Portrait Category and is a two-time finalist for the IPC Grand Imaging Award with 2nd place in the Non-Event Album Photographic Open category. Her storytelling album was titledTrading Places,” a project that took more than two years to complete. 40 photographers from 11 states participated in the project with each of them donning costumes to portray characters of themselves.

    Kristy worked as a photojournalist in El Salvador, which has the highest murder rate in the world, to document the countrys extreme poverty, gang violence, and its endangered children who, if lucky, end up in orphanages. It was so dangerous that Kristy was assigned a body guard and lived in a walled compound surrounded by barbed wire. The former journalist is no stranger to gang violence after having covered it in Cleveland, Ohio for two decades. On one occasion she and a videographer were repeatedly shot at when they got caught in the middle of gang warfare. Kristy later won a television Emmy award for an in-depth story – titledGhetto Memorial” –  on a particular group of drug dealers/gang members who, because of their dangerous lifestyles, faced the possibility of being murdered every day.

    Kristy grew up as an Air Force military brat. As a result she experienced a nomadic lifestyle during her childhood and teenage years. She has called many states home, including Arkansas (where she was born), Alabama, California, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Virginia, New York, and Indiana. She eventually ended up in Cleveland after landing her dream job as a television news reporter. She loves traveling, writing magazine articles (and a novel shes working on); aquatic sports like scuba diving and snorkeling, being the class clown, and most of all, meeting people and making lasting friendships. She is also the photographer (not the author) of a newly published childrens book,Oreo and Milo,” about a unique friendship between a dog and a horse.

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

    “Overcoming the biggest obstacle in your business... YOU”

    As a Creative Entrepreneur, the struggle is so real.  We tend to stay in our own way when running our businesses smart and efficiently.  We suffer from imposter syndrome, creative blocks, and the general thoughts that “I'm not good at doing "business" things”.   Using proven techniques to improve mindset and productivity, Jennifer will teach her audience how to get out of their own way.  So much of what is holding us back from being successful in business and in life lies in our own thoughts and actions or inactions.  I plan to unbox many limiting beliefs and techniques to work smarter, not harder. My plan is for my audience to leave with clear action plans to keep them on the right track.  I will also touch on how having a "passion" project helps keep me motivated. 

    In this program, we will spend some going over blocks that most people have when it comes to talking with their clients about money, feelings of being lost in comparison, how we are our only competition when it comes to running our  businesses… and much more important entrepreneurs blocks



    Jennifer Dunn is a portrait photographer with 16 years of experience in Southern Indiana.  She creates meaningful portrait experiences for her clients with her easygoing nature, and creative desire to make each and every photograph unique. When not behind her camera (or computer ;) ) she enjoys spending time with her family and developing fun and relatable content on social media. Jen is driven to help others see and become the best versions of themselves- in their businesses and in their daily lives.

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

    "Elevating Your Wedding Photography: Techniques for Stunning Results"

    As wedding photographers, we must be ready for anything. While basic lighting equipment may suffice for many weddings, I'd like to show how to elevate the craft and command higher fees through superior quality. It's our responsibility as photographers to deliver excellence and educate clients on how we preserve their wedding memories. This class will be valuable, and I plan to use three hours to demonstrate Triangle of Light, Portrait Lighting, and a small walk-around kit for capturing details. Weddings consist of four parts: Preparation, Portraits, Ceremony, and Celebration. Regardless of whether the wedding is held indoors or outdoors, there's always an opportunity to create the desired lighting.

    • 12 Jul 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • online

    All images to be uploaded at deadline is Tuesday July 11st at 9:00pm (21:00 hours) central standard time.  Please register and pay your entry fee here at our website.  

    Live judging via zoom 

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

    Title: “The 6 S's of Headshot Photography + Bonus Material”

    Program Description

    Spend a day with Mike Price, M.Photog.Cr., as he takes attendees on a journey through the 6 S’s of Business Headshot Portraiture: Setup, Selling, Shooting, Showing, Styling, and Sending. Attendees will learn how to organize their headshot business offerings, select equipment and lighting that fits their style, develop an effective workflow, and price for profit. This is a balance of business acumen dealing with corporate clientele coupled with efficient workflow to quickly complete projects resulting in target margin.  

    After all, this IS a business.

    This is a hand's-on experience, so bring cameras, portrait lenses (85mm or 70-200mm zoom), computers with Photoshop, and plenty of paper for notes and exercises. 

    This workshop will also add in bonus content with an overview and basic shooting requirements for commercial interior photography to illustrate offices, warehouses, assembly areas, and apartment complexes.  Participants interested in this portion should bring along wide-angle lenses (between 15mm and 24mm), tripod, and optionally, a remote/cable shutter release.  We will discuss getting great images in difficult settings plus demonstrate how “virtual staging” is creating an exciting business option for commercial interior work.  

    Mike has been able to successfully expand headshot clients into architectural work and vice versa.  Clients already know how to spend money with us one way, let’s give me more ways to use us for their photography needs.


    Mike Price M.Photog.Cr. turned his part-time hobby into a full-time business 17 years ago. Prior to expanding Fairfield Photography into a full-time career, Mike worked in Corporate America for over 25 years in various IT leadership roles in project management, consulting, and sales. Since making that transition, Mike has worked with clients in senior/family portraiture as well as photographing sports team and individual images, weddings, action sports, equestrian competitions, and community events.  Most recently, Mike has moved most of his work to corporate portraiture and architectural photography commercial clients that now lets him leverage his corporate experience and work more frequently on an 8-5, Monday through Friday schedule doing the work that brings him joy.

    Mike holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University. Based in Pickerington Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Mike is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America, with Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman degrees.  He has his FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate and is a Past Board Member of the Professional Photographers of Ohio (PPO) and is a two-time Past-President of the Professional Photographers of Central Ohio (PPCO).  He has been awarded the PPO Distinguished Service Award, PPO President’s Award, and the PPO Above and Beyond Award.  He was awarded the PPCO President’s Award as well twice named PPCO Photographer of the Year.  Mike speaks regularly to fellow photographers to improve their skills, efficiency, and joy.

    • 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 lightset 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.

Past events

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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