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    • 12 Jun 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • PROCAM - 4300 Westbrook Drive Aurora, IL 60504

    "Everyone Needs a Headshot"

    Kira Derryberry keeps a busy studio year round by shooting hundreds of headshots. Her system utilizes a fast and easy system for booking, shooting, and selling something nowadays everyone needs! In this program, Kira will take you through her process and philosophy around creating headshots for business pros, entrepreneurs, creatives and more. Kira will go over her in person selection  as well as best practices for creating in today’s headshot market including innovations with AI. In addition, learn Kira's best techniques for creating corporate composites that will generate repeat business again and again. If you are looking to change things up or add this valuable service to your business, this is a program you won’t want to miss!


    Kira Derryberry is a Tallahassee based photographer focused on Family, Commercial, and Corporate portraiture. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Kira moved to Tallahassee in 2005 after graduating from The University of Alabama with a BA in Photography. Kira is a proud member of Professional Photographers of America and has earned Master Photographer, Master Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer, is an approved judge for International Photographic Competition, and as of March 2023, serves as President for PPA’s Board of Directors. Kira is also co-host of the popular photography podcast, Get Your Shoot Together. When not slinging a camera or volunteering for her favorite photography organizations, Kira is a wife and a mom who publicly loves karaoke jams and bad science fiction.

    • 10 Jul 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • PROCAM - 4300 Westbrook Drive Aurora, IL 60504

    OCF: Learning the fundamentals of Off-Camera Flash

    Struggle with understanding the settings for off-camera flash? Does it seem overwhelming? My goal is to create starting points for OCF so that it is no longer scary.  Let's get you starting points and understand the difference between Off Camera Flash and High Speed Sync. After basic concepts, we will be taking OCF to the next level of control

    Hello, my name is Nathan and I reside in Effingham with my wife, Mallory, daughter Aria and my son Ezra. We are also on the journey of adopting our precious baby girl from China.  If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that I have more pictures of my kids than anyone or anything else.  I know from experience that portraits are a way to capture incredible, once in a lifetime, moments.  I never want to miss out on anything in her life. A portrait is a way to remember the life experiences we go through.  

         My style is very edgy and fashion geared, let alone unique and upbeat. Taking a portrait is much more than a fancy camera or a click of a button; it is the art and science of capturing the subject in a picture using light, technology, and imagination. I provide a high-end portrait photography experience focused on modern, epic, clean, classy, and creative images, all the while making you feel like a ROCKSTAR!

    • 14 Aug 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • online

    All images to be uploaded at deadline is Tuesday August 13th at 9:00pm (21:00 hours) central standard time.  Please register and pay your entry fee here at our website.  

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    • 11 Sep 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • PROCAM - 4300 Westbrook Drive Aurora, IL 60504

    Level Up Your Wedding & Engagement Portfolio - Now!

    Stuck in the same old stuffy poses? Need new images to build your engagement session and wedding portfolio? Just love capturing love? This combo of a hands-on photo walk and classroom session will get you all the material and marketing information you need to rebuild your portfolio or share on social media to attract new couples.

    This Superclass will be sectioned into three parts:
        1. Engagement Couple Hands-on Photo Walk
        2. Classroom Discussion
        3. Wedding Couple Hands-on Photo Walk
    During the first part of this Superclass, Jen will setup and demo some favorite engagement poses and get everyone photographing to have a great variety of images to build a new base of samples for the engagement side of your business. She will narrate her process and show how she works directly with the couple to get natural and emotion driven images that highlights the couple’s personalities.

    Once we settle in the classroom, Jen will share her secrets for including a complimentary engagement session in all her wedding day collections and discuss the benefits of doing so. She will share her workflow

    Post engagement session, come back to the classroom with Jen where she will share the secrets of her post processing workflow.  Jen will review her complete end-to-end process including: image ingestion, renaming, editing, sneak peeks, five-star reviews, and the online gallery reveal.  Leveraging AI, automated workflows, and the Adobe product suite, Jen will show you how she has fine tuned her process to ensure rapid delivery to customers while producing high quality heirloom quality images.  Jen will demo her gallery reveal with the client and discuss how phrases and specific wording help increase follow-on sales while reducing questions and creating a high quality experience for her customers.

    Jen will wrap up the session going back outside with the models, but this time in their wedding day attire to demonstrate how she leverages the rapport and relationship she developed with her clients during the engagement session. The foundation of the engagement session is Jen’s method to create timeless wedding imagery and she will be encouraging everyone to photograph during this time.  Jen will work with participants to give “back of the camera” critiques, to participants providing coaching and encouraging class participation.

    Here is what you will walk away with:
        1. Five go-to poses
        2. New portfolio images in both engagement and wedding day attire
        3. Variety of on-location backdrops (be prepared to walk around)
        4. Post production and sales tips and tricks
        5. Bonus: how to evoke emotion from your couples

    Attendees should bring camera, reflector, lights, or any other creative tools. To provide the best variety of portfolio images, please be prepared to move around inside/outside. Kindly dress accordingly for whatever Chicago weather brings us.

    Jen’s Bio
    Jen started in the photography industry when newspapers still took daily images on film and self-developed in a darkroom. She completed her BFA in Film and Animation from the Rochester Institute of Technology (New York, USA) in 2008 and opened her first photography studio, with her husband Travis, in 2011 (Uncorked Studios).  She took the knowledge learned in the photojournalism and movie production to blend these skills to develop and adapt her style to the modern digital age. The results are images driven by an underlying story, motivation, or cinematic lighting to create stunning images that seamlessly blend traditional and contemporary techniques. Adapting to the current client and market landscape, in early 2019 they successfully rebranded their studio to the boutique brand, Fox & Brazen.

    As the co-founder and driving force behind Fox & Brazen, Jen has demonstrated a keen business sense and an unwavering commitment to photography education and the importance of delivering solid imagery to clients. Her ability to adapt to the fast-moving and ever-changing photography industry has enabled her to remain at the forefront of her field, while maintaining a deep and abiding connection to the art and craft of photography.

    Her storefront studio focuses on couples in love, Santa Experience sessions, and headshots and branding for individuals. Photographing clients across the entire globe, Jen has unearthed a passion for capturing her client's story in her imagery while delivering technical excellence. In 2019, Jen was awarded her Associate Photographer Designation from WPPI/Icon. In 2023, Jen was the winner of SWPP’s Wedding Reportage Photographer of the Year and in 2024 completed her Associate of SWPP. In the first head to head IPC Competition, Jen was the Diamond winner in the Wedding category. Believing education is the key to success, she has always placed the community and photography education at the heart of her business. Jen enjoys empowering women in the photography and wedding industry as well as enthusiastically embracing technical challenges in the field, and behind the computer.

    • 13 Nov 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • PROCAM - 4300 Westbrook Drive Aurora, IL 60504


    I have also been an artist and painter since I was pretty young when I worked with pen & ink, marker, and acrylics.  I became interested in Photoshop when it still came on floppy disks. My motivation to focus on photography came when I realized that it was never truly mine, mentally or legally, no matter how I modified an image. I could paint or manipulate the image for hours or days and never actually own it.

    The decision to start shooting stock started me on the journey I am on today. My initial challenges were lighting-related. I could envision the image I wanted, but getting the lights to cooperate was a constant source of frustration. To get past this, I shot as often as possible, and by changing small variables each time, I learned how my alterations affected my images.

    As a Physics major, I enjoy the technical aspects of photography. I like to know my camera settings, angles, focus depth, fall-off, and other elements of the scene that directly affect the result. By understanding these things, it becomes much easier to make creative decisions.

    Our studio challenges each other to set up complete scenes and take a single photo without test shots. This has dramatically improved our abilities to create successful scenes from our imagination, even on location or group shoots where planning isn't much of an option. We are always learning and trying new ideas.

    Most of my work is now commercial photography, retouching, boudoir, fine-art, and 3D modeling photography. I also do corporate headshots, catalog, and magazine work but love the occasional commission for something much more artistic.

    Teaching others is something I enjoy doing via workshops, speaking engagements, or traveling to shoots as often as possible. I also do themed shoots, seminars on lighting, posing, and post-production seminars that are open to the public at my studio near Milwaukee, WI.

    I love passing on my knowledge to those now facing similar frustrations with the technical aspects of this fantastic artistic outlet.

Past events

15 May 2024 Megan Drane - Extreme Editing, Unlocking Your Creativity
10 Apr 2024 Santa Session - Julie Mettler and Judy Lynch
20 Mar 2024 Burning Question Buzzer Blitz, Quarterly Member Meet-up
13 Mar 2024 Annual Print Competition, March 2024
21 Feb 2024 Yaneck Wasio - SEO
10 Dec 2023 PPANI - Holiday Dinner & Awards Banquets
3 Dec 2023 PPANI All Inclusive (Prepaid) 2024 registration
8 Nov 2023 Di Murphy - Getting Started in Volume Photography and Beyond
11 Oct 2023 John Gress - Creative Portrait Lighting Using Multiple Lights
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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