Is pet photography for you? If so join Cathy for a short informational session on adding Pet Portraiture to your business. We will talk about ways to get started, prepping the human and furry client for success and some tried and true tricks to keep the session going smoothly and to keep Fido engaged.
Cathy fell in love photographing dogs four years ago when she hosted a pet portrait fundraiser for a local shelter. She is a self proclaimed dog fanatic and thinks we should all strive to live the way they do.
A Master Photographer and CPP, Cathy is also a Past President of PPAM. She is a two time PPAM Highest Scoring Print Winner with pet portraits along with being a 2018 PPA International Photographic Competition Silver Medalist with an all canine case, including a Grand Imaging Award Nomination. She has a studio in Whitman where she welcomes dogs and their humans anytime!
Mary Fisk-Taylor has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 1998. She owns and operates two highly profitable photography studios in Richmond, Virginia with her business partners. Hayes & Fisk Photography is a small home-based studio that for over 20 years has provided their clients high-end wall portrait installations and custom-designed weddings. In 2009 Mary with her mother and sister created Real Life Studios which filled a niche in their market area for a boutique volume/event business and high school senior portrait studio that offers both professional imagery and excellence in customer service.
Mary earned her PPA Master of Photography, Craftsmen of Photography and PPA Certification. She also received the ASP Education Fellow in 2018 as well as completing and earning the designation of StoryBrand Certified Guide, which gives her the rights and ability to teach, lecture and coach the StoryBrand concept. Mary is passionate about image competition and is a PPA Approved Juror. She has earned numerous awards including VPPA Photographer of the Year, VPPA Top 10 Photographer of the Year, PPA Loan Collection images, PPA Grand Imaging Finalist, PPA Photography of the Year (Bronze, Silver and Gold), Kodak Gallery Awards, Fuji Masterpiece Awards, LexJet Awards, and the PPA Charities Impact Award to name a few. She is the proud recipient of the Virginia Award, PPA National Award, the Charles H. (Bud) Haynes Award and the PPA Charities Legacy Award all for her dedication, volunteerism, and commitment to the excellence and education in professional photography.
Mary and her husband, Daryl, are most proud of their two beautiful children, Alexandra and Jax. She enjoys the flexibility and joy that owning a profitable and successful photography studio has allowed her and her family. Mary has enjoyed lecturing and teaching all over the world. She currently serves on the PPA Board of Directors, the Virginia PPA Board and the Society of XXV Executive Committee. She is past President of PPA Charities and because of her continued volunteer work, business savvy and commitment to community development was named Top 40 Under 40 in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Mary is very grateful for all of her mentors and teachers that have given so much to her and her business partners. The path to their success is paved with the wisdom and advice they so generously have given. If you asked Mary for her best business advice she would most definitely say, “You get 100% of what you do NOT ask for, so ASK for the business, ASK for the sale, ASK for the possibility!”
Since an early age, I was fascinated by The Arts. I looked at my uncle in amazement as he played with his enormously huge and shiny new camera. It had all the bells and whistles. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a photographer.
While in High School, my art teacher inspired my creativity and did not allow me to settle for the ordinary and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, so I could be more innovative. I went on to drawing, painting and making clay sculptures that were exhibited in a year-end art display. She taught me patience and perseverance. In college, I was exposed to African Art which led me to explore and immerse myself in everything it had to offer. This had a profound lifelong influence on my work.
I am a passionate photographic artist, with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. I currently an active member on the Board of The Professional Photographers of Massachusetts (PPAM), I hold a certification degree, CPP, by PPA and have the honor of servicing as Liaison for the CPP program for MA.
5 Ways to stay inspired Photographing Weddings
If you want to book more brides you must show your potential clients that you are as excited and inspired today as when you started your photography journey.
Join me while I explore 5 tips to stay inspired in wedding photography.
Following these tips will help you revitalize, your photography and mental health. When you are happy and excited, your clients are too!
Stephen Sedman BFA, Craftsman Photographer, CPP, Owner of Sedman Photography of Braintree Mass. for 25 years,
Stephen possesses a unique mix of Fine Art, Computer/Internet, and Photographic experience. He earned a BFA at the Swain School of Design. Stephen’s paintings, sculpture and photography are in many public and private collections throughout the country.
His passion for photography shows in his work and he enjoys sharing that experience with his photography peers.
Awards: 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 3 Fuji Masterpiece awards, PPA Bronze Photographer of Year and 6 Court of Honors at PPANE and PPAM.
Specializing in weddings, he photographs about 40 a year throughout New England. Bar Mitzvahs, senior portraits, families and schools round out his photographic experience.
In this class, I will focus mostly on how I photograph in a small space by manipulating natural light and creating sets. These techniques cross over nicely on a wedding day for general bride getting ready portraits too. I will show you images of my set ups for many different qualities of light as well was the finished portrait that was created with that set. We will touch a bit on continuous light sources as well. I will share with you my camera settings and touch upon my editing and post production techniques as well. I do use the same techniques for my senior portraits girls and boys too.
We will also review posing techniques and how to get your client to relax and trust you, making the connection you want to help make beautiful images. Studio atmospheres and offerings are also a big part of the experience and I will also give you a glimpse into that.
I will also give information on the programs I use to run my business from studio management software, design programs, product resources and all others that apply. I am happy to share my pricing and collections with you and marketing will also be a conversation as well.
Will leave the last 10 minutes of the class for questions and answers on any part of the class. So be sure to take notes!
George and Gail are a husband and wife team specializing in Theater and Portrait Photography. They first met in
1993 and even at that point George was already handing over his paychecks...Gail was his bank teller! While it
was love at first sight, it took eight years for them to finally tie the knot. They’ve been a dynamic duo ever since.
They started ASA Photographic in 1996 photographing weddings, added theatre photography in 2002 and then
began portrait work in 2006. In 2008, with the intention of growing their portrait line, they found a home for their
business in the historic Faulkner Mills of North Billerica. It was another "love at first sight” moment when they first
walked into the space that became their studio where ASA Photographic, and their newer brand, Lucozzi Portraits,
now call home.
While they can each stand alone in the photography world, they are even better as a team. Gail, a Massachusetts
native, fell in love with photography in her teens when she discovered its ability to capture emotion and its power to
tell a story. She brings a feminine touch, a mind for business, and the attention to detail that all clients deserve.
Along with photographing, she handles the scheduling, sales and customer service aspects of the business.
With his initial education focused on Engineering and Design and later adding formal training in photography and
lighting at New England School of Photography, George is ASA's technical mind. He keeps the business up to date
with equipment, software and techniques in shooting, processing and printing. He is responsible for all the data and
file management and is our primary photographer in the business. George is also a Massachusetts native, born
and raised in the Boston area. His love of photography developed in his teenage years when he came across his
father’s old camera and started photographing around New England.
Descrip on: Though really only about 150 words…is that a problem?
This seminar, focused on working with high school seniors, is geared for all levels of photographers, beginner to professional.
Not every senior arrives happy with an cipa on or excited for their session so come find out how they turn a grumpy senior
into a happy client. Learn a simple ligh ng set up, how to put students at ease and how to engage them to capture winning
portraits that mom’s will love. At the same me, you’ll learn that having a studio doesn’t mean having perfect grounds, and
that having a perfect se ng is not required to create stunning portraits.
Gail and George have been photographing high school seniors since 2006 and started first “on-loca on only” but soon aer
opened a studio in a historic mill in North Billerica. They photograph between 30-50 seniors per year and love the energy and
excitement that working with seniors brings to their studio.
Trish Gilmore & Mariah Ashley
Co-owners of Snap Weddings in Rumford Rhode Island, Mariah and Trish have been in business together for 14 years, each owning separate photography businesses for 7 years prior to their merger in 2005. They photograph about 35 weddings per year mostly in the Newport and Rhode Island area and are now working to develop a corporate photography and conceptual portrait side of their business. They have withstood many changes in the industry over the years, from technology to client styles to social media, and are still going strong!
No one ever talks about it, but owning your own photography business can be difficult, we have all experienced struggles at one time or another, but there is no shame in it! You are not alone, and we need to be able to talk about it and support each other! We want to inspire you to ‘Turn It Around’! Come and hear us share our story of the ups and downs we have had and what we have done to stay in business and prosper.
At one time we only had $79 in our bank account, that seemed like an obvious point to fold up shop. But for some reason our accountant insisted that we keep the doors open a bit longer and we trusted him to tell us when to quit. Photography was the only career we knew, and we had kids and ourselves to support, so we had to figure out how to make it work and to be able to pay ourselves. And we did!
We will share our multi step process to ‘Turn It Around’, so that you too can keep your doors open! We’ll talk about you, your business, your clients and how to fit it all together to create the right formula for your business to succeed. You will leave with ideas that you can implement immediately to get things rolling in the right direction. You will feel inspired and hopeful about the future of your business, don’t go it alone, we’re all in this together!
Daniel brings years of experience and dedication in photojournalism, portrait, contemporary, fashion and wedding photography. Dan has achieved the status of Photographic Craftsmen from the Professional Photographers Association of America. In 2010 he was invited to join the Society of XXV, one of only 25 photographers worldwide. He was also named one of the top 100 Photographers by Westcott Lighting. Dan has photographed over 30 magazine covers including Rangefinder, Studio Photography, Simply Elegant Platinum Weddings, Gala, and La Bella Bride Magazine to name a few. Many of his images can be seen in magazines like Grace Ormond Wedding Style, Southern New England Weddings, Boston Weddings, and Flowers & MyTeleflora.com.
Speaking at both the state and national level, Dan has been a platform speaker twice at WPPI. One of the most awarded wedding photographers in New England he has won multiple photographer of the year in Massachusetts, multiple Massachusetts album of the year, New England Album of the year, along with multiple Kodak Gallery and Fuji awards.
Daniel has been an educator sharing his talent and enthusiasm all over the country. He is considered one of the best wedding and lighting instructors around today. His passion comes from his past mentors that have always said’ “I will show you what I know as long as you share with anyone who wants to learn.”
Posing Groups Made Simple
Hey, do you struggle at posing groups? Are you always looking to find the best way to approach a group session? Let me help. I have made group portraits a center point of my business model. I picked the one thing I knew I excelled in and honed my skills to make it fun and easy. No matter if it’s a family or a corporate office group of people, I will help you connect with them and keep them happy. Not to mention look their best.
Nancy has owned Nancy Green Photography in Plymouth/Carver since 1979. She is a portrait/event/corporate photographer specializing in customizing portraiture to the individual. She has received many awards for her images and has been published in many books over the years. Nancy is a trained Judge for the international competitions put on by Professional Photographers of America and judges all over the country which helps keep her keep on top of all the changes to the profession.
Nancy holds the Honor of being presented two PPA National Awards, from Massachusetts and Vermont. In January of 2019 she will be presented the Buddy Stewart Award for all her humanitarian efforts given by PPA.