Join world renowned wedding photographer, Jordan Brittley for a full day, hands-on, styled wedding workshop. Jordan will be teaching how she approaches photographing a wedding along with helping guide participants through seeing the scene through new eyes. After Jordan photograph’s the participants will break up into small groups and the groups will photograph at a station (invitation suite, florals & shoes, grooms details, bride & groom, table scape etc) for a certain amount of time. After the shoot, Jordan talks about where to go with these images & how to market them. The location is at the beautiful Cliff House Resort in Ogunquit, Maine and will be held on March 16th from 9am-4pm.
Register here: MPPA Pre-con Workshop
Jordan Brittley is a wedding photographer and educator. She helps other photographers dig deep, put in the hard work, maximize strengths, and build thriving businesses. She loves iced mochas, compelling stories, and relaxing road trips with her husband and babe. She believes in running toward dreams instead of chasing them.
You can see more of Jordan’s work here: Jordan Brittley along with her FREE photographer library offering free education for wedding photographers! If you want to be part of the conversation with her before join her Facebook group here!
This program centers on COOLNESS, or popularity, in the eyes of your seniors. Yes, seniors have an opinion, and if they don’t think your studio is the COOLEST, then forget it, they won’t come to you. This ain’t your Momma’s senior portraits. Get ready to learn, laugh, and love taking senior portraits. Kirk will show you all of his secrets to getting that $2000 average. The senior will love you, and the parents will not stop throwing money at you. This program will help you look at your studio and your studio operations through the eyes of a 17 year old. It will show you some new posing, backgrounds, and marketing ideas. This program will help you open up your mind to look at things in a new way, a bizarro, backwards way of thinking that will have you running to the bank!
Kirk Voclain has owned and operated Kirk Voclain Photography now for close to 40 years successfully. Tap into is years of resources to make you and your operations better. Kirk has been asked to speak to groups of photographers all over the United States & Canada. Kirk has a motivational style of speaking that will keep you on the edge of your seat. He is a very competent speaker who has won several awards for this teaching and speaking. His style of delivery is both easy to understand and enthusiastic. You will not be disappointed!
You can see more of Kirk’s work on his website: Kirk Voclain
Register for the 2017 MPPA Convention here!
Thank you all for entering the MPPA Scholarship Committee's 2nd Annual heART of Photography Competition and Exhibit.
Started as a fundraiser for the scholarships we award annually, the exhibit will consist of 20 inch framed prints, selected from the winning entries, to be shown at 2-3 venues in the Fall and Winter of 2016 and 2017. The first exhibit will be at the Central Maine Medical Center Art Wall Sept 30 - Oct 28, 2016. The second exhibit will be on display until mid February of 2017 at L/A Arts in Lewiston, Maine. This year's judge, Steve Bedell, has completed his deliberations and the following Photographs have been accepted for the exhibition.
Accepted entries are as follows (not in any particular order):
Dean Bugaj – Reflections
Dean Bugaj – Beacon To The Stars
Corrie Zacharias – Coming Home
Albert Martin – Iris Reticulata Clairette Apm
Albert Martin – Pheasants Eye Adonis Amurensis Apm
Albert Martin – Tulip
Alison Miniter – Polaroid
Alison Miniter – Elegance
Alison Miniter – Chrome and Flames
Alison Miniter – Laces
Tim Byrne – Inner Space
Tim Byrne – Quiet Beauty
Laura Zamfirescu – Hummingbird
Lauren DelVecchio – Keeper
Lauren DelVecchio – Alice
Mark Stevens – A Heavenly Ride
Mark Stevens – Innonence
Mark Stevens – Three Hands
Mark Stevens – Hope For The Future
Congratulations to our winners:
1st – Hummingbird, Laura Zamfirescu
2nd – Hope For The Future, Mark Stevens
3rd – Keeper, Lauren DelVecchio
Congratulations to all who ventured forth and entered the 2016 International Photographic Competition. The following is a list of Maine PPA members that were accepted into the General and Loan collections, garnering one Merit for Photographs accepted in the General Collection and two Merits for those added to the Loan Collection.
Akers, Robert Adams Family Moment – G
Boucher, Felice Freshly Cut Orchid – L
Boucher, Felice Ode to Degas – L
Boucher, Felice Pride – L
Boucher, Felice The Quiet Girl – L
Caron, Russell The First Dance – G
DelVecchio, Lauren Flora Fauna – G ,
DelVecchio, Lauren Lemon Tart – L
DelVecchio, Lauren Temptress _-L
DelVecchio, Lauren Viper – G
Giasson, Brenda Al Capones Cell – G
Giasson, Brenda Path of Enchantment – G
Giasson, Brenda Working Girl – G
Lee, Joanne A Wrinkle In Time – G
Lee, Joanne Cheeky Boy – G
Lee, Joanne New Perspective – G
Lee, Joanne The Plague Doctor – G
Logan, Trish Precision in Purple – L
Walker, Jim Breakfast for the Kids – G
The complete list can be seen at: www.ppa.com
Our sincerest apologies if we inadvertently omitted anyone.
Join PPA’s Grassroots Action Team to advocate for the creation of a small claims option for copyright infringement claims.
Update from Hill:
PPA is back on Capitol Hill this week, and we have some updates on the progress of copyright small claims legislation. Currently, there are two copyright small claims bills being worked on by members of the U.S. House of Representatives – one bill is being produced by Congresswoman Chu (D-CA) and the other by Congressman Jeffries (D-NY). Due to recent world events, other issues have been at the forefront of Capitol Hill discussions over the past several weeks.
Consequently, the introduction of Congresswoman Chu’s (D-CA) small claims legislation has been delayed, but only slightly. This slight delay is not all bad news – the more issues that can be worked out among stakeholders on the front-end, the more likely the legislation will be successful.
We are pleased to announce that Congressman Jeffries (D-NY) and Congressman Marino (R-PA) introduced a bipartisan small claims bill, H.R.5757, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016. Congresswoman Chu’s bill will be introduced when Congress reconvenes after its upcoming six-week recess. The House of Representatives will be on recess from July 15th until September 6th. PPA continues to give input as this process unfolds, and we continue to work especially closely alongside Congresswoman Chu’s office as they finalize legislative language.
After both bills are introduced, PPA will review the legislation and direct members of the Grassroots Action Team to take action. Your first call to action will be to ask your representative to co-sponsor the small claims bill that we believe is most favorable for professional photographers. This call to action will most likely begin in September.
Let’s take advantage of this unexpected little bit of extra time and focus on getting more photographers and visual artists to join the Grassroots Action Team! We are encouraged by the number of participants so far, but we still have a long way to go. We need to be prepared to make a very loud statement on Capitol Hill. Additional delays are always possible – especially during an election year – but that shouldn’t stop us from mobilizing now. Please continue to encourage every photographer, as well as other creators that you know to sign up at PPA.com/Grassroots. Remember, you do not have to be a PPA member to join – this needs to be an industry-wide effort.
PPA’s government affairs team will be attending important, small claims-related meetings on the Hill this week. Be sure to stay tuned to PPA Today for updates from D.C.!
Understanding the Importance of a Small Claims Process
As a professional photographer, you have copyright protection but do not have an effective means of enforcing your rights. In fact, the current copyright system in the United States practically excludes the vast majority of creators by not offering an adequate enforcement option for small-business copyright holders. PPA’s Government Affairs team has been advocating for the creation of a copyright small claims process for the past ten years! We are very excited to report that members of the House Judiciary Committee are currently working to create legislation which would achieve this goal!
PPA will be calling on every member to advocate for this legislation at a grassroots level. These grassroots efforts will begin when a bill is introduced within the next few weeks. Please watch and share this introductory webinar to learn more about PPA’s top legislative priority and how you can be involved as we mobilize our effort.
Professional photographers have long been left out of the copyright system. But legislation is underway for a Small Claims Process that will give photographers an equal seat at the copyright table! PPA needs all photographers to help us contact congress about the importance of this Small Claims system. PPA CEO David Trust explains what you can do to help us in this effort!
See why a Small Claims system is vital to your photography business! It may surprise you to learn that the majority of copyright holders in the United States are mom-and-pop businesses, the majority of which are professional photographers. Our current one-size-fits-all copyright system leaves out most visual artists. It works for low-volume, high-value creators – motion picture creators, recording artists, etc. – but is largely ineffective for small creative businesses like professional photographers, hence the need for a Small Claims system to deal with infringements of photographs and other visual works.
For more information please visit www.ppa.com.
When Trish gave me the gentle nudge to step up in line to be President after her, my first thought was – no, I can’t do that job!…I’m not good enough. I was comfortable in my position on the Board as news editor and I made every excuse I could think of. But in the end, and after a lot of thought, I found that she was right. It was time to step out of the box I had put myself into and get out of my comfort zone.
However, without a few stepping stones and turns in the path that were laid out before me, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I would like to take a moment to share these pivotal moments with you and to thank those that shaped my path.
First, I would like to thank my husband, Korri, for supporting me from the very beginning (and telling me to open a studio or quit the hobby of photography, before I spent all his money buying toys and film, 11 years ago).
I would also like to thank the incredible team of people that make up the Board of Directors and Committees of the MPPA, for their support and friendships. And I want to thank Trish, for that gentle push, and for telling me that I AM good enough. She has set the bar high but I’m ready to follow in her footsteps and make this year a great one.
When I joined the MPPA about 9 years ago, I was not an outgoing person. I tended to stay in the corners and listen to conversations without really participating… too shy to put myself out there. It was people like Alan Boutot, Harvey Bell, and Dan Rodrigue that ALWAYS, from the day I met them, greeted me with a warm smile and a big hug, like I was a part of their family. And Mark Haskell, who welcomed me at every program I attended with a “Hi there, kiddo”…although I’m sure this endearment was used because he could never remember my name those first few years, it always made me feel like I was home. Without these key people and their warm welcome, I wouldn’t have continued to be active in the MPPA… and I wouldn’t have met the many, many friends among you along the way.
Without each of you, the members of MPPA, I wouldn’t be the person, or the photographer, that I am today. Thank you for shaping my path.
This year, I encourage all of you to make new friends and connections. BE that stepping stone for someone new to the MPPA. And don’t miss YOUR stepping stones and turns in the path that will lead you to the future you. Step out of your comfort zone and volunteer your time on a Committee. The MPPA needs all of you.
Be inspired and be the inspiration. Make this the year, to make a difference.
Your President & friend,
MPPA President 2016-2017
On behalf of myself and the MPPA Board of Directors, we welcome you to the 67th Annual Photographic Exposition and Convention!
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since I took on the role of President. They say time flies when you’re having fun and I can tell you that is absolutely true!
During the last year, it’s been my pleasure to serve the members and work with an incredible Board of Directors. Together we have worked to bring new
technology, relocate our convention, and present to you a fantastic slate of incoming officers; ensuring a strong association that will continue to work on behalf of each and every one of you.
This year’s convention has a new look and vibrancy. We have moved to a new venue and revamped competition rules & the judging process. As a Board, our main focus has been to bring greater value to the members and help the MPPA thrive and move forward in an ever changing – highly competitive industry.
To stay current, we have embraced new technologies, live streamed meetings, and added new options to view image competition here at convention to optimize the excitement. I encourage you to check out Club 79 and our newest award “Maine Wedding Photographer of the Year!”
I would like to extend my personal invitation to members and visitors to take in all the fun the convention offers. Please attend all the amazing programs, the Trade Show, Club 79, Awards Banquet, Bonus Workshop and much more!!! Plan to hang out after hours and mingle in the hospitality suite on Saturday night for the Sports Party and on Sunday for the Glitz & Glam Celebration to toast the MPPA Photographer(s) of the Year after banquet!
We welcome you wholeheartedly and value you as part of our MPPA family! Enjoy the conference and remember…
“Together We Learn - Together We Grow!”
Share in the MPPA Vision: Create, Educate, Innovate and Celebrate with friends and colleagues!
Cheers & thank you for your support. It has been my honor to serve you!
MPPA PRESIDENT 2015-2016
This MPPA Member Spotlight is shining on one of the biggest photographic rock stars in our community: Andree Kehn. Or, Dre, as her friends call her. Owner/Photographer of Andree Kehn Wedding Photography out of Lewiston, Maine.
Andree joined MPPA just last year, and we are so excited to have her as part of the Maine PPA. She has been a photographer since college, where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in photography. As she describes it, “My education was less about the actual image and more about the ‘message’ and we used loads of critical theory to back up our work. It was a very post-modern, bleeding-edge photography education.”
Andree also attended a semester at Salt Institute, in Portland, Maine, learning photo-journalism and nailing down the technical aspects of photography. She went on to work as a souvenir photographer at a ski resort and on cruise boats, and worked at a regional newspaper in New Hampshire as a staffer, freelanced for the Associated Press, started three different photography businesses and is currently back working as a photojournalist at the Sun-Journal in Lewiston. Recently, Andree has also started showing a fine art project of underwater portraits in galleries.
Andree was inspired at a young age by her father and grandfather, who were both very avid photographers and shot slides, which is technically very difficult. “There’s no latitude in exposure at all!” Andree explains. “My sister and I are the subject of volumes of scrapbooks and endless slideshows.”
Check out some of Andree’s answers to a few questions we had for her:
What do you like the most about photography/your job? I love the shooting. The rest of it, the processing, the website maintenance, the client management, it all supports the ability to make creative decisions with my camera.
Are you a studio or location photographer? I am a location photographer. I work as a wedding and portrait photographer as well as holding down a new full time staff photographer position at the Sun-Journal in Lewiston, Maine. I would love to have a studio at some point, but it would be a swimming pool, so I could more easily shoot my underwater portraits!
What’s on your inspiration wall right now? I made a vision board over the winter with a couple of photography friends. We drank some wine and cut out pictures from magazines. My vision board has a progression of images that start with the types of weddings I would like to shoot, and my target demographic of client, moving through some images underwater, to signify the fine art work I am working on and on to the world I have not yet seen, camping photos, ski photos (I am an avid skier) and finally beautiful vistas I would like to look at in my retirement. In the center is an image of a woman meditating, with a belly full of fresh fruits and veg, and little yoga dreams floating around her head, reminding me that a strong body is at the center of my life, enabling me to do everything else.
I look at this inspiration board often to make sure the micro-decisions I am making are leading me on the direction I want my life to go.
Who inspires you right now? My major inspiration, since I was in high school, has been Grandma Moses. I have re-invented myself many times throughout my life, and when I get discouraged, I remember Grandma Moses, who started painting when she was 77 years old. She went on to become one of the greatest folk artists of our time. She died before I was born, but she has always inspired me with the idea that it is never too late to change your life.
What has been your favorite moment as a photographer? Tough one- I was arms length from George W. Bush when he was running for president the first time. He was walking onto the stage at a rally in Concord, New Hampshire. It was quite the thrill to be in a crush of sycophants and secret service agents and be able to keep enough composure to get a good shot with a super wide angle lens. I was stringing for the Associate Press at the time. I don’t think any news outlets picked it up, but I had a print of it in my living room for the eight years he was president.
What photographer would you most like to have lunch with and pick their brain? I would love to sit with Terry Richards for a lunch and find out what the heck he is thinking. I do not understand that man.
What has been your greatest learning experience? If you are doing work for clients, the quality of your image is less important than the quality of your client. This has been a hard lesson to learn. I love making good images, but if I am earning my living at it, then pleasing the right client is vastly more important than doing quality work. Of course the sweet spot is doing both at the same time!
How are you different from other photographers? I’m not sure I am! No more than I am different from other people in general!
What is one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?That the “carny life” I led was no passing fancy. I worked at the fairs (on and off) from when I was 13 until I was 41. Not full-time the whole time, of course, but a few shows here and there. Enough so I will never have to pay for french fries at the Fryeburg Fair for the rest of my life. :-)
What was your best vacation ever? I’ve got to say New Zealand, I went with another photographer friend, although I went a week early (and she stayed a week late). I did something called River Surfing, which is riding down through class four rapids in a wetsuit, wearing a helmet and clutching onto a boogie board through actual Lord of the Rings scenery. It brought new meaning to the word exhilarating.
What is your favorite TV show? I’ve been watching NYPD Blue lately. I love me a good Denis Franz grimace.
Do you have a favorite lens or piece of equipment? My “$400 zip-lock bag”; an awe-marine underwater housing.
Are you a doer or a procrastinator? Ha! I’ll get back to you on that.
Check out more of Andree’s work on her website, www.AndreeKehn.com, and in the Sun Journal! Thanks so much, Andree for spilling the beans on your inspirations, your goals, motivation, and what makes that brilliant photographer mind of yours work!!
Please join us in welcoming our new MPPA Treasurer/Board member, Nicole Rand.
Nicole has been appointed by the MPPA board as our newest board member and will begin training to fill the open MPPA Treasurer position. Nicole will be replacing David Elliott who resigned to enjoy his retirement travelling with his friends and family in the upcoming months.
Nicole expressed her eagerness to serve on our board, was interviewed and accepted to fulfill the remainder of David’s term. Nicole will be formally presented to our membership and with their approval, will be voted in as Treasurer at our Annual Member meeting during our convention in March.
We feel fortunate to have such wonderful dedicated members who are willing to serve on the board and lend a hand with MPPA operations.
A big thank you to David Elliott for his service on the board over the last year, we look forward to seeing him at our meetings when he is in Maine and wish him safe travels.
If you would like to be considered for a committee position or to serve as a board member, please connect with us!
The MPPA has always had wonderful volunteers working together for the good of the association. We would love to have you become more involved and work with us. Together we learn, Together we grow.