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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 arists, 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.

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One of the benefits of membership in the Maine Professional Photographers Association (MPPA) is applying for one of the scholarships to the New England Institute of Professional Photography (NEIPP). Deadline to apply for this years scholarships is June 30th.

The James Clark Scholarship

James Clark was one of MPPA’s founding fathers back in 1948. He was an active member and mentor to many for over 55 years. Jim taught many classes on photography and the business of photography. He firmly believed in continuing education so we all can remain competitive and competent. A scholarship was established several years ago in Jim’s honor. It is a $500.00 scholarship for attendance to our affiliate school, the New England Institute of Professional Photography (NEIPP). It is administered by Christal Treadwell (Chairman), Harvey Bell, Jim Walker, and the current and immediate past Presidents of the MPPA. You can apply for this scholarship online here.  The deadline to apply is June 30th of each year.

The Trish Logan Legacy Scholarship

The Trish Logan Legacy Scholarship was established in 2014 by MPPA Board Member Trish Logan as part of her on-going Legacy Project. Logan’s Legacy Projects have included funding and donations to the Maine Cancer Community, the Special Olympics, Project Grad, School Districts and Students throughout the state of Maine and now the Maine Professional Photographers Scholarship Fund.

This scholarship was created by Logan with the idea of paying it forward and supporting fellow MPPA members in their pursuit of continuing education. As a recipient MPPA’s James Clark Scholarship in her first year of membership,  Trish was able to attend the New England Institute for Professional Photography (NEIPP) and see first-hand the importance of supporting an affiliate school in New England. With that in mind, she wished to encourage members already established in business to continue their educational growth as well as challenge them to personally give support to the MPPA Scholarship Fund for future generations.

The Logan Legacy Scholarship is a $500 scholarship to be used for attendance to the New England Institute of Professional Photography (NEIPP). This scholarship may be applied for by any MPPA member that has been in business over five years. Applicants may apply in writing to the MPPA Scholarship Committee’s administrative board, Christal Treadwell (Chairman), Harvey Bell, Jim Walker, and the current and immediate past Presidents of the MPPA. You can apply for this scholarship online here. The deadline to apply is June 30th of each year.

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Happy summer everyone! 

The Board is working hard to line up our next few programs for this year and we look forward to seeing you every month! Our next meeting will be in Lewiston with Lauren DelVecchio tonight, June 16th, at 6pm. As an MPPA member, you not only get to enjoy each monthly program FREE, you also have the benefit of inviting a friend who is interested in photography. I challenge you to reach out and bring one person to EVERY program this year. The non-member fee for a program is $35 but they can attend FREE as a guest of aMPPA member. We want this organization, and our members, to grow!
As always, please let me or one of the Directors know if there is anything we can do for you. We are here to serve YOU! Thank you.

Your friend and President,
Crystal Reynolds

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Join us on Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6pm, at Kaplan University in Lewiston for an exciting class on creating your own concept work! This class is designed to walk you through the process start to finish: the idea, the development of your vision, organizing hair and makeup, choosing or creating a wardrobe, finding models, using lighting to create the mood behind the concept, and editing your images.

Lauren DelVecchio is a Certified Professional Photographer based out of Farmingdale, Maine and is on the Board for the Maine PPA, and a member of PPANE and PPA. She opened LAD Photography in 2004 and specializes in weddings, boudoir, Seniors, and fashion/concept work.

Although weddings are her main source of income, Lauren has a special interest in concept and fashion photography, and has studied lighting to create her own style. Using her artistic vision, Lauren has created a collection of conceptual images, earning her a place in the top ten scoring cases in the 2016 PPA Northeast District Competition, as well as winning first place in the General Portraits category, and one of the Top Five Photographers in Maine at the MPPA 2016 Convention.

This class is free to members, and if you have never attended an MPPA class or convention before, ask a current member about bringing you as a guest for free! All other non-members are asked to contribute $35 for attendance which is payable at the door.

We hope to see you there!


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