Join us at the Maine Convention on April 11th for a FREE DAY! MPPA Members are eligible to enter into our Annual Image Competition but ALL are welcome to come and watch! It is a great learning experience to listen to the Judges’ comments and a great way to see the Images from professional photographers in Maine! We hope you will be there and join us for our member social after the judging! Invite your friends!

See the 2015 MPPA Photographic Competition Rules here.
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Sports Connections: A one day workshop designed to escalate your sports business, with Jeff Gump.
DATE: Thursday, April 9, 2015One day before the Maine PPA Convention!
TIME: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, 4 Noble Street, Brunswick, ME
REGISTER TODAY!
The cost of the class will include lunch and door prizes! Use coupon/discount code “MPPA”. (Enter code on the final payment screen)

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Register today at: http://www.cvent.com/d/wrq92k

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A little over a year ago I was just beginning my term as president of the Maine Professional Photographers Association. I remember having a list of goals for our organization. In my acceptance speech I called upon our organization to honor the past and embrace the future, with hopes for connecting our seasoned members with our newest members, putting names to faces and creating a network of professionals that lift each other up in the ever-changing world of professional photography. As a personal goal, I hoped to continue to propel the organization forward. This momentum was clear when I took office and I am thrilled to say we are continuing the ascent! As my year at the helm of this great organization draws to a close, it is now time for reflection. In the past year, the Maine PPA has seen incredible growth! Special thanks to our Board of Directors who worked tirelessly to grow the organization and provide a new member mentor program. Since our last convention our membership has grown by 24 new members! This is unprecedented for the MPPA! This year has been filled with so many wonderful experiences, in fact, so many I could never list them all here. Some of the things that stand out to me include, working with an incredibly motivated Board of Directors, hosting talented speakers at our monthly meetings, and planning a convention with a dream team of speakers! Some of the smaller, yet memorable, moments include, sharing a meal with a member in Bangor, photographing a driver at a race track with the help of a fellow Board member, and the many, many one to one conversations over coffee with so many of you. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve this organization. Maine PPA holds a special place in my heart. I feel as though I have grown up as a photographer over the years with the help of this organization. The guidance and expertise of so many members has made me a better photographer, businessperson, and friend. I will always be grateful to the MPPA President so many years ago, who drove up beside me on a scooter and said “Hey, you look like a photographer! You should join the MPPA!”

Kindly,

Joanne Lee
MPPA President 2014-2015

P.S. Check out the 2015 Convention Book here!

Kim Reed shares her experience from her first convention as a new member last year and invites you to join us this year!
Let’s connect! Register for the 2015 Maine Photographic Exposition & Convention, April 10-12, 2015.

 

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Community and Connection. I sat at a long table, filled with photographers from across the country. Photographers who had convened in Portland, for the Inspire conference. I had begun chatting with a wedding photographer from Massachusetts. After a brief discussion as to the type of photography we did, and how long we had been photographers, I learned that she lived in Natick, MA, where many of the Massachusetts PPA (PPAM) meetings take place. Upon learning this I asked, “Are you a member of PPAM? They have terrific seminars which meet right in your town.”

“What benefit is there to me to be a member?” She asked.

Her question stopped me in my tracks. It was time. Time to pull out the elevator speech that every business expert tells you to have. A short, succinct, yet powerful message about who you are, what you do, and what’s in it for them.

“That is a great question.” I answered. “For me, the benefits are many. As a member of the Maine PPA, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some of the leading photographers in the industry. I’ve connected with other photographers, worked with other photographers, and made lasting friendships. Our annual competition has given me the opportunity to stretch myself as an artist. Networking is another benefit, too. Did I mention networking? I guess in a word or two, it would be community and connection. I’m part of a community that works to better each other with connection and education.”

She looked at me quizzically. I wondered if she thought I might pull out pom-poms from under the table and bust out a cheer for MPPA right there. In a sense, though, I have been a cheerleader for MPPA this past year as president. Truth be known, I have been a cheerleader for MPPA since I joined. It’s not just me, but so many of you who are staunch cheerleaders, too. I see it all the time…an email from a member telling me they just met a new photographer and invited them to convention, or new member Ashley Scott getting my attention during Inspire to tell me she just met someone from Maine who wasn’t a member yet, and telling them they should join!

Thank you for believing in our organization, in our craft and the value of our community and connections. I’m not sure if the photographer I was chatting with will ever join her state organization. But I do hope she will one day have the opportunity to be part of a professional photography organization like ours…an organization that has given me so much.

With gratitude,

Joanne Lee
MPPA President 2014-2015

We hope you are planning to join us April 10-12, 2015 for our annual convention! Craig LaMere will be speaking on fashion, boudoir, styling & lighting on April 12th. PLUS, if one day of Craig just isn’t enough for you, he will be doing a BONUS Hands-On Workshop (Portrait, Fashion & Boudoir Lighting) the following day, Monday, April 13th! Don’t miss it – limited to the first 20 registrants only! Click here to register today!

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We hope you are planning to join us April 10-12, 2015 for our annual convention! We have a stellar line up of speakers. Get to know speaker, Craig LaMere, who will be speaking on fashion, boudoir, styling & lighting on April 12th. Don’t miss it – Register today!

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Why attend the MPPA Convention? Jim Walker shares his experience from his first convention as a new member last year.
Let’s connect! Register for the 2015 Maine Photographic Exposition & Convention, April 10-12, 2015.

Debra Bell Portrait

A Conversation about the Maine Photographic Exposition and Convention with photographer, Debra Bell.

I came home re-energized to be a better photographer

1. Why should professional photographers attend the Maine Photographic Convention and Expo?

I attended my first conference last year and learned so much about what I do, how to do it, and started to make contacts with other photographers within the state. From the program speakers, print competition, and visiting with other Maine photographers, I not only boosted my business and photographic self-esteem, but I came home re-energized to be a better photographer.

2. What is something you took away from attending your first convention?

I loved Bruce Berg’s presentation on senior portrait ideas and marketing. I also took away from the conference how invested Maine photographers are in each other. Everyone was so friendly that it was hard to feel left out or uncomfortable.

3. Did you make any connections as a result of coming to convention?

I met several other photographers in person who I’m developing a business relationship with. I love being able to refer people I trust and enjoy industry events like MPPA’s conference.

4. Your best take away from convention?

That this organization holds up to its name. It’s a professional (and fun) organization that truly has the interests of its members and guests at heart. Come to learn, but come more for the fellowship.

I enjoy industry events like MPPA's Conference

Debra Bell is owner and operator of Bell Imaging & Design, LLC, a photography and graphic design business in Hermon, Maine. She also owns Bell’s Furry Friends Photography, a photography division that specializes in capturing the bond between pets and their people. Bell offers general photography services along with graphic design and content writing services. Bell Imaging & Design, LLC is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015. Check out her work at bellphotostudio.com and bffpetphotos.com.

We hope you are planning to join us April 10-12, 2015 for our annual convention! We have a stellar line up of speakers. Get to know speaker, MaryAnn Talamo, who will be speaking on fine art photography using Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop, on April 10th. Register today!

 

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