MPPA | Maine Professional Photographers Association » Inspiration, Education, Networking, for Professional Photographers

unnamedWhen 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,
Crystal Reynolds

Backto TopGet inTouchShare onFacebookTweetthis PostEmail toa Friend

096%20-%20AndreeThis 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!

pk11

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!

140913-Kehn-235

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.

NORredneckP080215-10

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!!

Backto TopGet inTouchShare onFacebookTweetthis PostEmail toa Friend

speaker in the spot light heading

For over three decades, Lou Freeman has practiced and shaped the art of Fashion, Glamour, Fine Interior, and Lifestyle Photography. Her clients are among the most respected and recognized names in America and Europe. Lou’s work is powerful and visionary, recognized by being featured in 100’s of editorial fashion magazines and fashion catalogs as well as being immersed in the publishing industries and advertising worlds, which awarded her with the prestigious OBIE and ADDY Awards.

Some of the major fashion and lifestyle magazines include Glamour, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar Seventeen, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, Architectural Digest, People, and Modern Bride.

In 1988, her work captured the interest of executives at Playboy Enterprises Inc, one of America’s most widely circulated brands and magazines.  She became the second woman ever to shoot for Playboy Magazine. For twelve straight years, she delivered nearly 600 spreads for the publication, giving women a voice in the work that portrayed them. As a photographer her mantra then as well as now is to bring beauty, strength and sophistication to everyone she shoots.

images (5)Her ability to produce compelling concepts featuring simple to highly stylized imagery that connects with consumers combined with her ability to work across the globe has allowed her to create imagery for big name brands and brand concept design plans many of which served long term relationships.

Some of her client’s include Hane’s Brands, Ralph Lauren, Coors Light, Target, Macy’s, Orvis, Lord and Taylor and Kohl’s.

The perfect union of confidence in fashion and glamour lighting combined with her expertise with post design matched along with her celebrity history allows her to work well with current known music stars and A-listers. In this process, she has captured images and held long term relationships with many high – profile clients including Niki Taylor, Cee lo Green, Joe Montana, Lisa Bonet, Jamie Foxx, Tiger Woods, and Evander Holyfield.

Lou is an expert at stylization of light, and was asked to share her technique on Canon’s website. She has also lectured to industry leaders such as APA and PPA Imaging, while also addressing those looking to hone their skills at universities and conferences such as Photo Plus, WPPI and PPA Imaging. She completed a 39 city Look Fabulous Tour with Lindsay Adler.

imagesLou has a Bachelor’s of the Fine Arts Degree in Photographic Design from the University of Georgia as well as her Master’s of the Fine Arts Degree. She continued studies with the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Today Lou in based in Atlanta where she divides her time shooting fashion and glamour photography, directing videos and commercials, creating websites and APPs for the Iphone, Ipad and android devices. In addition to these processes, she also creates, directs and presents high end Photography education films and show for Photography education. These education materials are featured in the following list.

Please visit Lou’s website to view more of her amazing work, and read her amazing bio.

Backto TopGet inTouchShare onFacebookTweetthis PostEmail toa Friend

12204819_10203651913096938_741882749_nJoin Mike Leonard on November 19, 2015 from 6-9pm at the Stockhouse Restaurant and Sports Pub in Westbrook, where Mike will demonstrate the new HDR and Stitching functions in Adobe Camera Raw, as well as talk about the new de-haze filter and cover some work you can automate in Bridge to speed up your workflow!

Michael Leonard has been taking pictures for most of his life and is currently a member of the Portland Camera Club in Maine.  His work has been published in books, magazines, annual reports, educational textbooks, and is seen frequently in television advertisements and documentaries.  Some of Mike’s favorite subjects to photograph include nighttime landscapes, lightning and aurora, and during the day he likes shooting lighthouses.  He is a member of the PSA and the North American Photoshop Professional [NAPP] Association.

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 6:00-9:00pm

Where: Stockhouse Restaurant and Sports Pub, 506 Main St, Westbrook , Maine

This program is hosted by the MPPA.  This class is free to all members.  Non-members are welcome, too!  Please contact the MPPA to inquire about non-member pricing.

Backto TopGet inTouchShare onFacebookTweetthis PostEmail toa Friend

Please join us in welcoming our new MPPA Treasurer/Board member, Nicole Rand.

Me JacketNicole 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 contact Trish Logan.

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.

Backto TopGet inTouchShare onFacebookTweetthis PostEmail toa Friend