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Interested in bringing a ‘little something sexy’ to your photography business or have an existing boudoir line you’d like to ramp up? Boudoir photography has become more main stream as portrait businesses have expanded to offer their clients this type of experience.

With an emphasis on posing and lighting to flatter women of all ages, shapes and sizes attendees will be able to see different size models side by side in a variety of positions that will showcase simple movements to insure comfort and confidence. You’ll learn how to work with all types of lighting sources and how to use different types of furniture to create poses that give variety to the session.

You’ll learn how to balance a family friendly business with the Art of Boudoir, how to place appropriate value on what you offer, how to market this exciting photography trend, how to create unique product lines and what sales techniques can be used to make them successful. You’ll learn how to communicate with your clients insuring a wonderful experience and what poses will make any woman feel comfortable while using a variety of lighting techniques during the hands-on session. This class will give you the knowledge, tools and confidence you’ll need to provide an experience your clients won’t be able to stop talking about.

Register for Kay’s class here: MPPA Convention

See more of Kay’s work here: Kay Eskridge


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Rick Hydren will be talking about Real Estate Photography.  It will cover business overview, marketing, business strategies, pricing, image making, processing techniques, and image presentation options. 

Rick started working at local newspapers when he was in high school in the late sixties. Graduated from Mass Art in the early seventies and went into advertising. After twenty years as an art director he had many regional and national awards to his name in print, TV and design.

As his mastery of digital photography grew so has the many services he offers. Real estate photography, business portraits, product photography, portraiture and video production completes the diverse services he has been providing and equally diverse cliental.

His approach to marketing is pretty standard. He thinks about the main benefit to the consumer. The unique selling points. Who is the target audience, and how best to reach them.

Register for Rick’s class here: MPPA Convention

See more of Rick’s work here: Rick Hydren


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Ten things to know about the business of photography:

  1. Learn your camera.  Know how to shoot in manual mode.  Learn all you can about lighting.  While you are learning be diverse…learn how to use natural light as well as studio lighting.
  2. Referrals are essential.  Inspire your clients to want to send their friends to you.  Set up a referral program.
  3. Focus on you–look outside the industry for inspiration–and do not compare yourself to others.
  4. Know the numbers–this is a business not a hobby.
  5. Build your market–and focus on them.
  6. Market–use social media to share content.
  7. Mentor with other photographers.
  8. Continuing Education is key to remaining viable in an ever changing industry.
  9. Photography is 80% business and 20% creating images.
  10. Stay true to who you are–and build your business around that.

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Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 42 top photographers worldwide. Ken has enjoyed a diverse career photographing people, professional sports, architecture, weddings and landscapes. Ken spends much of his time photographing, teaching and lecturing both Nationally and Internationally.

Ken Sklute began his photographic career capturing 200 mph race cars in New York at an early age. He soon moved into the wedding and portrait industry working for a volume wedding studio for three years before moving into working for different independently owned studios.

Ken bought his first studio in 1983 in New York working at the finer locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. He chose to relocate to Phoenix, Arizona in 1996 in order to be out in the landscape of the beautiful desert Southwest and to enjoy the Phoenix wedding market.

During Ken’s 41 year professional photography career he has accomplished the title of “Photographer of the Year” in 32 out of 41 years in the states of New York, Arizona and California. In addition, Ken has been awarded 14 Kodak Gallery Awards, the Kodak Gallery Elite award, WPPI Grand Award for Weddings and 15 Fuji Masterpiece awards, amongst many other awards. Ken is proud to be or have been a Kodak Mentor, an Epson Mentor, an Adobe Influencer, a Delkin ImageMaker, a Datacolor Expert and a NIK Friends with Vision member.

Some of Ken’s clients have been the National Hot Rod Association, U.S. Army, Sports Illustrated, Oakley, Associated Press, National Dragster, Epson, Kodak, Newsday, as well as most of the photographic industry trade magazines. 

Register to see Ken Sklute here: MPPA Convention

See more of Ken’s work on his website here: Ken Sklute


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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!


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