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! Contact us to register!

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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.

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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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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, Steve Bedell, who will be speaking on School Photography, on April 10th. Watch his video here!

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, Carl Cox, who will be speaking on Hybrid Photography, on April 10th. Watch his video here!

Register today!

 

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Recently I attended a photo workshop at Hunt’s Photo & Video in South Portland. Hunt’s has been a great supporter of MPPA, and I was excited to be able to support them and attend one of their workshops. I walked in, sat down, and immediately recognized an MPPA member. We chatted for a few minutes before the program began.

In our brief conversation, I learned she was planning to enter print competition for the first time. How exciting! I remember the uncertainty of entering print competition for the first time. How was I supposed to prepare my images? How are the images judged? What is a merit? Even though I had read and reread the rules a thousand times, I still had questions.

Our Annual Image Competition will be held, April 11, 2015 at The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern. I am happy to let you know that we have a 2-part series dedicated exclusively to  preparing for print competition! MPPA Board Member, Robert Akers, M. Photog., Cr., CPP of Robert Akers Photography and Maine Photographer of the Year in 2008, will be presenting, “The Shocking Truth About Image Competition”. We will cover things the judges won’t tell you, 3 strategies to merit a print and reasons to compete. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, February 19th, from 6 – 8pm, and also Thursday, March 19th, from 6-8pm at the Stockhouse Restaurant, 506 Main St. in Westbrook, ME.

In addition to the Image Competition on April 11th,  MPPA is hosting the 66th Annual Maine Photographic Exposition and Convention, April 10 – 12, 2015. We hope you’ll plan to join us in Brunswick for 3 days of outstanding presenters, education and fun with your fellow photographers! Register today!

Hope to see you in April!

Regards,

Joanne Lee
MPPA President 2014-2015