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!


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!


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.


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!!

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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.

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.

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.


Join us on October 15, 2015 for our class on the ins and outs of Lightroom!

If you have been using Photoshop for your editing, if you don’t currently have a professional editing program, or if you have been using Lightroom, but not at it’s fullest potential, now is the time to learn how to use Lightroom!  Lightroom can help you speed up your work flow, including culling, and batch processing, to get your client their images even faster.

Join Jim Walker and the MPPA on October 15, 2015 from 6-9pm at Kaplan University in Lewiston. Jim will demonstrate Lightroom functions, discuss importing your files, editing using the Develop module, and sending them to Photoshop for final editing.

Jim has been a photographer for many years. He started in Landscape and Travel photography, and spent much of his time photographing birds, wildlife and the coast of Maine. He currently owns a Studio in Lewiston and specializes in Portrait, Fashion and Wedding photography.

Jim has been using Lightroom since version 1, and will answer your questions on it’s use, setup of catalogs, and the advantage of key wording from the time of import to export. We will also be discussing culling your photos and the use of flagging or quick collections. Let Lightroom manage your file structure for your photos and help make your editing easier…

When: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Kaplan University, 475 Lisbon St, Lewiston, 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.

Don’t forget!  Our yearly membership renews this month!  We invite you to see what we are about and join MPPA for the coming year to gain free access to all our monthly classes and discounts on tickets for our annual Convention!!!


A huge congratulations to this year’s New England Institute of Professional Photography Scholarship winners! 

The James Clark Scholarship, designed for photographers who have been in business fewer than five years, has been awarded to Nicole Rand of Photo Finish and Creativeone’s Photography by Nicole Rand, located in Auburn, Maine.  Nicole is a portrait and landscape photographer.  Although she has not attended NEIPP in previous years, she is incredibly excited at the opportunity to learn more about her craft and grow her business.

Me JacketNicole has been a hobbyist photographer for the last 10 years, but in the past few years has decided to pursue it as a career and follow in her uncle’s footsteps.  She attended two years of college online studying digital workflow, although she finds she truly values the education she receives from hands-on experience and working with other professional photographers.

Here are the answers to a few questions we asked Nicole:

What do you look forward to at NEIPP? 

“I am so very excited to go to NEIPP.  I love learning more about my passion but more so love that I will be able to work closely and learn from top photographers.  I feel that by having this opportunity it will help me grow to be the photographer I want to be.”

What do you love about your work? 

“I love to capture the little moments that [my clients] would want to remember, like the glimmer in the eyes of a couple who love each other or a child making a mother’s favorite face.”

Where do you want to be in ten years?

“I want to be the kind of photographer that can, without thinking, capture a moment that someone doesn’t want to forget.  I want to be able to make an impact in the photography business and be at a place where I can give back all the opportunities that I have been given as a photographer.  I want to show people that no matter who you are, where you have come from or challenges you have faced that you can live your dreams.”


The Logan Legacy Scholarship, designed for photographers who have been in business for over five years, has been awarded to Lauren DelVecchio of LAD Photography, located in Farmingdale, Maine.

biz mini _195 4x6_ppLauren is a wedding and portrait photographer who is also looking forward to growing her fashion and conceptual work.  She enrolled at NEIPP last year, attending Al Audleman’s class in preparation for becoming a Certified Professional Photographer through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and was one of the first in her class to pass both portions of the process, earning her Certification.  She credits NEIPP in helping her make it through the process and is very much looking forward to returning this winter.  Lauren is also currently a Director on the Board for the MPPA.

Keep reading for Lauren’s answers to our questions:

What do you look forward to at NEIPP? 

“The last time I was at NEIPP was incredibly stressful.  I watched nearly everyone else in the building attend classes that fueled their passion for fashion photography, or took their Photoshop skills to the next level, for example, while I was up studying for an exam like a college student.  I’m insanely glad I took the class and became certified, but this time around I really look forward to getting into something hands-on, and fuel my passion.”

What do you love about your work? 

“I love that I am lucky enough to do what makes me happy for a living.  I love that I get to attend beautiful weddings every weekend and make lifelong friends with my clients long after the day is done and the photos are delivered.  And I love that my portrait and boudoir clients tell me they have never felt so beautiful.  My heart is happy because of these things.”

Where do you want to be in ten years?

“I’m looking forward to growing within the PPA, and have set goals for myself to enter national image competitions and eventually earn my Masters through PPA.  If the stars align, I will expand my business to have an associate shooter and a studio to call my own, but as long as I can continue improving and creating, I’m happy.  And if the stars align and there’s a wormhole to another dimension I can sneak through, I’d like to think I could possibly earn some title like ‘Photographer of the Year.'” 

TIM CAMERON HEADSHOTMost of my large outdoor groups are photographed backlit around 9-10 AM or 4-6 PM during the summer. The camera location and height is selected and never touched until the next grouping, just in case we need to swap a head in Photoshop.

Family with the dogs – This image was created a little later in the AM then I prefer, so the usual back light is creeping in overhead. I position the family then add the dogs at the last minute. I let the dogs go when I knew I had several good images of them. I then concentrated on the family. I put the dogs in the best image using Photoshop. Existing light measuring f11 with a form fill light slightly left of camera set at f8. Exposure was ISO 100 f 11 @ 1/250 second.

Family on ground – This is a break out from a larger family group. Our backlighting gave us a reading of 1/250 @ f11 pointing towards the source. Placing the meter in front of the subjects facing the camera I got a reading of just f7.1. I added a 2×3 ft softbox with camera left set to f10 and feathered to the right side to give us a main light that would balance out the backlight from the sun. ISO 100 f10 @ 1/250 second.

The family on the rocks – I had nice soft natural light slightly behind from camera right reading 1/250 @ f9. The people on the far left saw about ½ stop fall off in exposure. I added a large horizontal soft box without diffusion measuring f7.1 as a form fill just to the right of the camera and feathered to the far left. Exposure was ISO 100 f9 @1/250 second. Three if the individual here were photographed a week later then added in photoshop to the original image.

Walking away – I usually like to do some images at the end of the session that are more interactive. In a shaded area we have the grandparents walking with the little ones down to the lake. Ambient back light measured at f9. I placed a softbox directly behind the camera measuring f 6.3. The exposure was ISO 100 f7.1 @1/250 of a second.

Backlit Images – Here we have 2 images of the same family; the first one shows just ambient light with exposure for the pretty background that the family is looking for. In order to light this properly, I first determined the direction the light was coming from In order to make the photograph look correct. Since the light was coming from the left side I positioned my 2- 640 watt second lights with 3×4 foot softboxes I in the horizontal position just to the left of the camera. This gave me an 8 foot wall of light to illuminate the group. I aimed the center of the light closest to the camera at the subjects to the far right and the outside light at the subjects in the center. This gave me an even light for the entire group. Ambient light for the background measured f16, my lights measured 2/3 stop less at f 11. The exposure was ISO 100 f 11@1/250 of a second.

Boat Boat Images – Since I live in an area where boating is popular, it’s only natural to photograph families with their boats. Ambient back/side light measured at f 11 and f 7.1 on our subjects faces. I placed 1 softbox in the horizontal position just to camera right at f9. The exposure was ISO 100 f 9 @1/250 of a second. This achieved a natural look that I am going for.

Tim Cameron PPA Certified M. Photog. Cr., CPP, grew up in the photography business back in the late 70’s. It was not until his mothers passing in 1980 that he realized the value of an image. “The one thing we all wished we had was a family portrait.”

This is when his love for the art became an obsession. Tim spent the next few years learning from the best, so he could create a legacy for others, the one thing he did not posses himself.

Mr. Cameron has received many Kodak Gallery Awards, Fuji Masterpiece Awards, many Courts of Honor and the George H. Hastings Memorial Award. Tim is a Past President and 20 year board member of New Hampshire Professional Photographers Association, where he has earned the Distinguished Colleague of Photography Degree and is a recipient of National Award. Tim is a member of PPA’s Certification Team, Councilor from NH and along time volunteer at PPA’s Imaging USA. Mr. Cameron educational programs include; Family Portraits on Location, Pets and Commercial Photography.


Join us on September 17, 2015 for this amazing class on photographing toddlers and families, designing and making mini sessions for the holidays a success, and custom creating holiday cards for your clients!



Your instructor, Allison McGrail, has been offering holiday mini sessions to her clients for the last 9 years. Come learn how she has created a holiday session program that brings clients back year after year as well as introduces the studio to new clients. She will share with you how she styles the sessions, how she works with the children and families, and custom designs holiday cards from the sessions. She will also do a live demonstration of a studio portrait with a small child.

Allison is a Certified Professional Photographer based out of New Boston, New Hampshire and is currently serving as President of the NHPPA. She has been a member of NHPPA since 2002, and opened Allison Hope Photography in 2003. She is also a member of PPANE and PPA, and has had competition images accepted into the Loan collection at PPA’s International Competition in 2014.


When: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Stockhouse Restaurant, 506 Main Street, Westbrook, Maine
Whether you’re a MPPA Member or not, come for this program free of charge! If you like what you see and want to become part of this amazing group that can catapult you into the next stage of your career, the yearly membership renews in October! We invite you to see what we are about and join MPPA for the coming year!!!


Professional Photographers Association of New England
Free Day at Annual Conference

Please Join the Professional Photographers of New England as their guest, Sunday, September 13th, in Nashua NH 7am-5:30pm at their annual conference, Radisson Hotel, 11 Tara Blvd, Nashua, NH.

Randy Kerr, will present “Natural World, Legacies, Light and Lens“. Randy will discuss his unique approach to scouting and modifying light, and how to systematically modify light for low, mid and high key images.

Canon Explorers of Light is sponsoring Ken Sklute, who will present his program titled: “Seeing the Unseen.” We need the inspiration, knowledge and tools to create what your mind sees and imagines? Many of us feel creatively stifled times. Ken will teach you the tools to accomplish your goals as well as how to better see clearly your abilities and talents.

The Trade Show will feature a variety of photographic suppliers who will be offering some great trade show specials. You can read more about the PPANE Conference and register here.

If you have any questions please contact our Executive Secretary at 603-868-2970.

Sunday, September 13th
Radisson Hotel, 11 Tara Blvd, Nashua, NH


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Entering a village and capturing decisive moments by Randy Kerr

Within any scene, the emerging new moments of life unfold in a countless series of opportunities to explore. This awaits all of us and your level of situational awareness will determine what choices you have for your lens.

Let’s say you’re on a quest seeking that keeper moment worth capturing that becomes a heritage heirloom.  It could be the image that truly conveys the purpose of local or global ecological and humanitarian stewardship. Keeping your eyes peeled to the emerging moment is every seasoned photographer’s hope. This goes without saying and is about each of our journeys.

If your goal is to capture more decisive moments in your work, there is a simple exercise you can do that is a real eye opener. Ready? What ever you’re doing, stop and only think about the following task.  Stop, pause and slow your mind while focusing on what takes place within the emerging moments of your surroundings. Simply said, be in the present moment and tune into the multiple situations before you.  The alignment you find for your lens choice and depth of field certainly contributes to the impact of the image.

Lighting, of course is a powerful force and a big part of mood, however, the story that is told within a well captured decisive moment is so profound, most will understand the story before evaluating the light on the story. One might say, “It’s light that allows us to see the emotion taking place, but the action taking place is what captivates us.”  I do believe the light and shadows can also be an equal part of the image.  Practicing your lighting is something you can do to help bring peace of mind. When in a real portrait session, I find once my lights are in order and my camera set, I tend to feel calmer and can settle in with my subject.

The decisive moment in portraiture takes place when the subject’s expression conveys the emotion you’re after in the final image or a grand unknown gift.

Most commonly, when someone captures an image that is a true decisive moment, the viewer of the image, on some level, becomes emotionally transformed as the still image tells the story. To become a better photographer, each of us remains on the common path of enhancing our natural instincts for quick last-minute changes before the peak moments of single-frame story telling are over.

How we relate and become engaged with our surroundings sets the tone of our outcome. The question is, “What tone are you setting with your emotional state as you enter the space of art as a artist?” Improving our approach to the emerging moments takes practice. This can be accomplished without a camera in your hand as you stroll in your neighborhood, parks, downtown streets and for that matter, in every global village.

As a fourth generation artist, I have never heard it said quite the way my father did when he shared what he learned from his mother Artie and grandfather portrait artist Cyrus Kerr. “Life is unfolding before your eyes, you are seeing the tail end of what’s previously been sewn. Surrender your feet son, walk and see what comes before your lens.” This simple advice has kept me on a path of seeking decisive moments in the fields of portraiture and global missions.

With the spirit of seeking and capturing a decisive moment in mind, when entering any village, including your own, my suggestion is to relax and ask yourself this question, “How do I want villagers to respond to me?”, then become that very person.  Don’t go for trophy images of faces. Most villagers can identify when you are wanting their image for your use only and this only separates your from a true portrait study. Like foreshadow in a good movie, what you learn about your subject may just become a theme for a future well-planned portrait session.  Going deeper into who a person is, versus how nice their smile is, might lead you to portrait that is a one-of-a-kind.

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Randy has photographed Texas and national public servants along with grand opening of events such as The National Wildflower Research Center, The Bob Bullock State history museum of Texas history, The Austin Convention center along with many Texas families and friends.  Randy’s photographs hang in 27 countries around the world and have seen on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings along with NBC Today Show and the History Channel. In 1996 while digital photography was changing the face of how the masses take photographs, Randy decided to go another direction while digital gear was being perfected, changed his lifestyle and moving into a army tent in the Bastrop forest of Texas to study light for three years. He began interfacing with light by clearing 11 meadows that have a visual relationship with the earth, light and the lens of a camera. Randy Kerr wrote the Game of Light and developed the global award winning Westway Method of Photography and was encourage to teach this methodology for four years at The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas by Dr Steven Windhanger. His unique form of teaching and personal way with words convey simplicity and clarity to the sometimes confusing photographic terminologies.

“It is about how you walk into light and evaluate what is present”

Randy’s focus is to educate film-makers and photographers on how to achieve quality light in image capture, while exposing meaningful humanitarian topics and the environmental necessity of green living.  Recent work include the Light of Congo documentary and book. This product was created in partnership with the village of Luebo Congo and the Luebo Partnership of University Presbyterian Church of Austin Texas and serves as a fundraiser to restore the historic First Presbyterian church of Luebo.

Here are several places you can find Randy Kerr on the Web: