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


Randy Kerr head shot

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.

Randy Kerr
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:

Trish Logan, MPPA President

I had the privilege of attending PPA’s International Print Competition last week in Atlanta.  It was a very exciting to watch images judged for merits and ultimately consideration into the highly regarded loan collection.   Congratulations to everyone who entered, merited and those who were selected for the loan collection.

It was a full week of education and intense learning at the judge’s workshop and sitting in on the critique process after judging.   For those of you that requested a critique, I can tell you that the IPC judges really took a great deal of time reviewing everyone’s images and giving feedback.

I look forward to seeing everyone’s new entries at our upcoming convention in March of 2016.   It’s a perfect place to get a feel for the competition process and a GREAT learning experience.   As convention gets closer, be on the lookout for programs that will help get you ready to enter your images in Maine.

Over the next several months we will continue to bring you educational programs and information on pursuing your degrees if you choose that path.  We have also varied our meeting locations in upcoming months to bring programs to more of our MPPA members in other parts of the state.  We have chosen locations based on our membership list and tried to keep them centrally located for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you soon!   Remember:  “Together We Learn – Together We Grow!”

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PPA President, Michael Timmons with Larry the Learning T-Rex



Welcome to our new blog feature! Our Member Spotlight!!! Stay tuned to get to know our amazing MPPA members over the course of the next several months!
Our first Member Spotlight is Brittany Rae Photography, located in Old Orchard Beach!

Brittany is a wedding and portrait photographer in Southern Maine. She’s incredibly talented and has just opened a natural light studio in her home to provide glamour and boudoir photos for her clients, although her primary focus is on her wedding photography . Check out her work at on her website and take a peek at a few of her outstanding images below.

Brittany joined the MPPA in the Spring of 2009 at the recommendation of MPPA’s past President, Russell Caron.  She has been a professional photographer since the fall of 2008, inspired by her father who was a hobbyist.  There were always cameras in her home, and Brittany still has buckets of prints and negatives from when she was a child!  Currently, she finds herself inspired by the work of Sue Bryce.

“I’ve had a camera as long as I can remember”

When asked what part of her job she loves most, Brittany turned immediately to her wedding clients as the answer.  “I love every part of weddings,” she says.  The 30 minutes (if she’s lucky) that she gets alone with her clients on a wedding day to create the amazing images that they will want to hang in their home is what drives her on a wedding day.  As Brittany puts it, using her notorious sense of humor, “I’m pretty sure I sound like a cross between R2D2 and a monkey when I get them in that perfect light and scene!”

Answering the question “What is on your inspiration wall right now?” she notes what I think we all feel during our busy time of year: “No idea — it’s under a huge pile.”  Then she added “Cleaning my house is my inspiration right now.  I do some fantasy work with my kids; pictures of them with unicorns, digital fairy wings, etc.  I’d love to play a bit more with that”.


Below are more answers to the questions we ask our Spotlight Members!

Q: What has been your favorite moment as a photographer?

A: Hands down it was a wedding a few years ago where the bride’s dad was diagnosed with a terminal disease.  His goal was to walk her down the aisle — That’s not my favorite part!  The best part was him getting to realize his dream.  He walked her down the aisle!  There wasn’t a dry eye there.  I was all teary, too.  I’m pretty sure the hubs was as well.


Q: What photographer would you most like to have lunch with and pick their brain?

A: Is it sad to say I don’t have one!  I love meeting and chatting with as many other photographers as possible.


Q: What has been your greatest learning experience?

A: My first wedding!  Back in 2003, the day after Christmas, at night, in a dark church.  Armed with only my Nikon film camera and a 5 megapixel Nikon Coolpix.  I shot that at the request of a friend of the bride… for $50.


Q: How are you different from other photographers?

A: I’m a little nutty.  I think my personality sets me apart.  I’m not afraid to get dirty, lay on the ground or do anything crazy!  I love my adventure sports, so I’m literally up for anything.


Q: What is one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?

A: I’m shy and quiet.  At least with people I don’t know.


Q: What was your best vacation ever?

A: I have two.  The first would be a trip to Germany I took with my husband back when we first met.  I bought the tickets for us after we had only been dating for a few months.  We went all over the country without any formal plans, which also involved running to catch trains because we translated information wrong.  The second was our honeymoon in Costa Rica.  We loved it so much we are working on expanding our wedding coverage there and moving there for part of the year.


Q: What is your favorite TV show?

A: I only have Netflix, so….. Dr. Who.


Q: Do you have a favorite lens or piece of equipment?

A: I love my 70-200


Q: Are you a doer or a procrastinator?

A: Both!  I procrastinate for a long time and then I can sit and get a ton of work done at once.  The motivation has to hit me.


Brittany is an amazing person with a great business sense, and an even greater sense of humor.  Next time you see her at our monthly meetings and classes, or even out and about in Old Orchard Beach, stop and say hello!


I have had the privilege over the last 25 years to be able to get up everyday and know that I will be doing something that I love. Photography has given me the opportunity to meet so many people. Some fortunate and many that aren’t. I had a life changing experience because of a catastrophe that occurred back in January of 2010. Port Au Prince, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake that killed more than 300,000 men, women and children. A new journey for me started shortly after that. I made my first trip to Haiti approximately 5 months after this earthquake. Since then I have made 5 more trips. I have tried to document my experiences and tell the story through the lens of my camera. It’s funny, but for me, hiding behind this piece of equipment has given me the courage to do exactly that. Looking from the outside in. I seem a bit uncomfortable eye to eye which I find is not uncommon amongst some photographers that I have spoken to. I’ve never been a world traveler since flying was not my favorite thing to do. But after putting my foot in my mouth and volunteering to make this trip I have never looked back. I can’t imagine denying myself this once in a lifetime opportunity to help get the word out and in some way try and help those that are less fortunate than us. They put me on a plane with a horn to alert the cows to get off the runway. (That’s just not right). To say the least, I’m very comfortable to fly now. I take every chance given to me to continue telling my story.

I was fortunate enough to win the Diamond Photographer of the Year award in Nashville, TN (2014). I thought my night was over and was getting to leave the awards show when another announcement was being made. So I figured I would hang around to see what was being shown. What came up on the screen was the introduction to the World Photographic Cup Awards. Never knew it existed but was curious about what exactly it is.

Here is a brief description:

The World Photographic Cup is a not-for-profit organization founded as a cooperative effort by the European Photographer (FEP) and the The Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. The WPC governing committee is made up of photographers from across Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Slovakia and the United States.

I learned that one of my images “Eyes On Haiti” was selected to represent the United States. I was overwhelmed to learn this. My image was on it’s way to Montpellier, France to compete with all of these other countries. After a few months the voting was over. The United States took top honors. My image reached the rank of Finalist in the category: reportage.

I’m proud to receive this honor, but I’m more proud that I was able to put my  traveling fears aside and let my love for photography lead the way.


Some quotes:

“Beyond the art of photography, You set a huge example of what it is like to do work that addresses the humanitarian crisis others live through on a daily basis.  Giving back is what it is all about”. – Elliot Moscowitz (PPGNY)

“I think you have relayed the perfect message and sentiment that expresses the admiration we in PPGNY feel for Jim’s artistry and compassion. His PPA Magazine cover is stunning, and the fact that is but one of so many inspiring images, is even more remarkable. We are all fortunate to have him as a colleague and I am personally fortunate to have him as a friend as well”. – Paul Bernstein (PPGNY)

“no one has ever become poor by giving” – Anne Frank

“when words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

“let us not forget the unique profession that we are blessed to be part of”……we have the ability to bring a story to life….we can make people think….we can make people laugh…we can make people cry…we can Inspire… – Jim LaSala

Jim LaSala was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Flemington, NJ. He opened “Strike A Pose Photography Studio” in 1990 specializing in Fine Art Photography, Portraiture and Electronic Imaging. Jim is presently managing partner for “Xact Studios” in Hillsborough, NJ.

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Call for Entries!

$250 First Prize, and a chance to have your work seen by hundreds of people, with a potential for  print sales, are the reasons to enter the Maine Professional Photographers Association Scholarship Committee’s heART of Photography juried show.

Started as a fundraiser for the scholarships we award annually, winners will exhibit 12 framed prints, in 20 inch format, to be shown at 2 -3 venues in the Fall and Winter of 2015, and 2016.

The first exhibit will be at Brunswick’s prestigious Frontier. A second venue will be announced later this year. For more details, official rules, and to enter please click hereEntries must be received by July 22,2015!