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!


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!


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!


Joanne Lee
MPPA President 2014-2015

Hello MPPA Med0ddab34-a48e-4822-8e03-2bfd76e760dbmbers!

Happy New Year! Its time for you to reflect upon this past year and determine what you may have accomplished or participated in to earn you points for our MPPA Award and Recognition Program.
Not sure what the programs is about?  You can find the details and the entry form here. Please fill out the form and return to Claudia Murray (address and contact info below) by January 31st. Forms submitted after January 31st will still be accepted for points BUT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY AWARDS AT CONVENTION because if we don’t know about it by 1/31/15, we won’t be ordering enough awards.

You can submit your points online or download, print and mail.
Don’t put it off … just take a few minutes to fill out the form and submit it. We’ve made it easy – with a click you can see all the MPPA events from the past year, so if you were wondering “what did I attend” hopefully this will help refresh your memory.
It’s fun to have a competition with your fellow members and friends to see who can get the most points each year … and see who will be the first to receive a Maine Photographic Excellence Award or the Maine Fellowship Award. Remember, if you earn 12 points in a calendar year, you’ll get one of our Lobster Pins, so look and see what you may have already earned.
Earning points is SO EASY!  You get a point for just for being an MPPA member, and one more for each Maine (or other approved) photographic meeting/seminar you attend. This has been a great year of education (and fellowship), and you can cap it off by earning a final point by having attended our holiday party.
And attendance is just a small part … if you entered print competition … or volunteered on the MPPA Board or Committees … or hosted an event at your studio … more points!
So check out the rules/info and fill out the forms on the website.  Any questions?  Contact Claudia Murray (883-9646 or info@claudiamurray.com).  Good luck, and I hope to see a lot of new award recipients this year!

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It’s hard to believe that we are about to bid farewell to 2014. I hope 2014 was a prosperous, creative year for you and your photography endeavors. At Maine PPA, we had a year filled with education, connection and camaraderie. From workshops, to BBQs and most recently our holiday party (thank you, ACI!) we had a full year.

As 2015 approaches, I am looking forward to our 66th Annual Photographic Exposition and Convention. Mark your calendars for April 10 – 12th, 2015, and plan to join us at The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern. You may notice the Inn has a different name, but rest assured, it is being held at the same wonderful facility as last year.

Our talented speakers come from across the nation. Craig LaMere, of Moz Studios in Pocatello, Idaho will be speaking on fashion, boudoir styling and editing. MaryAnn Talamo, of Custom Digital Images, in Staten Island, NY, will bring her program “Giving Your Studio the Fine Art Edge”.  You may recognize MaryAnn’s work from the amazing feature in PPA Magazine! Steve Bedell of Steve Bedell Photography, in Dover, NH, will present his program “How to Compete With the Big Boys in School Photography.” Carl Cox of Carl Cox Studios, in the Hudson Valley, NY, will bring his innovative program on hybrid photography, “Setting Yourself AND Your Clients Apart From the Competition”. It is an incredibly talented line up! And don’t forget image competition, too!!!

Please take a moment and see their outstanding work!

Craig LaMere – http://www.craiglamere.com/ and http://mozstudios.com/
MaryAnn Talamo – http://www.customdigitalimages.com/welcome
Steve Bedell – http://www.stevebedell.com/
Carl Cox – http://carlcoxstudios.com/home

In the coming weeks we will be introducing each speaker and bringing you more information about them and their programs.

Happy holidays to you and yours! We hope to see you in 2015!


Joanne Lee
MPPA President 2014-2015

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The leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and photographers everywhere are in the middle of a their busy season! Well, I am certainly hoping you are busy! Busy creating incredible images and feeding your creative soul. Of course, I am also hoping this season is a profitable one for you, too.

Yesterday I heard an interview with Dave Grohl. Grohl was the drummer in the Seattle-based grunge band, Nirvana, and then went on to Foo Fighters fame. In the interview he said “The reward of making music should be MAKING MUSIC.” He said he never did it for fame or money. He did it because it made him happy. It fed his soul in a way that nothing else could.

Many photographic artists started this way….creating images to let their spirit soar. Excitedly planning their next portrait session, finding new creative angles to let their artistic energy out. Then, some pursued this passion into a business. Planning photo shoots became planning promotions, and artistic energy turned to managing clients and bookkeeping. And at some point, the fire perhaps, dims.

The MPPA connects photographic artists. Our organization helps to reignite that which may have dimmed. Exceptional programs by artists such as Felice Boucher, marketing specialists like J. Sandifer, and industry producer Chuck Martin, have offered a wide-range of information. Our 2015 convention in Brunswick, April 10-12, is also sure to help feed the creative passion which brought us here in the first place. Won’t you join us?




Joanne Lee
MPPA President 2014-2015

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Strength in numbers! We’ve all heard that there is strength in numbers. This statement has proven to be true in our amazing organization, time and time again!

Recently I was visiting with a talented photographer, and member of MPPA. As we were chatting, she recalled a story to me of something that occurred some time ago. A member had been injured from a fall during a wedding and was unable to photograph the rest of the weddings he had scheduled for that year. She told me how people in our organization came together to help. Photographers covered his remaining weddings, and provided incredible service to the couples who had hired the original photographer. Without a doubt, there is strength in numbers!

Within the last month, I have had a fellow member reach out and help me with a lighting challenge, and I was able to pay it forward and help another member with a different photography challenge. It is these types of interactions that are the strength of our group. While monthly meetings and conventions are all important, I also believe that the strength of the MPPA comes from the individuals who make up our organization.

There is strength in numbers. It’s not just the number of members, but the ‘in between’ moments, the interactions, that gives us such a quality experience. The times I have reached out and asked who had a prop I could borrow, or the times someone needed to borrow a flash because theirs broke, or the shared experiences we chat about at meetings, it is in these moments that I see the power and strength of the Maine Professional Photographers Association. I am proud to be a part of such a powerful organization!

 Kind regards,

Joanne Lee
MPPA President 2014-2015

P.S. Ann Kaplan, thanks for the graphing calculator! Good to know we don’t just lend photo stuff!

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Last week I was in Waltham, MA, to attend a wonderful event from ACI, American Color Imaging. ACI recently acquired Lustre Color lab, and they wanted to reach out to photographers in the area. The idea was to have an afternoon of programs, and information for former Lustre Color clients, current ACI clients and really any photographer who was interested. ACI has been a generous sponsor of the Maine PPA for many years. Jim Churchill, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, (and Maine Native!) is an ACI Representative and speaker, has been an incredible friend to our organization.

As I walked through the doors of the Hilton Garden Inn, Waltham, I was greeted by Jim. He is always glad to see Maine PPA members and made me feel welcome in the sea of New England Photographers. I arrived a few minutes after the first program had started, so I quietly took a seat in the classroom. Alison Miniter was giving her HDR program. You may recall that Alison was recently a speaker for us!

After the HDR program, I got up from me seat and was welcomed by Steve and Lorraine Bedell. Steve was a speakers for Lustre Color and will now be joining the ACI speaker team. Steve was one of the first photographers to be generous and kind with his knowledge when I was first starting out. I am forever grateful for his kindness. Their warm helpful nature was evident, as we immediately began talking about the 2015 Maine convention and how they could help. Lorraine will be the next PPANE president. As we stood and talking and I asked a slew of questions, she was more than happy to offer her expertise. At the end of the program she reminded me that I could call her anytime and she would be happy to help.

The afternoon in Waltham was a great time of connecting with friends, talking shop, learning new techniques and listening to how meticulous ACI is with our images. At times, the work of a professional photographer can isolate us from our peers. We all know what that is like….sometimes I feel as though I am chained to my computer! This event was a wonderful reminder of how important those professional connections can be, not to mention the unbelievable opportunities for photographers to help each other. Thank you, ACI, for this great event!

I sincerely hope that in your work you will take the opportunities to connect with other photographers. The Maine Professional Photographers is a resource not only for education, but for connecting! Reach out to another photographer. Ask how you can help each other and see what a WIN-WIN it can be for both of you. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did!

Warm Regards,

Joanne Lee
MPPA President 2014-2015

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Members! Members! Members! It’s all about our MPPA Members!

This week I was browsing a popular photographers group on social media. It’s a terrific place to look for second shooters, ask questions, and share knowledge. Someone posted about their frustration with beach photography and asked who was able to help them. I replied that I would be happy to help. The post then exploded with responses of others chiming with similar frustrations, while others also offered help.

Then, one of our members chimed in with “How about an MPPA class on this, Joanne?”

To quote Gru from Despicable Me…..”LIGHT BULB!”

I picked up the phone and called my lighting guru master, Robert Akers, of Robert Akers Photography. (If you don’t know the back story, he is the reason I joined MPPA!). Bob makes this happen.

Bob answered the phone in his happy, bright, cheerful manner. “Robert Akers Photography! This is Bob!”

I explained the social media post and then the idea for an outdoor lighting class. Within minutes, and I mean MINUTES, he had a plan. We set the date, Monday, June 23rd, and there it was…….a need from members and photographers in our area (who aren’t members yet!) and BOOM! Just like that, we saw a need and addressed it.

That, my friends, is the power of our organization. We take a virtual community online and take it to the next level. It provides camaraderie, education, networking and personal connections.  Every day the board and I work to make our organization stronger and relevant!

See you at Bob’s Outdoor Lighting Class, on Monday!

Best regards,

Joanne Lee
MPPA President 2014-2015