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:

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!


Welcome to the MPPA June Wrap-up Newsletter

As MPPA President, I hope to bring my theme of “Together We Learn – Together We Grow” to our members.   The Board’s Mission this year is to give our members access to wonderful programming, guide you toward degrees if you wish to pursue them and bring you access to the most amazing speakers and photographers in our industry.

I truly believe that we can grow & excel… If we are given the right information & inspiration. ~ Trish Logan

I believe this so much so, that I have reached out to photographers; nation-wide and asked them to share with us and help us learn and grow.  

Many are award winning national names, some are beginners as you may be, or once were, each contributor was willing to generously share thoughts, encourage, guide; Or just plain tell the truth about this crazy – ever changing industry we love.


I am thrilled to announce the MPPA “Celebrity Corner”.  This new section may be a guest blog, article or helpful hint from some of the best photographers in the business.  It’s a place for us to learn, be encouraged, educated or just gather inspiration.  All of the contributors are award winning photographers willing to share and inspire.   Each Celebrity guest is from a different region and many different states.

Please join me and welcome them for their willingness to share and help us GROW.

They too believe “Together We Learn – Together  We Grow.”

I hope you enjoy their work as much as I do.

Our Contributors are TOP SECRET!

So keep reading the newsletters and the blog;  you never know who will be sharing next.

On behalf of myself & the MPPA Board of Directors, we can’t thank you enough for being part of our MPPA TEAM!

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Wow it’s been a crazy couple of weeks since convention.   

The new board has met and we are all very hard at work planning the year ahead.   I couldn’t be happier with everyone’s energy and enthusiasm to bring you the very best in events and programming.

We hope to try some new meeting formats and really believe our members will like what they see.  Be on the lookout for updates and information in the coming weeks and months.

Our goal this year is to really bring wonderful programs to help you learn and grow financially, professionally and personally within your business and as professionals. Whether you wish to add more income to an existing studio or pursue education and degrees.  We are here to help!

Remember to check out our website, look under the members tab, and explore the many benefits available to you through the MPPA. 

Take a few moments to read your newsletters and be on the lookout for eblasts, too.   I encourage you to participate in our programming, bring and refer your friends because:   “Together we learn ~ Together we grow!”

I look forward to seeing you all at our next program on June 18th.   Please feel free to contact me at or call me 207-739-2805  if you have any questions or I can be of any assistance.

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Did you know that you have a voice not only with your Maine Board but also regionally and nationally?   The MPPA has member representatives at the New England Institute of Professional Photography (NEIPP), The Professional Photographers of New England (PPANE) and at the PPA National Level. We are staying in touch to keep you in touch with your state, region and national industry changes and news.

The following members are proud to represent you:

PPANE Board Members:  Director: Trish Logan  |  Maine Rep.: Crystal Reynolds
NEIPP Maine Trustee:  Trish Logan
PPA CPP (Certified Professional Photographer)  Liaison:  Jeff Morris
PPA Council Member & PPA Charities Ambassador:  Trish Logan

Please contact any of us for more information on NEIPP Scholarship Opportunities, to learn how to earn your CPP, or for ways you can participate in PPA Charity events. It’s a great way to bring business to your studio and contribute to fantastic causes.

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Mark will cover:
– Some of his competition images and describe the way he sees, photographs, and processes.
– Demonstrate techniques like panning both moving and stationary subjects, making stitched panoramas, HDR processing, and long exposures
– Demostrate refining the composition.
– Challenge members to do “personal” work with examples of his own varied interests.

Location: Stockhouse Restaurant, 506 Main Street, Westbrook, ME
Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 6-9 PM


Enjoy dinner with old friends and new at our program on June 18th at the Stockhouse Restaurant.

Program admission is FREE to MPPA members and first time guests.

If you would like to be part of the pizza party dinner, please register online (below). Dinner includes, pizza, soda and two FREE raffle tickets for a chance to win our Door Prize valued at $100. The cost for dinner is $12 (or you may order on your own from the menu). Any proceeds benefit the MPPA Speaker Fund.

Hope to see you there!


$12 Pizza Party Ticket | June 18 | 6-9 PM
Includes pizza, soda and 2 FREE raffle tickets