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  • February 09, 2017 8:54 PM | Crystal Reynolds (Administrator)

    Welcome to the NEW & IMPROVED MPPA WEBSITE! We have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you the very best online experience! New features include a streamlined payment process for event registrations, annual membership dues, and now a MONTHLY payment option for membership dues (yes, you read that right - monthly payments - making it even easier to join the MPPA today!). 

    Some other awesome benefits of our new online system are: A fresh new look, easy registration for monthly events and convention (with special member pricing and free registrations available to our members when they login!), simplified forms and applications, an always up-to-date membership directory, automated email reminders and an at-a-glance view of your membership status and event registrations... and so much more!! It is our goal to make your membership with the MPPA effortless and fun

    Take a moment now to create a unique password for your new membership profile by clicking the login button (top right corner), enter your email address (used on your membership application), and click 'forgot password'. This will generate an email guiding you to choose a new password. Once you login you can update any information on your membership profile at anytime, including a new profile picture! You will also have instant access to our Members Area with exclusive links and resources just for MPPA Members. How cool is that?!

    So go ahead, click around, and let us know what you think! We hope you love it as much as we do! Have questions? Connect with us! We can't wait to hear from you. And don't forget to register for convention, sign up for our upcoming program on Feb 16, and submit your Award & Recognition Points for 2016! 

  • February 09, 2017 11:00 AM | Crystal Reynolds (Administrator)

    It's time to submit your points towards MPPA awards and earn your lobster pin! 

    It's that time of year again … it’s the new year, the temperatures are chilling, and if you are like me, you are taking advantage of being a little slower in January to finally get everything cleaned up, sorted, and ready for the new year. It’s also 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 Reward and Recognition Program. Have you attended an MPPA event? Or been a speaker? Or gotten photographic education? Those are all worth points!

    Not sure what the programs is about?  You can find the details and the entry form online here.  This link gives you details about the program and opens up an awesome electronic form that you can fill out and submit online (easy!). Please fill out the form by February 15th. Forms submitted after February 15th will still be accepted for points BUT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY AWARDS AT CONVENTION because if we don’t know about it by February 15 we won’t be ordering enough awards. 

    Don’t put it off … just take a few minutes to submit your points. 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. Plus we had sign-in sheets at all events this year, so we can double check and make sure you get credit for attending. 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 awesome 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 even earn points for attending social events like the summer BBQ! 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. Lets see if someone can beat Trish Logan who has had an INCREDIBLE amount of points the past 2 years – she needs someone nipping at her heels!
    Any questions?  Contact Claudia Murray at 207-883-9646 or  Good luck, and we hope to see a lot of new award recipients at convention this year.

  • January 15, 2017 7:50 PM | Crystal Reynolds (Administrator)

    Interested in bringing a ‘little something sexy’ to your photography business or have an existing boudoir line you’d like to ramp up? Boudoir photography has become more main stream as portrait businesses have expanded to offer their clients this type of experience.

    With an emphasis on posing and lighting to flatter women of all ages, shapes and sizes attendees will be able to see different size models side by side in a variety of positions that will showcase simple movements to insure comfort and confidence. You’ll learn how to work with all types of lighting sources and how to use different types of furniture to create poses that give variety to the session.

    You’ll learn how to balance a family friendly business with the Art of Boudoir, how to place appropriate value on what you offer, how to market this exciting photography trend, how to create unique product lines and what sales techniques can be used to make them successful. You’ll learn how to communicate with your clients insuring a wonderful experience and what poses will make any woman feel comfortable while using a variety of lighting techniques during the hands-on session. This class will give you the knowledge, tools and confidence you’ll need to provide an experience your clients won’t be able to stop talking about.

    Register for the 2017 MPPA Convention today!

    See more of Kay’s work here: Kay Eskridge

  • January 13, 2017 3:51 PM | Crystal Reynolds (Administrator)

    Rick Hydren will be talking about Real Estate Photography.  It will cover business overview, marketing, business strategies, pricing, image making, processing techniques, and image presentation options. 

    Rick started working at local newspapers when he was in high school in the late sixties. Graduated from Mass Art in the early seventies and went into advertising. After twenty years as an art director he had many regional and national awards to his name in print, TV and design.

    As his mastery of digital photography grew so has the many services he offers. Real estate photography, business portraits, product photography, portraiture and video production completes the diverse services he has been providing and equally diverse cliental.

    His approach to marketing is pretty standard. He thinks about the main benefit to the consumer. The unique selling points. Who is the target audience, and how best to reach them.

    Register for Rick’s class here: MPPA Convention

    See more of Rick’s work here: Rick Hydren



  • January 11, 2017 3:45 PM | Crystal Reynolds (Administrator)

    Ten things to know about the business of photography:

    1. Learn your camera.  Know how to shoot in manual mode.  Learn all you can about lighting.  While you are learning be diverse…learn how to use natural light as well as studio lighting.
    2. Referrals are essential.  Inspire your clients to want to send their friends to you.  Set up a referral program.
    3. Focus on you–look outside the industry for inspiration–and do not compare yourself to others.
    4. Know the numbers–this is a business not a hobby.
    5. Build your market–and focus on them.
    6. Market–use social media to share content.
    7. Mentor with other photographers.
    8. Continuing Education is key to remaining viable in an ever changing industry.
    9. Photography is 80% business and 20% creating images.
    10. Stay true to who you are–and build your business around that.
  • January 09, 2017 3:07 PM | Crystal Reynolds (Administrator)

    Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 42 top photographers worldwide. Ken has enjoyed a diverse career photographing people, professional sports, architecture, weddings and landscapes. Ken spends much of his time photographing, teaching and lecturing both Nationally and Internationally.

    Ken Sklute began his photographic career capturing 200 mph race cars in New York at an early age. He soon moved into the wedding and portrait industry working for a volume wedding studio for three years before moving into working for different independently owned studios.

    Ken bought his first studio in 1983 in New York working at the finer locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. He chose to relocate to Phoenix, Arizona in 1996 in order to be out in the landscape of the beautiful desert Southwest and to enjoy the Phoenix wedding market.

    During Ken’s 41 year professional photography career he has accomplished the title of “Photographer of the Year” in 32 out of 41 years in the states of New York, Arizona and California. In addition, Ken has been awarded 14 Kodak Gallery Awards, the Kodak Gallery Elite award, WPPI Grand Award for Weddings and 15 Fuji Masterpiece awards, amongst many other awards. Ken is proud to be or have been a Kodak Mentor, an Epson Mentor, an Adobe Influencer, a Delkin ImageMaker, a Datacolor Expert and a NIK Friends with Vision member.

    Some of Ken’s clients have been the National Hot Rod Association, U.S. Army, Sports Illustrated, Oakley, Associated Press, National Dragster, Epson, Kodak, Newsday, as well as most of the photographic industry trade magazines. 

    Register to see Ken Sklute here: MPPA Convention

    See more of Ken’s work on his website here: Ken Sklute



  • January 05, 2017 2:45 PM | Crystal Reynolds (Administrator)

    Join world renowned wedding photographer, Jordan Brittley for a full day, hands-on, styled wedding workshop.  Jordan will be teaching how she approaches photographing a wedding along with helping guide participants through seeing the scene through new eyes.  After Jordan photograph’s the participants will break up into small groups and the groups will photograph at a station (invitation suite, florals & shoes, grooms details, bride & groom, table scape etc) for a certain amount of time.  After the shoot, Jordan talks about where to go with these images & how to market them.  The location is at the beautiful Cliff House Resort in Ogunquit, Maine and will be held on March 16th from 9am-4pm.    

    Register here: MPPA Pre-con Workshop

    Jordan Brittley is a wedding photographer and educator. She helps other photographers dig deep, put in the hard work, maximize strengths, and build thriving businesses. She loves iced mochas, compelling stories, and relaxing road trips with her husband and babe. She believes in running toward dreams instead of chasing them.

    You can see more of Jordan’s work here: Jordan Brittley along with her FREE photographer library offering free education for wedding photographers!  If you want to be part of the conversation with her before join her Facebook group here!



  • December 31, 2016 2:39 PM | Crystal Reynolds (Administrator)

    This program centers on COOLNESS, or popularity, in the eyes of your seniors. Yes, seniors have an opinion, and if they don’t think your studio is the COOLEST, then forget it, they won’t come to you. This ain’t your Momma’s senior portraits.  Get ready to learn, laugh, and love taking senior portraits. Kirk will show you all of his secrets to getting that $2000 average. The senior will love you, and the parents will not stop throwing money at you. This program will help you look at your studio and your studio operations through the eyes of a 17 year old. It will show you some new posing, backgrounds, and marketing ideas. This program will help you open up your mind to look at things in a new way, a bizarro, backwards way of thinking that will have you running to the bank!

    Kirk Voclain has owned and operated Kirk Voclain Photography now for close to 40 years successfully. Tap into is years of resources to make you and your operations better. Kirk has been asked to speak to groups of photographers all over the United States & Canada. Kirk has a motivational style of speaking that will keep you on the edge of your seat. He is a very competent speaker who has won several awards for this teaching and speaking. His style of delivery is both easy to understand and enthusiastic.  You will not be disappointed! 

    You can see more of Kirk’s work on his website: Kirk Voclain

    Register for the 2017 MPPA Convention here!


  • October 06, 2016 3:03 PM | Crystal Reynolds (Administrator)

    Thank you all for entering the MPPA Scholarship Committee's 2nd Annual heART of Photography Competition and Exhibit.  

    Started as a fundraiser for the scholarships we award annually, the exhibit will consist of 20 inch framed prints, selected from the winning entries, to be shown at 2-3 venues in the Fall and Winter of 2016 and 2017. The first exhibit will be at the Central Maine Medical Center Art Wall Sept 30 - Oct 28, 2016. The second exhibit will be on display until mid February of 2017 at L/A Arts in Lewiston, Maine. This year's judge, Steve Bedell, has completed his deliberations and the following Photographs have been accepted for the exhibition.

    Accepted entries are as follows (not in any particular order):

    Dean Bugaj –  Reflections

    Dean Bugaj –  Beacon To The Stars
    Corrie Zacharias –  Coming Home
    Albert Martin –  Iris Reticulata Clairette Apm
    Albert Martin –  Pheasants Eye Adonis Amurensis Apm
    Albert Martin –  Tulip
    Alison Miniter – Polaroid
    Alison Miniter – Elegance
    Alison Miniter – Chrome and Flames
    Alison Miniter – Laces
    Tim Byrne – Inner Space
    Tim Byrne – Quiet Beauty
    Laura Zamfirescu – Hummingbird
    Lauren DelVecchio – Keeper
    Lauren DelVecchio – Alice
    Mark Stevens – A Heavenly Ride
    Mark Stevens – Innonence
    Mark Stevens – Three Hands
    Mark Stevens – Hope For The Future
    Congratulations to our winners:

    1st – Hummingbird, Laura Zamfirescu

    2nd – Hope For The Future, Mark Stevens


    3rd – Keeper, Lauren DelVecchio

  • August 17, 2016 2:36 PM | Crystal Reynolds (Administrator)

    Congratulations to all who ventured forth and entered the 2016 International Photographic Competition. The following is a list of Maine PPA members that were accepted into the General and Loan collections, garnering one Merit for Photographs accepted in the General Collection and two Merits for those added to the Loan Collection.

    Akers, Robert           Adams Family Moment     – G

    Boucher, Felice        Freshly Cut Orchid      – L

    Boucher, Felice        Ode to Degas      – L

    Boucher, Felice         Pride      – L

    Boucher, Felice         The Quiet Girl     – L

    Caron, Russell           The First Dance     – G

    DelVecchio, Lauren        Flora Fauna     – G ,

    DelVecchio, Lauren             Lemon Tart        – L

    DelVecchio, Lauren            Temptress          _-L

    DelVecchio, Lauren              Viper                  – G

    Giasson, Brenda        Al Capones Cell       – G

    Giasson, Brenda         Path of Enchantment   – G

    Giasson, Brenda          Working Girl    – G

    Lee, Joanne                  A Wrinkle In Time    – G

    Lee, Joanne                  Cheeky Boy    – G

    Lee, Joanne                   New Perspective     – G

    Lee, Joanne                  The Plague Doctor      – G

    Logan, Trish                 Precision in Purple      – L

    Walker, Jim                  Breakfast for the Kids      – G

    The complete list can be seen at:

    Our sincerest apologies if we inadvertently omitted anyone. 

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