Maine Professional Photographers Association
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All of our monthly programs are FREE for MPPA members. If you have never attended an MPPA class or convention before, ask a current member about bringing you as their guest for free to an in-person event! All other non-members are asked to contribute $35 to attend. Simply register online or pay at the door. Join the MPPA and enjoy the many benefits of membership!

We hope to welcome you at our next event!

Upcoming monthly programs & events

    • March 31, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • Online

    The 2023 Maine PPA Photographic Image Competition!

    Why participate? You’re good at what you do, and we know it. Don’t wait for others to realize it on their own - go for it!

    Participating in MPPA’s annual image competition gives you the opportunity to show your work. It also provides an opportunity to get better at what you do. After all, the critiques that are given offer ways to improve your images. You’ll walk away filled with ideas and inspiration to fuel your creative soul. 

    Submit your images at

    • Any photographer may enter the competition for image judging and scoring.
    • Dues must be paid in full by Monday, March 27th, 2023 11:59 PM Eastern to be considered for member awards.
    • Entries must be registered and uploaded NO LATER THAN Wednesday, March 29th, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern.
    • UNLIMITED entries are allowed per person. Albums count as one entry, allowed up to 2 albums. 
    • Entries for the Creative Challenge category are free for members and can be submitted by emailing them to with the subject “Creative Challenge 2023”. Entries are due by Saturday, March 25th at 08:00 AM EST. 
    • Creative Challenge prompt for 2023 is: "Connections"

    Entry Fees per image/album:
    $12 MPPA members
    $15 non-member

    Review the complete 2023 Rules here.


     Stream the competition on the Print Competition Game Day app:

    Please contact Allen Small at with any questions.

    • April 04, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Saco Transportation Center, 130 Main Street Saco, ME
    • 0
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    More than ever, there's a lot to learn and know about the process of beginning to use a drone in your photography business.  In addition to being a certified FAA UAS (drone) pilot, Russell Caron is a Master Photographer, Master Wedding Photographer, Craftsman Photographer, Certified Professional Photographer, and Certified Drone Photographer with the PPA. He and wife Liz began incorporating drone photography into their wedding work in 2017 and it's paid off big time. But it's now 2023 and while some things about drone photography, drone equipment, certification, and rules have become easier, there are several areas that are more complex than ever.  And these things are not optional to know.

    An adaptation of an Imaging USA class Russ taught 2 year ago, this day-long workshop will start at the very beginning and then progress through all the things you'll need to learn to see if drone photography makes sense (or not) for your photo business.  Not designed to teach you everything in one day (there's simply too much to digest) this workshop will however teach you all things that you will need to further delve into, study, and prepare for your FAA certification exam.  There's a rule: if you WANT your certification, you WILL get it, almost 100% certainly the first try, just by knowing what you need to know and applying basic study skills. 

    If you're interested in drones and drone photography, this workshop will be worth its weight in knowledge for you.

    In 2017 after certification, Russ and Liz incorporated (with huge success!) unique wedding day artistry using their drone, while finding the right ways to do this safely = and legally.  Their drone has also afforded many other work opportunities, and know how appealing adding drone work may be to other photographers. However, six years later the FAA is changing the game on the rules and the gear, so this is a great time to delve in and see if adding drone photography is still a good idea or not for your photography business. - and if it's offered as an add-on to what is usually photographed or taken on as an entity in and of itself.

    Attendees will receive 1 PPA merit!

    About Russell Caron:

    Russell Caron is a Master Photographer, Master Wedding Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer, Certified Drone Photographer (all by the PPA) and a certified UAS (drone) pilot by the FAA. He and his wife Liz operate caron&co photography,  Their work is over 90% weddings, and they love all the unique aspects the state of Maine affords them in this regard. Their other work includes family, commercial, event, and food photography, in addition to drone photography.  Russ was twice named Maine Wedding Photographer of Year by the MPPA and served on the Board and as the organization's President in 2013-2014.  Russ has photographed weddings around the world but Maine weddings are nearest and dearest at this point. Russ and Liz and are based in Biddeford, ME.  Their children are grown and they share their home now with their orange boy kitty Charlie and their adorable Labradoodle, Daisy.

    • April 28, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • April 30, 2023
    • 6:15 PM
    • The Brunswick Hotel, 4 Noble Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011
    • 51

    THREE DAYS of classes, giveaways, and networking that will inspire you in your own work!

    Registration includes classes, parties at Moderation Brewing and lunch on Sunday. Attendees earn 1 PPA Merit!


    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Peter Scheibner
    "How to 
    Transition from Photographer to Videographer"

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Dinner on your own

    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Small bites and drinks at Moderation Brewery


    8:30 am - 9:00 am | Annual Meeting

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Roberto Valenzuela
    "Fearless Posing"

    12:00 - 2:00 pm | Lunch on your own

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Katelyn Mallett
    Instagram Essentials For Photographers"

    4:00 - 5:30 pm | Shoot Out/Reel Out with Models 

    6:30 pm | Convention & Speakers Group Photo

    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm | Award Ceremony & Banquet with DJ Bouchard Entertainment ($60/$75)  Tickets:

    9:30 pm - 11:00 pm |  After Party at Moderation Brewery


    8:30 am - 12:00 pm |  Scott Detweiler
    "Using AI in Your Photography Business"

    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Photo Gear Yard Sale & Lunch

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Joshua Snow
    "Landscapes: Hindsight Vs. Foresight"

    4:00 pm - 4:15 pm | Break

    4:15 pm - 6:15 pm | Shawn Black
    "Creating Dynamic Images in Boudoir"



    9:00 am - 5:30 pm | Shawn Black
    "The Business of Boudoir"

    (PPA Merit Class)

    (Member $99/ PPA $149/ Non-Member $249)

    • April 29, 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Brunswick Hotel, 4 Noble St, Brunswick, ME

    Let's celebrate convention weekend in style! Join us for the MPPA Awards Banquet Saturday evening! Dancing, Prizes & After Party!

    Buffet dinner options include:

    Mixed Green Salad | Cucumber, Tomato, Pickled Onions + White Balsamic Vinaigrette - GF & DF

    Seared Chicken Breast | Spinach + Basil Cream - GF

    Pasta Primavera

    Chef's Seasonal Vegetables - GF & DF

    Cash Bar Available


    6:30 pm | Group Photo

    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm | MPPA Awards Banquet with DJ Bouchard Entertainment

    Join us for the After Party with dessert & drinks at Moderation Brewing (Free)

    This ticket is for BANQUET ONLY and are non-refundable.

    Only $60 - Early Bird Price through Thursday, March 30th! ($75 regular price) 

    Please make sure you have registered for the full convention too - it's included in your Active Membership Dues!

    • May 01, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Brunswick Hotel, 4 Noble St, Brunswick, ME
    • 0
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    Monday, May 1st

    This is a companion of Sunday's convention class where Shawn will introduce us to his business of boudoir! Models will be available for this class so bring your camera and your creative mind!

    (9:00a – 12:00p)

    Spend the morning learning how to build a successful boudoir brand that stands out.

    Shawn will discuss how to construct a brand that stands out from the pack not only with stunning imagery but also an experience that exceeds your client’s expectations. Attendees will learn marketing techniques, IPS, and client processes that work to provide a sustainable and prosperous business.

    (12:00p - 1:30p) Lunch Break

    (1:30p – 5:30p)

    Dynamic Lighting & Posing for Boudoir (Part 2)

    Shawn will guide you through the application of techniques taught earlier.  You will be grouped with a model to practice what you’ve learned.

    This is a PPA Merit Class!

Past events

March 09, 2023 Live Music Photography
February 23, 2023 Annual Image Critique
February 18, 2023 Food Styling & Photography Workshop
November 30, 2022 Wedding Photography 101 with Chris Arson
November 22, 2022 Intro to Photoshop - Just the Basics
October 16, 2022 Equine Photography Workshop & Content Day
October 06, 2022 Advanced Composition
September 18, 2022 Fine Art Canine Portrait Course
August 21, 2022 Alphabet Photo Walk + Meet & Greet
July 26, 2022 Monthly Meeting - Master Your Digital Marketing with Chris Wooley
July 21, 2022 Workshop - Family Documentary Photography with Sarah Truman
June 23, 2022 Photo Gear Yard Sale + Meet & Greet
May 02, 2022 Bonus Day | Kimberly Smith: Finding Your Creative Vision
May 01, 2022 Awards Banquet & Masquerade Party
April 29, 2022 72nd Annual Maine Photographic Convention
March 04, 2022 MPPA Monthly Program - Image Critique Night
February 17, 2022 MPPA Monthly Program - Making Your Business Legal with Attorney, Brandon Mazer
February 06, 2022 Workshop - Roaring 20s Wedding Style Shoot with OCF Training
January 06, 2022 MPPA Monthly Program - Armando Flores - Lets Go Into The Darkness
December 09, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - Sean Bagshaw - Next Level Landscape Image Developing With Photoshop
December 03, 2021 POSTPONED - The Mirrorless Camera with Noah from Hunts
November 16, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - Reuben Bell: Real Maine Weddings - Get Published!
November 07, 2021 Photographer Meet & Greet - Bangor Area
September 09, 2021 1 Day Workshop - Josh Hanna - Unconventional Senior Portraits
August 17, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - David Byrd - Discovering Creativity Through Storytelling
July 15, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - Luciana Calvin - Set Yourself Up for Success - Get Certified!
June 29, 2021 Photographer Meet & Greet - Augusta Area
May 16, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - Dean Bugaj - A Photo Walk Through the Land of Hobbits and Waterfalls
April 29, 2021 "People 101" with Dr. Megan Marsh of Pencil Events
March 28, 2021 MPPA Virtual Banquet - Awards Recognition
March 22, 2021 MPPA Bonus Program - Mark Mann - The Essence of a Portrait
March 19, 2021 71st Annual Maine Photographic Convention - VIRTUAL
January 28, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - Chris Keeley - How to do In Person Sales – Virtually!
January 12, 2021 MPPA Image Critique - Rob Smith Moderator
November 12, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting: Judy Reinford Digital Painting: Animal Portraits
October 21, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting: Portrait Lighting with Nathan Tsukroff
September 24, 2020 MPPA Monthly - Josh Hanna's Modern Senior Marketing & Workflow
September 02, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting: Color Management- Monitors, Profiles, Color Spaces, and More! Hosted by HUNT's!
August 18, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting - Sports Compositing 101
July 22, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting - Painting with Photoshop the Sandra Way!
July 13, 2020 MPPA - Virtual Meet & Greet
June 18, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting - Creative Bird Photography with Ray Hennessy
May 13, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting - Color Grading & Light Shaping in Photoshop with Betty Wiley
May 07, 2020 MPPA Annual Meeting & Image Competition Awards
April 30, 2020 MPPA Annual Image Competition
February 28, 2020 Hunt's Annual Trade Show
January 28, 2020 MPPA Image Critique with Rob Smith
November 07, 2019 "Video 101" with Matt Stagliano of Stonetree Creative and Firelance Media
October 10, 2019 "Paws & Tot's" Workshop with Jen Hargrove
October 08, 2019 "Profitable Mini Sessions" with Jen Hargrove
September 29, 2019 Reaching New Heights with Aerial Photography by Lisa King
September 05, 2019 "Exploring the World of Possibilities within Photoshop" with Ella Carlson
August 01, 2019 "People 101" with Dr. Megan Marsh of Pencil Events
July 11, 2019 "Increase Your Wedding Sales" with Chris Keeley
June 06, 2019 "Crafting the Perfect Blog Post for SEO" with Maria Northcott
May 02, 2019 Food Photography - "Daylight Food in the Night Studio" With Mark Rockwood
April 03, 2019 Member Round-Table - Monthly Meeting
March 18, 2019 Bonus Day | Woody Walters
March 17, 2019 Awards Banquet - Banquet Only
March 15, 2019 70th Annual Maine Photographic Exposition & Convention
February 07, 2019 The Power of Prints, In Person Sales with Thomas Morelli - Monthly Meeting
January 17, 2019 Annual Print Competition Preparation - Monthly Meeting
December 06, 2018 Maternity Photography with Erin Moore - Monthly Meeting
November 08, 2018 Wedding Photography with Stephen Sedman - Monthly Meeting
October 21, 2018 Headshots & Portraits - Photo Walk-about
October 11, 2018 Astrophotography with Dean Bugaj - Monthly Meeting
September 18, 2018 Family Portraits with Kristina O'Brien - Monthly Meeting
July 19, 2018 Street Photography - Photo Walk-about
July 12, 2018 Landscape with Charlie Widdis - Monthly Meeting
June 21, 2018 Fireworks & Friends - Photo Walk-about
June 07, 2018 Senior Portraits with Jen of Darling Photography
May 22, 2018 Editing 101 with Sandra Miner
May 15, 2018 Business Bootcamp with Brittany Bugaj
May 03, 2018 On Location, Off-Camera Lighting with James Flachsbart - Monthly Meeting
April 28, 2018 Branding w/ Trish Logan
April 22, 2018 Print Competition with Lauren DelVecchio
April 22, 2018 Styling for Marketing & Instagram w/Patty Takacs
April 05, 2018 Member Meet & Greet - Monthly Meeting
April 02, 2018 Studio Lighting 101 with Robert Akers
March 19, 2018 Bonus Day | Fine Art Compositing and Business with Brooke Shaden
March 16, 2018 69th Annual Maine Photographic Exposition & Convention
February 22, 2018 Rock-Solid Lightroom Workflow
January 25, 2018 Annual Print Competition Preparation Meeting
December 13, 2017 Printing For Success
November 21, 2017 Booking - The Anti-Sales Approach
September 20, 2017 A Night of Education and Fun - Mini sessions & Non-traditional studio ideas!
September 17, 2017 Concept, from Start to Finish with Lauren DelVecchio
August 16, 2017 Email Marketing with Nicole Boucher
August 06, 2017 Headshot Day
July 19, 2017 Night Photography with Dean Bugaj
July 09, 2017 Steampunk and Parachutes with Ray Peeples
July 06, 2017 Thirsty Thursday
June 08, 2017 Thirsty Thursday
June 04, 2017 Food Photography with Jenn Bakos
May 30, 2017 Creative Portraits & Natural Light with Jen Dean
May 20, 2017 Monhegan Island Photo Adventure
May 17, 2017 Marketing to Millennials with Beth Fitzgerald
May 07, 2017 Maine Mentors | Lightroom & Photoshop with Lauren DelVecchio
May 02, 2017 Maine Mentors | Business Basics with Brittany Bugaj
April 19, 2017 Branding with Tiffany Farley
April 10, 2017 Jump Start Your Business | 3 Session Series with Trish Logan
April 09, 2017 Maine Mentors | Portfolios & Degrees with Patricia Takacs
March 28, 2017 Maine Mentors | Studio and On Location Lighting with Robert Akers
March 17, 2017 68th Annual Maine Photographic Exposition & Convention
March 16, 2017 Pre-Con | Styled Wedding Shoot with Jordan Brittley
February 16, 2017 Hitcher's Guide to Web and Social Media with Ray Peeples
January 22, 2017 Image Critique and Image Competition Preparation
December 01, 2016 Holiday Pinup with Robert Akers
November 17, 2016 Pricing Your Services with Maria Northcott
October 20, 2016 Photojournalism & Editorial Photography with Dave Dostie
September 15, 2016 Fine Art with Nylora Bruleigh
August 18, 2016 Creative Process with Jay Philbrick
July 14, 2016 Photographer’s Yardsale & BBQ
June 16, 2016 Concept Photography with Lauren DelVecchio
May 22, 2016 Maine Mentor Mini Programs
March 21, 2016 Bonus Workshop with Lou Freeman
March 18, 2016 67th Annual MPPA Convention
February 18, 2016 February 18 | Preparing Your Prints for Competition: Part II
January 21, 2016 Preparing Your Prints for Competition: Part I
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