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Connecticut Professional Photographers Association

2020 Convention Speakers

Jack Holowitz Friday February 7, 2020   "Black and White Fine Art Nudes"





David Beckham  Friday Pre-Con February 7, 2020   

Pre-Con Workshop


This day will focus on Lighting and Everything Else.  This will be a hands on small group training so that you can get real time training and ask anything you want about posing, lighting, and running a successful senior photography business.   We’ll cover Model teams (are they still a thing?) Marketing, Building a Brand, Sales, Pricing, what ever our small group decides they want to do.  I’ll have samples, digital notes, and a really nice freebee from McKenna Pro! – a 16x24 Metal print.   Don’t hesitate to sign-up.

About David:

Ten years ago, I decided to follow my dream and turn my part time gig into a full-time career.  I opened a Portrait Studio in Pickerington, Ohio.  With some hurdles of running a business and fine tuning my brand, I became almost exclusively Senior.   I have had continued growth every year by being on the cutting edge of technology in marketing and branding.  I have my own “Fashion Style Seniors” that sets me apart.  

Since then I have been published in 30 publications including the cover of Professional Photographer Magazine.  I have two Top Ten GIA photos and I have only been competing for 4 years. 

I know I have been given many gifts; To have a vision with my camera, to teach and to communicate and connect with young people.  I get to use these gifts every day.  This will be my 3rd year in a row teaching at SYNC and 5th Year at Shutterfest!  I’ll be all over the country at State Conventions and leading my small group Everything Senior Workshops at my Studio in Pickerington, Ohio.  



 Charlene Larkin, M. Photog, Cr., CPP

Sponsored by ACI

Saturday February 8, 2020 

 "Business Techniques: Simplified

In every stage of our photography business, there is always at least one way to help grow it or an area that could be improved. How do you finally start making money without feeling as though you have to give it all away? How exactly does meaningful change take place when it’s up to you to do it? Sometimes it can occur through a major initiative or total upheaval within the business. But most of the time, change happens in a much less overt way; slowly and more gradually over time. During Charleen’s presentation, she will share small actions that have made big impacts in the longevity of her business, as well as the different methodologies she has used while growing and driving it in the direction of her dreams.


ABOUT Charleen:

Charleen attended the Rhode Island School of photography (RISP) and after graduating moved to Orlando to assist and work for Professional Photographers assisting in every way possible to grow her knowledge in the field. She has had the opportunity to work on the sets of Universal Studios, MGM, she has assisted many photographer during this time such as, Rummell Wagner Commercial Photography, Collins and Lowry Architectural Photography, The Halstein Corporation & Southern Photographic Group. 

Charleen soon returned to her home town to help establish and run a local small town studio that was once a one hour lab that she worked for back when she attending the RISP. After almost ten years she decided to venture out on her own and started Charleen’s Portrait Studio back in 2001. This year marks 30 years that Charleen has been in the photographic industry “Full Time”. 

Charleen Larkin  M.Photog.,Cr.,CPP. is proud to have been elected among her peers in the Industry to Represent CT as the Councilwoman for the Professional Photographers of America. She has served as the Centennial President of the Danielson Rotary 2004-2005, President of the Main Street Merchant Association 2004 -2006, Pageant Director for The Spring Time Festival from 1989-2000, NEIPP Trustee 2016-2018 and The NEIPP Director 2019. 



David Beckham

Sunday February 9, 2020

"Elements of Fashion Posing for Seniors"

This will be a live demonstration of the posing that has set me apart from the others in my area.   I’m not going to show you poses. I will break down posing into elements and put each one into a pose.  You will learn about how and why these poses work.  We’ll learn flow posing for a modern fashion look for the experience that seniors want and we’ll use body language and memory triggers to pose in a way that sells prints and albums to the parents.   We’ll learn how to communicate to help you build a quick relationship so that they are comfortable and trust you from the first time you click your camera.  We’ll cover Close-ups, waist up, standing, arms, legs, sitting, and even laying down.  You’ll get my digital notes of everything we’ll learn.  

About David:

Ten years ago, I decided to follow my dream and turn my part time gig into a full-time career.  I opened a Portrait Studio in Pickerington, Ohio.  With some hurdles of running a business and fine tuning my brand, I became almost exclusively Senior.   I have had continued growth every year by being on the cutting edge of technology in marketing and branding.  I have my own “Fashion Style Seniors” that sets me apart.  

Since then I have been published in 30 publications including the cover of Professional Photographer Magazine.  I have two Top Ten GIA photos and I have only been competing for 4 years. 

I know I have been given many gifts; To have a vision with my camera, to teach and to communicate and connect with young people.  I get to use these gifts every day.  This will be my 3rd year in a row teaching at SYNC and 5th Year at Shutterfest!  I’ll be all over the country at State Conventions and leading my small group Everything Senior Workshops at my Studio in Pickerington, Ohio.  



Bryan Welsh,M. Photog., Cr., CPP, API. FP-OR

Thursday February 6, 2020

Board Training for PPA Affiliates

The board training is centered on helping your group and it can go in many different directions so that you get the most of the time. We can focus on some specific needs that the board wants to dig in on or work through areas that are concerns for boards in general.

Some key points to cover are:

•Tackling your most pressing pain

•Identify the root of your organization

•Effective Board meetings - Using the consent agenda to cut down meeting time

•Board responsibilities and commitments - Getting follow through on tasks

•Creating a SOPG - Strategic Objectives & Prioritized Goals document

•Volunteerism

•Recruitment & Retention

•Education

•Marketing

•Best practices Q/A from working with boards all across the country


Bryan Welsh, M. Photog., Cr., CPP, API. FP-OR

Sunday February 9, 2020

"The Craft of Photography and the 12 Elements beyond Competition: Make them a part of your everyday photography, business and life"

 

Using the Twelve Elements of a Merit Print as a guide, Bryan will show how you can use the principles of Image Competition to become a better photographer and businessperson.

Learn to make everything you do merit worthy. Applying the 12 elements to every part of your work will help you see your photography and your business in a whole new way.

Bryan will mix in some proven marketing systems that will align you with your target market and your ideal customer.

This program will unlock a new way to apply the elements. Each of the elements will be broken down and overlaid onto aspects of your photography, business and life.

ABOUT Bryan:

Bryan Welsh, a second-generation photographer, is recognized for his creative stylized journalistic photography to both his clients and peers.  Bryan has taught at the Professional Photographers of America national convention IUSA, PPA Super One Days and to State and Local PPA photography affiliates across the country.

He is an approved juror with the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and has taught classes on image competition as well. Bryan takes pride in helping aspiring photographers and enjoys following their successes in competition.

He has received numerous merits and awards in image competitions on both a local and national level that include - PPA Loan Collections, Fuji MASTERPIECE Awards and Kodak Gallery Awards. His images and articles have appeared in Studio Photography and Professional Photographer magazine(s) as well as used in Nikon's National advertising.

Bryan has the Maters of Photography & Photographic Craftsman Degree from Professional Photographers of America (Cr. Photog.), is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), has the Fellow of Photography Degree from the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and is a member of the American Society of Photographers (ASP). Bryan also holds the status of an Approved Photographic Instructor (API) from PPA and has over 100 speaking merits. (EDU100)

Bryan is a Past President of the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and the elected PPA Councilor for the State of Oregon.



Arthur Rainville

Sunday February 9, 2020

YOU

CREATING FROM YOUR SHADOW SELF


Our keynote program will feature …YOU as seen through the eyes of our profession’s philosopher-artist, Arthur Levi Rainville. 

Creating ‘High Art,’ ‘Heartful Art,’ is all but imperative these days if we want to succeed.  Today’s savvy-selfie generation needs you to make the magic they can’t.  Arthur will take you on a willful journey through the backstories of Art to help discover your marketable “look.”  We’ll explore Primal Aesthetics – Atmosphaera, Suggestivism and Expressionism.  He’ll share the creative crafting of your images via elements of: Hardware, Software, Seeware, Feelware, Makeware and Psychware.  And he’ll offer rhythm-of-life Degage Portraiture, the purity of being a Portraitist. You’ll discover your hidden vision.  You’ll reaffirm your purpose.  You’ll leave this presentation changed forever. 

About Arthur:

Arthur Levi Rainville, M.Photog., Cr, CPP, API,

has been creating stunning photographs drenched in atmosphere, drowned in romanticism, for over 50 years. With his life’s work being displayed in museums on three continents; he has been touted as, “the Poet Lauréate of Photography, one of the most sensitive, artists of our time.”

            He is widely known for his muted, granular color work.  Refinements of this life’s passion led to his lyrical, quixotic Mansuesco style.  Defying a definable formula, Mansuesco, much like Impressionism, is a plurality of looks.  At its essence, a sentimental subject, ambiguity of spirit, wrapped in subtle intrigue.  An innate quality of light coupled with a compositional choreography is akin to his intimate signature style.  

In a one-man show at the French Cultural Center, his work was astutely referred to by a critic/connoisseur as “... a synthesis of observation and imagination blended with a palette of gauzy colors.”

            Arthur has devoted a lifetime to teaching portraiture, inspiring image maker artists to look inward to Art and Heart as they face their blank canvas.

Former Portrait Depart Chair and Academic Director of the New England School of Photography in Boston, Arthur has lectured across the country at Universities and Fine Art Museums from Boston to New York, Minneapolis, Dallas, throughout California and across Canada.  Arthur has taught Art of Life Workshops around the world - Athens, Paris, Venice…from Trinidad and Tobago to the Hawaiian Islands.

Besides being a noted touring lecturer, he is a prolific author with copious writings and four published books on the Creative Spirit and Living an Artful Life.  As photography’s resident ‘Sage,’ Arthur continues to spread the word that private, personal vision matters.

Arthur served as Vice President Photographic Development at Lifetouch Inc., the world’s largest portrait corporation, where he coached the originative workings of 35,000 photographers.

             He has been honored with the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) degrees of:  Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer and Instructor.

            He is the 2019 recipient of the PPA International Helen K Yancy Lifetime Achievement Accolade, only the twelfth such award bestowed by PPA in its 150-year history.  From a membership of 30,000 in 64 countries, the honor is presented to an individual who by their gracious sharing of talents has bequeathed to the art of photography an achievement of distinguished service of far-reaching value. 

            His time is devoted and divided between private portrait commissions via Artisan Trusts, photographic consultancy and teachings, private mentoring,

independent curatorial work and his experiential fine art studies and gallery oeuvre.

“There are many prophets who bang the drum loudly. Arthur Levi Rainville has quietly set an illustrious stage with his work and his teachings for half a century.  He wields his lens with the ardor of a great portrait painter.  It has been said, ‘…he deserves the bravissimo afforded a maestro.’” 

“Arthur is the official ‘soulful philosopher’ of the photographic world!”

- S. Cohen, SC University






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