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It's Convention Time...This Is What's Happening Saturday!

March 10, 2015 4:09 PM | Marietta St. Onge (Administrator)
8:00am CTPPA will provide coffee and tea in the hospitality suite.

8:00am Breakfast on your own - The hotel will provide a special breakfast buffet for us.  Please visit them for a good breakfast to get you through the day!

This year we are trying a few different things!  Our Vendors will be located in the main speaker room.  Please make sure that you visit with them.  You have the opportunity to get some really great deals.  Remember, they are small businesses like we are.  If you need something please contact them.  Mike Bard at EP Levine is waiting to hear from you.  Contact him at and don't forget about our tag sale.  Do you have some things to get rid off?  Well, your trash is someone else treasure!  Contact Matthew Lin for info at

We also have a few programs that overlap a little.  We would love to have all our members stay at the whole convention.  This way if you don't do weddings, there is a portrait program for you to watch and so on.

Scholarships will be awarded at all programs on Saturday.

9:00am Alex & Dan McClanahan "How to Rock Weddings" sponsored by Miller's

Dan and Alex will walk you through a complete wedding day and show you how they direct and light each section of the day to make it look perfect despite such obstacles as rain, ugly churches, dark receptions and an array of other hindrances. They will share how they work together as complimentary shooters to create a cohesive story that is emotionally gripping, laugh-out-loud fun, and inclusive of every important detail. Lastly they will give you tips for album design—the ultimate medium for showcasing your wedding work!

 Dan and Alex will cover:

·  art direction to create a compelling story

·  go-to shots for each part of the wedding day

·  lighting techniques for tricky scenarios

·  utilizing two shooters for efficiency and variety

·  album design tips

·  Their wildly popular Photo Booth formula

*Visit the vendors in our main speaker room*

10:30am Mitch & Shalem Kitter present..."Concept to Creation: Steps to create your next conceptual photo shoot" sponsored by Miller's Lab

Concept To Creation, 10 easy steps to your next conceptual shoot. Internationally published photographers Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew will guide you thru their creative process for their conceptual and fashion photoshoots. From inspiration, to story boarding, to producing the finished image, you’ll be able to take these steps home and apply them right away.

Mitch Kitter is a conceptual and fine art photographer based out of Anchorage, Alaska. All of Mitch’s work – both personal and client-based – is inspired by music, politics, and current events, and he has become highly sought after for his talent in the creative arena.

Mitch’s images have been published both nationally and internationally, and he has received numerous photographic awards and accolades for his work both in the U.S. and overseas. Kitter also photographs high school seniors, and is the Creative Team Lead Mastermind for Seniors Ignite.

Shalem is one of Alaska’s foremost fashion photographers. While carving out a market in a place where fashion is hard to come by, he is regularly published in both national and international trade magazines for his conceptual fashion photography. Shalem has been commissioned by brands such as Sam Villa, L’Oréal Paris USA, and Cosmo Girl Magazine. Though the heart of Shalem’s business is weddings and portrait photography, he tries to infuse his love of fashion into each of his sessions.

Along with his partner, Mitch Kitter, Shalem operates Treft.Punkt Creative Studio in the heart of Downtown Anchorage.

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own - The River City Grill at the Hotel will offer a special buffet for our members. 

1:00pm-1:15pm Annual Meeting - Join us at the annual meeting to hear about the association that you belong to.  

1:15pm  Tony Corbell presents "Between Light and Shadow" Part 2 sponsored by MAC Group

Tony Corbell will illustrate all types of lighting and its tools in depth.  Lighting tools include studio strobes and light shapers.  Lighting applications include additive, subtractive, reflective and transmission.  Tony always spends time discussing Light Quality as well as Light Quantity and showing how Light Direction plays a significant role in the resulting mood of an image.

2:30pm Kevin Jairaj & Alycia Alvarez present.  "Rings to Rattles" sponsored by WHCC

By combining their award winning talents and business knowledge, Kevin Jairaj and Alycia Alvarez are thrilled to offer the ultimate hands-on seminar for photographers, entitled, "Rings to Rattles".  Learn how Kevin and Alycia create their award winning images, including some of their lighting setups, posing techniques, studio workflow and marketing. Unlike other seminars, "Rings to Rattles" will focus not only on one specific genre of photography, but rather, on the entire spectrum. 

Kevin Jairaj is an Internationally Award Winning Fashion and Portrait Photographer and Educator based in Dallas, Texas.  He uses dramatic lighting and posing techniques to achieve breathtaking results and create unique, spectacular photos that leave his clients in awe. 

 In just a few short years, Kevin has not only become one of the most sought after photographers in the USA, but also worldwide. He has been commissioned to do photoshoots, weddings, and events in London, Hawaii, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, Mexico, Jamaica, Anguilla, and Aruba in addition to the work he shoots in Texas and the rest of the USA. Kevin is also a favorite among the celebrity crowd and has shot weddings and events for many musicians, actors, and famous athletes.

With over 13 years in the industry and studios in both Dallas, TX and Tampa, FL, Alycia is an Internationally ward winning portrait photographer, who specializes in babies and children.  Alycia's objective with each person she photographs is to create an image that will reveal something truly unique about the individual...sharing a little bit of "who" they are, instead of just "what" they looked like by capturing their true and genuine personality.  She enjoys traveling all over the country sharing with and educating other photographers.

In addition, Alycia’s work can be seen in many publications, including Rangefinder, the cover of Professional Photographer and a feature spread in the book,  Professional Children’s Portrait Photography.  Alycia is also a WPPI associate and has been on the WPPI Competition awards judging panel for several years.

** Because we don't have a lot of time for dinner, the hotel will be selling wraps and sandwiches at the Starbucks kiosk from 5-6pm.**

5:45pm  John Stanmeyer presents " Decade...ten years of stories with National Geographic"

John is a photojournalist and humanist dedicated to social and political issues that define our times.

Over the last decade, John has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic magazine, producing over 12 stories for the magazine and resulting in 7 covers. Between 1998 and 2008, John was a contract photographer for Time magazine, during which time he photographed the war in Afghanistan, the fight for independence in East Timor, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, and other significant world news events. His years with Time resulted in 18 covers of the magazine.  He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Robert Capa award (Overseas Press Club), Magazine Photographer of the Year (POYi), and numerous World Press, Picture of the Year and NPPA awards. In 2008, his National Geographic cover story on global malaria received the National Magazine Award.

In 2012 was nominated for an Emmy with the VII documentary film series, Starved for Attention and in 2014 was the recipient of the World Press Photo award for his photograph, Signal.  John has published a number of books including Island of the Spirits, a journalistic/anthropologic look at Balinese culture documented during the five years he lived on the island. His latest book, a VII Photo Agency collaboration titled Questions Without Answers (Phaidon), was released in 2012, chronically the last 30 years of social conflict and change around the world.

In 2013, John opened Stanmeyer Gallery & Shaker Dam Coffeehouse in West Stockbridge, Mass, combining photography and education around his passion for brilliant coffee, wrapping the two around ethically procured, human rights-based direct trade coffee with the socials issues represented in his photographs.

Stanmeyer lives on a farm with two dogs and many fireflies over summer in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

7:45pm All Convention Group Photo and Past Presidents Photo

8:00pm Awards Reception - Please join us for this celebration of print awards and service awards as well as the swearing in of our new board for the year 201-2016.  This function is business casual/semi formal and is complimentary for members.  We do require pre-registration so please head over to the event list and register so we make sure we have enough food.  Scholarships will be awarded.

11:00pm Hospitality Suite

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