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  • July 21, 2013 10:57 AM | Deleted user

    When: Monday August 12, 2013, from 10am to Dusk.
    Where: Walnut Beach Pavillion (Viscount Dr and E. Broadway, MIlford, CT 06460.

    Hope you can join us for a great time! Bring a picnic and enjoy the beach, fishing, kayaking, and a beautiful boardwalk linking Walnut Beach with Silver Sands State Park. 

    Nearby is the artistic Walnut Beach community including Scoot & Paddle where we can rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and more. Check out Walnut Beach Association for more information on what is available. Hope you can join us! Contact Jan at Sexson Photography (203) 982-1243 if you have questions. See you there!

  • May 07, 2013 6:24 PM | Deleted user
    Members of the CTPPA: This is the 65th Anniversary of the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association.

    Do you support CTPPA? Absolutely!
    Do you want CTPPA to flourish? Of course you do!
    Do you think print competitions are important tools for photographers? Certainly!

    Then you are hereby challenged to enter a minimum of one print in the digital print competition being held on June 27, 2013.

    The desire is for CTPPA's print competitions to continue to be self-supporting. And yet, so many of the members at large do not take the opportunity to enter print competitions.

    Is it because you are afraid? Is it because so few people enter that you don't perceive it to be a valuable experience? If you need assistance, just reach out to the membership. We have so many Master and Certified Photographers that will help you.

    The case fee applies to one print or up to four, so surely you can make the time to enter just one image. Early entry: June 2 - June 16 (Early Entry of 11-20 days before print comp = $20)

    On-Time entry: June 17 - June 22 (On-Time Entry of 5-10 days before print comp = $30)

    To help you out, all the information you need is provided below along with the email address to send in your entries before June 22, 2013. There is no excuse not to enter. Please help in rebuilding the excitement of participating in the CTPPA print competitions.

    Refresher Info: 4 Categories are Wedding, Portrait, Unclassified and Art/EI. There is a maximum of 4 entries allowed, however, only 3 entries are permitted in any one category.

    Digital Competition was instituted to encourage more entries and to save members printing fees. Create your digital images as you would for a physical print competition. Then resize each image to 4 x 5 at 300dpi in an Adobe 1998 color space. Print files need to be submitted on-time before the competition to allow the committee co-chairs time to prepare the files.

    • The title of the image for competition should be the name of the file.
    • Using Photoshop >file >file info >description tab >description title would be Image Title.
    • Author would be your name (not studio name or studio logo).
    • Author Title would be the category of the image.

    Email digital image submissions by June 22, 2013 to

    Payment may be made online or handed in on June 27, 2013.
  • April 02, 2013 10:44 AM | Deleted user

    In just a few short years of shooting full time, Ty and Shannon Fischer have taken their high school senior photography business from the corner space of their home to a new, state of the art, 3,500 sq. ft studio space in Springfield, Ohio and are currently opening their second senior studio loft in London, Ohio. Their focus has been on-location photography and now with the addition of their studio space have the ability to shoot both styles of photography. They currently photograph about 150 seniors out of their Springfield location and will exceed the 200 mark this year. Ty and Shannon are passionate about giving back and providing photographers with resourceful information to help them be successful photographers and business people.

    Shannon and Ty Fisch's 3 hour program will cover every facet of how we run a successful on-location photography business. Even with owning 2 studios over 90% of our senior business is on-location so we have to be efficient in order to be profitable.

    Areas we will cover:

    • Branding: Does your studio have the look? We will show you a couple ways to improve your identity.
    • Facebook: Everyone is telling you to be on it, to use it. Do you really know how? We will show you how we built a database of high school senior clients inside Facebook and how they are now marketing for us.
    • Power to the People: We will show you our local, community programs we do that has increased our brand awareness and web presence. Imagine 9,000 unique hits on your site in just 3 days. We will tell you how we accomplished this.
    • On Location Photography: Not everyone can afford a studio, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t run your on-location sessions like one. Learn how to maximize your amount of sessions in a day, shoot for sales and increase your sales average.
    • Senior Spokesmodels: This program still works! Learn how we went from 0-over 85 spokesmodels in just a few years. They are also paying clients. No free sessions for our spokes models.   

    ANNOUNCING: Half Day Hands On WorkShop with Ty and Shannon Fischer (Thursday April 25, 2013. 9-1pm)

    "Taking It To The Streets"

    We will spend our time together out on location with models showing you how we efficiently and effectively conduct a session.Everyone will have the opportunity to photograph and play with our lighting system. We will show you how the Elinchrom Quadra light set literally saved  us 20 minutes per session when we made the switch to them. Warning! You will probably want to go buy a set for yourself after our workshop. We will discuss and demonstrate our posing and where we get our inspiration for posing. We will show you 6 simple steps to use for every on- location session that will keep you on time and provide a great variety of images.


    This Workshop is limited to 25 people.  Sign up now, because at the price of $75.00 there won't be any spots left. 


    Ty and Shannon Fischer are sponsored by Buckeye Color Labs and ReBooku.


  • March 17, 2013 10:06 PM | Deleted user

    Monday March 18, 2013  9:00am

    In these changing times, the professional photographer must be aware of shifts in the industry and keep changing to adapt. Why do people still use a professional? Are you telling them? It's all in the marketing, experience and last of all, making the most of your sales experience. Listen as Larry leads you through all the various parts of the professional experience to stay in business and Never Surrender.

  • March 16, 2013 9:52 PM | Deleted user

    Sunday March 17, 2013  3:30pm

    Fun and engaging, Clay Blackmore has developed a new program for those who wish to learn how to create great portraits of everyone. Consistent results are at the heart of this new program with an emphasis on posing, lighting, composition and expression. Working outdoors or in the studio, Clay will show you how to harness the light and create beautiful images of men, women, children, families, brides, individuals, couples and groups. Confidence is key, explains Blackmore. "I can help anyone gain a better understanding of what people like and don't like in their portraits. We concentrate on a few simple thoughts each time we get behind our camera. By committing these techniques to memory, by training our hands to find the shot, we free our hearts to capture the moment."

    DSLR video techniques will be discussed in full detail. See how Clay has turned his wedding business into a full service studio that has elevated videography to cinematography. Blackmore is one of the most passionate photographers working in the country today. One of Canon's Explorers of LIght and a member of the elite Cameracraftsman of America, every image he creates reveals a master photographer committed to his art. A mentor and a veteran instructor, his lectures have been embraced worldwide.

    Clay Blackmore is one of the most influential and sought-after photographers in the world, with a clientele that includes celebrities the likes of Larry King, Forest Whitaker, Jenna Elfman and Maria Sharapova. His photographs are routinely featured in Washington Life Magazine. A protege of the legendary Monte Zucker, Clay is a legend in his own right. Clay meticulously developed his photographic, teaching and business skills during his 25 year association with Monte, first as an assistant, then as a co-educator and a business partner.

    In addition to his mastery of lighting and classic portraiture, Clay is at the forefront of HD-DSLR cinema, pushing the limits of the latest innovations in filmmaking to create timeless pieces of cinematic storytelling. His world-class studio in Rockville, MD., supports a team of passionate photographers and filmmakers working with the newest technologies in the field. Collaborating with companies such as Canon, Tiffen and Quantum, Clay has been among the first to test and evaluate new products for photography and HD-DSLR cinematography.

  • March 16, 2013 9:21 PM | Deleted user

    Sunday March 17, 2013  9am

    Lightroom's capabilities surpasses what most photographers use it for. Richard Esposito will whow features that are mostly unknown, unused or too advanced for the beginning photographer. He'll explore in Lightroom how to arrange your files, faster culling techniques, import and export presets, using Photoshop Droplets for Lightroom, as well as settings throughout the program.

    These techniques will help maximize workflow efficiency and improve quality and consistency. Two things that don't normally go together. Richards approach to teaching is so effective that he will show photographers an efficient workflow with tips and tricks to getting things done without feeling overwhelmed.

    Richard Esposito has been a professional photographer fro over 9 years. He dedicates his life to his family and photography, and to teaching other photographers. Rchard is a 4-time Emmy Award Winner fro his work in video editing. His photography has been featured by Nikon in advertorials. He has won many international awards including WPPI Awards of Excellence and CTPPA's Court of Honor for wedding image of the year. Although he is primarily located in Connecticut, traveling is a big part of Richard's life personally and professionally. He has photographed weddings across the US and the Caribbean. Richard has also spoken at conferences and to photography associations from California to London.

  • March 15, 2013 12:36 PM | Deleted user

    Saturday March 16, 2013  1pm

    Award-winning wedding artists, cinematographer Rob Adams and photographer Vanessa Joy, have joined forces both personally (they're married) and professionally to offer a whole new line of products aimed at bridging the gap between photography and videography.

    With VDSLR's being able to capture HD video with the click of a button, are you itching to learn about the feature and how you can use it to enhance your business? Vanessa and Rob will help you start using the video features that your cameras already have.

    You'll learn how to:

    • capture clean and professional looking video clips
    • edit your video easily and effectively
    • produce fusion slideshows and digital albums
    • use your fusion products to market yourself and make more money

    Rob and Vanessa will also demonstrate how video editing can be done in Adobe Photoshop. By the end of the program you'll see just how easy it is to make your own Fusion product


    Vanessa is a trilingual wedding photographer from the great state of New Jersey. She has been involved in photography for over 14 years and spent most of it photographing weddings on the Jersey shore. In her past 18 months of business ownership, Vanessa accomplished many accolades, such as publications in national magazines, numerous awards, yet still consistently book brides while continually raising prices.

    Rob Adams began his video career in television over 14 years ago. He later merged into the wedding industry and eventually started his own business in 2006. His business has grown rapidly over the past 3 years as did his passion for finding new creative ventures in the filed as well. Together, Rob and Vanessa developed their own software that enables photographers to easily edit and effect video clips taken with their VDSLR's and prepare them for 1-touch upload to slideshow programs and online video creation services, such as Animoto (

  • March 15, 2013 12:05 PM | Deleted user

    Saturday March 16, 2013  9am

    When photographer Rich Pomerantz was given an assignment to photograph garden writer Sydney Eddison, little did he know that meeting her would propel him on a photographic journey starting in her wonderful gardens, through the trial and display gardens of White Flower Farm, on to Longwood Gardens, Chanticleer, The NY and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Mount, Naumkeag, Minter Gardens, Boboli Gardens and gardens all around the country and beyond, both private and public, where he continues to hone his photographic vision. Join Rich on this trip, still in progress, as he shows how his photography has evolved and his skills developed and his vision became more refined. He will also explain how he maintains his business relationships in a shrinking publishing landscape.

    Rich Pomerantz has worked on assignments for national publications ranging from Garden Design, Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home and Design New England to Runner's World, Travel Holiday and Equine Quarterly, record companies and national corporations while his stock images have appeared on the cover of National Geographic for Kids, Sierra Club Calendars, White Flower Farm catalogues and Frommers Travel guides. In All of his photography he strives to find the essential, simplest elements that define the subject and translate them into beautiful, compelling imagery.

    Rich conducts workshops privately and at the NY Botanical Gardens. His first coffee table book, Wild Horses of the Dunes, was published an April 2004, about the Chincoteague Ponies of Assateague Island in Virginia and Maryland. His second book, Great Gardens of the Berkshires, was published in October 2008 by Down East Books. A third, Hudson River Valley Farms, was published by Globe Pequot in August 2009.

  • March 14, 2013 11:36 AM | Deleted user

    Friday March 15, 2013  7pm

    Colby Brown, a photographer, photo educator and author based in Denver, Co., specializes in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography with an extensive portfolio covering much of the globe. Throughout his work one can see that he combines his love of the natural world with his fascination of the worlds diverse cultures, allowing each of his photographs to tell a story of life on this planet.

    In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, a company that aims to blend photo education with supporting various causes in third world countries. From clean drinking water projects to child education, women's rights to species preservation, Colby has set out to prove that photography and art can help make  the world a better place.

    Program Description:

    When it comes to being a photographer, there is no shortage of online networks waiting for you to share your images, interact with others and potentially grow your business. From Google+ to Facebook, Twitter to Pinterest, 500px to Flickr, you have more options at your disposal now than ever before.

    But what really is social media? Why is it so important? Which networks are best for your needs? And most importantly, what are some of the ways that you can maximize your time on each of the major networks? Join Colby Brown as he walks you through the answers to these questions and helps you understand why social media is such a valuable tool in the digital age of photography.

  • March 14, 2013 10:57 AM | Deleted user
    Friday march 15th, 2013  9:30am (sponsored by LustreColor)

    Join Steve on a journey of personal introspection and a project that created both powerful images and made a lasting impact on the lives of many. The Forgotten Generation came about because of one single 'eureka' moment that turned into a quest to create prtraits of senior citizens at St. Anns Home in Dover, NH. It resulted in a wonderful outpouring of thanks, coverage by newspapers and TV stations, an exhibit for the home and much more.


    Steve entered 6 images from this project in PPA print competition, resulting in 3 merit images, 3 loan collection images and 2 98's in the regional judging. All images were taken with a camera, 1 lens and a window. See how this evolved, how the images were taken and how many photographers across the country joined Steve in documenting the elderly in their area. This is an uplifting program that will stay with you for many years. Steve will also be doing a 'live' shooting demonstration using window light.

    As an added bonus, Steve will be having a drawing during the first 15 minutes for his "Families A-Z" DVD valued at $99 and also LustreColor will be donating a 1-year Pocket Album subscription plus e-commerce valued at $299.

    Steve Bedell holds both the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman Degress from the Professional Photographers of America. He has also been awarded the Image Excellence Aard for 13+ Loan Collection images. Steve has been a regular contributor to Shutterbug Magazine for years and has presented programs at the state, regional and national level. His main area of expertise is lighting, having published many articles and 3 educational DVD's on the subject. He also publishes EPhoto, a free educational newsletter.

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