March already!!! The Maine Professional Photographers Association [MPPA] is hosting the 68th Photographic Exposition, Convention and Trade Show. I have been on the Board of Directors for the past two years, and have been responsible for putting together a Trade Show for the 2016 and 2017 conventions, as well as creating and distributing the MPPA Newsletter. I was recently selected as the Maine representative to the Professional Photographers of New England [PPANE]. Both of these organizations are affiliates of the Professional Photographers of America [PPA], of which I am also a member.
In addition to the MPPA annual convention, we also hold monthly meetings with speakers featuring many topics of interest to our members. As many of you know, I own a Portrait Studio in Lewiston, Maine. I specialize in Portraits for Business, Models, Fashion, and Actors, as well as photographing small Weddings and Elopements. I also enjoy nature and wildlife photography. It is a real pleasure photographing people and seeing their joy when they see the finished product. I hear "I never take a good picture", only to prove them wrong. Granted, not everyone is naturally photogenic, but a good photographer, with proper lighting, can create a photo that they can be proud to share with family and friends.
That is one of the great benefits of the MPPA: association with many Professional Photographers in all aspects of the business. I have learned so much in the past few years. It is great to have so many experts to call on to answer any of my questions on technique or posing. I would encourage all photographers to get involved with their local PPA affiliate, and with the PPA itself. Their are so many opportunities to learn and hone your craft.
This is the cover of the MPPA convention book:
Oh, did I forget to mention that Saturday, March 18, is a free day. There is no admission fee to watch the Print Competition, enjoy the Trade Show, and listen to Canon Explorer of Light Photographer, Ken Sklute. You can follow this link to take a look at the MPPA Convention Book.
Be sure to check out my website at www.jimwalkerphotography.com