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    • Sat, August 18, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Address Will Be Provided On Event Registration Receipt
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    Moments With Santa

    Kate Mower, CPP

    Date: August 18th, 2018

    Time: 1:30PM - 4:30PM

    Location: Address Will Be Provided On Event Registration Receipt

    Learn all the ins and outs of how to photograph, market and sell Santa portraits. Kate will have a live demonstration with a real Santa Claus and models. 

    Kate will go through the process from start to finish covering how to communicate correctly through marketing, how to work with sponsors, what elements you need for a great client experience, and the secret ingredients that make Kate's Santa portraits stand out.

    There will be a live demo shoot with Santa and children. There is no need to bring your own camera as the purpose of this demonstration is to show how to work with lots of children who may be difficult to work with and to give behind the scenes experience of how Kate directs and manipulates the situation to create something beautiful. Settings and set up will be shared in detail so you can easily replicate set up.

    • Tue, September 04, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Children Character Portraits

    Pete Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP


    Pete will go into how he consults with his clients prior to his Children's Character Portrait Session. What he is after and the “Authenticity” that he needs in order to make these type of pictures to really shine. The clothing, the dirt, the expression, and the props.

    Pete will then go into how he produces the portraits including how he lights them, what he has found to be good working exposures, the poses that work well, and how many shots he tries to make. These portraits are also about efficiency.

    Finally, we’ll go into the post production that he does to finish these images along with sizes he offers to clients. These are commissioned portraits rather than volume sessions.

    Questions - Its his goal to leave you prepared to start producing these as soon as you are ready. The great thing about in person education is being able to ask questions. So please don’t be afraid to ask - it’s the best way we can all learn! 

    Instructor Bio: Pete Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP - Pete is a portrait photographer located in Reno, Nevada. His primary business is Family and Children’s photography, with a specialization in Black & White portraiture. He has been in business since 2003 and making the move to full time work in 2010. He earned his Master of Photography from PPA in 2015, his Photographic Craftsman in 2014, and his Certified Professional Photographer in 2010. He earned a 1st place PPA District Children's Portrait award in 2017 and a Top 10 Print Case (#2) for PPA Western States District Print Competition in 2017. He had a top 10 Grand Imaging Children’s Portrait in the 2015 International Photographic Competition as well as being a Platinum Medalist in 2016 and 2015 International Photographic Competition. He was also named a Top 10 photographer for state of California and 2015 and 2017 California Child Portrait Photographer of the Year. He was a 2014 Gold Medalist in the International Photographic Competition. He also earned a Kodak Gallery Award for Western States District in 2012. He’s an active supporter of PPA Charities and was the top donor for 2016 and 2015 Celebration of Smiles Day benefiting Operation Smile as well as earning several print awards from PPA Charities including 2016 Image Impact award and over all best image from 2015 Celebration of Smiles Day. He is also a huge proponent of the Certified Professional Photographer program offered through PPA and is a approved instructor for the CPP Prep Class.

    Here is a link to images:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q8roy86yffeurlk/AABigg2IM2x-CZNUkKzuzpGva?dl=0

    • Tue, October 02, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Motivational Photography

    Tony Mandarich

    Come experience Tony Mandarich demonstrate how he creates his breathtaking portraits.

    • Tue, November 06, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Image Critique

    NOTE: Image Submission Deadline: November 5th@ 6PM

    There are few educational opportunities that help improve your understanding of image quality then print critique and print competitions.

    During image critique, members may submit up to 4 of their images (digitally submitted through the PrintCompetition.com website) to be evaluated by our panel of judges. After reviewing each image and giving a 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' score, each judge will in turn discuss every image that has been submitted to help the maker improve upon the image and potentially prepare it for higher level competitions.

    There is no charge to members to submit images for this image critique. Non-members may enter up to 4 images as well for a fee of $20 (in addition to meeting fee).

    Submitting for Image Critique is easy: Just follow these simple steps to upload your images:

    1) Go to www.printcompetition.com and click on 'free registration of new user' if you have not already used printcompetition.com, otherwise log in with your exisitng User ID and Password (this is the same system we use for Arizona State Image Competition)

    2) Once you are registered and logged on, click on the AZPPA box (shows August 1 2017 as date).

    3) Select if you are a member, and also if this is the first time you are entering an AzPPA image event.

    4) Click on the 'Create New Image Entry' button, then enter the information prompted (title of your image, category, and select if digital effects performed by you or not). 

    5) Click on 'Create New Entry' button and then upload your image.

    Repeat the above steps for up to 4 images you would like to have critiqued. 

    It's that simple. If you are new to image critique and competitions, start your journey now towards improving your photography and taking the first steps towards earning your PPA Masters Of Photography or Master Artist degrees at the International Print Competition. 

    By receiving feedback on your images now, you will be better prepared for submitting your images at State, District and International Levels (it is the International Level where your images can start earning merits towards earning a PPA degree). 

    If you are experienced with image critiques and competitions, now is the time to have qualified judges help you understand ways to improve your images before you enter them at State, District or International.

    Need help with uploading or registered, or not sure where to start? We are here to help you. Just contact Bob Zimmerlich at bob@clickchickphotography.com with your questions.

    Click here for detailed instructions and rules for entering image critique

    • Fri, November 09, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Sun, November 11, 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle Arizona
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    AZPPA Fall Fest 2018

    Canyon de Chelly National Monument
    November 9-11th


    AZPPA Members exclusive registration period until September 4th

    $169 AzPPA Member Rate (early bird until September 15th)
    $209 AzPPA Member Rate (after September 15th)

    $299 NON-MEMBER Rate (non-members may register as of 9/5)

    Come join us and enjoy one of the American Southwest's canyons and towering sandstone cliffs while experiencing:

    - 4WD Guided Tour Of Canyon de Chelly
    - Night and Sunrise Photography
    - Landscape Photography
    - Navaho Dancers and the history of the dance
    - Award Winning Teen Navaho Singer

    Photographic instruction is available throughout this exclusive event


    Click images below for details on this fun and unique event!  


    Please Note:

    Host hotel is Thunderbird Lodge. Rate for single/double room is $64 per night. Details will be included on your email receipt once your event registration has been confirmed.


    Transportation to and from Canyon de Chelly will not be provided.

    Meals are not included

    You must be a current member of AzPPA at the time of this event in order to take advantage of the AzPPA Member Rate. Expired memberships will require payment of non-member rate.


    • Tue, December 04, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Product Photography

    Heidi Mixon, CPP, Eileen Ball, Tammy Hodges

    Bring your camera to this live demonstration as you will have a chance to learn from some of the best product photographers in Arizona. Everything you want to learn will be covered in this live demo.

Past events

Tue, August 07, 2018 Business Frenzy Panel Discussion On All Things Photography Business
Sat, June 30, 2018 Social Fireworks Gathering With Heidi Mixon, CPP
Sun, June 03, 2018 Ben Shirk Program - Dinner Payment
Sun, June 03, 2018 SPECIAL NATIONAL GUEST SPEAKER: Ben Shirk Composing, Capturing, and Creating. The ideas, techniques and motivations behind creating unique images
Tue, May 22, 2018 Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions (Exclusively For AzPPA Members Only)
Sat, May 05, 2018 AzPPA On-The-Road Series: The Cinematic Portrait - Model In Woods - By David Lloyd CPP
Sat, May 05, 2018 AzPPA On-The-Road Series: BUS TRANSPORTATION For The Cinematic Portrait - Model In Woods - By David Lloyd CPP
Tue, April 03, 2018 Client Experience / Psychology Of Family Portraiture
Tue, March 06, 2018 Wild About Photographing Wildflowers - Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
Sat, February 10, 2018 Dinner at Lucille's BBQ For AzPPA Convention February 10th 2018 (Must be a convention attendee)
Fri, February 09, 2018 AzPPA State Convention and Image Competition Feb 9-11 2018
Tue, January 02, 2018 AzPPA Open House and Discussion On Photography Related Topics
Tue, December 05, 2017 Leveraging Todays Technology For More Creative Images By Bob Coates
Tue, November 07, 2017 AzPPA On-The-Road Heritage Series: Back To The Darkroom
Sat, October 28, 2017 AzPPA Fall Festival 2017: Exclusive Kartchner Caverns Photographic Access and Tombstone
Tue, October 03, 2017 Lightroom Seminar with Jim Walls, CPP
Tue, September 05, 2017 7 Steps to Build and Grow a Successful Photography Business
Tue, August 01, 2017 Image Critique
Tue, June 20, 2017 Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions (Exclusively For AzPPA Members Only)
Tue, June 06, 2017 The Business Of Baby Photography With Ana Brandt
Sat, May 06, 2017 AzPPA-On-The-Road Series: Boyce Thompson Arboretum Macro, Landscape and Portrait Workshops
Tue, April 04, 2017 Videography Primer For Photographers - David Weingarten, CPP
Sat, February 25, 2017 Dinner at Lucille's BBQ For AzPPA Convention February 25th (Must be a convention attendee)
Fri, February 24, 2017 AzPPA State Convention and Image Competition 2017
Tue, February 07, 2017 Pet Photography with Lisa Asp
Tue, January 03, 2017 AzPPA 2017 Open House FREE To All Professional Photographers
Tue, December 06, 2016 Family Portraits with Michele Celentano
Fri, November 04, 2016 AzPPA Fall Festival: Slot Canyons & Page, AZ
Tue, November 01, 2016 AzPPA On-The-Road: Light Painting Workshop at Superstition Mountain Museum
Tue, October 04, 2016 Becoming A Fine Art Photographer With Jane Conner-ziser
Sun, September 11, 2016 Studio Tour
Tue, September 06, 2016 Perfecting The Pose
Tue, August 02, 2016 Image Critique
Tue, July 12, 2016 Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions (Exclusive For AzPPA Members Only)
Tue, June 07, 2016 The Fluent Photographer - Your Survival Strategy with Suzette Allen
Sat, May 07, 2016 AzPPA-On-The-Road Series: HS Seniors Workshop At Gold Mine, Jerome AZ
Tue, April 05, 2016 Executive Posing with Kay Eskridge
Tue, March 15, 2016 Artisan Colour Lab - AzPPA Group Tour and Social
Sat, February 20, 2016 State Convention and Image Competition
Tue, February 02, 2016 Greg and Lesa Daniel: Value Of Prints and Large Wall Portraits (Sponsored By PPA Charities)
Tue, January 05, 2016 AzPPA Open House FREE To All Professional Photographers
Sat, November 14, 2015 Portraits Of The Old West Fall Festival
Mon, November 02, 2015 Green Screen Masking/Extraction Techniques with Live Demo
Mon, October 05, 2015 Panel Discussion: Sales Techniques and Products For Increased Profits
Tue, September 01, 2015 Image Critique (TUESDAY Evening Program For September)
Mon, August 03, 2015 Architectual Photography 101: How To Add Additional Income To Your Studio
Mon, June 08, 2015 Marketing Newborn and Baby Photography With Ana Brandt
Sat, May 02, 2015 Sedona Environmental Portraits Workshop with Bob Coates: AzPPA On-The-Road Series
Tue, April 28, 2015 Photographers Mixer Happy Hour
Mon, April 06, 2015 Discovering The Artist Within with Stephen Moody, M.Photog
Wed, March 25, 2015 Photographers Mixer Happy Hour
Mon, March 23, 2015 SOLD OUT! Outdoor Lighting Workshop at Japanese Friendship Gardens
Tue, February 24, 2015 Photographers Mixer
Mon, February 09, 2015 AzPPA Open House For All Professional Photographers
Sat, January 17, 2015 AzPPA State Convention

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