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"Sweet Dreams & Steam Powered Machines"
A Photography Convention with a
Steampunk Themed Twist

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February 16th-19th, 2018 at the
Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel,
Portsmouth, Virginia

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Upcoming events

    • Sun, October 22, 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • Mon, October 23, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Real Life Studios, 825 Grove Road, #12-14, Midlothian, VA 23114
    Ann Monteith has received rave reviews from workshop attendees...not only for her ability to demystify the mechanics of running a profitable business, but also for the marketing and management resources provided for each student to take home and use.


    Designed to cut years off your learning curve, the workshop content tackles key issues that form the framework for success in professional photography.  It covers 6 elements that photographers and managers must understand if they are to manage a successful business that conforms to the lifestyle they desire.  These include Finances, Workflow, Branding, Pricing and Sales, with special attention paid to creating management systems that can stabilize your business in good times and bad.

    Fee Required:  

    a.  VPPA & PPA Members:  $174

    b.  Non Members:  $224

    TO Review more about Ann's Workshops go to:  http://www.annsworkshop.co

    To Register:  http://www.capital-vppa.com/store/ann-monteith

    • Mon, October 23, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Real Life Studios, 825 Grove Road, #12-14, Midlothian, VA 23114

    The Profitable Business of Photo Organizing and Preservation

    While we photographers have been obsessed with how to deal with clients who demand our digital files, we’ve been overlooking a new business-building opportunity that the digital age has placed right at our doorstep: photo organizing and preservation.

    During Ann’s 90-minute program, she will cover the following topics:

    ·         Understanding why photo-preservation experts are worried about the coming “Digital Dark Age” and how this relates to your ability to sell prints to your clients.

    ·         The financial benefits of becoming “a trusted family advisor” to clients on how to deal with the avalanche of important family-history images that are hiding in their cell phones; or packed away in fragile scrapbooks, albums, and shoeboxes; or stuffed in drawers throughout the house; as well as the photos of ancestors inhabiting boxes and trunks in the attic.

    ·         Using photos and video to create “institutional histories” for local businesses, industries and community organizations.

    Ann is looking forward to sharing what she’s learned from experts in the emerging industry of photo organizing and how she is using that knowledge as a new studio business product line.

    • Fri, October 27, 2017
    • Sat, October 28, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • 1777 London Bridge Rd. - Ste 202, Virginia Beach, VA. 23453


    This 2Day worshop will be October 27 from 7-9m and October 28, 9-5pm

    You Call the Shots!

    Customized Photoshop Class with an Emphasis on Composites
    This class will be different. The theme will be composites but the class will cover a lot of things you need to know in order to do a composite. The class will also be student driven in that you are to tell me beforehand what you want to learn and that will become part of the agenda.

    This class is designed to help you learn and improve your Photoshop skills exactly where you need to learn more because YOU are helping to design the course outline.  The course will revolve around composites and there will be some Photoshop painting but from there, you will be the designer of this course.  So think about layout, story boarding, color blending, layer fundaments, advanced layer techniques and more.  It's up to YOU!

    The EARLY REGISTRATION price for VPPA MEMBERS  is $159 extended thru October 24th, ADD $20 after that - NON-MEMBERS $179, Registration available through OCT. 24th. 



    Spots will especially go fast! Tidewater Treasurer - Steve Radcliffe at twdistrict2017@gmail.com, will call to receive your payment details and reserve your spot - due  in full. 

    ***This is PPA Continuing Education class - so PPA members will receive an Education Merit***

    Hosted by Tidewater District - REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCTOBER 24,2017 - Non-Members of VPPA $179 


    Seats available: 15
    Seats available at $159 EXTENDED for VPPA Members  until: 10/24/2017




    • Mon, November 06, 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Real Life Studios, 825 Grove Road, #12-14, Midlothian, VA 23114

    November 2017 Board of Directors Meeting.

    Agenda Items will be posted by October 23, 2017

    All membership is welcome and invited to attend this, or any, board of directors meeting.  If you have any issue that you would like brought before the board, please submit to Jeff Kaiser, jeff@kaiserphoto.com by October 20th. 

    The November meeting will be held on 11/06/2017 at Real Life Studios, 825 Grove Road, #12-14, Midlothian, VA 23114. 

    Please feel free to contact any board member if you have questions or concerns.  All contact information for board members is listed on the board of directors page. 

    • Wed, November 08, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Real Life Studios, 825 Grove Road, #12-14, Midlothian, VA 23114

    Karen Presecan

    Pets are an important part of so many families today, so it makes sense to include them in our portrait sessions. Karen has worked with animals in different capacities for 20 years- from being a veterinary assistant for a regular veterinary practice and an emergency veterinary practice, to volunteering at the SPCA, to fostering and caring for adoptable pets.  Photographing her furry, four-legged client has been primary goal for Karen’s business, and she is excited to share the unique techniques that have helped her become successful as a pet photographer.

    Course Name: Photographing Pets with People

    Description: Karen will discuss how to incorporate pets into your photography business.  She will discuss tips and tricks that she has learned to capture the attention of animals in a way that brings out their personality; posing pets alone and with their people, safety with photographing pets, and marketing ideas.


    • Thu, November 16, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Atlantic Builders, Saratoga Woods Model Home, Stafford

    Atlantic Builders - Saratoga Woods Model Home,  Stafford 

    The Booming Business in Real Estate Photography, Videography and Droning!

    Cindy James -  Realtor, Photographer

    The world of wide angle lenses, tilt shift lenses, drones, stabilizers, gear heads and more!
    Real Estate Photography is only going to get Bigger. I run a team of real estate photographers, videographers, FAA Certified Drone operators, video editors. We have been in business for 3 years and are also REALTORS. So we have an edge on what real estate marketing needs to be done for REALTORS.

    Our client base is around 185 REALTORS and counting with anywhere from 15-22 houses per week. This workshop will cover the equipment we use, the workflow from start to finish, the operational tools we use daily to deliver our products, the marketing, how we get leads, how to start photographing a home and what REALTORS expect from their real estate photography team.

    My presentation will cover everything we do on a daily basis from scheduling to delivering of the photos and video to music selection and social media! We are a very fast paced team and deliver our product the same day. Weather delays, waterfront property, vacant homes, virtually staged homes, pets, REALTORS, homeowners and tenants are all part of our day. Our project will be a beautiful model home of Atlantic Builders in Fredericksburg which is a treat to photograph. We will cover the rooms to do and not do, the 2 point photo and 1 point photo, exterior photos and the difficult to get half baths. We will also show you how to use flash to assist in getting better color and clarity of your photos.

    So bring your wide angle lens (somewhere between 10-35mm), your sturdy tripod, gear head if you have one or grip head will do and get to take some photos of this beautiful model home.

    From I95, Exit 136 – NW on Centreport Pkwy and to Mountain View Rd. 
    Turn Left onto Mountain View Rd for 2.6 miles.
    Left onto Kellogg Mill Rd 2.5 miles.
    Right onto Mt. Olive Rd.
    Saratoga Woods Ln. is 1.6 miles on the left.

    • Sun, December 03, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 18267 Mullfield Village Drive, Leesburg, VA 20176

    Nancy Sander will be hosting the Northern District Holiday Party this year.  

    More information to follow.

    • Sun, January 14, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Tue, January 16, 2018
    • 10:00 PM
    • Nashville, TN

    Honky-Tonk Highway!!!

    PPA Imaging USA will be in Nashville TN in 2018.  

    PreCon Classes 01/11-01/13

    Conference begins 01/14-01/16

    If you are a PPA member and have never been, you are missing out.  If you are thinking about joining, this whirlwind experience will seal the deal!

    To learn more about it:   http://www.imagingusa.org

    • Mon, January 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Nashville, TN

    PPA Council Meeting

    • Wed, February 14, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Thu, February 15, 2018
    • 4:00 PM


    • Fri, February 16, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Mon, February 19, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Portsmouth, Virginia

    2018 Convention 
    Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704   Telephone:  844-525-1168

    "Sweet Dreams & Steam Powered Machines"

    We have some of the BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS in the Industry -

    Gregory Daniel, Elizabeth Cruger Homan, Christie Newell, Amy Feick and Robert Behm -  Mind Blowing Talent!!




    • Sun, February 18, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel, Portsmouth, VA

    Annual Board of Directors Open Meeting

    More information to follow 

    • Fri, February 22, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Mon, February 25, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 740 Town Center Dr, Newport News, VA 23606

    Dates have been set for our 2019 Annual Convention at the Newport News Marriott at City Center. 

    Keep watching as more information will follow.

Past events

Mon, October 16, 2017 Tidewater District - Newborn Photography
Mon, October 16, 2017 Tidewater - Newborn Photography Session - Posing for the Infant
Mon, October 16, 2017 Northern - Photographing Pets & People
Thu, September 28, 2017 Blue Ridge - JT Blenker
Wed, September 27, 2017 Capital - JT Blenker
Tue, September 26, 2017 Northern - JT Blenker
Mon, September 25, 2017 Tidewater - JT Blenker

Please enjoy our member's Blue Ribbon Award Winning images from our
2017 Convention Image Competition.

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