February Meeting and Print Competition

When: Tuesday, February 16th
Where: Liberty Bar

This month we welcome Melanie Anderson, Cr. Photog., CPP to Tallahassee! Melanie is going to be teaching us all about her fabulous Senior Model Program – Marketing, pricing, photographing, workflow, and timeline! If you photograph seniors or have been wanting to add it to your business, you won’t want to miss this one!

Melanie Anderson | Senior Model Program | Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild


Melanie-Anderson“We believe in creating visionary works with a passion for the community while placing family first, developing our craft and educating others”

Melanie is a wife to her husband of 20 years, Bill, and a mother to their 4 children, Sarah, Emily, Kayla and Billy –She has nurtured Anderson Photographs from a home studio into the 3000 square foot custom photographic studio, specializing in Seniors, Children, Newborns, Families, Volume Sports, and Boudoir, located in the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Hagerstown, MD.

It is no surprise that even though Melanie is primarily self-taught, she gladly undertook and overcame the challenge of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer in 2011, and received her Craftsman Degree in February of 2015. Throughout the process, she continued to run the business as well as Speaker for Shutterfest, monthly contributor to Shutter Magazine, mentor for After Dark Education, go on tour with Sandy Puc and appear on SPTV. Along with being the Vice President of the Maryland Chapter for PPA, teaching at SEPPA and several State PPA Chapters, and last year filmed several segments for Photovision. Melanie stays passionate about one-on-one mentoring and works diligently to provide educational resources to fellow photographers through Anderson Education; which includes webinars, eBooks, videos and workshops.

Her awards and achievements include the following:

  • Member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
  • Certified Professional Photographer
  • Photographic Craftsman
  • Fuji Award Winner X2
  • Kodak Gallery Award
  • 2013 Washington County “Person to Watch”
  • Maryland Achievement Award
  • 2014 Greater Frederick Maven Awards of the American Advertising Federation Photographer of the Year
  • Hagerstown Magazine Hot List #1 Photography Studio – 2011-2015
  • Maryland Photographer of the Year – 2013
  • Maryland Portrait Photographer of the Year – 2012
    -First Runner Up – 2013
  • Maryland Illustrative Photographer of the Year – 2014
    -First Runner Up – 2012 & 2013
  • Maryland Wedding Photographer of the Year, First Runner Up – 2013
  • Maryland Best Portrait of a Man – 2013 & 2015
  • Maryland Best Portrait of a Woman – 2014 & 2015
  • Maryland Best Portrait of a Family or Group – 2014
  • Maryland Best Portrait of a Child – 2014
  • Maryland Wedding Photograph of the Year – 2014
  • Maryland Most Creative Photograph of the Year – 2015
  • Maryland Meyer Rivking Memorial Award Best Portrait of the Year – 2015
  • Maryland Best Black & White Photograph of the Year – 2015

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Monthly Print Competition

Don’t forget to bring your 8×10 prints to compete. Attendees who opt out of print competition will pay a $5 meeting fee. Print competition rules can be found at

January Print Competition Winners

Congratulations to this month’s Print of the Month Winner, new member Erica Renae Turner!

January Meeting and Print Competition

Newborn Photography: Posing, Shooting & Selling!

with Meggan Harper, CPP

When: TUESDAY, January 19th, 2016
Where: Liberty Bar


Meggan discusses her complete workflow for newborns, from start to finish. She will start from the initial phone call and take you all the way through the session and to the final sale. Meggan will cover tips and tricks to safely posing newborns, capturing sleepy smiles and photographing the poses that sell every time. She will also discuss how to make money in newborn photography and take you through the preparation and presentation of a sales appointment. This will be a start to finish guide on newborn photography and will include a live demo. During the demo, Meggan will demonstrate her soothing and posing techniques for newborns. She has a calm and natural approach to newborn photography and has often been called “The Baby Whisperer”. In addition to showing you how to capture baby smiles and popular poses, she will demonstrate how to transition the baby from pose to pose with minimal fuss.


Meggan HarperMeggan Harper has specialized in photographing newborns since the day her business opened. She has a genuine love for documenting babies within their first days of life and considers it the highest honor for parents to allow her to do so. Her favorite quote is “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Confucius. This is her mantra in the workplace. Meggan has a strong belief that if you do what you love, you will naturally excel at it, be more creative everyday, and find a way to make money doing so. Her work has been published twice in the nationwide Parenting magazine and she has photographed the covers for 3 local parent magazines throughout Central Florida. Meggan has also spoken at ImagingUSA about how she has raised money for the past 5 years for Operation Smile, a PPA Charities Organization. Meggan has mentored several photographers, local or not, with an open and honest approach. She keeps no secrets and feels that the more she helps fellow photographers, the more she raises up the entire industry. She does not worry about “training her competition” because she feels that there is an abundance of work out there for all of us. Aside from the world of newborn photography, Meggan is a mother to 4 boys, and has one baby boy on the way. She’s no stranger to newborns, that’s for sure! She also enjoys yoga, rollerblading and visiting the mountains of Colorado.

Monthly Print Competition

Don’t forget to bring your 8×10 prints to compete. Attendees who opt out of print competition will pay a $5 meeting fee. Print competition rules can be found at

November 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

Download November 2015 Board Meeting Minutes [PDF]

November 2015 Print Competition Results

Congratulations to Charlotte Fristoe, November’s Print of the Month Winner

October 2015 Print Competition Winners

Congrats to AJ Abellera for his winning Print of the Month!

October Print Comp Winners

November Meeting & Print Competition

Foundations of Beauty with Kira Derryberry, CPP

When: Monday, November 23, 2015
Where: Kira Derryberry Photography

Beauty Photography is back in a big way. Kira Derryberry will talk about how she markets to and plans a glamour session for her clients. Kira will go over her marketing and consultation methods and how she educates clients to prepare them for the shoot and the ever important final sale. Developing a plan by helping choose flattering wardrobe options, hair and make up for the session is imperative and the subject of the first portion of the program. Kira will also discuss posing, and working with a subject from start to finish. Finally, attendees will learn her in person sales process and getting that, “I can’t believe that’s me!” reaction from the client. If you are looking to add glamour and beauty to your business, this is the crash course for you!


kiraderryberry_webWith a BA with a focus on Photography, Digital Art, and Web Design, Kira wins the award for longest degree title in the 2005 UA graduation program. Knowing she enjoyed photography, but not exactly knowing how to make money doing it, she fell back on her first career and took a job as a web designer for an advertising agency for 7 years. Though designing custom WordPress themes was fulfilling work, Kira jumped on the opportunity to return to photography in 2010, but this time as a full time business owner and has never looked back. In 2013 and 2014, Kira was voted Best of Tallahassee by Tallahassee Magazine readers and shared the title of Tallahassee Photographer of the Year from TPPG. Kira is also a two time IPC Silver Medalist. She currently serves as the President of the Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild and as a Councilor for the Professional Photographers of America. Nowadays when she’s not slinging a camera, Kira is a wife and mom who spends a ridiculous amount of time worrying about the career choices of Val Kilmer and other 1990’s pop culture phenomena.

This is also our last month of print competition! Don’t forget to bring your 8×10 prints to compete. Attendees who opt out of print competition will pay a $5 meeting fee. Print competition rules can be found at

October 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

Download October 2015 Board Meeting Minutes [PDF]

Tickets On Sale for the 2015 Holiday Party

When: Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30pm
Where: Liberty Bar

We are so excited to announce that our annual holiday party will be held this year at Liberty Bar in Midtown! The night will be filled with fun, food, drinks, photobooth, prizes, awards, and more! Dinner will be seated and buffet style and is included with your ticket purchase. Dress will be dressy/cocktail attire. A full cash bar will be available with lots of holiday themed drinks and specials! The fun starts at 6:30!

Sponsors and Door Prizes

This year we’ve got some amazing sponsors providing door prizes! Here are just a few. Most posting soon! Remember, you must be present to win!



Purchase Tickets

Dinner/Admission tickets are $25 for members and spouses/dates and include the buffet and non alcoholic beverages. Non members and additional guests are $30. Tickets will not be sold at the door so please make sure you make your purchase before Sunday, December 6th. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know when purchasing tickets.

Ticket Options

Nominations for the 2016 TPPG Board of Directors

At the October 26th meeting, TPPG members will be voting in the new board of directors for the 2016 year. Membership will also have the opportunity to write in candidates for any position available. The proposed slate presented by the 2015 board of directors is as follows:

President – Kira Derryberry
Vice President – Charlotte Fristoe
Secretary – Amanda Thomas
Treasurer – Alicia Haskew
Membership Chair – Katie Bellflower
Sgt at Arms – Nina Atkinson
Past President – Linda Long
Member at Large/Print Chair – Steve Saccio
Member at Large – AJ Abellera

Please be sure to be present at the October 26th meeting taking place at Kira Derryberry Photography at 6pm to cast your vote as a member of the Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild.