Tallahassee Professional Photographers

Join us for Salon 2018!

It’s that time again! Get your images ready for our annual Salon Competition! For the fourth year in a row, we’ll be hosting salon at Hotel Duval. This year’s Salon will take place on Friday, June 22nd. Here are the details and the schedule. Read this tutorial on how to prepare your files for competition.

Where: Hotel Duval

When: June 22nd, 2018

Schedule: Judging (open to dinner ticket buyers) begins at 2pm, Social hour at 5pm, Dinner begins at 6pm, critique to follow with time allowing. Our esteemed judges this year will be Olis Garber, Valarie Hoffman, and Marti Newkirk. Kira Derryberry will be Jury Chair.

We hope that all of our members participate in Salon, but participation is not required. All are welcome for dinner! If you have special dietary requirements, please make us aware after purchasing your tickets by emailing tppgsec@gmail.com.

Purchase your dinner tickets!

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May 2017 Meeting and Print Competition

When: Monday, May 15th 6pm-9pm
Where: Liberty Bar, Tallahassee, FL

Next month’s TPPG meeting is all about salon prep! It’s competition season and to help prep for Salon in June we are having a special review session on May 15. Kira, Linda and myself will help lead a discussion on how to prepare and polish your works so that they can maximize their potential for panel judging in June.

The board has created a special dropbox folder where you can upload your images. Please select 3-4 images that you are interested in having reviewed. These can include images from our past guild meetings that you have used in print competition or all new images we have yet to see. Our goal is to get through as many as possible in the time allotted but we will at least touch on something from everyone who submits.

When submitting use your name in the title of the image as well as numbering them. Example:


This is for ease of tracking and to make sure we get to everyone, however, because Linda is serving as a judge at Focus (FPP’s annual convention) later in the year we will not reveal the creators name while discussing the image. If the creator has no plans of entering Focus or if they are okay with the possibility of Linda disqualifying her vote from State Judging the creator may chose to reveal themselves when the image appears.

It is not mandatory to have a digital mat and border on the image, however we do suggest completing this step so we can fully critique them. Kira has created a helpful video on how to set these up at the following link:

When uploading make sure the images are an appropriate web ready size so we can quickly download all of them on the day of the meeting.

Also, please remember this meeting is purely for the benefit of education. Our opinions, while based on our own experience and education in competition, are subjective. It is by no means our intention to tear down anyones work, but we may have suggestions as to why an image might be better suited as a “Sell-able” vs “Salon-able” image. We also encourage everyone in attendance to ask questions as well as provide helpful feedback or ideas.

I added all the members from the guild to the “Edit” section of the drop box link. You should have received an email but here also is a direct link.

The deadline for uploading images is 11:59pm on Sunday the 14th.

Also! Don’t forget about our standard monthly Print Comp! That will still take place like every month for the first 30 minutes of the meeting. So order those prints soon!

Please let me or any of the board members know if you have any questions. Looking forward to a stellar batch of images!


May’s meeting is also YOUR chance to DESTASH and SHOP. Members, bring anything you’d like to sell from your studios. This could include props, gear, ANYTHING you think that other members might be able to use that you no longer need. 
Here’s the rules
Everything must be labeled with your name and price
Take everything home with you afterwards that does not sell
Bring your own way to take payment. Square, Paypal, or the like preferred
TPPG is not responsible for your equipment. Please be mindful of what you bring.
All proceeds go to the seller.
You must be a current TPPG member in good standing to sell your items.
Visitors are welcomed, but $15 visitor fee applies. Must be your first visit this year.

Congratulations to our January 2017 Print Competition Winners

Congratulations to our Print of the Month category winner, Robert Hunter of Robert Hunter Photography

January 2017 Meeting and Print Competition

Welcome to 2017! We are so excited for the upcoming year and are kicking off the year with something a little different for our first meeting at Liberty Bar! The meeting will take place Monday, January 23rd from 6-9pm.


This month will sort of be like the first day of school…come back and see all your friends you’ve missed over the break and meet some new ones. The board will go over what to expect this year and there will be two fun stations set up from some of our local talent using off camera lighting. Feel free to bring your own camera for some hands on experience! We will have a slightly modified schedule than usual, so read the details below so you know what to expect and feel free to email us if you have any questions at all!

The Schedule:

6:00-6:30pm Everyone arrives to turn in prints, order dinner, and socialize.
6:30 to 6:45pm Introduce everyone and give a little info about who you are.

6:45 to 7:15pm Off Camera Lighting demo with AJ Abellera.

7:15-8:15pm Enjoy dinner while we vote on prints, hear from the TPPG Board and exciting events happening in 2017, and learn more about the monthly print competition!
8:15-9:00pm We will move the meeting outside to have a demonstration on how to “paint with light” using sparklers with Kylene and Ryan Gay. Bring a tripod plate for a Manfrotto (or your own tripod) if you’d like to try this technique.

We would love to see you there, please take a moment to RSVP on our Facebook page!

If you haven’t visited TPPG this year, this will be a super fun meeting to do so and the $15 visitor fee is waived for the month of January!


2016 Awards & Honors

2016 was a fantastic year for the Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild. We had some awesome speakers and made some good friends. Looking forward to 2017!

Here’s the Awards & Honors Gallery. Congrats to all of our 2016 winners!

November 2016 Print Competition Winners

Congratulations to AJ Abellera for his Print of the Month in the Portrait of a Woman Category!

View winner gallery. (Not all winning images shown)

October 2016 Print Competition Winners

Congrats to this month’s Print of the Month maker, AJ Abellera!

View all category winners

November Meeting & Print Competition

This month we welcome Georgia Zumwalt, CPP and her program, “Skin & Eyes.” Learn Photoshop retouching techniques for skin & eyes that will take your images from “good” to “GORGEOUS!”

Where: Liberty Bar
When: Monday, November 14, 6pm-9pm


14924012_10210964444978252_938749063_oGeorgia P Zumwalt is a proud and active PPA Certified Professional Photographer who serves the Georgia Professional Photographers Association as the photographic competition chair, and she is a volunteer photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS). She’s had a camera attached to one hand and a coffee cup attached to the other for over 25 years, and she believes believes that success lies within each and every person…and a healthy attitude is the key to great success. She began her photography career in the late 1980’s. One of her first professional jobs as a photographer was for the California Optometric Association. She was asked to photograph Folsom Prison (yep, the same one Johnny Cash sang about) for a story about the prisoners role in the eyeglass production. Over the years her work has been used by the National Audubon Society, Estée Lauder, Kubota, and FleishmanHillard to name a few. You can check out some of her work at www.georgiazumwalt.com

Annual Holiday Party Tickets on Sale!


When: Thursday, December 1st at 6:30pm
Where: Liberty Bar

We are so excited to invite you to the annual holiday party! The night will be filled with fun, food, drinks, 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!

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 Monday, November 28th. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know when purchasing tickets.

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October Meeting & Print Competition

Running a Home Photography Studio
with David Hakamaki, Cr. Photog

Where: Liberty Bar
When: Monday, October 17, 2016 6pm-9pm

David Hakamaki