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

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





September Meeting and Print Competition

When: Monday, September 19, 2016

Where: Liberty Bar



Boudoir Photography with Shannon Griffin

Shannon believes that boudoir photography is so much more than photographing scantily-clad women. Boudoir is about building a relationship with someone so that they can feel confident, perhaps for the very first time in their life. Shannon will explain why and how she photographs boudoir. Topics will include posing, pricing, marketing, and most importantly, how to build trust with your clients.

Shannon Griffin

About the Speaker

shannon-griffin-headshotShannon received her degree at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, which provided a basic foundation for her career as a photographer. She credits most of her success since, to the hours she has spent building relationships with the women she has photographed. These hours have taught her how to be vulnerable, which in turn has helped her to find her true artistic voice. In addition to boudoir, Shannon is also a published wedding photographer. She spends most of her free time traveling with her husband, exploring new places.

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 

August Meeting and Print Competition

When: Monday, August 15, 2016
Where: Liberty Bar

Making a Business out of Headshots with Gary Hughes, M. Photog. Cr. CPP

Join one of the foremost headshot photographers in the industry as he shares the secrets of how he and his wife and partner, Julie, have created a thriving photography business by standing in the shallow end of the pool and working an underserved market. Learn marketing and pricing strategies as well as some of the techniques Gary uses to create his signature images. From beginner to expert, this program will educate, entertain and equip every attendee to take advantage of this exploding market in professional photography.

TPPG Gary Hughes


gary_hughes_headshotAs the child of photographer parents, it is ironic that Gary’s professional life included everything but photographer until life led him back to the path he was ultimately destined, photographer. In 2008 he and his wife founded Hughes Fioretti Photography and, in the years since, have grown their business by making a name for themselves as THE place to get headshots in Central Florida. Aside from running a studio in Orlando, FL, Gary is also in demand as a photography educator and travels often, teaching his methods to photographers all over the world. His main focus as an instructor is to empower photographers to create the type of business that sets them free to live the kind of life they want.

Gary’s work has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and he has been a speaker for Imaging USA, Creative Live and has written articles on photography for the Huffington Post.


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

July Meeting & Print Competition

In Person Sales with Stacy Larsen

When: Monday, July 18, 2016 6pm-9pm
Where: Liberty Bar

Without a doubt, in person sales equal higher profits. But for so many, the very thought of becoming a sales person can be terrifying. Stacy Larsen will be sharing her low pressure, high profit approach to in person sales. She will walk you through start to finish how she maximizes her profits while building life long relationships with her clients.

TPPG Stacy Larsen


Stacy LarsenStacy Larsen is a natural light Photographer in the Tampa Bay area, has been in business since 2004 and has combined her years of experience and passion for photography to build a successful boutique portrait business. Stacy has been teaching budding photographers around the country how to start and run a profitable business without falling into the “Mom with a Camera” gap that so many new photography businesses fall victim to. She prides herself on being an open book and loves sharing her knowledge and experience whenever she can.


April Meeting & Print Competition

Fred Brinson, Method to the Madness

When: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 6pm
Where: Liberty Bar

We are pleased to welcome one of our own Florida super-talents… Fred Brinson! Learn fancy art methods that will inspire you to be more creative with your photography! He will cover lighting, Photoshop tips and tricks and how you should squeeze every drop out of your images to make them the best they can be! Get into the heart and soul of one of Florida’s Finest Photographers! You do not want to miss this program. Take some notes as Fred reveals his techniques and recommends his go-to applications. Examine his work and you’ll see why FPP awarded him with The Becker Award…the highest and most distinguished award presented each year!


FRED BRINSONFred is best known for his award winning creativity! He burst on to the scene both at FPP and the Lakeland Guild in 2001 and experienced near instant recognition for his photography and unique portrait style!

Fred was included in the coveted Florida Professional Photographers Top Ten List numerous times! The awards received at his local guild are indeed numerous, but it should be noted that Fred earned 1st Place Photographer of the Year at FPP while receiving two separate “100” scores in the same competition!



March Meeting & Print Competition

A Brand New Year with Gina Barca, CPP

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6pm
Where: Liberty Bar



  • How to build & maintain a successful brand identity.
  • Discover the five steps needed to effectively brand a business.
  • Learn the best-kept secrets in marketing a creative business.
  • Explore content-based marketing, hashtags and everything in between.
  • Discuss new trends in social media and what “going viral” really means.

A handout will be provided with the step-by-step process to guide attendees through transforming their businesses within 12 months. Attendees will also have exclusive access to a private Facebook group
for continuing their journey through community support and resources through weekly videos and posts.

This program is perfect for anyone looking to rebrand an existing business, build a new brand from scratch or increase their knowledge of branding, marketing and social media.




Gina is a Certified Professional Photographer and graphic designer specializing in wedding photography, corporate branding and marketing. After graduating from the International Academy of Design and Technology with a degree in Graphic Design, Gina founded Barca Designs in 2009. With an eye for design and a passion for marketing, Gina set out to build a brand that would stand out from the crowd. Seven years later, the success of Barca Designs is a testament to her tactical branding and marketing strategies.

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

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 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 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