May Speaker | Scott Kelby

Portrait Retouching Secrets for Photographers Learn portrait retouching from the guy who literally wrote the book (Portrait Retouching Secrets For Photographers, from Peachpit Press). You’ll learn Scott’s latest portrait retouching techniques and the fastest, most efficient, and most realistic-looking retouches for anyone who shoots portraiture, and needs to spend less time behind the computer and more time making images.  Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, Training Director and instructor for KelbyOne Live Seminars, and author of a string of bestselling technology...

April Meeting | Print Competition

Tuesday, April 10th | Judging begins at 4:00 pm, Critique to follow Judges will be Tim Kelly, Robert Lino, and John Woodward. Competition to be held at: BW Todd Photography 1906 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33607 Directions to the Studio $20 at the door or prepay with Paypal Case fees: $15 for attendees (pay at the door or through PrintCompetition.com) You must also join PrintCompetition.com which costs $8 Upload your case to: PrintCompetition.com Deadline for entry is: April 9 @ 12:01 am Complete rules...

March Speaker | Marti Newkirk

Tuesday, March 13th Holiday Inn Westshore 700 N. Westshore Dr. Tampa $20 at the door or prepay with Paypal   Marti Newkirk – Boudoir is for EVERY Body Many of our potential customers believe that boudoir photography is only for those with perfect bodies but nothing could be further from the truth. Join Marti as she shares with you how she poses and lights her boudoir customers to showcase their best! We will discuss how to use posing and lighting to bring the attention where you want it to be. What is her least favorite feature and how to divert attention from those areas. What we can’t hide with shadows and posing, we will learn how to handle with composition or camouflage in a variety of creative ways. We will also talk about how to talk to customers to set them at ease during the session. This program will consist of a presentation with a live model. Marti Newkirk is a Certified Master Photographer based in Lakeland FL who specializes in boudoir and portraits. She has been photographing professionally since 2010. She has earned Silver Medals in Professional Photographers of America’s 2015 and 2016 International Print Competition with her images accepted into the prestigious Loan Collection. Her work has been featured on the cover of Southern Exposure, a Southeastern Professional Photographer magazine and Florida Photographer, the magazine of the Florida Professional Photographers Association. Marti was also named 2015 Photographer of the Year by the Professional Photographers Guild of Mid Florida. In 2014, she was awarded First Place in Children’s Photography in 11 states by the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association and earned her designation of Certified Professional Photographer, CPP. Marti is currently the President of the Florida Professional Photographers Association and the Vice President of the Professional Photographers Guild of Mid Florida, having served as President in 2015. In her spare time, Marti enjoys spending time with her close photographer network and her husband, the incomparable Mr. Bill....

February Speaker | Jason Schappert

Tuesday, February 13th 6:00PM Holiday Inn Westshore 700 N. Westshore Dr. Tampa $20 at the door or prepay with Paypal   So You Want To Fly A Drone Jason Schappert     Jason Schappert is an American pilot and entrepreneur. Schappert is a CFII and ATP rated pilot, founder of MzeroA.com, and author of eight aviation flight training books and is the founder of RemotePIlot101.com who is the largest provider of Part 107 test preparation.   “Everything you need and nothing you don’t to pass your FAA UAS Knowledge test with flying colors and be a safe real world sUAS Remote Pilot in command.”   Jason Schappert is a pilot and author of 8 best selling aviation flight training books. He is a CFII and ATP rated. Jason was named AOPA’s Top Collegiate Flight Instructor in 2008 and Outstanding Flight Instructor of the year in 2014 & 2015. He is also the producer of an innovative online piloting school, known as MzeroA.com’s Online Ground School. As a flight instructor with over 8,000 hours of dual given (instruction given time).   Schappert began flying at age 12, and did his first solo flight at 16. He subsequently became a flight instructor, and earned all the ratings up to ATP, including private pilot certificate, instrument rating, and Commercial Pilot Certificate. Schappert currently flies a Cessna 172.   Jason was named National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Top Collegiate Flight Instructor in 2008 and 2012. In 2009 he created a program called Future Pilots Flight Academy for aviation-minded youth in conjunction with the Discovery Science Center.   He was named AOPA‘s Outstanding Flight Instructor of the year in 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017.   Schappert Produced the Flying Again Movie  featuring rusty pilots who have not flown anywhere from 2 to 30 years. This effort was then featured on the TV series The Aviators.   MzeroA.com was named in the Inc. 500’s 2017 top growing private companies as...

January Speaker | Ben Wilmore

Tuesday, January 9th Holiday Inn Westshore 700 N. Westshore Dr. Tampa $20 at the door or prepay with Paypal   Lessons Learned: On the Road, Behind the Lens & Pushing Pixels   Ben Willmore has spent over a decade as a Technomad (technology-enabled nomad): His full-time home is a lovingly restored vintage bus of 1930’s design that is jam packed with modern technology. As a photographer, Ben has shot in all 50 states, all seven continents and over 65 countries. Has been using Photoshop since before Adobe named it Photoshop and was one of the first dozen people to be inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. He has written more than a dozen books on digital imaging and has taught at well over 100 events spread across the globe from Antartica to Zimbabwe.    In this talk, Ben will share some of the most important things he’s learned over the years related to travel, photography and digital imaging. He’ll show you how his photographic mindset has matured over the years and share some uncommon digital techniques that he finds essential to producing quality images. He will also dispel common Photoshop myths that produce great clickbait videos, but have little true value. The knowledge and experience he shares is sure to improve your photography while entertaining you with images captured all over the world.     ...

Nov. Speakers | Huth and Booth

  Tuesday, November 14th Holiday Inn Westshore 700 N. Westshore Dr. Tampa $20 at the door or prepay with Paypal   Print Competition: What Were Those Judges Thinking? In this fun program you will learn what the judges are looking for when they judge your prints. You will have an opportunity to experience print judging firsthand in a fun and relaxing environment. This program will help you take your prints to the next level. You might want to bring a couple of prints for us to critique and judge. This should be an informative and fun evening....

Oct. Speaker | Connie Summers

Tuesday, October 10th Holiday Inn Westshore 700 N. Westshore Dr. Tampa $20 at the door or prepay with Paypal   Connie Summers is a Animal Photographer specializing in pets. In the beginning, 15 years ago she started doing stock photography for calendar companies such as WillowCreek and Brown Trout. Her Images were also published in Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, DogWorld ( a cover shot), Barrons educational series on specific breeds, including birds,guinea pigs and horses to name a few of the publications. For 6 years Connie shot all the photos for a local pet magazine, Sarasota Pet. Connie still submits images for calendars along with shooting for local clients and volunteers for rescues to help find pets their “furever” homes. Her love of pets along with her love of photography has lead to a very satisfying career.Capturing Pet Portraits & Giving Back Connie will provide information on how to capture pet’s portraits with tips and a bag of tricks to get their attention. Providing a live shoot with Finn and a slide presentation to show some behind-the-scenes preparation. Conniesummers,com  ...

Sept. Speaker | Megan DiPiero

Tuesday, September 12th Holiday Inn Westshore 700 N. Westshore Dr. Tampa $20 at the door or prepay with Paypal   Megan DiPiero – The $5000 Close So you want to have a $5000 sale? How ‘bout a $10,000 sale? Big sales can happen when you know how to close like a pro. During this program you will learn how to implement the practices that will bring you maximum PROFIT all while delivering maximum JOY to your client. With the right strategies in place, sales can be easy and fun! Bring a notebook and an open mind and get ready for a game-changing presentation. BIO Megan DiPiero lives, eats and breathes business education. She has worked in sales for 20+ years, selling everything from cars to books to bras. She found her home in the photography industry back in 2010 and quickly grew her business to a 6-figure success! Megan was recently featured as a platform speaker at Imaging 2017 with her buzzworthy talk: “The $3000 Headshot.” You can find Megan in her Facebook business community: “Rise to Top! With Megan DiPiero”—a forum for professional photographers—5000 members strong and growing....

August Speaker | Greg Daniels

Tuesday, August 8th Holiday Inn Westshore 700 N. Westshore Dr. Tampa $20 at the door or prepay with Paypal   Designed for a Purpose! Portrait Designers, Gregory Daniel and his wife Lesa, will present the secrets of building a successful brand that yields the lifestyle everyone dreams about.  They have built one of the most respected and successful portrait businesses in the country.  Join them as they equip you with some easy to remember tools that will most certainly help you gain the confidence you need to grow your business!   Speaker Bio’s Gregory Daniel M. Photog.,Cr., CPP,F -ASP, FDPE, FSA Lesa Daniel Cr. “Before each of the great masters began their portraits, landscapes, and still life paintings, they sat down in front of a blank canvas.  Ready to pour all they knew of their craft into creating brilliant works of art. As I’ve grown and matured as a portrait artist, I’ve learned to approach my work from an artist’s perspective; each session brimming with the potential of a blank canvas, beckoning me to awaken it with my skill and vision”. Greg and his wife Lesa Daniel are internationally recognized for their artistry. Though he is one of the most awarded photographers in the United States, Greg has the utmost privilege of living out his passion every day alongside Lesa in operating their portrait photography galleries in both Indialantic and Titusville Florida. He has achieved both the title of Master of Photography and The American Society of Photographers Fellowship. In addition, Greg is was one of the youngest members to be inducted into the prestigious Cameracraftsmen of America in 1991, proud founding member of the International Society of Portrait Artists (ISPA) and on the Board of Directors for Professional Photographers of America....

July Speaker | Rhea Lewis

Tuesday, July 11th Holiday Inn Westshore 700 N. Westshore Dr. Tampa $20 at the door or prepay with Paypal Beautiful Boudoir by Rhea Lewis: Instilling Confidence in Others Through Portrait Photography This program will give insight into the transformative nature of boudoir photography for women; that it’s not just about taking pretty pictures. It discusses why everyday women seek this style of photography experience; if there is enough of the market for it and if you can build a business with it. It will go over what it takes to be successful in this market and if this genre is right for you. The speaker will share her personal journey into this style and why she has chosen it.  She will then go over how she does it; from lead generation, to booking the client, to client consultation, to her version of the boudoir experience, her set design process, posing to flatter your subject, special editing techniques, sales presentation and her pricing strategy. She is an open book and eager to share her knowledge in this new and empowering experience for women from all walks of life. About Rhea: Rhea Lewis is an award-winning photographer. She has been in business as a professional photographer over the past 12 years. She has won International acclaim, with her work being selected into the exclusive Professional Photographer’s Association Loan Collection. She has been Photographer of the Year from the Professional Photographer’s Guild of the Palm Beaches several years running. Her images have been on the cover of many publications including the cover of Florida Professional Photographer Magazine, Palm Beach Parenting and Style Magazine. She is a leader in her profession and has served on the Board and as President of the local Professional Photographer’s Guild of the Palm Beaches. She Continues to give back to the industry by serving on the Board of Directors. Rhea also graciously donates the use of her boutique studio for workshops and continuing education through the...