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    • Tue, June 18, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 8900 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Suite D4, Scottsdale AZ 85255
    • 2

    Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions

    Tuesday June 18th, 2019

    Bob Zimmerlich, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP
    Connie Zimmerlich, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP


    Siena Artè Portraiture Studio
    8900 E Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite D4, Scottsdale

    FREE (only AzPPA members may attend)

    Attendee Limit


    NOTE: Exclusively For AZPPA Members Only!

    (c) Connie Zimmerlich

    (c) Bob Zimmerlich

    Have you thought of entering print (image) competition but didn't know where to start?

    Do you want to start your journey to achieve a Master Of Photography degree with PPA? AzPPA Apple Award?

    Most importantly are you interested in improving your image making skills?

    Image Competition is one of the best educational opportunities you will have in photography to truly improve your skills. Understanding the various levels of competitions, what the judges are looking for in an image, and how you can prepare your images to improve your score is all part of the learning process to become a better photographer and deliver quality images to your clients. 

    It's not really about competition against other photographers (although there are rewards for that), but rather it's about pushing yourself and competing against yourself to always improve and understand the fundamental basics of what makes a good image. These are the same rules that applied to paintings by the Old Masters as well as today's photographer!

    Bob and Connie will walk you through the entire process from image selection, preparing the image for competition, the 12 elements of a merit image, the advantages of entering image competition, and more. There will also be a demonstration on taking a RAW image, retouching it, creating a proper presentation for the image and uploading it for entry into image competition.

    Since this is being held at the Siena Artè Portraiture studio, there is a limited number of seats available (16) so if you are interested please register (all attendees MUST register prior to this class).

    Hope to see you there!

    • Tue, August 06, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Ability 360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Special Guest Jeffrey Shaw 

    Make Your Photography Business Irresistible By Speaking The Secret Language of Your Ideal Customers

    Jeffrey Shaw is host of the popular business podcast Creative Warriors, a TEDx speaker, a featured storyteller on The Month, and a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker at creative and business conferences.

    For more than three decades, Jeffrey has been one of the most sought- after portrait photographers in the U.S., photographing the families of such notables as Tom Seaver, Pat Riley, David Bloom, Stephanie Seymour, and C-Suite executives from Twitter, Anheuser Busch, 3M, as well as Wall Street leaders too many to mention. His portraits have appeared on the Oprah Show, in People magazine, O Magazine, and others.

    Having a keen eye isn’t just for what one sees, but also for what one senses. Jeffrey Shaw, a.k.a. the Lingo Guy, uses this honed intuition developed as a photographer to teach entrepreneurs how to attract their ideal customers by speaking their Secret Language.

    He’s the author of the book, LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible.

    Jeffrey is the father of three adult children and resides with his two dogs in Miami. 

    Program Description:

    Make Your Photography Business Irresistible By Speaking The Secret Language of Your Ideal Customers

    Have you ever noticed that the clients you jump through hoops for are often the least profitable? While the clients that are the easiest to work with spend the most amount of money? Those are the clients you want more of, right?

    Imagine a photography business where every one of your clients is worth your time and effort. Imagine no longer having to convince people of your value and the value of professional photography and instead, only work with people who already value you and what you offer.

    The problem is that in your business there is a gap. A gap between your brand messaging, how to promote your business, and what your ideal customers need to see, hear, and feel to be motivated to work with you. However, by speaking the Secret Language of your ideal customers—their Lingo— you will close that gap. In this program, you’ll learn how to attract your ideal customers, offer the services they most want, and develop experiences to wow them.

    The result will be a photography business that is more profitable, you’ll be able to create your best creative work, and build relationships with clients who will come back year after year and will rave about you to their friends. Not only will your business become irresistible, but running your business will be easier than it’s ever been and your life more fulfilled.

    You can also purchase signed copies of LINGO in advance (there’s a bulk rate- 30% off. Total cost is $13.27 per book) or purchase that evening for $18.95 and Jeffrey will be doing a book signing.   If you are interested in pre-ordering a book, email Andrew Faulds at andrew@studio3images.com by July 20th .

    • Tue, September 03, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Ability 360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Motivational Photography: Vision Of Vets

    Speaker: Bruce Roscoe, M.Photog.,CPP

    Details to be announced shortly

    • Fri, September 20, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 14640 N. Tatum Blvd #8, Phoenix AZ

    Studio Tour Courtney Talbott

    Free To All AzPPA Members

    Come spend a few hours taking a tour of Courtney Talbott's Studio to see how the studio operates and what equipment they use.

    • Tue, October 01, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Ability 360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Pricing For Success

    Speaker: Everardo Keeme

    Details coming soon

    • Tue, November 05, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1455 S. Stapley Dr., #2, Mesa, AZ

    Studio 3 Images Studio Tour

    Free To All AzPPA Members

    Come spend a few hours taking a tour of Studio 3 Images Studio to see how the studio operates and what equipment they use.

    • Tue, November 12, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Image Critique

    NOTE: Image Submission Deadline: November 11th@ 6PM

    There are few educational opportunities that help improve your understanding of image quality then print critique and print competitions.

    During image critique, members may submit up to 4 of their images (digitally submitted through the PrintCompetition.com website) to be evaluated by our panel of judges. After reviewing each image and giving a 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' score, each judge will in turn discuss every image that has been submitted to help the maker improve upon the image and potentially prepare it for higher level competitions.

    There is no charge to members to submit images for this image critique. Non-members may enter up to 4 images as well for a fee of $20 (in addition to meeting fee).

    Submitting for Image Critique is easy: Just follow these simple steps to upload your images:

    1) Go to www.printcompetition.com and click on 'free registration of new user' if you have not already used printcompetition.com, otherwise log in with your exisitng User ID and Password (this is the same system we use for Arizona State Image Competition)

    2) Once you are registered and logged on, click on the AZPPA box (shows November 2019 as date).

    3) Select if you are a member, and also if this is the first time you are entering an AzPPA image event.

    4) Click on the 'Create New Image Entry' button, then enter the information prompted (title of your image, category, and select if digital effects performed by you or not). 

    5) Click on 'Create New Entry' button and then upload your image.

    Repeat the above steps for up to 4 images you would like to have critiqued. 

    It's that simple. If you are new to image critique and competitions, start your journey now towards improving your photography and taking the first steps towards earning your PPA Masters Of Photography or Master Artist degrees at the International Print Competition. 

    By receiving feedback on your images now, you will be better prepared for submitting your images at State, District and International Levels (it is the International Level where your images can start earning merits towards earning a PPA degree). 

    If you are experienced with image critiques and competitions, now is the time to have qualified judges help you understand ways to improve your images before you enter them at State, District or International.

    Need help with uploading or registered, or not sure where to start? We are here to help you. Just contact Bob Zimmerlich at bob@clickchickphotography.com with your questions.

    Click here for detailed instructions and rules for entering image critique

    • Tue, December 03, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034


    Love + Light: Pregnancy & Newborn with Ana Brandt


    Details on this program coming soon.

    Registration opening date will be announced.

    Please Note: Ana Brandt is very popular and seats can sell out quickly. AzPPA members will receive first priority on registering for this event.

    Details On This Presentation Will Be Released Soon.

    About The Speaker:

    Ana Brandt has been photographing pregnancy and newborns for a solid 15 years. She is one of the top newborn and baby photographers in the country and is a national speaker at national events such as WPPI, PPA Imaging USA, and an instructor at Texas Schools.

    She is also an in-demand instructor in Europe and can be seen on CreativeLive.

    Located in Southern California, Ana lists among her many clients celebrities that have come to her for their maternity and newborn photography.

    Ana is also the creator of TAOPAN (The Art Of Pregnancy And Newborn), an extensive online resource and community for newborn photographers. Ana also has a unique line of clothing designed specifically for maternity and children photographers.

    For more information on Ana Brandt and TAOPAN, visit:



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Sat, June 08, 2019 AzPPA On-The-Road Series: Outdoor Photography Workshop with Pets, Horses and Humans
Fri, May 17, 2019 Studio Tour
Tue, May 07, 2019 SEO For Photographers
Sat, April 06, 2019 MASTER SERIES National Guest Speaker Lindsay Adler Worshop: in search of creativity: creativity in-camera and photoshop
Fri, March 22, 2019 Studio Tour
Tue, March 05, 2019 Fashionably Fit: Fitness and Fashion with Live Model Demo Shoot
Sat, February 09, 2019 Dinner at Garcias Mexican Restaurant for AzPPA Convention February 9th 2019 (Must be a convention attendee)
Fri, February 08, 2019 AzPPA State Convention and Image Competition Feb 8-10 2019
Fri, January 25, 2019 Studio Tour
Tue, January 08, 2019 Open House + Styled Shootout
Tue, December 04, 2018 Tips and Tricks to Create Stunning Product Photography
Fri, November 09, 2018 AzPPA Fall Festival 2018: Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Tue, November 06, 2018 Image Critique
Tue, October 02, 2018 Motivational Photography - Special Guest Speaker Tony Mandarich
Tue, September 04, 2018 Children Character Portraits By Pete Rezac
Sat, August 18, 2018 Moments With Santa
Tue, August 07, 2018 Business Frenzy Panel Discussion On All Things Photography Business
Sat, June 30, 2018 Social Fireworks Gathering With Heidi Mixon, CPP
Sun, June 03, 2018 Ben Shirk Program - Dinner Payment
Sun, June 03, 2018 SPECIAL NATIONAL GUEST SPEAKER: Ben Shirk Composing, Capturing, and Creating. The ideas, techniques and motivations behind creating unique images
Tue, May 22, 2018 Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions (Exclusively For AzPPA Members Only)
Sat, May 05, 2018 AzPPA On-The-Road Series: The Cinematic Portrait - Model In Woods - By David Lloyd CPP
Sat, May 05, 2018 AzPPA On-The-Road Series: BUS TRANSPORTATION For The Cinematic Portrait - Model In Woods - By David Lloyd CPP
Tue, April 03, 2018 Client Experience / Psychology Of Family Portraiture
Tue, March 06, 2018 Wild About Photographing Wildflowers - Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
Sat, February 10, 2018 Dinner at Lucille's BBQ For AzPPA Convention February 10th 2018 (Must be a convention attendee)
Fri, February 09, 2018 AzPPA State Convention and Image Competition Feb 9-11 2018
Tue, January 02, 2018 AzPPA Open House and Discussion On Photography Related Topics
Tue, December 05, 2017 Leveraging Todays Technology For More Creative Images By Bob Coates
Tue, November 07, 2017 AzPPA On-The-Road Heritage Series: Back To The Darkroom
Sat, October 28, 2017 AzPPA Fall Festival 2017: Exclusive Kartchner Caverns Photographic Access and Tombstone
Tue, October 03, 2017 Lightroom Seminar with Jim Walls, CPP
Tue, September 05, 2017 7 Steps to Build and Grow a Successful Photography Business
Tue, August 01, 2017 Image Critique
Tue, June 20, 2017 Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions (Exclusively For AzPPA Members Only)
Tue, June 06, 2017 The Business Of Baby Photography With Ana Brandt
Sat, May 06, 2017 AzPPA-On-The-Road Series: Boyce Thompson Arboretum Macro, Landscape and Portrait Workshops
Tue, April 04, 2017 Videography Primer For Photographers - David Weingarten, CPP
Sat, February 25, 2017 Dinner at Lucille's BBQ For AzPPA Convention February 25th (Must be a convention attendee)
Fri, February 24, 2017 AzPPA State Convention and Image Competition 2017
Tue, February 07, 2017 Pet Photography with Lisa Asp
Tue, January 03, 2017 AzPPA 2017 Open House FREE To All Professional Photographers
Tue, December 06, 2016 Family Portraits with Michele Celentano
Fri, November 04, 2016 AzPPA Fall Festival: Slot Canyons & Page, AZ
Tue, November 01, 2016 AzPPA On-The-Road: Light Painting Workshop at Superstition Mountain Museum
Tue, October 04, 2016 Becoming A Fine Art Photographer With Jane Conner-ziser
Sun, September 11, 2016 Studio Tour
Tue, September 06, 2016 Perfecting The Pose
Tue, August 02, 2016 Image Critique
Tue, July 12, 2016 Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions (Exclusive For AzPPA Members Only)
Tue, June 07, 2016 The Fluent Photographer - Your Survival Strategy with Suzette Allen
Sat, May 07, 2016 AzPPA-On-The-Road Series: HS Seniors Workshop At Gold Mine, Jerome AZ
Tue, April 05, 2016 Executive Posing with Kay Eskridge
Tue, March 15, 2016 Artisan Colour Lab - AzPPA Group Tour and Social
Sat, February 20, 2016 State Convention and Image Competition
Tue, February 02, 2016 Greg and Lesa Daniel: Value Of Prints and Large Wall Portraits (Sponsored By PPA Charities)
Tue, January 05, 2016 AzPPA Open House FREE To All Professional Photographers
Sat, November 14, 2015 Portraits Of The Old West Fall Festival
Mon, November 02, 2015 Green Screen Masking/Extraction Techniques with Live Demo
Mon, October 05, 2015 Panel Discussion: Sales Techniques and Products For Increased Profits
Tue, September 01, 2015 Image Critique (TUESDAY Evening Program For September)
Mon, August 03, 2015 Architectual Photography 101: How To Add Additional Income To Your Studio
Mon, June 08, 2015 Marketing Newborn and Baby Photography With Ana Brandt
Sat, May 02, 2015 Sedona Environmental Portraits Workshop with Bob Coates: AzPPA On-The-Road Series
Tue, April 28, 2015 Photographers Mixer Happy Hour
Mon, April 06, 2015 Discovering The Artist Within with Stephen Moody, M.Photog
Wed, March 25, 2015 Photographers Mixer Happy Hour
Mon, March 23, 2015 SOLD OUT! Outdoor Lighting Workshop at Japanese Friendship Gardens
Tue, February 24, 2015 Photographers Mixer
Mon, February 09, 2015 AzPPA Open House For All Professional Photographers
Sat, January 17, 2015 AzPPA State Convention

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