PPA Offers the Lowest Rates for General Liability Insurance

ppa-logoOne of the benefits of PPA membership is that members can purchase up to $1,000,000 in business liability insurance. Liability insurance covers you from any faults in relation to third-party bodily injury or property damage. This policy costs just $236/year, which is 10-30% lower than similar small business liability policies. For more information, click here.

Angie Monson to Speak April 10th at MTPPA

Angie Monson, owner of Simplicity Photography in Salt Lake City, Utah, will give a workshop entitled “Working with Clients From Start to Finish” on Tuesday, April 10 from 7-9:30pm in Lansing, MI. The workshop is sponsored by the Michigan Triangle Professional Photographers Association (MTPPA)

Angie’s work has been featured in several publications for its fresh look and colors. But in addition to her studio work, Angie helps teach other photographers how to build their own business with her workshops, blog, newsletter, and a huge selection of pre-designed marketing materials.

The program runs from 7pm – 9:30pm at Perspective 2, 319 East Grand River Avenue  Lansing, MI 48906 (Map).

Seating is limited, so you must pre-register to attend. Price is free to MTPPA members. Please RSVP to Melissa Downs @ Heartlight Photography via email to or call (517) 876-1272.

Price is $49 for non-members. To purchase a ticket, click here.


“Family Portraiture” Full-Day Program Sept. 26th

Rod Gleason Family PhotographyRod Gleason will conduct a SNAP Family Portraiture workshop  from 2pm till 7pm on Monday, September 26th in Lansing, MI. The workshop is sponsored by the Michigan Triangle Professional Photographers Association.

Rod will focus on working with posing, lighting, working with large groups and how to select the landscape that frames your portrait. Photographers are encouraged to bring cameras and be ready for a good time with outdoor family photography. See more of Rod’s work here.

SNAP stands for Shoot. Network. Apply. Profit.   SNAP was created to give photographers more opportunity for education but in a hands-on format.  Each SNAP is a full day centered around a speaker or certain subject.  If  you decide to become a member after attending a SNAP (within that year) MTPPA will put $100 towards your membership.  They are small in number so that you get the most out of it.  It’s also a great way to work with other photographers and learn from each other.

The cost for MTPPA members is $50.00, or $150.00 for non-members. Register is limited to 15 photographers. Click here to register or to see some of Rod Gleason’s work.

Fall Print Competitions – Get Started Now

The 2009 MTPPA Print Competition will be held Tuesday November 10th, and the DPPA Print Competition will be held Tuesday, November 17th. I strongly urge you to enter one or both of these print competitions. Here’s why:

• There is no better way to improve your skill and confidence as a photographer than to enter a print competition. Preparing to submit entries to the DPPA competition (selecting and tweaking images, discussing choices with peers) forces you to look deeper at your own photography.

• DPPA takes the time to bring in a juried panel of print judges – the same caliber of judges you would encounter at a regional or national competition. If your prints do well at DPPA, you can be assured that they will be competitive at the regional shows next year.

• Award-winning prints give you the confidence to pursue PPA’s Merits and Degrees program. With a PPA degree, you are not only recognized by your peers, but a degree can help you to justify higher prices for your work.

• No matter what kind of photography you specialize in, your style and subject matter is suitable for this competition. There is no excuse NOT to enter.

If all of this isn’t enough to motivate you, everyone who competes in the DPPA competition will get a chance to win a $250 dollar cash prize.

I hope we’ll have another good showing of entries like the recent DPPA album and folio competitions. If you had the opportunity to attend these events, you saw some wonderful work (Great job everyone who participated).

As always feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.

Tom Hicks
DPPA Print Competition Chair