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    • 16 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • LOCATION: Virtual Zoom
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    Virtual Image Critique Party

    DATE: Thursday, February 16th, 7pm

    An Evening of Inspiration, Education and Conversation via Zoom

    Join your fellow image competition entrants to request an image critique from the judges

    Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before

    LOCATION: Virtual Zoom

    • 24 Feb 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • 26 Feb 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Boston-Dedham Hotel & Conference Center

    EVOLVE 2023
    PPAM's Annual Photography Convention

    Friday, February 24th - Sunday, February 26th, 2023

    Join us for education and fun as we Evolve

    at the Holiday Inn Boston-Dedham Hotel & Conference Center

    55 Ariadne Road, Dedham, MA 02026

    A block of rooms are reserved at the Holiday Inn. You can book online Holiday Inn or Call 781-329-1000 and request the block code "PPA" to get the confirmed group rate for your stay dates. Book by Feb. 10, 2023.

    $110 (per night/ plus tax) room rate. Free Breakfast included.

    Note: Guests should enter their arrival & departure dates, then select the "check availability" button. Then select the room type. Once this is done, your group rate should display. 

    There's lots to do at the Evolve Convention and we could use some help.
    Plus you'll earn PPAM service merits. Want to help?

    Sign Up to Volunteer

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    Convention Weekend Schedule

    Friday February 24th

    11:00am - 7:30pm Registration Desk

    12:00pm - 3:00pm Chris Wooley Sponsored by ACI 

    “Master Your Digital Marketing”

    3:15pm - 6:00pm James Flachsbart

    "On Location, Off Camera Lighting"

    6:00pm - 7:30pm Dinner

    7:30pm - 9:30pm Member Welcome Party/Yard Sale Sponsored by PrintMakers

    9:30pm After Hours Lounge - Come Hang out!

    9:30-11:00ish  Live studio lighting demo by Christine Chambers
    Sponsored by ACI & Flashgear)

    Saturday February 25th

    8:30am - 5:00pm Registration Desk Open

    9:00am -12:00pm Christie Newel 

    “Boudoir: Bold & Beautiful”

    12:15pm - 12:45pm Annual Meeting

    12:45pm - 2:00 Lunch Break

    2:15pm - 6:00pm Toni Harryman

    “Dream Emote Play Create: Emotion and Creativity including Photoshop Technique” - Sponsored by ACI 

    6:00pm - 7:30pm Dinner Break

    7:30pm -10:30 Under the Tuscan Sun PPAM Party - Sponsored by ACI

    10:30pm  After Hours Lounge - Come Hang out!

    Sunday February 26th

    8:30am - 4:00pm Registration Desk

    9:00am - 11:00am Benjamin Williamson

    11:00am - 11:15am  Break

    11:15am - 12:30pm Steve Sedman

    "Evolve Your Business"

    12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break (food truck)

    1:30pm - 5:30pm Allison Watkins

    “Strengthening Your Family Portrait Skills”

    6:30pm - 6:45pm PPAM Group Photo in Lobby - BE THERE!!!!!

    7:00pm Awards Party -- Must Register

    9:30pm After Hours Lounge - Come Hang out!

    *Please note schedule subject to change*

    • 26 Feb 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn Dedham

    2023 Convention Awards Party

    (Free to PPAM Members)

    Sunday, February 26th, 2023

    Time: 6:30pm - 9:30

    Cocktail Attire

    Dinner & cash bar

    You must make a reservation for dinner

    Come celebrate your PPAM members and friends with lots of cheers.

    Deadline for Dinner Reservations FEBRUARY 16, 2023

    • 24 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Hampton Inn, 2 Foxborough Blvd, FOXBOROUGH, MA

    Paws & Tots

    (Marketing, sales, portraits, posing, lighting)

    Jen Hargrove, M. Photog. Cr., CPP

    Monday, April 24th, 2023
    Registration starts at 9 AM

    Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Hampton Inn, 2 Foxborough Blvd, FOXBOROUGH, MA

    Pets and children are by far the most beloved members of most families, but capturing their personalities is often more difficult than just a click of the shutter.  Instructor Jen Hargrove’s photographs are often defined by her simple classic compositions and authentic moments of pets and children.  Now you can join Jen as she shows you the basics of how she gets animals and children comfortable with the camera.  After this class, you’ll be able to capture great images of pets and children AND how to sell simple classic images like fine art.  She will cover sales and marketing as well as her Pop Up and On Location Studios. You will also learn how Jen has found success with image competition using client work and has used that success to build a highly profitable business.


    Jen Hargrove, M. Photog. Cr., CPP

    Big Piney, Wyoming

    Jen has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since January 2015. She entered the industry in September of 2012 and opened her studio, Jen Hargrove Photography in 2015. Jen specializes in pet, child and character fine art portraits as well as fine art photography. She obtained her CPP in July 2016 becoming one of nine CPP’s in the state of Wyoming and earned the Master of Photography degree and Craftsman degree in January 2019.  She is also a member of multiple PPA affiliates including, the ASP (American Society of Photographers, IPPA (Intermountain), PPN  (Kentucky), and  TPPA (Texas). She also serves on the Board of Directors of the IPPA (Degree and Awards Chair and Scholarship Chair and Education Committee). Jen strongly believes in the importance of continuing education and the role image competition has along with education in growing and evolving as a photographer, as well as a business owner. She also believes that all photographers have a responsibility to help educate other photographers, as well as clients. Jen and Tim, her husband (and part time lighting assistant) reside in Big Piney, Wyoming with their two dogs, Owen and Izzy. They have four children, Kennedy, Collin, Hayden and Payton as well as two granddaughters, Addyson and Rilynn and three grandsons, Hudson, Lincoln and Grayson.


    • 05 Jun 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Hampton Inn & Conference Center 319 Speen Street, Natick MA

    The Magic of Search Engine Optimization

    with Colby McLemore

    Monday, June 5, 2023

    Registration starts at 9 AM

    Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Hampton Inn & Conference Center, 319 Speen Street, Natick MA

    When was the last time you looked something up in the Yellow Pages? When was the last time you Googled something? How can you do business without a website that no one can find? You know the answer. Search engine optimization (SEO) is all about getting you not only closer to the top but also making it much more enticing to click on.

    There is pay-for-click (PPC) or you can sweat to get your clicks (organic SEO). We will be focusing on the one that takes time and effort instead of money – sound good to you? It might, but your rewards will be directly related to the amount of sweat you produce. This is a workshop where you will be working, so roll up your sleeves, bring your laptop, computer, or tablet and be prepared to participate. We will be going deep and at the end of the workshop, you’ll already be well on your way or further along your path in getting more customers. You’ll understand what it is, why you need it, and leave already having done a lot of the work and having a checklist of what you should do next. This isn’t for those who are easily mystified, this is for those who want results.

    “Can I just say ‘WOW’?  I am extremely impressed with Colby’s presentation on SEO. He IS on top of the game and knows his stuff. SEO is a subject that seemed way over my head but Colby shared a ton of knowledge and quite a few coveted secrets he has developed from years of his own research and experience in a clear, concise, and understandable way. It was truly valuable. Thank you so much, Colby. I have already started to implement what I learned.” --Donna L.


    Colby McLemore is the owner and visual storyteller of Colby’s Photos & Videos. He is a full-time professional whose work revolves around advertising photography and videography for businesses as well as for individuals. If he isn’t onsite at a job, you can find him in his downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, studio. If you are ever in East Tennessee, please reach out. He’d love to show you the studio and our lovely city.

    Colby works around marketers and advertisers every day. He attends as many of their trade meetings locally, regionally, and nationally as possible. He has been on the board of the American Marketing Association Knoxville and the American Advertising Federation of Knoxville for years. Surrounding himself with the best marketing professionals within the industry, even Colby picks up a tip or two. Within the marketing industry he is considered an advanced enthusiast, among local photographers, he is considered over the top. He has earned his Master’s, Craftsman, CPP, and Certified Drone Photographer. He loves letters behind his name and is trying to get a few more.

    Colby has won more awards than he feels he deserves but a lot fewer than many. He’s was in the Top Ten of the Grand Imaging Award in the commercial category. He’s squeaked out a Gold Triangle,National Award, an ASP State Award, Fuji Award, Kodak Award and all the cool ones at his local and state affiliates. He blasts his horn about them from the top of Knoxville’s tallest building.

    To learn more about Colby and to see examples of his work, visit his website at

    Registration starts at 9 AM

    Location: Hampton Inn & Conference Center
    319 Speen Street, Natick MA

    Monday, June 5 , 2023

    Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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