Maine Professional Photographers Association
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All of our monthly programs are FREE for MPPA members. If you have never attended an MPPA class or convention before, ask a current member about bringing you as their guest for free to an in-person event! All other non-members are asked to contribute $35 to attend. Simply register online or pay at the door. Join the MPPA and enjoy the many benefits of membership!

Our Annual Convention for 2022 is going to be on April 29th through May 01st at the Clarion in Portland, Maine. Remember admission is included in your annual membership!

We hope to welcome you at our next event!

Upcoming monthly programs & events

    • August 21, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Queen City Cinema Club, 128B Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401
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    All photographers welcome to join a FREE Alphabet Photo Walk and final photo reveal, food & drinks after at Queen City Cinema Club!

    What to expect:

    • 4pm - meet at Queen City Cinema Club, 128B Main Street, Bangor (entrance under Mama D's restaurant). From there, we will go on a photo walk, looking for everyday objects that resemble letters of the alphabet. Can you find all 26?
    • 5pm - meet back at Queen City Cinema Club - socialize with other photographers and enjoy each others work!

    Only 15 spots available!

    • August 25, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online Via ZOOM
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    Program Description: 

    Soon, our 2023 MPPA Image competition will be upon us!  Are you ready?  Would you like some feedback on your images?  Join us in our upcoming image critique night.  Send your own images or, if you prefer,  just listen and learn from other's images.  We'll have 2 judges - Rob Smith & Sandra Miner. 

    Please email "" up to 4 images with the following naming convention and maximum dimensions by Sunday, August 21:

      • YourName-1-ImageTitle.jpg
      • YourName-2-ImageTitle.jpg
      • YourName-3-ImageTitle.jpg
      • YourName-4-ImageTitle.jpg
    • The #'s in the name denote which image is most critical to you for feedback.  This allows us to critique everyone's 1's, then the 2's and so on.  If we have time to critique all images, we will!  If we run out of time, the most critical to you will be critiqued.
    • Maximum dimension is 4000 pixels on the longest side saved with JPG quality of 10, which is consistent with our standard print competition rules.

    The Critique will be recorded:  

    For those who register, we will be recording the critiques and it will be made available for a full 30 days after the date of the critique. So, if you cannot attend 'in person' via Zoom, please register and you can watch it until September 25th.

    About Rob Smith: What awards have Rob Smith not won? Rob has reached as high as Diamond Photographer Of The Year at IPC (plus platinum and bronze showings), Maine Photographer Of The Year, graced the cover of PPA magazine twice, and far too many more things to count. He will be moderating this evening of learning and image critique.  We will start off with a short presentation about the 12 elements of a merit image before getting into reviewing the submitted images. Please follow the guidelines as outlined in the graphic in order to participate! Some of our board will be acting as jurors with Rob moderating discussions about the images. Join us and learn from some of the best in print competition!

    About Sandra Miner: Sandra is a Maine-based Master Photographer specializing in nature, landscapes, high school seniors and sports portraits. She is a past President, VP and Director of the Maine Professional Photographers Association (MPPA), a Certified Professional Photographer, has earned the Photographic Excellence Award with MPPA and her Master of Photography degree with Professional Photographers of America. During her first year of image competition in 2017, she was awarded the MPPA Photographer of the Year, first time entrant, best in show and court of honor for naturalist as well as earning her first bronze medal with PPA!

    Sandy has critiqued images for various organizations and enjoys providing constructive feedback against the 12 elements of a merit image. In the end, however, it’s just one person’s opinion of another person's image. As the image maker, you need to take what you hear from other’s input and decide how (or if) you want to use it! That’s the fun part!

Past events

July 26, 2022 Monthly Meeting - Master Your Digital Marketing with Chris Wooley
July 21, 2022 Workshop - Family Documentary Photography with Sarah Truman
June 23, 2022 Photo Gear Yard Sale + Meet & Greet
May 02, 2022 Bonus Day | Kimberly Smith: Finding Your Creative Vision
May 01, 2022 Awards Banquet & Masquerade Party
April 29, 2022 72nd Annual Maine Photographic Convention
March 04, 2022 MPPA Monthly Program - Image Critique Night
February 17, 2022 MPPA Monthly Program - Making Your Business Legal with Attorney, Brandon Mazer
February 06, 2022 Workshop - Roaring 20s Wedding Style Shoot with OCF Training
January 06, 2022 MPPA Monthly Program - Armando Flores - Lets Go Into The Darkness
December 09, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - Sean Bagshaw - Next Level Landscape Image Developing With Photoshop
December 03, 2021 POSTPONED - The Mirrorless Camera with Noah from Hunts
November 16, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - Reuben Bell: Real Maine Weddings - Get Published!
November 07, 2021 Photographer Meet & Greet - Bangor Area
September 09, 2021 1 Day Workshop - Josh Hanna - Unconventional Senior Portraits
August 17, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - David Byrd - Discovering Creativity Through Storytelling
July 15, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - Luciana Calvin - Set Yourself Up for Success - Get Certified!
June 29, 2021 Photographer Meet & Greet - Augusta Area
May 16, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - Dean Bugaj - A Photo Walk Through the Land of Hobbits and Waterfalls
April 29, 2021 "People 101" with Dr. Megan Marsh of Pencil Events
March 28, 2021 MPPA Virtual Banquet - Awards Recognition
March 22, 2021 MPPA Bonus Program - Mark Mann - The Essence of a Portrait
March 19, 2021 71st Annual Maine Photographic Convention - VIRTUAL
January 28, 2021 MPPA Monthly Program - Chris Keeley - How to do In Person Sales – Virtually!
January 12, 2021 MPPA Image Critique - Rob Smith Moderator
November 12, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting: Judy Reinford Digital Painting: Animal Portraits
October 21, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting: Portrait Lighting with Nathan Tsukroff
September 24, 2020 MPPA Monthly - Josh Hanna's Modern Senior Marketing & Workflow
September 02, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting: Color Management- Monitors, Profiles, Color Spaces, and More! Hosted by HUNT's!
August 18, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting - Sports Compositing 101
July 22, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting - Painting with Photoshop the Sandra Way!
July 13, 2020 MPPA - Virtual Meet & Greet
June 18, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting - Creative Bird Photography with Ray Hennessy
May 13, 2020 MPPA Monthly Meeting - Color Grading & Light Shaping in Photoshop with Betty Wiley
May 07, 2020 MPPA Annual Meeting & Image Competition Awards
April 30, 2020 MPPA Annual Image Competition
February 28, 2020 Hunt's Annual Trade Show
January 28, 2020 MPPA Image Critique with Rob Smith
November 07, 2019 "Video 101" with Matt Stagliano of Stonetree Creative and Firelance Media
October 10, 2019 "Paws & Tot's" Workshop with Jen Hargrove
October 08, 2019 "Profitable Mini Sessions" with Jen Hargrove
September 29, 2019 Reaching New Heights with Aerial Photography by Lisa King
September 05, 2019 "Exploring the World of Possibilities within Photoshop" with Ella Carlson
August 01, 2019 "People 101" with Dr. Megan Marsh of Pencil Events
July 11, 2019 "Increase Your Wedding Sales" with Chris Keeley
June 06, 2019 "Crafting the Perfect Blog Post for SEO" with Maria Northcott
May 02, 2019 Food Photography - "Daylight Food in the Night Studio" With Mark Rockwood
April 03, 2019 Member Round-Table - Monthly Meeting
March 18, 2019 Bonus Day | Woody Walters
March 17, 2019 Awards Banquet - Banquet Only
March 15, 2019 70th Annual Maine Photographic Exposition & Convention
February 07, 2019 The Power of Prints, In Person Sales with Thomas Morelli - Monthly Meeting
January 17, 2019 Annual Print Competition Preparation - Monthly Meeting
December 06, 2018 Maternity Photography with Erin Moore - Monthly Meeting
November 08, 2018 Wedding Photography with Stephen Sedman - Monthly Meeting
October 21, 2018 Headshots & Portraits - Photo Walk-about
October 11, 2018 Astrophotography with Dean Bugaj - Monthly Meeting
September 18, 2018 Family Portraits with Kristina O'Brien - Monthly Meeting
July 19, 2018 Street Photography - Photo Walk-about
July 12, 2018 Landscape with Charlie Widdis - Monthly Meeting
June 21, 2018 Fireworks & Friends - Photo Walk-about
June 07, 2018 Senior Portraits with Jen of Darling Photography
May 22, 2018 Editing 101 with Sandra Miner
May 15, 2018 Business Bootcamp with Brittany Bugaj
May 03, 2018 On Location, Off-Camera Lighting with James Flachsbart - Monthly Meeting
April 28, 2018 Branding w/ Trish Logan
April 22, 2018 Print Competition with Lauren DelVecchio
April 22, 2018 Styling for Marketing & Instagram w/Patty Takacs
April 05, 2018 Member Meet & Greet - Monthly Meeting
April 02, 2018 Studio Lighting 101 with Robert Akers
March 19, 2018 Bonus Day | Fine Art Compositing and Business with Brooke Shaden
March 16, 2018 69th Annual Maine Photographic Exposition & Convention
February 22, 2018 Rock-Solid Lightroom Workflow
January 25, 2018 Annual Print Competition Preparation Meeting
December 13, 2017 Printing For Success
November 21, 2017 Booking - The Anti-Sales Approach
September 20, 2017 A Night of Education and Fun - Mini sessions & Non-traditional studio ideas!
September 17, 2017 Concept, from Start to Finish with Lauren DelVecchio
August 16, 2017 Email Marketing with Nicole Boucher
August 06, 2017 Headshot Day
July 19, 2017 Night Photography with Dean Bugaj
July 09, 2017 Steampunk and Parachutes with Ray Peeples
July 06, 2017 Thirsty Thursday
June 08, 2017 Thirsty Thursday
June 04, 2017 Food Photography with Jenn Bakos
May 30, 2017 Creative Portraits & Natural Light with Jen Dean
May 20, 2017 Monhegan Island Photo Adventure
May 17, 2017 Marketing to Millennials with Beth Fitzgerald
May 07, 2017 Maine Mentors | Lightroom & Photoshop with Lauren DelVecchio
May 02, 2017 Maine Mentors | Business Basics with Brittany Bugaj
April 19, 2017 Branding with Tiffany Farley
April 10, 2017 Jump Start Your Business | 3 Session Series with Trish Logan
April 09, 2017 Maine Mentors | Portfolios & Degrees with Patricia Takacs
March 28, 2017 Maine Mentors | Studio and On Location Lighting with Robert Akers
March 17, 2017 68th Annual Maine Photographic Exposition & Convention
March 16, 2017 Pre-Con | Styled Wedding Shoot with Jordan Brittley
February 16, 2017 Hitcher's Guide to Web and Social Media with Ray Peeples
January 22, 2017 Image Critique and Image Competition Preparation
December 01, 2016 Holiday Pinup with Robert Akers
November 17, 2016 Pricing Your Services with Maria Northcott
October 20, 2016 Photojournalism & Editorial Photography with Dave Dostie
September 15, 2016 Fine Art with Nylora Bruleigh
August 18, 2016 Creative Process with Jay Philbrick
July 14, 2016 Photographer’s Yardsale & BBQ
June 16, 2016 Concept Photography with Lauren DelVecchio
May 22, 2016 Maine Mentor Mini Programs
March 21, 2016 Bonus Workshop with Lou Freeman
March 18, 2016 67th Annual MPPA Convention
February 18, 2016 February 18 | Preparing Your Prints for Competition: Part II
January 21, 2016 Preparing Your Prints for Competition: Part I
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