Professional Photographers Guild of Florida
 * Miami * South Florida

PPGF recommends Bridal Business Boot Camp!

Use PPA Affiliate Discount Code:  PPA30



Chris Evans will share one NEW Networking Idea that will CHANGE YOUR WORLD!

Your business will EXPLODE - Guaranteed!

Thursday - October 23, 2014

Hilton Garden Inn Miami Airport West

3550 NW 74th Ave

Miami, Florida, 33122

Reserve Your Seats At

Use Discount Code PPA30

Miami October 23rd Event

ALSO: Orlando October 21st Event

Hampton Inn closest to Universal Orlando 5621 Windhover Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32819 1-407-351-6716

Come spend a day with Chris Evans and learn how to grow your business. During this exciting Boot Camp Chris will cover all aspects of wedding business growth including:

9am to Noon
- Learn How to Double Your Business in 12 Months
- Websites That Save You Time & Money
- Five Ways to Make Your Website ROCK!
- Why Brides Don’t Buy and How to Fix It!

1pm to 4pm
- How To Master FaceBook & Book More Business
- How To Capture LGBT Weddings!
- Five Closes that Brides Respond To!
- Why Social Marketing Is BS And What To Do!

Enjoy the full day for one low price –

Tell your friends coming up in 2014…

Fort Meyers, FL - November 18, 2014 

San Juan, PR - December 11, 2014

Certified Professional Photographer Exam {CPP)

Monday October 27th, 2014 

6 PM (register by 10-20-14)

Location:  Gerlinde Photography

6756 Stirling Road, Hollywood, Florida

The Professional Photographers Guild of Florida (PPGF) is your South Florida Affiliate of The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Florida Professional Photographers (FPP).  Our organizations are committed to helping Professional and Aspiring Photographers improve their craft through Education, Competition and Certification.  PPGF offers the CPP Exam a few times a year.  PPGF offers CPP preparation counseling for all PPGF members.  If you are not prepared for the upcoming test date, please contact us to let us know your interest in pursuing your CPP Certification.

Certification is affiliated with PPA membership.  PPA members declare their certification candidacy, take a test and submit mandatory images to show competency.  Earning Certification isn’t easy: you have to pass a written test and an image review. The Certified Professional Photographer program is a great tool for marketing yourself and distinguishing your skills as a Professional Photographer business.

CPP Exam Requirements:

You must be a current PPA Member

a.  PPGF promotes PPA membership.  For $ 27.92 a month PPA Membership gives you access to many benefits and discounts designed to save you money as a Professional Photographer. Business Services, Copyright, Advocacy & Legal Resources, Education & Competitions, Equipment & Software Discounts, Protection though Insurance (Business Liability, $15,000 Equipment Insurance & More) and Indemnification Trust (Malpractice Protection). Use PPGF code for your online PPA membership application.

b.  If you join PPA now you get one full registration to Imaging USA February 1st-3rd, 2015 Nashville, TN.

Use the PPGF code on online PPA registration or download a PPA membership application from the PPGF website.You must Declare Your Candidacy and pay the $200 registration fee at

  You declare yourself as a CPP candidate by completing the application and paying the $200 candidacy registration.  The application must be processed before you may register for the exam or submit images.

You must register for the exam at least five business days prior to the written examination date available. If you do not register you will not be able to take the exam.

Your candidacy is valid for two years from the date of the application. This payment will appear as on your credit card statement. Additional fees apply upon satisfying all requirements to obtain your designation.

Take the Test.  100 questions Multiple Choice.  You pass with a score of 70 or higher. You will be notified within 10 days about your results. 

You then must submit online 15 images showing your skills.  The images are reviewed certain times of the year.  You will be notified of image review times.

Joe Gallagher and Ed Robinson are your South Florida Certified Professional Photographer Liaisons.  The PPGF and your South Florida Liaisons are here to help you prepare and get your certification.

For more CPP information contact us  Robert Stolpe 954 224-8122  Visit  Professional Photographers Guild of Florida is also on Meetup and Facebook.

Suggested Reading

Please be aware that you do not need to read or purchase these resources to take this exam. This resource is a general study guide for the fundamentals of today's imaging industry.

Agelus. The International Color Consortium. 2012.

Bockaert. The 123 of Digital Imaging Interactive e-Book Version 2.0 2003.

Box. Doug Box's Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers. 2009.

Excell. Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots. 2011.

Freeman. The Complete Guide to Digital Photography, 5th Edition. 2011.

Hirsch. Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age. 2011.

Hirschfeld, et al. The Hand Exposure Meter Book. 2001.

Hunter. Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting. 2011.

Kelby. The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers. 2012.

Kelby. The Digital Photography Book. 2011.

London, Stone & Upton. Photography. 2011 (10th edition).

Long. Complete Digital Photography. 2012 (6th edition).

Pegram. Posing Techniques for Photographing Modeling Portfolios. 2008.

Percy. Simplifying Composition: Aspect ratios. 2011.

Smith. Lighting for Outdoor and Location Portrait Photography. 2007.

Valenzuela. Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking Worldclass Photographs. 2012.

Zucker. Monte Zucker's Portrait Photography Handbook. 2007.

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 9-5

The Florida Hotel & Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando

One of the most popular instructors in the history of Texas School and IUSA!

What would it mean to you and your family if you could turn your photography into a REAL business? If you are already in business, how would you like to separate yourself from the crowd by creating images at a higher level of quality with sales that reflect what you are worth? Steve Kozak will show you how.

Steve explains, "The reason most people fail in photography is that they are missing the key ingredients required to become successful, and don't know where to turn for help."

Steve's classes have sold out at Texas School the past 14 years and at Imaging USA for the past eleven.

With this workshop, you will gain a wealth of knowledge and a unique insight into creating images at a professional level. Steve will have you looking at your career from three aspects: The Fundamentals, The Business, and The ART of Photography.

During the workshop, Steve will cover:
~ Creating Portraits Using Natural Light
~ Seeing and Measuring Light
~ Fundamentals of Flash Photography
~ Studio Lighting Made Simple
~ The Basics of Posing and Composition
~ Getting Your Business on Higher Ground
~ Marketing Professional Photography and Finding Clients
~ Developing Pricing Strategies for Profit

In the first part of the workshop, Steve will share tips and techniques which will help strengthen your images and foster your creativity. Participants will also learn how to create images that set your work apart from the crowded field of inexperienced photographers. Steve will also show you how to make more money with much less effort. Then the workshop turns to growing and strengthening your business. You will learn the art of marketing and the secrets to higher sales.

It is a day PACKED full of practical information and laying out a plan for success.

Don't forget to make your reservation at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center before this FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17th to receive the special FPP room rate! Come check out the new convention hotel and home for FOCUS 2015!Early Bird registration closes in TWO WEEKS! Register before October 27th for discounted pricing. See why Steve has SOLD OUT Texas School of Photography for 14 years in a row, and Imaging USA Pre-Con classes for 11 years!

Who wants to carpool or share a room at the hotel?

Work Less, Bill More

Presented by David Sinai and Janice Wendt

November 19th, 2014

Program: 7pm-10pm

Location: Hollywood Jaycees, 2390 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL 33021

Costs: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 for students, Current PPGF members free


Whether you are well established or just starting out, in The Seven Game Changers to Ensure Your Success you will learn to run your photography businesses more profitably. In this two-hour interactive seminar, we'll describe why so many photography studios fail, and illuminate the steps you can take to be successful such as:

1. Personality traits essential to running your own photographic business. 

2. Identify mundane and tedious tasks and learn to take them off your plate. 

3. Defend your value proposition to earn the price you deserve. 

4. Streamline your workflow to make time for the things you really love. 

5. Why "the cloud", mobile technologies, and other trends are so important to your business.

6. Simply and easily apply current technologies to improve your work and workflow.

7. Learn new techniques, integrating editing tools, to streamline and turn your average shots into amazing WOW images.

David Sinai

An avid black and white photographer and print maker, David Sinai is the founder and president of Picsera, your photography assistant in the cloud. While advances in technology have made it easier to learn and master the craft, the digital age has made the photography business increasingly competitive. Picsera's mission is to help photographers improve their quality of life by enabling them with more personal time and increased profitability through post-production outsourcing, innovative technology and business education.

Janice Wendt

Janice Wendt, Trainer to the Trainers, is also a world-renown artist who specializes in photography, digital image enhancement and retouching. She has more than 30 years of experience in nature, commercial, wedding and portrait photography. Janice combines traditional techniques she learned in the darkroom with the power and flexibility of current, state-of-the-art technology to continue her tradition of excellence.

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