PPGF, theProfessional Photographers Guild of Florida (Miami- South Florida) is the SouthFlorida affiliate of PPA (Professional Photographers of America and FPP(Florida Professional Photographers). We serve professional and aspiringphotographers in Southeast Florida.
PROFESSIONALPHOTOGRAPHERS GUILD OF FLORIDA INC. is a not for profit South Floridaassociation, established in 1955. Our goal is to provide quality educationalprograms, networking, positive public awareness of professional photography andpromote professionalism in the photographic community.
Membershipin the PPGF is the best way to network with other photographers, keep yourskills sharp, and benefit from changes in our industry.
Benefits of Membership
- Monthlymeetings, including regional and national speakers and instructors. Topicsinclude issues and education relevant to the business and skill of professionalphotography.
-Professional Image competitions with PPA Judges to keep your talent evolving,
- Continuingeducation programs that keep your skills current.
- Aninfusion of new marketing strategies to help increase your income.
- A monthlyemail newsletter, A Meetup Web site. A Facebook Website.
A Brief History of PPGF from 1992
August19th, 2015 was PPGF's 60th Anniversary.
Belowis an excerpt of PPGF history from Past Life Director Robert M. Kelleypublished in the Gold Coast Exposure in 1992
Someyears back, a group of photographers with great foresight banded together toform what is known today as The Professional Photographers of Florida, Inc.
ThePrincipals of this Incorporation, which was chartered on August 19, 1955 wereRichard E.Hinman, Mel Victor, Olive Grose, Harvey Schapanski, Robert Kohn andDade Thornton. The Charter was granted by the Hon. Judge J. Fritz Gordon inDade County. Our first President was Richard E. Hinman with Mel Victor servingas Vice President and Olive Grose as Secretary-Treasurer.
ThisAssociation was relatively short lived, I believe because of some of therestrictive requirements. It then lay dormant for a period of years.In 1971after much discussion and a few meetings as to the feasibility of resurrectingthis Association, this mainly at the persistence and insistence of one RichardE.(Papy) Hinman we decided it was well worth the effort for our profession andthe community.
Wehave originally called meetings at a Bank in North Miami and at a Public Schoolin Miami Springs. The meetings were slim but there was the interest, so wecontinued. Mel Greene was elected to be our interim President until we couldset our elections. By staggering the terms of the first elections for our Boardof Directors to one, two and three years (i.e. - 3 @ 1 yr., 3 @ 2 yrs. and 3 @3yrs.) we determined that we could then have our annual elections in the futurefor three directors to serve a three year term each. Our first Board then votedthe Officers. Our new President was Mel Greene, Vice President was Don Schwarm,Treasurer Howard Good and our Secretary was Courtney Kaye.
Iam reminded of one program in particular at the Arrowhead Country Club in Ft.Lauderdale where our good member Harry Parker was putting on a lightingprogram. I believe we had about eighty or so Dinner Reservations in advance,and we were turning people away at the door, for the room only held about ahundred.
Thesweet smell of success was great and in appreciation of what our good friendRichard E."Papy" Hinman had done for us he was given the utmost honorof our association, that being the position of "Life Director".
Iremember at one of our Installation Banquets after Papy had gone up to theCarolinas to sit on a mountaintop and enjoy his golden years, we had the hotelmake a special hook-up with the telephones so everyone could speak to him andhe could be heard by all. I do believe that being very close to him, that I couldsay that this must have been one of the proudest moments of his life and onethat he could reflect back on with warm feelings forever.
Whenyou have one as much for our Profession and Humanity as this individual had weshould always remember him and in particular on our thirty seventh Birthday asit might not have taken place without him.
Overthe years we have had countless Seminars, Professional Photography Weeks andnow today(August the Nineteenth), as well as our birthday, we will celebrateProfessional Photographers Day. Also we have hosted a couple of SpringConferences for the FPP. Our Charter and By-Laws have undergone several changesover the years and at this point are complete and should take us easily intothe next Century.
Somethinggreat was started here and through good times and bad it is still here and ishighly respected. The name of this game is "Group Effort", it alwayshas been and always shall be United we shall Stand.
PPGF is a 501 (c) (3) non profit association, financial Information is always available to our members upon request.