Professional Photographers Guild of Florida (Miami- South Florida) is the South
Florida affiliate of PPA (Professional Photographers of America and FPP
(Florida Professional Photographers). We serve professional and aspiring
photographers in Southeast Florida.
PHOTOGRAPHERS GUILD OF FLORIDA INC. is a not for profit South Florida
association, established in 1955. Our goal is to provide quality educational
programs, networking, positive public awareness of professional photography and
promote professionalism in the photographic community.
in the PPGF is the best way to network with other photographers, keep your
skills sharp, and benefit from changes in our industry.
Benefits of Membership
meetings, including regional and national speakers and instructors. Topics
include issues and education relevant to the business and skill of professional
Professional Image competitions with PPA Judges to keep your talent evolving,
education programs that keep your skills current.
infusion of new marketing strategies to help increase your income.
- A monthly
email newsletter, A Meetup Web site. A Facebook Website.
A Brief History of PPGF from 1992
19th, 2015 was PPGF's 60th Anniversary.
is an excerpt of PPGF history from Past Life Director Robert M. Kelley
published in the Gold Coast Exposure in 1992
years back, a group of photographers with great foresight banded together to
form what is known today as The Professional Photographers of Florida, Inc.
Principals of this Incorporation, which was chartered on August 19, 1955 were
Richard E.Hinman, Mel Victor, Olive Grose, Harvey Schapanski, Robert Kohn and
Dade Thornton. The Charter was granted by the Hon. Judge J. Fritz Gordon in
Dade County. Our first President was Richard E. Hinman with Mel Victor serving
as Vice President and Olive Grose as Secretary-Treasurer.
Association was relatively short lived, I believe because of some of the
restrictive requirements. It then lay dormant for a period of years.In 1971
after much discussion and a few meetings as to the feasibility of resurrecting
this Association, this mainly at the persistence and insistence of one Richard
E.(Papy) Hinman we decided it was well worth the effort for our profession and
have originally called meetings at a Bank in North Miami and at a Public School
in Miami Springs. The meetings were slim but there was the interest, so we
continued. Mel Greene was elected to be our interim President until we could
set our elections. By staggering the terms of the first elections for our Board
of Directors to one, two and three years (i.e. - 3 @ 1 yr., 3 @ 2 yrs. and 3 @3
yrs.) we determined that we could then have our annual elections in the future
for three directors to serve a three year term each. Our first Board then voted
the Officers. Our new President was Mel Greene, Vice President was Don Schwarm,
Treasurer Howard Good and our Secretary was Courtney Kaye.
am reminded of one program in particular at the Arrowhead Country Club in Ft.
Lauderdale where our good member Harry Parker was putting on a lighting
program. 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 a
sweet smell of success was great and in appreciation of what our good friend
Richard E."Papy" Hinman had done for us he was given the utmost honor
of our association, that being the position of "Life Director".
remember at one of our Installation Banquets after Papy had gone up to the
Carolinas to sit on a mountaintop and enjoy his golden years, we had the hotel
make a special hook-up with the telephones so everyone could speak to him and
he could be heard by all. I do believe that being very close to him, that I could
say that this must have been one of the proudest moments of his life and one
that he could reflect back on with warm feelings forever.
you have one as much for our Profession and Humanity as this individual had we
should always remember him and in particular on our thirty seventh Birthday as
it might not have taken place without him.
the years we have had countless Seminars, Professional Photography Weeks and
now today(August the Nineteenth), as well as our birthday, we will celebrate
Professional Photographers Day. Also we have hosted a couple of Spring
Conferences for the FPP. Our Charter and By-Laws have undergone several changes
over the years and at this point are complete and should take us easily into
the next Century.
great was started here and through good times and bad it is still here and is
highly respected. The name of this game is "Group Effort", it always
has been and always shall be United we shall Stand.
PPGF is always looking for Meeting Sponsors and Speakers
Contact email@example.com 954 224-8122 if you would like to promote your products or have a presentation for a future meeting. Earn Merits for speaking if you are a PPA Member.
Dale Laboratories, Photographic Imaging and Enlarging in Hollywood, FL is our primary local lab sponsor. Please visit online or in person.
The Professional Photographers Guild of Florida recommends TYE Studios for it's excellent staff, facilities and rental location. TYE Studios is Fort Lauderdale's Premier Photography Rental Studio with 6500 square foot plus multiple shooting areas including a private seven acre nature/tree preserve. TYE Studios also is a teaching facility for photography covering items from basic to advanced including studio lighting, posing etc. See www.tyestudios.com for excellent workshops and classes.
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