Maryland's only Professional Trade Association Committed to the Artistic, Technical, Personal, and Business Success of the Professional Photographer


Upcoming events

    • September 26, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    We hope you will join us for a program with 

    Kay Eskridge, Cr.Photog., CPP

    Wednesday, September 26th


    sponsored by 

    This is a PPA Continuing Education Merit Class! PPA members attending 6.5 instructional hours will receive a PPA service merit!

    Empow-her: Learn How to Create Empowering Images of Executive Women 1pm-5pm


    Terrific Tween Photography 6:30pm-9:30pm

    All Day Program!

    About Kay:

    Combining her passion for photography and her love of people, Kay Eskridge’s studio, Images by Kay & Co., has earned a sterling reputation for high-quality lifestyle portraiture. Kay takes great pride in not only the imagery she creates but also the high level of customer service she provides. Specializing as a lifestyle portrait artist, Kay’s clientele has come to rely on her to capture images from all of life’s special events, from maternity to newborns, tots to ‘tweens,’ High School Seniors to summer family vacations and even intimate images captured through the CelebrateSexy division of her studio. Her focus on relationships, creative approach to portraiture, unique perspective on customer service and clear vision about business has provided her with much success doing something she loves. Kay is a member and Past President of the Arizona Professional Photography Association and is one of Kodak-Alaris’ Approved Speakers. She is PPA Certified, a Master-Photographic Craftsman and holds numerous awards, including the National Award, the Arizona Photographer of the Year, the Kodak Gallery Elite Award, the Phoenix Portrait Photographer of the Year, and the Arizona Illustrative Photographer of the Year.

    Program Details:

    Empow-her: Learn How to Create Empowering Images of Executive Women 1:00pm-5:00pm

    Today, more and more women are presidents of corporations, serving on boards, owners of both small and large business and leaders in their communities… and they all need professional executive portraits.

    These powerful women know the importance of their personal brand and will seek out a photographer who knows how to help them create an ‘intentional image’ to support and express their brand. They will want to hire someone that shares their understanding of self worth, self-confidence and personal strength as well as a creative, knowledgeable photographer who also possesses technical expertise. 

    This empowering program is also personally for YOU so that you can become ‘that’ photographer she will hire. You’ll learn how to create your own personal brand and style, go though mental exercises to improve on your self-worth and self-confidence and make personal positive, empowering changes that will be reflected in your photography business.

    This unique program balances the concept of “mind/body/soul” with photographic education. You’ll learn how to establish a business plan, design marketing strategies, create successful promotions and discover unique sales opportunities. You’ll learn how to pose women of all shapes, sized and ages and learn techniques to overcome even the hardest lighting situations. 

    At the end of the workshop you will feel personally empowered and ready to confidently go after the very lucrative market of photographing executive women.

    Terrific Tween Photography - 6:30-9:30pm

    If you are a professional photographer looking to offer a portrait experience that will bring year round cash flow, allow you to feel good about what you do AND give your clients something to RAVE about . . . this is a perfect program for you. 

    Social media has changed the face of how today’s young people deal with self image, especially girls in their tweens and teens. Body positive messages are becoming very popular and it is my goal to become a part of this movement with my photography and the experience that comes with these programs. 

    I’ve hit the jackpot focusing on offering photography options for tween-agers (9-12 years old). Especially with young ladies as it’s providing me a platform to become their photographer of choice when it comes to their High School Senior portraits. It also leads to family portrait opportunities a parent is always involved with the session or event scheduling, transportation and image ordering .

    The portrait experiences I cover are:  

    +Model for a Day is great for helping a young lady decide if she’d like to pursue a modeling career 

    +Primp & Pose is an awesome group Portrait Party where they also learn age appropriate makeup

    +U R Unique is similar to a senior session but focuses more on their individual interests

    +M & M (Me and Mom) has become a huge hit for a mother/daughter bonding experience

    Partnership Marketing Campaigns are also covered as they play a big role in all of the programs. We’ll also talk about social media and how images are shared and why it is so IMPORTANT to reach this generation as to the value of photographic prints.

    Photographers attending this program will be able to plan and implement these programs, set up marketing strategies, feel confident in the camera room and increase their sales with this very lucrative and unique target market.

    • October 23, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    We hope you will join us for our FALL FEST

    Michael and Tina Timmons

    Tuesday, October 23rd

    All Day Program!   9:30am-5:00pm

    This is a PPA Continuing Education Class! PPA Members 

    attending 6.5 hours of  instruction will receive a PPA service merit.

    {Day 2 of Fall Fest is our October Print Competition!}

    Program 1:  Artistic Inspiration

    In our very hectic society it can be difficult to stay positive. Our industry has changed so dramatically, that keeping up with the expectations of the average customer can really push photographers to their ultimate limits. Working harder for less has become the norm. Come to this program to recharge your creative battery.  Explore numerous ways to keep a smile on your face each and every day.  Learn to make time for yourself, no matter what.  Join me for a brief recess from this chaotic existence we know as life.

    Program 2: Drone Photography 

    Michael E. Timmons, M.Photog, Hon. M.Photog., M.Artist, Cr., CPP, F-ASP

    Ever wonder what it would be like to fly? Have you been curious about becoming a Drone pilot and adding a new product line to your existing business or maybe starting a new business altogether? Join Michael, an F.A.A. licensed, sUAS pilot, as we navigate this exciting new adventure together. There are many things to consider in this new opportunity to photographers and entrepreneurs alike. Is it right for you? Let Michael help you determine that before you invest many hours and dollars into this venture. 

    This two hour program will give you the basic information that you need to make the decision on whether to purchase a drone for your business or hire out the services of a licensed pilot. There really is more to it than just buying a drone.

    Tina and Michael Timmons


    Michael and Tina have both been involved in photography since 1983 and joined forces in 2000, after owning individual studios. They own The Portrait Gallery and Gallery 143 in Michigan. The portrait studio specializes in family, children, high school senior portraits, and events. Gallery 143 offers customizable Fine Art Interior Décor, and services clients such as NASCAR, Hendricks Motor Sports, Drury Inns, McDonalds Restaurants, in addition to banks, hotels, doctors offices, individual businesses and private collectors. Competition printing is another service provided, with over 40 Photographers of The Year as clients.  

    Both are Master, Craftsman, CPP and Award of Excellence Degree holders through PPA, and have been named Photographer of the Year within the state multiple times. They have received awards such as Kodak, Fuji, Best of Show, Judges Choice, Top Ten (both state and regional), Four for Four, ASP State and Regional Elite Award, Michigan Service Award, numerous Loan collection images and PPA Photographer of The Year Pins.  Michael has had four loan prints in 2003, 2008, and 2010 and Tina achieved that status in 2009.  Michael has exhibited in The International Hall of Fame, Photokina in Cologne Germany, Epcot in Walt Disney, has been The MES Photographer of the Year three times, and has had four prints score 100. He has received the National Award and is a published poet and writer. In addition Michael was named a Fellow by the American Society of Photographers in 2010. Tina has been awarded the National Award, the MES Illustrative Award three times, The LexJet Award twice and was published in The New York Times Magazine.  

    Michael and Tina have lectured across the United States at local, state, regional, and international conventions in addition to numerous week long schools and personal workshops. They travel all over the world sharing their experiences, while continually photographing each location to add to their fine art library.  Both are International Jurors through PPA, while Michael is a Jury Chairman.  They traveled to Korea in 2009 to judge the PPK International Regional Print Competition, and just returned from France representing PPA at the WPC 2015 Event, in which Tina was a judge. Both have held numerous board positions and stay involved in every level.  Michael currently serves on the PPA Executive Board of Directors as President and is also involved in two committees within. Tina is currently serving as President of PPA Charities, is the President of the Mid Michigan Professional Photographers Association, Past President of the Professional Photographers of Michigan, and is the American Society of Photographers State Representative. Sharing their knowledge with a large circle of photography friends has become a huge part of their life.  

    • October 24, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    Fall Fest: October 2018 Print Competition

    Register here to let us know you will be attending our autumn MDPPA monthly print competition!  Our print competition event is open to non-members to attend as our guest. To enter the print competition, please go to as instructed below.

    Please be sure to read the current Print Competition Rules document, as there have been a few small changes.  Links can also be found under our Print Competition tab on this website.

    Date: October 24, 2018

    Time: 10:00 am - this is an earlier start time than usual, as we are holding an evening program with Adrian Henson, "Light Painting," following the print competition!


    • Early  October 14th at 11:00 p.m.  
    • Late – October 17th at 11:00 p.m. 

    Entry Fees:

    • Member     Early: $10 each up to 10 images; Late:  $15 each up to 10 images
    • Non-Member    Early: $15 each up to 10 images; Late:  $20 each up to 10 images
    • Maximum of 5 entries per category per maker

    Non-members may enter for score only and are also welcome to attend the judging for free.

    To enter the print competition, please go to as instructed below:

    We are using for our image submission and print competition facilitation.  If you haven't already, please take a minute to become a new member on their website.

    1 - go to
    2 - click on "Register"
    3 - enter your email and password...
    4 - Select MDPPA
    5 - Scroll down to click "Register"
    6 - Create your profile

    There are two levels of membership. The $8/year membership will be necessary in order to participate in the print competitions. The $12/quarter membership will provide you with access to thousands of images from around the U.S. You will be able to see the judges scores of your own images as well as all entries and hear any challenges. This is a great learning opportunity. Please read the descriptions to decide which membership is best for you. Feel free to look around and become familiar with this website. 

    Christina Martin and Julie Kim

    Co-Print Chairs

    • October 24, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia MD 21044

    Fall Fest! Day 2!

    Evening Program: Light Painting with Adrian Henson

    Wednesday, October 24th, 6-9:30pm

    This program will follow the day's Print Competition, and is expected to start at 6pm

    Free for MDPPA members and included for everyone who registers for Fall Fest's Tuesday Program with the Timmons!

    Join us as we follow Adrian Henson's process for Light Painting through a presentation and demonstration!

    More Program Details to Come!

    Adrian Henson's Bio:

    Adrian Henson and his wife Heather operate their studio in New Bern NC. They began their journey into photography in 2001 and never looked back. While their studio covers the usual range of clients, the heart of their business is High School Seniors, dance students and Commercial clients.  Adrian's images have received many awards from State, Regional and International competitions including a photographer of the year awards in 2011, 2012 and the Diamond award in 2013.  Adrian has earned his Master of Photography, master of Electronic Imaging, and Craftsman Degrees and now has enough loan collection images to receive the coveted Image Excellence award. Adrian has also earned his Masters from SWPP UK. 

    Adrian has a degree in Mechanical Drafting and Design and utilized those
    skills as a project manager for the first eight years of his professional
    life. In 2001(after many years of not having any creative outlet), Adrian
    discovered his love for photography. While the change from project manager
    to photographer was huge, the skills and talents learned in his design
    training proved useful in both careers.

    He is a self-described "hobbyist" and is always on the lookout for new and
    exciting hobbies to explore. From aquariums to metal detecting, and from
    cave exploring to sailing, he's been involved in almost too many hobbies to
    count! While photography began as a hobby, it was the "one" that stuck with
    him and rocked him to the core. Many of his hobbies came and went, but
    photography quickly evolved into much more, it became a core passion that
    will define him forever. Every hobby now seems to revolve around and come
    back to photography, and Adrian always finds a way to combine new hobbies
    with his love of photography.

    Today, Adrian is heavily involved with his state organization (Professional
    Photographers of North Carolina) as well as being a PPA Councilor. He
    regularly travels while teaching and speaking and is an International
    Photographic Competition Juror in Training. He is very committed to
    photographic competition and has been honored with the Diamond, Platinum,
    Gold and Bronze awards as well as North Carolina's Photographer of the Year
    award two years in a row and SEPPA's Best in Show, just to name a few.
    Adrian considers competition the greatest informal education around and owes
    the bulk of his photographic success to it.

    Adrian is also devoted to making photography better. He encourages sharing
    and openness among professionals and believes that "the rising tide lifts
    all ships." He believes that through education, we can return confidence
    back to the photography profession.

    • November 14, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia MD 21044

    We hope you will join us for:

    Interior Architecture with MDPPA Member Chris Spielmann

    Wednesday, November 14th, 7-9:30pm

    Free for MDPPA members!

    Chris Spielmann has been a full-time commercial photographer for 34 years. His work includes a strong emphasis on architectural photography and his assignments also include other corporate clients as well. For his architectural images Chris brings a particular emphasis on composition, location lighting, and accurate rendering of color to his assignments.  His extensive knowledge of Adobe Photoshop for post-production editing techniques helps to enhance the captured image.

    Chris also has a background in teaching architectural photography. He was an adjunct professor at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts teaching the Architectural Photography and Advanced Photoshop Editing Techniques modules. Chris has also been a guest lecturer at The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design as well as at numerous photography clubs. He has also taught multiple Super 1 Day workshops.

    Program Description

    For the first part of the program students will be shown samples from a variety of the instructor’s assignments over many decades of working as an architectural photographer. This will include a discussion of various approaches and techniques related to interior architectural photography and how to deal with creative challenges including composition and lighting. Subjects such as overall illumination, accent lighting, working with different white balances, and elimination of reflections will be covered in depth.

    The second part of the program will be a demonstration of various techniques for perspective correction, layer masking, compositing, and color correction.

    We hope you will join us!

    • December 12, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    It's That Time of Year for the MDPPA Annual Holiday Social!

    We hope you will join us to celebrate our year together. Invite your special someone and mark your calendar for an evening of fun, food, great conversation, and friends!   

    This year we will gather at our usual meeting place, Oliver's Carriage House, on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.  

    Food arrangements are currently underway...MDPPA will be providing the main dish - fried chicken! and non-alcoholic drinks. BYOB!   To sign up to bring a side dish or dessert to share, check back for a link!

    If you would like to participate in the $10 gift exchange game, please remember to bring a wrapped $10 gift!

    Please register here so that we know to expect you!

    Happy Holidays :)

Past events

September 17, 2018 Collaborative Work Day and Equipment Sale: September 17 2018
August 18, 2018 Member Family Picnic!
August 06, 2018 IPC Streaming and Collaborative Work Day: August 6 2018
July 25, 2018 July 2018 Print Competition
July 24, 2018 Work/Life Balance with Jenni Knezovich
July 16, 2018 Collaborative Work Day: July 16 2018!
June 27, 2018 MDPPA Member Benefit Event!
May 23, 2018 French Country Stylized Event - a Hands-on Photo Shoot
April 25, 2018 April 2018 Print Competition
March 22, 2018 Leveraging Today’s Technology for More Creative Images - with Bob Coates
March 22, 2018 A Day with Bob Coates - Be Inspired! Black and White File Processing and Personal Projects
February 28, 2018 Image Salience and How to Achieve it in Portraiture, with Kelly Schneider
February 03, 2018 MDPPA 2018 Annual Awards Banquet
February 01, 2018 2018 Annual Print/Digital Competition
January 31, 2018 MDPPA Annual Convention 2018
January 10, 2018 Demystifying Print Competition
December 13, 2017 MDPPA Holiday Social 2017
November 15, 2017 A Full Day of Wedding Photography Education! Creating Impact with Art - Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary
October 25, 2017 October 2017 Print Competition
September 27, 2017 Portrait Lighting for Maximum Impact and Lightroom to Run Your Studio
August 23, 2017 The Business of Photography: From Hobby to Sustainable Profession
July 26, 2017 July 2017 Print Competition
June 28, 2017 Profiting From Non-Profits
May 24, 2017 Making the Jump to Commercial Photography and Modern Senior Portraiture
April 26, 2017 April 2017 Print Competition
March 10, 2017 Gallery Day Out: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
March 04, 2017 MDPPA 2017 Annual Awards Banquet
March 02, 2017 2017 Annual Print/Digital Competition
March 01, 2017 MDPPA Annual Convention 2017
February 22, 2017 Bodyscapes with Matt Meiers
January 25, 2017 Getting Noticed In The Crowd: Social Media and Marketing for Photographers
January 18, 2017 Ins and Outs of Print Competition
December 14, 2016 MDPPA Holiday Social 2016
December 01, 2016 Consider the Masters - Gallery Tour at the National Gallery of Art
November 16, 2016 Conceptual Portraits - Tatiana Lumiere
October 26, 2016 October 2016 Print Competition
October 25, 2016 Two Days of Pet Photography with Barbara Breitsameter Day 1 and Angela Lawson Day 2
September 27, 2016 Location Portraits with Dave Brosha
August 24, 2016 Doug Mattice- Business
July 27, 2016 July Print Competition
June 22, 2016 Teens and Tweens with Lidia Miller
June 17, 2016 CPP Exam
May 25, 2016 Seniors with Beth Forester
April 27, 2016 Print Competition
April 26, 2016 Ann Monteith's Get Down To Business!
April 13, 2016 Double Your Income- Double Your Fun! Joe Switzer
March 23, 2016 Take Your Prints To the Next Level With Christine Walsh-Newton
February 28, 2016 MDPPA Annual Awards Banquet
February 26, 2016 Sensor Cleaning
February 26, 2016 Annual Print Competition February 26, 2016
February 25, 2016 MDPPA Annual Convention 2016
February 03, 2016 Time Lapse photography and 360 Degree Virtual Reality Photography
January 20, 2016 How to Prepare for the annual print competition with Christina Martin (MDPPA Print Chairman)
December 04, 2015 MDPPA Holiday Social
November 18, 2015 How To Photograph Pets and Their People
October 28, 2015 Print Competition October 28 2015
October 14, 2015 CPP Exam
October 08, 2015 CPP Mentorship Workshop
September 30, 2015 Boudoir by Jen Rozenbaum
March 07, 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet
February 21, 2015 "A Planet of Light: Exploring Light, Lines, and Moments in our Outdoor World" - Dave Brosha
February 21, 2015 Avant Garde Fashion with Brian deMint
January 28, 2015 Tim Cooper - Painting with Light

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