Upcoming events

    • April 05, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Helena, MT
    • 5

    You must have your Masters of Photography degree or are close to receiving it to register for this class.

    Learn to better understand Image Competition from the Judge’s side of the equation—learn how scoring works, how to apply the 12 Elements in critiquing an image, learn judging etiquette and how to verbally critique an image in this class. You’ll learn how to evaluate your own images (as well as others’ images) using the Image Competition standards. You’ll also learn what is new in 2019 and better understand the rules changes for the upcoming competition season.  This class will be a staring point for MPPA Members that are interested in entering MPPA's new Juror Development Program.

    Bryan Welsh and Lisa Dillon, from Oregon, have more than four decades of professional experience between them. They are image competition veterans with 9 loan images, 7 Kodak Gallery awards, 3 Fuji Masterpiece awards and many other competition trophies. 

    Bryan is an ASP member, has his PPA Masters & Craftsman degree, is PPA Certified and is a PPA Approved Photographic Instructor. Bryan is a new JIT as of 2018.

    Lisa is also an ASP member, a Master Craftsman Photographer and a Certified Professional Photographer from PPA.  Lisa is a PPA JIT since 2016 and has traveled the country judging at some of the countries largest events.

    Bryan and Lisa also are both Fellow Photographers from the Oregon PPA.

    Together, they will demystify Image Competition and get you started on your way.

    • April 06, 2019
    • April 08, 2019
    • Helena, MT

    Join us in Helena, MT April 6th-8th for some amazing educational opportunities!  We have some world class speakers lined up for the weekend including:

    Richard Sturdevant


    Richard Sturdevant is a leading expert in photographic artistry and creative composites. His award winning work, style, and techniques have earned him high praise in the photographic industry.  Richard is known for an impressive track record in PPA print competition - receiving 17 prints with a perfect 100 point score in both state, regional and district competitions. He also made history with PPA at SWPPA District competition in September 2010 for the highest print case ever scored in the USA, Receiving a 100 print score on all four of his prints. He is the Overall Grand Imaging Award (GIA) Winner for 2011 and 2012 with best print in PPA. In 2013 he received 1st and second place in the GIA Awards for best Master artist Image and 3rd Place in Portrait. In 2014 he was Named as a finalist in the First World Cup and Also won Grand Imaging Awards 1st Place in Illustrative and Second Place in Master Artist held At Imaging USA in Phoenix, Arizona. Richard is the only Photographer in PPA History to go Double Diamond four times 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 He’s has been awarded Diamond Photographer of the year 11 times with Diamond and Platinum awarded at Imaging USA 2011 and 2014. In 2013 Richard also became a PPA international Juror.

    Sturdevant’s fluid combination of photography with fine art skills stems from his original artistic roots.  Prior to becoming a photographer, Richard made his living as a classic and award-winning artist and also was a national art instructor and a published subject matter expert. Using airbrush and oil, his unique but photorealistic style made for a natural transition to photography.  Today his passion for painting comes alive in his creations of photographic art.

    As a photographic artist, Richard received the prestigious title of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Southwest Photographer of the Year with SWPPA, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Texas Photographer of the Year with TPPA and 2008-2010 Dallas Photographer of the Year with DPPA.  He also achieved International Gold and International Platinum Photographer of the Year with PPA in 2007, 2008, then went double Platinum Photographer of the year for Photographic Open and Electronic Imaging in 2010. From 2005 to 2011, he received 15 Kodak Gallery Awards as well as 16 Fuji Masterpiece Awards. He also received 1st place in the portrait & Group category in the 2010 and 2011 WPPI 16x20 print competition. 

    Richard owns and operates Sturdevant Studio - a thriving portrait studio in Garland, Texas. He specializes in fine art composites, seniors, families, wedding, and commercial photography. He was featured on the cover of Professional Photographer in Dec 2012 with his Award winning image Time Traveler, He was I featured Rangefinder magazine August 2006 where his image “Durrel’s Run” was featured on the cover. Richard is a member of PPA, ASP, WPPI, TPPA, DPPA and is PPA Master of Photography, Master Artist of Photography and Photographic Craftsman. 

    Pete Rezac

    Pete Rezac, a portrait photographer based in Reno, Nevada, still chooses to work with medium and large format cameras and film in creating his fine art portraiture because of the tactile process it provides him in creating his work, along with the rich tones and high fidelity of the photographs that come from these tools. Seeking an authentic look to his children character portraits, Pete was inspired to create timeless portraits showing children at their best. This work has earned him numerous accolades from the photographic community.

    Pete holds the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, and Certified Professional Photographer degrees from the Professional Photographers of America, along with the Professional Photographers of California Master Photographer and Service Medallions. He is also a PPA approved Certified Professional Photographer Exam Preparation class instructor and active educator teaching and mentoring other professional photographers throughout the United States. Pete is also a Professional Photographers of America print juror in training and working towards the goal of becoming an affiliated judge. Pete also serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographers of California

    Pete supports PPA Charities Celebration of Smiles Day fundraiser. He and his orthodontic partners were top donors in the country in 2017, 2016, and 2015. Additionally, one of Pete’s images earned Best of Show for the Celebration of Smiles 2015 national event.


    International Photographic Competition Platinum Medalist - 2016, 2015 International Photographic Competition Gold Medalist - 2017, 2014
    PPA Western District Children’s Portrait 1st Place - 2017
    PPA Western District Certified Professional Photographer District Award - 2017 PPA Western District Children’s Portrait 3rd Place - 2015

    Grand Imaging Top 10 finalist Children’s Category - 2015
    California Studio Portrait Photographer of the Year - 2018
    California Children’s Photographer of the Year - 2017, 2015
    California Certified Professional Photographer of the Year - 2017, 2015 California Top 10 - 2018, 2017, 2015

    Kodak Gallery Award Western States District - 2012
    PPA Charities Celebration of Smiles Day Top Donor - 2017, 2016, and 2015 PPA Charities Celebration of Smiles Day Best in Show Portrait - 2015
    PPA Charities Image Impact Award - 2016

    Ted Linczak

    Ted & Rachel Linczak, M. Photog.Cr., are the owners and photographers of Linczak Photography and Nuvo Images. After starting their business in 2006, they quickly became one of the most sought after photography studios in Northeast Ohio, and in 2012 expanded their market reach with the Nuvo Images brand in Charleston, SC.

    Ted’s style is glamorous and combines high fashion photography with photojournalism to display relationships and connections between his subjects. His instincts lead him off the beaten path as he continuously challenges himself to not only stay current in the field of wedding photography but also create new trends and set new precedents. His goal in education is to teach photographers the fundamentals of beautiful posing, lighting, and capturing the decisive moment.

    Ted won the overall Grand Imaging Award from PPA in 2016 for his album 1863, which also was awarded the Gold Medallion Award by the American Society of Photographers the same. Ted received the 1st Place Grand Imaging Award in the Non-Event Album category for one of his portrait albums in January 2018, and won the 1st Place Grand Imaging Award in the Event Album category for one of his wedding albums in January 2017. He has placed in the top 3 for the category in both 2015 and 2014 (3rd and 2nd respectively), and has been a GIA nominee for the last 5 consecutive years. Ted was named  the South Carolina Master Photographer of the Year for 2017 and 2016, the Ohio Photographer of the Year for 2017, carrying the same title in both Ohio and South Carolina in 2015. 

    Melissa Thompson

    Melissa started her photography career at the age of 13 as the yearbook photographer at the local junior high school. She worked at a portrait studio through high school and attended Northwest College in Powell, WY earning her degree in Photographic Communications in 1998. Prior to opening her own studio, she went to work at a high-end studio in Rapid City, SD photographing weddings and seniors.

    Shortly after becoming a CPP, Melissa set a four-year goal to earn her Master of Photography degree with client portrait work and met that goal in 2015. During that time, she has won numerous state awards, 1st Place Senior Portrait for Western District, has been in the Top Ten for Wester District and has one ASP, six Top CPP, and five LexJet awards. She has also been Photographer of the Year in Wyoming and Montana a combined seven times and up for Grand Imaging Awards twice. 

    Her love for print competition landed her in the Judges Workshop this past August to start her journey of becoming a juror. She is excited to sit on panels among her peers scoring beautiful imagery and making many new friends along the way.

    • May 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Missoula, MT
    • 11

    Come join us for a class with Owner and Creator 

    Pamela Dunn-Parrish with Open Lens by Pamela

    in Missoula, Montana on May 24th, 2019 for 


    Every single woman deserves to look and feel epic in a photograph.


    The class will cover how to make the photo happen, a workbook as a tool for you to build your business in photograph curvy women with success and hands on photo with models.

    Class will be held at: 430 West Pine Street, Missoula Montana
    From: 9am to 5pm 
    Cost: $89 MPPA Member price, 
    Non-members $109.  Lunch included. Registration is limited to 12.

    Bring your camera, tripod, lens 70-200 and portrait lens (85mm) if you do not have these bring what you have, we will work with it.

    I am looking forward to sharing all I have learned and with women that I have worked with.  If we have time, I will take pictures of you and of course our group!   Come and have fun learning how to work with curvy women
    It is more than just posing and taking the photo!

    See you in May!

Past events

February 23, 2019 Light Painting with Ross Magnuson
October 21, 2018 Fall Focus

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