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February 2017

Meeting Information

Next Meeting Date is
Monday, February 13th, 2017

(see below for meeting details as they 
unique this meeting.)

Please RSVP
by February 2nd
to our RSVP e-mail: 
BPPA Meetings are held the second Monday
of each month. 

Der Dutchman Restaurant
3713 Bahia Vista Drive, Sarasota, FL 34232

Dinner and Program
$35 for Members
$45 for Non-Members


5:30 PM - Registration
6:00 PM - Dinner 
6:30 to 8:00 PM - Program
8:30 PM - Meeting Concludes

If you are on the Permanent RSVP List, you only need to respond if you are NOT ATTENDING. 
If you are NOT on the Permanent RSVP List, you must e-mail your RSVP by the Thursday prior to the meeting to attend.
Please send your response HERE to reserve your space.
If you RSVP Yes, and you do not attend, you are responsible for payment.
No shows will be billed for the meeting, NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE

...From The Editor

Dear Colleagues, 

If anyone knows InDesign, I would love someone to help me with the newsletter and bring the online version back.  Call me if you are seriously interested, my studio 941.362.1957.


Lastly, if you know someone who is a professional photographer, or is a student of photography, or someone who is starting out in this field, please be sure to invite them to subscribe to our newsletter.  We want new members.




Thank you,

Maria Lyle, Newsletter Editor.





Jane Connor-Ziser
With over 25 years of experience, 19 of them in digital imaging and evolving technologies, the techniques Jane has developed facial retouching and enhancement and portrait painting are widely emulated by photographers and digital artists worldwide through her classes and educational products.  Jane has lectured and taught classes all over the world.  She is a highly respected pro imaging artist and photographer in her own right and shares her knowledge freely with freelance artists, photographers, color labs, schools of photography, universities, elementary schools, community art programs and private tutoring through her classes, mentoring programs and educational DVD's.  Considered to be one of the most versatile artists in the industry, Jane's engaging style, impressive knowledge of her field and her easy and entertaining way of presenting challenging material makes her one of the most sought after instructors.
                             Creativity                     Imagination

It's something that we all share as human beings.  It's what we humans have used to create our society, our art and our lives - all of the good and all of the bad in our created world has come from someone's creative, imaginative mind.  Some people seem to be born creative;  they exude creativity and spontaneity wherever they go.  Others never discover their hidden gift....maybe because they are afraid to explore something foreign to their normal, controlled existence, or perhaps when they were curious children they were told one too many times that curiosity killed the cat and to stop asking so may questions because things just "are".  And then there are people like me, insanely curious and excited to explore but are not always able to put into words, music or onto paper these "things" that live so colorfully in our imaginations.  I'm not lying; I have to work at it and the way that I do it is to choose creative exercises that I'm not good at that force me into new territory where I can learn how to learn again.  I took up playing the tabla drums at one point.  I'm really, really bad at it.  But I did it enough that I reached a point where I actually felt the rhythm and it was pretty awesome.  We won't talk about my songwriting or snow skiing adventure BUT this evening I'd like to share with you one of my photo are adventures, Abstract Portrait Painting.  I'll get one started and take you through my process and during the presentation I'll share my own methods and challenges in becoming more creative, why I do it, how I select a project and how I walk myself through the tough parts.  Please feel free to chime in with your own experience and let's make it an evening in which we can all inspire each other!
Don't want to hassle with emailing your RSVP for each meeting? 
Become a Permanent RSVP Member and skip the hassle. 
As a Permanent RSVP Member, you will be added to the attending list on a monthly basis.The only time youhave to send in an email response is when you are NOT ATTENDING.  Otherwise, there is nothing more you need to do.
2017 Board Of Directors

President - Gigi O'Dea

Vice President - Carmen Schettino
Secretary - David Emmett
Treasurer - Heidemarie Burke
Director - Donna Williams
Director - Christine Thomas
Director - Connie Summers

2017 Committee Chairs

Membership / Website - Donna Williams
Program - Connie Summers
Salon / Archivist - Jennifer Gerardi

FPP State Delegate - Heidemarie Burke
Newsletter / Photographer / House RSVP - Maria Lyle
Social Committee - Christine Thomas 

In order to run a good organization, we rely on volunteers.  These positions are greatly appreciated by all.  A lot of our members double up on committees.  We would love to have your assistance on any of our committees.  You get to learn more about BPPA and get to know everyone even more! 
If you are interested, please contact our President, Gigi O'Dea.

...From Your President 


Greetings... What a great meeting we had in January with Randy Vanduinen.  We missed lots of our members who were gone for either health or educational purposes.  Hoping  to see everyone back this coming month for another great program.  We are so lucky to have Jane Connor-ziser back to share her knowledge and talents with us. 

This past month, many of our members committed to expanding their education and skills by taking the Certified Professional Photographer's course.   There were nine of us in the class and we spend three long days together learning the fine details of our profession.  I think we would all attest, that it was worth every moment.  We had a great time and so glad to be learning it with friends.  A few of us have already taken the next step to take the exam portion and passed with flying colors.  It's a great thing to add to our resume and our clients will be better for it with our new found knowledge. 

 One of the benefits of being part of this guild is the friendships and comradery we have with other professionals.  I love that we were on this journey together.  I know it has been mentioned many times over the past few years, but I'm so proud of all of us that made the commitment to make it happen.  I can't thank Al Audleman enough for taking the time to offer this class to us.   

Being a member of BPPA has many benefits...

Joining a professional organization in your chosen field indicates a true commitment to your profession.  That professionalism is a great source of confidence for your clients.

You are a working professional who has signed on to a code of ethics and one who is managing your business in a professional and ethical manner.  You have a business license where required and, of course, you have a sales tax number.  Your clients will know that you are operating your business in a professional manner!

You receive opportunities for education every month of your life!

You are able to use the BPPA logo in your advertising.

You will get to know your fellow photographers in a social and educational setting.  Networking with other professionals in your field is a huge benefit both in terms of shared knowledge and perhaps even more importantly in receiving referrals from other members.  Your skills and areas of expertise will be known.

You have the support of a strong organization behind you should you have any difficulties and/or questions about your business.

You have opportunities for scholarship awards that may be applied to any educational program sponsored by BPPA, Florida Professional Photographers, or the Professional Photographers of America.

You have access to other working professionals at monthly meetings.  As you get to know them, they will be happy to assist you with questions pertaining to your profession such as dealing with a particular client, types of equipment, lighting knowledge, promotions that work, filing images, etc.

Your photography will continue to improve by entering the Print of the Month Competition.  What do other members think of a particular print you may have created?  This Monthly Competition is here for you to find out.  And, just to stretch your creativity, there is the always fun themed Creative Quarterly.

Three times per year, Salon Competitions are held.  As a member, you are eligible to have your work judged by outside judges under specified conditions.  These competitions are incredible learning experiences and great exposures to new and marvelously creative images.



If you have not become a member, or need to renew, check out the membership section of the newsletter on how to do it.  If you know
of other photographers who might benefit from our guild, bring them along, we would love to have them!

I look forward to seeing all of you at the next meeting.  If you are a member, please remember to wear your badge.

Gigi O'Dea, BPPA President

Gigi O'Dea, Memory Portraits by Gigi

Salon News
Jennifer Gerardi

Print of the Month Winners January 2017

Congrats to all the winners!

1st Place Portrait   Kathryn DeYoung
1st Place Unclassified Billy D
2nd Place Unclassified  Donna Turner
2nd Place Unclassified  Gigi O'Dea
Creative Quarterly


 Long Exposure              March

Reflections In Water      June
         Chaos                            September
        Growing Up                   November

You can submit up to 2 prints for each CQ.

Donna Williams 
The 2017 Membership Renewal is now due.  I recently emailed a .PDF application to the members.  You can also click here to access the Membership Application from our website.  The PDF application can be opened in Macs and PCs.  All you need to open it is Adobe Reader, which is a free download.  When you open the file, several tools appear on the right side.  Click the fill and sign tool to complete the application on your computer.  Each time you click this tool a new text box appears.  You then type your information.  You can also line up your text if you want to as well.  Print the application, and viola, you are done!  You can also print the application and fill it out by hand.  The full membership, Active Members, must also submit their 2017 Sales Tax Certificate.  You can obtain that document online from the Florida Sales Tax Department when you log into your account.

If you have not done so, please bring your paperwork and check to the next meeting on February 13, 2017.  Our speaker is the awesome and talented Jane Connor-Ziser.  However, if you are not able to attend the meeting, mail everything to me (including your check) to:

Donna Williams
158 Padova Way
North Venice, FL 34275

If you have any questions regarding membership, feel free to contact me by phone at 941-488-7300 or by email to  I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Donna Williams 

Members, please check your information on the Membership page of our website at  You can also click here to access this page.  It is important that your information is correct for two reasons.  Number one, visitors to the site have access to photographers in our area, which could possibly result in business for your company.  Number two, it is the best way to get information about other members in case you need to reach them or give them a referral.

There is also a slideshow on the home page.  If you would like to "show off" some of your best work, email me three images to  Size the images to 1,000 pixels on the longest side at about a 150 to 200 dpi. That is all that is necessary to get your photographs noticed on the home page of our website!

In the News

Congratulations to Gigi O'Dea and Jennifer Gerardi for passing the CPP test with high numbers.  Way to go ladies!!!

FPP News
Heidemarie Burke

FPP Events for 2017


Sunday, March 5, 2017

9 am to 5 pm, Florida Hotel, Orlando
Speaker: Al Behnke – Marketing Strategies in the Digital Age

You can’t photograph clients you don’t have.”

If Registered by January 20th... 
FPP/PPA Members $89  / NON-FPP Members $119

If Registered AFTER January 20th... 
FPP/PPA Members $109  / NON-FPP Members $149

At the Door... 
FPP/PPA Members $139  / NON-FPP Members $169

FOCUS – Annual Convention 
September 9 – 11, 2017
Florida Hotel, Orlando, Florida
Photography – Inspiration – Education

June 4 – 7, 2017
Daytona Beach, Florida
Real Education – Real Results

Thom Rouse from DeKalb, IL
After the Camera-Before the Print-Fine Art
Techniques in Photoshop

Elizabeth & Trey Homan from San Antonio, TX
Your portrait studio…Refined”

Eric Richards from Sharpsburg, GA
Getting PPA certified”

Dave Cross from Tampa, FL
Photoshop Efficiency & Creativity”

Tim Priest from Grand Rapids, MI
Broaden your Photography and Income with Commercial A to Z
for the Portrait Photographer”

There are some scholarships available. Apply at

PPA News
 Maria Lyle  

Copyright Laws are in peril, but only YOU can help. 
Join the Grassroots Action Team

BPPA Spotlight
Christine Thomas 
Thanks Maria for taking these Great images of our amazing class!  :-)
Monthly Meeting Photos
Maria Lyle

Hello everyone, 

Here are some photos from our last meeting.  

Thank you to Randy Van Duinen of  Randy Van Duinen Photography.  Once again, a great class, if you were unable to attend, you missed out on really good information. 

Had a wonderful time seeing all our friends starting the year. 

Please support our Vendors who kindly donate door prizes.
For Sale
This for you, our precious member.  
2016 Calendar
Please be sure to add the dates below to your appointment book.
Sunday, January 5 to Jan 10

Monday, January 16th  (RSVP by Thursday, 1/12 by Noon)
- Scheduled Program: “Lightroom & Photoshop” by  Randy Van Duinen 
- Print Of The Month

January 16th-19th
- Portrait Masters, SPI 25th Annual Photography Conference in Orlando, FL
SPI The Society Of Professional Imaging

January 23rd, 24th and 25th
- Certified Professional Photographers Workshop with Al Aldeman
At Christine Thomas’ Studio

Monday, February 13 (RSVP by Thursday, 2/4 by Noon)
- Scheduled Program: Jane Conner-Ziser

Sunday, March 5, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- FPP Spring Seminar 2017
Marketing Strategies in the Digital Age ‘You can’t Photograph Clients You Don’t Have.” With Al Behnke
For more information:

Monday, March 13 (RSVP by Thursday, 3/10 by Noon)      
- Scheduled Program: Salon
- Creative Quarterly Theme:  Long Exposure


Monday, April 10 (RSVP by Thursday, 4/7 by Noon) 
- Scheduled Program:  TBA 
- Print Of The Month 


Monday, May 8 (RSVP by Thursday, 5/5 by Noon) 
- Scheduled Program: Gregory Daniels (possible early start)
- Print Of The Month 

Sunday, June 4-7th
2017 Florida Photography Workshops
Daytona State College

Monday, June 12 (RSVP by Thursday, 6/8 by Noon)                          
- President assigns Nomination Committee consisting of three Past Presidents of BPPA to fill Board of Directors positions.
- Scheduled Program:
- Print of the Month

June 12th-14th
- "The Art & Business Of Photography" SPI 25th Annual Summer Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, NW
  SPI The Society Of Professional Imaging

Monday, July 10 (RSVP by Thursday, 7/6 by Noon)    
- Scheduled Program: Kevin Floyd 
- Print of the Month 


Monday, August 14 (RSVP by Thursday, 8/10 by Noon) 
- Annual Meeting of the Corporation And Election of New Board Members 
- Scheduled Program: Salon 
- Creative Quarterly Theme:


Monday, September 9-11TH , 2017
- Florida Convention: Focus 2017
At The Florida Hotel 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, Florida 32809

Monday, September 18 (RSVP by Thursday, 9/14 by Noon)
- Scheduled Program:                                                                      
- Print Of The Month:


Monday, October 9th  (RSVP by Thursday, 10/5 by Noon) 
- BOARD: Review Dues and Fees structure for the upcoming year.
- BOARD: Set date and plan for Annual Banquet General Meeting
- Scheduled Program:  TBA


Monday, November 13 (RSVP by Thursday, 11/9 by Noon)
- BOARD: IRS Reporting of 990-N Non Profit Status
- BOARD: Review Awards and Certificates for Annual Banquet (get plaques and certificates on order)
- Scheduled Program: TBA
- Print Of The Month
- Creative Quarterly Theme: Growing Up 


- Annual Banquet, TBA

PPA/FPP Merits…

Attendees who are PPA members in good standing will receive two PPA Educational Merits upon completion of a four day workshop. FPP Members will receive three FED points for the four day workshop, which is good towards their FED degree. Attendance for each day is mandatory to receive FED points and/or PPA merits.

Professional Organizations

For the benefit of new members, here is additional information on other professional organizations in Alphabetical order.


ASMP, American Society of Media Photographers

This organization is a national group of professional still and motion photographers.
The Mission of ASMP:
To create sustainable information, advocacy and communication systems designed to empower and educate still and motion photographers, and associated imaging professionals.
The Three Purposes of ASMP

  • To protect and promote the interests of professional still and motion photographers, and associated imaging professionals.
  • To maintain and promote high professional standards and ethics in the professional still and motion photography industry, and associated imaging fields.
  • To cultivate friendship and mutual understanding among professional still and motion photographers, and associated imaging professionals.


FPP, Florida Professional Photographers, 


As a professional photographer please read this article:

Mission Statement, 

The Florida Professional Photographers, Inc. exists solely for the good of its members. The association provides the tools and educational opportunities for its members to achieve their business and artistic goals. It is committed to an ongoing exchange of information and experiences among all members in an open and friendly atmosphere.

Who are we? 

The FPP is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization, made up of the most talented professional photographers in the state of Florida. As stated above, our goal is to educate our membership in all aspects of the art and business of photography and provide the general public with a trusted and talented partner when the need for a professional photographer arises.


Click here to see all the Florida Guilds:


PPA, Professional Photographers Association,

Events and Image Competitions: PPA 2016 CALENDAR

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the world's largest non-profit photography association organized for professional photographers, by professional photographers…and with more than 28,000 creative members in more than 50 countries. Our mission is to create a vibrant community of successful professional photographers by providing education, resources and industry standards of excellence.

PPA's the go-to resource for everything you need to grow your business and be more profitable. You want educational workshops and classes? We got 'em. Cutting-edge techniques and ideas to broaden your creative scope? Done. An esteemed photography group of successful professionals to guide (and befriend) you? Absolutely.

PPA Photographers can rest assured that PPA will help them navigate the business of photography. We are here to help you Be More!

SEPPA, Southeastern Professional Photographers Association,

CLICK HERE FOR OUR NEWSLETTER  Is the largest regional affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America. SEPPA encompasses states from Delaware to Florida and Mississippi to Puerto Rico. Boasting one of the largest photographic Trade Shows in the country, the biennial convention in Georgia is attended by thousands of visitors from the entire southeast and beyond. Program talent rivals any other professional imaging convention while the annual affiliated print judging is accepted and sealed by the Professional Photographers of America for national merits. SEPPA is also the official host for the PPA Electronic Imaging and Commercial categories judging. SEPPA serves the membership of our affiliates by providing scholarships, valid at any of our regional weeklong schools, an opportunity to network with other working professionals in the southeast region and the biennial convention with no cost pre-registration. Our members represent the best qualities of the South: hard work, open sharing of ideas and knowledge and, most of all, southern hospitality.

Assistant Services
Billy Dzwonkowski, Highly educated in studio/onlocation lighting.

Facebook: Facebook Billy Dzwonkowski Recommend to message me. 

Very familiar with Photoshop, creating wedding albums, composites, and could come to your studio for retouching services.
I know both Canon and Nikon, Prefer Nikon. Have experience with White Lightning, Alien Bees, Photogenics as well as Pocket Wizards.  
Love, love photography and I love assisting.  
Will be available upon request with ample notice. 

Financial Report
BPPA members, please note that all financial documents are avail­able for inspection. Please contact our Treasurer, Heidemarie Burke, to view these reports. Thank you for your membership in our professional organization.
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