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Photography...learning, teaching & competing

October 31, 2017  •  3 Comments

` Special effects body painting portrait by Calgary portrait photographer Jeff McDonaldSpecial effects body painting portraitSpecial effects body painting portrait by Calgary portrait photographer Jeff McDonald It was an amazing weekend at the Provincial Photography Conference that wrapped up yesterday.


I had a great time, learning about creating portrait wall art, posing groups of all sizes and I got some excellent insights on business and marketing too from our speakers at the event. As someone who specializes in portrait photography in Calgary, I took away so many tips that will help me provide even better products and service for my Calgary and area clients. 


We started off on Saturday with an early program from Karyn Lee Portrait learning more about SEO for Photographers. Karyn is an entertaining speaker and fellow professional photographer from nearby High River, AB.


This was followed by an emotional and truly inspiring full-day workshop on creating portrait wall art by Lisa Evans Portrait Design in California. Lisa is a wonderful person and an amazing photographer and I'm glad I had the chance to spend this time with her. 


Scott Robert Lim also presented, but unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see his programs at this event but had a few opportunities to chat with him over the weekend. I've taken a course of his online at Creative Live and he provided tons of great info there!  


Saturday was also the Awards Banquet for PPOC-Alberta. After a tasty dinner, the winners of the various categories were announced, I was honoured to have my portrait submission included among the class winners as “Best in Class” in the Portrait Category. After the class awards were complete, they further surprised me by giving me two more top awards for my entry, the “Judges Choice” award and the “Pat Eisenbarth" award for Best in Show!  To say I'm happy with how this image did is an understatement.  

Professional Photographers of Canada - Alberta Salon Competition. Award WinnersThe members present at the PPOC - AB awards banquet for the 2017 Image Salon.

Sunday started early with as I'd been approached to teach a 90 minute Early Riser program on my Photoshop editing workflow for portrait photography. Thanks to the couple dozen people who showed up at 7am to listen, asked all the great questions and gave such positive feedback afterwards. 


The full-day programs on Sunday included more from Scott Robert Lim (which I missed again...sorry Scott) and some amazing insights on posing small and large groups by Michele Celentano Portrait Photographer in Arizona. Michele was awesome and I loved her teaching style and candid and honest insights on how and why she does the things that work in her sessions.  

Thankfully, Monday started a bit later (as 2 days at 7am were enough), with 2 more full day workshops with Scott and Michele.  I decided to spend a 2nd day with Michele as she was reviewing her business model and photo processing workflow.  It's always so helpful seeing how & why other people do things in their businesses, and I took away a bunch of tips to help streamline my business and make it easier for my clients to understand how to get what they need from the session (stay tuned...). 


It’s always amazing getting to spend a whole weekend learning with (and from) other professional photographers. I’m proud to be a part of the Professional Photographers of Canada and am already looking forward to the next event!


Thanks to all of our incredible speakers, our organizers, and volunteers who make it all possible...and of course to our sponsor Technicare Imaging Ltd!

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Great job on your awards!! Calgary is lucky to have such an awesome Portrait Photographer!
Congrats on being recognized as for your wondering portrait photography!
Wonderful job! It is so nice to see the personal end to your business as a Calgary Portrait Photographer!
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