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The MDPPA 2022 Annual Convention
Oliver's Carriage House 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

Attendees should be fully vaccinated against CoVid 19 or be able to show a negative PCR test from within 72 hours of the event.
Masking is optional.

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Discount available for new annual memberships only with discount code: Conv2022

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Thursday, April 7th

Craig Stidham 9am-4:30pm
with one hour lunch break

"Senior Portraits: From Ordinary to Extraordinary"

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Donnamaria Robinson Jones
6-9pm (Free class for everyone)

"Make it Personal: Make it Profitable"

Are you in a creative rut? Perhaps you are experiencing downtime because business is slow? Maybe you just want to try something new. Personal projects may be the answer you and your business are looking for! 

Donnamaria Jones is a published, award-winning portrait photographer based in the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia area. She owns and operates Circa Life Images Studio, a 2,500 square foot space located on the north end of Waldorf in Southern Maryland. Her photography experience extends to corporate and military events, photojournalism, sports, charity event coverage and intimate fine art portraiture. 

Donnamaria was born at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was raised and attended public schools in Washington DC. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy.

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Friday, April 8th

Russ Harrington 9am-4:30pm
with one hour lunch break

"800+ Album Covers: I've Got Stories"

800+ album covers, I've got stories

In a typical session for Russ, he has a narrow window of time to photograph one of the world’s most famous personalities. During that window, he has to account for the production of sets with Prop Dept, Assistants, Producers, Management, Talent, Makeup, Wardrobe, B-Roll Folks, Location Scouts, Catering, and the CLOCK! He’s in charge of directing the subject, and all of the supporting staff on set.

His work will be seen all over the world, and he must create enough variety for the artist to use in album covers, promotional materials, merch items, social media, and press releases--for the next 18 months!

Country Music superstars, maintaining an ever-evolving image, understand the need for photographers who deliver fresh, innovative ideas.  Seventeen years ago, Trisha Yearwood discovered the secret to keep her photographs contemporary. She has used Russ for countless sessions: album covers, book & magazine covers, editorial shoots, advertising sessions, etc.  For the first time in his career, Russ is openly sharing his secrets, lighting techniques, and tips.  Be one of the first to learn from the photographer of Nashville’s A-list celebrities.  Enjoy Russ’ light-hearted, unassuming, candid style as he teaches and fields questions.

Working with celebrities is not for the faint of heart!  Hear all about the hustle, gumption, and creativity that goes into crafting the perfect photo for well-known musical artists.  In his keynote address, Russ will share stories and amazing behind-the-scenes photos and videos of how he got the shots for over 700 album covers!

Russ will explain how he gets 10 setups with an artist, all with different lighting and vibes, during one shoot.  He will teach his process for putting a shoot together, from location scouting to picking modifiers and lights.  Russ elaborates on what happens in a typical celebrity photoshoot and shares a new, exciting way of thinking about photography.  

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Maryland Professional Photographers Association, Inc. is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 266, Simpsonville, MD, 21150

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