MDPPA Annual Convention 2019

  • January 30, 2019
  • 9:30 AM
  • February 02, 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia MD 21044


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • 2019 MDPPA Convention Speakers and Judges are invited to attend the Convention Programming as our guest! Code is required to register. Select classes from the Members choices (free!), once you are on the interior registration page.
  • Select this registration if you are a current Member, as convention is free! On the following page you will be able to select the classes you plan to take. There is no fee for your classes if your membership is current, with the exception of Richard Sturdevant's pre-convention class, which has a separate charge.
  • Select this registration as a non-member. On the next page you will choose the classes you plan to take. The costs are visible there and will calculate for your payment page.
    Consider joining MDPPA for an annual membership, and the 2019 Convention is included! See our "Join Us" page for details. We look forward to meeting you!
  • We are offering members of PPA, PPA Affiliates, and PPSGW a special Convention price!

Registration is closed

MDPPA 2019 Convention Programming!

We are so excited to share with you our line up for MDPPA's 2019 Convention!


PPA Continuing Education Merits are available for PPA member attendees!!

-One merit for attending 6.5 hours of "Crushing the Box"

-One merit for attending 6.5 hours of other class time.  For example, attend Megan DiPiero's full day "The $3000 Headshot" and receive a merit, or attend any cumulative 6.5 hours of other classes from Thursday and Friday!

Wednesday, January 30

CPP Test proctored by MDPPA CPP Liaison Chris Paulis

9:30am-11:30am - sign up via PPA, after you have declared your candidacy for CPP

Crushing the Box: Breaking the Creative Sound Barrier

For the first time we are offering a PRE-CONVENTION class!  Richard Sturdevant will present Crushing the Box: Breaking the Creative Sound Barrier! This class has an add-on fee to convention. 1:30pm-9:30pm with dinner break from 5:30-7:00pm. Working knowledge of Photoshop is required for registrants so that you will get the most out of the class.  MDPPA is offering a Photoshop class on January 16th with member Bruce Press to prepare for Richard's class. 

Attend Richard's full day class and receive one PPA Continuing Education Merit if you are a PPA member and provide your membership number!

Print Drop Off!!

If you are entering physical prints in the annual print competition, the drop off time is 12:00-1:00pm and/or 6:00-7:00pm!  Be sure to drop your prints off on time!

Thursday, January 31

Print Competition!   Free to attend! 9:00am-5:00pm (To enter images, please go to by the deadlines posted on our print competition page, where you can also see a list of judges)

Evening Program!  Barbi Barnum will present Playful Posing! Free to Attend!  Join us for this great evening with MDPPA! 7:00pm-9:30pm

Friday, February 1

Join us for Jeff Gump's presentation on Volume Sports and Events! 10:00am-5:00pm!  

Add-on Friday Lunch order is available with registration!

Stay for Kathy Ricker's  Adventures of a Bucket List Photographer!!  6:30pm-9:30pm!!

Evening Social!! Sheraton, Town Center Hotel, Columbia 

Saturday, February 2

Megan DiPiero presents The $3,000 Headshot!!  9:30am-4:00pm!

 (seminar room doors open at 9am, building opens at 8:30am, lunch 12-1)

Add-on Saturday Lunch Order is available with registration!

Our Annual Banquet is in the evening, 5:30pm-10:00pm at Overhills Mansion, Catonsville - join us! Register HERE

Attend 6.5 hours of MDPPA Convention education programing as a PPA member and receive 1 Continuing Education Merit from PPA!

Our Hotel Link is available: MDPPA Room Block. Overnight accommodations are offered at the Sheraton, Town Center Hotel, Columbia, for $79/night! (to see the hotel, go to, but to make your reservations you must use the link!) Reserve your room by January 18th in order to receive this special rate!


pricing is available through the registration process

Wednesday, January 30th, 1:30pm-9:30pm

Richard Sturdevant, M.Photog., M. Artist., Cr., "Crushing the Box: Breaking the Creative Sound Barrier | Advanced Composites for Those Who Truly Want to Go to the Next Level" (add-on fee)

PPA Continuing Education Merit Class! 

Join Richard Sturdevant, newly crowned 4-Time PPA IPC Double Diamond Loan winner, for a trip into the artistic soul. Creating an exceptional fine art composite consists of many things, but the two that separate good from great are conception and finish. Conception and the ability to dream up a visual idea or to tell visual story that is original and unique to your vision is priceless. Equally important is the ability to bring it all together is such away that it is beautiful and meaningful to the viewer. The finish of the art should keep the viewer engaged in the content and not the technique. Everything in between this journey is trained execution.

“In this program I will share like never before on this process, known for my style, concepts and the way I finish up an image. I will share how to create concepts that reflect who you are and how to execute them and most of all finish them in such a beautiful way. I’m good at what I do and you will leave this workshop better for it.”

Content will cover:

  • Conception
  • Resource gathering
  • Light creation and lighting to fit the scene
  • Using the right angle of view
  • Extraction
  • Composition
  • Color theory and Harmony
  • Illustration techniques that can be used on any image
  • Plug-in techniques
  • PS Painting techniques
  • Proven finishing techniques and presentation
  • Corel Painting Techniques

Bio: Richard Sturdevant

Richard 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. 

With over 20 years of experience as a creative artist, Richard brings a unique eye to the world of photographic education. Sharing his knowledge and experience with others in the industry is something that he enjoys. As part of his commitment to helping others learn and succeed, he has launched his own brand of educational materials to photographers, graphic designers, and artists nationwide.  He believes that these materials, known as the “Sturdavinci Art Tools”, will help fellow professionals, as well as aspiring students, achieve their creative potentials and improve their workflow. 

Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary will continue to be Richard’s goal in his personal photographic journey and as a platform for his teachings.

Thursday, January 31, 9am-5pm

Print Competition 

Our 2019 Annual Print Competition judges are:

Richard Sturdevant, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.

Janet Boschker, M.Photog.Cr.

Barbi Barnum, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Mark Sweeney, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

Roger Hammons, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Joan Genest, M.Photog.Cr. (Jury Chairman)

To enter prints in the competition, please see our print competition page for instructions and details!

Thursday, January 31, 7pm-9:30pm 

Barbi Barnum: Playful Posing

"I didn't know you were posing me!"
We hear it all the time from our clients...I don't want our pictures to look "POSED" but they want the most flattering pictures they can get so what's a photographer to do? Playful posing keeps your clients so distracted they don't realize you're actually sneaking in that dreaded posing. But first you have to understand what's going on in your client's mind. We will dig into what clients are worried about going into a photo shoot and why they put up barriers. Then we'll talk about ways to move them through those barriers into a relaxed playful attitude that allows you to do your work. We'll talk about prompts that work and ways to have more fun with your clients.

BIO: Barbi Barnum, M.Photog., CPP, BSE, MFA
Studio B Photography
Fredericksburg, VA

Barbi Barnum began her artistic career as a sculptor and art educator in Weatherford Tx. When life threw her a curve with a relocation to VA, adoption of one son and birth of another all within 1 year she put away her sculpting tools and threw herself into this new life. She soon found out that while her life was crazy busy she missed creating. It didn't take much to realize that babies and blow torches were never going to work out though. Soon she branched out into sculpting with light through photography and never looked back.

Barbi has a studio in downtown Fredericksburg where she does a variety of work and specializes in wedding photography. She is a master photographer that has won many awards including Best Wedding Image at SEPPA, VPPA Top Ten Photographer, and PPA Bronze Photographer of the Year. Many of her images have received merits and been included in the loan collection of the International Print Competition. She has served on the Board of Directors of VPPA and filled many leadership roles in her local district. Barbi is also a Juror in Training and has traveled to different states to help juror their image competitions.

Friday, February 1, 10am-5pm 

Jeff Gump: Volume - Sports and Event Photography

Whether you’re already photographing sports Team & Individuals or not, you will be advance 5 years after spending a couple days with Jeff.

Topics we will discuss in depth:

  • How to put together a Business plan for success
  • Marketing to schools and youth Leagues
  • How to sale team and Ind. composites.
  • How to conduct a board meeting
  • Printing onsite at events (Golf Tournaments and Special Events)
  • Posing options
  • Introduce you to “WOW” products that will separate you from the soccer Mom’s
  • Dance Studio marketing
  • How to sell Sports Banners and great new designs
  • And everything in between….

Bio: Jeff Gump

Jeff is a 25 year veteran in the Volume Sports Business. He specializes in business marketing. He has spent the past 10 years mentoring 100’s of aspiring photographers and is an open book. He is a member of PPA, where he sits as the Chairman of the Speaker Advisory Board for Events and Schools.  Jeff has had the honor of sharing his experiences at Texas School 2016 & 2017 & 2018, Imaging USA, SYNC, SPAC, SYNC SPORTS, WPPI, and many other organizations throughout North America. Jeff received hisPhotographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.), one of the highest recognitions for speaking, writing, or mentoring on photography; positions the photographer as an authority in the industry. Awarded in recognition of service to the profession as an orator, author, or mentor. 

Friday, February, 1 6:30-9:30pm

Kathy Hertel Ricker: Adventures of a Bucket List Photographer

Together we will travel through 7 continents talking about Wildlife & Travel photography. Kathy will share travel booking tips along with the best gear to pack. She will share tips and tricks about how she finds the perfect locations for landscape photography. At the end of the program you will get a list of all the trips and travel groups that Kathy has travelled with!

Bio: Kathy Hertel Ricker

Six years ago after losing her mom to Cancer, Kathy realized life can be a lot shorter then you want it to be. She took her list of adventures and places she dreamed of visiting along with every penny in her bank account and started her journey. She started by putting together a list of all the animals she wanted to see in their natural habitat and since has moved on to cultural trips to learn more about history, and people, and the world. 

Kathy has hiked the Inca Trail, been to Antarctica twice, trekked with Gorillas, swam with great white sharks and orca whales. In 2019, she is starting to take fellow photographers on wildlife adventures in Africa.

Some of the highlights of her career include being the Time Square Photographer for NYE 2017, photographing a wedding in Antarctica in 2016, and starting in 2018 running my own photography tours to Africa. Kathy also volunteers with Photographers without Borders once a year to do documentary work for Non-profit organizations. She has worked with an organization in Guatemala and Cambodia. Kathy also has started an Adventure side of her wedding business giving couples opportunities for unique engagement, anniversary, and family shoots. 

Kathy has won awards for her wedding work through WPJA and for her Wildlife work through Natural Habitat Adventures. Her photographs & writings have been published by Africa Geographic, Harpers Bazaar Magazine, and Towson University Alumni Magazine.

Kathy is currently working on two personal documentary projects. The Alaska Project is Man vs Wild and a project in South Dakota about a generational farmer. 

Saturday, February 2, 9:30am-4pm

Megan DiPiero "The $3000 Headshot"

PPA Continuing Education Merit Class for attendees of 6.5 hours of Convention Classes from 1/31-2/2!

The $3000 Headshot is a marketing and sales blueprint for modern portrait photographers, in which Megan DiPiero will...

·Explain why "headshots" is today's silver bullet SEO marketing term for professional photographers, and how it opens the door to leads of all types

·Flesh out the different session types suggested to profitably handle everything from budget-minded clients to custom branding sessions

·Explore custom options for large group and corporate headshot clients

·Perform live posing and sales demonstrations

·Teach you how this one genre now drives close to 50% of her total annual portrait business, with a sales average over $3000, and can do the same for you!


Bio: Megan DiPiero

Megan is a successful full time professional photographer and entrepreneur, who has been sharing everything she knows about business from the moment she figured it out. Out of her modest home studio in Fort Myers, Florida, Megan does over $400,000 in annual portrait sales, with a sales average of $4000. Rise to the Top! with Megan DiPiero is her Facebook forum for pro photogs who want to enhance their business skills and learn together in an uplifting, supportive environment.

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