Maryland's only Professional Trade Association Committed to the Artistic, Technical, Personal, and Business Success of the Professional Photographer


Upcoming events

    • October 21, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    Join us for our second annual FALL FEST!

    October 21 - 22 2019


    Day 1: 9:30-5:30 Carl Caylor Presents "Before, After, and How to Get There!"

    Day 1 evening: 7-9:30 - Anand Jayaraman, Cr.Photog.,CPP Facial Analysis: Lost Art of Creating an Impactful Portrait

    Day 2: 10am - Finish - Print Competition! Judges: Carl Caylor, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP, F-WPPA, Don Aittama, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP and Sally Kolar, M.Photog., CPP 

    Program Day 1 with Carl Caylor, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP, F-WPPA!

    PPA Members who attend 6.5 hours of Carl's class will be eligible to receive 1 PPA Continuing Education Merit!

    $29 Early Bird Members until 9/30/19, $49 Thereafter

    $99 PPA Members, PPA Affiliate Members, Rising Tide Members, and Maryland Camera Club Members

    $129 Guests

    Carl Caylor, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP, F-WPPA: "Before, After, and How to Get There"

    This program will take you on a Natural Light and OCF Journey from the open scene you walk up to…all the way to a finished portrait.  Carl will go through his thought process of why he chose the location. He will show how to use existing design elements.  He will show usable light within the area and how to pose within that light.  He will share how his thoughts for the finished print evolve from vision to reality with darkroom techniques that anyone can master.  

    Carl’s goal is to open our mind to the thought process that goes on when creating an image for both PPA print competition and for your client.  He will discuss light, posing within the light, color harmony, composition, and more of the 12 elements of an artistic image in terms of client work and PPA Print Competition.

    When you leave this program, you will find new backgrounds in places you would normally walk by. You will see usable light, depth and dimensions like never before. You will understand when and how to work without strobes.  You will know how to create emotion in your work and how to use psychology to your advantage. Yes. It is a lot to take in, but you can’t help but learn with the real stories, straight forward explanations and demonstrations of each and every detail.

    Speaker Bio 

    Carl Caylor, M.Photog., Cr., CPP, F-WPPA, Kodak-Alaris Mentor

    "If beauty was only skin-deep, every photograph would reveal the same personality.  We create portraits.  An artistic expression that goes past the outer layer, beyond first impressions, and into the abyss of one's defining essence."     - Carl Caylor

    Carl is a Kodak Mentor and has been involved with photography for over 25 years. He started his photographic career in the darkroom as a custom printer and technician.  He is PPA Certified, a Master Photographer, a Craftsman with Professional Photographers of America and an International Judge.  He has won numerous national awards for his photography, including 18 PPA Loan Collections and several Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards.  

    Carl is one of the most sought after instructors in the country because of his "Hands-On" coaching approach.  Don't plan on just watching in this class... Carl will challenge you to become a better photographer than you already are.  His photographic skills are just part of what will help each student.  His greatest strength is his ability to see what skills others already posses and then find ways to help enhance those skills to a new level. 

    Carl Prides himself on giving a program that contains useful information rather than just a "show and tell" session.  You will be inspired. You will be reminded of things you already know.  Most importantly, you will learn new, useful ideas that will make you a better artist and a more salable photographer.  

    Day 1 Evening Program with separate registration: Anand Jayaraman, Cr.Photog.,CPP Facial Analysis: The Lost Art of Creating an Impactful Portrait

    Day 2: Program: Print Competition beginning at 10am

    Upcoming Events - Register now!

    September 25-October 22 - Member Nominations Accepted for MDPPA Board 2020

    September 30th - Last Day for Members to Register at Early Bird Rate for Carl Caylor's October Program

    October 21+22 - Fall Fest with Speakers Carl Caylor (PPA CE Merit Class!) and Anand Jayaraman on Monday and Print Competition on Tuesday!

    November 14th - Gallery Day Out at the National Gallery of Art with tour of the Verrocchio Exhibition, 10:30am.

    November 20th - Member Share Program and Final Day for Members to Vote for MDPPA Board 2020 

    December 9th -  Collaborative Work Day

    December 11th - Holiday Party!

    January 29 - February 1 2020 - Convention! *Annual Print Competition*Seminars*Banquet* -  Save the Date!

    • October 21, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    Join us for our 2nd Annual FALL FEST! October 21 - 22, 2019

    October 21:  9:30am-5:30pm  Carl Caylor, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP, F-WPPA Presents "Before, After, and How to Get There!" 

    October 21: 7:00pm-9:30pm  Anand Jayaraman, Cr.Photog.,CPP Presents "Facial Analysis: Lost Art in Creating an Impactful Portrait"

    October 22: 10am-5pm (or end of judging)  Print Competition with judges Carl Caylor, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP, F-WPPA, Don Aittama, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP and Sally Kolar, M.Photog., CPP

    Monday, October 21st from 7pm-9:30pm

    Anand Jayaraman, Cr.Photog.,CPP Presents

    "Facial Analysis: Lost Art in Creating an Impactful Portrait"

    Join us for an Impactful Presentation!

    Facial Analysis is an essential factor in creating an impactful portrait. Anand will review the concepts of analyzing faces, determining the best camera lens, height, and angle, pose and lighting styles, to create the most flattering portrait for any facial and body type. Anand will walk through a step-by-step process on how to do a facial analysis without making the client feel uncomfortable. Before and after images will be shown to illustrate how to correct facial characteristics.

    About Anand "AJ" Jayaraman

    Anand was born in Chennai, India, and currently resides in Ashburn, VA. He has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) since 2015. Anand earnedthe prestigious “Certified Professional Photographer” certification in 2016 and the “Photographic Craftsman Degree” in 2019. He is an member of the American Society of Photographers (ASP) and a member of Maryland Professional Photographers Association (MDPPA).

    Anand has been photographing since 1986. He started with a 110mm camera borrowed from his uncle. At 16, a competition image that he shot of the mighty river Ganges was selected and displayed at Konica showrooms, India. He moved to using 35mm film and slides in 1995 and started to use digital camera in 2004.

    Anand along with his wife started their professional photography business in 2012 to further nourish the passion and take it to the next level.

    • October 22, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    Fall Fest Day 2: October 2019 Quarterly Print Competition

    Register here to let us know you will be attending our autumn MDPPA monthly print competition!  Our print competition event is open to non-members to attend as our guest. To enter the print competition, please go to as instructed below.

    Date: Tuesday, October 22nd

    Time: 10am until end of Judging

    Location: Oliver's Carriage House, Columbia MD

    Judges: Carl Caylor, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP, F-WPPA, Don Aittama, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP and Sally Kolar, M.Photog., CPP

    Please be sure to read the current Print Competition Rules document.  Links can be found under our Print Competition tab on this website.

    Print Entry Deadlines:

    • Early – 10/13/19 at 11:00 p.m.  
    • Late – 10/16/19 at 11:00 p.m. 

    Print Entry Fees:

    • Member – Early: $10 each up to 10 images; Late: $15 each up to 10 images
    • Non-Member – Early: $15 each up to 10 images; Late:  $20 each up to 10 images
    • Maximum of 5 entries per category per maker

    Non-members may enter for score only and are also welcome to attend the judging for free.

    To enter the print competition, please go to as instructed below:

    We are using for our image submission and print competition facilitation.  If you haven't already, please take a minute to become a new member on their website.

    1 - go to
    2 - click on "Register"
    3 - enter your email and password...
    4 - Select MDPPA
    5 - Scroll down to click "Register"
    6 - Create your profile

    There are two levels of membership. The $8/year membership will be necessary in order to participate in the print competitions. The $12/quarter membership will provide you with access to thousands of images from around the U.S. You will be able to see the judges scores of your own images as well as all entries and hear any challenges. This is a great learning opportunity. Please read the descriptions to decide which membership is best for you. Feel free to look around and become familiar with this website. 

    Christina Martin and Julie Kim

    Co-Print Chairs

    • November 14, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • National Gallery of Art, 4th and Constitution Ave, WDC

    Treat Yourself to a Day of inspiration!  

    Join MDPPA members Steve Clark, Cr.Photog, CPP, and Anne Looney, Cr.Photog, CPP, at the world-renowned National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC on November 14th for a refreshing day of reflection, discussion, and discovery with your colleagues.

    Every generation of artists learns from and builds upon their peers and predecessors. Enhance your creativity and apply it to your business!  We will start the day with an Eric Denker-led tour of the fantastic exhibition Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence.  Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the Gallery together or as individual reflection.  

    This event is for everyone who is inspired by great art, no matter the medium.  We encourage you to bring friends, a spouse, or anyone who would enjoy a day at the museum.   Join us!


    10-10:15am - meet at National Gallery of Art, 4th Street WEST Rotunda (the older of the two buildings). The building opens at 10am.  There is parking on the street (paid parking with park mobile or the kiosk).

    10:30am - meet Eric Denker, Education Department Lecturer, for a tour of Verrocchio 

    11:30am - 12:30pm -  lunch and discussion in cafeteria (bring your lunch, or money to purchase lunch)

    12:30-2:30pm - free time in exhibitions/collections

    Two photography exhibits are currently on view, and will still be on view during our visit: "The Eye of the Sun: 19th century photographs from the National Gallery of Art" and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs"

    We have limited space available for the tour. So that we can plan ahead, and make certain we know who to expect in case we need to communicate any schedule changes, please register for this event.  Thank you! We look forward to spending the time with you!

    Please feel free to contact Anne Looney with any questions:

    • November 20, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House

    {Note the change in date to November 20th, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday}

    November 20, 2019

    3:00pm -9:30pm

    MDPPA Member Share

    We hope you will join us for part or all of this special programing!

    3:00-5:30pm Melanie Anderson - details to follow

    5:30-6:45 Dinner Break

    7-9:30 Evening Program (each program is 45 minutes)

    {Please Note: This Evening is the Final Opportunity for Members to cast their ballot for Board of Directors 2020}

    Member Share Program

    Bruce Press, CPP :  Production and Promotion for Theater and Dance 

    Mr. Press will present on his experience photographing headshots, production stills and promotional images for non-profit theaters and dance companies in Baltimore and Howard County. The talk will focus on the challenges of shooting within the constraints of rehearsal and performance schedules, relationships, and how to approach tasks with an open mind. He will also discuss equipment choices, lighting and share a few images.

    Kenny Epps, CPP: Church Photography

    Kenny will present an array of his photo work, and what it takes to be a missionary/church/event photographer. Kenny will also give you an honest talk on his approaches and gear used to shoot in churches, on location, in events, and on the streets anywhere. 

    Web Wright - details to come!


    The owner of Bruce F. Press Photography for almost a decade, Bruce F Press, CPP has been involved in photography his whole life. He first learned that creative opportunities don't end in the camera at his father's elbow in the darkroom. Through the years he has set fire to plastic models, got too close to sharks and splattered $4000 worth of equipment on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on his photographic journey. Today, he continues to expand his understanding and expression every day for clients and himself.

    Kenny Epps, CPP graduated from the Washington School of Photography and currently has a studio in Owings Mills, Maryland.  Kenny has always been interested in the field of Photography since his earlier studies at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore College. 

    In 2005 while sitting in his home church service, Kenny received a spiritual awakening and a call to get involved in world missionary work. Within 60 days of that call to missionary work, Kenny found himself serving on a team of 19 halfway around the world on the shores Indonesia helping the Tsunami victims.  From this first step of faith, Kenny has been on over 19 missionary trips all over the world.  He has worked and captured images in countries such as El Salvador, Kiva, Hatti, Cuba, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Honduras, and more. His most recent trip this past September took him to the providence of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Africa.   

    Along with photographing Internationally, Kenny specializes in church and event photography.  He is currently the lead photographer at Trinity Life Church in Lutherville, Md which serves a congregation of about 3000. Kenny is their go to photographer for all of their most important event including street photography.  Kenny says that his purpose of photography is to use God’s eyes to show us the plight and joy of mankind.  

    Web Wright - details to come!

    • December 09, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House

    Join Us For Our Collaborative Work Day: Monday, December 9, 2019!

    Do you usually work independently at your desk but would like to spend some time working alongside others?  

    Then we invite you to leave your messy office, porch, parent's basement, or other area where chores and other great distractions are calling your name, and come together to work in a community environment on your individual projects for a day!

    We will set up tables at Oliver's Carriage House on the following Mondays: March 11, April 8, May13, June 10, July 8, August 5, September 9, and December 9th, and from 9am-4pm we will have an open house work environment - stay a little while, or the whole day!  Bring your computer, files, paperwork, binders, lighting equipment, coffee, lunch, whatever you need to have with you to get your work done.

    If you have equipment/studio supplies to sell, bring it!  If you are looking for equipment/studio supplies to buy, stop on in :)

    Register here to let us know you will be joining us.  Or if you haven't registered but find yourself available that day, just show up!   

    We look forward to seeing you!

    • December 11, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    Save the Date for our MDPPA 2019 Holiday Party!  

    We hope you will join us to celebrate our year together!  Invite your special someone, bring your family, and mark your calendar for an evening of fun, food, great conversation, and friends!  Past members are invited to join us too! We would love to catch up with you!  {There is a special registration link for you :)}   Join us for the fun!! 

    We will gather at our usual meeting place, Oliver's Carriage House, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 6:30-9:30pm.   Dinner!! Photo Booth! Voluntary Participation Gift Exchange Game!! Holiday Fun with MDPPA family and friends!!  

    Details for food will be provided here when arrangements have been made.  

    {We will also be looking for images from our past year together for our slideshow.  If you have something you would like to share, please send them via to  Landscape (horizontal) oriented photos will work better than portrait (vertical) as the slides will be built to a 16:9 ratio.}

    We look forward to spending time with you and your guests!

Past events

September 25, 2019 September Artist's Program
September 09, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: September 9, 2019
August 17, 2019 Member Family Picnic!
August 05, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: August 5, 2019
July 25, 2019 A Day with Mary Fisk-Taylor and Jamie Hayes
July 24, 2019 July 2019 Print Competition
July 08, 2019 Collaborative Work Day + Programing: July 8, 2019
June 26, 2019 A Day with Photographic Artist Paul Biederman
June 10, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: June 10, 2019
May 22, 2019 Photographing and Fundraising with Furry Family Members
May 13, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: May 13, 2019
April 24, 2019 April 2019 Print Competition
April 18, 2019 Gallery Day Out: Tintoretto Tour at the National Gallery of Art
April 08, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: April 8, 2019
March 27, 2019 Baby's First Year: From Newborn to First Birthday - Secrets to Creating Portraits that WOW!
March 11, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: March 11, 2019
February 27, 2019 Deep Space Astrophotography
February 02, 2019 MDPPA 2019 Annual Awards Banquet
January 31, 2019 2019 Annual Print/Digital Competition
January 30, 2019 MDPPA Annual Convention 2019
January 16, 2019 Photoshop: The Basics with Bruce Press
January 03, 2019 Print Competition Updates and Monitor Calibration
December 12, 2018 MDPPA Holiday Social 2018
December 11, 2018 Gallery Day Out: Gallery Tour at the National Gallery of Art
November 14, 2018 Interior Architecture with Chris Spielmann
October 24, 2018 Fall Fest: Light Painting with Adrian Henson
October 24, 2018 Fall Fest: October 2018 Print Competition
October 23, 2018 Fall Fest! : Inspiration and Drone Photography with The Timmons
September 26, 2018 "Empow-her" With Kay Eskridge
September 17, 2018 Collaborative Work Day and Equipment Sale: September 17 2018
August 18, 2018 Member Family Picnic!
August 06, 2018 IPC Streaming and Collaborative Work Day: August 6 2018
July 25, 2018 July 2018 Print Competition
July 24, 2018 Work/Life Balance with Jenni Knezovich
July 16, 2018 Collaborative Work Day: July 16 2018!
June 27, 2018 MDPPA Member Benefit Event!
May 23, 2018 French Country Stylized Event - a Hands-on Photo Shoot
April 25, 2018 April 2018 Print Competition
March 22, 2018 Leveraging Today’s Technology for More Creative Images - with Bob Coates
March 22, 2018 A Day with Bob Coates - Be Inspired! Black and White File Processing and Personal Projects
February 28, 2018 Image Salience and How to Achieve it in Portraiture, with Kelly Schneider
February 03, 2018 MDPPA 2018 Annual Awards Banquet
February 01, 2018 2018 Annual Print/Digital Competition
January 31, 2018 MDPPA Annual Convention 2018
January 10, 2018 Demystifying Print Competition
December 13, 2017 MDPPA Holiday Social 2017
November 15, 2017 A Full Day of Wedding Photography Education! Creating Impact with Art - Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary
October 25, 2017 October 2017 Print Competition
September 27, 2017 Portrait Lighting for Maximum Impact and Lightroom to Run Your Studio
August 23, 2017 The Business of Photography: From Hobby to Sustainable Profession
July 26, 2017 July 2017 Print Competition
June 28, 2017 Profiting From Non-Profits
May 24, 2017 Making the Jump to Commercial Photography and Modern Senior Portraiture
April 26, 2017 April 2017 Print Competition
March 10, 2017 Gallery Day Out: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
March 04, 2017 MDPPA 2017 Annual Awards Banquet
March 02, 2017 2017 Annual Print/Digital Competition
March 01, 2017 MDPPA Annual Convention 2017
February 22, 2017 Bodyscapes with Matt Meiers
January 25, 2017 Getting Noticed In The Crowd: Social Media and Marketing for Photographers
January 18, 2017 Ins and Outs of Print Competition
December 14, 2016 MDPPA Holiday Social 2016
December 01, 2016 Consider the Masters - Gallery Tour at the National Gallery of Art
November 16, 2016 Conceptual Portraits - Tatiana Lumiere
October 26, 2016 October 2016 Print Competition
October 25, 2016 Two Days of Pet Photography with Barbara Breitsameter Day 1 and Angela Lawson Day 2
September 27, 2016 Location Portraits with Dave Brosha
August 24, 2016 Doug Mattice- Business
July 27, 2016 July Print Competition
June 22, 2016 Teens and Tweens with Lidia Miller
June 17, 2016 CPP Exam
May 25, 2016 Seniors with Beth Forester
April 27, 2016 Print Competition
April 26, 2016 Ann Monteith's Get Down To Business!
April 13, 2016 Double Your Income- Double Your Fun! Joe Switzer
March 23, 2016 Take Your Prints To the Next Level With Christine Walsh-Newton
February 28, 2016 MDPPA Annual Awards Banquet
February 26, 2016 Sensor Cleaning
February 26, 2016 Annual Print Competition February 26, 2016
February 25, 2016 MDPPA Annual Convention 2016
February 03, 2016 Time Lapse photography and 360 Degree Virtual Reality Photography
January 20, 2016 How to Prepare for the annual print competition with Christina Martin (MDPPA Print Chairman)
December 04, 2015 MDPPA Holiday Social
November 18, 2015 How To Photograph Pets and Their People
October 28, 2015 Print Competition October 28 2015
October 14, 2015 CPP Exam
October 08, 2015 CPP Mentorship Workshop
September 30, 2015 Boudoir by Jen Rozenbaum
March 07, 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet
February 21, 2015 "A Planet of Light: Exploring Light, Lines, and Moments in our Outdoor World" - Dave Brosha
February 21, 2015 Avant Garde Fashion with Brian deMint
January 28, 2015 Tim Cooper - Painting with Light

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