Join us for three days of fantastic speakers, hands-on programs, print competition, fellowship, hospitality, and awards banquet!
Seniors Start to Finish WITH Dawn Muncy
Everyone Needs a Headshot WITH Kira Derryberry
Introduction to Photographic Restoration WITH Chris Paulis
Feb. 16th-18th, 2024
PPA Event Attendee Merit
Holiday Inn Manhattan At The Campus Hotel
KPPA MERIT COURSE - Kansas Professional Photographers Association is proud to offer you a PPA Continuing Education System course in which you will be awarded 1- PPA Merit for your attendance. We look forward to seeing you!
Friday, February 16, 2024
12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM Registration Opens - Lunch On Your Own
2:00 – 5:00 PM (ish) Digital Image Competition
All entries for this competition will be in electronic form. All entries must be uploaded to www.printcompetition.com , by midnight Tuesday February 13th. NO EXCEPTIONS . 2024 COMPETITION RULES
The Digital Image Competition at the KPPA Winter Shutter Expo is KPPA's largest Digital Image Competition and a fantastic place to enter your images to see how they are received in the world of competition. Image competition at the Winter Shutter Expo is also sometimes referred to as the “State (Image) Competition”. It is operated close to the higher guidelines set forth by PPA (Professional Photographers of America).
Dinner On Your Own following Digital Image Competition and enjoy Aggieville dining options!
7:00 – 10:00 PM Friday Night Frivolity & Hospitality Photo Scavenger Hunt . . . teams will be formed, all you need is a phone and there will be a grand prize for the winning team! May the odds be ever in your favor!
Hospitality in the Swap Shop room! Join us for snacks, beverages, and casual conversation!
Saturday February 17, 2024
8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration Opens
8:30 – 11:30 AM Chris Paulis- Introduction to Photographic Restoration
11:45 - 1:15 PM Lunch at Hotel & Annual Meeting
1:30 - 3:00 PM Darin LaCrone - The Roadmap to Color Management
3:30 - 5:00 PM Kira Derryberry - Everyone Needs a Headshot
5:00 – 6:00 PM Break
6:00 – 7:00 PM Cocktails and Social Hour
7:00 – 9:00 PM KPPA Banquet and Awards Program
"KPPA Past, Present and Future"
Sunday February 18, 2024
7:00 - 9:00 AM Board Meeting
9:00 - 11:30 AM Dawn Muncy - Seniors Start to Finish
11:45 - 12:45 pm Lunch at Hotel - Swearing In Of New Board Members
1:00 - 3:30 PM Dawn Muncy Program continues
All Schedules Subject to Change
Room Rates: $115.95 Held Until January 19th - Group Code: KPP
Reservations Instructions: Call Hotel Directly (785) 539-7531
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ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Seniors Start to Finish WITH Dawn Muncy
Join Master Photographer Dawn Muncy for this fun and informative program focusing on high school seniors. Dawn will walk you through the Muncy senior experience from marketing to delivery. We'll start the day with how to handle phone, email and social media inquiries. Then walk you through the consultation and why it's so important. We'll also cover a number of lighting and posing options to create variety, excitement and value. We'll finish the day discussing the flow of the sales session, a few pricing and product tips and the final delivery of portraits. This program is jam packed with useful information for the creative and business side of the senior genre. You'll leave with ideas and concepts that you can put into place right away to increase your bottom line. Join us, it will be fun!
Dawn Muncy is a Master Photographer, Master Artist, Photographic Craftsman, PPA Certified Professional Photographer and PPA Approved Affiliate Juror, in Enid Oklahoma specializing in high school seniors and family portraits. Her interest in photography began in high school as part of the yearbook staff. She later attended the Colorado Institute of Art in the Commercial Photography program. She joined Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2001 and has continued her education through a number of the PPA Affiliate schools and workshops. She also teaches basic photography and portrait lighting classes at various PPA affiliated events in Oklahoma and surrounding states and is an adjunct instructor at Autry Technology Center. Muncy competes in local, regional and international PPA affiliated competitions and has had 30 of her images accepted into the PPA International Imaging Excellence Collection. Dawn and her husband Douglas own and operate Muncy Photography, a retail portrait studio in Downtown Enid Oklahoma.
Everyone Needs a Headshot WITH Kira Derryberry
Kira Derryberry keeps a busy studio year round by shooting hundreds of headshots. Her system utilizes a fast and easy system for booking, shooting, and selling something nowadays everyone needs! In this program, Kira will take you through her process and philosophy around creating headshots for business pros, entrepreneurs, creatives and more. Kira will go over her in person selection and sales and Zoom session process as well as best practices for creating in today’s headshot market. In addition, learn Kira's best techniques for creating corporate composites that will generate repeat business again and again. If you are looking to change things up or add this valuable service to your business, this is a program you won’t want to miss!
Kira Derryberry is a Tallahassee based photographer focused on Family, Commercial, and Corporate portraiture. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Kira moved to Tallahassee in 2005 after graduating from The University of Alabama with a BA in Photography. Kira is a proud member of Professional Photographers of America and has earned Master Photographer, Master Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer, is an approved judge for International Photographic Competition, and as of March 2023, serves as President for PPA’s Board of Directors. Kira is also co-host of the popular photography podcast, Get Your Shoot Together. When not slinging a camera or volunteering for her favorite photography organizations, Kira is a wife and a mom who publicly loves karaoke jams and bad science fiction.
Introduction to Photographic Restoration WITH Chris Paulis
We will explore the distinctive purposes and challenges of restoring photographs considering what sets this discipline apart within the IPC Artist division. We will examine a number of damaged photos to speculate on the challenges they pose. Chris will share his general workflow and then walk through one or two of his recent restorations in a time lapse fashion where participants will see and learn about particular techniques that he finds productive and efficient. Our goal is to whet your appetite to step into this valuable realm of artistry that brings smiles to clients faces. We will also address some basic business aspects of pursuing this specialty.
Chris Paulis, M.Photog., M.Artist, Cr., CPP, EAASP, MDPPA-F.Ph., A.Ph Chris is a Master Photographer, Master Artist, Photographic Craftsman, and Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), as well as an Associate and Photographic Fellow of Maryland Professional Photographers Association (MDPPA). He is a member of PPA, ASP, MDPPA, and PP of PA. He volunteered as a CPP Liaison from 2013 - 2021 and served a 4-year term on the MDPPA Board as well as 8 years as Certification chair for MDPPA. He has participated in photographic competition at the state (multiple states!), district, and IPC levels every year since 2013. As a photographer, Chris's passions include photographic restoration, wildlife, landscape, product, and commercial photography. As a career teacher educator, Chris offers workshops on becoming profitable in product photography and methods of photographic restoration. Chris has won numerous awards in photographic competition at all levels. In the 2019 SE District Photographic Competition, he earned first place in both the Artist Open and Artist Restoration categories. From 2019 - 2022, seven of Chris's entries were named GIA Finalists, and one of these won the Grand Imaging Award for Photographic Restoration in 2021. He earned a gold medal in the Artist division at the 2022 IPC. Fifteen of Chrisʼs restorations have merited at IPC. Chris received the prestigious Educational Associate degree from ASP in January 2023. His paper was based on a year-long qualitative research project involving experienced restoration artists and PPA approved jurors, defining priorities and criteria to evaluate restorations according to the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. He is also a grandfather of ten and living proof that one can begin and thrive in a new career after retirement, having begun his journey as a professional photographer after finishing a career in public education, where he taught students and teachers.
The Roadmap to Color Management WITH Darin LaCrone
Darin LaCrone is a Commercial Photographer who photographs hundreds of airplanes every year, all over the world. Based in Wichita, KS (The Air Capitol of the World) it only seemed fitting to end up hanging out with & hanging out of airplanes. Besides photographing these amazing machines, Darin prints Fine Art prints for many of the companies he shoots for. From the Creation to Editing to the Print, he has a passion for the control of the color and the final output. A huge proponent for printing out your images, Darin will walk through profiling and controlling every aspect of photography, from the camera bag to the wall. The Presentation will start off high level, showing a roadmap of the color management process from Creation to Editing to Print, and then I’ll narrow down and cover the “Edit” portion. This will concentrate on the file coming into the computer and how the monitor displays the file, and how to control that part of it. This would leave it open for Q&A to touch on the Creation or Print side a touch if any time allows, but maybe set us up for a longer, more in-depth presentation at some future time.
More about Darin LaCrone
I am a Commercial Photographer specializing in Aviation Photography and a Fanatic for everything related to Color Management of the photographic process. From the creation to editing to the final output, whether that be a print, digital file or projected image.
I started with an interest in photography as a child. Bought my first camera when I was 8 and by age 9 was regularly taking over the basement bathroom as my darkroom. With a small Besler enlarger on the toilet, film reels and developing tanks all over the counter and trays in the bathtub, I started learning about the photographic process. ( and making quite a mess, if you ask my Mom )
When I was 14 years old, I got a job at a minilab in Champaign, IL and watched other photographer’s work come through the lab, fine tuning my understanding of the control of color. Trying to wrap my head around the art of lighting, exposing, processing and printing from negatives and chromes. The whole process intrigues me. If there’s one piece that doesn’t make sense, it became a mission to figure it out. We had some of the local pros who used us to send off their Kodachrome to Kodak. When their film came back in I was a sponge as they stood at the light table with a loupe and explained how they created these amazing images. Every day I left work, I headed out to shoot and couldn't wait to get back to the
lab after school the next day to process what I had created and see what I had learned. A great place to be able to play and learn from trial and error!
During this time, I began making trips each summer to Winona School of Photography. Growing up in Champaign Illinois, I didn't realize how spoiled I was to be just a few hours from Winona and be able to pop over each summer and learn from some amazing folks. So I guess 1981 was my first exposure to PPA. I didn't realize how influential PPA would be in my life then and how many amazing photograp0hers I'd meet and look up to and what amazing friendships I would make over the next 40+ years. Always the youngest there, I was adopted by many old farts who filled my head full of everything I could do with a camera. I hear some of their voices in my head to this day when I'm pondering how I'll shoot something. They stopped holding class up there my Jr year of High School, which was a bummer, but found PPA again a few years later, when I moved to Wichita.
I took a job as the Custom Color Printer & Technical Lab Manager at Color Craft Corp, a Professional Lab in Downtown Wichita. Fine tuning the chemicals for positive and negative process was more than a job; It was a passion. I spent my time further educating myself by attending trainings at Greytag Macbeth, Kodak in Rochester NY and KPPS at Bethel College up at Newton. I continued to pick the brains of the Pros who came through the door and started taking on side jobs assisting some of these very talented photographers when they took on jobs that needed an additional set of hands.
In 1993 I took a trip to SanDiego to see my Brother. He had a roommate Tim Mantoani. We got talking and found that he worked as an assistant for a local Commercial Photographer there; Dean Collins. Loving Dean’s FineLight trainings, I asked if I could go to the studio with him the next day. I spent that week with Tim and Dean and my brain was overwhelmed by the things I didn’t know… that I didn’t know.
I came back to Wichita and started my plan to break out of the lab world and start shooting full time. I stayed in touch with Dean after that and became good friends and even talked him into coming to Wichita to do a presentation for GWAPPA. Besides us setting the carpet on fire that night and being banned from the Clarion Hotel for life, it was a fun week with Dean. (That’s another story) Will be forever grateful to Dean for his time and support and friendship. Dean passed in 2005 and his wife, Linda kept some of his teachings alive, but don’t think I’ve ever met another photographer who truly managed light like Dean did.
I did finally break out on my own and had a couple studios in Wichita, photographed way too many weddings with Quigg Studio, worked on the board of GWAPPA and supported KPPS on various committees. I got hired by Cessna Aircraft Company, where I spent the next 20 years photographing Airplanes and managing a crew of 31 of the industry’s most talented photographers, videographers and graphic artists. Being inside a huge company with big budgets and being based in the Engineering Dept, I was able to play and experiment with lots of geeky realms of photography and build a wealth of knowledge that I lean on daily in my photographic journey.
I’ve been back out on my own the past 10+ years. I still enjoy aviation photography and do fine art printing for many folks and fill big companies’ walls with huge prints and do technical consulting for creative corporate departments with color management, printing and AV set up needs. The passion I had for controlling chemicals and papers to ensure the finest representation of images, back when I started out, is still there with me on every project I shoot.