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Barbara Breitsameter - Dog Photography with a BARK of Sophistication®

Creating dynamic dog portraits takes skills and planning. Barbara Breitsameter will share her “dog portrait essential techniques” for a successful, stress-free session to capturing extraordinary dog portraits that the owners will love.

This workshop will include:
- Dog Psychology and Body Language
- Step-by-Step How to Work with Dogs
- Understanding Dynamic Range - Photographing Light – Dark Fur and Color
- Selecting Compelling Locations for Dog Portraits
- The Keys to Great Composition using Nature & Visual Elements.
- Making the Light Work for You using Light Modifiers On-Location
- Barbara’s Tips and Tricks Capturing Personality and Poses
- Watch Barbara Photograph a LIVE Dog Session
- Take Your Work to the Next Level – Print Competition

Like yesterday Barbara can remember in detail her first professional dog portrait session. She never gave “dog photography” a single thought until she was asked to photograph a litter of 7-week-old Bernese Mountain Dog puppies.That session was life changing! Her “obsession” for dog photography blossomed from that moment and her love affair for the Bernese Mountain Dog began.

Since 2002 Barbara has worked as a professional photographer in Chicago Illinois. Barbara had a storefront retail studio for many years, photographing families, children, corporate and dogs. Presently she is working out of her home studio, which has allowed Barbara to focus only on artistic dog photography, educating aspiring dog photographers, and motivational speaking.

Price: $65.00

Date: September 14, 2016

4300 Westbrook dr
Aurora, IL
60504 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Hands On Shooting Session with Barbara Breitsameter

Have you ever dreamed of shooting  right alongside Master Dog Photographer Barbara Breitsameter?  On Wednesday , September 21st  your dreams could be fulfilled.

Barbara is offering a very rare informal day of shooting and hands on instruction for up to 5 individuals.  This workshop is a follow-up session to her all-day PPANI workshop on Wednesday, September 14th .   Since you will be practicing what you learned at the Sept 14th workshop, in order to attend this workshop, you are required to attend both days. Barbara will provide dogs for you to work with including one or two that may prove to be difficult, giving you real life experiences.

The cost of admission is a $300 check made out to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (you will receive the tax donation benefits).  Barbara is donating her time teaching this workshop to raise money for MJFF.

1.    You must attend PPANI Workshop on Wednesday, September 14th
2.    You must have a complete understanding of how your camera works in manual mode, including the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how they all work together.

Lunch will be provided  (if you have any special dietary requirements, please bring your own lunch.  And let Barbara know that you will not need her to provide your lunch)

What to bring to Class:

  1. Your camera
  2. A variety of lens if you have more than one.
    1. A widest angle lens that you have
    2. A longer lens if you have one (70-200mm would be a good choice)
  3. Extra Camera Batteries
  4. Fast memory cards  http://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/camera-tests/ 
  5. Dress to be outdoors in long grass.
    1. Long pants
    2. Long sleeves
    3. Socks
    4. Bug Repellent
  6. Notebook and pen
  7. Laptop (just in case you have time to go over the images and maybe do some editing.)



Price: Free Event

Date: September 21, 2016

Poppy Blue Photography
3857 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL
60047 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Peggy Sue Seehafer - Fine Art with Photography

MB imageThere are many different mediums that work with photography such as glass, beautiful papers, hand painting etc. We will explore a variety of these through demos and instructions, with some hands-on time for experimentation.

We will be using printcompetition.com for case registration and scoring for this competition.

You must register your case at printcompetition.com by 6 p.m. on October 11.

This applies to both physical and digital prints. After uploading your images, please print out your labels and entry form and bring them with you to the competition. If you have already registered and paid here, you do NOT have to pay again at printcompetition.com, but you still have to register there.

Lunch is included in your registration fee.

Photographic Image Competition follows the program.


Price: $65.00

Date: October 12, 2016

4300 Westbrook Dr.
Aurora, IL
60504 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Lisa Francescon - Creating Loyal Clients Through Business Partnerships and Events

headshotAn Evening Program

Partnering with businesses to provide special photography events at their store locations can bring in a large amount of leads. But gathering leads is just one small element in creating loyal customers. You need to systematically work with your new leads to provide them the experience your studio has to offer.

Even before you start meeting with business partners and scheduling your events, you must create a foundation in your business. This starts with your business plan. Lisa will share with you some of the major goals she incorporates into her business plan and how she uses them to: 1.) build partnerships with high end businesses. 2) create an effective marketing plan, 3) gather leads through the use of events at local businesses, 4) how she communicates with her new leads to keep a consistent booking schedule in the studio, and 5) how she retains her new clients so they return to her for all their photographic needs.

Lisa will also share with you how she prepares for her events at her business partner’s location. You will learn her simple lighting techniques and her system to collect and deliver purchased product.

Lisa opened her photography business in Moline, IL in the Fall of 2004. After rebranding her business almost three years ago, her primary focus includes family pets, and dancers of all ages.

Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Illinois University. She is a Certified Professional Photographer and is currently working on her Master’s in Photography and Craftsman degree. She also teaches a variety of photography classes in the Quad Cities.


Price: $65.00

Date: November 9, 2016

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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