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PPSDC Presents: Bring Your Sales to the Next Level, with Richard D. Marks @ George's Camera
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Are you struggling to sell your work? Need some tips and tricks? Join us for an educational and fun evening learning strategies to improve your sales. Whether you are a portrait/wedding photographer, or a fine art photographer trying to sell your work, this class is for you.

PPSDC presents Richard D Marks, Founder/President of RDM Management Group, a professional sales consulting company which focuses on professional development while intellectually serving others. Richard will share these core principles with you in his two hour presentation:

  • Foundational Principles of Selling
  • Sphere of Influences
  • Networking with Intent
  • Handling Objections w/ Care and Customer Service (CLV)

The core of Richard’s practice is based on four (4) key principles: Self Confidence, Self-Discipline, Emotional Intelligence, and Motivation. These are the same four (4) key principles which have allowed Richard to gain a 30-year corporate business career. Most recently, Richard has experience in the Wireless industry. He was afforded the opportunity to take on struggling teams and turn them into top performers. Richard is known for working within a business structure to identify communication gaps and roadblocks that impede the effectiveness of teams and individuals.

Richard is a Veteran of the United States Army, a professional speaker, as well as a performance business coach and trainer. Richard is also an established author of The Empowerment Series Volume I & II, a Motivational CD Series.

Please register for this workshop here:

  • $0.00
PPSDC Board Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn (formerly Holiday Inn)
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All members are welcome to attend.

PPSDC Open House @ Hilton Garden Inn
Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The PPSDC April 11, 2017 general meeting will be an open house event with Canon Explorer of Light, Michele Celentano. After 25 years of experience, Michele’s passion for transforming her photography into works of art only continues to grow. She considers herself incredibly blessed to enjoy such a wonderful and amazing career.

Michele was awarded her Craftsmen Degree from the Professional Photographers of America and the Accolade of Photographic Mastery from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. Her artwork has been published in literary works such as Rangefinder, American Photographer, Shutterbug, Studio Photography as well as numerous books on the art of photography.

Michele is one of an elite group of photographers to be sought out by Canon USA to represent their company as an Explorer of Light. Only 50 photographers nationwide hold this honor. Michele and her images were recently featured in numerous advertisements for Canon and their new professional line of cameras. In addition to running her studio full time, Michele continues to travel internationally to teach and lecture on the subject of professional photography and imagery.

Most recently, Michele published her first book Photographing Families – Tips for Capturing Timeless Images.

From Michele:

Selling portraits has changed dramatically over the past few years. Before digital, we had proofs and some even scanned images to do sales. As digital took hold of our industry, so did digital files, leaving printed photographs and portraits sales in the past.

It’s time to reengage with printed portraits for your clients. After 25 years of selling without printed photographs, I have learned the value of preprinting and selling your work.

During this PPSDC open house presentation, I will walk you through what you need to do to get started selling with printed photographs, teach you how to price, sell and turn your digital file business into a thriving printed portrait business. Using both a reveal wall (thanks to Sue Bryce), slideshows, and digital technology, I will teach you how to increase your average portrait sale.

Pre-Meeting Networking / Happy Hour: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Please RSVP for this event here:

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PPSDC Workshop with Michele Celentano @ Balboa Park
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join PPSDC and Canon Explorer of Light, Michele Celentano, for an all-day workshop at Balboa Park!

Family Portraits That Sell

Family portraits can be the most profitable product line in your studio. The opportunities that family portraits create for sales are huge. Wall portraits, albums and beyond…

Great portrait photography is all about making people look and feel great! It’s time to move beyond “candid” snapshots and get back to the classics! If you have ever wondered how to make people look so good they love every portrait you create – don’t miss this learning experience. You will learn time tested techniques for working with children, making mom look great, and putting dad at ease.

Michele will cover posing subjects in a natural relaxed way, putting groups of all sizes together, making people look thinner and younger without using a computer, getting those little ones to cooperate and many other ideas that will take your portraits to the next level. Michele will share her insight into photographing people and creating consistent and beautiful portraits. Lighting, posing, communication and knowledge of child development are all critical skills a great photographer needs to know.

In today’s market great posing and lighting skills are so important… cameras, lenses and computer techniques will only go so far. Your best images start with you and with what you create in the camera. You will walk away from this seminar with new ideas you can put to good use right away!

About Michele

After 25 years of experience, her passion for transforming photographs into treasured memories for families only continues to grow. Michele Celentano is the author of Photographing Families – Tips for Capturing Timeless Images. Most recently she appeared on for a three day workshop about photographing families that was viewed globally by more than 30,000 photographers.

Michele is one of an elite group of photographers to be sought out by Canon USA to represent their company as an Explorer of Light. Only 50 photographers nationwide hold this honor. Michele and her images have been featured in numerous advertisements for Canon and their professional line of cameras. She is a regular and popular presenter for Canon at trade shows through the county.

Workshop Registration

Michele Celentano Workshop - Family Portraits That Sell

  • $0.00
PPC Presents: California Funday with Sharon Lobel
Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm – Apr 21 @ 2:00 am

Professional Photographers of California presents a California Funday on Mount Shasta with Sharon Lobel.

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PPSDC Board Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn (formerly Holiday Inn)
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All members are welcome to attend.

Image Competition @ Hilton Garden Inn (formerly Holiday Inn)
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE – The fifth (and final) image competition of the 2016-2017 season will be held Tuesday, May 9th, 2017.

Images must be submitted on or before Tuesday, May 2nd at MIDNIGHT.

PPSDC Presents: Headshot Intensive, with Gary Hughes
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm


A PPSDC General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 13th.

Gary Hughes will present an informative program on headshot photography.

Location: To Be Announced

Pre-Meeting Networking: 5:30pm-6:30pm

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