2020 Convention and Print Comp Postponed

It is with an abundance of caution that PPA NJ has postponed the 2020 Convention and Print Competition
due to the Corona Virus Covid-19.

We will postpone for at least two to three months (maybe more), depending on knowing the extent of the virus in New Jersey. We will provide an update as soon as we have more information.
PPA NJ appreciates your understanding and continued support.

PPA NJ State Council

The 2020 PPANJ Annual Convention is here!
Hampton Inn & Suites Fairfield
118 US Highway 46 East
Fairfield, NJ 07004, US

Join us Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th for an exciting weekend full of print competition, celebration and education !

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The work submitted in the 2020 PPANJ Print Competition will be judged live - and you’re invited! Starting at 9:30am,
take a seat and watch the judges score and comment on submissions of both members and non-members.

After the public judging, the jury will deliberate further to determine the winners of state awards, including Rookie of the Year (the maker of a case with the four highest scoring images of a first time entrant in the PPANJ Print Competition), 320 Pins (awarded to makers of four images with a cumulative score 320 or higher), Highest Cumulative Print Case (the highest scoring print case submitted) and Best in Show (the judge’s favorite NJ image, not necessarily the highest scoring). There is also an award for the Best Out of State Image for those who do not reside in New Jersey.

The outcome of jury’s decisions will be celebrated at the awards banquet in the evening. Your ticket includes access to a dinner and awards ceremony, which kicks off at 7:00pm. Sit back, relax, enjoy a delicious meal, and cheer on members who take home the top prizes!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

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This year, the PPANJ has the pleasure of welcoming the talented Tatiana Lumiere as our keynote speaker. Tatiana is an international award winning portrait photographer specializing in women’s portraiture and Fine Art conceptual photography which highlights the elusive and fragile essence of feminine beauty. She is known for her creative use of natural elements such as water and fog which, along with precise posing, works to create timeless portraits that look more like artworks than photography. She has pioneered the use of fog photography in everyday studios, allowing clients to enjoy what used to be the exclusive domain of fine art photographers.

This program will also feature Geniia Elliot. Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, Geniia Elliot pursued her passion for makeup artistry in 2012.
Beginning her career at Shiseido, she quickly found her creative voice and became a makeup artist for Dior.

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In 2014 Geniia was invited to work with award-winning photographer Tatiana Lumiere , which enabled her to travel nationally and attend exclusive workshops in which she demonstrated her makeup skills. Her artistic collaboration with Tatiana Lumiere’s photography received multiple awards with the WPPI, the world’s largest photography association.

Geniia has experience in fashion, theater, workshops, individual makeovers, weddings, and photoshoots. She is known for achieving flawless skin and a natural, sophisticated look for her wedding and portrait clients. Her strength is in her ability to bring out the natural beauty of every subject, regardless of gender or ethnicity. She is capable of achieving any desired look in a creative and professional way.

Before Tatiana gets started, makeup artist Geniia will empower photographers to work with their models to prepare for their portrait session.  Afterward, Tatiana’s program will dive into working with female subjects to capture their innate beauty. From start to finish, attendees will understand how to work with hair and make up, costuming, posing and the photography process. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You will be invited to photograph using Tatiana’s stylings and suggestions to add to your portfolio. Grab your seat bright and early before this workshop begins at 10:00am.

Here’s the schedule of events:

Saturday, March 28
9:30am - 6pm: Live Print Competition judging
7:00pm: Awards Banquet

Sunday, March 29
10:00am - 4:00pm: Geniia Elliot's makeup tutorial and Tatiana Lumiere’s fine art portraiture workshop

Sign me up! Where can I register for the convention and awards ceremony?
Click HERE to get started with registration.

How much does it cost to attend the 2020 convention for a PPANJ Member?
This year, the special PPANJ member rate is $195 per person, which includes your ticket to the awards dinner on Saturday evening. If a member would like to attend the dinner only, the ticket would cost $50. If a member would like to attend Tatiana Lumiere's program without the awards banquet, the ticket would be $145.

If I am not a PPANJ member, what is the cost?
A non-member can attend our conference for $245. Keep in mind, if you sign up to become a member for $100/year, you would be paying a lower price to join and then register to attend the convention. What a deal!
If a non-member would like to attend the dinner only, the cost is $75 per person. If you would like to attend the convention without attending the awards banquet, the ticket for a non-member is $170.

What are the perks of becoming a member of PPANJ?
Where do we begin? You will have free access to our monthly educational workshop featuring different photographers, which costs $25 per meeting for non-members. As a member, you will be listed on our website through the Find A Photographer link for those who are looking for professional photographers in NJ. Our members enjoy a discount during for our annual print competition, where professional photographers submit their work to receive feedback by PPA trained judges and have a chance to earn credits and awards. Please see the Competition section for more information. You will meet like-minded individuals who enjoy photography and have valuable insight on how to run a successful photography business. Our members and the volunteers who make up the Board of Directors are open and willing to share information and answer any questions you may have. Join us today!

What if I am a student, can I register for the convention?
Absolutely! All students can pay $100 to take advantage of our two day event.
Student registration does not include Awards Banquet Dinner but can be purchased separately.
Students will be allowed to purchase Awards Banquet Dinner ticket at member price.

Can I stay at the Hampton Inn Suites? What does a room cost?
Of course! A room will cost $139 + taxes per night, which is still a discount rate for our convention attendees. Hurry though - this price only lasts until March 14th! Afterwards, the room rate will be $189. Please note: this price applies to members and non-members.

Should I bring a camera?
Please do! Tatiana’s intensive portraiture class will allow you to capture images to add to your portfolio. Keep in mind, any photography during the convention programs cannot be used for competition.

Should I bring my own food or drinks?
We’ve got you covered! We will provide water and coffee throughout the convention. Your FULL registration also includes a sit-down dinner on Saturday night. However, you are welcome to explore local options for lunch after the conclusion of the print competition judging on Saturday.
Lunch on Sunday is available at the hotel.  An order menu will be distributed before the lunch break for ordering.  You will be responsible for payment.