{Studios Connect} September Meeting

Sunday, September 7th

5:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m. | Family Portrait Sessions & Picnic in the Park

Are you looking for an opportunity to have your family portraits captured this year? Would you like the opportunity to meet other photographers and their families?

Come to the September Studios Connect meeting and have your family photographed by one of the current SDPPA board members. You will receive photographer’s choice of the best files with printing release. This is a great time to plan for your Christmas card photos!

Don’t want to bring your family? Have a new profile picture taken instead.

The evening will also include a fried chicken picnic supper hosted by the SDPPA – all you need to do is bring your family.


The meeting will be held at Wall Lake at the Lyon’s Lodge picnic shelter.

To help us plan for food and portrait sessions, please RSVP the following information by Friday, September 5th on our Facebook page or to Julie Prairie at jp@julieprairie.com:

  • Number of individuals eating
  • Number of individuals being photographed
  • Age of children (if applicable)

Do you like a good deal?

Everyone loves a good deal. The SDPPA will be offering a ONE TIME special on membership at this month’s meeting.

  • Purchase your 2015 all-inclusive SDPPA membership for $200.00 and we’ll include your entry for the 2014 Fall Tech Day.
  • Current SDPPA all-inclusive members can renew their all-inclusive membership for $150.00.
  • That’s a $50.00 savings!

Memberships must be purchased during the meeting – no phone or online orders allowed.


{Studios Connect} May Meeting

Monday, May 12th

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Social Hour (Brown Bag Supper)
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Meeting

GetFresh_SCLooking for some new fun ideas for your studio this season?

Is it time for some Spring Cleaning at your Studio?

Our May Studios Connect meeting is just for you! Join us as we take a look at some fun new ideas to freshen up your backgrounds, props and product samples.

Kristy Moran, a local specialty finishes painter, will be doing a painted background demonstration. Come see her wonderful work as she gives ideas on how to create something new and beautiful to use in your studio this year.

Studio Sample Sharing

Please bring a jump drive with images or examples of any homemade backdrops you have made at your studio. We’d also love to see your album or other unique product samples. If possible please label the items with what print lab you have used and what type of cover/paper.

Want to be part of the presentation?

If you would like to do a DIY backdrop demonstration please contact Julie Prairie at 605.359.6640 or jp@julieprairie.com.

Studio De-stash Sale

There will be a backdrop/prop sale. Please bring your items and come ready to get some new fun things for your studio.


The meeting will be held at Holiday Inn City Centre in the Cascade Room in Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday May 12th. Social hour from 5-6 pm with the meeting from 6-8 pm.


January Members in Action: Newborns with KJ Wingert



November Members in Action



NOVEMBER 11TH, 2013, 5 – 9 PM




Mark & Mary will share how to create distinctive character portraits for your clients. The program will include lighting/posing with a live model, Lightroom, B&W conversion, Photoshop, image enhancement, and workflow.


Please RSVP to this event here.

Mark and Mary Bortz are a husband and wife team from Robins, Iowa. Their studio, Fusion Edge Photography is a full service studio focusing primarily on High School Seniors. In their 12 years in business, they have been named “Top Ten Non Master Iowa Photographer” by the Iowa PPA and received the Bronze Photographer of the Year by PPA. Mary Bortz is a Certified Professional Photographer and in 2010, 2011 and 2012 was name “top 10 Iowa Photographer. Mark Bortz is also a Certified Professional Photographer and in 2012 and 2013 was also named “Top Ten Photographer of Iowa”

South Dakota PPA is proud to host Mark and Mary Bortz on November 11th in Brandon, SD.

FALL TECH DAY – Cheryl Elbers

Cheryl Elbers is an 11 year veteran of photography and 22 year veteran of advertising and Adobe Photoshop. With a 1992 graphic design degree from Southeast Technical Institute, Cheryl has spent many years in both fields of photography and advertising. Over the years she has won some SDPPA awards with her photography as well as some Advertising awards with the Tellies and Addy’s. She has had the privilege of photographing portraits and commercial work and has been a Photoshop instructor for years, which she thoroughly enjoys. The advertising field is an even bigger love of hers as it is an ever changing field, and the opportunities to grow and learn with new technology never stays idle. She currently works for Epic Multimedia, one of the fastest growing ad agencies in South Dakota.

Marketing is a game. You could say, “the brand with the most friends, wins.” There are a lot of factors to determine, about yourself AND your business, before determining the best way to advertise… or NOT advertise. There are questions you need to be able to answer, like, what are your goals and where do you hope to be in 5 or even 10 years? Are you more of a hobbiest or a professional? Chances are if you are attending the SDPPA (South Dakota “Professional” Photographers Association) your goals are to be a professional photographer and that means you want your business to grow. So how big do you want to get and what do you do to make that happen? Are you a high end photographer, somewhere in the middle, or really just do it for fun cause photography it is a passion of yours. Maybe you even would do it for free because you love it so much…? This all determines your course of action for how you advertise. We will discuss this and more and my hopes are to enlighten you and give you a clearer understanding about how you should do this.

In addition, Photoshop is a huge passion of mine. It has come so far since the first version I started with in 1988. Retouching one photo used to take so much longer with the limited tools it offered, where today, I can retouch a photo in a matter of minutes, sometimes seconds. I will teach you my method of retouching, what makes it a professional print verses just a print, and also give you tips on some fun and easy plugins that can help you with your process. I know some of you may use Lightroom, but just a quick note, I use Bridge to prep my photos and will be teaching from that platform.

I’m excited to see you all and pay it forward. See you there!