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June 15, 2015 – Greg Schrader – No Excuses Workshop

We are SO thrilled to have been asked to speak at PPWM with you. We believe it will change the way you photograph your world. Every aspect of your senses will be heightened and broadened to take your photography career to a new level.

No Excuses will help take the fear out of “oh no, what do I do now”….Anyone can create images with perfect lighting, perfect locations, perfect subjects….what happens when things are less than perfect…Will you create a great image? Or have an excuse?

Learn how to get rid of our common excuses with techniques like:

  • The 4 S’s for Success
  • Seeing beauty everywhere
  • Strategies of Storytelling with your Images
  • Posing
  • Creative tools
  • Listening and being positive

These techniques (and more) will not only help you stand out in an already crowded photography market…They will help you photograph with a purpose. These techniques will help you “create images”….not just take a picture. When you have No Excuses – you begin to work on your craft of being an true artist.

This is not your typical PPWM….this is a workshop style….so come prepared with the following:

  • Comfortable clothes & walking shoes
  • Appropriate clothing (this is going to be a VERY laid back day. No need to wear a suit
    and tie…Come in your PJ’s if you want to…LOL.
  • Your Camera
  • Your Camera Manual
  • Your flash (for off camera shooting)
  • Any type of handheld light you might use (Torch, Video, ICE, Etc)
  • Note book & pen (or tablet) for taking notes (Lots and lots of notes)
  • And anything else you would normally bring to a shoot (minus studio lighting)

BONUS!! Also as an optional added bonus – you may bring along up to 5 images that you would like Greg to critique and go over with you and he would be more than happy to do so.

Any other questions or concerns that I did not cover please feel free to contact me at the studio or send me an email. I would be more than happy to help.

Thank you

P.S. “Spend five minutes of every day chasing the impossible.”

Gregory Schrader
Schrader Photography
“The” Photographic Experience
Schrader Workshops on FB

Gregory Schrader is not your typical photographer, therefore he does not have the typical story of how he came to own a photography studio. His story begins in 2005 when he finally decided to put his mantra to work “I would rather work 18 hours a day for myself than 8 hours a day for someone else.” Little did he know how literal that mantra would become. Once he decided on his course of action, then came the hard part. Every technique that Gregory uses has been self taught and sometimes taught through mistakes.

Gregory has risen through the photography ranks in a non-traditional way and his photography is best recognized for its non-traditional style. Gregory works to continually raise the bar and push the limits in the photography industry. He is able to stamp a recognizable style in everything he photographs, with each event undoubtedly sparking its own unique twist.

In addition to photographing people in all of their glorious moments and milestones, Gregory also photographs for commercial clientele and his work can be seen in national publications. Emerging as a leader of a new generation of photographers, Gregory has the rare gift of being an artist, a natural entrepreneur and an inspirational teacher. He continues to raise the benchmark of excellence as an artist who is admired and respected by his peers and loved by his clients.

As a public speaker, Gregory inspires and educates photographers from all over the world through publication and speaking at events like WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) with his passionate approach to photography and a natural business sense that has made him the leader that he is.

February 12, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Stacie - I can not wait for this event! Greg has been improving my photography with his workshops and I am ready for more motivation and skill knowledge.

New Location for 2015

Our regular monthly meetings will take place at J Photography, Matt & Jodi Jarka’s studio. Less formal and more intimate, this location offers us many benefits. One of them being that speakers now have access to a fully equipped studio at their disposal if they wish to demonstrate a certain technique. Very cool!

It’s best to park on the east side, which is on Turner (see photos). The entrance is also on the east side. There is another entrance around back, but if you use that one just know that you’ll have to walk through the building to get to the studio.

Any questions, just ask in our facebook group.

Address: 400 Ann Street NW, Suite 110, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

June 6, 2015 - 12:57 am

Lisa Califf - Hello,
I am a member of the PPA and am wondering if I can join your group and how.
Thank you,

June 8, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Shawn - Hi Lisa! Yes, we’d love to have you. Come to our next meeting and check out the group (your first meeting is free). Time, date, and location are always on the home page.

February 16 – Finding Your Style with Brian Little

With all the quick start-up photography studios today, you need to find a way to distinguish yourself from the pack. I will share with you fun, creative ways to define your style, how to make your images really pop! We’ll discuss the techniques I have used to run a successful, thriving business in my area for over a decade. It’ll be a bunch of fun-Please come join us in Feb! Mahalo!

Visit Brian’s Website

January 20, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Cori - AWESOME… I wasn’t sure if I could make it to Feb. program but this is right up my alley so count me in.

June Program – Jason Aten – Pricing for Profit

Please join us June 16th, 2014 as we welcome Jason Aten with his program Pricing For a Profit.

One of the biggest challenges photographers face is knowing what to charge, and how to get clients to pay what they are worth. Do you wish there was a better way to know what to charge? This talk will cover the concepts and details you need to create profitable pricing for your photography business, including:

– Taking The Fear Out of Pricing: Understanding The Numbers

– Pricing Your Products

– Pricing Your Time: Charging What You’re Worth

– Packages vs A La Carte: Structuring Your Pricing For Success

– Pricing Strategies For Your Market


Find the event HERE on Facebook to RSVP. Members are free for our monthly programs and new guests get their first visit free and each after are only $25.


Application for Membership

The following individuals have submitted their application for membership into PPWM. Their applications were reviewed by the board. Their names are published for input and comment by all members in accordance with the current PPWM policies on membership. If these applicants meet all qualifications and no objections are received by the membership chairperson, in writing, within 10 days of this post, the membership of these individuals will be accepted.

Tim Kamppinen
Steven Cloud