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    WPPA One Day Event: Thom Rouse, August 16 at Hotel Mead — UPDATE: CANCELLED.


    WPPA One Day Event:  Sunday, August 16 at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. Download the Registration form or REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

    Thom Rouse blends together two artistic worlds—photography and fine art. He does this not on a whim, but to show how experience in fine art can inspire creativity and innovation in your own photography.

    During this class, Thom will show you how spending time in the field of fine art can not only expand your photographic talents; it translates to new skills and styles so you can create unique work, unlike anyone else’s. Additionally, Thom discusses how showing and displaying your fine art pieces not only shows your versatility, it expands your reputation as an artist, not just a photographer.

    This is not your traditional portrait or lighting course. Be ready to expand your mind and your abilities as an artist—a winning combination for you and your clients.

    The full day program will include lecture and presentation in the morning and Photoshop demonstration during the afternoon. You are invited to bring a laptop to learn hands on Photoshop techniques.


    Thom Rouse began his career as a portrait and wedding photographer in 1994. Based near Chicago, he now divides his time between commercial, fine art and commissioned fine art images with his clients as the central subject of his pieces. His conceptual fine art images utilize real world photographs blended and manipulated to create an alternative to real world perception. Thom also lectures and teaches workshops on topics ranging from Photoshop as an artist’s tool, visual literacy and lighting and posing for figure studies.

    Thom holds the PPA Master of Photography degree, the Award of Excellence, the Master of Electronic Imaging degree, and the Photographic Craftsman degree. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Photographers and a member of XXV. He has 54 PPA loan Collection images and has won the ASP Gold Medallion twice. He has been received five Diamond, four Platinum and one Gold Photographer of the year awards. He has received the Kodak Elite award, the Canon Par Excellence Select Award as well as numerous Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece awards. Thom’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as Canada, China, Japan, Korea, and Europe.

    Thom Rouse M. Photog. MEI, CR, CPP, F-ASP


    Carl RoehlJuly 23, 2015 - 9:58 pm

    Please advise how to register for Aug 16 Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids, Thom Rouse workshop, I’m a member of Focal Point Camera Club.
    Carl Roehl

    Michael MowbrayJuly 23, 2015 - 11:22 pm

    Hi Carl. Thank you for your interest in attending the one-day event with Thom Rouse. There is a link to the registration form above. But here it is again for your convenience. http://www.wppa-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ONE-DAY-REG-FORM-15.pdf

    MadCity PhotoJam 2015 Announced!




    WPPA is happy to announce the new, improved MadCity PhotoJam is coming to Madison February 19 -23.  Check out our schedule and our impressive list of speakers below.


    >>>Register online!<<<


    February 19-23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin

    Thursday, February 19th

    8:30 – 10 pm – Alicia Johnson (Senior Rep Program)
    Friday, February 20th

    8 am to Noon – Print Judging

    10am – Noon – Laura Bautell (Making Backdrops Pay)

    1 pm – 3pm – Michael Mowbray  (Shoot to Thrill/Speedlights)

    1 pm – Until Finished – Print Judging

    3pm – 5 pm – Lew & Karen Everling (Social Media)

    5:15 pm  – 6:15 pm – Champagne Open of Print Exhibit (media attention)

    6:00 – 8:30pm Tradeshow Open

    8:15 – 10:15 pm Lew & Karen Everling Evening Program (Social Media)


    Saturday, February 21st

    8am – 9:30 am – Dan Stoller (Pricing)

    8am – 10:30 am – Michael Timmons, Ron Nichols, & Helen Yancy (What a Judge Thinks – Print Critique)

    8:30am – 10:30pm – Rick Trummer (Camera, Color and Capture)

    9:30 am – 10:30 am – Robert Parks (Drones Demo)

    1pm – 4pm – Joe Buissink (Wedding – Odana Ballroom 1&2)

    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Suzette Allen (Video Editing in PSCC – Two Lakes Ballroom)

    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  Dinner (by ticket only)

    7:45 pm – Fun Night (Leather and Lace themed costume party)

    Trade Show OPEN THESE HOURS:  10 am – 1 pm, 3 pm – 5:30 pm


    Sunday, February 22nd

    8:30 am – 11:30 Ron Nichols (Portrait Sales)

    9am – 11am – Randy Van Duinen (Painting w/ Light )

    9:30 am – 1pm  TRADESHOW

    1pm – 3:45pm – Randy Van Duinen (Lightroom & Photoshop)

    1:30 pm – 4pm – Ron Nichols (ProSelect Hands on workshop)

    4pm – 6pm – Suzette Allen (Hybrid Video)

    6:00 pm – Board Picture

    6:15-7 pm – Cocktails

    7:00 pm – 10 pm Awards Ceremony Dinner


    Monday, February 23

    Annual Member Meeting – 8-9 am

    Melanie Anderson – 9 am – 11:30 – “Seniors, Sports & Business”

    Pierre Stephenson – 10 am – 11:30 pm “Underwater Live Shoot”

    Melanie Anderson – 1 pm – 3 pm – “Seniors, Sports & Business”

    Pierre Stephenson – 1 pm – 2 :30 pm – “Underwater Post Production”

    Fall Convention Information



    2014 Fall Shoot Out and Portfolio

    The Wisconsin PPA Fall Shoot Out is from November 1st through 4th at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. Please call the Osthoff for the special room rate of $89/night letting them know you are with the WPPA Convention. Phone number:  (855) 876-3399

    We are very excited about the lineup for this years’ event. You can mail in your registration form or register online with special “Early Bird” registration if you register by October 10.

    We are looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s event that is highlighting many new speakers, mentors and judges. See you there!


    Event Schedule

    Saturday, November 1st, 2014

    7:00pm – 10:00pm                  Print Competition Case Entry Preparation

    Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

    10:00am – 1:00pm                  Portfolio Building w/Mentors (Bays are Available)

    (Mentors – Lew Everling, Michael Barton, Jared Anderson)

    3:00pm – 6:00pm                  Image Work w/Mentors on hand for Workflow Questions

    (Mentors – Karen Everling, Joy Vertz)

    2:00pm – 5:00pm                  Print Competition Judging

    5:00pm – 9:00pm                  Vendors & Trade Show Time (Food will be in the Trade Show Area)

    9:00pm – Midnight               Guru Lounge – “Synergy at the Highest Level”

    (All Available who want to Help)

    Monday, November 3rd, 2014

    9:00am – 12:00pm                Vendors & Trade Show Time (Coffee and Rolls in the Trade Show Area)

    9:00am – 12:00pm                Print Display Available

    1:00pm – 5:00pm                  Shoot Out with more Mentors (Bays are Available)

    (Mentors – Rod Evans, Dan Davis, Jared Anderson, Tad Meddaugh)

    5:00pm – 6:30pm                  Awards Dinner

    7:00pm – 9:00pm                 Keynote Speaker – Rod Evans  “The Science of Beauty”

    Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

    9:00am – 12:00pm                Keynote Speaker – Aaron Adams “The Experience Experiment”

    12:00pm – 1:00pm                Lunch

    1:00pm – 3:00pm                  Keynote Speaker Continued