Pre-Conference Workshops

Enjoy an extra day of education by selecting an add-on workshop (or two)!  These will take place Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the AIM Conference.  We've included two options for full-day, in-depth learning, or select one or both of the half-day class options.


Registration is limited to small groups, so these tend to sell out quickly!  Full-day workshops will include lunch.

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Pre-Conference Instructors and Workshops

Full Day with Bud Thorpe & Kim Buccheri

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Hands-On Studio Lighting

Have you wanted to make the leap into studio lighting? Have you wanted to train your eye to “see” light? Then this is the class for you! This program is a full-day of hands-on lighting and experience.  Intended for beginners and those who want to fill in gaps from self-learning, this class will help you learn to confidently use studio lighting.  Bud Thorpe and Kim Buccheri will be sharing their decades of teaching experience.  Learn how to set up, meter and use the light to create your vision. The morning will include a brief talk on “Why Studio Lighting?”. We move on to building our studio where you will break into small groups and learn to light a 3-light portrait set up – one light at a time.  After lunch, we kick it into high gear with analyzing lighting and recreating it. By applying what you learn in the morning, you will get a much better understanding of the principles. Our models will be stuffed animals, so you can take all the time you need to get your lighting just right.  Bring your camera and lens along with a comfortable pair of shoes. Additional information will be sent to participants in advance.


PPA members attending this workshop will receive a continuing education merit.

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Full Day With Jo Howell

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Professional Zoo Photography

Join international animal photographer Jo Howell as she shares her story of turning her passion for animals, wild places, and photography into a rewarding career. Jo will share her insider hints and tips as a Zoos Victoria photographer for creating images of captive animals in various situations while promoting positive interactions and animal welfare. This workshop will cover lens choice, camera settings, difficult lighting and how to deal with enclosure construction such as mesh or wire & glass. You are sure to come away with a great set of tools for successful zoo photography! This workshop will include classroom time in the morning and photography at the Minnesota Zoo in the afternoon.


PPA members attending this workshop will receive a continuing education merit.

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Half Day with Monica vander Maden

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The Dreamy/Dramatic Location Portrait
Spend the morning with Monica van der Maden to learn her techniques for creating dramatic animal portraits on location. Discuss how to plan your session including choosing the location, time of the day, and what equipment works best for your desired look. Use those skills working side-by-side with her on location to photograph a dog.

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Half Day with Andie Sanders

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Photo to Masterpiece via Pastels
Combine the traditional art world with the art of photography through the use of pastels on a printed image.  This hands-on class will teach students how to apply pastels(chalks) to an image that is giclee printed on watercolor paper.  This method gives the photographer another product line that will extend their present offerings to customers and creates a piece of art for customers to have a one of a kind masterpiece. Samples and supplies to color on and to take home will be supplied.

Samples coming soon!