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2016 Calendar

July Meeting

Monday, July 18, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Meeting and Class in Clinton IL
Location: Warner Library
310 N. Quincy St.
Clinton, IL 61727
Instructor: Ed Cicenas, CPP

“Advanced Post Processing with Adobe Lightroom® and Photoshop®”

Certified Professional Photographer Ed Cicenas

Ed Cicenas, CPP

Bring your laptop and get ready to learn!

Ed Cicenas, CPP, is owner and photographer at EMC Photography Studio in Clinton, along with his wife, Krystal
– Certified Professional Photographer degree by the Professional Photographers     of America (PPA)
– Beta tester for Adobe® software, including Lightroom® and Photoshop®
– Instructor for PPA’s Super Monday programs
– Instructor for 4 years at Richland Community College, basic and advanced            digital photography classes for a full degree program

Edvydas “Ed” Cicenas, CPP, picked up his Nikons more than 30 years ago and has never totally set them down. A photojournalist by trade and training, he continues to shoot, learn and teach. He started in films days, when there was no “chimping” and getting the shot right was the only option possible. He is no longer shooting for the media but continues with his studio work.

As a photojournalist working on continuous deadlines, he adopted much of what he continues to do today — work fast, work well. The darkroom days may be far behind (thankfully!) but the digital revolution has allowed the work to continue fast and well.

Lightroom is a bit of a different tool than an enlarger, but then again not. Find out how to shoot fast and not spend lots of time in the editing stage. Learn how to take it through Photoshop for even more special tricks — with the emphasis being on getting it done so you can go play with your kids, pets, plants, etc.

Ed will take you through a very quick shoot near the Clinton library and then show you how to go from camera to final product — with a huge emphasis on speed. He’ll show you what he does and how he does this, and teach you how you can adopt the same methods.

Non-members only $20 to attend.  Sign up and pay for the meeting here!

Members who have PAID dues for 2016, this meeting is at no charge!

Save by joining CILPP for the rest of 2016. Sign up on our membership page.

June Meeting

Monday, June 13, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Dinner Meeting in Bloomington IL
Topic: Photography Business: how to handle sales tax in IL
Location: Avanti’s Italian Restaurant by the airport
3302 E. Empire St. (Rt. 9 East)
Bloomington, IL 61704
Speaker: Emily Donohoe, President of Pixels by Emily Donohoe, Inc.,
AICPA licensed CPA and our CILPP Treasurer

“Demystifying Sales Tax for Illinois Photographers”

Photographer Emily Donohoe is CILPP Treasurer and President of Pixels by Emily Donohoe, Inc.

Emily Donohoe

The Illinois Department of Revenue has a vendetta against photographers. Revenue agents are trolling the Internet and social media looking for anyone who is trying to fly under the radar. Dealing with the Illinois Department of Revenue is much, much worse than dealing with the IRS. First, they are much closer, and second, they are known to show up at your door completely unannounced!

One prominent Illinois photographer was sued and taken to court by IDOR over how he calculated and filed sales tax. Will your nether regions be the next victim of their wrath?
Knowledge is power. Miss this meeting at your own risk.

Emily has a BSBA (Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration) from the University of North Florida and is a licensed CPA.
She is a member of the AICPA (American Institute of CPA’s), Professional Photographers of America, Texas Professional Photographers Association, and is our Central Illinois Professional Photographers Treasurer. Prior to founding her Champaign Illinois photography studio, Emily practiced public accounting in Florida where she specialized in tax work. Her primary focus was working closely with small business owners to help them get their businesses off the ground and to plan for taxes and other business costs effectively, on both the business and personal fronts.

How do I collect sales tax correctly?
What is taxed and what is not?
When does the 10% rule apply and when does it not apply?
Are digital files taxed, and at what tax rate?
How can I set up my accounting software program for sales tax?
If my accountant/tax preparer messes this up, am I still responsible?
How can I fill out a sales tax return myself and save on accountant fees?

Bring all your questions to this most important photographer meeting.
Learn what you MUST know.
Guest photographers may attend for a meeting fee of $20 each, or better yet, join for 2016 and don’t miss any of the great programs that CILPP still has lined up.
Sign up and pay for the meeting here!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on a soft fur blanket, wearing a cute baby hat.

Newborn Baby Photography by Pixels by Emily Donohoe, Inc.

Beautiful 1 year old girl looking into full length mirror.

Children’s Portrait by Pixels by Emily Donohoe, Inc.

Newborn baby boy smiling and leaning on his clasped fingers.

Newborn Baby Portrait by Pixels by Emily Donohoe, Inc.

Photographer captures all the fun of a one year old's cake smash birthday party.

Children’s Portrait by Pixels by Emily Donohoe, Inc.

Pixels by Emily Donohoe, Inc. logo.


April Meeting

Monday, April 18, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Dinner Meeting in Decatur IL
Topic: Wedding Photography
Location: The Main Hangar Restaurant
located inside the Decatur Airport
910 S. Airport Road
Decatur, IL 62521
Speaker: Kellie Warren Penn of Across the Miles Photography

“Create Something That Will Make the World Awesome.”

Kelli Penn

If there is anything you ever wanted to know about weddings, don’t miss this meeting! Kelli is one of the most successful wedding photographers in Illinois, and will be covering everything from photographing wedding details to second shooting.

In addition to her successful wedding photography business, Kellie is the co-founder of The Reset Conference, an annual event for photographers from across America.

Kellie began her photography business, Across the Miles Photography, in the spring of 2008 and has been completely amazed at how this little dream of hers has blossomed into something truly wonderful.  She began out of her home in Decatur, IL & then branched out and joined forces with another photographer and opened up a studio in Argenta, IL.  She spent her days documenting babies, children, seniors and families and spent her weekends documenting the marriages of couples that she adores.  Two years ago, her husband’s job changed and she moved to Champaign, IL.  She decided at that point to make the shift to primarily documenting weddings and still photographs a limited number of families as well.  The shift to specializing has helped her find some balance between her role as a photographer and her role as a mother/wife.

Besides her role as a full-time wedding and family photographer, Kellie is also a pastor’s wife, and mommy to four beautiful children.  Her days are spent editing, filling up juice cups, watching endless amount of Disney, volunteering at school, spending time with international students and eating cupcakes with brides. She is passionate about capturing life, preserving memories and is so thankful that photography allows her that opportunity.  After losing her mother to cancer when she was 14 years old, and after having her 3 month old son pass away from complications of prematurity, Kellie truly understands the importance of photography.  The thought of future generations looking at portraits that she has taken just leaves her humbled.  She is so grateful to help tell the stories of families and relationships for years to come.

February Meeting

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Dinner Meeting in Champaign IL
Topic: Marketing and Social Media
Location: Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
301 N. Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
parking in Hill St. parking garage behind Destihl,
restaurant comps parking fee
Bonus: Free Sponsor Giveaways!
Speaker: Al Behnke of Behnke Fine Portraiture

“Sell it like you mean it!”

Photographer educator

Al Behnke

Want more ideal clients?
Want more bums on seats?
Then this program is for you!
Our speaker, Al Behnke, is the grandson of a PPA Master Photographer and the son of two PPA Master Photographers, currently a photographer along with his parents in Behnke Photographers, one of the top studios in America.
Al has a degree in Marketing and PR from Stetson University in Deland FL, and the owner of 1001 words Public Relations, a marketing firm dedicated to helping photographers and imaging professionals expand their business.
“I have a background in Public Relations and as a working photographer, I have seen first-hand how difficult it can be for studios to not just get off the ground, but to keep an upward trajectory as the times change. My goal is to help studios, big and small, get more customers through the door and to keep those customers for a lifetime. Through press release writing, social media upkeep, blogging, event and promotional creation, and effective e-mail marketing, I aim to help studios succeed in the ever-changing world of digital photography. Our studio has been around for nearly 60 years thanks to our aggressive marketing and social media plans. Our ideas and execution are meant to keep your studio thriving for years to come! You Can’t Photograph Clients You Don’t Have”.
We all know that no matter how great your photography is, marketing is what gets clients into your studio. As the photographic industry gets more and more saturated with start-up studios, it’s important to set yourself apart from the pack. More than ever, adapting to the age of digital marketing has become a necessity for photographers.
Al will discuss the 3 main marketing strategies that Behnke Photographers uses to get clients into their studio. He will show you how the Behnkes use hands-on marketing campaigns and partnership marketing to engage with new clients and keep their studio in the public eye. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, he will discuss how the Behnkes use social media marketing as a tool to engage with prospective and current clients to keep them coming back year after year.

Sponsored by:

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Never Let Me Go by Al Behnke

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Where We Belong by Al Behnke

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First Dance by Al Behnke

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The Only Place by Al Behnke

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Whatcha Waitin’ For? by Al Behnke

2015 Calendar

Monday, December 7, 2015 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner Meeting – Clinton IL at Snapper’s Sports Bar & Grill, on the Square, 304 S. Side Square
Topic: Pricing Your Photography
Bring your price lists and get help from our top members!

2014 Calendar

February 24, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00
Dinner Meeting – Decatur Downtown Jimmy Johns
Topic: Pricing Your Photography

April 14, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00
Business Speaker – Decatur, Richland Community College
Topic: SEO for Your Business

June 16, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00
Dinner Meeting – Sports Zone
Topic: Photographic Events (Mini Sessions) Kayleigh Berry

August 18, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00
Relaxed Get Together – Sarah Jane Photography Studio in Argenta, IL
Topic: Paint Like Me Party

October 27, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00
Outdoor Location Shoot – Nelson Park, Decatur, IL
Topic: Headshot Exchange

December 15, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00
Dinner Meeting – Decatur
Topic: To Be Determined