April 10th – Modern Seniors

CSPS Hall – 1103 3rd St SE – Cedar Rapids, IA

10:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Join Jaimy Ellis and Michale McCleary-Crumly in the trendy up-and-coming area of NewBo Cedar Rapids for a day full of senior photography, marketing and sales information.  The weather should be great and what better time to brush up on your senior skills before the busy summer season start?  Come along for on-location shooting and MORE!  Register TODAY, just click the button below.  Keep scrolling for course information and speaker bios.

Jaimy Ellis – Photographer

Jaimy Ellis,  PPA Master of Photography, Certified PPA Photographer, PPI Fellow, specializes in personalized on-location teen photography.  After graduating from the Professional Photography Program at Hawkeye Community College in 2006, Jaimy ran a successful full service portrait studio for over 8 years.  Now she is solo in the biz world focusing on high school seniors in Eastern Iowa.  This allows her to put all her energy into making teens feel amazing, thus boosting their confidence and promoting positive body image.  She enjoys creating a custom experience for each senior she photographs.

Jaimy married Chris in 2010 and proceeded to create 2 wonderfully weird kids; Brena 5 and Lennon 2.  She has been recognized locally and nationally for her award winning images and albums; and this year received a Master of Photography degree from Professional Photographers of America.  Not only has she been an active member of the Professional Photographers of Iowa for 10 years she is now serving on the board of directors as well as an advisor for the Photography program at Hawkeye Comm College.  In her spare time you could catch Jaimy listening to vinyl, golfing with family or playing video games with Chris.  She also enjoys regular dance parties with Brena and Lennon.

At the PPI One Day event Jaimy will be doing a live shooting demonstration as well as how she does make up enhancements included with her more popular session.  She will also be covering senior workflow from initial contact through order delivery, social media marketing and curating a consistent brand through marketing.

Michaele Crumly – Mississippi Pearl Photography

I love~

bright colored running shoes (although I despise running), mexican food(specifically steak tacos and amazing salsa!), and dancing-although I try to keep this to the kitchen(I can’t dance!). But I might bust a move while photographing to make them laugh!
I swear I live in yoga pants…like literally everyday, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love to dress up…hello heels! I love cheese fries and guac, but rarely get to eat the cheese fries 🙁 So it’s guac as often as possible(because that’s healthy, right?!)
Because I’m a photographer, I can’t fail to talk about how I got started, like many, I grew up with a camera, in an artistic family and loved to capture.  But I put that aside, went into corporate America (like everyone says you are supposed to if you are a “real” adult)….I did that for about 10 years and then one Mother’s Day and a daughter later, I picked up a camera again and my love for capturing memories rekindled.
But I would rather talk about my why.  Why do I choose to photograph seniors?  Well, for starters, they are kick ass human beings, who are trying to figure out who they are, what they want to do with the rest of their lives, all while still remaining grounded.  My favorite is showing that senior girl who is the girl next door, what the rest of the world sees when they look at her.  That first glimpse of herself on the back of my camera…..that reaction is one that I wish I could bottle up and pop open whenever I need a quick pick me up.  Give me that girl that all of a sudden realizes, “I really am gorgeous!” (meanwhile mom is over there in tears because finally someone else was able to show her baby girl what she has seen all along.  This is my why-to show senior girls that the camera sees her natural beauty and grace but also her soul;  Her spirit and her desire to have her story told.  Someone who will give her the ok to show the world who she really is…. Plus they have some amazing clothing and I’m a fashion junkie (while rocking my yoga pants :).
For this one day course I plan to do a live shooting demonstration as well as teach you about the ins and outs of In Person Sales.

July 24th – Ps and Lr with Adam Hunter

Hawkeye Community College – Waterloo, IA

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