Family Photography – From Consultation to Installation
Family portraits are considered by many to be the most lucrative professional product in the portrait industry.
Successful family portraits follow a process from two directions. One is the actual photography session (vision, posing and lighting) and the other is the education of the client regarding the value of what we as professionals do which establishes respect and trust and of course financial success.
This fast paced program will explore the process of creating and selling family portraits. Starting with the consultation this program will follow all the steps including the installation. Composition will be a key part of the presentation as well as how to pose people for family groups and how to control light in the environment (naturally and with speed lights).
M.Photog.Cr.,CPP,API ,F/PPOC, MPA,(HLM),SPA,F/A/PPABC,
started his PROFESSIONAL career in 1970 and started MacGregor Studios in 1974. The studio has grown from a humble beginning in an apartment to a 500 sq ft store front and finally to a 3500 sq foot building in Vancouver. The studio has gone through several changes over the years. Wedding photography has comprised approx. 40% of the studio business and has been consistent over the years. Graduation portraits were a foundation in the 70’s and 80’s. The 90’s saw a dramatic focus on Lifestyle family and wall portraiture which now comprises almost 70% of the studios sales. Today, the studio focuses on family portraiture and wall décor.
Salon Awards (PPOC, Western States, PPABC, PPA)
The awards podium has been visited virtually every year since obtaining membership. Photographer of the Year, Best of class, Gallery, Epcot, Fuji and aggregate awards in almost every portrait and wedding class and in many cases the awards have been received numerous times (ie wedding album awards more than ten times, portrait of a Women … 7 times and the list continues etc.)
Don has taught over 50 week long classes for PPA Affiliate schools. Don has also presented numerous programs at the national conventions of PPA, PPPOC, State and Provincial platforms. In addition, Don has presented lecture tours in China, Russia, Phillipines, Japan,Mexico and New Zealand.
Degrees and Awards
Professional Photographers of Canada
Fellow/Professional Photographers of Canada
Master of Photographic Arts (16 Bars)
Service Of Photographic Arts
Honorary Life Member
National Award for Service
Jousuf Karsh Lifetime Achievement Award
Professional Photographers of BC
Honorary Life Member
Associate Degree (only five presented in 60 yrs)
Professional Photographers of America
Master Photographer (24 bars)
Certified Professional Photographer
Approved PPA Photographic Instructor
Ross Sandahl International Award
Warren Motts International Award
Member: Cameracraftsmen of America
Governor: World Photographic Cup
Past President:Professional Photographers of Canada
Professional Photographers of British Columbia
Director: Professional Photographers of America (Board of Directors) 2007-2013