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Feb. 12 – Pro Photo Social + Seminar: Using Photography’s Past To Craft Your Unique Future

  • When: Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 5:15-9:00pm
    • Social Hour at Barley’s downtown – about 5:15pm (click for directions)
    • Laughlin Print Competition deadline at Farmer’s Mutual  – about 6:30pm
    • Seminar / Meeting at Farmer’s Mutual – about 7:00pm
  • Where: Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee (837 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville, TN 37917 – click for directions)
  • What: Professional Photographers of East Tennessee Monthly Gathering
  • Cost:
    • PPETN Members: Free to attend
    • Non-Members: $20.00 to attend (first visit is free—apply here)

Basic Info

The February 2015 meeting for the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN) will be Thursday, February 12 at Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee in downtown Knoxville. Attendees are encouraged to attend our Pro Photographers’ Social + Networking Hour directly before the meeting at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in downtown Knoxville (click for directions – see below). The 6:30 PM deadline for Laughlin Print Photography Competition (held at Farmer’s Mutual – click for directions) is still in place (details below) and the program will be from 7:00-9:00 PM.

Pro Photographers’ Social + Networking Hour

Attendees are encouraged to get together for a social and dinner hour in the Old City (Barley’s) before the monthly event. This is a time for all pro photographers in Knoxville—young and old, new and experienced—to get together and network, socialize, and have fun with their peers. Attendees typically go to Barley’s before (and sometimes after) the events.

Pro Photo Seminar Program

Professional Photographers of East Tenenssee - CameraObscura

Camera Obscura

Presented by Tom Launius, CPP

A Look Back as a Way Forward: The History of Photography for Today’s Professionals

By looking at the broad sweep of the history of photography from its invention by struggling artists all the way up to its practice today, this program will yield fresh insights into the questions that photographers are always asking themselves: how do I develop a recognizable style? How can I foster my creativity? How can I compete in a changing marketplace? How do I navigate the ups and downs of photography, both as an art and a business? Come on a journey back in time that offers a way forward into the future of photography!

For more information on the featured speaker, check the bottom of the page.

Program Images

Laughlin Print Photography Competition

The Pro’s Choice “East Tennessee Photographer of the Month” is awarded based on the votes of fellow professional photographers and pays for PPETN’s annual scholarship.

Make sure to prepare, print, digitally submit, and bring your 8″x10″ prints in for submitting. You can compete to be the Pro’s Choice “East Tennessee Photographer of the Month” and earn points toward the prestigious Pro’s Choice “East Tennessee Photographer of the Year” award!

Studio, Active, and Aspiring members may submit to the competition. Studio and Active members may vote in the competitions.

Annual Scoring

Points towards the Pro’s Choice “East Tennessee Photographer of the Year” will be recorded each month.


All monthly winning images will be published on the PPETN website with back-links to your website (verify your website is correct on our members page). This will help with your exposure (P.R.) and SEO (search engine optimization)!

Entry Fees

Entry fees provide funding each year for the awarding of the Michael Laughlin Memorial Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship members can apply for to attend any PPA-approved school or training event. The criteria and application is available on the website and we encourage members who qualify to apply.

In-Person Digital Submissions

If you choose to submit images in-person via portable media, that media may not be returned. In the case of USB flash drives, the drive must be well labeled and will be returned to you, but due to data storage limits, it may not be returned until a later date. Please communicate with PPETN’s Web Editor how and when you prefer to have your drive returned to you, and they will do what they can to make that happen.

PPETN Door Prizes

PPETN tries to give away door prizes at our monthly events (last year, PPETN gave away hundreds of dollars worth of gear and equipment)—all you have to do is be present to win! Door prizes have been generously donated to PPETN by featured speakers, local and national photography labs, education companies, and equipment manufacturers.

As available, we will give one door prize out to the first-place entry in the Laughlin Print Photography Competition, and one will be given randomly to an Active, Studio, or Aspiring member in good standing AND in attendance. Repeat: You MUST be present to win a door prize!

Featured Speaker Bio

Professional Photographers of East Tennessee - Tom Launius

Tom Launius

Tom Launius, CPP

Turning professional in 2008, Tom has built a business around portraits for families and seniors. With an outdoor studio situated on an expansive estate as well as an indoor studio in a Victorian mansion, he is able to create a beautiful variety of portraits.

A member of the Oklahoma PPA, the Indian Nations PPA, and the PPA itself, Tom has taught photography extensively on the both the technical college and university level.

Becoming certified in 2013, Tom is always looking to improve every aspect of his photography. On top of everything else, he is a history enthusiast, and is continually learning something new about how photography has evolved over the years.

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