Aug. 14 – Pro Photo Social + Seminar: Marketing for Photographers


  • When: Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 5:00-9:00pm
    • Social Hour at Barley’s downtown – about 5:00pm
    • 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)
  • What: Professional Photographers of East Tennessee Monthly Gathering
  • Cost:
    • PPETN Members: Free to attend
    • Non-Members: $20.00 to attend (first visit is free—join here)

Basic Info

The next meeting for PPETN (Professional Photographers of East Tennessee) will be Thursday, August 14 at Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee in downtown Knoxville. We encourage members to attend our Pro Photographers’ Social + Networking Hour directly before the meeting at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in downtown Knoxville (see below). The 6:30 PM deadline for McLaughlin Print Photography Competition is still in place (details below) and the program will be from 7:00-9:00 PM.[/two_third]



Pro Photographers’ Social + Networking Hour

Members are encouraged to get together for our social and dinner hour in the Old City (Barley’s) before our monthly meeting. 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 our peers. We typically go to Barleys before (and sometimes after) our meetings.

Pro Photo Seminar Program

ChuckMorrisPresented by Chuck Morris, owner of Morris Creative Group

Marketing in the Digital Age:

What’s working now?

Confused about digital marketing? Social media? Google AdWords? How much should you spend and where should you spend it? How do you measure the ROI?

Explore all of these questions and more as we take a look at marketing in the digital age, presented by Chuck Morris. Morris has more than twenty-five years of experience in graphic design, publishing, public relations, marketing, branding, and advertising, and he will be sharing his experience and knowledge as it relates to the new age of marketing—whether for your work/portfolio or your new/established business.

To learn more about the presenter, check out his bio at the bottom of this page, and his website can be visited here: Morris Creative Group

Laughlin Print Photography Competition

Our Pro’s Choice “Photographer of the Year” is awarded based on the votes of fellow professional photographers and pays for our annual scholarship! So make sure to bring your prints in for submitting. You can compete to be this year’s “Photographer of the Year!” Studio, Active, and Aspiring members may submit to the competition. Studio and Active members may vote in the competitions.

PPETN members may bring 8×10 prints to the competition each month. The cost is $3 per print (up to four entries). Members must submit their images digitally as well, either via email, USB flash drive*, or disc*, before the 6:30 PM deadline (when the competition begins).

Please provide your digital image files with a minimum resolution of 2000 pixels on the longest side. This is a new request due to the upgrade of the website at to make the images look even better for your marketing. Thank you!

If you submit via email, you must do so in advance of the competition to Ben Moser at ben@ppetn.comEntries will not be accepted without a digital copy provided in advance of the competition. Points towards our annual “Photographer of the Year” will be awarded once we receive digital versions for publication on our blog.  Any winning images will be posted on the website with back links to your website.  This will help with your exposure (P.R.) and SEO (search engine optimization)!

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.

*If you choose to submit images 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 Ben Moser how and when you prefer to have your drive returned to you, and he will do what he can to make that happen.

PPETN Door Prizes

This year, we have begun to give away door prizes to those member in attendance. Door prizes have been generously donated to PPETN by 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!

Speaker Bio

Chuck graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in graphic design and concentrations in English, marketing and television production. During his career at Whittle Communications, he worked closely with editor-in-chief William S. Rukeyser, and was responsible for implementing a digital-printing test project with Kodak that resulted in company-wide changes to publishing processes. Prior to founding Morris Creative Group in 1991, Chuck was a founding partner in two other marketing firms and also currently serves as partner and Chief Executive Officer of Cirkel LLC, an online bridal and gift registry for IKEA® products.

Giving back to the community is important to the native Knoxvillian. Chuck currently serves as a mentor at Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s MediaWorks program. He is past president of the East Tennessee Community Design Center, a non-profit group that assists organizations across 16 counties. He was a board member and communications chairman of the East Tennessee chapter of the American Cancer Society, and he was chairman of the 2007 Fountain City Relay For Life. Chuck has also served on the boards of Leadership Knoxville, the Knoxville Chamber, the East Tennessee Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Blount Mansion and The Bijou Theatre Center.

In 2005, Chuck was inducted into the Knoxville Advertising Federation Hall of Fame, and in 2013 he was awarded the Robert McCabe AAF National Silver Medal.