Nov. 12 – Pro Photo Social + Seminar: Weddings Our Way—Keeping It Simple

  • When: Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 5:00-9:00pm
    • Social Hour at Barley’s downtown – about 5:00pm (click for directions, free parking lot next to building and under bridge on same side of street as Barley’s downtown)
    • 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)
  • Parking: Free parking lot on site

Basic Info

The November 2015 meeting for the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN) will be Thursday, November 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: Weddings Our Way—Keeping It Simple

Presented by Kevin Jiminez, M. Photog, Cr. and Katie Jiminez, Cr. Photog

Kevin believes in getting images done well in camera and in keeping things simple and timeless. For location portraits, he often uses a single light and makes use of the available light that the scene provides. He believes in coming to an event or portrait well prepared but wants to be mobile at the same time. In this program, Kevin and Katie will go over how they work on location and discuss some of their post processing workflow. While we start out with the same outline, we rarely give the same presentation, because we let the audience steer the direction of the discussion. Our goal is for the listeners to get the most out of our time and that they find things they can use in their own business.

Katie will cover some tricks & tips for daily use of Photoshop that are implemented in their studio. Katie’s tips are simple, user friendly, efficient, and are compatible with most versions of Photoshop. Her tips will teach you to quickly and simply enhance your portrait images to streamline your workflow. Bring a notebook & take good notes!

For more information on the featured speakers, check the featured speakers section at the bottom of the page.

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 PPETN.com website and we encourage members who qualify to apply. Entry fees are $3 per image, up to four images.

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 Speakers


Kevin & Katie Jiminez

Kevin Jiminez has been photographing weddings and events for over 20 years. He began with 35mm film and quickly moved into medium format. From very early on Kevin used medium format exclusively to capture wedding and portrait images until making the transition to digital between 2003 and 2006. Kevin’s images have garnered several awards, including several Kodak Gallery Awards and Fuji Masterpiece Awards, the Polaroid Award, several PPA Photographer of the Year Awards, and two Georgia Professional Photographers Association’s (GPPA) Photographer of the Year Award with one of those coming this year (2015). Kevin received his PPA Master of Photography Degree in 2006 followed by the PPA Craftsman Degree in 2007. Additionally, he holds his Georgia Fellowship Degree and Georgia Service Degree. Kevin earned PPA Certification in 1995. In 2015, Kevin received the SEPPA Fellowship Degree. Kevin believes in service to the industry that has come to mean so much to him. He has served on the GPPA’s Board of Directors, moving from the bottom through all the chairs to President and then, Chairman of the Board. He currently serves the GPPA as the Executive Director and is the Director of The Georgia School of Professional Photography. Kevin is also currently on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association and has served as a PPA Councilor for the state of Georgia.

Katie Jiminez began studying Photoshop in Oct. 2000. She started with PS 3.3. She has studied under Eddie Tapp, Al Audleman, Don Emmerich, Scott Kelby, Katrin Eismen, Jack Davis, Julianne Kost, Dave Cross, & dozens of others. Currently she is the retouch and restoration artist for Kevin Jiminez Photography & a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)/Kelby One since 2001. Currently she teaches Photoshop for Continuing Ed at the local University, as well as at various speaking engagements. She received her Photographic Craftsman Degree from the PPA in 2015. She has earned the Service Degree & the National Award for the Georgia Professional Photographer’s Association (GPPA). Photographically, she earned the Elliott’s First Timer Award at the GPPA Convention in 2014, for the highest competition case score for a first time entrant, and in 2015, earned a Gold Photographer of the Year with PPA and Best of Show, People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, & two First Places in the Illustrative Category at the 2015 GPPA Convention.

Learn more: http://www.kevinjphoto.com/