September Monthly Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, September 16, for our regular monthly meeting. Our speaker for September will be Jeannie Forehand from Contemporary Portraits.

Building and Using a Portrait Garden

Jeannie will talk about creating a portrait garden “from the ground up.”   Using photographs, she will share with you ideas of how to get started arranging and building your outdoor space, and show you how she and her husband Greg use the garden for a variety of sessions.  They photograph children, families, seniors, and even bridal portraits in their garden.


Jeannie Forehand started photographing with a simple little box camera as a child.  Her parents provided film and developing, and the photographs were pretty pathetic by her current standards.  She moved on to bigger and better, using her dad’s Kodak, and got a blue ribbon for her 4-H photography entry in junior high school.  Saving up for many months, she purchased a Nikon FM camera in 1978, and everyone got used to striking a pose…a long pose…for her.  After completing her accounting degree and working as a CPA for several years, she decided to change career paths.  In 1999, she started Jeannie Keys Photography, a residential studio, primarily photographing weddings.  From the very beginning of her business, she joined CPPG, TPPA, SEPPA, and PPA, which she credits with helping her professional progress.

Jeannie married Greg in 2003, at which time she merged her business with his…Contemporary Portraits on Signal Mountain.  She acquired not only a fully-established studio space, but also a very strong back, talented with a shovel, interested in helping create an outdoor garden studio.

Jeannie holds the Tennessee Certified Degree, Tennessee Service Degree, Certified Professional Photographer designation with PPA, and has just completed the requirements for her PPA Master Photographer degree.  (WAHOO!)  She has earned one Loan print, and is on the hunt for one of the coveted Kodak or Fuji awards in the future!

Monthly 8×10 Competition:

We will be holding our monthly 8×10 competition this month. PPETN members may bring as many 8×10 prints to the competition each month. The cost is $3 per print. Please remember to bring a CD of your submitted images (600 pixels on the largest side). Points towards our annual “Photographer of the Year” will be awarded once we receive digital versions for submitting on our blog.

Seminar Cost (excluding food):

– PPETN Members: Free
– Non-Members: $20.00 (first visit is free)

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Mandarin House Restaraunt
314 Merchants Drive
Knoxville, TN 37912

6:00pm – Meet & Greet
7:00pm – Seminar

Board Meeting

The board will be meeting on Monday, September 13th, 11:00am @ Michael Broyles’ studio. All applications for the Michael Laughlin scholarship must be turned in to board members prior to the board meeting.