March Monthly Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, March 11, for our monthly PPETN meeting. Our speaker this month is Mac Brown.

TOPIC: Little Postage Stamp of Earth: Creative Solutions for Your Business Situation

“Too often we look at other situations and decide that either we can’t do that or if we only had X or Y we would do much better. However, rather than taking the “Grass is Greener” approach, we learn to see ways of expanding our business and our creative energy using what we have at hand.  This program touches on business practices, marketing, and photography.”


Mac Brown calls himself an accidental photographer.  He began his interest in photography in high school when a friend told him that taking pictures was a good way to get out of class.  In college, he worked as a yearbook photographer, and worked for the local newspapers.  After graduating from college, Mac worked part time as a wedding and portrait photographer.   During the years in education, he returned to school, earned his doctorate in American literature, and planned to become a college professor.  By the time his daughter, Rebecca, entered high school she was also hooked on photography and so Mac retired from education and went into photography full time.

Since 2001, Mac has won numerous awards including three Best of Shows at the state competition as well as three first place awards.  In 2006 he won first place in the Senior Girl category at Senior Photographers International and second place for Senior Boy in 2007.  He has placed in the Top Ten photographers in Tennessee for three out of the past four years, and won the 2008 Buddy Stewart Award at SEPPA for the highest for a first time entrant.  He has entered national competition for the past two years and has earned one Loan Print, one general book print, and last year hung four prints at Nationals.  In January 2010, Mac placed second in the Senior girl portfolio competition at SYNC in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mac Brown Photographers is a full service studio, which specializes in children and senior portrait photography. They do about 500 seniors per year and several hundred children’s sessions per year.  Their school division, IMPACT School & Sports Photography, currently services 15 schools and several sports leagues.

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

Thursday, October 15th, 2009
Mandarin House Restaraunt
314 Merchants Drive
Knoxville, TN 37912

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