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Upcoming events

    • 07 Nov 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Pictureline Event Center
    Register

    IPPA Fall Quarterly and Awards Banquet 


    Monday November 7
    at the new Pictureline Events Center
    305 W 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT
    Program starts at 9:30am to 5:00pm - Lunch on your own
    Awards Banquet 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Registration check in starts at 9:00am

    Fine Art Portraits with Shannon Squires Toews

    Students can expect to learn, styling, concept and design, sales for the fine art niche, photoshop techniques such as layers, masks, and so much more. 

    *PPA Members receive a continuing education merit for attending.


    About Shannon

    I grew up in a small town in Nevada. My dad was a pencil artist as a hobbyist, and was always very creative in all he did. Snow men were never just snow men the, they were snow dragons, and usually green. Halloween pumpkins weren’t just pumpkins with faces, they were Disney characters. Needless to say I started young with my art. Like my dad, I started out as a pencil artist, and in high school moved into pottery, sculpture and painting. When I was 17 I was accepted into a program in town that taught local youth black and white film photography, and audio story telling through interviews. I remember my teacher Bruce Hucko turning a small room into a camera to show us how a camera worked. Basically he had put us inside the inside of a camera. The window was covered but there was a small hole that let light in. As the light came in through that little hole we turned around and saw the scene from outside the building dancing on the walls. Cars driving by, and people walking on the sidewalk and it was all upside down. It was then I became fascinated with photography.  In high school I was invited to do two photography classes and through those classes I built my portfolio which I submitted to The Art Institute of Seattle. I received a 1/4 scholarship which of course I accepted and was off to art school once I graduated high school. Art school wasn’t always fun or easy, and I quickly learned the types of photography that I liked and did not like. For instance, product photography (which I failed) was not my thing, nor was architectural photography. Portraiture was always the genre I loved. After 2.5 years in Seattle I graduated with an associates degree in commercial photography. Art school was year round for those two years and I found myself exhausted and drained by the time it ended.  So after leaving art school I took a break. I spent the next summer fighting wild land fires, waiting tables, and eventually landed a job as a makeup artist. I loved being a makeup artist because it allowed me to be creative in a new way. After 6.5 years of doing makeup which included not just basic makeup but also body painting and creative work, I took a 6 month trip to Romania for a missions trip in 2010.  After spending time in the villages of Romania and seeing a bit of other parts of Europe my love for photography was re-sparked. When I returned home from Europe I jumpstarted my career in photography. Now keep in mind that as digital photography became more popular, the technology for it was growing by leaps and bounds. So essentially I had to relearn everything. I started small but quickly grew as a business, mostly because I under charged for my sessions and gave them way too much. I tried many times to find someone to mentor me but no one wanted anything to do with that. So I chugged along slowly and pushed myself to learn. After a children’s photography retreat I knew that children photography was the direction I wanted to go. By this time people were taking notice of my work and I quickly gained social media followers. Before I knew it I was being asked to travel to teach workshops and speak about my photography. Always wanting to grow I joined a local Professional Photographer of America guild in Sacramento where I heard about image competitions. Naturally being the competitive person I am I entered. But more than getting my competitive fix I learned and grew through competing. On my second year of entering at the national level I won the 1st place Grand Imaging Award in the Children photography category for the Professional Photographers of America in 2019.  I am still blown away with his honor, but I also realize that the industry is constantly changing and you can continue to grow every day no matter what level you are at. Since then I have gone on to receive my Master Artist Degree and I continue to grow within PPA as well as various other affiliates of photography.

      When I am not shooting, editing or teaching I am a very busy momma to 3 small kiddos, as well as a wife to my hard working husband. We are living life in beautiful Colorado.

    Shannon Squires-Toews M. Photographer

    Shannon Squires photography inc

    www.shannonsquiresphotography.com




    • 08 Nov 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TBA
    Register

    Post Convention Workshop with Shannon Squires Toews

    Tuesday November 8, 2022
    Location TBA

    9:30am to 5:00pm Lunch will be provided


    Fine Art Compositing

    Students can expect to learn, styling, concept and design, sales for the fine art niche, photoshop techniques such as layers, masks, and so much more. 

    *PPA Members receive a continuing education merit for attending.

    About Shannon

    I grew up in a small town in Nevada. My dad was a pencil artist as a hobbyist, and was always very creative in all he did. Snow men were never just snow men the, they were snow dragons, and usually green. Halloween pumpkins weren’t just pumpkins with faces, they were Disney characters. Needless to say I started young with my art. Like my dad, I started out as a pencil artist, and in high school moved into pottery, sculpture and painting. When I was 17 I was accepted into a program in town that taught local youth black and white film photography, and audio story telling through interviews. I remember my teacher Bruce Hucko turning a small room into a camera to show us how a camera worked. Basically he had put us inside the inside of a camera. The window was covered but there was a small hole that let light in. As the light came in through that little hole we turned around and saw the scene from outside the building dancing on the walls. Cars driving by, and people walking on the sidewalk and it was all upside down. It was then I became fascinated with photography.  In high school I was invited to do two photography classes and through those classes I built my portfolio which I submitted to The Art Institute of Seattle. I received a 1/4 scholarship which of course I accepted and was off to art school once I graduated high school. Art school wasn’t always fun or easy, and I quickly learned the types of photography that I liked and did not like. For instance, product photography (which I failed) was not my thing, nor was architectural photography. Portraiture was always the genre I loved. After 2.5 years in Seattle I graduated with an associates degree in commercial photography. Art school was year round for those two years and I found myself exhausted and drained by the time it ended.  So after leaving art school I took a break. I spent the next summer fighting wild land fires, waiting tables, and eventually landed a job as a makeup artist. I loved being a makeup artist because it allowed me to be creative in a new way. After 6.5 years of doing makeup which included not just basic makeup but also body painting and creative work, I took a 6 month trip to Romania for a missions trip in 2010.  After spending time in the villages of Romania and seeing a bit of other parts of Europe my love for photography was re-sparked. When I returned home from Europe I jumpstarted my career in photography. Now keep in mind that as digital photography became more popular, the technology for it was growing by leaps and bounds. So essentially I had to relearn everything. I started small but quickly grew as a business, mostly because I under charged for my sessions and gave them way too much. I tried many times to find someone to mentor me but no one wanted anything to do with that. So I chugged along slowly and pushed myself to learn. After a children’s photography retreat I knew that children photography was the direction I wanted to go. By this time people were taking notice of my work and I quickly gained social media followers. Before I knew it I was being asked to travel to teach workshops and speak about my photography. Always wanting to grow I joined a local Professional Photographer of America guild in Sacramento where I heard about image competitions. Naturally being the competitive person I am I entered. But more than getting my competitive fix I learned and grew through competing. On my second year of entering at the national level I won the 1st place Grand Imaging Award in the Children photography category for the Professional Photographers of America in 2019.  I am still blown away with his honor, but I also realize that the industry is constantly changing and you can continue to grow every day no matter what level you are at. Since then I have gone on to receive my Master Artist Degree and I continue to grow within PPA as well as various other affiliates of photography.

      When I am not shooting, editing or teaching I am a very busy momma to 3 small kiddos, as well as a wife to my hard working husband. We are living life in beautiful Colorado.

    Shannon Squires-Toews M. Photographer

    Shannon Squires photography inc

    www.shannonsquiresphotography.com



Past events

22 Sep 2022 Zoom Mentor Series - Entering your IPPA Merits
16 May 2022 IPC District Watch Party and World Cup Celebration
20 Apr 2022 Imagination Portraits with Brad Barton IPPA Zoom Mentor Series
25 Mar 2022 IPPA 2022 Retreat with Carl Caylor
25 Jan 2022 Prompt Competition 2021
24 Jan 2022 Mock Print 2022
06 Dec 2021 IPPA Christmas Party
18 Nov 2021 Zoom Mentor Series - IPPA Degree Program with Jen Hargrove
26 Oct 2021 Fall Quarterly 2021 - Post Con with Mary Fisk-Taylor
25 Oct 2021 IPPA Fall Quarterly 2021 with Mary Fisk-Taylor
23 Sep 2021 Zoom Mentor Series - Landscapes with Ted York
26 Aug 2021 Zoom Mentor Series - Secrets of file management and storage with Chad Braithwaite
29 Jul 2021 Zoom Mentor Series - Fine tune your images for Print Comp
22 Jul 2021 Zoom Mentor Series - Print Comp 101
04 Jul 2021 2021 IPPA River Rafting Event
21 Jun 2021 Mentor Series - High Speed Sync with Kris Doman
10 May 2021 Zoom Mentor Series - Architecture Photography with Kent Shelton
19 Mar 2021 IPPA Annual Convention and Retreat
25 Jan 2021 Zoom Meeting - Mock Print Competition
23 Nov 2020 Zoom Mentor Series - Starting A Home Studio
26 Oct 2020 Zoom Mentor Series - Social Media with Jamie Broderick
29 Sep 2020 Zoom Mentor Series - Posing with Heather Cook
25 Aug 2020 IPPA Monthly Virtual Meeting - The Power Of Mini Sessions
16 Jul 2020 IPPA Mentor Program - Using Zoom for In Person Sales (IPS)
29 Jun 2020 2020 IPPA River Rafting Event
06 Jan 2020 IPPA Winter Quarterly 2020 with Tim Walden
16 Dec 2019 IPPA Christmas Party
07 Nov 2019 Elevate Photographers 2019
30 Sep 2019 Mentor Program "The Professional Home Studio: Keeping things professional in your personal space." By Allison Watkins and Adilfa Ford
14 Sep 2019 Grow with Image Competition and Mock Print Competition
19 Aug 2019 IPC Viewing Party
17 Aug 2019 Middle Piney Wyoming Shoot Out
24 Jun 2019 2019 IPPA River Rafting Event
17 May 2019 IPPA Shootout at Jamie's Corral
23 Mar 2019 IPPA Retreat with Gary Box in Richfield, Utah
07 Jan 2019 IPPA Winter Quarterly with Tim Meyer - Beyond the Expected Studio Lighting
10 Dec 2018 IPPA Christmas Pot Luck
10 Sep 2018 IPPA Mock Print
24 Aug 2018 IPPA Shootout in Ely Nevada
06 Aug 2018 IPC Print Judging Live Stream at Don Polo Photography
25 Jun 2018 2018 IPPA River Rafting Event
07 May 2018 IPPA Spring Quarterly
18 Apr 2018 Shootout at the Old Meeting House
24 Mar 2018 IPPA Retreat 2018
17 Feb 2018 IPPA St. George Shootout
29 Jan 2018 IPPA Winter Quarterly
18 Sep 2017 Mock Print Competition and Mentor Program
31 Jul 2017 IPC Streaming Print Competition Event
08 May 2017 Building Steam with Travis Gadsby
27 Mar 2017 Photoshop: Fake It Till You Make It with Kris Doman
23 Jan 2017 IPPA Winter Quarterly with Jamie Broderick and Clark Knight
14 Nov 2016 File Management and IPS with Todd Hicken and Glenn Ricks
25 Sep 2016 2016 Annual Retreat
23 Sep 2016 Elevate Photographers Conference
22 Aug 2016 IPPA Summer Mega Bundle
21 Aug 2016 IPPA Print Competition and Awards Banquet
01 Aug 2016 Print Competition Mentor Get-Together
27 Jun 2016 Green River Rafting Family Event
18 Apr 2016 2016 Mock Print Competition
12 Mar 2016 2016 IPPA Spring Quarterly: Newborn Workshop
20 Feb 2016 Mentor: Print Competition
18 Jan 2016 IPPA 2016 Winter Quarterly
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