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    • 04/05/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Photos Edge, 2001 Grand Blvd, Ste 505, Kansas City, MO 64108

    First Fridays Walkabout

    Come With Us! 

    Join members of PPAGKC for a gallery walkabout Friday, April 5th, 2019 during First Friday's in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Missouri!!

    We will meet at in front of Photos Edge, on the sidewalk at 6:00pm, Friday, April 5th, 2019.  We are planning on returning to our starting point at 8:00pm.

    What is First Fridays?

    Smooth jazz and soulful ballads fill the air, floating around street corners and parking lots as a crowd gathers to watch a break dancer. Food trucks are corralled like chuck wagons of old while the tantalizing smell of street tacos and gourmet appetizers wafts through the crowd, accompanying intricately displayed artwork in funky studios and multi-story art emporiums.

    These are the sights, sounds and flavors of First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District, one of KC’s most unique events in one of its most unique neighborhoods. Visitors and locals alike take to the streets, walking from a pop-up party to a craft brewery to a fine art gallery, a stone’s throw from one another.  On the first Friday of each month, venture south of Downtown KC—either by KC Streetcar, car, bike or by foot—to experience the avant-garde neighborhood that the arts built.

    There is NO COST to join us, but we would like to know you're coming.  Please RSVP so that we know how many to expect to come with us!

    • 04/08/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Photos Edge Studio, 2001 Grand Blvd #505, Kansas City, MO 64108

    PPAGKC April 2019 Meeting

    The Magnetic Brand

    Special Guests: Mitzi and Jordon Starkweather

    Meeting Schedule: 

    5:30pm - 6:30pm - Photo Mentoring

    6:00pm - 6:30pm - Social Time

    6:30pm - 8:30pm - Special Guests: Mitzi and Jordan Starkweather

    8:30pm - 8:40pm - Door Prize Drawing

    8:40pm - 9:00pm - Question and Answer Period


    The Magnetic Brand: Does the face of your business attract or repel?

    Every photographer has a brand, and every brand sends a message. This is powerful when it’s done well, and detrimental when it isn’t. 

    We will challenge you to take a closer look at the way you present what you do, and look at examples across various industries to pinpoint the secrets to powerful brands.

    Ready to start attracting more of the right people? 



    About Jordan & Mitzi

    Mitzi and Jordan Starkweather create customized portrait experiences for their clients in their Joplin, MO studio and around the world. Whether they're planning a client's dream photoshoot, investing in their local business community, or writing and teaching, they believe that anyone can make their dream a reality. They live to travel and explore, but love to return home where they spend free time playing with their Aussie mix Lily and going to the local indie cinema.

    Photographer of Mitzi Starkweather


    Professional Photographers of America Member

    Missouri Professional Photographers Association Member

    PPO First Place Portrait of a Woman 2017
    MOPPA Best in Show 2016
    MOPPA Top Ten
    MOPPA Best Portrait - Woman
    MOPPA First Place Portrait
    MOPPA  Judge's Choice

    Photograph of Jordan Starkweather


    • 05/13/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • H&H Color Lab

    PPAGKC May 2019 Meeting

    Special Guests: Laura Shumpert - Surrealism

    Meeting Schedule: 

    5:30pm - 6:30pm - Photo Mentoring

    6:00pm - 6:30pm - Social Time

    6:30pm - 8:30pm - Special Guests: Mitzi and Jordan Starkweather

    8:30pm - 8:40pm - Door Prize Drawing

    8:40pm - 9:00pm - Question and Answer Period


    ...more information coming soon...

    Where Does Inspiration Come From?

    Inspiration can sometimes be the most elusive ingredient artist seek for their careers. You can teach and master all of the technical aspects but if you do not have inspiration and truly original ideas your work will blend in with the masses.

    There is no easy answer on how to be inspired and have a plethora of ideas at your fingertips. We are all different in our personalities, thinking and life experiences. In this lecture I am going to go through all of the ways I have pulled inspiration out of the rabbit hole and put it onto paper as fine art.

    Techniques you can use if you are feeling “stuck” and discovering your own inspiration style so you can recognize it and fine tune it to serve you in your career. This talk will be an open discussion if others wish to share their blocks, struggles or thought processes and any tips I may have to get you over the hump and on to creating!

    • 06/09/2019
    • H&H Color Lab

    PPAGKC Print Competition


    ...more information coming soon...

    • 06/23/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • ArtsTech, 1522 Holmes St, Kansas City, MO 64108

    PPAGKC in conjunction with Kansas City Babes


    Fashion Photography Workshop


    Fashion Show Stuffraiser*


    Hope Faith Ministries

    Your MC for the evening will be

    Kansas City's own Emmy Award winning
    journlist and former Anchor for Fox 4 News,

    Susan Hiland

    * - "Stuffraiser" - In addition to financial fundraising, we are also asking for items that Hope Faith Ministries is in short supply of.  See the bottom of this announcement!


    2:00pm - 5:00pm - Models arrive for hair and Makeup.

    2:00pm - 4:00pm - Fashion Photography Class for photographers

    4:00pm - 5:00pm - Break, refreshments available

    5:00pm - 6:30pm - Fashion Show, open to the public.

    6:30pm - 7:30pm - Photographers can work with models 1 on 1 at one of two portrait stations.

     Kansas City Babes and PPAGKC are joining together to help raise awareness, funds and items for Hope Faith Ministries of Kansas City. Featuring designers like [name1], [name2] and name3 and more! Local models, styling and makeup by Kansas City stylists and makeup artists as well as photography provided by local photographers! This is truly a Kansas City Event

    Fashion Photography Class

    • Instructor: [namecomingsoon]
    • Class Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    • Runway Fashion Show: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    • Items Needed: Camera, choice of lenses and strobes

    Photographers - we have a unique opportunity for you. Not only will you get to learn from one of the best Fashion Photographers around, but you will also be able to put your newly learned skills to practical use the same day!

    Who we are benefitting:

    Hope Faith Ministries

    Answering God’s call to serve those experiencing homelessness in the Kansas City area.  Hope Faith Ministries works to alleviate homelessness and poverty in Kansas City, MO by providing basic necessities and assistance, as well as, providing critical services and programs to empower individuals experiencing homelessness and at-risk individuals to become self-sufficient and independent.  Hope Faith Ministries is a non-denominational, Christian based organization that accomplishes this mission through a variety of programs and services.

    They are the only collaborative, daytime outreach facility in Kansas City, Missouri, providing direct services to individuals experiencing homelessness and at-risk individuals, families, and youth. The Day Center provides for immediate needs such as food, showers, clothing, laundry service, case management, and other essential services. The Hope Faith Ministries Day Center provides office space and operational support for on-site partners that provide medical, dental, vision, and mental health services as well as additional case management resources. The Day Center is in continuous collaboration with external partners and service providers to offer the best possible solutions to empower individuals and break the cycles of homelessness and poverty.

    Kansas City Babes

    Kansas City Babes is a collective of local creatives who enjoy producing new work and giving back to the community. Participating in photo shoots and events to boost awareness for various causes, representatives have the opportunity to help the community of Kansas City.

    Any cash donations received, will be turned into the following items:

    HFM Items Needed

    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin
    • Acetaminophen
    • Cough Drops
    • Day Time Allergy (24 hour store brand)
    • Day Time Cough/Cold
    • Anti-diarrheal
    • Pepto-Bismol (or other bismuth)
    • Band-aids (larger - they have plenty of standard bandaids)
    • Gauze
    • Neosporin Ointment/Triple Antibiotic Creme (packets)
    • Cortisone cream
    • Visine (or other) eye drops
    • Antacid tablets
    • Anti-Fungal Spray

    If you can't bring any items, please consider a donation of $20 which we will turn into items that are needed for them.

    • 08/12/2019
    • H&H Color Lab

    PPAGKC Print Competition Awards


    ...more information coming soon...

    • 09/09/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • H&H Color Lab

    PPAGKC September 2019 Meeting

    Special Guests: John and Cindy LaBarge

    Meeting Schedule: 

    5:30pm - 6:30pm - Photo Mentoring

    6:00pm - 6:30pm - Social Time

    6:30pm - 8:30pm - Special Guests: John and Cindy LaBarge

    8:30pm - 8:40pm - Door Prize Drawing

    8:40pm - 9:00pm - Question and Answer Period


    ...more information coming soon...

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