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Founded in 1980, PPMT has provided resources to educate, inspire and encourage local professional photographers. We welcome participation by photographers at all levels and across all genres who wish to take their photography and businesses to the next level. PPMT members are Middle Tennessee's top photographers with a passion for providing the highest quality work, customer service, and products.  At PPMT, we are dedicated to our craft and committed to providing the very best programs and activities that promote education, professionalism, business development training, networking, artistic growth and building professional relationships in the field. Becoming a member gives you access to many benefits that will help elevate your photography and your business. Our goal is to help you become more successful.  PPMT offers classes and workshops with the top photographers and speakers in the industry. PPMT strives to help members become more successful by creating a support network and cooperative learning environment. And, we promote the visibility of our members through our online member directory which potentially translates into more clients. You will find a more comprehensive list on our Benefits of Membership page to help guide you. Feel free to contact us to let us know how we're doing and how we can better serve you.

Kip Shawger in “Scenic Painting: The Magic of Theater… What the Heck does this have to do with Photography?”


Pixel Connection

700 Rundle Ave, Nashville, TN 37210

Time:  6 PM on Tuesday, August 13, 2024

We will meet at Kebab Gyros Greek & Italian, 389 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, at 4:45 pm for dinner.
Guest are welcome.
Kip Shawger in “Scenic Painting: The Magic of Theater… What the Heck does this have to do with Photography?”

Have you ever gone to the Theatre and seen a play or musical, lookedat all of the beautiful scenery and wondered, How they do that?; This is a look at and
demonstration of how the magic of theatre is made. Did you know that what you see on stage isn’t real? It’s illusion … it’s all fake. The presentation will explain how scenery is made and embellished mostly with paint. You’d be surprised at how much theatre scenery technology can actually apply to the photography business. Learn how backdrops are made … the simple way. You might want to save your hard-earned

dollars and make your own studio backdrops. Learn how a stone wall can be made out of simple Styrofoam. See how faux textures can enhance your photographic

backgrounds. Learn how to find, or make, or repair props; you can use for photo
shoots in your studio. All you have to do is to use your imagination … grab some paint … and have fun!

An award-winning theatre scene designer and photographer, Kip Shawger received a Bachelor’s degree in Drama from Nebraska Wesleyan

University and a Master’s degree in Theatre Design
from Bradley University. His discipline has been theatrical scenic design with over 400 design credits and 45+ years of experience in education, community, professional theatre and television.
Kips design work has taken him to Off-Broadway, Carnival Cruise Lines, and the John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, which, in 2001, awarded him the prestigious Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for distinguished work in theatre.

He has also designed for many regional theatres and Public Television. Yet, he has always maintained that he is a teacher at heart; and he retired as Professor Emeritus from Ball State University in 2015. Kip holds a Master of Photography from Professional Photographers of America.
Even though he’s retired, he continues to work as an Adjunct Professor Emeritus and serves as Ball State’s Theatre and Dance principle photographer. His theatrical photography has spread beyond Ball State. Kip has designed for, and photographed, many theatre and dance events for noted companies across the Mid-West including numerous professional regional Theatres. Plus, Kip has been able to work with some really talented professional models in the glamour
photography business … from runways to advertising to portraiture.
Today, Kip has a set up his own small (and when he says small, he means really small) business specializing in head shot and glamour portraits. He often goes back to his roots in theatrical design and creates backdrops, settings, props, etc., for many of his photo shoots. And, he loves to share his how-to; techniques with fellow photographers. He is a member of the Professional Photographers (ASP), the
Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild (IPPG), the Daguerre Club of Indiana, the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) as well as the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OSTAT). Kip holds a Master of Photography from PPA.

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