Michael Timmons

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M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, F-ASP

Michael E. Timmons owns and operates Gallery 143 and the Portrait Gallery in Vassar, Michigan. The Gallery clients includes NASCAR Teams, Hendricks Motor Sports, Drury Inns, and McDonalds Restaurants, in addition to banks, hotels, businesses, doctors' offices, and private collectors. The Portrait Gallery is an all inclusive portrait studio photographing portraits, high school seniors, children, families, commercial and underclass.

Michael Timmons is a published poet, writer, artist, and photographer. He has been involved in the arts for over 38 years. Michael has lectured around the world and at local, state and regional conventions. He has presented programs several times at the Professional Photographers of America International Convention.  Michael is also an approved PPA International Juror and a PPA Jury Chairman.

Michael has received his Master of Photography, Master Artist and Photographic Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America, in addition to receiving the Imaging Excellence award.  Michael also was awarded the Fellowship degree from the American Society of Photographers. He is also a Certified Professional Photographer. 

Michael is a past president of the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association, has served on the Portrait Group for Professional Photographers of America, including Chairman of the committee, and has also served PPA as a member of the Photographic Exhibitions Committee, including Vice Chairman, and several years as a PPA councilor.  Michael is currently serving on the Professional Photographers of America Board of Directors as Vice President for 2014 - 2015. Michael has also served on the board of directors of the Professional Photographers of the Ozarks. Michael has received the Arkansas Distinguished Service Award, the Michigan Service Award, and the American Society of Photographers Service Award. Michael also received the coveted “National Award,” from the Professional Photographers of America.

Michael's Courses

  • Basic Composition

    Instructors: Michael Timmons
    Video: Welcome to Everything You Ever Needed to Know (But May Have Forgotten to Ask) About Composition. Delve deep into the techniques that every good photographer needs to know about creating a balanced image.
  • How to Create for Photographic Competition

    Instructors: Michael Timmons
    Video: Competition not only keeps the creative juices flowing; it sets a standard of excellence, it enhances your reputation, and it keeps you in the forefront of your industry. In this class, PPA Instructor Michael Timmons shares his tricks of the trade for creating an image for photographic competition. Competition photography isn’t your standard portrait session. It takes knowledge, practice and experience. Take what Michael teaches and you can take your photography to the next level – the competition level. Get started today!
  • Photographic Competition: How Images Are Judged

    Instructors: Michael Timmons
    Video: Often times, the most nerve-wracking part about a competition is not knowing what the judges want. Well, put those worries aside because PPA Instructor Michael Timmons is here to tell you exactly how images are judged in print competition. It’s like getting the questions on the test before you take it! As each layer of mystique and mystery is revealed, the competition process becomes less and less formidable. This is a info-packed class and as you learn all the details and definitions, feel your confidence in print competition soar!
  • Photographic Competition: Image Preparation

    Instructors: Michael Timmons
    Video: So you’ve created the perfect image; you’ve incorporated each of the 12 elements of a merit print. Now what? Never fear, PPA instructor and competition guru, Michael Timmons, is here to take you through the next steps – image preparation for competition. Listen as he discusses print and border specifications, uploading digital files, and the specifications for each category. So, get prepared to do some preparation!
  • Photographic Competition: Why Enter?

    Instructors: Michael Timmons
    Video: Photographic competitions aren’t just about the trophies; they’re not just about the publicity; they’re not just about gaining more clients; they’re not just about setting and accomplishing goals. Photographic competitions are about all of this . . . and more! Michael Timmons is a voice of experience – come listen as he shares the education, the experiences and the accomplishments that come with competition.
  • Professional Development: The Merit & Degree Program and Certification

    Instructors: Michael Timmons
    Video: If you’ve struggled with questions on why you should participate in the merit and degree programs or the benefits of earning your CPP, then this is the perfect class for you! Experienced photographer and PPA Instructor Michael Timmons gives you every reason you need – and more – to take these steps in your career. This is an excellent breakdown of the career tracks and opportunities available to each and every photographer.
  • Recognizing the Inner Image

    Instructors: Michael Timmons
    Video: Like peeling an onion, a photograph has many different layers. In this class, Michael Timmons takes you on a journey to discover the inner images within your work. Let go of the ordinary and find ways to be extraordinary - this class can take you there!
  • The Twelve Elements of a Merit Image: Part 1

    Instructors: Michael Timmons
    Video: Michael Timmons is the resident expert on all things competition – whether it’s the judging, the submission or even the reasons why to compete, Michael knows all. Begin with a high-level introduction of all elements and how they create an objective measure by which to judge entries. Then, Michael tackles the first four: Impact, Creativity, Style, and Composition.
  • The Twelve Elements of a Merit Image: Part 2

    Instructors: Michael Timmons
    Video: Michael Timmons is the resident expert on all things competition – whether it’s the judging, the submission or even the reasons why to compete, Michael knows all. Begin with a high-level introduction of all elements and how they create an objective measure by which to judge entries. Then, sit back and soak it in as Michael walks you through Elements 4-8: Print Presentation, Center of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter.
  • The Twelve Elements of a Merit Image: Part 3

    Instructors: Michael Timmons
    Video: In this class – the third of a three-part series -- Michael completes his discussion on the 12 elements of a merit print. Begin with a high-level introduction of all elements and how they create an objective measure by which to judge entries. Then, sit back and soak it in as Michael takes you through the final four elements of a merit print: Color Balance, Technical Excellence, Technique, and Storytelling.
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