What makes GLIP such a great experience? For one thing, GLIP offers you a wide selection of instructors to choose from. Whether you’re a well seasoned photographer who yearns for some new ideas or ways to refine your business, or a new kid to the industry, you’ll find a class that will definitely give you a boost.
But that’s not all. We make sure that we include some fun for you as well as an education. You’re invited to join us at any of the social events that are scheduled (you can kick back and relax, make some new friends, and exchange ideas). The bonfire is great, the late night mixer a blast, and awesome parties.
Classes are held at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs. It is a beautiful resort next to the shoreline of Lake Michigan with many opportunities for creating awesome images. This will be a fun and exciting week for everyone.
The camaraderie is one of the things you’ll enjoy most. Students at GLIP become “like family.” The open sharing of ideas with others will be a true beneficial highlight for you.
Michael and Tina Timmons, M.Photog., Cr., CPP
Michael and Tina have both been involved in photography since 1983 and joined forces in 2000, after owning individual studios. They own The Portrait Gallery and Gallery 143 in Michigan. The portrait studio specializes in family, children, high school senior portraits, and events. Both are Master, Craftsman, CPP and Award of Excellence Degree holders through PPA, and have been named Photographer of the Year within the state multiple times. Michael and Tina have lectured across the United States at local, state, regional, and international conventions in addition to numerous week long schools and personal workshops. They travel all over the world sharing their experiences, while continually photographing each location to add to their fine art library. Both have held numerous board positions and stay involved in every level. Michael currently serves on the PPA Executive Board of Directors as President and is also involved in two committees within. Tina is currently serving as President of PPA Charities, is the President of the Mid Michigan Professional Photographers Association, Past President of the Professional Photographers of Michigan, and is the American Society of Photographers State Representative. Sharing their knowledge with a large circle of photography friends has become a huge part of their life.
Ed Westwood, M.Photog.
Edward Westwood has been a Detroit area professional photographer for over 35 years. He currently operates a studio in Warren Mi with his wife Julie Proudfoot. The studio specializes in HS senior portraits, sports and wedding photography. His photographs have earned numerous awards at the local and state affiliates, and at the Professional Photographers of America International Print Competition. Edward currently serves on several boards of directors: the Detroit Professional Photographers Association as print competition chair, the Professional Photographers of Michigan as Treasurer and Past President, the Great Lakes Institute of Photography, and is also a PPA Councilor. Edward has a strong commitment to the continuing education of all level of photographers, and the growth of the photographic industry.
Ellen Haney, CPP
Ellen Haney is a certified professional photographer in the Southeast Michigan area. One of her greatest pleasures is photographing just for fun! Ellen values photographic education and has served on the board of directors of PPM and now of GLIP where she serves as the Treasurer and the Wielder of the “Get it done” whip.”
Kari Douma, M.Photog., Cr., CPP
Kari Douma is a certified professional photographer in the West Michigan area and has earned her reputation as one of Michigan’s premiere wedding and portrait photographers. Kari owns and operates a retail wedding and portrait studio in Grandville, Michigan. Her works have achieved both local and national recognitions, from local level, state level, Professional Photographers of America and the Canon Par Excellence Award. Kari has a commitment to photography education, and has served on the board of directors from both the local and state affiliates. Kari currently is serving on the board as president elect for the Professional Photographers of Michigan, as well as registerer/secretary for the Great lakes Institute of Photography.
Shawn Von Ins, CPP
Shawn Von Ins and his wife Julie have operated Von Ins Photography in Holland, MI since 2005. They specialize in portrait work including families, seniors, and business headshots. Shawn is a graduate of West Ottawa and of Grand Valley State University and has his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science. He is also a Certified Professional Photographer, and the 2015 President of the Professional Photographers of Western Michigan, which he still serves as a board member.
For over 20 years, I have developed a business, a studio, and close personal friendships with some of the most talented, and genuine people of Holland. My love of design has also allowed me to expand into commercial endeavors to help build local and national business through photography and design. With my sights set to the future I have expanded my offerings to include Aerial Photography and Videography to help my clients take their businesses to new heights!
Trudy Evans, CPP
Trudy Evans is a Certified Professional Photographer in the lower central area of Michigan, known to most as the farmers country. Trudy owns and operates Transitions Portrait & Design in Stanton MI where she specializes in Portraits of Newborns, High School Seniors and Women’s Contemporary Portraits. Trudy believes in education 100%. Trudy is currently serving on the board of Professional Photographers of Michigan, as well as the Great Lakes Institute of Photography.