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Carolina Photo Expo 2024

July 19-22, 2024 Chapel Hill NC (Raleigh/Durham, NC RDU airport)

Image by Gary Box

Welcome to Carolina Photo Expo, PPNC’s annual state convention featuring 8 amazing speakers over three days of classroom and hands-on education.  Each year, our organization scours the country to find photographers who are on the forefront of the photography industry.  PPNC prides itself on being a teaching organization and our state convention helps our photographers push their craft to the next level.

With a full line of platform classes, lunch and learns, hands 0n events, and roundtable style discussions, you’re sure to take home a wealth of knowledge.  Attending Carolina Photo Expo is a must for any photographer looking to advance their craft or grow their business.

Registration is open to both members and non-members and fees are tiered, increasing as the event approaches. Register early in order to get the best rate!

4 Day Edit Lab 07/19 - 07/22 Main Event Sponsor

Main Event Sponsor brings you Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect!

Trade Show Vendors

Thank you to our other sponsors!

Meet our speakers

Platform Classes July 20-22

Gary Box, Carolina Photo Expo, Photography workshops in NC, Professional Photographers of NC

Gary Box

Seniors, converting photos into dollars

Diana Robles, Photography workshops in NC, Professional Photographers of NC, Carolina Photo Expo

Diana Robles

Maternity 101: lighting, posing, and styling simplified          

John Gress, Photography workshops NC, Professional Photographers of NC, Carolina Photo Expo

John Gress

Learn how to make dramatic portraits using multiple lights!

Gregory and Lesa Daniel, Photography workshop in NC, Professional Photographers of NC, Carolina Photo Expo

Gregory & Lesa Daniel

       Selling the Wall Portrait     

Leon Johnson, Photography workshops in NC, Professional Photographers of NC, Carolina Photo Expo

Leon Johnson

  How to Get Started Fine Art Portraits      

Justin Grafton, Photography workshops in NC, Carolina Photo Expo, Professional Photographers of NC

Justin Grafton

Elevate your Photography Game

Jessica Robertson, Photography Workshops in NC, Carolina Photo Expo, Professional Photographers of NC

Jessica Robertson

Seven Secrets for stepping up your Profit


Jermaine Horton

Weddings & Beyond


Marcelle Raphael

Mastering Maternity with Limited Resources

John Branch copy

John Branch

Steps to less stress (confidence) for every wedding day

Academy Classes - All day Pre-con class July 19th
Unmesh Dinda - 1 and 2 day option July 18th & 19th

Gary Hughes workshop

Gary Hughes

Volume Headshot Master Class

Unmesh Dinda, Photoshop workshop, North Carolina, PixImperfect

Unmesh Dinda

Demystifying Photoshop for Photographers: Start to Finish & Beyond

crystal Headshots

Crystal Waddell

Build Your Authority With Content and SEO

Susan Eckert Boudoir Photographer Professional Photographers of NC

Susan Eckert

Boudoir – Storytelling through Purposeful Posing

Hotel Room Block Group Rate

Carolina Photo Expo
July 18-22, 2024

Sheraton Chapel Hill
One Europa Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 968-4900

Group Rate $129, book by 6/19/2024 to get the room block rate!

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 19th

7:00 am – 9:30 am Registration Open 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Academy Classes

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided by PPNC

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Academy Classes
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm { Dinner on your own }

7:00 – 7:30 pm New to CPE! Meet & Greet
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Kickoff Party
Trade Show 

Saturday, July 20th

8:15 am NEW to CPE! Meet Up  

9:00 – 9:15 am WELCOME (Pres/ED/Chair)
9:15 – 10:45 am John Gress – “Dramatic Portraits Using Multiple Lights”
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Trade Show

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lunch to celebrate speakers, vendors, and former presidents

 3:00 – 4:30 pm Diana Robles – “Maternity 101”
5:00 – 6:30 pm Leon Johnson – “How to Get Started in Fine Art Portraits”  

6:30 – 8:00 pm { Dinner on your own }

8:00 – 11:00 pm Shooting Bays, Aftershoot Edit Lab, Table Talk

Sunday, July 21st

8:15 am NEW to CPE! Meet Up 

9:00 – 9:15 am Daily Announcements 

9:15 – 10:45 am Gary Box – “Seniors, Converting Photos into Dollars” 
10:45 – 11:45 am Business Meeting (mandatory for members) 

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided by PPNC 

1:00 – 3:00 pm Daytime Shooting Experience (Bays and Outdoor) 
3:15 – 4:45 pm Jessica Robertson – “Seven Secrets for Stepping up Your Profit” 
5:00 – 6:30 pm Justin Grafton – “Elevate Your Photography Game” 

6:30 – 8:00 pm { Dinner on your own }

8:00 – 11:00 pm Shooting Bays, Aftershoot Edit Lab, Table Talk 

Monday, July 22nd

9:30 – 9:45 am Daily Announcements 
9:45 – 11:15 am Jermaine Horton– “Weddings and Beyond” 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Gregory & Lesa Daniel – “Selling the Wall Portrait”  

1:00 – 2:30 pm Lunch Provided by PPNC 

3:00 – 4:00 pm Guest speaker to be announced! 

6:00 – 7:00 pm 2024 Print Competition Presentation 
7:00 pm Reception 
7:30 – 9:30 pm Dinner & 2024 Degrees & Awards Presentation 
9:30 pm New President Reception & Closing Party 

*Schedule subject to change

Frequently asked questions

At Carolina Photo Expo, you don’t have to choose!  Your registration includes access to all platform, lunch and learn and round table events.  Academy classes are sold separately

Our host hotel is conveniently located less than 5 minutes from Raleigh Durham International Airport.


● 120 days before: Full Refund

● 119 – 61 days before: 50% Cancellation Fee

● Within 60 days: No refunds

● Within 30 days: No transfers

Academy class Pre-con Course transfers:

● Transfer from one course to another: Requests must be made at least 30 days prior to the start of the course. Course transfers are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.
● Transfer from one member to another member is allowed prior to the start of class.
● Transfer from one year to another year is not permitted.

E-mail requests to ppncinfo@gmail.com

If you join PPNC as a member and you cancel your membership before you have paid what equals the member discount for events you attend, you will owe the organization the difference between dues already paid and the discount you received for attending the events.

Attendees sign up to learn with one instructor for Academy Class.  

You may switch a Academy class 30 days before the event pending there is room in the other class.  If all other classes are full, you’ll remain in your currently registered class. Transfers from one year to another is not permitted,

Significant others are welcome to attend all evening events with the purchase of a meal ticket however they will not be able to attend any classes.

Some classes require nothing more than note taking materials while hands on classes may require lights, cameras and more.  Be sure to check the course description for what to bring.

If you’re just starting out then this is the place for you!  You’ll learn more in these three days that you would in months or years with trial and error.

Yes, if you’re a PPA member, you’ll receive 1 service merit.  

Each year Carolina Photo Expo holds our annual awards ceremony.  Members receive awards from both image competition and service activity within the organization. Click here to learn more about our awards