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PPSV Monthly Meeting - April 2024: Jim Trapp (Fitness Photography – Lighting with Impact)

  • 17 Apr 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • 2003 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA, 95825


  • Affiliate members of PPWC (Wine Country) and PPSCV (Santa Clara Valley)
  • Guest registration - currently not a member of PPSV or one of our partner affiliates (PPWC or PPSCV)

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APRIL 17, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

In Person Meeting
Free to PPSV Members
$35 Guest Fee for Non-Members


  • 6:00-6:30 pm: Networking
  • 6:30-7:00 pm: PPSV New Member Intros/Announcements/Business
  • 7:00-9:30 pm: {TOPIC PRESENTATION}

Fitness Photography – Lighting with Impact

Sculpting a fitness subject with lighting can be challenging.  Fitness portraits often involve aspiring models, fitness instructors, or Pro Bodybuilders for personal branding. However, today, many of my requests come from everyday people who have changed their lifestyles and want to capture themselves in a portrait that visually describes their new beginning. In this presentation, Jim will provide an overview of the fundamentals of fitness photography. During the demonstration, you'll learn how to light and create impact. Then, we shift gears to see the magic happen with his post-work process. 


Program Highlights:

Learn How To: 

  • Place the lights to create impact and dramatically enhance the visual effect of the portrait. 
  • Define muscle tone with highlights and shadows - contributing to a visually striking and dynamic image.
  • Directing the subject's expression to match the desired emotion in the portrait ensures a cohesive and powerful visual narrative. 
  • Create a mood in the image with post-processing, enhancing the overall storytelling aspect of the portrait.
  • Impactful black and white print - a style often appreciated for its timeless and dramatic aesthetic.


A PPA member since 2012, Jim Trapp began his Professional Photographic career working and managing portrait studios for various companies. With no formal photography education, he started to enroll in professional photography workshops and courses. After joining PPA, he entered his 1st Image competition in 2014. Along this path he realized the value of belonging to professional organizations and joined the local affiliate in Sacramento, CA in 2013 and followed by the State Origination in 2015. Today he runs his own studio specializing in heirloom wall art for families, Weddings, Family and Fine Art portraits.

Service, Awards, Degrees

 PPA Certified 2014, PPC Chairman of the Board 2022-Current, PPC President 2021-2022, PPSV President 2015-2016, PPC Board member 2016-current, ASP Member 2018, PPA Master Degree 2018, PPA Craftsman Degree 2019, PPA Master Artist Degree 2023, PPC Service Medallion 2019, PPC Business/Arts Degree 2019, PPA Silver Medalist 2015, PPA Gold medalist 2016, PPA Silver Medalist 2017, PPA Bronze medalist 2018, GIA Finalist in Portraits, Gold Medalist.

Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley
Est. 1953

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