SPECIAL EVENTS


SUNDAY
Attend a pre-convention Early-Bird mini-course Arrive early for the best seat. These TWO HOUR "BONUS PROGRAMS" are FREE tio attendees, and will provide inspiration, get you ready for the week ahead, and give you more bang for your buck!

After the PM pre-con Early Bird program, all first time students are invited to attend a brief orientation to get a quick overview of what to expect, receive their commemorative T-Shirt, and swag bag with official convention badge, convention program, vendor discount coupons, and other goodies. MARS staff will be on hand to answer any questions to help get your week off to a great start.

Then after you check into your room (check-in starts at 4), you'll go directly to your respective classroom for an hour with your instructor for a preliminary "get-together". You'll have more time later, so this will just be a warm-up.

HINT -now is the time to take part in our re-branded photo contest called the "Shootout Challenge - TAMRON Throwdown". Entries for this juried contest have the chance to win ribbons, prizes and maybe even a NEW Tamron lens!! Winners will be recognized at the Wrap Party on Thursday. REGISTER ONLINE NOW for the 2023 SHOOTOUT CHALLENGE - TAMRON THROWDOWN..

Around 6 pm kick off the week right with our opening night "Blast Off Party" featuring a cocktail hour and a delectable dinner reception. What better way to meet new friends and get re-acquainted with old ones!

When dinner's over, we'll try a casual roundtable Q&A with our esteemed instructors. Ask something of ANY of them to gain insight and added knowledge.

Afterwards, you can gather with your class (inside or out), or just chill on the deck next to the fire pits to 'talk shop'..

MONDAY
Get up early and look for a great sunrise, then get to class for an intense day of learning.

In the evening, just after dinner, we'll try to get a giant group shot of all those in attendance.

Then, takeadvantage of a 'student driven' freestyle Sunset Session". MARS has a few models lined up so you can use to create a gorgeous image. NOTE - These images CAN be used in the Shootout Challenge-Tamron Throwdown competition, so take your best shot for a winner. If you don't want to do that, take advantage of some 'free time' to explore the area on your own, walk the beaches, shop, or hang out with friends on the deck.

TUESDAY
In the evening please join us for a school sponsored Alumni Awards Dinner. Advance ticket price is only $25. You must register and purchase online. Proceeds benefit the school scholarship fund. The price of admission includes an amazing dinner, a special mini program by a guest instructor, AND the chance to win a $500 Scholarship for MARS 2024.

WEDNESDAY
In the morning, get up early and take part in a schoolwide SUNRISE Session (weather permitting), with the amazing talent of one of our instructors. Models, and another great learning opportunity.

THURSDAY
In the evening, join in the fun as the week culminates with our legendary "Wrap Party". This themed soiree is a blast, so don't be shy, get dressed up and have some fun. A happy hour on the deck (weather permitting), overlooking Rehoboth Bay, followed by a sumptuous dinner and wonderful event in the Ballroom, is the grand finale to your week of learning. Refreshing drinks, amazing food, terrific music, dancing, entertainment, prizes, awards and more. Eat, drink and have a blast....it's party time! You deserve it!

FRIDAY
After a couple of hours with your instructor to tie up 'loose ends', say goodbye to new and old friends, and prepare for the trip back home.

Make sure you sign up for next year before you leave!.



M.A.R.S.
Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography
a PPA Affiliate school for continuing education in all aspects of photography