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Education is the key to PPW!  

We have several events yearly that offer incredible speakers on various topics to help the professional photographer.

The Spring Educational Conference is around April and provides the association's members an event to come together to enjoy old and new friends. The day before this event our Annual Image Competition takes place. Hired judges are brought in to judge and critique our images with the 12 Elements of Merited Print as a guide. 

We hold a Fall Event around October to give a stimulating break from the photographer's busy season of High School seniors and families, for example. 

During the year, each PPW District holds meetings four times a year in the their area. To learn about these events besides here on our website, The Washington Photographer Journal comes out four times a year. Within the pages of the journal, you will also learn about the workings of PPW and informational articles about our industry. 

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Coming Events

Upcoming events

    • 29 Apr 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 327 Pacific Ave, Bremerton, WA

    PPA Edu/SW District Event: Capture In Flight, With Lights, In Motion

    Details coming soon...

    • 11 May 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • via Zoom

    Never Say Die When Photographing the Night Sky w/ Bob Coates

    PPW Education Online - Thursday, May 11th beginning at 6pm

    There are lots of moving parts in play when capturing the night sky. I compare the capture of a solid Milky Way image to a 4D chess game. The sun, moon, and Milky Way are all moving. The Galactic Center is the star of the solid Milky Way photograph. But, where will it be? At what time. How will I know in advance where to set up my camera for the best results? Coates will share ideas and concepts that will remove the some of the mystery of the heavenly bodies shoot.

    While our cameras can pick up lots of detail in the night sky, the images need some massaging to show all the starry treasures in the file. Learn about making selections in Photoshop for specific adjustments. Different areas of the images need different techniques. Many times the foreground needs to be processed separately as well.

    Last of all, know that there will be times when you go out to photograph a specific subject it will not go as planned… That doesn’t mean you can’t come home with a winning image. Keep at it and take what nature gives you. Never say die!

    • 22 Jun 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • via Zoom

    Learning the Chain Links of Photography Success  w/ Jeff Lubin

    PPW Education Online - Thursday, June 22nd beginning at 6pm

    This have changed many times since I began my career in 1983. To continue to be successful, I had to evolve with the times to stay relevant.

    We all know that a chain breaks at its weakest link. If you want to be competitive in today’s world of portrait photography, you have all the links of the chain operating seamlessly.
    Although you could break this down in a micro sense, in the macro view of the links are as follows.

    ⦁ Photography
    ⦁ Branding
    ⦁ Website, Facebook and other social media
    ⦁ Your image both personally and your studio
    ⦁ Pricing
    ⦁ Marketing
    ⦁ Sales presentation

    I will go over how each of these links must be learned and incorporated in your studio as a whole to produce the highest level of profits and overall success. You will come away with a clear picture of how these links work together and where you need to concentrate your efforts to shore up your weakest links.

    • 24 Jun 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 25 Jun 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn at 8401 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo

    We will be meeting in Burien for the Summer board Retreat

    Reports and motions were due on June 4th. 

    Board meetings are open to all members. Board members, please, register so we know you are attending.

    • 24 Jun 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 25 Jun 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn at 8401 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo

    We will be meeting in Ellensburg after the Fall Event.

    Reports and motions were due on Sept 24th. 

    Board meetings are open to all members. Board members, please, register so we know you are attending.

    • 09 Jul 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Studio K - 4438 Fir Tree Rd SE, Olympia WA 98501
    • 20

    PPA Edu: Modern Family Portraiture with Jessica Vallia 

    Date: Saturday, July 9, 2023 -11am to 7:00pm

    PPW/PPA Member Price $139 (Merited class) (Limited Seating!)

    Non-Member Price $199

    This course will be a deep dive into creating an heirloom portrait session for the modern family. Your instructor, Jessica, works not only at providing clients with posed images, but also pairing that with authentic moments. Her families are well posed and engaged along with laughing and real moments of happiness & closeness to cherish for a lifetime. Moms and dads alike often cry during their reveal watching an emotionally driven video of the in between moments of their video paired with their perfect posed images. These family stories are perfect for selling albums and wall prints which boosts sales for the modern family photographer.

    Her clients have a full experience from style guides for their session (so their images look like they were crafted for their home) to helping choose their location based on their family style. Each family session is truly unique and tells a story of who they are.

    She will dive into what style portraits are best paired with different products as well as easy ways to prep and bond with your clients for a successful portrait session.

    Jessica is known for shooting on location during golden & blue hour with natural light, but this course is about building a successful session for any type of lighting situation. There will be hands on posing tips & an opportunity for hands on portfolio building.

    • 22 Jul 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • On location - Mt St Helens
    • 20

    PPA Edu: Landscape Photography at Mt St Helens

    Date: Saturday, July 22, 2023 -1pm to 9:30pm

    PPW/PPA Member Price $299 (Merited class) (Limited Seating!)

    Non-Member Price $399

    Join us for an intensive landscape photography workshop at Mt St Helens. The workshop includes two 4-hour inside sessions on landscape photography and post-processing, two 4-hour field sessions and an optional third field session. We’ll be based at the Eco Park Resort where the classroom portions of theworkshop will be conducted. The field sessions will be held on the way to and around the JohnstonRidge Observatory on the northwest side of the volcano. It’s be a great photographic adventure. You’ll come back with great images, new friends and enriched skills and knowledge.

PPW AnNual Educational Conference

Every year PPW hosts an Annual Educational Conference and Image Competition.  In addition to learning from the masters, we provide fun and fellowship with our Fun Party Auction which raises money to allow PPW to give out scholarships every year. To honor those who earned enough merits, we present them with Membership Medallions at our President's Banquet. At this event we also reveal who won trophies from the Image Competition. Good times and definitely something to not miss! Keep checking back to learn about our upcoming Spring Conference.

PPW  Image Competition

If photography is an important part of your life, don't miss the biggest PPW event of the year!

Entering your state competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand—how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image and if you stick with it, you may be a Trophy or Award Winner. To see what they are check them out on Trophy & Award Goals.

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