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Taking Steps to
Inspire, Equip and
Educate Today's Photographers

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. Before this event our Annual Print 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 another 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. 


Involvement improves your business. Here are a few ways to do this: 

Upcoming events

    • 19 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Heads and Tails Photography, 28 W Indiana Ave ste c, Spokane, WA 99205

    Print Competition opens March 8, 2019, and we’ve got Chris Wooley, Rachel Wooley, and Rob Behm to help us out. That is, our PPW President, Vice President, and a very recent President of PPA. 

    Print competition is a significant benefit and we want people to submit images. So, if you’ve never entered, but would like to, then this is the place for you. We are going to have fun, talk about the process, share our experiences, and answer all of your questions. Trophies are great, but just meriting sets you apart from the crowd and it establishes you as a working professional as seen through the eyes of your peers. 

    We also have a tentative plan to do a follow up meeting on March 14 to cover naming and presenting images. If we meet on March 14, then we will still have three weeks before the April 8 competition deadline. 

    So, if you’ve ever thought about competition, then this is the night for you to get information and help. Bring a couple of images with you and if we have time you can get some firsthand feedback.

    Any Questions: Contact Mike Busby at Busbywc@gmail.com


    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2019
    • 11:00 PM
    • Shilo Inn, 707 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569

    Welcome to Waves of Inspiration Registration Page!

    We are excited to have you a part of our annual conference!

    If you have any questions about your registration, please don’t hesitate contacting Dalisa DeChiara, our Registration Chair, at info@dalisajo.com or call 509-683-2652. 

    Conference Chair: Lori Weldon 
    Email: lorie@beauxartsstudio.com
    Tele: 253-838-2941

    Hotel Reservations 

    Lodging is at the Shilo Inn, 707 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569. Make room reservations by calling (360) 289-4600. Ask for PPW Group Rate: $125.00 + tax (single occupancy) or $150.00 + tax (double occupancy). Hotel reservations must be booked ASAP. We have a limited room block that is first come, first served 

    Program Refund/Cancellation Policies: Withdrawal from attending may be made by written request no later than 30 calendar days prior to the event and is subject to a $50 administration fee. Withdrawal fewer than 30 calendar days prior to the event is non-refundable. PPW reserves the right to cancel courses or refuse admission to any attendee. In case of a cancellation by PPW, the attendee will receive a full refund. Returned checks incur a $25 service fee. 

    • 02 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Memory Montage Photography, 8 N. 8th Ave. Yakima WA, 98902
    • 18

    The goal of this incubator is to have a guided discussion about the identity and branding of the PPW.

    As we all work together through this branding incubator we should be able to answer these questions.

    • Who is our target market?
    • Why do we exist?
    • What are we in the business of...?
    • What is our competitive advantage?
    • What do we want to be known for?

    These questions once answered will lead us to:

    • Our ideal client Avatar.
    • New slogans and clear marketing messages.
    • Marketing strategies.
    • A website and social media platforms that are appropriate for our target market.

    Action plans that will likely be developed and need volunteers for will be.

    • Timeline for rollout of new brand.
    • Three new website developer quotes
    • Logo design quotes
    • Marketing distribution schedule
    • Budget for rebranding. 
    • Metrics in how we will measure success of new brand.
    • Re-branding party and celebration ideas and date.
    • Any new positions that need to be created and their responsibilities.

    Seating is limited. Please RSVP to know who is coming. Pre-Homework is needing to be completed before the meeting. 

    Food will be provided.


    Tavis Guild hello@tavisguild.com 509-969-6988 
    Rich Breshears photos9991@gmail.com 509-586-6695 

The Professional Photographers of Washington

27088 Ohio Ave NE
Kingston, WA 98346

(360) 818-4348

President: Chris Wooley
chris@headsandtailsphoto.com / 

Vice President: Dalisa DeChiara
 / (509)683-2652

Executive Manager: Faye Johnson
   fayejohnson@comcast.net / (360) 509-6994 

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