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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

    • 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
    • 14

    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 

    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Hudson's Portrait Design, 641 Strander Blvd. Tukwila WA 98188
    • 7

    There is an entire world of professional photography outside of families, babies and weddings that most photographers completely ignore. Millions of people from aspiring models and actors to interior designers need professional images that will help them succeed in business, that’s where commercial portrait photographers thrive. Learn the methods to create compelling and dynamic commercial portraits that can open up new avenues for your photography business from a full time, professional with 13 years experience in the industry, Gary Hughes.

    Here’s what you will learn:

    • How to create dynamic images for models, actors and professionals with a minimal amount of equipment. 
    • How to build killer lighting setups one light at a time
    • Creating images for commercial use in ways that marketing directors will love
    • Lighting and posing techniques that work every time
    • Creating a portable lighting setup for almost any situation 
    • How to communicate with commercial clients and book those jobs

    Whether you are a veteran of the photography industry or an avid enthusiast, this program will equip you with valuable insights that can help you create more dynamic images and open up new avenues for success in the photography business.

    PPW/PPA Members  $99
    Non-Members  $119

    Little bit about Gary Hughes :

    As the child of photographer parents it would have been natural for Gary to step right in to the family business, but he had to go out and try pretty much everything else before finding his way back to photography. In the 13 years since picking up a camera he has earned local and national awards including 3 Gold Medals and an Imaging Excellence Award from the International Photographic Competition and a Fuji Masterpiece Award. His work has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine, Shutter Magazine, Professional Image Maker and he has published multiple articles on photography for the Huffington Post as well as an educational book, Photographing Headshots. He holds the designations of Master Photographer and Affiliate Juror with the Professional Photographers of America and most recently had an image selected in the top ten for the Grand Imaging Awards. He lives and works in Orlando, FL with his partner and wife, Julie and their children.

    Questions about the class, contact Julie Fitzpatrick studionw@gmail.com 360-561-6269 or Chris Wooley chris@headsandtailsphoto.com (509) 688-7960 

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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