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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

    • 18 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Overlook at W Cliff Dr and S Stevens st., Spokane

    The Night Shoot

    June's PPW area meeting is a night shoot and will be held at Cliff Park overlooking the Spokane Skyline. The location is at the corner of W. Cliff Dr and S. Stevens st. This is the first in a series of meets where members share their skills so we can all learn and enjoy. Mike will show us his night techniques and talk about processing. We'll also talk about the Spring conference and information from the incubator. Contact Mike at (509) 995-2954 with any questions.

    Contact Mike at Busbywc@gmail.com with any questions.

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

    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 

    • 07 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 25960 Ohio Ave NE, Ste 203, Kingston, WA
    • 5

    How does Ernst-Ulrich Schafer see the world? Though a BxW lens and picture frame!

    Come learn the method of how Ernst gets his signature bxw portraiture style. This will be a hands-on learning class, with a portrait session and photoshop tips on using Nik Software. Bring your camera and computer.

    He will bring in some history of photography into the introduction of his class, along with a few images from his personal projects. You will observe how the original RAW image looks and what he does with it using Nik Software. 

    The class will walk across the street to Bridgewater Photography's studio to watch how he takes does his portrait sessions. Once he's done, you can take your own photos to use later in the class.

    On the way of returning to the classroom, you can purchase either pizza, hot dogs or crepes from local businesses. While eating, you'll watch Ernst take the newly recorded images and create his unique bxw creation. Here you will take your images and create Ernst's BxW Portraiture style!

    PPA/PPW Member $49
    Non-Member $89

    Register today! 

    Items to bring: Note-taking materials, camera, and computer with card reader

    Date: July 7, 2019 from 10am to 4:30pm

    Address: 25960 Ohio Ave NE, Ste 203, Kingston, WA

    Contact: Faye Johnson 360-509-6994 fayejohnson@comcast.net

    Instructor: Ernst-Ulrich Schafer, FP

    A Little Bit about Ernst: 

    Over 40 years of being excited about photography, with 20 of those years involved in portraiture. I love the History of Photography which drives me to find my own images.  I also love collecting BxW photographs with a sizable collection.  

The Professional Photographers of Washington

27088 Ohio Ave NE
Kingston, WA 98346

(360) 818-4348

President:  Dalisa Sherrard
dalisajophotography@gmail.com / (509) 683-2652

Vice President: Rachel Wooley
rachelhattaway@gmail.com / (360) 961-5443

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

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