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

    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Boston Harbor Photography 4909 Boston Harbor Rd. NE Olympia, WA 98506

    Step in to the Lightroom 

    Lightroom is more than a powerful tool in the photographers toolbox; it can be the toolbox. From file management, sorting, and raw image processing to one button exporting, composite layouts and printing, Lightroom can help anyone increase productivity, efficiency, and consistency. 

    In this intermediate class, Forrest Cooper will guide you through the Lightroom work-flow that has helped him create quality images in a full service studio environment. Within this workflow he will also show you how Lightroom and Photoshop work together seamlessly. 

    Step out of the darkroom and into Lightroom with this full day PPW program. 

    Things to bring: Comptuer, Lightroom program, something to take notes with, lunch money since lunch is on you and something to drink and the willingness to learn something new. Class Flyer pdf

    PPW and PPA Members Fee: $59 (Include PPW & PPA Merits)
    Non-Member Fee: $99

    Little bit about the instructor: Forrest Cooper and his wife Amy own Cooper Studios in the heart of downtown Shelton, WA. Their focus on the Fine Art Portrait from start to finish has carried their business forward for almost a decade. With the motto: Shoot • Print • Frame, the Coopers not only capture images in studio but also create finished portraits within their in-house print and custom frame shop. Forrest invites you to join him for an in-depth look at how Lightroom has changed his work-flow and has become an invaluable part of his business. 

    • 18 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Studio K, 326 N Tower Ave, Centralia, WA 98531
    Helping Your Client Get Ahead of the Competition

    As photographers we are a wealth of knowledge that is truly untapped.  Join April Kroenke, CPP as she shares how you can go beyond offering the simple headshot.  Going beyond the simple headshot will help set your client apart from others and make a lasting impression.  We will discuss and learn how to use their headshots and images from their social media, blogs and products to help share and spread their brand story.

    Course Date: Monday, September 18, 2017

    Course Location: Studio K, 326 N Tower Ave, Centralia, WA 98531

    Course Hours: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

    Instructor: April Kroenke 

    Instructor Contact:

    Instructor Website:

    Non-Members $20
    Please register and pay online.
    Questions about event: Rachel or Larry Ikenberry, (360) 507-0814

    What you need:
    • How to work with clients to discover their goals and needs
    • How to capture the style/feel the client is after
    • Posing & Shooting Tips & Tricks
    • How to take it a step further than just a quick headshot session
    • Marketing/Networking Tips & Ideas
    • Pricing Structure

    About the Speaker

    April Kroenke, is recognized for her simple yet modern photography to both her clients and peers world wide.  From beauty shoots to family pictures, high school senior portraits to personal branding, she is able to provide her clients with with photography for every avenue of their lives.  April has taught several PPA Super 1 Days and many classes offered through Oregon PPA.  She is a juror in training with the Oregon PPA.  She has received numerous merits and awards in image competition on both a local and national level to include - PPA Loan Collections, Best 1st Time Entrance Award, & Judge’s Choice Award. April was also named the Military Spouse Photographer of the Year for 2016 & 2017 from the National Military Family Association. April is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) from Professional Photographers of American. Currently April serves as the Finance Director of the Oregon Professional Photographers Association.

    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • TBD

    The Southeast District meets monthly on the last Tuesday of each month beginning 7:00p.m. We often have guest speakers and mini-workshops.

    Leave your ego at home, and join us for fun mentoring in being a better and more profitable photographer. Light refreshments are usually available. Non members pay $5 for these events, and PPW members get in free.

    If you have questions, please contact Sonja Yearsley at sonja@sonjaphoto.com or 509-302-9513

The Professional Photographers of Washington

27088 Ohio Ave NE
Kingston, WA 98346

(360) 818-4348

President: Chris Wooley
chris@headsandtailsphoto.com / 

Vice President: Rachel Hathaway
rachelhathaway@hotmail.com / 360.961.5443

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

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