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

    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Allen's Photographic, 17230 28th NE, Lake Forest Park, WA

    Classical Studio Lighting

    October 29 at 10am till 4:30pm. (PPA and PPW Merit)

    PPW Member $59
    PPA Member $59
    Non Member $99

    By Ralph Allen and Mary Jo Allen

    1. Let’s make sure your camera and lens combination is focusing in the correct plane.  Let’s check your camera for front or back focus issues.
    2. Let’s light a basketball – flat, ¾, split, back lit – learning to create dimension
    3. Using your light meter
    4. Understanding lighting ratios
    5. Main light, Fill light, Hair light and background light
    6. Light Modifiers: Strip lights, softbox, beauty dish and umbrellas
    7. Group lighting – how to create even directional light over a large group using just 2 lights
    8. Hi key and Low key
    9. Whether you use 1 light or 5 lights, lets create with light
    10. We will have a couple of models available to demonstrate what light does on a face and for you to experiment with

    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Boston Harbor Photography, 4909 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia

    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.  

    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. 

    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 Nov 2017
    • 5:00 PM

    OPPA Luminate Oregon's Premier Competition & Education Event


    NOV 11, 9AM- 5PM




    NOV 12, 9AM- 5PM


    1122 NW


    MARY FISK-TAYLOR M. Photog., Cr., CPP, ABI, API Speaking on Behalf of PPA Charities

    • 04 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • at Cooper Studio's 409 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, Washington 98584

    PPW SW District Holiday Party

    Come celebrate the season with us! 

    Bring a beverage and appetizer or sweet to share.

    Forrest will have his Cooper Automatic Camera {photo booth} going.

    It'll be a good time!


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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