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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. The day before this event our Annual Image 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 a Fall 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. 

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Coming Events

Upcoming events

    • 12 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • via Zoom

    How to Price Your Photography

    Join us for an engaging evening, hosted by Chris Wooley, M. Photog., Cr., CPP, FP, as we explore pricing strategies for photographers. Whether it’s portraits, landscapes, families, commercial or a special niche, plan to gather with PPW for an evening of information and discussion around pricing your photography.

    Pricing our work can be tough, but it is a whole lot easier when we have someone showing us the way. This session is for both new and seasoned members to learn more about the best pricing strategies.

    Plan to be a part of this great discussion on Thursday, August 12 beginning at 7pm on Zoom.

    Register to receive Zoom link

    Questions: Contact Mike Busby 

    • 19 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • via Zoom

    Intro to Photographic Restoration with Chris Paulis 

    During this online Zoom session, Chris Paulis will explore the distinctive purposes and challenges of restoring photographs, considering what sets this discipline apart within the IPC Artist category. We will examine a number of damaged photos to speculate on the challenges and walk through one or two of Chris’s recent restorations in a time-lapse fashion, where participants will see particular techniques that he finds productive and efficient. Our goal is to whet your appetite to step into this valuable realm of artistry that brings smiles to clients’ faces. Chris will also address some basic business aspects of pursuing this specialty.

      Date: Thursday, August 19th, 2021  7pm - 9pm

      Where: Online via Zoom

      Register Here to get the zoom link sent just before 

      Host Contact: Chris Wooley chris@headsandtailsphoto.com

      About Chris Paulis M.Photog.,M.Artist,Cr., CPP, MDPPA-F.Ph.A.Ph

      Chris is a Master Photographer*, Master Artist*, Photographic Craftsman, and Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), as well as an Associate and Photographic Fellow of Maryland Professional Photographers Association (MDPPA). He has served as a CPP Liaison since 2013. He has participated in photographic competition at the state, district, and IPC levels every year since 2013. He is an active member of Professional Photographers of America, Maryland Professional Photographers Association, and the American Society of Photographers.

      • 09 Oct 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
      • Leavenworth
      Registration is closed

      Save The Date!

      October 9 & 10 2021 


      Details coming soon!

      • 10 Oct 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)
      • Swoboda Photo, 101 Enchantment Parkway, Leavenworth

      Oct 10 at 9am at Heidi Swoboda's studio, 101 Enchantment Parkway, Leavenworth following the Fall Event on Oct 9.

      Reports are due on Sep 30th.

    PPW Annual Educational Conference

    Every year PPW hosts an Annual Educational Conference and Image Competition.  In addition to learning from the masters, we provide fun and fellowship with our Fun Party Auction which raises money to allow PPW to give out scholarships every year. To honor those who earned enough merits, we present them with Membership Medallions at our President's Banquet. At this event we also reveal who won trophies from the Image Competition. Good times and definitely something to not miss! Keep checking back to learn about our upcoming Spring Conference.

    PPW  Image Competition

    If photography is an important part of your life, don't miss the biggest PPW event of the year!

    Entering your state competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand—how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image and if you stick with it, you may be a Trophy or Award Winner. To see what they are check them out on Trophy & Award Goals.

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