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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. 

Involvement improves your business. Here are a few ways to do this:   

Coming Events

Upcoming events

    • 08 Apr 2024
    • 10 Mar 2025
    • 12 sessions
    • via Zoom

    The Advisory Board

    The Advisory Board is PPW’s monthly business mastermind program that meets on Zoom, 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00pm. Exchange ideas and tackle the problems that are holding you back. 

    Content will include business discussion, accountability, problem solving, "hot seat" discussion, feedback, quarterly planning, mentorship, and guest speakers.

    Join us to take your business to new heights! You will earn 1 business merit for every 3 meetings you attend. 

    Register today!

    • 25 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • on Zoom

    Register for Zoom Link 

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    'Coffee, Cameras and Conversation'

    Here in the Southwest District, we believe it is our mission to become better creatives. Join us for a monthly SW PPW (virtual) gathering, ‘Coffee, Cameras and Conversation’ where we can connect and get to know our other PPW members and share on the journey to better. Normally, we meet every fourth Tuesday morning at 9am.

    No pressure to attend, the cost is free – just your time. Plan to join in the fun with Joni Atkinson ( anregister today and we will send you the link to join.  You may register at or click the Register for Zoom Link on this email.

    Everything is better fully caffeinated!

    A confirmation email will be sent with the Zoom Link after you register.

    • 11 Jul 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • via Zoom

    Pushing Boundaries: Exploring the Intersection of AI and Photography w/ Marina Shipova

    PPW Education Online - Thursday, July 11 2024 @ 6pm on Zoom

    Experience the imaginative world of Marina Shipova, a seasoned artist whose boundless creativity knows no bounds. Through her latest creations, Marina seamlessly merges Artificial Intelligence with the art of photography, crafting captivating compositions that transcend traditional boundaries. With a lifelong dedication to artistic expression, Marina harnesses the transformative power of digital photography, pushing the limits of reality to unveil endless possibilities. Skillfully navigating AI-driven editing tools, she transforms visions into tangible realities, blurring the lines between fantasy and actuality. Witness the dynamic synergy between AI and artistry as Marina pioneers new realms of visual storytelling, opening doors to unprecedented forms of creative expression.

    Here are the take aways for this class:

    1. Proficiency in integrating Artificial Intelligence with photography to unlock new creative possibilities.
    2. Mastery of AI-powered image editing tools to enhance and manipulate images with precision.
    3. Understanding of the transformative potential of AI in pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling.
    4. Ability to blur the lines between imagination and reality, creating captivating compositions.
    5. Empowerment to pioneer new realms of artistic expression by leveraging AI technology in photography

    Sign up today! We'll see you on Zoom on July 11th.

    Questions: Contact Chris Wooley

    Register for Zoom Link

    • 15 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 16722 Ambum Blvd South, Burien, WA 98148

    SOLD OUT! Sign up for future classes by clicking Register Today! or contact Jamison

    Headshot Masterclass ~ Take It To The Next Level

    Monday July 15 9am - 5pm

    Crain Photography, Burien, WA

    $99 for PPA/PPW members - $150 for non-members

    Register Today!

    A headshot is more than just a portrait of a client.
    It is a collaboration between the photographer and the subject to create a very important branding and marketing tool representing the client and their business to the world at large.

    Conceptual Ideas to cover:

    1. Planning the tone and look of the headshot. Deciding on the message to be conveyed to the client's potential clients or employers.
    2. Picking lighting and background.
    3. Helping the client find expression and look that conveys what the client is representing. Telling their crafted story.

    Technical Ideas to cover:

    • Lighting
    • Choosing focal length
    • Tethering
    • Client Interaction
    • Image selection
    • File Handling and Retouching

    What to bring if you want to photograph:

    • Your camera and lens(s).
    • Preferably lens(s) should be an 85mm, 105mm, or a 70-200mm
    • Godox Transmitter - If you don't have one please let us know what camera system you use and we'll try to arrange one for you to borrow.
    • Suggested to also bring your tripod, or an Arca Swiss style mounting plate.
    Soft drinks and coffee will be provided. Lunch will be on your own

    Contact - NW District Rep: Jamison Johnson

    • 27 Jul 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 28 Jul 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Casa Italian - Italian Cultural Center at 13028 First Ave S, Burien

    Board meetings are open to all members. Board members, please, register so we know who is attending.

    Here are the Minutes from the Spring Board meeting for our annual summer board retreat and meeting on July 27-28Reports and motions are due on July 6th, not June 6th (wink, wink). 

    Again we will be meeting at Casa Italian - Italian Cultural Center at 13028 First Ave S, Burien. Please arrive between 11am -12 noon. We will start the Agenda of Discussion at 12. We will conclude at 5pm. This is an informal meeting time. If you have any new ideas or something that hasn't been addressed, this is the time to attend. 

    Sunday at 9am, we will start the official meeting. If that is all you can attend, please be on time. If you can't make the meeting and you are a voting member, please let us know if you have a proxy attending.

    • 12 Sep 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • via Zoom

    Lightroom Classic - Masking & More with Kimberly Olker, M.Photog.M.Wed.Photog.Cr., CPP

    PPW Education Online - Thursday, September 12 2024 @ 6pm on Zoom

    Discover how to revolutionize your editing workflow and create impactful images using Adobe Lightroom Classic's latest AI-driven updates! Learn from Kimberly as she unveils the power of these recent enhancements, designed to streamline your editing process and elevate your photography to new heights.

    In this class, you'll:

    • Harness intelligent masking technology to enhance your images effortlessly, with options tailored to luminance, color range, gradients, radials, and AI-selected elements like subjects, objects, backgrounds, and skies.
    • Master the art of managing mask layers to refine selections and achieve stunning results, with techniques such as addition, subtraction, inversion, and intersection.
    • Implement a step-by-step process to simplify your editing workflow using these new features, including creating presets to optimize your masking techniques.
    • Save valuable time by maximizing your productivity in Lightroom, reducing reliance on external editing software like Photoshop.

    Join Kimberly as she shares her expertise and reveals how these updated features have transformed her editing process, making it faster, simpler, and more enjoyable. Unlock the full potential of Lightroom and take your photography to the next level with these cutting-edge techniques!

    Questions: Contact Chris Wooley

    Register for Zoom Link

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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