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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

    • 27 Feb 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • on Zoom
    Register

    Register for Zoom Link 

    for the

    '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 (simply_statedphotography@wavecable.com) or Johnny Walker (johnny@almostcandid.net) and we will send you the link to join.

    Everything is better fully caffeinated!

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

    • 06 Mar 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gasworks Park, Seattle
    Register


    Urban Landscapes with Friends

    Wednesday, March 6th 5:00pm - 8:30pm

    Gas Works Park 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 

    This NW District fellowship get-together is a chance to photograph our beautiful surroundings in the heart of Seattle while collaborating and connecting with PPW friends. We'll meet up at Gasworks Park to flex our sunset and low-light photography muscles, then we'll walk to Fremont Brewery for food, drinks, and sharing about our photos. Be sure to dress warm for an evening outside!

    Free for PPW members - non-members $49

    Contact NW Dist Rep Lara Grauer lara@laragrauerphotography.com

    Register Today!

    • 09 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    Register


    Our 2024 State Image competition is set for Saturday, March 9th
    Registration is open from January 1st  and closes February 24, 2024 11:59pm PST.  

       
    Submit 1-4 images for $90
        Critiques $40 (4 entries) or $12/image (can be ordered until March 11th)

    The 2024 Judging Team, lead by Marie Martineau-Sandberg are Pete Rezac, Bob Coates, Jeff Dachowski, Lisa Asp and Jenni Knezovich.

    New to print competition? A seasoned competitor? Check out our resources, competition details, explanation videos and all the rules for all categories (There are new rules and categories for 2024!) on our website by going to 2024 Competition Info. Still have questions - ask your district rep for more details.

    Remember - registration is open through February 24, 2024 11:59pm PST. Plan to be a part of it!

    Submit Images Here!

    • 22 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express, 4525 Convention Pl, Pasco WA 99301
    Register

    Pre-Con PPA/Edu - Art + Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Scott Detweiler, M.Photog.Cr

    Friday, March 22, 9am - 5pm

    PPW/PPA Members $139

    Non-Members $169

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the rage lately, and it's only going to become more and more common in our lives.

    AI has already been used to create art for a while now, and it's only getting better. These AI engines are now available to everyone, and they can be used to create amazing things. I want to show you what a few of these different systems can do, and how you can use them to open new doors. You can use AI to create new products to sell to your clients, or you can use it to learn how to create your own art.

    AI is here to stay, so it's important to understand it and embrace it. The sooner you do, the better equipped you'll be to use it to your advantage. AI isn't going to destroy your business, but your AI-enabled competition sure can put a dent in your revenue.

    During this session, Scott Detweiler, M.Photog.Cr will use several AI-driven tools and I'll show you how to use and combine them to level up your photography and Photoshop composite skills.

    Sponsored by H & H Color Lab

    Register Today!

    A little bit about Scott in his words:

    I have been an artist and painter since I was quite young when I worked with pen & ink, marker, and acrylics. However, I have only been a serious photographer for a little over a decade.

    Initially, I became interested in Photoshop over a decade ago when it still came on floppy disks. My motivation to focus on photography began when I realized that no matter how I modified an image, it was never truly mine, mentally or legally. I could paint or manipulate the image for hours or days and never actually own.

    The decision to start shooting my own stock started me on the journey I am on today. My initial challenges were lighting related. I could envision the image I wanted and even sketch my idea, but getting real lights to cooperate was a constant source of frustration. To get past this, I shot as often as possible, and by changing small variables each time I learned how my alterations were affecting my images.

    As a Physics major, I enjoy the technical aspects of photography. I like to know my camera settings, angles, focus depth, fall-off, as well as other elements of the scene that directly affect the result. By understanding how an image will look at 24mm versus 200mm, or when lit by a larger or smaller apparent light source, it becomes easier to make creative decisions.

    In our studio challenge each other to set up complete scenes and take a single photo without test shots. This drill has dramatically improved our abilities to create successful scenes from our imagination, even on location or group shoots where planning isn't much of an option. We are always learning and trying new ideas.

    Our challenges now lie in finding dependable muses, unique designers, and amazing stylists that can work in collaboration. I am quite blessed with a bevy of such individuals here in the Milwaukee area, where we can additionally pull talent from Green Bay, Madison, and Chicago when needed.


    • 23 Mar 2024
    • 8:30 AM
    • 24 Mar 2024
    • 11:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 4525 Convention Place, Pasco WA 99301
    Register



    The Washington Photography Conference – INNOVATE – is set for March 23-24, 2024 in Pasco, WA.

    We are busy making preparations for some amazing classes and can't wait to see you at  INNOVATE 2024!  

    Our 2 day packed event promises to be filled with education, fun and fellowship as we spend time learning from the top photography instructors and artists across the country. 

    Scott Detweiler, M.Photog.Cr -   One Light, Lots of Sales 

    Sonja Yearsley, M.Photog. FP - The Magic of Underwater Photography

    Lisa Asp, M.Photog. M.Artist. Cr., CPP, FP - Combining your Passions: Travel and Wildlife Photography

    Chris Wooley, M.Photog. Cr., CPP - Master Your Marketing

    We have so much to share that we are offering 2 additional separate full day sessions. The hands-on PreCon event with Scott Detweiler will take a deeper dive with the creative  processes using new AI generated images. PPW will host the PostCon to earn Business Merits for our brand new PPW Fellow of Business Degree - Don't miss these amazing opportunities! (separate Registration to attend - coming soon!)

    Check out the details and join us this Spring!

    Registration Fees:

    Regular Rate of $299 January 15th to February 29th

    Late Fee Rate of $329.00 March 1st to March 8th

    Hotel info:

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pasco - TriCities • 4525 Convention Place, Pasco WA 99301

    To make reservations - $139/ 1 King suite or $149/ 2 Queen suite - breakfast included

    INNOVATE is sponsored by the Professional Photographers of Washington, an affiliate of PPA.

    Program Refund/Cancellation Policies: Withdrawal from attending may be made by written request no later than 30 calendar days prior to the event and is subject to a $50 administration fee. Withdrawal fewer than 30 calendar days prior to the event is non-refundable. PPW reserves the right to cancel courses or refuse admission to any attendee. In case of a cancellation by PPW, the attendee will receive a full refund. Returned checks incur a $25 service fee. 

    • 25 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Breshears Photography 7201 W Clearwater Ave, Suite 105B, Kennewick, WA 99336
    Register


    The Business Institute

    Monday, March 25, 9am - 5:00pm

    PPW/PPA members $159
    Non-Members $199

    Where: Breshears Photography 7201 W Clearwater Ave, Suite 105B, Kennewick

    Are you an aspiring photographer or wanting to take your business to the next level? Have you ever wondered what people mean when they say "know your numbers?" This is the place to find out!

    Your day will start with understanding business metrics. Learn about key numbers to track and how you can use them to plan for success. 

    Next, you'll dive into pricing so you can finally be confident when you hear that age-old question, "How much do you charge?" Finally, you'll explore the strategy behind sales & define a process that gets you to your goals.

    This is not a lecture - it's a guided session designed to help you actively work ON your business!

    To learn more about The Business Program.

    Register Today!

    • 26 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • on Zoom
    Register

    Register for Zoom Link 

    for the

    '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 (simply_statedphotography@wavecable.com) and we will send you the link to join.

    Everything is better fully caffeinated!

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

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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