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President's Message 

Mike Busby, M.Photog, CPP, FP

Hello Everyone and Happy Birthday 70th PPW!

We just finished a fantastic PPW print competition and Spring Conference in Spokane. It was great having an in-person event and it was great seeing everyone again. We seem to be at our best when we’re face-to-face and learning new things. A special Thank You to Rachel and Chris Wooley, Faye Johnson, and Jeff Schindler for organizing and hosting the event. A big Thank You to all the volunteers who gave their time to make it happen, and another big Thank You to the Marketing team. Everyone has been working hard over the last few months and it showed!!

The celebration continues as we enjoy our 70th year as the Professional Photographers of Washington. We not only celebrate our past, but also our present and our future. We have successfully navigated the ups and downs through seven decades while making friends and having fun along the way. We are the premier place to be for Professional and Semi-Professional photographers, and we are the place to be for those entering the field and looking for pathways to success. 

Friendships and camaraderie are at the top of the list for reasons to be with PPW. However, benefits, merits and building confidence are at the core of what we do. PPW benefits are opportunities to learn, grow and participate within the industry and merits are recognitions of the hard work that goes into them. Attending classes, speaking, writing articles, print competitions, volunteering for events and being a Board member are all opportunities to earn merits. 

Merits reflect a photographer’s journey through PPW. In the beginning, merits represent the completion of individual events. However, over time, they accumulate and grow to become something quite powerful. They build to show the skill sets of a professional photographer. They establish members as a recognized experts within the industry, and they show our members actively giving back to the photographic community.

PPW awards degrees to members who have earn enough merits. These degrees are respected throughout the industry and they reflect respect and the knowledge of those who have them.  

It should be noted that most events that generate merits are highly marketable on social media and other promotional platforms. Again, they demonstrate excellence photography, they share expertise when writing articles or speaking, and they show industry participation through volunteering. Every merit earned is a learning opportunity that elevates a member above the crowd. We all bring something to the table, even if you are new to photography. Your life experiences help others to know they aren’t alone in this learning process.

The Marketing Team is starting a merit campaign to educate new members and to remind our seasoned members of the benefits we have. It is also a call to all members to reengage with PPW and to engage with potential new members. We elevate photographers and we have a proven merit system of success. We need the knowledge of life members and we want to see the successes of new members.

PPA's District Image Competition will have come and gone by the time this is published. So, good luck and I hope everyone did well!!

Mike Busby 
2021-2022 PPW President

Leadership of PPW

The governing body of the Professional Photographers of Washington, Inc. is a Board.  The Board shall consist of an Executive Board composed of the elected Officers of the Association, the Immediate Past President, plus an elected District Representative from each District of the PPW as set forth in the PPW Bylaws. 

The President, with the help and approval of the Board, shall appoint all Committee Chairs of this Association and committees are for advisory purposes only, but are always available for additional help or further questions. 

Executive Board


Mike Busby  

(509) 995-2954

Vice President

Andrew Crain (2019- current)

(206) 242-1440


Rachel Wooley

(360) 961-5443


Aaron Hockley

(360) 818-4449

Executive Manager

Faye Johnson

(360) 509-6994


Anita Weston

(425) 478-1212

Committee Chairs

Membership Chair

Kim Clark  

509) 531-9087

Citations & Merits Chair

Julie Fitzpatrick (2018- current)

(360) 748-4361

Life Member Chair

Ralph Allen


2023 Conference Chair

Kim Clark  

509) 531-9087

Marketing Chair

Carla Conrad  

(253) 249-3039


Faye Johnson

(360) 509-6994

Social Media Chair

Karissa Blunck

(360) 790-6207

Journal Editor

Mark Gardner 

(360) 472-0191

Education Chair

Chris Wooley

(509) 688-7960


Chris Wooley

(509) 688-7960

PPW Scholarships

Marie Martineau-Sandberg

(360) 456-6443

Investment Chair

Larry Ikenberry


Districts and district Representatives

Washington is divided into four districts which are made up of the following counties, except where noted otherwise: 

Southwest -

Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Pacific, Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark Skamania & Wahkiakum, Clahham, Jefferson & Kitsap

Johnny Walker (2021- current)

(360) 297-1347

Joni Atkinson (2019-current)

(206) 817-0827

Northwest -

Whatcom, San Juan & Island & Snohomish &  King & Pierce

Elena Scott (2020-current)


Lara Grauer (2021-current)


Central -

Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Grant, Yakima, Kittitas, & Klickitat

Lance Johnson (2021 - Current)

(509) 952-1619

Eastern -

Whitman, Franklin, Benton, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield & Asotin, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane & Adams

Alexis Sharpe (2020 - current)


Jeff Schindler  (2020 - current)




PPW is an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America and the councilors represent them and can answer any questions about PPA.

PPA is truly a member-owned and member-run organization. PPA members govern the organization through representatives in the PPA Council. Council members are:

• Nominated and elected every 3 years by members in their state

• Active members in PPA (Full, Additional Full, Life, or Retired)

• Charged with representing PPA by attending state and local association meeting

• Required to attend one annual meeting held at Imaging USA

• Prepared to handle Association business, which may include Bylaws and Adopted Procedure changes and the election of the PPA Board of Directors and/or its nominating Committee.

Elected Councilor Position #1

Rich Breshears, M. Photog.Cr, CPP, FP

Richland: 509-551-1334

Elected Councilor Position #2

Chris Wooley, M. Photog.Cr, CPP, FP

Spokane:(509) 688-7960

Elected Councilor Position #3

Marie Martineau-Sandberg, M. Photog.Cr, CPP, FP

Olympia: 360.456.6443

Elected Councilor Position #4

Faye Johnson, M. Photog., CPP, FP


Kingston: 360.509.6994

Non-Elected Councilor for Life


Rob Behm, M. Photog., Hon. M.Photog., Cr, CPP, FP

 Spokane Valley: 509.922.5648

CPP Liaisons for Washington

Certification Liaisons know the PPA certification program inside and out. The liaison acts as a spokesperson for certification, assisting candidates and existing certified photographers as an expert and source of information. Liaisons must maintain their certification and PPA Membership and are entrusted with responsibilities to the committee to maintain the integrity of the program

Richard Breshears

Kennewick, WA

Marie Martineau-Sandberg
Olympia, WA

Jeff Schindler
Spokane, WA

Lynette Smith
Wenatchee, WA

Chris Wooley
Spokane, WA

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