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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. 


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Upcoming events

    • 29 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 7201 W. Clearwater in Kennewick

    The Breshears are graciously hosting at our PPW meeting this month. We'll be doing an image review at their studio so bring a couple of your images that you'd like critiqued. I'll create an event shortly.

    If you're entering in the PPA international print competition this year, then this would be a great way to improve your work before you send it on!

    Contact Sonja if you have questions: 


    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 4427 N Aubrey L White Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99205
    • 5

    Learn the essentials for landscape and water photography. In this hands on, demonstrated

    workshop, join professional photographers Mike Busby and Chris Wooley as we learn the nuts and bolts of landscape and water photography.

    In this three hour workshop you’ll learn:

    ● The fundamentals of landscape composition

    ● Finding lines, tones, design elements

    ● The best settings to use

    ● How to get smooth water images

    ● Mistakes to avoid

    Bring your camera and Tripod. Filters encouraged.

    A little bit about Chris Wooley: Chris Wooley, Cr.Photog., CPP, AFP,  is an award-winning Certified Professional Photographic Craftsman and educator residing in the Pacific Northwest (USA). Along with his wife Rachel, he specializes in portrait photography in his Spokane Washington based studio, Heads and Tails Photography (www.headsandtailsphoto.com). He regularly leads workshops and seminars across the US for photographers, actors, and models. His work is regularly featured both domestically and internationally in a variety of mediums, including magazines, books, and billboards. He is the current President of the Professional Photographers of Washington. He has a Yorkie named Chewbacca.

    A little bit about Mike Busby: Mike is a fine art and commercial photographer operating in Spokane. He also provides individual and corporate instruction for intermediate and advanced photographers. 

    Mike maintains a technical degree in photography, a B.S. in Management Science, and a Masters in Creative Communications. He is a certified professional photographer and a contributor to Washington Photographer magazine. Mike has won best of awards for architectural, illustrative, and industrial photography, and in 2017, he was named a bronze medalist in PPA’s International Print Competition. 




    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • TBD

    Register Here

    A one-day workshop for photographers seeking to learn new methods and techniques to create powerful and compelling architectural photography. No matter what your level this workshop will offer valuable insights. The goal of the workshop is to share those items to help attendees avoid problems and maximizing their results.

    Essentially this workshop is designed to give you immediate tangible tools to create more beautiful and impactful architectural images. Over the years he has pulled together a list of often scattered tips and techniques to help the photographer assess each shot. This is his virtual roadmap to success!  He will condense this information down and present the process from planning a shoot, getting the contract, shooting on location, post production, backup and delivery. You will be amazed at your new found confidence as your approaches and abilities to capture beautiful architectural images are enhanced.

    Doug Walker
    M.Photog, CPP, FP


    International Award-winning photographer Doug Walker, M.Photog., CPP, is known for his stunning architectural photography and environmental portraiture by clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  His experience in composition, lighting, concept development, art direction and production ensures results. Whether it is a high production location shoot or a quiet moment waiting for the light to best showcase the relationship between the architecture and it's environment his passion for results knows no bounds.

    Doug graduated from Brooks Institute in 1993 and started shooting architectural photography using the 4x5 view camera, transparency film and polaroids. That knowledge has transitioned to current day Canon Tilt-Shift lenses, fully color managed workflow using 5k Apple displays and latest Lightroom and Photoshop, along with an Intuous Pro tablet.

    Doug earned a coveted ‘Diamond Photographer of the Year’ Award at the 2015 Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition where he also received a 3rd Place Grand Imaging Award in the Illustrative/Commercial Category and his Master of Photography degree. 

    Doug was recently awarded the following awards: 

    • 2018 Washington State Photographer of the Year
    • 2018 Commercial Photographer of the Year
    • Best Advertising/Illustration Award
    • Best Architectural Award
    • Fujifilm 2018 Masterpiece Award
    • Fujifilm 2018 Masterpiece Award
    • CPP Highest Print Award

             PPA Members earn 1 PPA merit for attending this workshop in entirety.

    Doug will be sharing his Wacom Tablet Presets used in his
    workflow with attendees of this event.

    One copy of Sun Surveyor will be raffled off at end of Program.
    Compliments of Sun Surveyor and Wacom.


    One copy of Lumenzia v5 will also be raffled off at the end of the Program. Compliments of Greg Benz, creator of Lumenzia.

The Professional Photographers of Washington

27088 Ohio Ave NE
Kingston, WA 98346

(360) 818-4348

President: Chris Wooley
chris@headsandtailsphoto.com / 

Vice President: Dalisa DeChiara
 / (509)683-2652

Executive Manager: Faye Johnson
   fayejohnson@comcast.net / (360) 509-6994 

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