Oregon Professional Photographers Association

Providing professional development for serious photographers


Upcoming events

    • 12/07/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis Street. Portland, OR 97209
    • 24

    Want to get the most out of Image Competion?

    Are you a competition newbie? Or maybe you’ve entered a few times but weren’t satisfied with your scores? We have the workshop for you! 


    Join Bryan Welsh and Lisa Dillon for a day of total competition immersion. We’ll show you how to look at your work with a judge’s eye so that you select the best competition images. We’ll also talk about shooting specifically for competition and using personal projects as material for competition. We’ll discuss what makes an image strong for competition and what kinds of things to look for that might make an image weak. Once we’ve selected images, we’ll discuss processing the images to get your best results. Class participants are encouraged to bring potential competition images for review—we’ll help you select your strongest images and give you pointers on how to best prepare them. You may learn some great Photoshop tricks that you can also use in your daily workflow. Bring your images on a thumb drive, CD or external hard drive.

    Bonus:  If you are interested in being a OPPA Juror visit:

    http://oregonppa.org/Juror-Development-Program for the details and process.  This class is 1 of the 2 that are prerequisites for joining the juror development program.


    PPA members who attend all of this workshop will receive one PPA merit. You must provide your PPA # to have your merit processed.

    There will be a mid-day lunch break; lunch is on your own and there are several restaurants in the area.

    Questions? Contact Lisa or Bryan.

    About the Speakers:

    Local Image Competition judges, Bryan and Lisa have more than four decades of professional experience between them. They are image competition veterans with 8 loan images, 7 Kodak Gallery awards, 3 Fuji Masterpiece awards and many other competition trophies. Bryan is an ASP member, has his Craftsman degree from PPA and is a PPA Approved Photographic Instructor. Lisa is also an ASP member, a Master Photographer and a Certified Professional Photographer. Together, they will demystify Image Competition and get you started on your way.

    • 12/14/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Hayden's Grill, 8187 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Tualatin, Oregon 97062
    • 41

    OPPA Annual Banquet

    All are welcome!  Members, partners, and guests!  Please join us for a fun evening of socialization, good food, and good company as we reflect on the year, honor our members' accomplishments, and look towards OPPA's future.

    While a banquet ticket is included as part of your standard OPPA membership, you must RSVP to reserve your seat as space is limited.  See "Member + Guest Registration" note below for instructions on how to register a member and their guest(s).

    Doors open at 6:00 for mingling; dinner will be served at 7:00.


    Our dinner will begin with a house salad, rolls & better, and conclude with your choice of cobbler, pumpkin bars, or vanilla ice cream.  When you register you will select your plated entree:

    • Cedar plank salmon, served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable
    • New York steak, served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable
    • Seasonal vegetarian ravioli, served with a white wine and butter sauce and asparagus
    Coffee, tea, and iced tea are included; a cash bar will also be available.

    Children may attend (please reserve a ticket here) and may order/pay from the restaurant's kids' menu on the evening of the banquet.

    Awards Program:

    Special Guest:

    Rob Behm, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
    2017 PPA President

    PPA National Award

    OPPA Degrees
    OPPA Fellow of Photography
    OPPA Associate Fellow of Photography

    Association Awards
    President's Award
    Member of the Year
    Jerry Auker Community Service Award
    Bob & Arlene Welsh Mentorship Award

    Image Competition Awards
    Luminate Open Competition Trophies
    Divisional Photographers of the Year
    OPPA Photographer of the Year

    Recognition of OPPA Board of Directors
    Exchange of the Gavel & Presidents' Comments

    Member + Guest Registration

    To register both a member (with an included no-cost ticket) and one or more guests, first log into this website using your OPPA email and password, then choose the Member ticket option.  You'll confirm your contact information, make your entree selection, and end up on a confirmation screen.  From there, use the button to start another registration, this time choosing the "Everyone Else" ticket option.  You can then register one or more guests.
    • 01/11/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Supply Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup, Portland OR

    A Night with the Pros:
    Business Best Practices

    Featuring Howard Burkholz and Julia Fitzgerald

    Join us for our first event of 2018 as we feature two photography business experts for an evening packed with information to help you build a sustainable photography business without being overwhelmed.

    The new year is a great time to ensure your business is in order.  We have a two-part program that will help.

    Howard Burkholz Julia Fitzgerald

    Professional Photographers Risk Management & Protection

    Howard Burkholz is an insurance expert focused on photographers, and has been an OPPA partner since 2016.  Howard has been an insurance agency owner since 1998. During that period, he has been recognized by industry leaders as the top business insurance producer in the country by Allstate Insurance, a Fortune 100 company. He specializes in professional photographer risk management and insurance.

    Personally, he loves photography, backpacking, golf, skiing, family, and recently becoming a grandpa. His passion for photography combined with his business insurance background makes him uniquely qualified as a professional photographer’s risk management and insurance advisor.

    10 Ways to Improve your Financial Workflow with QuickBooks Online

    Julia Fitzgerald, CPA PC is a past President of OPPA and financial expert who has worked with many photographers.

    As a photographer you have a workflow with your client work. It is the same with your business bookkeeping. There is a Financial Workflow that will improve your profits and make life so much easier.  Learn about the Financial Workflow using QuickBooks Online and why it is so easy to keep your bookkeeping in order with today’s technology. I know you dislike dealing with the bookkeeping side of your photography business and you may be thinking “I can't do it! It’s another software that I have to learn!” However, I believe that once you actually see just how easy it is to use and maintain, that you will be glad you came to the meeting. It is just like tending your garden - pay attention to your garden and it grows, pay attention to your business bookkeeping and your business will grow. 

    This event is free to all (members and nonmembers) but we do ask that you register using the button on the left.

    • 01/22/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Treehouse Studio, 955 SW Summit View Dr. Portland OR 97225

    CPP - What to Know & Where to Start

    In this class, April Kroenke, CPP Liaison & Bryan Welsh, CPP will walk you through the journey to earning your certification as a professional photographer.  We will go through the two step process from what to study for on the written exam, the requirements and electives for the portfolio review, along with lighting & posing tips.  So if you are wanting to take that big step toward earning your certification, this is the class for you.


    About the Speakers:

    April Kroenke, CPP 

    April is recognized for her simple yet modern photography to both her clients and peers world wide. From beauty shoots to family pictures, high school senior portraits to personal branding, she is able to provide her clients with with photography for every avenue of their lives. April has taught several PPA Super One Days and many classes offered through Oregon PPA.

    She is a juror in training with the Oregon Professional Photographers Association.

    She has received numerous merits and awards in image competition on both a local and national level to include - PPA Loan Collections, Best 1st Time Entrance Award, & Judge’s Choice Award. April was also named the Military Spouse Photographer of the Year for 2016 & 2017 from the National Military Family Association. 

    April is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) from Professional Photographers of America.

    Currently April serves as the Finance Director of the Oregon Professional Photographers Association.



    Bryan Welsh, Cr. Photog., CPP, API, FP-OR

     A second-generation photographer, is recognized for his creative stylized journalistic photography to both his clients and peers.  Bryan had taught at the Professional Photographers of America national convention IUSA, PPA Super One Days and to State and Local PPA photography affiliates across the country.

    He is an approved juror with the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and has taught classes on image competition as well. Bryan takes pride in helping aspiring photographers and enjoys following their successes in competition.

    He has received numerous merits and awards in image competitions on both a local and national level that include - PPA Loan Collections, Fuji MASTERPIECE. Awards and Kodak Gallery Awards.  His images have appeared in studio Photography and Professional Photographer magazine (s) as well as used in Nikon's National advertising.

    Bryan has the Photographic Craftsman Degree from Professional Photographers of America (Cr. Photog.), is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), has the Fellow of Photography Degree from the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and is a member of the American Society of Photographers (ASP).  Bryan also holds the status of an Approved Photographic Instructor (API) from PPA and has over 100 speaking merits.

    Bryan is the Past President of Oregon Professional Photographers Association and the elected PPA councilor (2016-2018) for the State of Oregon.

    What to bring: your camera and portrait lens along with something to take notes. Sack Lunch or Money for Lunch.

    This workshop is PPA-accredited; PPA attendees who attend the entire session will receive one PPA merit.

    • 02/03/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • TBD - Portland Area

    Improving Your Online
    Presence as a Photographer

    As a modern photographer, your website, social media, and other online activities are vital to marketing, branding, client relationships, and lead generation.  This workshop will look at the online world as we move into 2018, offering current tips and tactics to make the most from your website and social media efforts.  As the online world changes, it's important to alter your internet activities to continue to reach the right audience.

    Topics to be addressed include:

    * The most important content for your website

    * Why blogs are important for a photography website (probably not the reason you thought)

    * Current, updated best practices for search engine optimization (SEO), and why tactics from 2012-2013 are going to lead to massive failure in 2018.

    * Identifying the best social networks for your photography business. There's more than just Facebook...

    * Balancing your online presence with your offline marketing and networking efforts

    * How to use online tools to provide better service to your clients before, during, and after the shoot

    * Email: the forgotten social network

    You'll walk away from the workshop equipped with knowledge and suggestions for tools to help you grow your photography business in an increasingly-online world.

    Presented by Aaron Hockley, Cr.Photog., FP-OR    


    A professional photographer with a background in technology.  Aaron is a PPA Photographic Craftsman, and he represented USA as a 2015 World Photographic Cup finalist and was awarded third place for Commercial/Illustrative photography at PPA's 2015 Grand Imaging Awards.  Aaron is an OPPA Fellow of Photography, the 2014 OPPA President's Award recipient and is currently serving OPPA as President for 2017.  Over the past eight years he's spoken about the intersection of photography and online media at various international, national, and regional events.

    NOTE:  There will be a lunch break, mid session, lunch on own.

    This workshop is PPA-accredited; PPA attendees who attend the entire session will receive one PPA merit.

    • 02/08/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Supply Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup, Portland OR

    A Night with the Pros:
    Becoming an Instagram Pro w/
    Morgan Stone Grether

    Most pro photographers became established using more traditional forms and then looked to social media as a way to extend their marketing, or even as an obligation because someone told them they had to do it.

    Morgan Stone Grether did things a little different.

    He got started and developed his skills and talent with Instagram, where he made a name for himself and got noticed.  Instagram was his focus, not an afterthought.

    His images grew popular and he started meeting people (he was the inventor of the #instameet).  Brands and companies noticed, and he now works professionally creating images not just in the Portland area but around the world for various locations and brands to help them tell their story through photography.

    Learn what he did, how it got noticed, how he works with brands, and how the Instagram world has evolved over the past several years.  Whether you're a hobbyist or a pro, any photographer can learn some ideas for online success from his story.


    Morgan Stone Grether is a travel, event, and portrait photographer based out of Portland, Oregon. His photographs have been shown in galleries in New York, Miami, Berlin, Madrid, and Portland.

    His posts at instagram.com/grether have had over 11 million "likes"  and 160k comments. And he has worked with major corporations like Google, Ford, Chevy, and Hilton on social media projects. (Find out more in his media kit.)

    Photography has been his passion since childhood, when he first started taking polaroids of wildlife with his grandfather in the Idaho mountains. Now you will never catch him without a camera.

    In his spare time he is with his daughters and his guitar.

    This event is free to all (members and nonmembers) but we do ask that you register using the button on the left.

    • 04/12/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Supply Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup, Portland OR

    A Night with the Pros:
    Wealth in Photography
    w/ Bill Sorenson

    Bill Sorenson is one of the finest teachers of marketing, sales, and how to achieve Wealth in Photography. Bill has sold nearly $55,000,000 in his career so far.

    Listen as he explains how he went from being broke to selling over two million dollars a year. Get dozens of valuable ideas in how to supercharge your business, as Bill discusses his proven principles and concepts necessary to thrive and not just survive in today's market.

    Topics include:
    • Producing a year-round marketing plan
    • The four key elements for maximum sales
    • Eliminate and overcome any objection
    • Double or triple your sales average
    • Build a price list that sells for you.
    Don't miss Bill's program.  It's your time!  Achieve wealth today.


    Bill Sorenson began Sorenson Photography in Portland, Oregon and expanded his business throughout the country. He has photographed professional athletes, famous actors, entertainers and politicians including a US President. His clientele also includes CEOs and Presidents of major corporations, among them are ATT, eBay, Chevron, Marriott ,Coors, PayPal, Nike, and Wells Fargo.  He revolutionized high end family group and children sales and marketing resulting in sales of nearly $55,000,00.  Still an active photographer,Bill works one-on-one training photographers who want to achieve wealth.  

    This event is free to all (members and nonmembers) but we do ask that you register using the button on the left.

    • 04/21/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Treehouse Studio, 955 SW Summit View Dr. Portland OR 97225
    • 20

    Getting Started With Drone Photography

    Mark Fitzgerald ~ Certified FAA Remote Pilot

    It’s no surprise drone photography is a hot topic these days. In the last year we’ve seen major advances in drone technology making them easier and safer to fly. The cameras they carry have improved too with features like RAW, HDR, 4k video and more. If you’ve thought about purchasing a drone or if you already have one and want to learn more about getting great photos from it, this class is for you.  

    Morning session: 

    • Meet in the classroom.
    • Overview of drones and sUAS systems.
    • Comparison of DJI’s Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro.
    • Camera setup for stills and video.
    • Tips for aerial photography.
    • FAA rules for hobbyists and pros.
    • Basics of safety and insurance.

    Afternoon session:

    • Meet at an outdoor location after lunch (on your own).
    • Preflight checks and setup.
    • Working with a visual observer.
    • Overview of aerial photography techniques.

    Mark Fitzgerald, M.Photog., Cr, FP-OR, is an award winning photographer, author, and teacher based in Portland, Oregon. He specializes in helping other photographers worldwide through classes and private training. Learn more about Mark at www.ddroom.com.

    This workshop is PPA-accredited; PPA attendees who attend the entire session will receive one PPA merit.

Past events

11/11/2017 LUMINATE 2017
10/28/2017 Focus Stacking for Sharper Images
10/21/2017 CPP - PPA Certification Exam
10/17/2017 Social and Happy hour with F1 Society Photography Group
10/12/2017 Fear and Loathing in Photography - New Challenges - Michael Shay
10/11/2017 CPP - What to Know and Where to Start
10/05/2017 Making Your Clients Look Great while Striking a Pose
09/14/2017 Quarterly Image Competition (September)
09/08/2017 Intro to Video for Photographers
08/29/2017 CPP Study Group
08/05/2017 Childrens' Character Portraiture in B&W
08/03/2017 Shootout at Juarez Canyon! Summer Social
07/22/2017 Secrets of the Street- Tom Hassler
07/13/2017 Navigating High Volume Sports Photography
07/01/2017 The Photographers Ephemeris (TPE) - Instructions on Understanding TPE Application and Field Practice
06/08/2017 Quarterly Image Competition (June)
06/03/2017 How to create and sell, Double or Triple Albums and Wall Art Sales
05/30/2017 Suds and Shots
05/22/2017 CPP - PPA Certification Exam
05/19/2017 PDX Squared
05/13/2017 Getting Up-to-Speed With Lightroom - Mark Fitzgerald
05/11/2017 Photograph for Print and Profitability
04/29/2017 Beyond the Yearbook photo with April Kroenke
04/22/2017 Yamhill County VIP Historic Tour (Safari--plus wine tasting)
04/13/2017 Quarterly Image Competition (April)
04/04/2017 Tethering Workshop with Tether Tools
03/25/2017 Seeing Through the Eyes of a Judge
03/21/2017 Suds and Shots
03/18/2017 Identifying, Marketing, & Selling BIG to Your Perfect Clients
03/12/2017 CPP - Lighting Workshop
03/09/2017 A Journey in Documentary Photojournalism with Randy Rasmussen
03/05/2017 Vancouver Brewery Safari
02/23/2017 Drink and Click Portland w/ Pro Photo Supply and Olympus
02/11/2017 CPP - Hands on Lighting Workshop
02/09/2017 Quarterly Image Competition (February)
01/28/2017 How to win merits and influence judges. Image Competition Unlocked
01/18/2017 Suds and Shots
01/12/2017 CANCELLED: The Importance of Mentoring: Teaching Composition and Lighting to your Friends and Family
01/08/2017 Imaging USA
12/08/2016 OPPA Annual Member Banquet
11/11/2016 Oregon PPA Photography Expo
10/29/2016 Yamhill County VIP Historic Tour (Safari--plus wine tasting)
10/26/2016 Suds and Shots
10/20/2016 Ray Roman Wedding Cinema Workshop Series
10/15/2016 See, Capture, and Develop your Plan C
10/13/2016 How to Charge What You are Worth
10/09/2016 How to Photograph Landscapes
09/26/2016 CPP EXAM
09/24/2016 Make the Most of Mirrorless - Tom Hassler
09/16/2016 How to shoot Rocks & Weeds
09/10/2016 Transcending the Technical: Making the Creative Practice Personal
09/09/2016 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy of Image Competition
09/08/2016 Quarterly Image Competition (September)
08/21/2016 Plan C - See, Capture, and Develop Your Creativity
08/20/2016 Setting up Your Financial Workflow with QuickBooks Online
08/13/2016 Your Photography Business & PPA's Benchmark Business Guide - Let's Be More Profitable!
08/12/2016 Walkabout: John Day River Territory w/ Joni Kabana
08/11/2016 Shootout at Juarez Canyon! Summer Social
08/02/2016 Suds and Shots
07/16/2016 SEO for Photographers: Getting Found for Fun and Profit
07/14/2016 Quarterly Image Competition (July)
06/26/2016 Dynamic Black & White Portraits - Sam Tarrel
06/09/2016 After Hours: The Diverse World of Commercial Photography - Brian McLernon
06/04/2016 How to win merits and influence judges. Image Competition Unlocked
05/29/2016 Lensbaby Safari, the Pearl District
05/22/2016 Certification - The First Step to the Rest of Your Career!
05/22/2016 The Elements of Dance
05/21/2016 Photoshop - Workflow, Retouching & Artwork - Sam Tarrel
05/16/2016 Seeing the Light - Portraiture 101, Indoors and Out
05/16/2016 Setting up Your Financial Workflow with QuickBooks Online
05/15/2016 Beyond the Yearbook Photo
05/12/2016 Quarterly Image Competition (May)
04/22/2016 SEO for Photographers: Getting Found for Fun and Profit
04/14/2016 After Hours: Lightroom Mobile with Mark Fitzgerald (April)
04/09/2016 The Art of Macro Photography with Tom Reiman
03/19/2016 Create the Lighting YOU Want! - Tom Hassler
03/10/2016 Quarterly Image Competition (March)
02/27/2016 Image Competition Tips w/ Lisa Dillon & Bryan Welsh
02/27/2016 PPW Convention & Image Competition
02/11/2016 After Hours: The Many Sides of Craig Mitchelldyer
02/06/2016 Seeing Through the Eyes of an Image Competition Judge
01/14/2016 After Hours: The Importance of a Personal Project for your Creativity and your Business
01/10/2016 Imaging USA
12/10/2015 OPPA Annual Member Banquet
12/07/2015 Stopping the Paper Madness! QuickBooks Online for Photographers
12/05/2015 Improving Your Online Presence as a Photographer
11/12/2015 Oregon Photography Expo
10/10/2015 Mastering Lightroom's Develop Module with Mark Fitzgerald, M. Photog.
10/08/2015 After Hours: Randy Hopfer - Aluminum Printing process
09/26/2015 CoastBusters: Long Beach, Lighthouse and Cranberries Safari
09/20/2015 Stopping the Paper Madness! QuickBooks Online for Photographers [Albany]
09/10/2015 Quarterly Image Competition (September)
08/13/2015 OPPA Summer Social
08/08/2015 Stopping the Paper Madness! QuickBooks Online for Photographers [Bend]
07/31/2015 How to Shoot Rocks and Weeds w/ Vern Bartley & Mark Fitzgerald
07/09/2015 Quarterly Image Competition (July)
06/29/2015 Stopping the Paper Madness! QuickBooks Online for Photographers [Portland]
06/13/2015 Crepes & Grapes Country Tour Photo Safari
06/11/2015 After Hours: Getting to Know Your OPPA
06/07/2015 Make More Money with Framing
05/24/2015 Hot Air Balloon Ride Photo Safari
05/14/2015 Quarterly Image Competition (May)
05/02/2015 Improving Your Online Presence as a Photographer
04/09/2015 After Hours: Before the Wedding Day

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