Oregon Professional Photographers Association

Providing professional development for serious photographers


Upcoming events

    • 10/20/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Bliss Studio - 11712 Finnegans Way, Oregon City 97045
    • 10

    New School Lighting - Learn to Love the Studio Again

    Get inspired by the new school lighting using constant LED lights. They are less expensive and easier to use than old-fashioned strobes. No need for flash meters, power packs or modeling lights. What you see is what you get. Dan and Whitney will introduce you to the pros and cons of LED lighting, show you how to set-up and control them and inspire you with example after example of photos taken with these amazing new lights. This will be a hands-on workshop with lots of opportunities to shoot and ask questions. We will also complete the process with post processing and editing tips using ON1 Software.

    As a Bonus, Attendees of this workshop will receive a FREE copy of on1 software valued at $99!

    Whitney Stevens



    Sponsored By

    • 11/08/2019
    • 11/10/2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 11/8: Cobalt Studios 1030 SE Clinton St, Portland, Oregon 97202 & 11/9-10: Hyatt Place at the Portland Airport - 9750 NE Cascade Pkwy. Portland, Oregon 97220

    Luminate '19 is Oregon’s premiere education and competition event! This year the  programming will span over three days and will focus on “Creating With Excellence”. Centered around the 'Open Competition' we will be joined by many nationally-recognized experts to help you raise the bar on both your craft and business.

    A few reasons why you should attend!

    1. Master your craft by learning from a diverse group of experts
    2. Gain hands-on experience to expand your portfolio
    3. Challenge your skills in the Open Competition 
    4. Earn PPA merits & OPPA points
    5. Network and meet new people 
    6. Get inspired and have some fun!

    Learn from Industry Experts -

    • Friday, November 8th - 6:00-9:00PM
      Bring your camera to photograph live models
      Studio Lights and Triggers provided
      Assistance and Loaner Gear Available
      Bring some images to review with professional photographers

      Cobalt Studios PDX

    • Saturday, November 9th - 9:00-10:30
      Phaneendra Gudapati (PG
      ), M.Photog.Cr., CPP, "Enhancing Portraits the Güd Way" 
    • Sunday, November 10th - 9:00-10:30
      Jessica Robertson
      , M. Photog.Cr., FP, "Bridging the Gap Between Passion & Profit". Sponsors: Richmond ProLab, Acrylic Press & GW Moulding.
    • Sunday, November 10th - 10:40-11:40
      Pete Rezac
      , M. Photog.Cr., CPP, 
      Film: What’s Old is New Again" 
      Sponsor: Bay Photo.
    • Sunday, November 10th - 12:45-2:15
      Kristy Steeves
      , M. Photog.Cr., CPP
      "Posing: It's All in the Details"
    • Sunday, November 10th - 2:30-5:30
    • Tim MeyerMFA, MA, M.Photog.Cr., F-PPC, S-PPC, CPP, "Portrait Lighting Through the Lens of History" Sponsor: Bay Photo
    • Bill Whitmire, a Portland-based Commercial/Advertising photographer

    Schedule & Locations -

    • Shooting Bays & Portfolio Review Sessions, Friday 11/8/19, 6-9p at Cobalt Studios, 1030 SE Clinton St, Portland, Oregon 97202
    • FREE TO ATTEND - Annual Open Competition, Speaker Presentations Saturday 11/9/19, 8a-6p at Hyatt Place at the Portland Airport, 9750 NE Cascades Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97220. 
    • No Host Dinner
      Laurelwood Public House
      5115 NE Sandy Blvd, 6pm
    • Speaker Presentations Sunday 11/9-10/19, 8a-5:30p at Hyatt Place at the Portland Airport / Cascade Station, 9750 NE Cascades Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97220

    Do you have access to an amazing product or service that you can donate for the Luminate raffle? Think creatively about a contribution that someone would enjoy in the raffle. We also need lots of volunteers to help make the event happen!

    Please contact Linda Keppinger at vicepresident@oregonppa.org with questions.

    We look forward to seeing you there!


    • 12/07/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • HD Aluminum Prints, Vancouver, WA
    • 6

    Metal Prints Made Easy


    Where: HD Aluminum Prints, Vancouver, WA

    When: December 7, 2019, 9am – 4:30pm

    OPPA, PPA , PPW, and ASMP members $159


    Have you ever wanted to try metal printing but you’re reluctant because it’s a different kind of process and you don’t know what to expect? Well that’s about to change. We are fortunate in the Portland/Vancouver area to have a custom metal printing lab, HD Aluminum Prints in Vancouver. The owner, Randy has generously offered to support OPPA members by hosting this class at his production facility.

    1 - 20X30 Metal Print Included with workshop Fee

    Value of $151

    Each registered student will receive a free 20x30 metal print – just in time for the holidays!


    We will begin with a private tour of HD Aluminum Prints with owner Randy Hopfer. He’ll take us through a behind-the-scenes tour of the production process and explain how his team crafts high-quality metal prints. Then Mark Fitzgerald will take over and guide attendees through the art of color management using color profiles designed specifically for the HD Aluminum Prints process. Students will bring a few of their favorite image files to work on in class. By lunchtime each student will submit one file for test printing. Randy will make the test prints while we’re out to lunch. When we return, we will evaluate each test print and make final adjustments for 20x30 printing. Randy and his team will then produce the prints  after the workshop. Finished prints will be available for pickup later in the week at Pro Photo Supply.


    • ·         Students should bring a laptop computer with Lightroom or Photoshop on it and 3 or 4 of their favorite images to work on in class.


    Mark Fitzgerald
    M.Photog., Cr, FP-OR


    Mark Fitzgerald is a photographer, educator, and author based in Portland. Mark is a PPA Master Craftsman Photographer and an Adobe Certified Expert. He is a past president of OPPA and PMPA.


    Sponsored By

    • 12/12/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Hayden's Grill, 8187 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Tualatin, Oregon 97062
    • 53

    2019 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 wedge salad, Artisan bread, and conclude with cheesecake for dessert.  When you register you will select your plated entree:

    • baked salmon

      fresh baked salmon finished with lemon caper sauce, served with house-made rice pilaf and seasonal vegetable

    • stuffed chicken breast

      roasted bone-in chicken with butter, stuffed with garlic sun-dried tomatoes, basil and feta cheese, house- made yukon gold mashed potatoes and green beans

    • certified angus new york steak

    charbroiled to medium and finished with our house demi-glace, served with house-made yukon gold mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable

    • Vegetarian Only - butternut squash seasonal ravioli

    tossed in brown butter sauce, gorgonzola, mixed greens, and creamy balsamic glaze

    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 will include:

    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.

    • 03/11/2020
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Supply - 1801 NW Northrup St, Portland, OR 97209

    A Night with the Pros:
    Artificial Intelligence &
    with Aaron Hockley

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world of photography, and savvy photographers will embrace this evolution of how we make and manage our images.

    We saw a big shift when the internet changed photography distribution.  We saw a big shift when high-quality digital cameras became affordable for the average photo enthusiast. We're now at the beginning of a third big shift in photography, as AI impacts our industry in numerous ways.

    In this forward-looking presentation, we'll observe how artificial intelligence will impact:

    • How we create and capture images in our cameras and smartphones
    • How we edit, retouch, and prepare our images after capture
    • How we catalog and manage our image collection over time

    AI used to be the realm of futuristic science fiction novels; today it's impacting your photography.  Like the internet and digital shifts mentioned above, it'll be up to you whether you fight the change, or adapt and embrace a shifted world to keep your photography and business viable.

    About Our Speaker

    Aaron Hockley, M.Photog.Cr, FP-OR, helps photographers grapple with the intersection of photography and technology.  He writes frequently on his website, TechPhotoGuy.com, and speaks at photographic events around the country.  His images have been selected for inclusion in PPA's Loan Collection, he's been a third-place category winner in PPA's Grand Imaging awards, and he was a World Photographic Cup finalist.

    Please join us on March 11th at 6:30pm for social time and snacks before we get started at 7pm for what is sure to be a great presentation!

    • 04/03/2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04/04/2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • TBD
    • 30

    Advanced painting techniques in Photoshop

    2 Day Class

    NOTE: This course is open only to students who have taken Sandra's introductory painting course at some point in the past. Students who have not taken the introductory course will need prior authorization from Sandra in order to attend. Please contact president@oregonppa.org if you would like information on attending. 

    In this course, Sandra will build upon the initial skills you learned in her introductory class including expanded techniques on hair, eyes, clothing and how to draw elements by hand! 

    Here is a note from Sandra:

    Welcome to the world of Photoshop Painting with Sandra. I invite you to step into the world of great possibilities for you to learn how to turn up the dial on your painting techniques. I will be teaching how to bring out that artist you have been waiting for. Since you have already taken my primer class and have learned all the tools we will be using it is time to unleash the rest of the fun. I will bring you up to date on any new additions to PS that will aid you in painting.

    You will be learning to add depth and movement to your paintings by adding different colors and not just working with what is in front of you. We will learn to make a few brushes as in animal and people hair and other brushes we may find a need for. It is a plus to know how to make your own brushes. I will strive to make your class a fun-filled, learning experience that will. take you to the next step in your artist journey. 

      Sandra Pearce
    M. Photog ., M Artist. CR., CPP 


    Sandra Pearce is one of the most sought out digital artist in the photographic industry today. She is a Master Artist, Master Photographer, and Craftsman. She is an Image Excellence & Image Excellence Bar Recipient. Sandra has had the opportunity to speak to thousands of professional photographers across the country from guild level programs to state and national conventions. Her experience in digital imaging has set her apart in competition and she has been awarded Artist of the Year by the Florida Professional Photographers numerous years, Canon Par Excellence 2015 and 2016, Kodak Awards, Fuji Awards and other awards through the years. Sandra has been in the top ten for GIA awards since its inception in 2010. Sandra won the GIA Award for 1st place in the Art Category in 2010 and 2016 at the Imaging Awards. 

    The difference between traditional art and digital art are vast and varied. There is one common link, the knowledge and skill needed to create true art, regardless of the medium. Not only does Sandra have a working knowledge of the traditional and computer based art, she has experience teaching each form as well. She feels photographers are already comfortable with the tools used in Photoshop. This enable them to concentrate on the techniques of painting rather than learning a new program.

    With so many teachers in the photography world, we all need a good reason to take a class that will help our business grow and prosper. Sandra is one of only a handful of digital artists who are using Photoshop exclusively to create masterpieces. She teaches how to use all the tools that Adobe has in Photoshop to be used for painting. You will learn to use the Mixer Brush to create and blend backgrounds. You will learn to take your images to the next level.


    Eligible to earn 1 PPA Merit and/or 1 OPPA Point by attending the workshop in its entirety.

    A computer (laptop) and basic knowledge of Photoshop, and it's tools required.  Use of Wacom tablet is highly recommended.

    • 04/18/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • ProPhoto Supply Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup Portland Or 97209
    • 27

    Professional, Personal, and Profitable Event Photography

    with Aaron Hockley

    Successful event photography involves much more than just showing up an event and taking snapshots what you happen to see.  If you're looking to incorporate event photography as one of your photography services, this workshop will teach you how to do so in a profitable manner that leads to repeat clients.

    Like any genre of professional photography, the successful event photographer will understand what needs to happen before, during, and after the shoot in order to have a smooth experience both for themselves and the client.

    In this workshop you'll learn:

    • What to include in your event photography contracts
    • An overview of pricing models and options
    • Thoughts on what gear to bring and how to carry it
    • During the event: where to be, when to be there, and how to interact with various participants (speakers, organizers, attendees)
    • How to edit and deliver your event images

    In addition to classroom learning, attendees will spend time hands-on role playing various event photography scenarios; bring your camera and lenses.  If you have a speedlight, bring that as well.

    We'll break for lunch mid-day; lunch is on your own and there are restaurants in the area.

    This is a PPA Continuing Education System class; PPA members who attend the full workshop will receive one PPA merit.

    Questions?  Contact Aaron.

    About the Instructor

    Aaron Hockley, M.Photog.Cr, FP-OR has been a professional event photographer for eleven years, having gotten his start with a variety of indie tech events in the Portland area.  His event experience ranges from small charity gatherings and startup launch parties to higher-profile events for clients such as Comcast, Amtrak, and Sports Illustrated.  Among photographers, Aaron has won many image awards including multiple PPA Loan Collection images, Third Place for Illustrative/Commercial images at PPA's Grand Imaging Awards, and a finalist in the World Photographic Cup.  He'll bring his event experience coupled with award-winning image-making knowledge to help you on the path to successful event photo work that results in happy clients and a profitable business.


Past events

10/10/2019 A Night with the Pros: Streamline your workflow with a single app!- With Dan Harlacher and Whitney Stevens
10/05/2019 The Competition Code
09/28/2019 Environmental Business Portraits - Beyond the Headshot
09/11/2019 Quarterly Image Competition (September)
08/07/2019 The Secret Language of your ideal customer - With Jeffrey Shaw
07/27/2019 Long Exposure Photography
07/13/2019 In Search of the 12 Elements
07/11/2019 A Night with the Pros: The Business Side of Photography - With Craig Mitchelldyer
06/29/2019 “Creating Cinematic Portraits From Start to Finish” - With Bill Whitmire
06/13/2019 Quarterly Image Competition (June)
06/09/2019 Equestrian Horse Photoshoot
05/09/2019 A Night with the Pros: Kurt Mottweiler - A Portland Cameramaker
04/11/2019 A Night with the Pros: Lena Hyde: Simple & Effective IPS Workflow for Success
03/14/2019 Quarterly Image Competition (March)
03/09/2019 Photoshop 201: The Method behind the Madness
03/02/2019 Think Like a Competition Judge
02/23/2019 Newborns and Babies 101: Safety, Soothing & Sustainability
02/21/2019 A Night with the Pros: Bill Whitmire - Breaking into the Business
01/10/2019 A Night with the Pros: Utterly Irreplaceable - Finding and Owning Your Niche Market w/ Ara Roselani
12/12/2018 OPPA Annual Banquet
11/10/2018 LUMINATE 2018
11/10/2018 Annual Open Image Competition (November)
11/09/2018 Think Like a Competition Judge
11/07/2018 Landscape Photography: The Craft. The Technique. The Art. The Vision
10/27/2018 Inside The Competition Workflow
10/11/2018 A Night with the Pros: The Business of Corporate and Architectural Photography w/ Steve Whittaker
10/07/2018 The Fine Art of Printing
09/15/2018 Photoshop-Retouching & Color Grading Techniques : Sam Tarrel
09/13/2018 Quarterly Image Competition (September)
08/25/2018 Street Portraiture - A Portland Walkabout
08/11/2018 Video for Photographers
08/05/2018 OPPA Summer Social
07/25/2018 Selling With Emotion: How I Built My $4100 Portrait Session Sales Average
07/22/2018 OPPA Mentorship Event
07/12/2018 A Night with the Pros: China the New Wine Frontier w/ Janis Miglavs
06/15/2018 Knowing Newborns- Creative Portraiture/marketing : Julia Kelleher
06/14/2018 Quarterly Image Competition (June)
05/10/2018 A Night with the Pros: Image Presentation that Wows Clients and Competition Judges
05/05/2018 Getting Started with Drone Photography
04/28/2018 Wealth In Photography- Marketing, Selling and Pricing
04/12/2018 A Night with the Pros: Wealth in Photography w/ Bill Sorenson
04/08/2018 Creating Images with Impact
04/07/2018 CPP- What to Know and When to Start
03/12/2018 Posing - Making Your Clients Look Great
03/08/2018 Quarterly Image Competition (March)
02/08/2018 A Night with the Pros: Becoming an Instagram Pro w/ Morgan Stone Grether
02/03/2018 Improving Your Online Presence as a Photographer
01/23/2018 CPP Study Group
01/22/2018 CPP - What to Know & Where to Start
01/11/2018 A Night with the Pros: Business Best Practices
12/14/2017 OPPA Annual Banquet
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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