Providing Professional Development for Serious Photographers


Your liaisons are here to help guide you through the murky waters of PPA Certification. They will help you understand the process, and guide your through everything from administering your written exam, to helping you put together your image portfolio.

For more information on the CPP process, check out some of the links below and certainly don’t hesitate to reach out to any one of your state liaisons with questions!

Beth Brinston

Beth received her CPP in 2017 and has been a liaison since 2018. Beth believes in the value that the CPP certification brings to the professional photography industry and the photographers that hold the certification. Going through the CPP process can provide invaluable training that will be translated directly into the work being produced and it provides a foundation that will help photographers stand out from the crowd. Whether your goal is to create quality images for your clients or you have your eyes set on competition goals, Beth knows the CPP process will put you on an accelerated path. Beth is located in the Bend area and will host an annual CPP Exam. Please reach out to Beth at beth@brinstonandco.com

Location: Bend, OR   I  Email: beth@brinstonandco.com   I   Phone: (818) 974-3988

Bob Gibson

Bob earned his CPP in 2010 and has been a Certification Liaison since 2013. He believes that the body of technical knowledge required to pass the certification process is essential to a professional photographer. It provides the foundation upon which we create our art. Bob looks forward to providing support and resources for photographers seeking to earn their certification. Based in Lincoln City, he is available to assist photographers on the coast with their certification process. Bob is available to teach classes or assist certification candidates one-on- one. Please reach out to Bob at bob@bluewaterphoto.net with any questions about certification.

Location: Lincoln City, OR   I   Email: bob@bluewaterphoto.net   I    Phone: (541) 994-3405

Bryan Welsh  M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, EA-ASP, FP-OR, HFP-OR

Bryan Welsh is excited to join the other OPPA CPP liaisons. Bryan believes CPP is no longer an option if you are serious about being the best image-maker you can be. Having spent many years in the industry before becoming a CPP he now believes the CPP would have been a springboard for even greater quality of images and success in competition. Feel comfortable to reach out to any of the OPPA liaisons; we are all here to help. You can reach Bryan here; bryan@mitportraits.com with any questions about Certification!

Location: Hillsboro, OR   I   Email: bryan@mitportraits.com   I   Phone: (503) 887-5150

Jeri Knudsen

Jeri is a full-time professional photographer in Lincoln City, Oregon. She earned her Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation in 2015 and has enjoyed her role as a CPP Liaison since 2017.  As part of her liaison responsibilities, she participates in the Student Portfolio review process at the annual PPA’s Imaging convention.  Jeri is a memberof the Professional Photographers of America and the Oregon Professional Photographers Association. She is also a member of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Based on the Coast in Lincoln City, Jeri is available to assist photographers who have an interest in the certification process. She is also available to teach classes and assist certification candidates one-on-one. Please reach out to Jeri at Jeri@jaksphotostudio.net with any questions about certification.

Location: Lincoln City, OR   I   Email: jaksphotostudio@gmail.com   I   Phone: (541) 994-3405

Mia Admire


Mia Admire


Mia earned her professional photographer certification in 2020. As a retiree from education, her passion for helping others reach their goals still lives strong. Mia became a CPP Liaison for the year 2021. She understands how the CPP process opens new doors to your photography and strives to not only learning the fundamentals, but also the creative nuances to the story. Mia is located in the East county area, in Troutdale, and is available to help you on your journey to CPP. Please feel free to contact her at MiaAdmirePhotography@yahoo.com

Location: Troutdale, OR   I   MiaAdmirePhotography@yahoo.com   I   (503) 880-2426

Steve Davis


Steve achieved his CPP credential in March and he was accepted as a CPP Liaison in April 2021. 

He is dedicated to learning, teaching, and passing on knowledge gained by experience, to help others on the path of life. He believes that teaching and learning are two sides of the same coin. True knowledge is evergreen, always current with the times, relevant. 

He is an Oregon Native, and a highly experienced Photographer.

He will help you to prepare for your CPP exam, host an annual in-person CPP exam, and review your CPP images. He is available to meet with you online or in person at his professional studio in the heart of the Hollywood District, and in the SW Metro area. Contact him at https://starperformer.org

Location: Portland, OR 

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