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NWTP: Business Basics for Photographers

  • 07/13/2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • PCC Rock Creek AND ON ZOOM


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A Night with the Pros:

Business Basics for Photographers

With Robin Swanson

This event will be hybrid! Please join us in person for social time before and after the zoom presentation. You can also join via zoom, but we hope to see you there!

This program is for anyone who is considering turning their hobby or weekend photo gig into a legit business. It also has plenty of information for the small photography business owner who is struggling with the technicalities of running their business.

What we will cover:

  • Why should you go legit? - Tax consequences vs tax benefits
  • What form should your business take? - Overview of different types of business entities
  • Fictitious Business Statement (DBA) – Do you need one? How do you get one?
  • Business License – Do you need one? How do you get one?
  • Separating your business and personal finances.
  • Accounting for your finances – A brief overview of QuickBooks
  • Insurance
  • Contracts
  • Websites

    Please register here for this free talk and include your email in order to receive the zoom link via email on the day of the presentation.  Thanks!


    PCC, Rock Creek Campus
    17705 NW Springville Rd, Portland, OR 97229
    Building 7 Room 114 

    Parking is free for the Summer term so you will be able to park in any available spot on campus. The closest parking lot to Building 7 is Parking Lot C. 

    Building 7 is a very large two story building to the NW of Building 9, recessed from the main walkway. The building is horseshoe shaped, but appears rectangular from the front. There are doors on the ends of the building, but the main entrance is in the center off the main walkway and opens to a large lobby.

    About the Speaker:

    Robin Swanson

    Robin Swanson is a Professional Photographer and a CPA. Over 15 years ago she decided that it was time to pursue her passion of photography professionally and she has never looked back.

    She has since become a PPA Certified Professional Photographer, PPA Master Photographer, PPA Photographic Craftsman and she is currently serving as a PPA Councilor. She has earned the PPC Fellowship degree, PPC Business & Arts Degree, and the PPC Service Award. Robin has also earned many other awards along the way such as PPC Wedding Photographer of the Year, Kodak Gallery Elite Award, PPA Silver Photographer of the year and the Prestigious PPA National Award for her contributions to the field of photography. Robin became the Treasurer of Professional Photographers of California in 2007 and continues to hold that position today.

    Robin specializes in Event photography, Portraits, and Pet Photography and works out of her home studio in La Canada, California.

    Please join us on July 13th at 6:30pm for social time and BYO social distancing snacks before we get started at 7pm for what is sure to be a great presentation!

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