• 11/12/2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • 11/13/2022
  • 5:00 PM
  • In Person--Hyatt Place Hotel PDX


  • Registration for folks who are not OPPA members.

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Luminate 2022, Live & In Person. It all starts Saturday at 9am with our in-person Club 79 and catered lunch! Come cheer yourself and your friends as images are judged in real time and enjoy a CATERED LUNCH! And then come back on Sunday--this time at 8am--when we bring you classes from John Gress, Toni Harryman, and Chris Wooley. 

Event will be at Hyatt Place hotel in Cascade Station (by the airport)

John Gress presents: Creative Portrait Lighting Using Multiple Lights

Join featured presenter John Gress as he takes you through the process of lighting a subject with 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 lights. At a session on location and you only have 2 lights? He’ll show you how to get the best lighting possible! Ready to tackle a 5 light set up? He’ll guide you through the process and in the end, you’ll be able to light your subjects for their best look with any number of lights you have available. 

For over 20 years Chicago photographer & director John Gress has created stunning photography and videos for some of America’s largest companies and international media outlets. His work has included national lifestyle advertising, portraits and videos for the beauty industry and action photography of professional athletes. Professional Photographer Magazine called Gress “one of the nation’s foremost experts on lighting.”

His unique resume has allowed him to develop a dynamic style that produces striking visuals whether they are produced in the real world or in his Chicago, Illinois studio.

As a commercial photographer, Gress has worked on advertising and public relations campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies. His clients and marketed brands have included Airborne, Avon, Ben & Jerry’s, Best Buy, Burger King, Chrysler, Cialis, Clairol, Dodge, ESPN, Hyatt Hotels, Hershey, Hyundai, Lexus, Lufthansa, Mattel, Merck, Microsoft, Midas, Miller Coors, Nabisco, Nike, Ocean Spray, Reebok, S.C. Johnson, and Sam Adams. Film and video clients have included Hyatt Hotels, Namaste Laboratories, Napa Auto Parts, WebMD and NPR.


Toni Harryman presents: Dream Emote Play Create

From the fairytale stories and imaginations of her youth, Toni brings to her work a sense of timelessness and beauty where women are the quiet heroes of their own story and children exist in sweet innocence. She is inspired by leaves, twig, and flowers, so nature often peacefully invades her images of people or tell their own emotional stories in botanical images. Each image evolves from her imagination through costuming and design or the gathering of leaves and flowers, to camera and then is carefully crafted through digital compositing, textures and often digital painting to bring her dreams to life. In her 2-hour class, you’ll be inspired by her creative process and breathe new life into your photographic and artistic endeavors.

Toni Harryman, M. Photog, Cr, M. Artist, CPP, F-PPI, is an award-winning artist. In 2020 and 2021, she was a diamond photographer of the year in the International Photographic Competition. She is also an approved PPA juror. In addition to her fine art work, Toni also works with families, dance and sport photography. She has served on the PPI board of directors for 13 years and is a Past President of that organization.


Chris Wooley presents: Master Your Marketing

Get your marketing on the right track!   In this course learn how to hone your marketing to make the time and money you spend even more efficient.  Learn about client profiles.  Tap into the power of partnership marketing (complete with real world examples and ideas). Focus your social media to match your brand.  Tap into the power or referrals and repeat clients. Each helps you develop stronger and more consistent marketing to get the perfect clients in the door.

Chris Wooley, M. Photog., Cr., CPP, F-PPW is a photographer and educator with a retail portrait studio in Spokane,Washington where he specializes in Vintage Inspired Portraits and Commercial BusinessPortraits. He also serves as a PPA councilor for Washington. He is a past-President of the Professional Photographers of Washington and has won numerous image competition awards, including multiple Fuji Masterpieces, ACI’s Image Excellence, and various state “best of” awards. He is a recipient of the prestigious “PPA National Award” for his contributions towards the photographic industry.

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