Oregon Professional Photographers Association

Providing professional development for serious photographers

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Upcoming events

    • 03/05/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Various - Downtown Vancouver - See Details
    Join some fellow OPPA members for a photographic beer adventure featuring three great breweries in downtown Vancouver, Washington.



    We'll meet at 11am at Trap Door Brewing (2315 Main Street), then head down to Trusty Brewing (114 East Evergreen Blvd) and then to Loowit Brewing (507 Columbia Street).  Each brewery is expecting us, and expecting us to take some pictures of their beer and brewing process.

    All OPPA members are welcome; of course only those over 21 will be able to partake in any beer drinking.  We encourage all to plan and drink responsibly.

    • 03/09/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Smile Station - 8210 SE 13th Portland Oregon 97202

    A Journey in Documentary Photojournalism

    Randy L. Rasmussen is a long-time documentary photojournalist, beginning his photography career when he was 16 and working full-time most recently as a staff photographer/videographer for The OregonianAt end of 2015, Rasmussen left the newspaper and its online component, OregonLive.com, to pursue a new turn in his career, working as an independent photographer, freelancing for whomever might need his variety of skills.

    Principle clients have included The Oregonian/OregonLive.com, The Portland Tribune, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers, LPGA golf, Oregon Health Science University and Structured Communications Systems, among others. 


    He is also presently working as an adjunct professor, teaching photography at the Art Institute of Portland.

    Rasmussen was born in Lewistown, Montana and grew up in Missoula, where he also attended the University of Montana. He graduated in 1977 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and sociology.

    Rasmussen, however, began his journalism experience in high school, working part-time as a lab tech and photographer for the Missoulian. Shortly after entering college, he began working as a full-time staff photographer for the paper.

      

    • 03/12/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Lisa Dillon Photography, 1801 NW Upshur #680, Portland OR 97209
    • 1


    CPP - Hands on Lighting Workshop




     

    Join April Kroenke, CPP and Sam Tarrel, CPP as they take you through a hands-on lighting course structured around the techniques needed to successfully pass the CPP image review. We will be covering a variety of lighting methods and styles as well as lighting and posing fundamentals in order to help you pass the image submission with ease!


    Bring your camera and portrait lenses, so you can shoot and see the results. Lights and models will be provided.




     







     




    PPA members who attend this workshop will receive 1 PPA merit


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



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

    • 03/18/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Community Room at McMenamin’s Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Portland OR 97211
    • 45

    Identifying, Marketing, & Selling BIG to Your Perfect Clients


    Bruce & Josh Hudson




       Do you really know WHO your perfect client is? Where they live, what they do for a living, their buying habits? There are common characteristics that EVERY perfect client has…

    For more than 30 years Mastercraftsman Photographer Bruce Hudson and his Marketing Influencer Son Josh have studied and analyzed who their perfect clients are and what characteristics they possess. With their discoveries and documentation of these common traits they have been able to design and successfully target the segments of people in their area with effective marketing campaigns that are hyper targeted to these specific people. Their clients are loyal, see photography as art, and are willing to spend TOP DOLLAR on photographic art EVEN in this digital age of photography. In fact, the Hudson’s are more profitable than ever!



    Topics Covered Include:

    • ·     Who is YOUR Perfect Client
    • ·     What Makes Them Your Perfect Client – HINT, it’s More Than Just $$$
    • ·      Where are They & How do You Market to Them Correctly
    • ·     15 Common Characteristics of Perfect Clients REGARDLESS of Your Area
    • ·     Effective Marketing Strategies Both Online & Offline That Are Working
    • ·     How to Use Social Media Correctly When Branding Your Business
    • ·     Why Direct Mail to Perfect Clients is More Effective Than Ever – YES REALLY
    • ·     Our 5 Step Consultation & Sales Process That Our Client’s LOVE
    • ·     Selling to the Affluent – Becoming a Designer!
    • ·     And MORE!



      Unfortunately, too many photographers feel that professional photography is dead or close to dying. The Hudson’s feel that yes, the landscape of professional photography has changed, but there is ample opportunity and countless clients ready to invest in photography STILL! Finding perfect clients has been a passion of theirs for 30 + years and they are excited to share with the OPPA members their secrets for finding them!





      PPA members who attend this workshop will receive 1 PPA merit


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




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




      • 03/21/2017
      • 6:30 PM
      • 9911 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland, OR 97220
      • 19

      Social! Fun! Photos! Food! Drinks! Free!  It's time for another informal "Suds and Shots!"


      The theme for this one is "Celebration."   Bring up to four photos in either a print, on an iPad/tablet or even a phone!  We'll share photos and discuss photography, while we enjoy delicious food and cold frosty beverages.  You're welcome to bring a friend!


      ABOUT the venue: Famous Dave's BBQ is all things bbq--ribs, brisket, sandwiches, chicken, burgers, pork...Plus salads, soups, chili, homemade desserts like banana pudding and hot fudge kahlua brownies.


      WHEN: Tues. Mar. 21, 2017, 6:30pm (come before 6pm for happy hour menu!) 

      WHERE:The main dining area.  Tell the server you are with OPPA.  Plenty of easy parking here. Not far from IKEA, before you get to the PDX airport.

      DETAILS:  Event is free.  Food and drinks are on your own. Let us know you're coming so we can get a big table, either rsvp here or on the OPPA FB page

      WHAT:  bring up to four photos to talk about, either in print or on a portable electronic device.







      • 03/25/2017
      • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Lisa Dillon Photography, 1801 NW Upshur, Suite 680, Portland OR
      • 7

      Learn to better understand Image Competition from the Judge’s side of the equation—learn how scoring works, how to apply the 12 Elements in critiquing an image, learn judging etiquette and how to verbally critique an image in this half-day judge refresher class. You’ll learn how to evaluate your own images (as well as others’ images) using the PPA Image Competition standards. You’ll also learn what is new in 2017 and better understand the IPCC rules changes for the upcoming competition season. If you are planning to enter images at District or IPC competitions, you’ll want to attend this class so you can make sure you fully understand the new submission and disqualification rules. Even if you aren’t interested in entering OPPA's Juror Development Program, this class will help you with your own competition journey.


      Local Image Competition judges, Bryan Welsh and Lisa Dillon have more than four decades of professional experience between them. They are image competition veterans with 9 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 Craftsman Photographer and a Certified Professional Photographer. Together, they will demystify Image Competition and get you started on your way.

      OPPA members will receive one point for attending.  Because this is less than a full day workshop, it is not part of the PPA Continuing Education program and will not earn a PPA merit.

      • 04/13/2017
      • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue, Portland



      Join us for an OPPA Quarterly Image Competition.


      Registration to enter images into this event will be via PrintCompetition.com - images must be uploaded by Tuesday, April 11th by midnight.


      RSVP here if you're just coming to watch and learn.

      This is our second Quarterly Digital Image Competition for 2017 and is being held in the evening at the SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202 in the Sellwood area of Portland.

      Members can enter up to three images to be judged against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image with OPPA merits to be awarded and applied towards the OPPA degree program.

      Even without entering any photos this is an amazing educational opportunity; It is free to members and visitors to attend and watch the competition.

      You will learn a lot and meet some amazing photographers!

      Here are the OPPA Competition rules; register to compete via PrintCompetition.com or RSVP to the left if you're just observing.


      Questions? Contact Rekha Varghese, Competition Director

      • 04/22/2017
      • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • 216 Northeast 3rd Street, McMinnville, OR
      • 6

      This tour is FANTASTIC! 

      I will be leading us on this tour, starting out our day at Cornerstone Coffee, for some delicious coffee (or tea), then head out to our first stop.


      Together we'll  "cruise the gut" by foot, in downtown historic McMinnville (like my brother did, and found his wife, in the 70's) and check out a few businesses, including an historic hotel with a cool dark cellar bar full of ambiance and a charming rooftop bar with a view.  After that, it's a quick walk to check out a variety of architecture from the oldest buildings in downtown, along with any shopping you wish to do--complete with a fun album store, arts, wine--while you hear stories from the past, including the dark side of Mcminnville's history...plus how turkeys, cherries and a man that lived to be 104, are part of the history here.


      We will be touring an original flourmill, used as a feed store now, and made with huge original beams salvaged from the Tillamook burn of 1933.  Weigh in on an old floor scale and check out the antique cash register. Then there's an antique place with scores of old washers and photo opps to be had.


      Our lunch stop is an award winning B & B, a one of a kind place that is very unique and cool; you've never seen one like this!  Here we'll have handmade pasta dishes and wood fired pizza, from a chef born and raised in Italy--it will knock your socks off!  With our lunch, you can choose a glass of wine or the wine tasting--all wines from Italy and fabulous!  This has been my favorite wine tasting. Ever.  Amazing.


      In total, we'll be visiting two wine tasting rooms, where you will get 5-6 tastes of wine for $10, plus one with access to buy homemade delectable chocolates.  Out in the country, we'll take in the spring flowers and bright greens along the way to a stop at a private residence, with a pond and herons.


      If time permits, we have access to an old barn, and a sweet stop that not only has nostalgia galore, a mini garden, and delicious ice cream treats--it also has a surprise you won't expect.  It's also been used in filming several movie scenes.


      Bring $20 for tastings, and $12-15 for lunch.  We will be done by 4pm, or leave the tour earlier, if you need to.  Space is limited, due to multiple stops.


      From previous attendees:

      "A truly superb event - conceived, planned, orchestrated, and executed by Dana. I cannot even begin to comprehend the huge amount of work put into this event to make it happen"


      "Wow :) what a fun day with a very wonderful you guide & great friends! Loved the history details, bountiful treats & amazing Italian lunch."


      "Dana's outings are often so much more than just photo opportunities. The historical and anecdotal details really make the places come alive, and that was definitely the case here, even more so for doing it with good friends. Thank you Dana!"


      "Dana, I think I said you "outdid" yourself the last time, but you really did this time. You create the best adventures!! As previous stated, the history, stories and varied experiences made for incredible day!! The chef today may have outdid your cooking, ha, ha! Thank you for such a marvelous day!!"


      Here is the inside of the coffee place:


      photos from the last event





      photo by Linda P:

      Photo by Barry B:


      plus many many more!

      • 04/29/2017
      • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
      • ProPhoto Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Ave Portland OR 97209

      Beyond the Yearbook Photo

       

      Today’s Senior Portrait is not just a cheesy smile and a black drape or tuxedo. Seniors want something more – a picture that really is worth a thousand words, showing who they are, where they’ve been and who they want to be. 
       





      Join April Kroenke, CPP as you learn how to create a Senior Portrait that is unique, dynamic and high-energy from start to finish. Discover how to show the personality, emotion and soul of your clients and make it a memorable experience from initial capture to final delivery. 
       
      Go beyond just the photo and give your seniors something more!


      What to bring... Note taking supplies, camera gear and laptop.

       




      PPA members who attend this workshop will receive 1 PPA merit


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




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

      • 05/13/2017
      • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • ProPhoto Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Ave Portland OR 97209
      • 16

      Getting Up-to-Speed With Lightroom

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




      If you’ve wanted to start using Lightroom but don’t know where to begin, this class is for you. Mark will explain important Lightroom concepts, such as how Lightroom manages your photos and where they are stored. Then he will give you a bird’s eye view of Lightroom in action. You’ll see the workflow from start to finish, including: importing new photos, sorting for the winners and losers, developing the winners, and exporting completed files for the lab or web use. If you’re new to Lightroom, this class will help you get started with a workflow you can trust. 






      PPA members who attend this workshop will receive 1 PPA merit


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




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

      • 06/03/2017
      • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
      • ProPhoto Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Ave Portland OR 97209
      • 45

      How to create and sell, 

       Double or Triple Albums and Wall Art Sales


      by Andrew Funderburg "Fundy"







      Learn how to communicate the value of print better, discover your client stories and have them envision their artwork.


      Learn how to have better sales without being a salesperson.


      Attendees will leave with a blueprint on how to conduct post wedding and portrait sales with averages in the thousands of dollars. 


      By embracing two major shifts in our industry, the power of print and the role of storytelling, students will be able to make a seismic shift in their business.


      Fundy will take you through the steps necessary to conduct In

      Person Sales (in person or over video chats) with the confidence of a design consultant and zero focus on being a "sales person." 


      You will be taken through a journey, where the client's story takes center stage, and you will return your focus on the love of photography and the people you photograph. And by shifting this focus, your clients will reward you with your highest sales ever.


      Each student will leave with a step by step process that they can replicate as is, or change up and make their own.







      PPA members who attend this workshop will receive 1 PPA merit


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



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

      • 06/08/2017
      • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue, Portland



      Join us for an OPPA Quarterly Image Competition.


      Registration to enter images into this event will be via PrintCompetition.com - images must be uploaded by Tuesday, June 6th by midnight.


      RSVP here if you're just coming to watch and learn.

      This is our third Quarterly Digital Image Competition for 2017 and is being held in the evening at the SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202 in the Sellwood area of Portland.

      Members can enter up to three images to be judged against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image with OPPA merits to be awarded and applied towards the OPPA degree program.

      Even without entering any photos this is an amazing educational opportunity; It is free to members and visitors to attend and watch the competition.

      You will learn a lot and meet some amazing photographers!

      Here are the OPPA Competition rules; register to compete via PrintCompetition.com or RSVP to the left if you're just observing.


      Questions? Contact Julia Fitzgerald, Competition Director

      • 09/14/2017
      • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue, Portland



      Join us for an OPPA Quarterly Image Competition.


      Registration to enter images into this event will be via PrintCompetition.com - images must be uploaded by Tuesday, September 12th by midnight.


      RSVP here if you're just coming to watch and learn.

      This is our fourth Quarterly Digital Image Competition for 2017 and is being held in the evening at the SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202 in the Sellwood area of Portland.

      Members can enter up to three images to be judged against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image with OPPA merits to be awarded and applied towards the OPPA degree program.

      Even without entering any photos this is an amazing educational opportunity; It is free to members and visitors to attend and watch the competition.

      You will learn a lot and meet some amazing photographers!

      Here are the OPPA Competition rules; register to compete via PrintCompetition.com or RSVP to the left if you're just observing.


      Questions? Contact Julia Fitzgerald, Competition Director

    Past events

    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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