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Upcoming events

    • 06/30/2024
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Wave Studio, Portland, OR

    Beyond Posing: Working with Models (and Other Humans) to Make Awesome Images

    with Tom Lupton

    Date: Sunday, June 30, 2024
    Time: 12
    :00 - 3:00 PM PST
    Location: New Wave PDX Studio (inner-SE Portland)

    Bring your camera--this is a hands-on workshop! 

    Tom Lupton shoots people! He shoots heavy metal artists and opera singers, artists, actors, executives, authors, seniors, kids, mermaids, vampire weddings, drag queens, portraits, couples, fashion models, and other humans. 

    During this time, he's learned some very important key points in working with different types of people. Some of these key points you may already have discovered (but haven't yet figured out), and others you will likely encounter along your journey of people photography. It is Tom's goal to prepare you for that next stretch goal.

    Do you struggle with posing your portrait subjects? Do they seem stiff or uncomfortable and you're not sure how to pose them better? This workshop will help you see beyond "just" a pose--you'll learn about coaching, guiding, and directing your subjects effectively. 

    Do you work with models for personal projects or themes or group shoots? This workshop will help you learn all the ins and outs and best practices about working with models! 

    In this workshop, we'll prepare you to:

    * Find the right model and collaborate with them.

    * Build your subject's trust, which is the foundation to a meaningful shoot.

    * Have a smooth shoot that feels effortless, instead of uncomfortable and tedious.

    * Guide and collaborate with your subject in a way that produces beautiful images that really connect with the viewer.

    If you are a portrait photographer, this workshop will help you be a better photographer!

    About Your Speaker

    Tom Lupton

    Tom Lupton won "Best Fashion Photographer" in 2019, has had numerous photographic art exhibits, and has been published in myriads of fashion magazines including Vogue. 


    • 08/03/2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/05/2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • In Person Only-- SDF Collective, Gresham, OR

    LUMINATE 2024

    Luminate 2024, Live & In Person.

    We have an amazing, in-person weekend planned for you, focused on creativity and hands-on learning! 

    Stay tuned for final workshop announcements soon!

    August 3-5, 2024

    Sunday and Monday's events will be held at the SDF Collective in Gresham, OR.

    You can attend the whole weekend or just one day! If you're a PPA member and attend both full days, you will earn two PPA Merits.

    Saturday, August 3: 

    10am-12pm: Group Photo Shoot with Professional Models (Location in SW Portland) 
    (Register separately for this on this event here)

    Sunday, August 4: 


    Several workshops 

    Continental breakfast and lunch included 

    (Attending this full day will earn a PPA Merit.)

    Monday, August 5: 


    Continental breakfast included

    Business for Creatives + Restorative Exercise with Sarah DeGrave

    In-Camera Creative Effects with Teresa Vick

    Exploring Light with Pro Photo

    (Attending this full day will earn a PPA Merit.)


    • 08/03/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • SW Portland, Oregon
    • 14

    Luminate Model Shoot

    We are hosting a Model Shoot for Luminate weekend! 

    IMPORTANT!! If you register for Luminate it won't let you also register for the model shoot, so please register here. 

    Come enjoy this opportunity to get creative. We will have lights available to use too. There will be 2-4 models, depending on how many photographers sign up. 

    Date: Saturday, August 3, 2024

    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Studio in SW Portland (Registrants will receive the address the day before)

    Cost: $20 members, $40 non-members



    • 09/04/2024
    • 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom

    September Image Competition

    Last chance to enter for
    member awards!

    Registration to enter images into this event is NOW OPEN via  PrintCompetition.com - images must be uploaded by Wednesday, September 4th by 6 am.  

    Entry is open to ALL; members of OPPA are eligible for points and awards.  Find out more about membership here. Enter up to four images to be evaluated against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image with OPPA points 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 all 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 Thea Martin, Competition Director

Past events

06/08/2024 Equestrian Photo Safari in the Mountains
06/04/2024 Image Critique and Pizza Social
05/23/2024 Lightroom Advanced
05/08/2024 NWTP: Photography and AI
04/13/2024 Backlighting 5 Ways!
03/13/2024 NWTP: Photography and Neuroscience
03/12/2024 Second Opportunity For "An Evening With The President-2024"
03/11/2024 An Evening With The President 2024
02/07/2024 February Competition - OPEN TO ALL
02/04/2024 Photoshop: BLAM Retouching
01/20/2024 POSTPONED 2nd Annual Member Showcase Social/Importance of Printing
12/13/2023 Awards and Appreciation Banquet 2023
11/11/2023 OPPA Annual Open
10/11/2023 NWTP: Diversify for Profits and Income
09/16/2023 Equestrian Photo Safari in the Mountains
09/13/2023 OPPA September Image Competition - OPEN to ALL
09/10/2023 Rodeo Photography at Pendleton Roundup {with PPW}
08/17/2023 Learn to Use Photo Mechanic
08/05/2023 Luminate Model Shoot
08/05/2023 LUMINATE 2023
08/01/2023 SuperMoon Photo Safari
07/12/2023 NWTP
07/11/2023 Scanning Film with a Digital Camera
06/22/2023 Image Critique and Pizza Social
06/10/2023 Equestrian Photo Safari at the Coast
06/03/2023 Getting Started with Photographic Restoration
05/31/2023 Bidding for Commercial Photoshoots/Q&A
05/10/2023 NWTP: Write an About Page that Drives Sales
05/06/2023 The Business of Corporate and Architectural Photography
04/23/2023 Photo Safari: Let's Practice ICM!
04/20/2023 Intentional Camera Movement
04/12/2023 April Members Only Image Competition - UPDATE
03/23/2023 Using ChatGPT for Content Creation
03/18/2023 Photo Safari: Let's play with Lensbaby!
03/08/2023 NWTP: Intro to Competition
03/05/2023 The Art of Black and White
02/08/2023 Members Only February Image Competition
02/04/2023 TikTok and Social Media for Photographers
01/28/2023 Member Showcase Social/Importance of Printing
01/07/2023 MEETUP: Photo Studio Meetup
12/14/2022 Annual Awards Banquet
11/12/2022 LUMINATE 2022
10/28/2022 Compositing
10/12/2022 NWTP: Focus Stacking and Macro Photography
09/21/2022 September Member Only Image Competition
09/12/2022 Rodeo Photography at Pendleton Roundup {with PPW}
09/07/2022 Long Exposure Waterfall Photography
09/03/2022 Modern Family Portraiture
08/18/2022 Landscape Photography Workflow Scenarios
08/14/2022 Equine Photography for Beginners
08/10/2022 NWTP: 10 Content Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
08/07/2022 MEETUP: Happy Hour!
07/17/2022 MEETUP: Social & Studio Play
07/13/2022 NWTP: Business Basics for Photographers
06/25/2022 Competition Style Image Review
06/08/2022 NWTP: More Money, More Clients!
06/04/2022 Boutique Volume Photography
05/31/2022 COMING SOON! Upcoming Workshops
05/24/2022 Letting the Scene Find You: Landscape Photography
05/18/2022 Making Sense of Online Marketing in 2022 (PPA 1-Day)
05/13/2022 Image Competition: The Greatest Game of Your Photo Career (PPA 1-Day)
05/11/2022 NWTP: Unleash Your Creativity
04/13/2022 April Member Only Image Competition
03/09/2022 NWTP: Brand Positioning
02/27/2022 Meet the President - Teresa Hunt
02/26/2022 Facebook Sales
02/09/2022 February Member Only Image Competition
01/12/2022 NWTP: Kickstart Your 2022 Marketing
12/08/2021 Award and Appreciation Banquet
11/12/2021 LUMINATE 2021
10/18/2021 OPPA Brunch Social
10/13/2021 Event Photography Beyond Weddings
09/22/2021 "What's an NFT and Why do I Care?" with Scott Detweiler
09/15/2021 Online Marketing: Tactics and Tools for Today
09/10/2021 Image Competition: the Greatest Game of Your Photo Career
09/08/2021 September Member Only Image Competition
09/07/2021 The Basic StoryBrand Framework & Profit First Concepts
08/23/2021 The Keys to Real Estate Photography
08/11/2021 The Art of Storytelling
08/09/2021 OPPA Brunch Social
07/31/2021 Metamorphosis - From Photography to Art
07/14/2021 The Art of the Self Portrait
06/26/2021 IPC Image Review
06/16/2021 OPPA Brunch Social: Gear Talk
06/09/2021 Overcoming Fear: Silencing Your Inner Critic
06/05/2021 The Competition Code
05/31/2021 Compositional Techniques through Night Photography
05/23/2021 Enhancing Portraits the GUD way
05/17/2021 OPPA Afternoon Social
05/12/2021 Living a Life of "YES" in a World of "NO"
04/30/2021 Paws for a Day - Pet Photography
04/27/2021 OPPA Brunch Social
04/14/2021 April Member Only Image Competition
04/02/2021 Think Like a Competition Judge
03/31/2021 OPPA Evening Social: Photo Challenge - Green
03/21/2021 Better Posing Made Simple
03/16/2021 OPPA Afternoon Social: Memorable Photography Moments
03/14/2021 Complex Lighting Made Simple
03/10/2021 A Night with the Pros: How to Embrace Your Own Personal Rainbow
02/24/2021 The "ART" Photography Business - Living the Dream
02/23/2021 KEH Buying Event
02/22/2021 OPPA Afternoon Social: Discussion Topic- Editing Tools
02/10/2021 February Member Only Image Competition
02/08/2021 OPPA Brunch Social: Topic - Off Camera Flash
01/27/2021 Look Like a Pro on Video Calls - Evening
01/27/2021 Look Like a Pro on Video Calls - Afternoon
01/13/2021 A Night with the Pros: Psychology of Pricing and Sales
12/14/2020 OPPA Afternoon Social
12/09/2020 Award and Appreciation Event
12/01/2020 OPPA Brunch Social
11/16/2020 OPPA Afternoon Social
11/14/2020 2020 OPPA Annual Open Competition
11/12/2020 LUMINATE 2020
11/04/2020 OPPA Brunch Social
10/27/2020 Writing Copy That Converts
10/14/2020 A Night with the Pros: Secrets of High-Impact Headshots
10/05/2020 OPPA Morning Social
09/28/2020 OPPA Afternoon Social
09/21/2020 A Conversation w/ the OPPA President
09/16/2020 A Conversation w/ the OPPA President
09/11/2020 A Conversation w/ the OPPA President
09/09/2020 September Member Only Image Competition
09/01/2020 A Conversation w/ the OPPA President
08/12/2020 A Night with the Pros: Changing Perceptions About People with Disabilities; Why Personal Work Matters.
07/21/2020 Think Like a Competition Judge
07/08/2020 A Night with the Pros: "Marketing Beyond Covid-19"
06/23/2020 The Business of Event Photography
06/13/2020 Districts Image Review
06/11/2020 Leveraging Social Media to Build Your Brand and Your Photography Business
06/10/2020 A Night with the Pros: "Navigating the Lockdown: Executive Orders, Contracts, Cancellations, Business Closings, and Business Formations"
05/13/2020 A Night with the Pros:The Marketing Riddle with Bryan Welsh.
04/18/2020 Professional, Personal, and Profitable Event Photography
04/15/2020 Think Like a Competition Judge
04/08/2020 Quarterly Image Competition (April)
03/21/2020 Inside the Competition Workflow
03/11/2020 A Night with the Pros: Artificial Intelligence & Photography w/ Aaron Hockley
02/13/2020 Fitness Photography
02/12/2020 Quarterly Image Competition (February)
01/12/2020 How To Photography: 101 - Posing
01/08/2020 A Night with the Pros: Photography as a Profession With Gary Randall
01/05/2020 How To Photography: 101 - Lighting
12/12/2019 2019 OPPA Annual Banquet
12/07/2019 Metal Prints Made Easy
11/09/2019 Club 79 - Annual Open Image Competition
11/08/2019 Luminate '19
10/20/2019 New School Lighting - Learn to Love the Studio Again
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 The Elements of Dance
05/22/2016 Certification - The First Step to the Rest of Your Career!
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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