Providing Professional Development for Serious Photographers

Upcoming events

    • 11/12/2021
    • 11/14/2021


    Luminate 2021 is Oregon’s premiere education and competition event! This year, the programming will span over 3 days and registration is open to everyone. Sessions will be offered over Zoom. Centered around the our Annual Open Image Competition we will be joined by many nationally-recognized experts to help you raise the bar on both your craft and business. Each session will be about 2 hours. For more detailed information on sessions, please click on the speakers headshot.

    PPA’s Board of Directors & Council have temporarily allowed us to merit virtual events. The attendee requirements are as follows:

    • Attendees must attend the virtual event via the live stream of the event-no merits can be given to attendees who watch a recording of the event
    • Attendees must attend 6.5 hours of education or more in order to be eligible for their merit. If the event is a State Annual Convention/Conference/Meeting, this 6.5 hours can be split up between 2-3 consecutive days 

    Luminate will be offered ONLINE ONLY in 2021.

    Friday, November 12th 


    The Power of Personal Photography


    When We Know Better, We Do Better


    Chris Richman


    Anne-Marie Shumate

    M.Photog., CPP 


    Imagination Portraits


    Brad Barton


    Saturday, November 13th

    The Annual OPPA Open Image Competition is open to members and non-members. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your images critiqued by highly experienced judges. Join us in Club 79, co-hosted online by Aaron Hockley, M.Photog.Cr, FP-OR, HFP-OR and Beth Brinston, M.Photog., CPP, FP-OR, where you can watch the competition and share your experiences in an online social setting. What a better way to express your feelings of joy, excitement, or even frustration than with your fellow artists. Competition Judges: Kimberly Smith, Kari Douma, Michael Mowbray, Michael Barton and Joan Genest.

    Please check out some of our Competition Tips:

    The Competition will open for entries on October 14th.

    Sunday, November 14th


    Putting The 'Business' Back Into Your Photography Business


    The Magic of Search Engine Optimization


    David Hakamaki


    Colby McLemore

    M.Photog.Cr., CPP 


    Slow Photography


    Jennifer Renwick

    If you have questions about Luminate '21, please contact Vice President, Teresa Hunt. 

    • 12/08/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Portland-area and Online - see description

    2021 Award and Appreciation Banquet!

    We'll share all the details as the date gets closer, but be sure to put our annual Award and Appreciation Banquet on your calendar.  There will be something for everyone... recognition of OPPA achievements, recognition of service, amusement, and more!

    We are planning for an online awards program at this point, but are hoping to return to having an in-person dinner banquet, with that decision being made as we get closer to the event based on current safety information.  Even if we get to have the dinner banquet (and we hope that we can), the awards program will be streamed online in some fashion for those who can't attend in person.

    Either way - block that evening on the calendar.  Details to come!

    (awards images by Andie Petkus)

Past events

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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