Providing Professional Development for Serious Photographers

Upcoming events

    • 05/17/2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom -online

    OPPA Afternoon Social

    Location Scouting

    What do you look for when planning your photography sessions? 

    Where do you need a permit and which places don't require permits?

    Do you have place you would be willing to share or thoughts that could help others?

    Do you have other tips to share or questions to ask?

    Grab your favorite beverage and hang out and chat with us! Let's talk about what makes a good location and things we've learned to avoid. 

    • 05/23/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom, On-Line

    Enhancing Portraits the GUD Way  

    with "PG" Phaneendra Gudapati

    M.Photog.Cr., CPP

    Photoshop isn't just about retouching; it's a tool to help transform images to convey your vision. In this program, PG discusses his retouching philosophies and efficient post-processing workflow, including non-destructive editing and techniques to keep the file size small. Learn how he brings his vision to life with portrait enhancement techniques.

    PG will be sharing his award-winning portrait secrets. In this full-day program, he will go through his full post-processing workflow, including these pro-techniques:

    • Techniques to achieve efficiency and consistency in your workflow
    • RAW file processing for optimum dynamic range.
    • Magazine quality skin retouching with Dodging & Burning and Frequency Separation
    • Color Grading to achieve mood and feeling
    • Finishing techniques to bring a dramatic feel to your images
    • And much more... 

    This workshop is not just about learning the techniques but also about learning the 'WHY' and adapting the techniques to your style of images. When this program is over, you will see your work differently.

    About your Speaker

    "PG" Phaneendra Gudapati

    M.Photog.Cr., CPP

    Phaneendra Gudapati is a portrait artist located in Plano, TX. He is inspired by classical portraiture, paintings by old masters and fashion and loves to create a fusion between fine art and fashion in his work. PG is a self-confessed “technology junkie” always learning about the craft of photography. He loves to develop his imagery using various techniques to bring his artistic vision to life. PG is PPA Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer and Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert.

    PPA Members receive 1 PPA Merit for attending this workshop in entirety.

    OPPA Members receive 1 OPPA Point for attending this workshop in its entirety.

    • 05/31/2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online - Zoom link will be emailed to all RSVPs

    Compositional Techniques

    through Night Photography

    with Mike Busby

    M.Photog, CPP

    Mike is recognized for his night city scape photography and his compositional approach. In this class, Mike will show you the dynamics of shooting night city scapes, how he shoots for post, and the compositional processes that go into each shot. That is: compositional techniques used to catch the eye, techniques used to build interest, and techniques used to keep the viewer within your image

    About your Speaker

    Mike Busby

    M.Photog, CPP

    Mike is the owner and coach at Mike Busby’s School of Photography. He is based out of Spokane, Wa and instructs on topics ranging from introductory photography to professional level lighting for the seasoned pros. He instructs classes on composition, landscapes, macro, astro, long exposure and infrared photography. Mike holds a Masters in Visual Communication with specificity in composition, aesthetics and the judgment of taste. He uses these skills to help others draw out and express their unique stories and experiences while developing their own personal styles.

    • 06/05/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom, On-Line

    The Competition Code

    with Aaron Hockley and Sam Tarrel

    Want to get the most out of Image Competition?  Whether you're new to competition or are a more experienced competitor looking to refine your skills, we have the workshop for you! 

    Join Sam Tarrel and Aaron Hockley for a day of competition immersion.  We'll show you how to look at your work with a judge's eye so that you can select the best competition images.  We'll talk about shooting specifically for competition and using personal projects as source material.  We'll review what makes an image strong for competition, and conversely, what are some pitfalls that can result in a lower score.

    Class Level - All Levels  

    Newer competitors can learn:

    - What are the 12 Elements of a Merit Image?  They're the building blocks for competition excellence, and understanding each of them will help you evaluate your own work.

    - What you should know about preparing your digital files for a smooth entry process.

    - Your client work may or may not be a good fit for formal competition.  How can you identify if it is?

    More experienced competitors can learn:

    - While all 12 Elements of a Merit Image are important, strength in certain ones is more likely to lead to higher-scoring images.  If you find your images stuck in the 80-84 scoring range, you'll learn where to focus to grow.

    - We'll explain a straightforward Photoshop action that can automate a process for a simple, professional, judge-pleasing Presentation

    - We'll dive into Titles, the unofficial 13th element, learning how they can help (or hurt) your ability to connect with the judges and have strong impact

    Prerequisites: Attendees don't need to have entered competition previously, but should have watched/listened to at least one OPPA or PPA competition to understand the general format of the event.

    We'll frame all of this discussion within the context of PPA's Twelve Elements of a Merit Image, the framework that judges use to evaluate a competition photograph.

    Class participants are encouraged to bring potential competition images for review -- we'll help you select your strongest images and give you some pointers on how to prepare them.

    Bonus: if you're interested in becoming an OPPA Juror, this is workshop is encouraged before you apply. See information on the Juror Development Program for more details. Juror Development Program (that link gives more details).

    About your Speakers

    Sam Tarrel, M.Photog.M. Artist.Cr., CPP, DFP-OR

    Sam Tarrel is a Fine-Art Portrait and Commercial photographer in Hillsboro, Oregon. A long-time portrait artist, recently Sam has been focused on expanding the commercial side of his business into the drone and aviation industries. He has had the privilege to work with several well-established companies in providing crucial imaging data for on-going projects, as well as marketing imagery to help define their brand. 

    Sam is extremely passionate about image competition and his passion for photography is rivaled only by his passion for teaching and educating others. His ultimate goal is always to help each student achieve the most they can in their craft. 

    He is very active in the Oregon PPA and holds his Certification with PPA. He is an informative and engaging instructor, committed to his industry and colleagues, and his students always come away with a greater understanding and confidence in their work after working with him.

    Aaron Hockley, M.Photog.Cr, FP-OR, HFP-OR

    Aaron helps photographers grapple with the intersection of photography and technology. He writes frequently on his website, TechPhotoGuy.com, and speaks at photographic events around the country. His images have been selected for inclusion in PPA's Loan Collection, he received third place for Illustrative/Commercial images at PPA's Grand Imaging Awards, and he was a World Photographic Cup finalist.

    PPA Members receive 1 PPA Merit for attending this workshop in entirety.

    OPPA Members receive 1 OPPA Point for attending this workshop in its entirety.

    • 06/09/2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online - Zoom link will be emailed to all RSVPs

    A Night with the Pros:

    Overcoming Fear:

    Silencing Your Inner Critic

    With Teresa Hunt - LPC

    Teresa Hunt, LPC brings her experience as a licensed professional counselor to help you silence your inner critic. In this workshop you will learn about the beliefs that contribute to the negative voice of the inner critic. You’ll learn how to identify these negative thoughts and overcome the fear that drives them. You will walk away with practical tools to help rewrite the thoughts that keep you stuck. Putting these tools into practice will help you rewire your brain to think in a more positive way that will help you reach your full potential.

    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!

    About the Speaker:

    Teresa Hunt - LPC

    Teresa Hunt is a Portrait Photographer and Licensed Professional Counselor. Over the years, Teresa has found that her experience as a counselor has provided valuable tools for engaging with and capturing her portrait client’s unique personalities.

    As a professional counselor Teresa works with countless individuals on overcoming depression, anxiety and trauma. She brings this experience to her understanding of the beliefs we hold and how we think contributes to our behaviors. In addition to speaking engagements, Teresa has also had articles published on both grief and photography.

    Teresa lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley. When not working she enjoys adventure, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

    Please join us on June 9th 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!

    • 06/26/2021
    • 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • Online

    IPC Image Review

    Join us for a competition style image review to get feedback on your images ahead of IPC.

    Registration to enter images into this event will be via PrintCompetition.com - images must be uploaded by 11:00pm on June 24th.

    Entry is open to members and non-members of OPPA. Cost for members is $5 per image, and $15 per image for non-members.  Find out more about membership here. Registrants can enter up to eight images or albums to be evaluated against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image and will be scored.  You can purchase a critique for $7.50 per image.  

    Even without entering any photos this is an amazing educational opportunity! It is free to members and visitors to watch online.  Live streaming of the competition will start at 9:00 am PDT.

    Register via PrintCompetition.com.

    Questions? Contact Thea Martin, Competition Director

    • 07/14/2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online - Zoom link will be emailed to all RSVPs

    A Night with the Pros:

    The Art of the Self Portrait

    With Julie Jacob


    Get inspired! We’ll discuss working with the best model you have: yourself. Learn about the history of self-portraits, the reasons why you should take your own picture, and tools you can use to do it. 

    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!

    About the Speaker:

    Julie Jacob


    Julie Jacob, CPP, AFP-OR, began her photography journey with self-portraiture and she believes everyone should try it! She is a portrait photographer focused on business, family, and fine art portraiture.

    Please join us on July 14th 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!

    • 07/31/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom, On-Line


    From Photography to Art  

    with Judy Reinford

    M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

    This all-day class will show how to look for images that can turn into beautiful works of art from simple vacation or zoo shots. The purpose is to open up the mind of the photographer to think outside of the traditional box. As we continue to have very little ability to travel to amazing destinations, we can dive into our own archives and find a few images of a subject that can be put together to make one amazing image. Painting techniques will be covered but the focus is on the compositing and the way of thinking. First-time painters will get groundwork and experienced painters will be able to run with this idea. Images will be supplied along with a few custom-designed brushes by Judy.

    About your Speaker

    Judy Reinford

    M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

    Specializing in Pet Photography I enjoy working with the unpredictability, high energy, and often time challenging task of photographing animals. Can’t take them off-leash? No problem!  I can photoshop it out. Available on location or in-studio. As an owner of 7 spoiled Pomeranians, I got this! Equine and Barnyard portraits are also something I love to do. Horses tend to follow me around and I have an addiction to emus! So if you want a portrait session at your farm or stables let me know. Family portraits and especially high school seniors are also a lot of fun and remember to bring the family dog or dogs if you have one or more.

    When I picked up a camera in the early 1980's while still in high school, I realized what I was meant to do with my life and how to unleash my ever growing curiosity and creativity.

    Judy Reinford has a BFA in Communication Design and Fine Art Photography from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA.

    3 Time GIA Nominee

    2020 - PPA International Platinum Photographer of the Year – Master Artist

    2020 - PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open

    2020 Imaging USA - Image Excellence Award

    2019 WPPI Second Half Competition Third Place Animal Portrait

    2019 ASP Bronze Medallion

    2019 - PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open

    2019 ASP State Elite Award

    2019 ASP District Award

    2019 Imaging USA - Craftsman Degree

    2018 - PPA International Gold Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open

    2018 - PPA International Gold Photographer of the Year – Master Artist

    2018 ASP State Elite Award

    2018 - PPA Northeast First Place Animal Portrait

    PPA Members receive 1 PPA Merit for attending this workshop in entirety.

    OPPA Members receive 1 OPPA Point for attending this workshop in its entirety.

    • 08/11/2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online - Zoom link will be emailed to all RSVPs

    A Night with the Pros:

    The Art of Storytelling

    With Kristy Steeves

    M. Photog., Cr., CPP

    Photography is not just about figuring out the right aperture, lens sharpness or your camera settings. It’s about more important elements such as “voice”, “emotion”, and “point of view”. It’s about being a visual storyteller.

    A picture without a story is just that: a superficial picture. Without a story, the

    photography has no depth, no personal meaning, no emotion. An image with a story is the catalyst in triggering a chain reaction of emotions making it memorable, iconic and impactful. Stories are all about making us excited, laugh, cry or feel empathy for someone else.

    Kristy Steeves has spent her life as a storyteller, first as an award winning television journalist of 25 years, and later as a photographer. She will share her approach on how she creates characters for photographic competition and for her clients, not only to tell a unique story of each person, but to add emotional impact and meaning to their images, through composition, lighting, posing, choice of clothing and props.

    It is our job to narrate someone’s story in a single frame. Let the image speak. Give it a voice. Kristy invites you to come and create, to find your voice, to write your story. Just like a good book or film that gets you emotionally invested in its characters photographers can do the same with their images.

    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!

    About the Speaker:

    Kristy Steeves

    M. Photog., Cr, CPP

    Kristy graduated from Indiana University with a double major in journalism and political science. She worked as a television news reporter for 25 years before switching careers to become a professional photographer. She specializes in children, pets, high school senior portraits and corporate head shots. Kristy is actively involved in the photography industry serving as a PPA council member. She was elected to PPA’s Nominating Committee and is a PPA approved juror. She is currently serving as a board of governor for the American Society of Photographers as well as previously holding positions as president and vice president of Professional Photographers of Northeast Ohio.

    Kristy has won various awards including four television Emmy awards, Ohio Photographer of the Year, PPNEO Photographer of the Year, the Northeast District Grand Imaging Award for the Children Portrait Category and a two-time finalist for the IPC Grand Imaging Award with 2nd place for the Photographic Open Album Category.

    Kristy loves to make people laugh and is often called “the class clown.” Her greatest joy is connecting with people and making lasting friendships.

    Please join us on August 11th 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!

    • 08/23/2021
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom, On-Line

    The Keys to Real Estate Photography

    With Lara Janzen


    Do you want to learn what it takes to produce a high-quality real estate image? In this class you will learn the ins and outs of real estate photography. We will go over the gear you need, techniques that make for great real estate images,  the various shot lists for every real estate photography client, and the editing process from basic to the more advanced.  We will also cover drone photography for the Real Estate image market. This class is for those who have always wondered about Real Estate Photography and have a good understanding of their camera and their flash system.

    Class Level: Intermediate to Advanced, All levels welcome.


    • Shooting in manual mode.
    • How to set the bracketing feature.
    • Metering for Light and Dark exposures.
    • Off camera and on camera flash.
    • Using the virtual horizon or grid line options.
    • Using a tripod and trigger.

    Programs that will be mentioned:

    Lightroom and Photoshop for editing the images with a Lightroom plugin called Enfuse. Also NIK filters in PS

    Lightroom- will cover stacking images, adjusting WB, and then using HDR (basic), Enfuse (intermediate), and layer blending in PS with window pulls (advanced)


        About your Speaker

        Lara Janzen

        CPP, AFP-OR

        Lara grew up in Calgary AB in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  She always loved the outdoors and was thrilled when her dad gave her the first film camera with a fixed lens and manual everything so she could start taking photos of the area.  

        She spent her summers outdoors at a camp just a little NW of Calgary.  Eventually her music studies took her to central Canada where one could see for miles due to lack of mountains to interrupt the view.

        She taught choir and band for several years until her family moved to Oregon.

        When her boys began playing hockey and she wanted to capture those precious moments, she soon realized that her little Panasonic point and shoot was not up to the task.  She took the advise of a photographer friend and bought her first DLSR.  Eventually saving to purchase nice fast glass like the 70-200mm/2.8.  She has been in love with that lens ever since.

        Lara taught music for several years, and after a eye-opening teaching experience, she decided another career was needed.  After music soul-searching, she chose photography.  She could work with great people, spend time outdoors and set her own schedule (Ha Ha).

        She is now a Real Estate photographer/videographer and licensed drone pilot with headshots and portrait work on the side.  Her love of nature includes her much-loved landscape work.

        • 08/30/2021
        • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
        • Zoom, On-Line

        Let it Shine: Unlocking the Natural Beauty of Creation

        With Cris & Deanna Duncan

        M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP & M.Photog.Cr., CPP

        Let it Shine! Unlocking the Natural Beauty of Creation. Surrounding each of us every day is unspeakable beauty. From the tiny dewdrop framed by intricate silk webwork to the glorious West Texas sunset, our senses are constantly stimulated by beauty.

        However, sometimes there is frustration as what our eye sees can’t seem to be captured by our camera. Using the tools given to us today—camera, lens selection, filters and post-processing—we will explore ways to allow the vision of our mind to be translated into a photograph. Take time for yourself and come and join Cris Duncan for a time of creative development where you can start “seeing” things in a whole new light.

        Cris will cover “What you need to know” to take better, more impactful landscape images—The tools, camera techniques, lighting, creative compositions and post-processing. Get prepared to have your mind explode. 

        Landscape photography is not just for vacations and free time. It is an opportunity to share the world and a part of yourself with the community and it is an exercise in creativity that is sure to leave you inspired, regardless of your photographic knowledge, discipline or profession.


            About your Speaker

            Cris Duncan

            M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

            Cris Duncan is an Internationally Award Winning Photographers who sport a host of letters after his name. Cris’s landscapes have been awarded top trophies at the local, state and national level. Cris currently serves as the 2021 TPPA President, an Approved CPP Instructor, IPC Juror and Executive Director for West Texas Photographers. When not behind the cameras, you can find Cris with a guitar in his hands. Cris, along with his bride, Deanna, own and operate CjDuncan Photography in Lubbock, TX . In addition to the studio, they are often found teaching other professionals at conventions or at their own Find Your Focus adventures where you are encouraged to “Enjoy the journey.”

            • 09/08/2021
            • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
            • Online via Zoom

            September Member Only 
            Image Competition

            Join us for an OPPA Image Competition.

            Registration to enter images into this event will be via PrintCompetition.com - images must be uploaded by Tuesday, September 7th by 11pm.  Entries open on August 8th.

            This is our final Member Only Image Competition for 2021.

            Entry is open to members of OPPA.  Find out more about membership here. Members can 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 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 Thea Martin, Competition Director

            • 09/26/2021
            • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
            • Zoom, On-Line

            $8K Weddings in a $2K Market


            Adding Boudoir to your Brand 

            with Jeff & Lori Poole

            M. Photog.,Cr. & M. Photog.,Cr.

            The Morning session with Jeff will focus on the wedding program.

            “That’s great, but I can’t charge that in my market.” If you’re like many photographers, you don’t live in an affluent market where couples are spending 6, 8, and 10 thousand dollars on wedding photography. Many photographers live in average cities and small towns where budget really does matter. With blogs and wedding magazines telling couples how to have a wedding on a budget, and how much they should spend on photography, how can photographers attain the averages needed to be profitable?  

            Join Jeff as he shares his secrets for averaging $8000 and higher in a market saturated with small beach elopements and backyard weddings. In his little beach town, the average photographer charges between $1500 and $2000. In  this talk, you’ll learn how to create a boutique client experience that lets your client feel pampered, the secret to using multiple touch-points to increase sales incrementally, how to soft sell albums adding thousands to your bottom line, and how to build a rock-solid sales system that will have your clients spending more and hugging you on the way out the door. 

            The second half of the day Lori will jump into:

            Adding Boudoir to your Brand.

            Boudoir photography is a fast-growing niche. There’s a lot to consider when adding this specialty genre to your brand, but it can be both lucrative and personally rewarding under the  right conditions. In this talk, we’ll cover all the things you need to know to get up and running. Topics include:  

            • Why your WHY is crucial to this genre  
            • Finding your target client  
            • Building your portfolio  
            • Popular products for boudoir  
            • Working with hair & makeup artists  
            • Studio set-building and non-studio options  
            • Tips for male photographers  
            • Special considerations for your contracts and studio policies  
            • Handling awkwardness…for you and for your client  
            • Challenging your own discomforts and biases, and helping client through theirs 
            • Getting your clients to do *that* pose or *that* face  

            If you’re considering adding boudoir to your brand, you will not want to miss this informative  class!

            About your Speakers

            Jeff Poole


            Lori Poole


            Jeff and Lori own indigosilver studio in Wilmington, NC, offering boutique boudoir portraiture and wedding photography. They also own and operate The Shoot Space, a local share studio space and resources for photographers in the Wilmington area.

            Between the two, they have over 20 years (and counting) of photography experience and have been to more photography conventions, seminars, and workshops than they can count. Both are PPA Master Photographers and Photographic Craftsmen.  They love what they do… even when they hate it.  If you own your own business, you know exactly what we mean!

            On the education side of their brand, Photo Insight, they enjoy working with photographers that are struggling to take their business to the next level. If you're looking for help with pricing, workflow, or sales psychology, give Jeff and Lori a shout to see how they can help you!

            PPA Members receive 1 PPA Merit for attending this workshop in entirety.

            OPPA Members receive 1 OPPA Point for attending this workshop in its entirety.

            • 10/13/2021
            • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
            • Online - Zoom link will be emailed to all RSVPs

            A Night with the Pros:

            Event Photography Beyond Weddings

            With Kimberly Olker

            Cr Photog., CPP

            Weddings can be wonderful to photograph but they can also be seasonal, leaving you with dry spells in your schedule. Expanding your event photography business to include other significant life events can keep you busy all year long! 

            With many of these events, it’s important to know more than just your camera settings, lighting and posing skills to produce the best work for you and your clients.

            Kimberly will walk you through a variety of event photography possibilities to add to your business. Then she will go into significant detail for photographing a Bar/Bat Mitzvah with both elegance and respect. She will explain terminology and symbols, religious significance, the service details and the timeline for the day. She will also explain when you should NOT be photographing during the service and how a photographer can avoid accidentally showing any disrespect.

            If you’re looking to expand your event photography business into this specific genre, you need this information to be a success!  It takes Chutzpah to be a great Bar/Bat Mitzvah photographer – Kimberly will first explain what this means and then explain how to get there!

            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!

            About the Speaker:

            Kimberly Olker

            Cr Photog., CPP

            Kimberly grew up in an environment filled with cultural events, theater and art, in many forms. This creative and nurturing environment eventually led her to a second career as a Professional Photographer. While her formal education and first career were in technical fields, she continued to be drawn to opportunities that allow her to express her artistic side. She loves capturing life’s special moments to help preserve them for a lifetime. She is passionate about connecting with her clients and providing them with exceptional images that show their unique spirit.  

            Kimberly is also passionate about helping others. She thrives on volunteering for various non-profit organizations and loves donating her time and her skills. She truly enjoys teaching and mentoring others, along with helping photographers earn their CPP certification in the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). 

            Kimberly is an award-winning Northern California Portrait and Event Photographer who specializes in Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. She is currently working on her PPA Master of Photography and Master of Wedding Photography degrees. Besides being a Certified Professional Photographer, Kimberly is a wife, mother, caregiver, martial artist, engineer, math nerd, tutor, actress, gymnast, … and wine enthusiast. 

            • PPSV Wedding & Event Photographer of the Year 2018, 2019, 2020
            • PPA Craftsman Degree, January 2019
            • Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) since March 2016
            • Member: Professional Photographers of America (PPA) since 2008
            • Member: Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley (PPSV) since 2015, Vice President 2017-2018, President 2019-2020, Treasurer 2021
            • Member: Professional Photographers of California (PPC) since 2017
            • Member: Oregon Professional Photographers Association (OPPA) since 2020 

            Please join us on October 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!

            • 10/18/2021
            • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
            • Zoom, On-Line

            Compensate with Confidence

            With Jon & Lindsay Betz

            M.Photog.CPP & Cr.Photog

            In this workshop with Jon & Lindsay Betz of Jonathan Betz Photography, learn how to ensure profitability principles are in action for your photography business and how to intentionally use that profitability for sustainable business health and confident compensation for YOU. Over the years of mentoring and teaching solid financial practices to professional photographers, they hear time and again the need for photographers to understand a system to pay themselves with confidence. They will cover profitable pricing principles, money management in your business, and teach two different systems for allocating money to retained earnings (business sustainability) and compensation. 

            Class Level:

            • Intermediate
            • All Levels Welcome

            Advanced skills taught:

            • Money Management principles for how to best allocate and use net business profits for sustainability in the business and maximizing compensation to the owner
            • Two methods for how to confidently compensate owner(s) from the business

            Attendees will best benefit with a working knowledge of their COS and GenExp and with prior understanding of profitability principles. While this information would be very beneficial to a new business owner that isn't yet profitable and compensating themselves, it will be most impactful for a business that is already profitable but still feeling lost as to what to do with and how to to allocate net profits, specifically related to the common question, "How much and how do I pay myself?".


              About your Speaker

              Jon & Lindsay Betz

              M.Photog.,CPP & Cr.Photog

              Jonathan Betz, M.Photog.,CPP and Lindsay Betz, Cr.Photog. have been married for 16 years and in business together since 2006. Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, they specialize in family and high school senior portraiture with an emphasis in outdoor portrait art. Within their full-time studio roles, Jonathan serves as lead visionary and portrait artist; Lindsay serves as chief implementer, client guide for consultations and sales appointments, and studio manager. When not serving clients, they love to explore the outdoors and travel. Faith and family are at the center of life.

            Past events

            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
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