Learn to Capture Cinematic Weddings

Capture Cinematic Weddings with Ray Roman

Seattle In-Depth Seminar

March 11th

Seattle Interactive Master Class

March 12th

Seattle Workshops


Learn to Capture Cinematic Weddings. A Live Learning Educational Workshop Series that instructs as much as it inspires. Taught by the internationally acclaimed filmmaker, Ray Roman.

Widely considered one of the top 10 wedding and event filmmakers on the planet. People from all over the world recognize Ray Roman for his incredibly cinematic wedding films. Ray comes from a SWAT team background – and although it may seem like an unlikely starting point for an acclaimed wedding filmmaker, it actually provided him with many of the guiding principles that helped form his illustrious career.

Ray’s twice been named the 25 hottest and most influential studios on the planet. He’s won numerous WEVA Excellence awards. Ray’s shot weddings of high powered CEO’s, NBA All-Stars, NFL All-Stars, Royalty, and his work’s appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, ABC’s 20/20, etc

In– Depth Seminar $149Maximizing Picture QualityLighting TechniquesCeremony and ReceptionCapturing Perfect Audio

Editing a Main Feature

Understanding Time Shifting

Color Correction

Pricing Guide for Top-Dollar Sales

Path to High-Profile Clients

Interactive Master Class $499
Limited to 26 Students
Critical LightingBridal PreparationFirst Looks
Creative SessionsAdvanced Stabilization

Ceremony Coverage In-Depth
Audio Acquisition Techniques

Reception Coverage

Live Demo with Brides

View and Deconstruct a Main Feature



March Meeting, with Sean McVeigh of 425 Media

Our next meeting is on March 10th at 7:00pm

Create compelling content! Inspire potential clients! Gain the favor of the all mighty search engines!

 …. and make your phone RING!

Critical Content Creation for Photographers

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The goal of this SPPA Sponsored workshop is to provide a tangible, immediate piece of  customized content that you will be able to use in your current marketing efforts and the ability to repeat that process over and over again.

Anyone can create content, but to be successful, you must create content that compels users to purchase your art and services. The class will provide strategies to help you   create effective online content. We will focus on the most important weapon in your marketing arsenal, your blog. Why is blogging important? Simply put, because consistently published, well-written content will help define you as a subject matter expert (SME).  The end goal of participating in this class is to arm you with a habit  to create, tune and publish content regularly.


•                10 minutes of introductions, basic instruction and topic creation

•                15 minutes of personal writing

•                 Sean will take what you wrote and provide

◦                                  Technical insights

◦                                  Search engine suggestions

◦                                  Long term content creation strategies

Class Requirements

•                Laptop

•                Word Processor (Microsoft Word, Google Docs)

•                Platform to publish to

◦                                  Website (preferred)

◦                                  Facebook

◦                                  Google Plus

◦                                  Or any other customer defined platform

•                An idea or topic to write about (if you can)


Join us Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM
The Village Bean – Located in Country Village
720 238th St, SE #A, Bothell, WA 98021

SPPA Members, Free
Non-members, $20
Students, PPW, PCPPA $5


About Sean

Sean McVeigh, the founder of 425 Media has helped authors and businesses create meaningful, marketable, compelling content that can be used to reinforce the fact that they are the — experts in their fields. Creating content needs to be thought of strategically, 425 Media understands this need and more importantly, understands how technology can be leveraged to achieve the desired result.


Next PIE meeting at Heidi’s Place

Announcing our next PIE meeting at Heidi’s Place
next Tuesday October 28th at 7pm in Bothell.

“The art and importance of quality framing
for the professional photographer”

In addition to great snacks and drink bar, Heidi will be giving us an overview of all the work that goes into excellent framing.  Additionally, she will show us the tools, paper and cleaning  process to handle our own framing if we choose.  It is a great opportunity to determine if bringing framing in house is a good idea or not. (I have done both and am grateful that I can do my own when I am unable to get it to my framer – Heidi!)  The best part will be previewing all of Heidi’s frame corners for future ideas to display your own art.

This is a mixed meeting hosted by Heidi Butz with food, drink, and PIE (photographers informal evening) and should offer something for all. RSVPing early will help determine the head count.

And the best part:  this PIE meeting is FREE!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Any questions, please contact Andrew Crain or Barbara Roser

RSVP to SeattlePPA.com

Heidi’s Place in Bothell:  2613 189th Street SE Bothell, WA  98012

Heidi’s Place Custom Picture Framing

Gallery Showing Hosted by Canon!

Canon is hosting a special one-night gallery event at Axis Pioneer Square on Friday , October 17 from 4-8pm.

The Football themed gallery, celebrating the hometown pride of Seattle, features work by local photographers and comedian Joel McHale.

To celebrate Canon is giving away cameras, printers, football tickets and more! Sppa has arranged a private tour at 7:00pm on Friday.

Canon, as host, is giving a special gift card for all those who reserve attendance at Ashley.bryan@grey.com and mention you are with SPPA and Barbara Roser – contact.

It is going to be well worth the visit with inspiration and gifts for all!
See you there!


Canon PIXMA PRO Gallery Event

2014 Annual SPPA Picnic


and this one is hot….IRON CHEF HOT!

Tuesday, July 27 starting at 4 pm
at Barbara Roser Photography Gardens

free to members; $15 for non members (dinner included)

 Come for the fun, food and fabulous fotography.

Bring your appetite; bring your competition prints*;
bring your camera because we have something very special planned.

Watch for more details coming soon.
In the meantime, save the date!!

Presented by Seattle Professional Photographers Association


March 2014 PIE Meeting

March 2014 PIE Meeting





Join us at Pegasus on Alki

Come on by for pizza (on us) and beer (you buy)
Members can pick up a copy of our 2013 Prestige Award magazine!
Network, nosh, share!

And if you haven’t already – Renew/Join Now!  Look at our changes….

• Meetings will be held quarterly!  We will now host 3-4 events a year with hands-on learning and shooting, plus print competitions. On the months between the quarterly meetings we will have PIE! Photographers Informal Evenings. These PIE meetings will be held at different locations throughout the greater Seattle area. You’ll be invited to attend from 7-9 at the announced location. The purpose of these smaller intimate gatherings will be brainstorming, mentoring and just plain fun.

• Road shows! We are bringing ‘em back. These small intimate settings allow us to share information with one another. Watch for Andrew Crain’s “Digital Body Sculpting”. Free for paid members.

• Print Competitions – SPPA Photographer of the Year and the SPPA Prestige Award
There will be 3 facets to the print competitions this year:
– NEW! Monthly online digital image competition.  Online voting with monthly winners. Our goal is to generate new followers and new members via Facebook, while having a fun, online image competition.
– Quarterly print competition – this leads to our Photographer of the Year Award!  There’s nothing like showing off your finished work in print!
– Annual Print Competition. Show your very best work and see how you score based on PPA standards, with a panel of trained judges.  This leads to the coveted SPPA Prestige Award

• Advertising – We have installed our 2014 B&E Wedding and Event Guides both of which are available now. These ads direct prospective clients to our website. Their website is www.banquetevent.com

And best of all – we’ve lowered the dues!
Your annual dues are now $79.
Special rates for students, too! 
Click here to JOIN NOW!
Renew by March 31, 2014 and get a 6 month subscription to My Photo App. $75 Value!

2013 December Meeting

December Meeting
12/3 – 5:00pm

Country Village in Bothell! Follow the Santa signs.

In December we will have an excellent Christmas meeting with Santa’s Workshop and lots of lovely children to photograph while visiting with Santa in his work shop.

Not your “ordinary” Santa shoot.  Come learn how to take your holiday set to a new and more profitable level!

This is our last monthly print competition for 2013!  Be sure to get your prints ready!  The Photographer of the Year will be announced in January!


***Revised Location:  Country Village in Bothell. Contact Barbara Roser for details.
425-442-5969 or email: roserphotography@msn.com

Print competition check-in ends at 6:30pm. For more information about our monthly print competition, see the Monthly Print Competition Rules.

Dec 3 2013 - Santa Workshop




and maybe you will,  but first ask yourself “what will I lose by waiting?”  “What’s the big deal?”

For the answer to that, we went to our 2013 grand winner, MARV HESTON, and asked a few simple questions.
Give Marv’s answers a read, you will, as I did, find within them an “aha” moment.

How helpful are the judges’ comments to your work at SPPA competition? Does this competition help in creating your work for the next competition or for refining your art?

A.      Comments from the judges help me to see images without parent eyes.

You know how parents are, they always think that their kids are perfect, even when that child has just been arrested for driving 125 mph the wrong way on the freeway after leaving the scene of a bank robbery, with a still warm pistol in his lap… and the mother always says “He’s a good boy”.

Well the same is true for photographer’s and their children, we take a good picture and we think it’s perfect, or at least as perfect as we could do with the circumstances the client/day gave us.  Well hearing judges’ comments helps me see my images for what they really are and that helps me see where my images can be improved.  Improved for competition and improved for my clients.  Most of want to make the most wonderful images we can for clients and being able to see our images objectively helps us do that.

The other thing judges’ comments help me with is shooting better images to start with.  A judge might say something like “I think this image could have been improved if the maker shot it from a lower angle”, so next time I’m shoot a “great” image I think could this be improved it I shot it from a different angle and this has made a significant difference in how I shoot.

Taking the highest marks for your work, does this help with your Marketing?  Discussion with Brides?  Displaying awards?  Etc.,
A.      Funny you should ask, I had a wedding in August where I learn at the Premiere of the couples images that they had hired me because I had won awards.  I’m proud of my work and I do display my awards for clients to see, but the awards are a secondary to the images that won the awards.  What I mean by that is, if an image wins an award or merits, it’s a good image by professional standards, if it’s a good image – my clients will see it as a GREAT image and clients are hiring me for my ability to produce great images.  What the awards do is confirm for the client that their opinion is shared by my professional photography piers and that reinforcement helps them know that I am as good as they think I am.  Wow that sounds arrogant, but you do have to sell yourself to clients and an award or two does really help.

Pricing is the cost worth the value?
A.      ABSOLUTELY!  First and foremost I’m proud of the images I can create because of having entered competition.  I’ve learned to see my photo-children objectively, which helps me create better images for my clients, and creating really great images for clients helps me sell more.  My typical wedding client starts by booking me to create a 20 page album for their wedding – and I do create a beautiful 20 page album, but then I go on to create a larger album that includes great images from their wedding with a little “competition polish” on those images.  The result is, that on average my wedding clients spend an additional $400-$600 adding more pages to their albums.  Why?   Because I create pages with great “competition polished” images that they “just have to have” in their albums.

So I get “paid” back in several ways from entering competition.

  1. I get the pride of creating great images – and this boost my confidence to handle any client that comes my way and that comes across to the client
  2. My potential clients see not one or two but hundreds of “competition” images that Wow them and that leads to them to choose me for their event
  3. Clients see the awards I’ve been given at competition and it confirms for them that I am a good photographer and that helps them have confidence in booking me
  4. I sell more product because I can make “must have” images that the client simply cannot leave at my studio

I estimate that print competition generates $3,000 to $4,000 in Plus business for me annually.  Now it has taken a while for me to get to that point,    but I entered my first competition 6 years ago, so it doesn’t take that long in the bigger picture (pun intended).

Enter SPPA Annual Competition and get more out of it than you will ever put in!
For Rules of Entry – digital or print – go to:  http://seattleppa.com/2013-annual-print-competition-rules


2013 Annual Print Competition



Here is your best opportunity to begin preparing for PPA and PPW conventions by having your prints judged NOW at the Seattle affiliate – SPPA – annual competition. In addition to being scored, each image submitted for competition will receive detailed comments on the print’s merits and areas for improvement by our panel of PPA trained print judges. This is an opportunity that you can’t get at the state or national level of judging.

To prepare for competition, please go to http://seattleppa.com/2013-annual-print-competition-rules/ and learn about the 12 elements of judging, image categories and cost of submissions.

All Professional Photographers are invited to participate in this event. PPW current members are invited to participate at the SPPA member rate. What a deal!

Begin selecting up to FOUR of your best of the best images now and DON’T FORGET TO to pass the word on to your associates. This is an awesome learning event so mark your calendar for November 5th.

Location and submission forms can be found at:

2013 September Meeting

To help prepare for the Annual Print Competition in October, we are happy to present a special meeting for September – Two presenters that will show how to create a work of art ready for Print Competition!

September 3rd 6:00pm – 10pm. 

At the Polish Home, 1714 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Our first presenter is Marie Martineau, Photographic Craftsman She will talk about the Fundamentals of Print Competiton, including the 12 elements of design, placement, presentation, the importance of titles, and how first impression can affect the final score.  Click here to view Marie’s bio and her extensive recognitions.

Our second presenter is Heather Michelle.  She will discuss creating hand painted digital masterpieces. Corel Painter Master, Training Partner, and PPA Master Artist Heather Michelle will explain a few simple brush tweaks that will give you great control over your painting and share how some of the new features can save you time in your painted process.  Click here to view Heather’s bio and find out more about her workshops and tutorials.

6:00 – 6:30pm   Monthly Print Competition check-in.  Snacks and networking.

6:30 – 7:30pm   Marie Martineau, Fundamentals of Print Competiton

7:30 – 7:45pm  Break – vote on monthly print competition entries

7:45 – 9:30pm  Heather Michelle, creating hand painted digital masterpieces

9:30 – 10:00pm Announce print competition winners,  Q&A

View the SPPA Monthly Print Competition rules here.

View the Annual Print Competition rules here.


Join us on Sep. 3rd to learn from the masters! 
Take your competition prints to the next level!

Seattle Professional Photographers Association is an Affiliate of Professional Photographers of America. SPPA has been meeting monthly since 1945. Our primary goal is to educate photographers to better serve their customers while maintaining excellence in their creative endeavors.
SPPA Mission Statement: “Our goal: To provide information with respect to creativity and lasting value of professional photography. We are committed to excellence through continuing education.”