Celebrate the new year with SPPA

Ring in 2016 as we announce our 2015 Photographer of the Year while we ramble thru Elena’s new studio, share some tasty treats, and best each other with our white elephant gift exchange! You must RSVP to get directions. barbararoser@msn.com

Lighting for Glamour

Show us the Glam!

“LIGHTMAN TO THE STARS” – John Cornicello will be teaching us the skills he uses to light and pose his beauty images inside his successful studio and to light the models as seen on Creative Live. John is so talented that he is repeatedly requested to work with the most popular beauty shooters  – the STARS – featured on Creative Live training classes and videos.

Next SPPA Meeting – Tuesday, November 10
Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
6PM Social Hour and Print Check-in
7:000PM Program Begins

John will create a studio lighting set up and show us how he works to provide the most flattering and creative images for his clients. (More on John at http://cornicello.com)

Don’t miss this exciting program brought to you by Seattle Professional Photographers Association. Free to SPPA members. $10 for all others. Pay at the door or send money via Paypal to info@seattleppa.com.

Meet us on Alki


Why should your clients settle, when you can provide them with an image like this?! (insert picture)

Andrew Crain will bring skills to the beach at Alki on Tuesday, August 11, to show how to create night lights for client portraits.

Meet at Salty’s at 6:00 for appetizers and drinks (BuyYOB) and competition (yes we will have our monthly competition in the bar at Salty’s so bring your prints). And then we will hit the beach while Andrew demo’s his technique.

August 11, SPPA monthly meeting 6:00 – 9:00 Salty’s Alki

SPPA members free | Guests $5

SPPA Picnic

Annual SPPA Picnic
Tuesday, July 14th ~ 4pm until 9pm in Sammamish, just off of I-90

What could be better than ribs, brats and rock ‘n roll?

Eat, drink and enjoy some summertime fun to live rock ‘n roll!
Join us for a white elephant auction and a video showing the results of the previous month’s Working with Video Class.
Once the band is up and ready, as a group we will create a video and stills of the band in action.
Bring your cameras or just sit back and relax! It’s a great opportunity watch, practice and learn!

$10 SPPA members / $5 for their family members
$20 non-members
Upon RSVP/Payment directions will be sent.

To RSVP email gail at info@seattleppa.com

Social Media 4 Photogs – Sunday May 17

Is Social Media Driving You Crazy?
Are you overwhelmed with social media and how to turn your efforts into ACTUAL clients in your photo business?
Does the thought of marketing on the internet confuse and depress you?

We hear ya!
That’s why we pulled together top local social and internet marketing experts who are also PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS themselves for this life changing, one day seminar event!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 17th – 10-4pm.

El Dorado West
1010 134th SW, Burien WA 98146

An entire day of educational content PLUS lunch is just $59!
And this event is FREE for all Seattle Professional Photographers Association Members
$40 Special Sponsor Rate
Pay using PayPal to reserve your spot now!


Space is extremely limited, please register by e-mailing Seattle PPA [Read more…]

SPPA presents tips on using Capture One

Our next meeting  is Tuesday, April 14th
Welcome to your new home! We are back at the Polish Home at 18th & Madison!


6:00 – 6:30  Register Competition Entries / Social
6:30  Pro-2-Pro  discussion will focus on successes from last month’s training on Blogging and your ideas for Spring, Mother’s Day, and Children’s Portrait Marketing.
7:00 Announcements and new member introductions
7:15  Speaker Joe Towner on Capture One – Shooting Tethered
In this demonstration you’ll see how working tethered allows for absolute confirmation of the shot, plus allows others to see the work product when shooting with multiple clients on-set. CaptureOne Pro, and for remote viewing, CapturePilot.

1714 18th Ave, Seattle 98122

PLENTY of free parking in their lot!
Meeting in upstairs ballroom!

See you there!

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



January 2015 “What’s it take to keep SPPA alive?”

This will be a historic meeting for SPPA as we answer the question “What’s it take to keep SPPA alive?”
Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00pm
Coffee Bean in Bothell’s Country Village Shops
720 238th Street Southeast, Bothell, WA 98021

Members along with our photographic community at large are encouraged to attend this meeting. The SPPA and its affiliation with PPA National has been an important voice for professional photographers for over 60 years.  In the past we have provided training in skills development, marketing and business management for our area’s part-time and full-time photographers.

For the future, with fast paced changes all around us, the board knows SPPA needs to change too.
In early 2014, the board had several meetings to address this issue.  In an effort to stimulate growth and be more responsive to members, we lowered the fees and restyled the meetings into PIE meetings (photographers’ informal evening) for open conversation, and Workshop programs with skilled speakers and hands on training. We added Meetup as a source for participants and actively sought out ways to reach professionals including sharing all information with PPW.  While the workshops were fun, creative and skill-builders, they were not well attended and drew in few new members.

We understand that with the advent of online skill development programs, the reduced pricing to national events and the overall cutbacks in studio budgets, SPPA as it currently exists may no longer be a realistic contender for professionals’ time and money.  To that end, a quorum of members needs to agree and vote on our future direction.  Members are encouraged to attend. Non-members are encouraged to attend and present new ideas.

Celebrate the holiday with SPPA

It’s our last meeting of the year and it’s time for some holiday cheer!

Join SPPA for our annual holiday gathering
Tuesday December 9th at 7 PM
909 Coffee and Wine Bar in Old Burien.
(909 SW 152nd St, Seattle, WA 98166)

We will announce our “Photographer of the Year”
We’ll gather in their spacious, heated courtyard situated between the 909 and 913. Equipped with heaters and a fountain, it’s the perfect place to hang out and celebrate the holiday.

We’ll supply the pie,  dessert drinks and blankets to  keep warm!
Plus kitchy holiday accordion music by Bonnie Birch!

(If you like you can order off the menu – you pay the tab – http://909coffeeandwine.com/ )

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