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


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

Heidi’s Place Custom Picture Framing

Fusion Video with Kari Blunck


SPPA presents WOW! Fusion Video with Kari J. Blunck.
Kari will lead us thru the senior session and then show how to create a WOW  video from start to finish.

Sunday, September 28 at 2pm
Issaquah location revealed upon payment in full.
To register email Andrew at

$15 for SPPA / PPW / PPA members

$30 for all others with membership in SPPA good til end of year.

Includes sandwich buffet.
Time for shooting with models if you like.

Plus swap meet and quarterly SPPA competition.

 About Kari: Studio K Portraits is one of the top professional photographers in Olympia, Washington specializing in senior portraits. Kari is a PPA Master Photographer and has won numerous awards on her senior photography and portraits… She was awarded 2011 PPA Photographer of the Year and 2010-2009 PPW Portrait Photographer of the year.

 Check out her blog


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


Meet us at The Keg, June 3 meeting

It’s time for PIE! (Photographers Informal Evenings)
All local photographers are welcome.

This month we will meet at The Keg in Factoria. 

It’s a footloose time to meet and greet, network and nosh, talk about anything that needs talkin’!

We’ll introduce the newly revamped “Photographer of the Year” competition – it’s about to start!
And get you revved up for our “Iron Photographer” competition at our July Picnic!

Join us Tuesday, June 3 ~ 7PM  at The Keg in Factoria
Located in Loehmann’s Plaza, across from the Factoria Theatres
3600 Factoria Boulevard SE, Bellevue WA 98006

(No host. You are responsible for your own tab.)


“What Seniors Want”

Seattle Professional Photographers Association is proud to present:

“What Seniors Want” with Bryan Welsh and Lisa Dillon

What: PPA Continuing Education Class (PPA members get 1 education merit!)
When: May 6, 2014      1:00 pm  – 9:00 pm
Where: Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98136


Whether you are a seasoned photographer or just starting out you’ll want to meet Bryan and Lisa! Witty, entertaining and talented, their combined expertise and longevity in the industry will provide you with the information you need to deliver what seniors want!

Look what’s in store!
• Hands on shooting opportunity
  • Tips on proper posing 
  • Editing and Processing
  • Marketing and Sales

 All this for just $29 SPPA and PPA members
~ Includes sandwich or salad for dinner and PPA Merit!

$39 non-members
~ Price includes light dinner and snacks.

Join us for one of our main events this year!
RSVP early so you can select your dinner order. Register using form below. [form contactus]

“From Mildly Successful to Wildly Successful”

Join us on Thursday, April 10 at 7pm at Bruce Hudson’s Studio for an evening with Mark Zucker of Zookbinders!
Hosted by Hudson’s Portrait Design and SPPA this is an event you won’t want to miss! (Click here for directions)

Today’s successful photographers are not necessarily the best shooters, but the best “servicers”.  Delivering a great experience after the event is critical to differentiating you from a crowded, price-competitive field.

Many of today’s ‘Mildly Successful’ photographers “un-service” their clients by taking too long to deliver images, and making it difficult to choose photos, inadvertently forfeiting huge up-sell opportunities.

Learn how ‘Wildly Successful’ photographers stand out by delivering an improved customer experience, using easy-to-follow tools to make a lot more money…while doing less work.

Topics covered include: what brides want, how to streamline your back-end, tips on pricing and product offerings, and how to build a referral engine.

About Mark:


Mark Zucker is the Founder and CEO of Zookbinders Inc., a Chicago based company that provides albums and services to Professional Photographers.    Originally known for delivering high quality products, they’ve developed innovative technology that simplifies the process of ordering albums, while helping photographers get the upsells they deserve.   Mark thrives on helping pros find ways to prosper in a fast-paced digital industry.   Mark will challenge the status quo, recommend sensible solutions, and motivate photographers to get: “wildly successful”.
Note:  Mark is mindful of not delivering an infomercial for his company.

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

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!

2014 Meeting Schedule

Mark your calendars for our year of activity!
We’ll have “PIE”, participate in hands on events, annual picnic, holiday party.

SPPA 2014 Calendar of Events
● February 4 Quarterly Meeting with Brenda Huckle and Marv Heston

● March 4 PIE, Pegasus Pizza
Hosted by Rob Resing. Pizza on him. Purchase your own beverages. Watch for details, location.

● April 1 PIE
Hosted by Bruce and Josh Hudson. Watch for details, location.

● May 4 Quarterly  Watch for details, location.

● June 3 PIE Watch for details, location.

● July Picnic Iron Photographer Theme (Iron Chef) Watch for details, location.

● August 5 Quarterly Meeting, Watch for details, location.

● September 2 PIE, Watch for details, location.

● October 7 Annual Print Competition

● November 4 Quarterly Meeting

● December 2 End of Year Party

Adding video to your photographic repertoire

Join us for a presentation and round table discussion on the up and down side of adding video to your portrait, wedding and event work – Is it right for you?

Tuesday, February 4, 6-10pm, Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Video Motion, Photo-Videography, Photo Fusion, whatever title you use, it  appears to be the “IT” Product Wave these days.  But how do you start? And should you? And if you do, how do you price it? Sell it?  These are some of the topics that our two presenters and round table leads, Brenda Huckle and Marv Heston, will discuss with us.

Brenda Huckle, a fine art portrait designer and owner of Genuine Portrait Design located in  Snoqualmie,  will discuss what segments of her business she targeted for adding video, and her work toward adding the service while learning the techniques.  How she chose to start, stop and restart!  To learn more about Brenda, check out the link to Brenda’s own video on YouTube:  and the Link to Brenda’s website.

Marv Heston, our award winning wedding and portrait artist has integrated video to his wedding services and commercial work.  He will show us his latest video and talk a bit about what he would suggest would be the minimum equipment requirements and skill set.  Marv will be the subject of an upcoming SPPA website feature as winner of the Highest score in SPPA’s annual competition as well as division and category winner in weddings.  For more information on Marv, check out

And don’t forget print competition! Check-in ends at 6:30pm. For more information about our monthly print competition, see the Monthly Print Competition Rules. Remember, to be in the running to win the Photographer of the Year award, you need to enter your prints in the monthly competitions and at least one print in the SPPA Annual print Competition.

6:00 Social Hour
· Monthly Competition Prints accepted until 7:00 (please see SPPA monthly competition rules  at
7:00 Board Announcements
7:30  Presentations and Round Table Discussion
· Voting for February Art Entries during break  (You can’t win if you don’t enter!)

SPPA invites you to Party on! Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SPPA is pleased to announce two very important awards for 2013:
SPPA Photographer of the Year
(based on monthly print competition)
SPPA Prestige Award
(based on annual PPA inspired competition)
plus our individual and category print winners!

To find out who the recipients are please join us on Tuesday, January 21st from 6-9pm at the Tap House Grill in Bellevue. We’ll nosh on some appetizers, mingle with friends and view our best work.

Free to SPPA members. Guests $25.
(SPPA will provide appetizers and soft drinks – You can order your own beer or wine or cocktail.)

See you at the Tap House Grill Bellevue
Phone – 425.467.1730
Address – 550 106th Avenue NE Bellevue, WA 98004