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

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

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 andrew@crainphotography.com

$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 http://www.studiokportraits.com/blog

 CHECK OUT HER SENIORS FACEBOOK PAGE http://www.facebook.com/studiokseniors

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.)


Bryan & Lisa deliver on What Seniors Want

Twenty photographers gathered for an afternoon of learning  with Bryan Welsh and Lisa Dillon…”What Seniors Want”.  The duo  gave tips on posing, lighting and of course marketing.  PPA members who attended were awarded a PPA education merit. SPPA members receive an education merit in the SPPA system. Photos of our models were sent in by Gail Ann, Andrew Crain and Iris Dee.


“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. 

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“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.