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:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ys415lhsOc  and  http://www.genuineimage.com 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 http://www.hestonweddings.com/

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 http://seattleppa.com/sppa-monthly-print-competition-rules/
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!)

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.”

2013 Summer Event with Rob Resing

Thank you Barbara (and your husband) for hosting this event! Your place is so beautiful and such an ideal spot for portraits and weddings!

A big thank you to Rob also! Your presentation of the ‘Lady of the Lake’ was fantastic, we all learned a ton, and had a lot of fun photographing the ladies! Great job!

What could be better on such a wonderful Seattle summer day – great location, beautiful models, super presentation from Rob, great food, a great group of friends and photographers to enjoy the day with…plus a few new members decided to join us! New members – welcome to the Seattle PPA!

Do we have to wait ’till next Summer to do this again?!

Here are a few shots of Rob working his magic, many cameras snapping away, everyone learning and having a great time, and photos of the beautiful models.


Annual Summer SPPA Picnic – August 6th

It’s the Local Event of the Summer!

SPPA presents “Lady of the Lake” with Rob Resing
Tuesday, August 6
3pm – 7pm


Rob Resing of Chapter’s Photography will teach us how to build our own
studio or backyard ‘pond’ and stylize a “Lady of the Lake” shoot.

Lady of the Lake, by Rob Resing - Chapters Photography

Lady of the Lake, by Rob Resing – Chapters Photography

Watch him work his magic for glam, boudoir, and seniors! Learn to shoot from the top of a ladder and pose women while they ‘float’! You’ll have the opportunity to shoot it yourself with our volunteer models…yippee!

But wait, there’s more! Great food, great company, great grounds. See how Barbara Roser Photography has transformed her home into a studio complete with gardens for shooting both portraits and weddings. Yes, weddings! Perfect for the small destination LGBTQ wedding!

Garden Wedding, by Barbara Roser Photography

Garden Wedding, by Barbara Roser Photography

We know you can get lots of information online for free. But you know what? There’s  nothing like working side by side with other photographers and shooting and learning at the same time! Plus you get a yummy summer dinner!

So what’s it gonna cost?
SPPA members are FREE!
WPPA/PPA affiliate members $25
Non-members $45

But wait, there’s more! For only $75 you get SPPA membership for the rest of 2013 AND the summer event!
You may also purchase 6 months of myphotoapp.com for only $75 (a $199 value)

The is one of the best deals of the summer.
A seminar/picnic that you actually get to participate in – it’s better than a video!

RSVP to roserphotography@msn.com by July 31st to reserve your spot alongside Rob
and one of our Ladies of the Lake!

You’ll get directions to Roser’s Studio located in Sammamish when you RSVP.
Don’t delay, email roserphotography@msn.com TODAY!

…great food, great company, great grounds.  See how Barbara Roser Photography has transformed their home into a studio complete with gardens for shooting both portraits and weddings.



In addition to supporting and promoting professional photographers, “Our goal is to provide information with respect to creativity and lasting value of professional photography. We are committed to excellence through continuing education.”

Our competitions, seminars, monthly speakers and workshops all strive to bring you just that. Join us and see!


SPPA takes 2nd Place for Website in PPA 2013 Affiliate Competition!

SPPA receives 2nd Place in PPA 2013 Affiliate Communications Competition for Web Site.

Click here to see a list of all winners.

2nd Place: Ken Lapp
Seattle Professional Photographers Association


June 4th 2013 Meeting, with David Lowe

June 4th, 2013
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Topic:  Copyright Law, Counseling and Enforcement, with David Lowe

Come see the presentation by David Lowe, as he will explain the complicated laws of copyright and intellectual property law, and find out how it relates to photographers.


David A. Lowe
Washington State Bar No. 24,453
U.S. Patent & Trademark Reg. No. 39,281

Practice Areas
Patents, trademarks, copyrights and related litigation.

J.D., University of Washington, with Honors (1994)
B.S. Computer Science, Brigham Young University (1991)

David Lowe is a registered patent attorney and founding member of LOWE GRAHAM JONES PLLC. David has experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, both in the United States and in foreign countries. His current practice includes patent, trademark, and copyright procurement, with an emphasis on intellectual property litigation and related client counseling. David has extensive experience in dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and litigation. His technical background is in computer science and software engineering, and his patent practice includes the preparation and prosecution of computer software, electronic, business process, and mechanical applications. He received a Computer Science degree in 1991 from Brigham Young University and a law degree (with honors) in 1994 from the University of Washington. While in law school, he was the Associate Editor in Chief for the Washington Law Review and a national Moot Court competitor. He has authored a variety of articles on intellectual property topics and is a contributing author to the WSBA Civil Procedure Deskbook and the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual. David is a frequent CLE speaker on intellectual property topics. David has served as chairperson of the Computer Technology Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the King County Bar Association and as substitute professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he has taught Patent Litigation and Patent Prosecution.


The Polish Home
1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA. 98122

Print competition check-in ends at 6:45pm. 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. The annual print competition is scheduled for November.


From I-5 North take exit 165B James St. and on 1st lights take left on Cherry St. On next traffic lights take another left turn to Madison St. Go up the Hill on Madison to 18th Ave. and take a left into 18th Ave. Polish Home is on the right hand side.

From I-5 South take exit “Madison St.” Go up the Hill on Madison to 18th Ave. and take a left into 18th Ave. Polish Home is a big building on the right hand side.

Free Parking in their lot!