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.

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!

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