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.

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