April 14, 2013
At the January After Hours meeting, the PMPA board unveiled our updated degree program that allows active members to be recognized for their accomplishments and participation in our association. Now we’re proud to unveil the freshly minted degree medals (above) that will be awarded at the end of the year during our 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet. [...]
March 5, 2013
PMPA members Cindy Kassab, Darrell Davis, PMPA board member Tom Reiman and PMPA President Mark Fitzgerald each earned Professional Photgraphers of America (PPA) merits at the recent PPA Western District Photographic Competition. Held in Los Angeles from Feb. 22-24, 2013, the district competition was open to photographers from across the western states, including Oregon, Washington, [...]
February 21, 2013
Tips for Entering the PMPA Digital Photographic Competition Preparing your Files = Calibration: We’re using a high quality 30” monitor that’s calibrated to 6500k, 2.2 gamma, 110 lumens. If you have a device like a Spyder or ColorMunki, use it to calibrate your display to these settings. Then you’ll have the most accurate preview on your own [...]
February 15, 2013
FOR SALE: Are you still looking for some used photographic equipment? Gloria Auker, founding member of PMPA, is selling some of Jerry’s professional gear collected from over 35 years as a professional. Lighting, backgrounds, studio ‘stuff’….. Call Gloria for details: 503-233-3084 (note: you may get a recording about rental property). She lives in Sellwood, near [...]
October 18, 2012
On Location The Gorge, was a terrific success. The Workshop sold out almost as soon as it was published. Thanks to our instructors (and guides) Tamara Kaufman and Michael Peterson for the adventure in the Gorge. It was a special day for the participants of the PMPA sponsored On Location Portrait Workshop. The weather cooperated [...]
August 18, 2012
We loved having Eric from SharedInk at the Summer Picnic! Thanks for coming Eric. Tom and his wife, along with Doug and Bonnie chat with Eric
Thanks to Aaron for his hard work and a terrific summer picnic. Oaks Park was a terrific venue, I’m sure we will return. Great food and good fellowship. Bonnie, Kate and Jan
May 30, 2012
Attached is a RFB for Photographic Services form Clackamas County
May 12, 2012
We had a terrific group at Thursday’s After Hours. The prints submitted for the print competition were just fantastic. Thanks to our Judges for your insights. Mike Anderson with his Merit Print Darrell Davis, a new member with a Merit Print from his first Competition. Mark Fitzgerald, with a Floral that Merited and a hand [...]
April 14, 2012
Thanks to PMPA member, Brian McLernon for hosting us at this West Portland Studio and giving us a preview of his May Workshop. Click on the photo above to see all the photos. (Thanks Danny for the candids)
Mark and Dawn, pictured here, along with several others, each had prints which Merited in March. It was one of our largest and most well attended competitions. Terrific Prints! Click photo above to see all the images. (thanks Danny for the candids)
March 14, 2012
Congrats to Mike Anderson, Lisa Dillon, and Mark Fitzgerald whose prints were all awarded Merits at the PPA Western District Competition!! (image above, Abandoned, by Lisa Dillon & Soul Boat, by Michael anderson)
March 13, 2012
PMPA member and Director of Workshops, Mark Fitzgerald was awarded a perfect 100 score and “Best of Show” a the Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition Western District competition. PPA’s Western Division comprised nine western states and the 3 Canadian provinces. Mark’s print, titled "Sleepless in Seattle", was the only one from over [...]
January 12, 2012
If you didn’t make it to the Social Media roundtable presentation from Daniel Payne on Thursday night, here’s the PDF presentation complete with hyperlinks. Enjoy learning and feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
December 22, 2011
I’m looking to share studio space in the Pdx area with other photographers who have a small hourly need each month for studio use. Either a studio that’s up in running that would like to share some expenses or I’d be interested in spearheading a new location/warehouse setting, lots of set areas and splitting the [...]
November 21, 2011
THE VOTES ARE IN!!! Introducing your 2012 Board of Directors: Kristi Johansen – President Danny Abrego – Vice President Kate Le Blanc – Secretary Julia Fitzgerald – Treasurer Dawn Kowalewski – After Hours Director Cindy Pederson – Awards & Print Competition Director Ron Le Blanc – Bylaws & Legal Ethics Director Dwaine Rhea Rhea – [...]
November 17, 2011
The PMPA awards merits that can be applied to official photography titles which will let your clients and prospects know that you are involved in a professional organization to improve your skills, art and business. Here’s how to update your Merits at the PMPA web site. Click the Member Login link at the top of [...]
June 11, 2011
David Petersen presented on the topic of Copyrights this month.
April 16, 2011
Thank you Ryan Kristin for showing us what OnOne software can do to speed up our photo processing. Photos by Danny Abrego
March 12, 2011
Our print competition was well attended in March, plus we awarded trophies to the 2010 PMPA Photographer of the Year (Kate Singh) and the 2009 Photographer of the Year (Tania Allen). See all the photos here.
February 19, 2011
Thanks to Radio Poppers for their presentation at our February After Hours meeting. Amazing technology right here in our back yard!
January 17, 2011
See all the photos from our January 2011 meeting where we had three round-table discussions: Julia Fitzgerald – Business and Tax info for photographers. Lisa Miller Dillon – Haven’t entered a print competition yet but have been wanting some feedback on your work. Bring one 8×10 and have Lisa talk about it, everyone learns with [...]
December 25, 2010
Kate Singh is our 2010 Photographer of the Year! Enjoy viewing the 70+ photos from our Holiday Party and Awards Banquet. See more of Kate’s work.
November 5, 2010
PMPA member, Mark Fitzgerald’s new book is now available. Congrats to Mark! Photoshop CS5 Restoration and Retouching For Digital Photographers Only (For Only) A full-color comprehensive reference to retouching and restoring photographs using Adobe Photoshop. Provides training, tips, and techniques for amateur to professional photographers who want to restore and retouch photos like an expert. [...]
October 17, 2010
Frank Nichols presented a program on the business of photography and shared his goal to start publishing photo books. Winners in the print competition were: Portrait: 1st - ’Sassy at 60′ – merit – Kate Singh 2nd – ‘Cat Walk’ – merit – Kate Singh 3rd – ‘Innocence’ – Amee Taylor Illustrative: 1st – ‘Loose in the [...]
October 10, 2010
Thanks to Ron Lablanc for his hard work revising the bylaws, which passed with flying colors last evening at our monthly meeting. Additional thanks to Dwon and Derrik for a terrific business presentation. More photos
August 24, 2010
When: Thursday, September 25, 2008 Time: 7:00pm Where: World Forestry Center – Miller Hall >Cost: $25 non-members, $15 ASMP, PPO, AIGA, APA, PMPA, CMUG, PIF members, $10 Students, FREE for ASMP Students Cash or Check payments only at the door.
Congratulations! to the PMPA members who scored merits in the PPA International Print Competition. Cindy Kassab (5 merits) 1 Merit Print 2 Loan Collection Bonnie Hamilton (4 merits) 2 Merit Prints 1 Loan Collection Dwon Guvenir (3 merits) 1 Merit Print 1 Loan Collection Bryan Welsh (3 merits) 3 Merit Prints
PMPA member Donna Holmes invites you to a student exhibit of photographs at Umpqua Bank in the Pearl, 1139 NW Lovejoy on Wednesday, October 29th from 5 to 7PM. Donna is Director of Focus on Youth.
As we approach the end of the year it is time to be thinking about if we have our income and expense records organized to be ready for the January 15 Estimated Tax filing. Using accounting software greatly reduces the pain. Some points to consider: Do you have easy-to-use software like Quicken or Quick Books? [...]
Portland, Oregon, wedding and commercial photographer Brian McLernon’s first book for Wiley Publishing, the "Canon 5D Mark II Digital Field Guide" is set for release August 10th, 2009. The Canon 5D Mark II digital camera is a revolutionary development in dSLR technology. With its full-frame 21.1 megapixel sensor and 30 frames per second high-definition video [...]
Kudos to Barbara Parker who entered prints at the Gresham Center For The Arts. She won three awards: At the Winter Trees – 3rd place Peoples Choice, and 3rd place Mayors Award. Weathering the Storm – First Place
July 14 – August 27, 2009 Susan E. Frost, Portland-based travel photographer, will have one image in the mixed-media group show, 2009 Juried Art Exhibit, at the Gresham City Hall Visual Arts Gallery. This particular image, Neon Tulip Girl, was shot in early morning light and then manipulated in Photoshop CS3 to give it the [...]
Thank you Ron Le Blanc for teaching us all about Event Photography last week on August 28, 2009. See the equipment required to use Green Screen technology in your studio or next event. See all the photos from this seminar.
Taking Your Photography Business To The Next Level October 1, 2009 at The Oregonian – Presentation Room, 1st Floor – 1320 SW Broadway, Portland, OR. Morning Session – All About Business 8:30AM – 1:00PM Afternoon Session – Making Yourself Better 2:00PM – 7:00PM Cost: FREE! Registration is required here. More info here. Presenters: David [...]
Thank you Kate Singh of Aevum Images for teaching us Graphic Design for Photographers at our September 2009 meeting. We saw many examples of: postcards, fliers, web pages, business cards and senior collages. That degree in graphic design came in handy for you. View event images here.
We voted at our November meeting and here are the Officers and Directors for 2010: Office, Name, Term Ends President, Danny Abrego, 2010 Vice President, * Daniel Payne, 2011 Secretary, Guy Lewis, 2010 Treasurer, Julia Fitzgerald, 2011 After Hours, * Tamara Kaufman, 2010 Awards, * Cindy Pederson, 2010 Bylaws & Legal Ethics, * Ron [...]
We had a wonderful meeting tonight with Loma Smith sharing her passion for family portrait photography, plus we had print competition tonight (thank you judges). See all the photos here.
Mitch Falkenstein, a board member of Rebuilding Together, needs professional photographers to chronicle their before and after projects at job sites. Rebuilding Together is a non-profit/volunteer organization that repairs homes for Portland’s low income, disabled and elderly communities. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 24th, with over 60 homes targeted for much needed maintenance and [...]
The impact of Social Media, click ot watch the video Jas Dhaliwal, author of Social Media Revolution took the time to pull out the actual stats from the video. Over 50% of the world’s population is under 30-years-old 96% of them have joined a social network Facebook topsGoogle for weekly traffic in the U.S. Social [...]
July 9, 2010
The PMPA networked with the ASMP, plus we had a short program from Cesar on Photoshop CS5. More photos.
June 24, 2010
Congratulations to Bonnie Hamilton of River City Photography for having been awarded three merit prints in PPAs International Print competition. Bonnie is a Master Photographer, she resides with her family in Portland and is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and its local affiliates in Oregon and Washington, the Photographic Society of [...]
June 17, 2010
April Cullett was our guest speaker in May and taught us about using Templates in Photoshop to make beautiful collages for seniors, weddings and families. Click the photo to see more photos. Ron LeBlanc and Kate Singh both had prints that scored in the Merit category for print competition.
Thank you Cesar for teaching us how to create compelling marketing templates for our clients. See all the event photos.
May 5, 2010
May 12 in Portland This revolutionary and ground-breaking new seminar, taught by two of the world?s most sought-after and beloved instructors, Ken Sklute and Mitche Graf, will show you how to ?fuse? your art and business minds together to make a one dynamite package! Today?s changing economy requires a new perspective of the world, and this [...]
April 9, 2010
Thank you Bonnie for presenting to us on the topic of print competition and showing us your total love for photography and mentoring. See all the photos.
April 8, 2010
April 5, 2010
Craig Mitchelldyer led a lighting seminar on March 31st at Mt Hood. See more photos.
March 4, 2010
Practical Hands-On with ColorChecker PassPort, Wednesday March 10th at Gary Hush PhotoStudio. Only $5! Mark Fitzgerald, of The Digital Darkroom and author of several books will be presenting. Mark has a brand new Canon 5D and will only have had a ColorChecker Passport for 2 weeks, so his presentation will illustrate how easy (or hard) [...]
February 21, 2010
I’d like to share how I’ve automated my event photography work flow so that clients can be photographed, proof and order in just a few minutes. I’m using some standard technology and some custom technology that I wrote myself: Shoot tethered with a Canon 5D connected to an iMac iMac runs EOS Viewer and EOS [...]
February 12, 2010
Special thanks to our suppliers who presented their business at tonight’s Suppliers Night event! Watch your email for a complete list of Suppliers and links to their business. Ron LeBlanc, for Green Screen Wizard www.greenscreenwizard.com
January 29, 2010
We have several members participating in Gresham’s Color Explosion. Check it out! Danny Abrego, PMPA President, commended Focus On Youth as the Association’s primary outreach for 2010. Yesterday, the Gresham Outlook published an atricle about Focus On Youth and one of their young artist. It’s exciting to see PMPA members and friends doin’ exciting [...]
January 28, 2010
I had a kid in my class in elementary school named Zach Zorn, the LAST one called for anything if the teachers went alphabetically! Soooo what happens if a client visits our PMPA web site and searches for "Portrait Photographer" Well, Zach would be thrilled! Website Search results now come up randomly; therefore, [...]
January 16, 2010
A recent change to our website profiles allows you to add a small image to your profile. We thought, since we’re in a visual business, we might want a graphic as part of our profiles. The board suggest using your LOGO or your personal image however any image may be used. The image will [...]
November 26, 2009
I chatted with Lisa Kuhlman on Facebook about color calibration for my iMac and Windows 7 laptop. She was using the eye-one display LT device so I asked to borrow it. On Thanksgiving Day we met and then I went home to test it out. First I calibrated my iMac and the "after" results [...]
November 11, 2009
Hello Northwest Photographers! We hope that you are having a tremendous fall season so far and are getting ready for your best year ever in 2010! I know this is last minute, but we have had a cancellation for Mitche Graf’s Intensive 4-day Workshop on the Oregon coast November 15-November 18 (yes, this coming week!) and [...]
November 9, 2009
Photographs by PMPA members, Mike Anderson and Mark Fitzgerald, are featured in "Kaleidoscope",a colorful art show sponsored by the Gresham Art Committee. The theme for this show inspired a number of interesting submissions:"As a kaleidoscope tube rotates, the tumbling of the colored objects creates a varying colors and patterns. This colorful, ever-changing display, when colors come [...]
November 4, 2009
As photographers we want our clients to understand and respect our copyrights. Visit the Copyright Alliance web site and sign their letter of support, which will be presented to President Obama.
November 3, 2009
Talking with my neighbor about proper white balance last week I learned of a color calibration system from Pantone called Huey. I decided to try this system out on my HP laptop running Windows Vista and another desktop running Windows XP. During the Vista installation there was a warning from Microsoft that this installer had, [...]
October 20, 2009
Sunday, November 15 Taught by Mark Fitzgerald, Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert 9 AM – 4 PM Lightworks Photography, Eugene Oregon Limited to 10 photographers $149 before 11/8/09 $174 after 11/8/09 High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is changing the way photographers capture the world around them. HDR allows a photographer to shoot several exposures of a [...]
October 13, 2009
Donna Holmes, Director at Focus on Youth We are having a great year with the kids. I am teaching everyday and the students work with the mentors one day a week. We are teaching the students digital and they love it. Our greatest need now is digital cameras, we only have about 4 loaned cameras [...]
October 10, 2009
Bruce Berg presented a program on high school seniors, followed by a print competition. See all the photos here.
September 23, 2009
There’s a wonderful article on Susan Frost at the Portland Metropolitan Photographic News site.
September 12, 2009
Sep 30, 7-9PM. Seeing What Is / Imagining What Can Be In difficult times, creative vision is the key to economic survival. Dick Durrance, with stories and award winning images from photographing National Geographic assignments, combat in Vietnam, and global advertising campaigns, shows you how to focus your creative vision on the challenges you face. [...]
September 4, 2009
Photographers will receive a $150 discount on the Plug-in Suite at check-out time using the promo code of PMPA.
September 3, 2009
September 15. 4-7 pm 15171 SW Bangy Road, Lake Oswego The Kruse Professional Building will be sponsoring an Art Show and Open House on Tuesday, September 15 from 4:00 ? 7:00 pm.The show will feature the original works of 15 local photographers and artists, all of whom will be on hand to discuss their work.Artists [...]
July 15, 2009
View photos from our July 9, 2009 meeting. Thank you Danny for taking these photos.
July 11, 2009
Oregon Photo Safaris Crater Lake Weekend Workshop: PPA Continuing Education Series July 11&12 $350 Register Now Limited Enrollment This coming weekend is our Crater Lake Weekend Workshop. Spaces are still available at the campground we’ve reserved.Yes campground. This will be an amazing weekend camping in the Crater Lake National Park photographing one of the most [...]
July 6, 2009
July 9th we’ll be having our next print competition so read about the rules.
June 30, 2009
We’ve just created a new group on Facebook, so come and join us in discussions, share photos, ask questions, learn and be sociable. The group is open to anyone, and you can create a free acount in seconds.
June 18, 2009
Come and photograph the balloons in Tigard at Cook Park, June 19-21 at the 25th annual Balloon Festival.
June 16, 2009
Digital Wave is a 15-year-old successful video production business in Portland, Oregon. This business is good-to-go with a strong client list, a 15 year old phone number, and a page one rating on Google when searching for “Portland Video Production”. The owners are moving on to other adventures and would love to pass it on. [...]
June 11, 2009
See all the photos from our swap meet.
June 7, 2009
Check out the newly designed web site for Focus on Youth. This organization is dedicated to “empowering youth through photography”. Opportunities abound for you to mentor students in the art and love of photography.
May 31, 2009
Mark Fitzgerald of the Digital Darkroom has an excellent new blog all about Photoshop. Make sure to subscribe to his RSS feed.
May 15, 2009
Marinel Miklja is offering his Lake Oswego studio business for sale including: equipment, client list, training and support. 530 First Street, 503.387.5471
Dwon presented a program on how to be Green in your photography business, followed by a print competition. See more photos.
May 6, 2009
Learn from David Ziser in his 4 hour seminar on May 6: off-camera flash, best camera settings, DSLR video, digital work flow, new marketing ideas. More details here.
Tom Hubbard wrote a wonderful article about FOY and all the good work that Donna Holmes and her photographer volunteers are doing to inspire Portland youth with positive role models. Read the article here.
April 27, 2009
A day of intensive care that will revitalize your post production work flow. Is your work flow on the critical list? Is it beginning to look like Frankenstein’s monster with all sorts of pieces cobbled together? If so, this is your opportunity to give it a complete examination that addresses all of the key areas [...]
April 9, 2009
Thank you to all of the vendors who presented tonight:Advance CameraArt Shipper ProductionsDaniel PayneFundy SOSKambaraOregon Photo SafarisPro Photo SupplyRice Studio SupplyWestern Photo Mount See more photos in the gallery.
April 6, 2009
For those of us who’ve been photographing for a number of years and had camera repair problems before our friends at Advance Camera and Pro Photo Supply became our established and preferred repair guys, Bill Crispien was here in Portland to help us out. Bill’s shop was Custom Camera Craft on what now is MLK [...]
March 14, 2009
PMPA and PPO member Paul Sivley and Adrian Klein opened an art show March 13 at the Tualatin Heritage Center at 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, OR 97062. The show runs through April 4 and hours are M-F 10am-2pm, Thursday evenings, and Saturdays. Call 503 885 1926 for details on hours. The imagery includes landscapes [...]
March 12, 2009
Mitche Graf presented a wealth of information on how to promote your photography business using time-tested techniques from around the world. Our top three winners in print competition tonight were (l to r): Kate Singh, Barb Parker, Tania Allen.
February 16, 2009
For a limited time only we’re dropping the prices of our Weekend Workshops to $250. This amazingly low price is for a limited time only. Consider that normal PPA merit workshops run around $1,000. This great price should not be missed. This offer is good for our Astoria workshop in March and our Portland workshop [...]
February 15, 2009
February’s PMPA general meeting was held at Denyce Weiler’s Something Blue Photography in SE Portland. Her presentation on use of projection for sales was informative and entertaining. Something Blue is the first of several studio locations that we plan to visit for our Thursday night meetings during the year. Hopefully, a changing location at different [...]
Gloria Auker, one of PMPA’s founding members, was given a lifetime membership by vote of the board members at the February board meeting at Something Blue Photography in Portland. It was decided that the many years that Gloria served as officer and volunteer deserved special recognition. Gloria plans to attend various PMPA functions and her [...]
February 13, 2009
Focus On Youth has an exhibit entitled, “Through Their Eyes”, showing now at New Seasons in Beaverton the entire month of February.
February 4, 2009
Oregon Photo Safaris presents a weekend workshop in Portland on February 7-8 that earns PPA merits. Register today.
January 30, 2009
Swearing in of the 2009 Board Members and officers of PMPA was performed at the January General Membership meeting held at the River Oaks Church in SE Portland. This team consists of the following members: President, Danny Abrego Vice President, Derrik Oller Secretary. Guy Lewis Immediate Past President, Fudge Davisson After Hours, Kate Singh Awards,Tania [...]
January 19, 2009
The training I have gained in my years of association with PMPA has been pivotal in my continued success and longevity in this industry. I have personally seen dozens of local photographers come and go in my 15 plus years in this line of work. If there is one thing that I have learned over [...]
January 14, 2009
Have you heard about LinkedIn? Over 30 million professionals use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and opportunities. Stay informed about your contacts and industry. Find the people & knowledge you need to achieve your goals. Control your professional identity online.You are invited to join the PMPA group created at LinkedIn today. Membership in this LinkedIn [...]
December 22, 2008
Gift Certificates for 12 PPA Continuing Education Merit workshops now available for purchase online in time for the Holidays. Also in time for the Holidays, we’re now resellers for the following product lines: Nikon, Canon, Wacom, Epson, Lexar and more, making it easier than ever to provide our students with the best photography equipment for [...]
December 16, 2008
2000′ sq ft Co-op studio 1/2 mi south of OMSI … $150.00/month … 3 separate shooting areas within, including large natural light room, furnished boudoir room and more. Visit here for all the details, Nina’s Photography.
December 15, 2008
Susan Frost invites you to view her Black & White Art show at the Gresham City Hall Visual Arts Gallery on December 16th from 5:30PM to 7PM.
November 14, 2008
As we prepare to begin the twenty-first year of our organization, we note the loss of Jerry Auker, one of our founding members and past president, who died October 31. Although the direction of PMPA has been shaped over the years by a number of the original members, Jerry had been paramount in keeping PMPA [...]
November 13, 2008
Oregon Photo Safaris is proud to announce we’re now a PPA Continuing Education Systems Provider offering PPA Continuing Education System Merits towards your Master Photographer Degree, Professional Photographer Certification, etc. We offer 13 different workshops and safaris in 2009 that will earn you PPA merit points. See dates & times and register online. www.OregonPhotoSafaris.com
November 8, 2008
We are fortunate to have Julia as a member of PMPA. She received her BA in accounting from University of Texas, San Antonio in 1992, and started her own business in 2002. Her CPA firm specializes in working with small businesses, providing tax planning and tax return preparation, bookkeeping service, consultation on business start-up procedures [...]
October 31, 2008
Our dear friend and PMPA founder Jerry Auker died on 10/31/08. We will all miss him and send our condolences to Gloria Auker. Funeral services are on Monday, 11/17 at 11AM, New Hope Community Church, 11731 SE Stevens Rd. A reception will follow the service. You are invited to contribute refreshments for the reception. In lieu [...]