Maryland's only Professional Trade Association 
Committed to the Artistic, Technical, Personal, and Business Success of the Professional Photographer

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Welcome to MDPPA

The Maryland Professional Photographers Association, the official Maryland state affiliate of the Professional Photographers
of America (PPA), is committed to the artistic, technical, personal, and business success of the professional photographer. Whether you are a seasoned professional, just starting your photography career, or enjoy photography as a hobby, we are
here for you! We provide relevant and current education in a wide variety of disciplines from the most skilled photographers and artists in the industry.  Join us for a meeting and let us help you to take your skills to the next level!

Our monthly meetings take place at Oliver's Carriage House in Columbia, Maryland typically on the 4th Wednesday of the month, but until further notice we are presenting programming virtually. Please refer to the Education tab for dates, times, fees and location changes if any.

Upcoming events

MDPPA is a State Affiliate of Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  We are a separate membership organization, yet we are mutually beneficial.  

There are many benefits to being a member of both MDPPA and PPA. Some of our programs offer Continuing Education Merits for PPA member attendees. PPA Member Speakers for our programs are eligible to receive speaker merits from PPA. Our print competition program is in association with PPA guidelines. You will find that MDPPA offers a wonderful community of colleagues, who share ideas and resources, education and experience. We look forward to our return to in-person meetings, and welcoming you with our hospitality! Until then we will meet you where you are, virtually!

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Links to the PPA website:
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...Information about PPA CPP
...Recertify your PPA CPP
PP exams will be proctored by our CPP Liaisons throughout the year.


Upcoming MDPPA Events

Monthly Seminar
Join us on Tuesday, October 26th, in person or virtually, for our all day Fall Fest seminar Refining Your Portrait Studio with Elizabeth Homan, and Wednesday, October 27th for our quarterly Print Competition! For more information, see our Fall Fest event page and our Print Competition page.  Entries are now being accepted for print competition on!

Some of our past seminars are available via YouTube; click here to view. 

Collaborative Work Day
Monday, October 11th, 2021 12-1:30pm
At our monthly Collaborative Work Days we meet virtually to catch up, exchange ideas, and answer questions in this social distancing adaptation of working together. All are welcome! If you have a tip or trick to share, contact Anne to schedule. Most previous Collaborative Work Day shares can be found on You Tube. When you register for the event you will receive the Zoom Link.

MDPPA Member Webinar Series
New programs are in the works. To see recordings of the webinar series on YouTube, click here. These are usually quick 60 minute programs with Q+A. 

MDPPA Members and Guests Town Hall and Happy Hour Join MDPPA President Danny Douglas to catch up when we next schedule our Happy Hour!

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Maryland Professional Photographers Association, Inc. is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 266, Simpsonville, MD, 21150

Association financial information is available by request.

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