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: 

Thank you for Voting!

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the elections. A special thank you to Pam Long, Elections Chair!

We welcome our incoming Board of Directors for 2021:

Chairman: Anne Looney
President: Danny Douglas
1st Vice President/Convention Chair: Jim Remington
2nd Vice President/Membership Chair: Bruce Press
Treasurer: Steve Clark
Secretary: Chris Marcinek
At-Large Board Member: Thomas Alexander
At-Large Board Member: Jay Cathell
At-Large Board Member: James Corbett
At-Large Board Member: AJ Jayaraman
At-Large Board Member: Tammy Thompson

Our new Board officially took office on January 31, 2021. Thank you to all of our Board Members, Committee Chairs, Committee Members, and all volunteers for your invaluable contributions to our membership!

Upcoming MDPPA Events!

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. 

Collaborative Work Day
Monday, March 8, 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. On February 8th, Jay Cathell shared tips on calibrating a light meter, soon to be posted on You Tube! All are welcome! When you register for the event you will receive the Zoom Link!

Monthly Seminar 
"Plan.Play.Profit." with Lori Nordstrom on Wednesday, February 24th, 1:30-9pm is an All Day program with PPA Continuing Education status! More information and registration here. Keep an eye out for additional programing for January and February!

In March we are excited to offer another PPA Continuing Education program! Chris Paulis will return to present an all day workshop on Photographic Restoration on March 24th from 1:30-9pm. Register and receive the Zoom link!

MDPPA Members and Guests Town Hall
Our next one is TBD.  Join MDPPA President Danny Douglas as he opens up discussion to hear your thoughts and catch up!

Annual Convention and Print Competition 2021
Save the Date! Our Annual Convention this year has shifted from winter to spring: April 14-17th, 2021. Keep an eye on the Convention Page and Event Page for more information! Planning for this virtual event is underway now. If you would like to be on the committee, please contact Jim Remington, Convention Chair.

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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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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