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 working to present programming virtually. Please refer to the Education tab for dates, times, fees and location changes if any:  https://mdppa.wildapricot.org/eventregistration. 


Dear MDPPA Members, 

Happy summer everyone! As we head towards the end of summer we’d like to thank all of you for hanging with MDPPA during this trying time. The pandemic surely has helped us adjust and equip our organization to bring you content even though we are not meeting in person. 

I hope you are currently enjoying our one hour zoom educational webinar opportunities. If you would like to present, please let me know. We are beginning to schedule new webinars for September. Please let me know what topics you would like to see. 

Enjoy the rest of your Summer. We are looking forward to serving you in the fall and into 2021! Stay healthy and as always, wash your hands! 

Danny Douglas

President, MDPPA

Upcoming MDPPA Events!

MDPPA Member Webinar Series
These are quick 45 minute programs with Q+A.  More programs will be scheduled in the series soon! To see recordings of the webinar series, click here.

Collaborative Work Day
Monday, October 12, 12-1:30pm
We will meet virtually to catch up, exchange ideas, answer questions in this social distancing adaptation of working together. Our upcoming Work Day will include a special feature - one or two five minute presentations! See more info here. When you register for the event you will receive the Zoom Link!

Monthly Seminar 
We will have two events this month!
A special virtual Member Evening has been created for Wednesday, September 23rd, 7-9:30pm. Join us to catch up, and to hear about benefits and updates with MDPPA and PPA! Q+A welcome. Election Season will be kicked off with the floor open for nominations for the 2021 Board of Directors. Register here for free! Zoom links will be emailed!

Then, Join us for a two day program with Sandra Pearce! September 25+26, 9am-5pm each day:  "Painting in Photoshop" via Zoom. Register here and you will receive the Zoom link. Members and Guests are encouraged to join us for this fantastic opportunity to take your skills to the next level! A recording of the class will be provided to paid registrants. The class is limited to 30 real time attendees, so sign up soon! Once maximum attendance is reached, a recorded version will be available for purchase to view for 30 days.

Quarterly Print Competition
Fall Fest
is coming up, and with that means a virtual October Print Competition is October 27th! Details are firming up, visit the print competition page for more information as it becomes available. See our Fall Fest event page for details on programing October 27th+28th!

Our July Quarterly Print Competition is complete and you can revisit the experience by finding the recording on Facebook Live on our MDPPA public FB page. Our next competition will be in October. Please see the print competition page of our website for competition details!  Critiques that were ordered are ready and links are being sent by email this week!

MDPPA Members and Guests Town Hall
Next Date TBD!  Join MDPPA President Danny Douglas as he opens discussion to hear how everyone is doing and share stories. When you register for the event you will receive the zoom link!


Upcoming events




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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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