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: 


One of the biggest questions I have received is “Does the new CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) help the self-employed photographer?” From everything I have read, the answer is, “Yes!”  

Some thoughts:

-There is a delay while the system is upgraded to accept additional types of workers.  

-You need to apply online for this help. 

-I don't know the specifics or the amount of money an individual or business will receive, but there is help out there for you during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

If you click on our graphic above, you will find a list of helpful links for business and wellness resources and information, that we hope will guide you through the next few months.  Check back regularly for updates.

MDPPA is doing everything we can to bring you content as the state of Maryland is under a "Stay at Home" order. We are working with our speakers and print competition judges to offer on-line education (think CreativeLive, or can we call it Creative Maryland?). We ask you for a little patience while we put this together. Our broadcasts may not be perfect, but we are doing things we've never attempted in the past.

MDPPA is your community and we are here for you! We will continue to plan ZOOM calls so we can gather together virtually, share information and resources, and keep in touch. Please reach out to other members, we are all here to help each other. We are in this together. We are MDPPA!!

Stay safe and 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, August 10th 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 
Though our July 22nd Monthly Seminar scheduled with the Duncans has been postponed, to be rescheduled for a date when we can meet in person,  we now have scheduled a Digital Photography Color Management Seminar with Dan Gillespie for 7-9:30pm for that night! Register here and you will receive the Zoom link. Free to members! 

Quarterly Print Competition
Join us virtually via Facebook Live for live broadcast on Thursday, July 23rd starting at 2pm for our July 2020 Quarterly Print Competition.  You can also follow along, without audio, on Please see the print competition page of our website for entry deadlines and competition details! 

August Picnic
We are sad to announce that our August Picnic will not take place this year due to Covid-19, for the health of our membership. We miss seeing you in person and look forward to the time when we can be together again for an in-person MDPPA event!

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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