About the PPWM

Good times, good friends, great opportunities to better yourself, your photography and your business!

WHAT IS PPWM?
PPWM stands for the Professional Photographers of Western Michigan. We are an affiliate organization of the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. Our members typically reside in the western region of Michigan.

WHAT IS THE ORGANIZATION’S PURPOSE?
PPWM strives to promote the business and educational welfare of professional photographers in western Michigan and to promote good fellowship and cooperation among our members.

WHY SHOULD YOU BELONG TO PPWM?
There are a variety of reasons:
– Monthly meetings- meetings are typically held on the third Monday of each month. A variety of evening programs are offered at no additional charge.
– All day programs – twice a year all day programs are offered for a nominal fee.

PRINT COMPETITIONS AND CRITIQUES
This is a great way to get an objective view of your work and therefore, learn and improve your photography skills. PPWM offers an annual critique, a formal print competition, a senior portrait competition judged by high school seniors and their parents and monthly themed print competitions.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR PROGRAM
This program recognizes the PPWM member who achieves the highest score total in our various print competitions throughout the year. The title not only provides additional incentive to participate in the competitions, but gives members an opportunity to receive some good, positive, free publicity in the local media.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Anytime we get together is a time for social exchange, but we do schedule at least two events designed mainly for fun and relaxation. Our annual PPWM family picnic in July and the annual holiday dinner and award ceremony in December are both a lot of fun.

There is also a social opportunity each month prior to the meeting to have dinner with other members. Contact a board member for specific time and location.

FRIENDSHIP
Do you have a problem related to your photography business? Do you need someone to bounce an idea off of who actually understands the business of photography? Wonder who to recommend a bride to see when you are already booked on her wedding day? Or would you like 40 plus photographers to know who you are in case the brides call for a date that they are already booked?

We are not competitors, we are friends!

STUDIO TOURS
Photographers are always curious to see how each other operate and what clever and resourceful ideas they might be able to incorporate into their own studio. PPWM tries to schedule at least one meeting per year in a member’s studio on a volunteer basis.

Financial Information
Association financial information is available upon request to members for 2012.