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Inspiring the leaders of professional photography in San Diego County

The Professional Photographers of San Diego County exists to assist its members in achieving their professional and artistic goals, to promote public awareness of the profession and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.

Professional Photographers of San Diego County is an association that provides its membership, made up of professional photographers, and those who aspire to be such, with educational programs focused on the craft, science and business of photography.

As an association, we strive to promote technical excellence, standards of professionalism, expression of creativity and passion for the art of photography.

In conjunction with our parent organization Professional Photographers of America and our state affiliate Professional Photographers of California, we support achieving professional goals, challenge members to strive for photographic excellence, and set professional, ethical, and business standards so that our members become leaders in the field of professional photography.

Upcoming Events

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Using Personal Work to Transform Your Career with Antoine Didienne

In the 6 short years that Antoine has been a professional photographer, he went from starting a career without having a single client to being an award-winning, published, and exhibited photographic artist.

Since his beginnings, Antoine has divided his creative time between client work and personal work. As it turns out, this is a good recipe as most of the accolades he has received over the years has come from using his personal work which has since then been fueling his career.

Antoine was recently seen in the San Diego Union Tribune and held an exhibit at the Lyceum in Balboa Park.

August 9, 2022 at 5:30pm-9pm.  In Person.

Location: George’s Camera

Free for members

Member Image Critique

September 13, 2022 at 5:30pm-9pm. Zoom

Magic of Santa 2 Day Workshop with Chris Fritchie & Baby Dream Backdrops

2 day in person workshop with award winning photographer Chris Fritchie

September 22, 2022 9-5pm & 23, 2022 9-5pm

Location: Melanie Robertson Studio, Carlsbad

In Person Meeting (speaker info coming soon)

October 11, 2022 at 5:30pm-9pm.  In Person.

Location: Georges’ Camera

Free for members

Sales and Profitability with PPA President Jeff Dachowski

Success in the salesroom has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with effort on the part of the salesperson. Join Jeff for a fast paced discussion on how to build and achieve great sales. Selling for Success will cover the psychology of sales, increasing client engagement, enabling customer buy in, closing the sale and a lot more. Jeff will teach solid approaches to help you get over many of the mental roadblocks we as portrait artists put in our own way that can have detrimental effects on sales and profitability.

October 26, 2022 at 5:30pm-9pm.  In Person.

Location: Georges’ Camera

Free for members

Image Comp Prep Night

It is time to get excited about 2023 image competition. Things are changing for 2023. Join us on Zoom as we go over what’s new and learn about what makes a winning image.

November 8, 2022 at 5:30pm-9pm. Zoom.

December 6th Holiday Party

From the President

Our organization is over 65 years old promoting professional photography in San Diego County. It is our mission to provide high-quality education and opportunities to improve in every area of the business and craft of photography.

Through educational speakers, hands-on workshops, photo walks, and bi-monthly Image Competitions, our members challenge each other to grow by leveling up our skills, trying new styles of shooting, exploring new locations around town, experimenting with new equipment, and embracing the chance to network and achieve our professional goals.

Our membership consists of experienced, successful photographers, as well as new, emerging photographers, all of whom realize the importance of helping each other by sharing knowledge of the industry and upholding high ethical standards of professionalism. We invite you to visit our website’s Membership Directory, a tool for members and potential clients.

Read about Image Competition, where professional judges from around the region critique and score our work according to the standards established by the Professional Photographers of America, allowing us to improve our skills and earn credits toward advanced professional certificates and degrees within PPA.

Our bi-monthly FOCUS Magazine features the award-winners from our Image Competitions, as well as educational articles and industry features.

Also, be sure to visit our PPSDC Facebook Page for timely news and announcements.

Michelle Pennings, president@ppsdc.com

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