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  • WPPA Fun Facts

    Welcome to the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association! The WPPA is one of the oldest and most respected photographer associations in the country.

    Did you know... The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) was formed in Milwaukee by a group of WPPA members? The studio strobes that we all use was invented by an engineer/WPPA photographer in Racine and were first installed in a studio in Appleton? How many of our members have gone on to serve as presidents of PPA and the American Society of Photographers (ASP)? Could you imagine going to a program on Constant Light vs Flash in the heyday of Black and White? Who started the Fellowship Program? Who moved the convention out of Milwaukee? Dig into colorful past and you’ll find out why the WPPA has been around for over 116 years and what it means to be a member!

    You will see with a little “research” that the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association (WPPA) is not just a bunch of people interested in taking pictures. Who are Gus Malme, Bill Wollensak, Art Pohlman, Aida Price, Lester Baker, Gerhard Bakker, Mille Totushek, Verna Madigan, and Lionel Lewis? They were some real great image makers who shared with us their experiences and knowledge of the craft they loved. They taught us the principles of Lighting, Composition, Exposure, Retouching, Quality, Competition, just to name a few. They were gutsy and front runners, … THEY set the standards for today.

MadCity PhotoJam 2015 Announced!




WPPA is happy to announce the new, improved MadCity PhotoJam is coming to Madison February 19 -23.  Check out our *tentative* schedule and our impressive list of speakers below.  Registration details will be coming soon!  Set aside the dates in your calendar NOW!

February 19-23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin

*Tentative Schedule*

Thursday, February 19th

8:30 – 10 pm – Alicia Johnson (Senior Rep Program)   Naperville, IL – Alicia Photography
Friday, February 20th

8 am to Noon – Print Judging

1 pm – Until Finished – Print Judging

3pm – 5 pm – Lew & Karen Everling (School Media)

5 pm – Champagne Open of Print Exhibit (media attention)

6:00 – 8:30 Tradeshow Open

8:30 – 10:30 Lew & Karen Everling Evening Program (Social Media)

10:30 – Hospitality or maybe Guru Lounge


Saturday, February 21st

8am – 9:30 am – Dan Stoller (Pricing – Oshkonong Rm)

8am – 10:30 am – Michael Timmons, Ron Nichols, & ?? (Print Critique – Yahara Rm)

8:30am – 10:30pm – Rick Trummer (Posing & Lighting)

9:30 am – 10:30 am – Robert Parks (Drones Demo – Koshkonong Rm)

1pm – 4pm – Joe Buissink (Wedding – Odana Ballroom 1&2)

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Suzette Allen (Video Editing in PSCC – Two Lakes Ballroom)

7:45 pm – Fun Night


Trade Show OPEN ALL DAY Open to General Public  until 5:30-6ish

May be adding One More Program for Members Only on Saturday!


Sunday, February 22nd

9am – 11am – Randy Van Duinen (Painting w/ Light – Koshkonong)

8:30 am – 11:30 Ron Nichols (Sales program)

1pm – 3:45pm – Randy Van Duinen (Lightroom & PS – Odana Ballroom 1 & 2)

1:30 pm – 4pm – Ron Nichols (ProSelect Hands on workshop)

4pm – 6pm – Suzette Allen (Hybrid Video – Odana Ballroom 1 & 2)

6:00 pm – Board Picture

6:15-7 pm – Cocktails

7:00 pm – Awards Ceremony Dinner


Monday, February 23

Annual Member Meeting – 8-9 am

Melanie Anderson – 9 am – 11:30 – “Seniors, Sport & Business”

Pierre Stephenson – 10 am – 11:30 pm “Underwater

Melanie Anderson – 1 pm – 3 pm – “Seniors, Sport & Business”

Pierre Stephenson – 1 pm – 2 pm – “Underwater Post Production”


Fall Convention Information



2014 Fall Shoot Out and Portfolio

The Wisconsin PPA Fall Shoot Out is from November 1st through 4th at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. Please call the Osthoff for the special room rate of $89/night letting them know you are with the WPPA Convention. Phone number:  (855) 876-3399

We are very excited about the lineup for this years’ event. You can mail in your registration form or register online with special “Early Bird” registration if you register by October 10.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s event that is highlighting many new speakers, mentors and judges. See you there!


Event Schedule

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

7:00pm – 10:00pm                  Print Competition Case Entry Preparation

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

10:00am – 1:00pm                  Portfolio Building w/Mentors (Bays are Available)

(Mentors – Lew Everling, Michael Barton, Jared Anderson)

3:00pm – 6:00pm                  Image Work w/Mentors on hand for Workflow Questions

(Mentors – Karen Everling, Joy Vertz)

2:00pm – 5:00pm                  Print Competition Judging

5:00pm – 9:00pm                  Vendors & Trade Show Time (Food will be in the Trade Show Area)

9:00pm – Midnight               Guru Lounge – “Synergy at the Highest Level”

(All Available who want to Help)

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

9:00am – 12:00pm                Vendors & Trade Show Time (Coffee and Rolls in the Trade Show Area)

9:00am – 12:00pm                Print Display Available

1:00pm – 5:00pm                  Shoot Out with more Mentors (Bays are Available)

(Mentors – Rod Evans, Dan Davis, Jared Anderson, Tad Meddaugh)

5:00pm – 6:30pm                  Awards Dinner

7:00pm – 9:00pm                 Keynote Speaker – Rod Evans  “The Science of Beauty”

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

9:00am – 12:00pm                Keynote Speaker – Aaron Adams “The Experience Experiment”

12:00pm – 1:00pm                Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm                  Keynote Speaker Continued