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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.

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

Online registration is now OPEN!



Online registration for the fabulous WPPA Winter/Spring Convention is now open!  It’s the BEST EDUCATION VALUE you will find all year:

  • 14 nationally recognized speakers from across the country, February 28 – March 3
    • Ken Sklute, Dennis Hammon, Gabriel Alonso, Maria Sauserman, Larry Peters, Lou Szoke, Scott Tracy, Mark Fitzgibbons, Kevin Hudson, Tiffany Schmitt, Jim Cunningham, Carl Caylor and Dan Frievalt
    • Speaker bios and class descriptions listed above under “Events & Education”
  • Hands-on classes every day!
    • Friday night: Guru Lounge with hands-on teaching at night
    • Saturday: 6 hands-on classes throughout the day
    • Sunday: 6 hands-on classes throughout the day
    • Monday: 1 featured hands-on class with Dan Frievalt and Carl Caylor
  • Tradeshow Friday and Saturday with vendors from around the country
  • 3 meals included!
  • Live band and party Saturday night!
  • PPA North Central District print competition on Thursday and Friday — view live judging!
  • And much more!
  • Early bird price:  $175 for WPPA members AND members of other state and regional associations!
  • $99 special room block rate at the Green Bay Radisson Hotel
  • WPPA members: recruit a new association member and get a $25 rebate on your convention fee for each new member! (Maximum rebate of $175)

What are you waiting for?  Register now!

Note:  Once you have registered, you will receive a separate invitation to sign up for (1) Saturday class and (1) Sunday class.  Class sign ups will begin on January 25 via an email invitation, and first dibs will go to those who registered first. Class sizes will be limited, so register early to ensure you will have your first choice of classes!

2014 Winter Convention and North Central District Print Competition



The 2014 WPPA Winter/Spring Convention merges with the North Central District Print Competition this year! Mark your calendars for February 28 – March 3 at the Radisson Inn in Green Bay. Fabulous speakers and the PPA District print competition on February 27-28…all at an affordable price and within easy driving distance.   What more could you want?


CATEGORY BY 2/14        BY 2/21        AT CONVENTION
WPPA MEMBER* 175 205 220
ONE DAY (W/2 FULL PAID) 75 100 125
ONE DAY (WPPA MEMBER) 100 150 220
OUT-OF-STATE (NOT WI)** 175 205 210
IMMEDIATE FAMILY*** 75 105 135
PARTY PASS (FAMILY)*** 50 100 125
NON-WPPA MEMBERS 300 325 345

*Includes Primary, Honorary Life, Associate, Student, Retired
**Proof of membership of local/state association (not Wisconsin) required (certificate or paid invoice)
***Limited to family members 17 years and older, not working in photography, or working less that 10 hours per week in photography



Thursday – Friday

PPA Northcentral District Print Competition

Friday Night

Trade Show Opening 7:00p – 11:00p

  • Talk to industry vendors and get your questions answered in person.  You actually get to see and handle the stuff you want to buy.  And, please do buy!

Guru Lounge 8:00p – 11:00p

  • Try out new gear from our vendors, and get hands-on demos and training from some of the best photographers in the country.
  • Snacks and malty fermented beverages included!


Note:  Once you have registered, you will receive a separate invitation to sign up for (1) Saturday class and (1) Sunday class.  Class sign ups will begin on January 25 via an email invitation, and first dibs will go to those who registered first. Class sizes will be limited, so register early to ensure you will have your first choice of classes!

Demo Classes 8:30 – 11:00:  Wow! What a lineup…and it’s only day one!

  • Ken Sklute
  • Larry Peters
  • Dennis Hammon
  • Mark Fitzgibbons
  • Lou Szokes
  • Gabriel Alonso

Trade Show 1:00 – 3:00

Trade Show Lunch 12:00 – 1:00

Demo Classes (cont.) 3:00 – 4:30

General Assembly 5:00 – 6:30 Ken Sklute sponsored by:

Fun Night TBA


Demo Classes 8:30 – 11:00

  • Scott Tracy
  • Maria Saurserman
  • Tiffany Schmitt
  • Kevin Hudson
  • Jim Cunningham

Magical Q&A Presentation 1:00 – 3:00 (TBA)

Demo Classes (cont.) 3:30 – 5:00


Monday –

All Day Program

8:30 – 11:30 Dan Frievalt and Carl Caylor sponsored by:

Lunch 11:45 – 1:00

Program (cont.) 1:15 – 3:00 Dan Frievalt and Carl Caylor

Safe travels!

Registration info

Hotel Info (mention the WPPA room block for our special rates)

Radisson Hotel and Convention Center
2040 Airport Drive
Green Bay, WI  54313