Awarded Photographic Craftsman Degree from PPA

Earlier this month I had the honor of receiving my Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to me by PPA President Lori Craft, Hon.M.Photog.Cr., in San Antonio, Texas, at Imaging USA, which is PPA’s annual convention.

The Photographic Craftsman degree represents demonstrated accomplishments in the photography industry as a speaker, writer, and mentor. The work in achieving this degree spanned a four-year period.

Here I am pictured with Lori along with Bryan Welsh, who I selected as my sponsor. His guidance and leadership over the last few years was a key part of helping me earn my degree. Maybe next time I’ll smile?

PPA President Lori Craft, Aaron Hockley, and Bryan Welsh

2017 President for the Oregon Professional Photographers Association

Last Thursday was the annual banquet for the Oregon Professional Photographers Association, and I was honored to accept the gavel as the incoming President for 2017.

OPPA Presidents Aaron Hockley (2017) and Bryan Welsh (2016)
pictured with Bryan Welsh, 2016 OPPA President. Image by Andie Petkus Photo

I’ve been involved with OPPA (and a predecessor organization) for several years and have found it to be a very supportive group that helps its members produce better images and become better businesspeople. I look forward to the coming year, leading our board of directors as we serve our existing members and spread the word about OPPA to the greater photography community in the area. I feel like we have great momentum with an increasingly-active membership, and we’re positioned well to help photographers create and sell the value of professional photography as our industry continues to evolve.

We have a (well-earned, I think) reputation as one of the premier affiliates of the Professional Photographers of America, and I have a fantastic board of directors who are working to make 2017 OPPA’s best year yet. If you’re curious about who we are or want to know more about what we do, check out the website or drop me an email.

Oregon Professional Photographers Association

And to answer the most common FAQ: Yes, I (still) live in Washington, but like many things in the Portland metro area, OPPA welcomes members from neighboring areas whose goals and interests align with that of our group. We have quite a few members in Southwest Washington.

Home from Atlanta and Imaging USA

Like 11,000 of my photographer colleagues, I was in Atlanta last week for Imaging USA, the annual conference of the Professional Photographers of America.

Imaging USA Atlanta

Imaging USA is a huge event, featuring a huge tradeshow, three days of educational classes, and a variety of social and networking opportunities for all varieties of professional photographers. I was able to meet quite a few interesting photographers, chat with some of my favorite photography vendors, and learn from experts in posing, editing, and lighting.

This year I had a bit of a dual personality at Imaging USA; in addition to being there to learn personally for my photography business, I was also there representing the Oregon Professional Photographers Association. As the 2016 Vice President, I had the opportunity to attend PPA affiliate leadership meetings where I could swap notes with other state and local leaders from around the country. It was a good opportunity to hear what’s working elsewhere, what challenges some are having, and to build relationships to help strengthen the industry for serious photographers.

But it wasn’t all business: there was plenty of fun to be had as well. I led a small group to check out one of Atlanta’s craft breweries, ran into some old friends at the opening party, and got to hang out with a good crowd from Oregon for a group photo and lunch:

OPPA at Imaging USA

Third Place Commercial Image from PPA

I was surprised and honored last month to find out that I received a prestigious award from the Professional Photographers of America at the annual Grand Imaging Awards ceremony.

My image “The Future is Looking Up” (shown below) was selected as the third place image for 2014 in the Commercial category. Out of thousands of photos entered in PPA’s annual International Photographic Competition last August, the “best of the best” form the pool from which the Grand Imaging Awards winners are selected. I’m flattered that out of all of the commercial images submitted by professional photographers in the organization, mine was selected as the third place image.

I love creating commercial and illustrative photographs that tell a story and I look forward to continuing to develop my portfolio of work with various clients.

To learn more about the Grand Imaging Awards or view the rest of the winners, see this page on PPA’s website.

The Future is Looking Up

Three Awards from the International Photographic Competition

Forgive me for a bit of self-congratulations, but I wanted to note that I recently had three images selected for exhibition in the PPA annual International Photographic Competition.

The image below, The Future is Looking Up, was selected as part of the prestigious Loan Collection, representing the “best of the best” of all images entered into competition. I’m flattered to have received this high honor.

The Future is Looking Up

The following two images, Summer Morning Friends and Seattle Cool, were chosen for the General Collection, earning competition award merits and being included in the annual International Photographic Exhibition to be held in early 2015.

Summer Morning Friends

Seattle Cool

All three images are available for purchase as fine are prints; please send me an email if interested.