Welcome to PPSO – Professional Photographers of SW Ohio

The Professional Photographers of Southwest Ohio (PPSO) is a network of professional photographers committed to the craft of photography. The organization provides its members with fellowship, business and marketing support, and continuing education. We serve the entire SW part of Ohio including Dayton and Cincinnati and all surrounding counties and communities and we strive to elevate the standards of photography. We are the Dayton/Cincinnati and vicinity affiliate of the national organization of Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Through monthly continuing education programs given by award winning photographers, and networking with other members we share knowledge and experience with one another and our members continue to enhance the quality of their products and services, their skills in technology, creativity and best business practices.

Whether you are a professional photographer, a student, an aspiring photographer or a local resident in need of the services a professional photographer can offer, we are a resource for you.

Photoshop Workflow Automation! With Mike Price – March 6, 2017

Date: March 6th

LOCATION: The Pisanello’s Pizza in downtown Franklin, between Dayton and Cincinnati. Our event is open to all photographers and aspiring photographers in the greater Dayton and Cincinnati areas.

Meeting in upstairs on the 2nd Floor.

  • 5:30pm to 6:30pm grab dinner and network/chat
  • 6:30pm to 7:00pm announcements/business
  • 7:00pm to 9:00pm Mike’s presentation / questions

COST: Members and first time guests pay $10 All others pay $20. This helps us bring the best possible speakers and trainers to our monthly meetings.

Photoshop Workflow Automation: Instructor Mike Price

Time is a precious commodity. Time spent wrestling computers, software, and digital images in post processing is not nearly as valuable as time spent selling our services, creating great images, or even work/life balance time with family and friends.

Today’s digital workflow can be a blessing or a curse depending on how much of your time it consumes. A manually intensive post production workflow can consume your free time, delay delivery of images to clients, and generally create a burden that dulls the excitement of the great images we create.

Join Mike Price as he explains a variety of time-saving techniques in your digital workflow that will appeal to a wide range of skill levels. Mike will focus on freeing up your time by speeding up your workflow by demonstrating:

  • Working space organization on your desks
  • Organizing your image folders
  • File naming time savers
  • Using metadata like keywords and IPTC fields in images
  • Setting custom shortcut keys that fit your style
  • Streamlining menus
  • Creating and managing your most used tool presets
  • Photoshop built-in tools that can save you time
  • Move repetitive work into Photoshop Actions, Batches, and Droplets
  • Inexpensive external tools to run Actions at the push of a button
  • Demonstration of multiple elements described above to retouch an image quickly
  • Combine images, text, and templates to create hundreds of customized images
  • Overview of the power of scripting

BIO: Mike Price turned his part-time hobby into a full-time business 10 years ago to specialize in portraiture, events, and youth team and individual sports portraits. Prior to expanding Fairfield Photography into a full-time career, Mike worked in Corporate America for over 25 years in various leadership roles in information technology, project management, consulting, and sales. This deep experience in applying the right people, process, and technology in solving problems, coupled with the business and sales acumen developed over that time, has given Mike a powerful advantage in creating a customer service business that produces award-winning images. Mike holds a Bachelors of Applied Science from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from Franklin University. Based in Pickerington, a suburb of Columbus, Mike is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America, the Professional Photographers of Ohio, and currently the President and Executive Board Member of the Professional Photographers of Central Ohio.

Pet Portraits with Susan Gertz with live demonstrations – February 6th, 2017

Date: February 6th


  • 5:30pm to 6:30pm Networking and bring your own food – enter side door of venue
  • 6:30pm to 7:00pm announcements and introduction
  • 7:00pm to 9:00pm Susan Gertz Presentation

Location: Pendleton Art Center in downtown Middletown (Map click here)

This presentation is NOT at our regular location in Franklin

COST: First time visitors and members pay $10 at the door to help with venue costs and speaker honorarium. After the first visit guests pay $20 per visit or become members of the organization.

Dogpatch Pet Photography is Born

Susan Gertz established Dogpatch Pet Portraits seven years ago. From her earliest childhood memories of the family Weimaraner, Susan has shared a deep bond of love with furry family members. Susan pursued her interest in animals by completing a Bachelor’s degree in zoology and a Master’s Degree in biology, focusing on animal behavior. Working in the science education field for nearly 30 years, Susan has shared her love and knowledge of biology as a zoo educator and an author and designer of science books.

Connecting with animals empowers her vision and goals

As a pet photographer, Susan brings her animal experience and artistic vision together to create fine art portraits of clients’ beloved pets. Reflecting the real spirit and personality of dogs, cats, horses, and even sugar gliders, rats, or miniature pigs is Susan’s goal. “I feel a bond with every animal I photograph,” says Susan. “And that translates into portraits that are genuine and personal.”

Susan has been competing for several years and has learned what it takes to create outstanding and competitive pet portraits

Susan has been an Ohio Top 10 Photographer for the past several years; has been a PPA Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, received a PPA Grand Imaging Award nomination in the animal category for 2017, and received PPA’s Master of Photography in January 2017. You can view her website at www.dogpatchpix.com and her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dogpatchpix/.

This presentation will include Demo and actual portrait taking as well as post processing skills

Have you always wanted to offer studio pet portraits, but you didn’t know where to start? This program will help beginning pet photographers create beautiful studio pet portraits for clients. The program will emphasize dog portraits, as these are most common. Dog body language, dog handling and posing, lens choices and camera settings, and studio lighting for pets will be introduced and demonstrated with pet models. Post processing for pet portraits will be demonstrated as well.

The Secrets to great shots & Amazing Sales with Gwendolyn Zaczepinski – January 2, 2017

Children & Family Sessions

The Secrets for getting great shots and Amazing Sales

Gwendolyn will share her secrets for getting great shots and amazing sales from children & family sessions.
This program will cover:
· Tips for a successful session

· How to get a range of expressions

· How to deal with session obstacles

· Knowing what sells and how to sell it

Gwendolyn Zaczepinski, of Gwendolyn Z Photography in New Albany, OH specializes in children and families. Her background in Art History enables her to take a unique approach to creating portraits. While earning a Bachelor of Arts at Tufts University and a Master of Arts at The George Washington University, she spent six years studying all mediums of art, from every period. Her experience analyzing these images-the history, genres, subjects, light, color and composition, is something that she brings to every portrait she creates.

Gwendolyn earned her Certified Professional Photographer’s designation in 2013 and was featured in the March 2015 issue of Professional Photographer Magazine. She was also named a PPA 2015 Bronze Photographer of the Year and a 2016 Silver Photographer of the Year.

Come to our first meeting of 2017 for two hours of training and ideas that you can use NOW!

PPSO is a PPA affiliate group which meets monthly for great learning, print competitions, and networking.

WHERE: Franklin Pisanello’s Pizza  (Just south of Dayton so that folks from Cincinnati don’t have too far to go)


Franklin Pisanello’s

355 S Main St, Franklin, Ohio 45005

(937) 746-9252

What to expect at a meeting

For a first time visitor, you pay the same as a regular member of the group ($10 helps us fund the location and get the best speakers we can find – After your first visit, you pay $20 unless you are becoming a member – See menu above for membership page) Typical meeting starts at 5:30-6:30 pick up something to eat downstairs and come up to the 2nd floor meeting room to visit and network with others. 6:30 we have announcements of coming events and business. Then at 7:00 we introduce our speaker and they take over for two hours until 9pm. This is an interactive presentation where you can ask questions along the way and you are welcome to help our speaker pack up and have opportunity for more questions and interaction after the meeting.

You are invited, We hope to see you there!


PPSO sponsored photographers holiday party

YOU are invited to come and CELEBRATE Christmas and the holidays with a group of really FUN professional or aspiring professional photographers in the hall above Pisanello’s Pizza on December 5th starting at 5pm. 3rd floor ball room. This event is catered (not pizza, but a nice dinner) This is a great networking opportunity.


Franklin Pisanello’s

355 S Main St, Franklin, Ohio 45005


Events for the evening will be:

5:00 – 6:00 Social hour with appetizers
6:00 – 6:45 Buffer dinner
6:45 – 7:00 Awards presentations
• Raffle – PPA membership / IUSA ticket
• Free Door prizes to the lucky ones
7:00 – 9:00 Gift exchange* and lots of laughs!!

* Bring 1 wrapped gift per participant worth about $15. This is often called a Chinese gift exchange or a white-elephant gift exchange. (this is not required, but if you don’t bring something you cannot participate-watching is fun too)

Text/Call Jenna to RSVP (to ensure enough food for everyone) or if you want details on this at 443-717-0013.

$20 / person

You can also RSVP online with or without payment online using this link: http://www.ppso.org/2015-meetings-and-events/holiday2016/


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