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    Welcome to the online home of PPSO, the Professional Photographers of Southwest Ohio! We are a local organization associated with the Professional Photographers of Ohio (PPO) and affiliated with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Through monthly educational 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 their skills in technology, creativity and business practices. Whether you are a professional photographer, a student, or a local resident in need of the services a professional photographer can offer, we are a resource for you.

Nick Coury shares what’s out there in the newest equipment options – April 13th, 2015 Meeting


Our well known and well informed friend at Dury’s Camera Store will be sharing what is going on in innovative and interesting new equipment for professional photographers. Nick Coury is someone most of us have met at one time or another at various photography conferences and conventions.

Always Informative

Nick tries to be informative as possible when sharing information about the latest and greatest equipment. He tries things out on his own clients and learns the ins and outs of the products he sells first hand. How can this or that light help you stand out from others in your market? He can usually show you examples from his own work to share the benefits of various equipment before you buy.

Bring your equipment questions

Bring all your questions about equipment to the meeting. Explain what you are hoping to do and how you hope to do it, then get  additional information from Nick from his perspective.

NEW FLASH – New Location

As many of you know we have been exploring new locations for our regular meetings. For this meeting we will be at Pisanello’s Pizza in old town Franklin at 355 S Main St, Franklin, OH 45005. On Mondays they have an all you can eat buffet. If you want to eat before the meeting, you are welcome to fill your plate and bring it on up the stars to the meeting room. The formal meeting starts at 6:45pm upstairs. Networking and chat with other members is 5:30-6:30 and Nick’s presentation and discussion starts at 7PM with a finish time of approximately 9PM.

MEETING COST: For first time visitors and members the meeting are now just $10. This money helps to defray the costs of bringing in good speakers from the region. After your first meeting that price goes up to $15 per meeting unless you become a member. Becoming a member gets you some additional benefits such as the CPP study group, monthly bonus events, and more. If you choose to eat dinner, that is on you. I think the buffet is less than $6.



Here is some of Nick’s work:







Engaging consumers in an oversaturated photography market – Monthly meeting March 2nd, 2015


Location CHANGE for this event:

NEWS FLASH: Trying out a new location for or March 2nd meeting – The Pendleton Art Center in Middletown

1105 Central Ave. Middletown, OHIO 45042

Google Map   http://tinyurl.com/q7bjhhl

Finding Your Voice in a Saturated Market – Focussing on the Business of Photography

I (Michael Carr) am passionate about helping photographers discover who their ideal client is, and showing them how life changing this discovery can be. Cyrissa is a social media guru and business coach. Combined we will be running a mini goal setting seminar, with lots of exercises and hands-on time, group work, and question time. The entire presentation will be interactive. 

I am a husband, father, and a bit of a dreamer… well that might be a slight understatement. Just ask my amazing wife, Grace, and she will tell you that I live in the clouds 99% of the time. But she has learned to deal with it. As we have walked down this road together for eight years, the journey has been incredible. This year we were named “50 Top US Wedding Photographers” and listed among the Top 10 Best Wedding Photographers in the Midwest. Pinch me! 

One thing I am very passionate about is helping other photographers understand the value in living an intentional life, and running their business in such a way that each piece and parcel is designed to benefit them. As a business owner, I have relocated, rebranded, and rebuilt my company… learning a LOT along the way. I want to sit down and slap 21 year old Michael sometimes because I can look back knowing what I do today, and I see a much clearer, more profitable road. Let’s get fired up together about your business, and let me show you the “better” path towards working a job you love. 

PPSO presentation about engaging customers in a competitive market  

  PPSO presentation about engaging customers in a competitive market    

I’m a wife, mamma, photographer, and teacher with a weakness for Mexican food and ice cream.  My path into professional photography had been atypical and my experiences are as varied as they are valuable to my business!  I’m a ten year teaching veteran with a Masters in Art Education and published work in the Journal for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children.  As a photographer, I’ve been a featured guest on a recent CreativeLive course, been a guest blogger at Senior Style Guide, plus have photos on the cover of several local magazines and websites.  I’ve been photographing families, couples and dancers professionally for three years and have created a thriving business that’s supporting my family.  

I’m excited to show you how I engage with my clients and create authentic relationships that extend well beyond the photo shoot.  These friendships cultivate excitement for my brand and are the driving force behind my grassroots marketing campaigns.  You’re going to love hearing my social media tricks and strategies I developed while on the CreativeLive stage.  I’m ready to encourage you and enable you to develop a plan for your own business.  One that excites you.  One that inspires you.  And one that enables you to live a passionate life that you love.  


Becoming a CPP or Master Photographer – February 9th 2015 Meeting

NEWS FLASH: Our meeting has been moved for the month of February 9th meeting.

NEWS FLASH: We have to move our meeting for this MONTH so we are going to try out THE EVENTS CONNECTIONS which is behind the Bob Evans at the corner of Woodman and Linden Ave. Just off Rte 35.

We will NOT be having dinner so the cost to members and first time visitors is just $10. Start time will be 6pm.

If anyone want to meet for dinner the Bob Evans is perfect since it is just next door.

4140 Linden Avenue, Dayton, OH 45432 Here is a google maps directions link:


 Learn what it will take you to become a CPP or Master Photographer with our speaker for February 9th, Christine Walsh-Newton, M. Photog., Cr., CPP

If you are in Dayton and surrounding communities or Cincinnati and want to find out more about the CPP certification program, please be our guest at our regular member fee of $10 for your first visit. This month there will be no meal provided and the location has been changed…see above.


WHERE AND WHEN Click here: Information

Certification, Competition and Credentials: The Course for Continued Success

So, you’re in business, you have mad camera skillz and you have real-live paying clients. Now what?

Christine outlines the journey she made to professional photography utilizing the PPA certification, print competition and degree programs to attain various career and personal goals. Christine will de-mystify each of the processes and present them in understandable terms so that you may incorporate one or more of them into your own short and long-term goals. Learn about the PPA’s Certified Professional Photographer designation as well as the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Artist Degrees, what it takes to add each of them to your own resume and how they will help you become a better photographer. Christine will also explain additional designations offered by the Professional Photographers of Ohio as well as the American Society of Photographers. Utilizing these built-in achievement programs does more than just add letters to the end of your name. Prepare to be inspired and amused!

Christine Walsh-Newton, M. Photog., Cr., CPP is the owner of Gallery C in Dover, Ohio. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Professional Photographers of Ohio, a CPP Liason for the Professional Photographers of America and co-author of “The Daily Book of Photography.” She specializes in studio portraits and has an exceptional background in theatrical and stage production photography as a result of 30+ years experience in community theatre. She also authors Wootness.net, a comedic, yet informational photography site for new photographers.

PPSO Certified Professional Photographer Study Group

Also PPSO has a CPP study group that now meets monthly with the goal of helping members become PPA CPPs. Talk to Ron Rice about the meeting times and places. This is a members only benefit for the group.

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Andrea Chapelo of Chapelo Photography – PPSO Speaker for 1/5/2015

Our January speaker is an outstanding and versatile portrait photographer


Andrea Chapelo, CPP, is a portrait photographer based in Lebanon, Ohio.

In her past life she was a Weather Specialist for the USAF. She is very proud of serving her country.  She was able to us the GI Bill for training in photography which started her on the path she is on now. She has been in business for over 10 years.

While she does all types of portraiture work, it is her senior work that makes up the majority of her business.

Shooting, Studio Lighting and Posing Demo

This year we have asked our speakers to demo some of their work. Shooting, selling, communications with their clients and so on. During the course of her program for us, she will go over the types of studio lighting that she uses and what sells to her seniors and their parents.  She will be going over some of her basic posing and will be demonstrating a basic studio set up and will be working with and posing a model for a portion of her presentation.


Kohler Catering next to Presidential Banquet Center. 4572 Presidential Way, Kettering, OHIO 45429


Visitor and cost information


5:30-6:00 pm Networking and chatting with members and visitors
6:00-6:45 pm Catered Dinner and getting to know those at your table
6:45-7:00 pm PPSO announcements
7:00-9:00 pm Andrea’s presentation

Here are some of her senior portraits for your inspiration:








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Family portraits, art, and more. Please visit her web site and see.








Rick Trummer tells us what it takes to survive in this economy – PPSO Speaker 9/8/14

“You May not Want to Hear This!”

Photographic studios are opening their doors at an all-time high. Studios that have been opened for years, even decades, are now closing their doors after years of professional service. What makes the difference of the ones that keep their doors open and the ones that close after only a few months or even years? That’s the question that todays’ studio owners are going through, how to survive in this economic environment.

As a consultant Rick helps photographers and studios get in the game and get successful

Over the past nine years, Rick Trummer has been traveling the country and making notes on why some photographers are thriving, some are surviving and why some are drowning. In May of 2013, he opened up his own consulting firm educating studio owners on how to survive in these economic times. You may not what to hear the information he has to give you, but it’s information that is crucial to our existence as studio owners. He will discuss the planning and execution of setting goals in both marketing and business, then accessing those goals on a weekly to monthly basis to deliver the results to keep you in business. He will give you the insights needed to help you thrive in this economic environment by evaluating those goals and making changes based on the results. Rick will share with you five techniques to growth and motivate you to get your butt off the bench and get into the game. He will discuss the importance of using professional services and why they are important to the economic well- being of your photographic operation.

Are you ready to find out what is working and what is not?

This program is not for the weak of heart, so strap in for some straight truth and self-analyzing to get you all to the next level of life.

Our speaker works for and will be showing us products available through Burrell Imaging. He will discuss how studios and photographers use different products and services to become more successful in today’s competitive and sluggish economic market.  If you need a boost or want to get the right start in photography as a business, this is a presentation you will not want to miss.


If you will be a guest, please tell us you are coming here:


PPSO information / location/ pricing etc. 




Rick Trummer, M.Photog.,Cr.,CPP,F-WPPA,F-APPI,F-SCPPA,F-PPANI,F-IPPG is an award winning photographer whose creativity and originality is constantly redefining commercial, portrait and wedding photography and has been working with Photoshop since version 2.0. He is also a sought after speaker with his innovative presentations on a wide variety of subjects including digital workflow, color management, commercial, wedding, marketing and the business of photography. In 1989, he purchased his first digital scan back for the 4×5 view camera and his love affair started with the digital age. Numerous cameras since and many Photoshop versions later, he has become a major advocate to the digital platform.

His career in photography now spans over 33 years and he continues to push the ends of the envelope with his innovative and advanced teaching techniques and methods. He has received numerous awards for his commercial, wedding and portrait work and is considered an authority on digital imaging, digital asset management, business and studio management. He received his Master of Photography degree in 1995 and followed up with his Photographic Craftsman

degree in 1996. His awards include numerous “Best of Show” honors from the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association, several “Court of Honor” awards, seven prestigious “Kodak Gallery Awards” and seventeen “Fuji Masterpiece Awards”. In his thirty plus-year career he has received 52 Grand Awards from the South Central Photographers Association and over 400 blue ribbons from the SCPPA, WPPA and the Professional Photographers Association. He has received numerious “Outstanding Service Awards” from the SCPA as well as the “Special Service Award” and the “Meritorious Service Award” from the WPPA. In 2002 he was presented with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the SCPPA. He has received the “National Award” from three organizations the American Society of Photographers, the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association and the Illinois Professional Photographers Association. Rick was inducted into the Wisconsin Professional Photographers “Hall of Fame in 2011”, one of only 24 that have earned the honor since 1970.

Rick is a two time President of the South Central Photographers Association as well as a Past President of the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association, the American Society of Photographers and Professional Photographers of Northern Illinois. He is currently serving as Vice President of Illinoi PPA. Rick continues to share his knowledge and professionalism with fellow photographers and students of photography, and continues to strive to better the photographic industry.

I May of 2013, Rick opened up RIck Trummer Consulting & Training and has been creating successful game plans for many studios throughout the Midwest.

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