• Welcome to PPSO:

    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.

Annual PPSO Christmas Party and Dinner – Monday, December 7, 2015

It’s time for our annual Christmas Party!!! Come celebrate the holiday. network with professionals and meet new members. Events for the evening will be:

5:00 – 6:00 Social hour
6:00 – 6:45 Buffer dinner
6:45 – 7:00 Awards pres / Raffle – free PPA mem / IUSA ticket
7:00 – 9:00 Gift exchange* and lots of laughs!!

* Bring 1 wrapped gift for the White Elephant gift exchange (valued at $15). Call Ron for details at 513-779-0415.

$20/person for members, non members and guests. Click here to register on our Facebook page.

Pisanello’s Pizza (upstairs in banquet hall)
355 S Main St, Franklin, Ohio 45005

Small Town Success, the complete package with our speaker Bridgette Harmon-Smith-July 13th, 2015 Meeting

Professional Photographers of South West Ohio Invites you to a presentation by Bridgette Harmon-Smith (of Peru Indiana).


Building a Photography Business in a Small Town Environment

She is going to tell us  about how she has rapidly built a successful portrait business in a rural part of Indiana. She will cover everything including great marketing tools, what has worked for her, and answering any questions you have along the way. Although she is a generalist in her small town, photographing seniors, weddings, family groups, business headshot and events, and so on, one area that she specializes in and enjoys most is Newborns.


Photographing and Marketing for Newborns Demonstration

She will be demoing a infant child session and discussing what you need to do to be successful with new borns. She has some tricks that she will share while Photographing the newborn child of our vice president Jenna Beers.



Meeting is located in the meeting hall on second (or third Floor) floor above Pisanello’s Pizza (355 s Main St, Franklin, Ohio). Franklin Ohio is just north of Middletown which was named for being halfway between Dayton and Cincinnati.


5:00-6:00 Dinner social time on your own at Pisanellos
(all-you can eat Pizza buffet that includes
salad- only about $5.

6:00-6:45 Networking time on 2nd (or 3rd) floor – See sign at elivator

6:45-7:00 Announcements / Other business

7:00-9:00 Bridgette’s Presentation and demonstration

9:00 – 9:30  Chat with Bridgette and help her pack up her stuff and get it to her car while we put the room back in order and prepare to leave. Trade contact information and cards and keep in touch.

Only $10 / person

If you would like to tell us you are coming go to our Facebook EVENT page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/875551275836283/

Why consider joining PPSO?

PPSO is a local affiliate of PPA and PPO serving Greater Cincinnati and Greater Dayton by giving photographers regular opportunities to learn and grow in their businesses and their abilities to serve their clients better. It provides a great environment to get to know other pros in face to face networking and it provides an opportunity for us all as individuals to giving back to the photographic community by helping others.

Some of Bridgette’s work




All Day Senior Portrait hands-on workshop sponsored by PPSO June 1st 2015

You are invited:

Anyone and everyone who has an interest in learning the business of senior portrait photography is welcome to attend this all day workshop at the Pendleton Art Center in Middletown,  between Dayton and Cincinnati Ohio.

The Pendleton Art Center, 1105 Central Ave., Middletown, OH 45044

This is a hands on workshop, so bring your camera

We have several models scheduled for the day and our instructor for the workshop, Mike Osborne will be helping you to see the light and get the best angles to provide your client with that wow factor that gets them talking to their friends about your work. There will be several opportunities throughout the day to shoot your own images using our models.  (Model releases will be available to those who provide three full resolution image of each model they photograph without watermarks – these are to be completed images as if for a client and will be available free to our models for payment for their time and efforts for us. Images from this workshop may NOT be used in image competitions).

Studio lighting set ups

We will have several studios set up with different lighting set-ups so that you can see what each looks like and learn how you might use them yourself.

The workshop starts at 9am and goes until 9pm on Monday June 1st, 2015. Since we are not including dinner in the price this year (there are lots of options available in the area) we have lowered the price from prior years. Box lunches will be provided. (if you have a restricted diet for any reason, we suggest that you bring your own lunch).

Only $79 for an entire day of learning the business of senior portrait photography including shooting, and inspiration.

$79 for 9am to 9pm with a break for box lunches (provided) and a break for dinner (you buy dinner on your own).

$69 PPSO and other Ohio PPA affiliate group members pay

$99. If you do not pre-register, Price at the door on the day of the event.

Here is the flyer and the registration form link:

Detailed agenda

8:30-9:00 Sign-in
9:00-10:00 Pre-session planning / pre-work with clients
10:00-12:00 Senior shooting demo in 4 types of lighting
12:00-12;45 Lunch (Provided)
12:45-3:00 You can shoot our models with Mike’s input
3:00-5:00 Image post processing / fast album building
5:00-6:00 Dinner on your own at many nearby places
6:00-7:00 1:1 time with Mike and door prize drawing
7:00-9:00 Sales and marketing

Even if seniors are not your focus, Mike will tell you how to translate these concepts to other types of photography. All can also benefit from the door prizes, show discounts on photo equipment / products and networking with other professionals.

Call Rick (PPSO treasurer) at 927-336-4277 quickly to get registered and reserve your spot!

SAVE $20 by acting NOW. The price for at the door sign-up is $20 more than preregistering

More updates are available on our Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1551614295127441/

Mike Osborne and some of his work

I started my photography career in 1986. Photographing weddings, families and HS seniors. Today I mostly concentrate on HS seniors and Families. I have always been on the leading edge of today’s photography. Learning and teaching new techniques. Digital has opened the door to so many creative possibilities. I am also a speaker for photography on the subjects of families and HS seniors. I speak at many state and local conventions. I am also currently on the Executive board of the Professionals Photographers of Ohio.   I hold a Photographic Craftsman Degree through the Professional Photographers of America and a Certified Professional Photographers degree through the State of Ohio.


Sponsor support of this event:

Several of our sponsors will be there to help build the excitement at the workshop by informing us more about their products and offering great deals / prizes… Check these out!!.

Burrell Color Imaging will show-off their product lines and give away FREE products as door prizes, including a metallic prints, lay-flat books and gallery Wraps!! 

K&R Photographic will be offering all their equipment at show prices and give away FREE stuff. They also offer rental equipment to the pros if you want to try something out before investing!!

Pop Revolution Gallery will be there to unveil their NEW collection of Pop Revolution Gallery Choice Frames and give away door prizes like a 16×20 gallery wrap and more.

Stagecraft Productions will also show us all the right equipment we need to light large jobs professionally.

You can also enter a raffle to get a FREE PPA Membership for 2016 or a ticket to the national PPA conference – Imaging USA (drawing in December 2015).

AGAIN, end your registration form in right away or call Rick at 937-336-4277 and he can get you set-up!

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.  


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