Arizona Professional Photographers Association


Upcoming events

    • Tue, May 22, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 8900 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Suite D4, Scottsdale AZ 85255
    • 4

    Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions

    Tuesday, May 22nd


    Bob Zimmerlich, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP
    Connie Zimmerlich, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP


    ClickChick Photography Studio
    8900 E Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite D4, Scottsdale


    Attendee Limit


    NOTE: Exclusively For AZPPA Members Only!

    (c) Connie Zimmerlich

    (c) Bob Zimmerlich

    Have you thought of entering print (image) competition but didn't know where to start?

    Do you want to start your journey to achieve a Master Of Photography degree with PPA? AzPPA Apple Award?

    Most importantly are you interested in improving your image making skills?

    Image Competition is one of the best educational opportunities you will have in photography to truly improve your skills. Understanding the various levels of competitions, what the judges are looking for in an image, and how you can prepare your images to improve your score is all part of the learning process to become a better photographer and deliver quality images to your clients. 

    It's not really about competition against other photographers (although there are rewards for that), but rather it's about pushing yourself and competing against yourself to always improve and understand the fundamental basics of what makes a good image. These are the same rules that applied to paintings by the Old Masters as well as today's photographer!

    Bob and Connie will walk you through the entire process from image selection, preparing the image for competition, the 12 elements of a merit image, the advantages of entering image competition, and more. There will also be a demonstration on taking a RAW image, retouching it, creating a proper presentation for the image and uploading it for entry into image competition.

    Since this is being held at the ClickChick Photography studio, there is a limited number of seats available (16) so if you are interested please register (all attendees MUST register prior to this class).

    Hope to see you there!

    • Sun, June 03, 2018
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Ben Shirk,M.Photog.M.Artist,Cr.

    Composing, Capturing, and Creating.  The ideas, techniques and motivations behind creating unique images

    Full Day Program

    FREE To AzPPA Members

    $199 Non-Members

    Nationally recognized Master Photographer and PPA GIA Award winner Ben Shirk will be joining AzPPA for a Full Day workshop on June 3rd 2018. This is an event that you will NOT want to miss!

    Ben will be demonstrating photographing High School Seniors for preparation of creating amazing composite images. Ben will then share his techniques on various techniques he uses to produce these art pieces which are cherished by his clients.


    11am - 12pm        Social Hour With Ben

    12pm - 2:30pm     Program starts at Ability360. Presentation on What/How/Why Ben does what he does

    2:30pm - 5:30pm  Model Shoot On Location (Location TBD). Will be close to Ability360 location

    6:00pm - 9:00pm  Back at Ability360 for Post Processing and Finish Presentation

    This full day event (Daytime workshop and evening monthly meeting) is FREE to AzPPA members! Non AzPPA members are welcome to attend at the special rate of $199. Please Note: You must be a current member of AzPPA on June 3rd 2018 to attend at no charge.

    About The Speaker

    Ben Shirk, M.Photog.Cr.,M.Artist.,CPP

    Ben Shirk is an internationally award winning professional photographer.  Growing up in a log cabin near a small farming community of Wilton Iowa he spent his days exploring the woods, swimming in rivers and developing his imagination.   Today his stunning images are known worldwide for the creativity and depth of storytelling. Ben currently holds many International, National and State Photography Titles for his unique images and operates a thriving studio out of that same small farming community attracting clients from across the US creating dynamic images of athletes, children, families and brides.  You can find Ben and his work at,, Instagram @shirkphtography and

    • Wed, July 04, 2018

    Social Fireworks Gathering

    Heidi Mixon, CPP

    Join Heidi as she demonstrates the art of photographing firework flowers. You will learn the art and the technical to creating beautiful imagery. This is an event you will definitely have fun with while celebrating the 4th of July!

    Start Time and Location TBD

    • Tue, August 07, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Business Frenzy Panel Discussion

    Moderator: Bob Zimmerlich, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP

    Come join us for a lively discussion on all things business related! We will have an open discussion with the audience on topics including:

    - Setting up your business structure correctly

    - Back Office Operations

    - When To Outsource

    - Pricing Strategies For Maximum Profits

    - Presentations That Get Results

    - and much more

    • Sat, August 18, 2018
    • TBD
    • 8

    Moments With Santa

    Kate Mower, CPP

    Learn all the ins and outs of how to photograph, market and sell Santa portraits. Kate will have a live demonstration with a real Santa Claus and models. 

    This event will be held at a location and time TBD

    • Tue, September 04, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Children Character Portraits

    Pete Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

    More details coming soon...

    • Tue, October 02, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Motivational Photography

    Tony Mandarich

    Come experience Tony Mandarich demonstrate how he creates his breathtaking portraits.

    • Tue, November 06, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Image Critique

    NOTE: Image Submission Deadline: November 5th@ 6PM

    There are few educational opportunities that help improve your understanding of image quality then print critique and print competitions.

    During image critique, members may submit up to 4 of their images (digitally submitted through the website) to be evaluated by our panel of judges. After reviewing each image and giving a 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' score, each judge will in turn discuss every image that has been submitted to help the maker improve upon the image and potentially prepare it for higher level competitions.

    There is no charge to members to submit images for this image critique. Non-members may enter up to 4 images as well for a fee of $20 (in addition to meeting fee).

    Submitting for Image Critique is easy: Just follow these simple steps to upload your images:

    1) Go to and click on 'free registration of new user' if you have not already used, otherwise log in with your exisitng User ID and Password (this is the same system we use for Arizona State Image Competition)

    2) Once you are registered and logged on, click on the AZPPA box (shows August 1 2017 as date).

    3) Select if you are a member, and also if this is the first time you are entering an AzPPA image event.

    4) Click on the 'Create New Image Entry' button, then enter the information prompted (title of your image, category, and select if digital effects performed by you or not). 

    5) Click on 'Create New Entry' button and then upload your image.

    Repeat the above steps for up to 4 images you would like to have critiqued. 

    It's that simple. If you are new to image critique and competitions, start your journey now towards improving your photography and taking the first steps towards earning your PPA Masters Of Photography or Master Artist degrees at the International Print Competition. 

    By receiving feedback on your images now, you will be better prepared for submitting your images at State, District and International Levels (it is the International Level where your images can start earning merits towards earning a PPA degree). 

    If you are experienced with image critiques and competitions, now is the time to have qualified judges help you understand ways to improve your images before you enter them at State, District or International.

    Need help with uploading or registered, or not sure where to start? We are here to help you. Just contact Bob Zimmerlich at with your questions.

    Click here for detailed instructions and rules for entering image critique

    • Tue, December 04, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Product Photography

    Heidi Mixon, CPP, Eileen Ball, Tammy Hodges

    Bring your camera to this live demonstration as you will have a chance to learn from some of the best product photographers in Arizona. Everything you want to learn will be covered in this live demo.

Past events

Sat, May 05, 2018 AzPPA On-The-Road Series: The Cinematic Portrait - Model In Woods - By David Lloyd CPP
Sat, May 05, 2018 AzPPA On-The-Road Series: BUS TRANSPORTATION For The Cinematic Portrait - Model In Woods - By David Lloyd CPP
Tue, April 03, 2018 Client Experience / Psychology Of Family Portraiture
Tue, March 06, 2018 Wild About Photographing Wildflowers - Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
Sat, February 10, 2018 Dinner at Lucille's BBQ For AzPPA Convention February 10th 2018 (Must be a convention attendee)
Fri, February 09, 2018 AzPPA State Convention and Image Competition Feb 9-11 2018
Tue, January 02, 2018 AzPPA Open House and Discussion On Photography Related Topics
Tue, December 05, 2017 Leveraging Todays Technology For More Creative Images By Bob Coates
Tue, November 07, 2017 AzPPA On-The-Road Heritage Series: Back To The Darkroom
Sat, October 28, 2017 AzPPA Fall Festival 2017: Exclusive Kartchner Caverns Photographic Access and Tombstone
Tue, October 03, 2017 Lightroom Seminar with Jim Walls, CPP
Tue, September 05, 2017 7 Steps to Build and Grow a Successful Photography Business
Tue, August 01, 2017 Image Critique
Tue, June 20, 2017 Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions (Exclusively For AzPPA Members Only)
Tue, June 06, 2017 The Business Of Baby Photography With Ana Brandt
Sat, May 06, 2017 AzPPA-On-The-Road Series: Boyce Thompson Arboretum Macro, Landscape and Portrait Workshops
Tue, April 04, 2017 Videography Primer For Photographers - David Weingarten, CPP
Sat, February 25, 2017 Dinner at Lucille's BBQ For AzPPA Convention February 25th (Must be a convention attendee)
Fri, February 24, 2017 AzPPA State Convention and Image Competition 2017
Tue, February 07, 2017 Pet Photography with Lisa Asp
Tue, January 03, 2017 AzPPA 2017 Open House FREE To All Professional Photographers
Tue, December 06, 2016 Family Portraits with Michele Celentano
Fri, November 04, 2016 AzPPA Fall Festival: Slot Canyons & Page, AZ
Tue, November 01, 2016 AzPPA On-The-Road: Light Painting Workshop at Superstition Mountain Museum
Tue, October 04, 2016 Becoming A Fine Art Photographer With Jane Conner-ziser
Sun, September 11, 2016 Studio Tour
Tue, September 06, 2016 Perfecting The Pose
Tue, August 02, 2016 Image Critique
Tue, July 12, 2016 Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions (Exclusive For AzPPA Members Only)
Tue, June 07, 2016 The Fluent Photographer - Your Survival Strategy with Suzette Allen
Sat, May 07, 2016 AzPPA-On-The-Road Series: HS Seniors Workshop At Gold Mine, Jerome AZ
Tue, April 05, 2016 Executive Posing with Kay Eskridge
Tue, March 15, 2016 Artisan Colour Lab - AzPPA Group Tour and Social
Sat, February 20, 2016 State Convention and Image Competition
Tue, February 02, 2016 Greg and Lesa Daniel: Value Of Prints and Large Wall Portraits (Sponsored By PPA Charities)
Tue, January 05, 2016 AzPPA Open House FREE To All Professional Photographers
Sat, November 14, 2015 Portraits Of The Old West Fall Festival
Mon, November 02, 2015 Green Screen Masking/Extraction Techniques with Live Demo
Mon, October 05, 2015 Panel Discussion: Sales Techniques and Products For Increased Profits
Tue, September 01, 2015 Image Critique (TUESDAY Evening Program For September)
Mon, August 03, 2015 Architectual Photography 101: How To Add Additional Income To Your Studio
Mon, June 08, 2015 Marketing Newborn and Baby Photography With Ana Brandt
Sat, May 02, 2015 Sedona Environmental Portraits Workshop with Bob Coates: AzPPA On-The-Road Series
Tue, April 28, 2015 Photographers Mixer Happy Hour
Mon, April 06, 2015 Discovering The Artist Within with Stephen Moody, M.Photog
Wed, March 25, 2015 Photographers Mixer Happy Hour
Mon, March 23, 2015 SOLD OUT! Outdoor Lighting Workshop at Japanese Friendship Gardens
Tue, February 24, 2015 Photographers Mixer
Mon, February 09, 2015 AzPPA Open House For All Professional Photographers
Sat, January 17, 2015 AzPPA State Convention
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