If you are a professional / aspiring photographer or a student of photography and would like to join Bay Professional Photographers Association and/or would like more information regarding our Guild, please contact our Membership Chair, Donna Williams by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 941-488-7300. Donna Williams will be happy to discuss the Membership Classifications and guide you to becoming a member of BPPA. You are welcome to attend as a guest by contacting the Membership Chair or as a guest of a current BPPA Member. Guests can attend their first meeting for a one-time meeting fee of $20. Meeting fees, which pay for the meal and the program are $35 for BPPA Members and $45 for Non-BPPA Members. Accepted form of payment is cash or check made payable to BPPA. We encourage you to join our Guild. Should you decide to join, contact the Membership Chair, Donna Williams. She will go over the different categories to determine which is the best fit for you. Click the link below to access and print the BPPA Membership Application.
After speaking with the Membership Chair, you can either bring your check and paperwork to the next meeting, or you can mail everything to her attention to:
158 Padova Way
North Venice, FL 34275
Meetings are held the second Monday of each month. To ensure a proper headcount for the meals, members and guests must email their RSVP by the Friday prior to each meeting. Click here to email your RSVP.
Joining a professional organization in your chosen field indicates a true commitment to your profession. That professionalism is a great source of confidence for your clients. You become a working professional photographer who has signed on to a code of ethics and one who is managing their business in a professional and ethical manner. Your clients will know that you are operating your business in a professional manner. And be becoming a member, you receive opportunities for education each month.
You will get to know your fellow photographers in a social and educational setting. Networking with other professionals in your field is a huge benefit both in terms of shared knowledge and perhaps even more importantly in receiving referrals from other members. Your skills and areas of expertise will be known. You have the support of a strong organization behind you should you have any difficulties and/or questions about your business. You have opportunities for scholarship awards that may be applied to any educational program sponsored by BPPA, Florida Professional Photographers (FPP) or the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
You have access to other working professionals at monthly meetings. As you get to know them, they will be happy to assist you with questions pertaining to your profession such as dealing with a particular client, types of equipment, lighting knowledge, promotions that work, filing images, etc. Your photography will continue to improve by entering the Print of the Month, Creative Quarterly and Salon Competition. The more you enter into these competitions, your skill set improves and your confidence as a photographer rises.