If you are a Professional Photographer and would like to join Bay Professional Photographers Association and/or would like more information regarding our Guild, please email our President, Gigi O'Dea, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gigi will be happy to explain the Membership Classifications and guide you in becoming a member of BPPA. You may attend a meeting as a guest of a member. The cost to attend as a guest is $35. This amount pays for dinner and a program. Accepted form of payment is cash or check made payable to BPPA. We encourage you to join our Guild. But if you chose not to, you can attend succeeding meetings as a Non-Member. The Non-Member fee is $45. Should you decide to join, and we hope you do, you will need to complete the Membership Application. You can bring your check and completed paperwork to the next meeting. Click here to access and print the BPPA Membership Application.
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 Thursday 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 are able to use the BPPA logo in your advertising. 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 or the Professional Photographers of America.
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.