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NVPPA: Northern Virginia Professional Photographers | VA DC Pages

Welcome to NVPPA!

Are you interested in the art and business of photography? Do you want to be an educated photographer?

Welcome and congratulations on visiting the newest and only pro-path to professional photography association located in Northern Virginia! NVPPA operates as a non-profit association.

In our 7 years of programming, NVPPA has consistently brought to its members the best, award-winning, professional photographers in the MD, DC, and VA area!

Clay Blackmore (on 6/24/2012), Jeff Lubin, James Roy, Anthony Marill, George Singleton (all hold PPA Master & Craftsman degrees), and Bert Pasquale have taken top honors in Maryland's Photographer of the Year Awards at the Maryland Professional Photographers Association (MDPPA). James was NVPPA's speaker in August of last year and January of this year, 2011. Tony spoke at the Northern Virginia Professional Photographers Association for October's meeting, 2010. Jeff Lubin delivered it all on September 28, 2011!

Thank you to both Tony and James for your excellent programs and congratulations on your wins!!

The Northern Virginia Professional Photographers Association (NVPPA) is an association dedicated to progressive photographers in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC Metropolitan area. Our organization is established as a photography mentoring group to advance the education and professional development of photographers, aspiring photographers, and serious enthusiasts.

We produce educational programs and a track for photographers to become professional photographers by offering technical and business training through our speakers and programs. As a beginning professional, our advanced professional members can be a resource for you when there is an urgent need or to assist you technically in difficult situations.

For the advanced professional, our monthly speakers, print competitions (by 4th quarter 2011), and programs are not the only benefits offered. We also help you by offering you personal growth opportunities to give back to the photography community. By attending meetings and networking, you can find qualified assistants for your wedding, commercial, and studio portrait photography. You will have the benefit of a qualified and vetted pull of backup photographers when you are ill or when an emergency arises. Our speakers will inspire you to try unfamiliar techniques, new styles, and introduce you to new ideas for marketing and sales. Additionally, by seeking PPA affiliation (, our Master Photographers and Certified Professional Photographers help prepare other members to achieve the same.

We are based in Lake Ridge, VA, to allow our Prince William County, Southern Fairfax County, Springfield, and Stafford County Virginia photographer members to meet in a more geographically convenient location.

Whether you are an aspiring professional or a professional, we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting! Feel free to write to me personally with any questions or speaker ideas!

When you're ready to join and support us, please go to our Membership Application and Dues page.


NVPPA will advance the education and professional development of both the professional and aspiring professional photographer in a mutually supportive and positive learning environment; whereby each individual member has the opportunity to develop their professional skills and in turn foster self confidence and personal growth.


Our focus shall be to elevate the caliber of photography achieved by the association's members and to educate, encourage, and expand their photographic knowledge and capabilities. We carry out these objectives through:

  • Presenting lectures, seminars, workshops, courses of study, and demonstration of technique
  • Inviting guest speakers and photographers who are respected in the field and provide expertise in areas of photography, marketing, sales and other aspects of the art and profession of photography
  • Conducting print and digital-image competitions and evaluations to prepare members to create competition-quality images
  • Providing an online group forum to exchange information pertaining to photography and the activities of NVPPA
  • Furnishing a meeting place in Eastern Prince William County, Woodbridge, VA
  • Seeking an affiliation with PPA (
  • Advancing photography in all its branches as both an art and a profession


As a member of NVPPA, I promise to:

  • Attend association meetings regularly
  • Help the association maintain the positive, friendly environment necessary for all members to learn and grow
  • Serve my association as an officer when called upon to do so
  • Treat my fellow members and our guests with respect and courtesy
  • Bring guests to association meetings so they can see the benefits NVPPA membership offers
  • Adhere to the guidelines and the rules of all educational and recognition programs/seminars offered through NVPPA
  • Maintain honest and highly ethical standards during the conduct of all NVPPA activities and as a professional photographer
  • Adhere to the rules of good netiquette (etiquette governing communication on the Internet) when posting and/or communicating online


Philip Brasch, President & Founder
NVPPA: Northern Virginia Professional Photographers Association

Pre-Join Checklist:

  • You can volunteer to the Steering Committee by contacting me.
  • Please read our Policy on Posts and Spam and Netiquette posted in our Files section under the More tab. Do not post inflammatory messages anywhere on this site -- You're an adult, so you don't need to be told the consequences.
  • Please provide a photo of yourself when you join so that we know who you are when you join us for our events!
  • Since we are a group of professionals, not a club, and to be fair to every photographer / business-owner in NVPPA, we require that you enter your real FIRST and LAST name on our Meetup -- not a business name or third party advertiser (i.e. "ABC PhotoTools"). We also need your first and last name to verify your RSVP and registration at our events. This requirement also reduces unwanted and off-topic spam to our membership.

President - Philip Brasch
Vice President - Vacant
VP Membership - Anna Gatling
VP Public Relations - Vacant
Secretary - Vacant
Treasurer - Joe Cruz
Competition Chairman - Mark Gilvey
Director of Hospitality - Vacant

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
NVPPA Image Competition Rules July 8, 2015 11:04 AM Philip B.
Holiday Membership Discount Specials for Dec 2014 February 12, 2015 2:35 AM Philip B.
PWPPA Changed Its Name to NVPPA! April 18, 2013 12:12 AM Philip B.
Register or Pay an Invoice for a Meeting or Event March 8, 2017 10:33 PM Philip B.
Renew Your Membership Investment March 8, 2017 10:35 PM Philip B.
JOIN or Make a Donation March 8, 2017 10:38 PM Philip B.
Membership Application and Dues March 9, 2017 6:55 PM Philip B.
Mission Statement March 11, 2016 4:39 PM Philip B.
Member's Promise September 11, 2012 6:48 PM Benson
Leadership Team March 8, 2017 10:41 PM Philip B.
About NVPPA: Northern Virginia Professional Photographers | VA DC December 11, 2017 2:22 AM Philip B.

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