Member Benefits and Services

Member Benefits and Services Click here back to join

Categories of Membership

Categories are available for business owners, employees, as well as aspiring professionals and students enrolled full time in photography programs. There is also our Corporate membership category for persons and firms who provide products and services to the industry. Some benefits listed are at no additional charge to members and the remaining benefits (such as seminars/workshops) are always available at the lowest price for PPGBA members.


For 2017, PPGBA will be scheduling at least quarterly regular meetings on second Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Each meeting features outstanding speakers who come to PPGBA from all over the world to bring new ideas, fresh perspectives, and a wealth of information about their photographic specialties – from portraiture to commercial photography, fine art to wedding photography. Regular meetings are free to members, guests pay a visitor fee.

Professional Networking

Want to learn more about what industry suppliers and manufacturers have to offer? The finest major product and service providers in northern California are members of PPGBA. PPGBA meetings and workshops are a great place to communicate with these companies one-on-one. PPGBA also hosts occasional social events so members can build professional contacts, form friendships, kick back and have FUN!

Photographic Competitions (this program currently being restructured)

Throughout the year, members have an opportunity to have images evaluated and critiqued by a panel of jurors. Award ribbons are presented to those who score above certain levels. Entrants may also qualify for year-end trophies. This is an effective way to develop and refine a personal style and is also an opportunity to earn recognition that can be used to promote your business within your community and on social media.

Leadership Experience

PPGBA also offers volunteer opportunities, where members can serve their profession while building their organizational and management skills.

Member Promotion

A listing of PPGBA members and a gallery of members’ images is available on the website. Professional Active members may also use PPGBA’s logo on on their marketing materials, social media, etc. for increased credibility and consumer awareness.


Full-day seminars are offered occasionally to give more extensive, in-depth exposure to a speaker or topic. Many of these programs feature hands-on exercises and/or live demonstrations with models.

Publications/Web Site

The monthly Bulletin newsletter, has been recognized by PPA as an award-winning association newsletter, and includes articles on events, techniques, business ideas, and industry news.

PPGBA also publishes a online membership directory – this is an excellent resource for work referrals and other information about local colleagues.

The association’s web site contains listings and details about PPGBA activities and events.


PPGBA is one of the largest local affiliates of the Professional Photographers of America, an international association of more than 20,000 members. Membership in PPA is optional and separate from PPGBA and the two organizations are independently managed and governed. Through its “merit and degree program,” PPA also supports a nationwide network of speakers on photographic topics.

Special Benefits for Corporate Membership Click here

Golden Gate School of Professional Photography

The co-sponsor of PPGBA’s workshop program, Golden Gate School has been recognized as one of the foremost providers of professional photography seminars in the U.S. Founded by PPGBA in 1984, our occasional workshops present well-known instructors in an intensive learning experience, often with hands-on activities to help students to increase their artistic, technical, and business skills.