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Professional Photographers of North Carolina

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We are so glad you’re here. PPNC fosters a community that is innovative, exciting, collaborative, and inspires our artists to be more, but that’s only half the story. Our resources, seminars, and networking opportunities are incredible. Among our members, you will find some of the best professional portrait, wedding, fine art, and commercial photographers in the country.



Education is at the core of our photography organization, as we believe in empowering individuals to hone their skills and expand their knowledge in the art of photography. Through a variety of workshops and collaborative learning experiences, we aim to cultivate a community of informed and skilled photographers who continuously evolve in their craft. We offer a variety of learning opportunities from hands on shoots, seminars, conferences, online webinars and one-on-one mentoring.


Community forms the heartbeat of our organization, emphasizing the importance of connections and shared experiences among photographers. We foster a supportive environment where members can exchange ideas, provide feedback, and build lasting relationships. Whether online or in person, our community thrives on the mutual passion for photography that brings us together. Our community runs deep and there is always someone to help answer questions when you're stumped. With over 200 members, PPNC is one of the larger state affiliates.


Family is a fundamental value that is the groundwork our organization, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie among our members. We view our organization as an extended family where individuals are not only colleagues but also friends who share a common love for photography. We prioritize creating a welcoming atmosphere where everyone feels valued and supported. Every year our members gather multiple times to shoot, share and socialize, making us more of a family than an organization. Just like family, we're always here for each other.


Diversity is a key principle that guides us, recognizing the beauty and strength in the differences that each individual brings to the table. We celebrate diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and styles within our photography community. By embracing diversity, we enrich our collective creativity, ensuring that our organization is a place where everyone's unique voice is heard and respected.

Upcoming Events


Feb. 10-11 2024
Chapel Hill NC


April 27-28 2024
Charlotte NC

East Coast

June 10-14 2024
Durham, NC

Carolina Photo Expo

July 19-22 2024
Chapel Hill, NC


Oct. 26-27 2024
Atlantic Beach NC

Mini Workshops

and Shoot Socials/Field Trips 2024

Competition Readiness

To be announced (2024 dates)

Ready to Join?

If you’re ready to take your photography to the next level, a membership with Professional Photographers of North Carolina is a great place to start!   We’re not only a professional organization, but a family of photographers you can count on whenever you need something.  With several free events per year, our PPA affiliate school and a killer expo, there’s something for everyone.  So whether you’re new or a seasoned vet, a wedding or portrait photographer or landscape hobbyist, we’d love to have you as a part of our family!

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Stay in the Loop by signing up

If you want to stay in the loop about all the educational opportunities PPNC has to offer, simply give us your information and we’ll notify you of upcoming workshops, seminars, schools, image competition and more.

We’re busy working professionals too so we promise never to spam you or share your information.  We respect a clean inbox as much as you do!

Our Partners

Thanks to these amazing companies our members are able to offer high quality products and services to their clients.  If it weren’t for the support of these companies, organizations like ours would find it hard to survive in today’s world.  Please visit these amazing vendors and see how they can help you!