About the Association

The Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN) is East Tennessee’s official professional photography trade organization. PPETN is more than a local camera club, photography group, or discussion forum—it is an established not-for-profit organization promoting professionalism, advancement, and cooperation in photography throughout the region. PPETN membership consists of the area’s top photographers dedicated to providing the highest quality imagery, customer service, and products.

PPETN’s Mission

The two primary purposes of this organization are:

  1. To promote the exchange of ideas and techniques as related to photography.
  2. To maintain the highest degree of professional standards in photography.

Pro Photography Events

PPETN organizes events every month to support, promote, and advance the profession of photography in East Tennessee.

PPETN events are designed to benefit all levels of pro photographers. They include:

  • Seminars by industry leaders and nationally-recognized speakers
  • Workshops to practice and develop new skills, techniques, or styles (often in correlation with topics covered in seminars)
  • Socials to build professional and personal relationships and networks
  • Competitions and awards ceremonies
  • Photo Safaris
  • …and more!

PPA Local Affiliation

PPA Official Local AffiliatePPETN is also East Tennessee’s official Professional Photographers of America (PPA) local affiliate and is closely associated with the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association (TNPPA).

TNPPA Local AffiliateThese affiliations allow PPETN to provide East Tennessee’s professional photographers access to many opportunities and benefits that otherwise would not be available.

Discussion Forum

To further achieve PPETN’s purpose of promoting the exchange of ideas and techniques as related to photography, a PPETN members-only Facebook Group exists for discussion, image critique, member support, and other exchanges.

PPETN History

PPETN was founded as the Smoky Mountain Professional Photographers Association, and has had many changes and growth throughout its history.

Code of Ethics

Lastly, to maintain the highest degree of professional standards in photography, PPETN has adopted a Code of Ethics. This code, which all PPETN members agree to abide by at all times, protects and promotes the highest standards in the profession of photography.

Organizational Foundation

PPETN was founded with a set of bylaws that serve as a foundation for the operation and future of this association. Over the years, it has been amended and updated to better guide the association and serve PPETN members and the profession overall.

Financial Status

PPETN’s financial status is in good standing and a copy of the PPETN Financial Statement is available to any member upon request. Requests should be made to the Treasurer whose contact information is on the Membership Page in the Board of Directors section.