The Gold Standard of Professionalism

One of the core missions of PPETN is to maintain the highest degree of professional standards in photography. As a result, PPETN is the torchbearer for East Tennessee in advancing professional photography and setting the bar for professionalism within the industry.

In light of this, PPETN has adopted the Code of Ethics below to which all members agree to abide and be held accountable.

PPETN’s Code of Ethics

PPETN members strive at all times to upgrade and improve their knowledge and skills of professional photography, marketing, and related areas, and to present all photographic services in a manner which reflects the highest levels of professionalism.

  1. Deal with all users of photography and the general public with honesty, integrity, and respect.
  2. Do not use any marketing or competitive practice which violates any Federal Trade Commission or other Federal or State regulatory agency rule or regulation, or Federal, State or Local statutes, or any decision of any Federal or State Court.
  3. Strive to produce photography and photographic services in accordance with the highest levels of professionalism.
  4. In all dealings with fellow professional photographers, students, and others who aspire to be professional photographers, share knowledge and skill of professional photography.
  5. Support efforts for and assist in the education of all interested persons and the general public in the art and science of professional photography.
  6. Cooperate whenever possible with other members of this association and assist whenever possible should they be in trouble or experience difficulties.
  7. Strive to be both professional and respectable.


PPETN’s Code of Ethics is enforced by the Bylaws and the Board of Directors (BOD), which is composed of PPETN members. One of the BOD’s responsibilities is to conduct preliminary investigations and process complaints as necessary for referred matters regarding perceived violations of the Code of Ethics.

Have A Complaint?

Code of Ethics complaints may only be filed against current members of PPETN. You can determine a photographer’s membership status by referencing the membership page here.

To file a complaint against a PPETN member, please contact the PPETN President. In your communication, you must detail the specific section of the Code of Ethics allegedly violated or the alleged illegal or unethical way or manner the member practices photography.

Contact the President by visiting the Board of Directors page here.