This is an individual membership and a limited-term membership type designed to encourage an aspiring professional photographer to develop professional photography ethics, values, and expectations, as well as goals, skills, and techniques with the ultimate goal of becoming a trained, confident, and contributing Active Professional Photographer Member of PPETN.


  1. Professional Friendships, Networking, & Support System
  2. Annual Pass for Standard Live Class & Hands-on Workshop Events (example topics below)
    • Studio Management
    • Sales Techniques
    • Pricing Guidance
    • Lighting Skills
    • Posing Techniques
    • Post-Production
    • Workflow
  3. Discounted Premium Live Class & Hands-on Workshop Events
  4. Complimentary Bonus & Social Events Access
  5. Referral Opportunities
  6. Member Perks & Savings (10-50% + Freebies)
  7. Mentorship Program Access
  8. Online Member Community & Forum Access
  9. Skill & Portfolio Development
  10. Professional Image Competition Opportunities (Monthly & Annual)
  11. Win Awards in Professional Competitions (Monthly & Annual)
  12. Online Publicity for Award-Winning Images
  13. Eligible to win East Tennessee “Photographer of the Year”
  14. Laughlin Photography Scholarship Opportunity
  15. Leadership Opportunities
  16. Creative & Business Inspiration
  17. Certified Professional Photographer Support & Preparation
  18. PPA Merit-earning Opportunities
  19. Professional Accountability & Encouragement
  20. Easy Membership Management
  21. Future Benefits Development
  22. And much, much more…


  • Active Aspiring Photographer Members are encouraged to also be members in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA). If a PPETN Member is also a PPA Member, they are required to supply their PPA membership number.
  • Active Aspiring Photographer Members:
    • Do not have voting rights nor can they hold office in PPETN.
    • May enter submissions to the Laughlin Print Photography Competition (monthly) or PPETN Annual Image Salon Competition, but may not vote in the competitions.
    • Have all other rights and privileges of membership not specifically prohibited here.

The Active Aspiring Photographer Membership type is offered one time only and is not offered to members who, at any point in time, have been Active Professional Photographer Members, Active Professional Studio Members, Retired Professional Photographer Members, or Honorary Professional Photographer Members. The Active Aspiring Photographer Membership type may, at the discretion of the B.O.D., not be offered to an individual whose professional experience suggests they are not an aspiring professional photographer.


Employees of firms or corporations must provide a statement of employment from the employer on official letterhead.

The dues of membership for an Active Aspiring Photographer Member are $75 per year, and are discounted to $40 per year for new members for up to two 12-month terms (pre-paid). After this, Active Aspiring Photographer Members will renew at the full rate of $75 per year, or they may renew as Active Professional Photographer Members or Active Professional Studio Members.

Your annual membership will auto-renew and you can cancel anytime before your membership renews.

Click to read PPETN’s Code of Ethics.

Any member failing to remit their dues by their membership dues due date shall be deemed “Not in good standing.” Failure to remit dues after one month shall be considered cause for cancellation of membership.