Develop MOPPA
Hollywood Casino St Lous MO


Learn new skills, shoot alongside top-notch photographers, compete in image competition, connect with fellow attendees, and be inspired.

July 14-16

Pre-Con July 13

Want to advance your photo skills? Meet and network with other photographers?

Join us for 3 days of learning, interacting, shooting and FUN!

learn from the best

We bring in industry leaders to share their knowledge.

Photo Credit: MOPPA Member - Angela Hughes

Develop MOPPA

The annual photography conference hosted by the Missouri Professional Photographers Association. This year it is in St Louis, MO.

Sometimes we need to step away to become inspired and energized...

Develop MOPPA has many opportunities to meet fellow photographers and see what others are doing in their photography and business.

Build our photography community..

We are competing in our photography, but you will find that everyone is there to help and share. There are many stories of how photographers have helped one another in their time of need. We understand the importance to build these relationships to better our photography businesses.


We are excited to have this years panel of speakers!


Space is limited for the pre-con....

The pre-con session will be held at a studio, so space will be limited.

What are you waiting for? Register today!

the backstory

The MOPPA has hosted an annual educational conference every year since 1940 (with the exception of one year for war, as stated in our history). It has had different names over the years but has always had the same goal: to educate, encourage, and honor Missouri photographers.

MOPPA members in good standing will receive one state fellowship point from the Missouri PPA for attending three days of Develop.

In addition, PPA national members in good standing will receive one national education merit from PPA for attending three days of Develop.

Photo Credit: MOPPA Member - Ann Aurbach

image competition

The most intense photographic education you can get. Through this process, you will learn to see and view your work in a more objective way, all the while developing a more refined skill set which carries over into your everyday work. We welcome everyone to participate in image competition. Newcomer or seasoned veteran, we all have something to offer and something to learn.

Show Off Your Work, hear critiques, get awards, become inspired!



Register now to take advantage of the room rate....

We have a block of rooms set aside at the special rate. This is a great location with lots to do outside of the conference.

What are you waiting for? Register today!

David Beckham

Pre-Con July 13.

Fashion Posing & Lighting with Seniors.

David Beckham ... an award winning photographer that specializes in fashion and senior photography. Let's face it. If you asked your 17 year old daughter if she wanted her senior portraits taken by a baby/family photographer or a fashion photographer, well you already know the answer.

Hands-on session, bring your camera!

David's work has scored very high with the Professional Photographers of America and has been published in multiple national publications like Shutter Magazine and Senior Style Guide. He speaks and teaches nationally and holds multiple workshops where people come from all over the country to learn to use the camera and light the way he does.

We will be looking at multiple types of lighting: Studio Strobes, OCF, LED Studio and outside. We will also be using multiple modifiers to achieve different effects and results. This will be a hands-on class so bring your cameras and Godox triggers. Throughout each of the lighting set-ups, we will be learning the Elements of Posing. By breaking down posing into simple steps we can learn how to pose any body type in any situation. We will be using HS models so that we can get great photos as well.


Time to learn.

Time to have fun!

Thursday July 13

Pre-Con with David Beckham

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This class requires a separate registration from the conference.

Friday July 14

Image Competition and CPP Test

9:30 AM - ? | Image Competition

Join other photographers in Club 79 room where we watch the competition, eat snacks, and connect with other image creators.

Afternoon: Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Exam (email us at if you would like to register for the exam.)

7:00 PM | Mandy Penn - Posing

8:00 PM | Themed Shoot-Out lead by instructors and board members. Sign up for a group in June/July.

9:30 PM | Welcome Party!


Class, Formal Evening Banquet & Awards

8:30 AM | Jayme Benabides - Business

11:30 AM | Visit Vendors | Break For Lunch

1:00 PM | Shawn Lee - Business Branding

4:00 PM | Hands-On with David Beckham - Seniors

6:00 PM |Break, Get dressed for the evening banquet

6:30 PM | Hors D'oeuvres

7:00 PM | Formal Evening Banquet & Awards

9:00 PM | Keynote Speaker Shawn Lee

10:00 PM | Socialize


Class and Member Meeting

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM | Anj Olson - Lifestyle Family, Start to Finish, Deep Dive

10:30 AM | Break to check out of hotel

1:00 PM | MOPPA Member Meeting & Lunch | Install the new leadership & vote as needed

2:30 PM | Clean up
Board of Director Meeting to Follow


Register now to take advantage of the room rate....

We have a block of rooms set aside at the special rate. This is a great location with lots to do outside of the conference.

What are you waiting for? Register today!

Our vendors help make this conference happen.

you asked

Your frequently asked questions, ones that overcome objections are great here.

Hotel registration

Hollywood St Louis

(855) 785-4263

Individuals may call (855) 785-4263 for reservations by July 1. Identify yourself as members of group MOPG23A in order to receive the group rate.

Or click on this link to register online.

All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied with a first night room deposit or guaranteed by credit card. Individual reservations that are not cancelled twenty-four hours prior to arrival will be charged for the first night's room and tax

Can I purchase just a ticket for the Formal Evening Banquet and Awards?

Tickets for just the Saturday evening Banquet and Awards event can be purchased separately. The doors open at 6:30 pm. Click to register for the conference, then select the option for the conference only. There you can select the banquet only. Or click here.

What is included with my event ticket?

All events from 9am on Saturday through 3:30 pm. on Sunday are included. Saturday and Sunday meals are included.

Is the Pre-con class included in my conference registration?

The pre-con class with David Beckham requires a separate registration. You can attend either the pre-con class or the conference independent of the other. We would love it if you attended BOTH.

What if I can only attend some of the conference? Is there a one-day pass?

No, only full-conference registration tickets are available.

Can my significant other, babysitter, family member, or employee purchase just meal tickets? They will not be attending the classes.

Yes, meal only tickets are available on any of the conference registration pages. Select the option for "Develop Conference - Meals only, entire conference, additional guest".

Do you have to be a professional photographer to attend?

No, all serious photographers are welcome to attend. If you are aspiring to move to professional, you will find connections, education, and support for your goals.

Can anyone watch the Image Competition, even if they did not enter?

Yes, the competition is a great way to learn how to improve your photography skills. It will be available online for viewing, and in person at the venue.

Ready to register

What are you waiting for?

We have a block of rooms set aside at the special rate. This is a great location with lots to do outside of the conference.

Join us! We really like to see you and have fun...