About

Chris Wooley, CPP AFP Headshot

Chris Wooley, CPP, PPW-AFP

Degrees and Awards

  • PRESIDENT – Professional Photographers of Washington
  • Associate Fellow Photographer (PPW)
  • Certified Professional Photographer (PPA)
  • CPP Liaison (PPA)
  • 2017 Best Portrait of a Man (PPW)
  • 2017 People’s Choice (PPW)
  • 2017 ACI Image Excellence Award (PPA Western States)
  • 2017 Fuji Mastepiece Award (PPA Western States)
  • 2017 4/4 Merit Entries (PPW)
  • 2016 International Print Competition Loan Collection
  • 2016 3/4 Merit Entries International Print Competition
  • 2016 4/4 Merit Entries (PPW)
  • 2016 2/4 Merit Entries International Print Competition

Hey there!  I’m Chris Wooley, and you’ve stumbled upon the official “About Me” page.  You get a virtual high-five for going this far.  As you can probably imagine, good photography isn’t just about technical skill – but also about the person behind the camera.  Anyone can make a professional model look amazing – but a photographer that you “click” with can make the difference between a boring picture and an amazing image.  I’m chocked full of personality (and passion. And caffeine).  So I’m glad you cared enough about the man behind the lens to actually click this button.

I’m a pretty lucky guy.  I first moved to Spokane almost 10 years ago from Okanogan, WA.  This was the big town.  It took me a few months to learn the streets of the town – but I eventually figured out how to navigate Division and Sprague, and became totally awestruck by the beauty of Riverfront Park and the giant clocktower and big red wagon – and was even more impressed with the beautiful gardens up at Manito park.  It makes sense why Spokane adopted the slogan “Near Nature Near Perfect”.  It seemed fitting.  I found my home here.

I’ve been in the Professional Photography industry for about 10 years now. And as I said before, I’m pretty lucky.  I get to do the type of photography I’m passionate about.  I LOVE doing personal branding Headshots and Retro Pin-Up Photography.  I geek out about all the details, technical aspects, and feelings of each of those genres.  When I do a session, I feel like I’m playing and having a good time instead of working.  It’s awesome.

I’m also an educator. I teach classes and lead workshops across the country – usually geared towards photographers.  It might be a workshop on retro pin-up photography or an all day class on contemporary lighting techniques.  I’m committed to the industry and to helping others.  That’s probably why I’m the President of the Professional Photographers of Washington, and hold the Associate Fellow Photographer Degree, a member of the Professional Photographers of America, a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), and a liaison for the CPP program.

Since I’m bragging, I’ll also point out that I’m an Internationally Published Photographer, have won lots of awards and accolades for my images, and am regularly featured in magazines, billboards, and websites.

I’m also the developer of FathomFocus, an in-person sales program for photographers.  The program allows photographers to manage their sale process.  If you’re a photographer doing portrait work, you should totally check it out.

 

Behind the scenes on a 1930s Hollywood Glam photo shoot