Robert Behm M. Photog., Cr., CPP

Owner at Valley Studio, Spokane Valley, Washington

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A Master Craftsman photographer and third generation small business owner, Rob has been the owner and photographer at Valley Studio in Spokane Valley, Washington for 31 years. Working in photography since college graduation, Rob has an Applied Science degree in photography, and a degree from Eastern Washington University as a photographic educator.

Rob is the Past President of the Professional Photographers of Washington.

He is a Certified Professional Photographer, and was the recipient of the PPA National Award in 2006. In Washington, he has been awarded the Distinguished Service and Volunteer of the Year award. A PPA councilor since 2003, Rob has also served as Chair of the PPA International Committee.

A serious photographer since the age of 16, Rob began his professional career after college, working as first assistant to a top fashion photographer in Seattle. He later opened Valley Studio in his hometown of Spokane, and has provided quality portrait services to a long list of returning clients for over 30 years. His photography has been recognized in the PPA Photographic exhibition for over 20 years, been displayed at Disney’s Epcot center, and has won numerous state and regional awards, for 4 decades.

Elected to the PPA Board of Directors in 2011, he currently serves as President of PPA 2017-18, the world’s oldest and largest professional photographic organization.

Specialties -Photographic Education, Wedding Photography, Senior Portraits Corporate portrait services, Family Portraits. Graphic Design.

Awards and Honors-

    • PPA National Award
    • PPW Distinguished Service Award
    • PPW Volunteer of the Year award
    • Kodak Gallery Award • R.R. Hutchison Trophy Best Portrait
    • Best Bride Portrait: Five time recipient
    • Best Portrait of a Woman: Three time recipient
    • Best Group Portrait
    • Best Portrait of a Couple
    • Best Architectural
    • Best Industrial
    • Best Wedding Candid - 2013
    • ASP State Elite Award – 2014, 2015
    • IPC Silver medalist – 2016
    • CPP competition award 2017

Program: The Edge of Light

Sponsored by H&H Colorlab

Join Rob Behm, PPA President and a Master Craftsman Certified photographer for a demonstration of lighting the Bride on location using off camera techniques.

Today wedding’s are held almost everywhere, except a church! This can create all kinds of new challenges at every wedding for the photographer who wants to create consistently quality images. Hotels, wedding event centers and bed & breakfasts have become the “normal” for wedding locations.

Rob will show you the fundamentals that support his approach to lighting in every location and will discuss his philosophy of working with the Bride to pose, and light her in the most flattering way using speed-lights. The psychology, the execution and the final results will all be discussed. Rob’s techniques do not require elaborate equipment or set-up’s, you can keep it simple!

Rob is a certified Career and Technical teacher in Washington state, and holds the PPA Craftsman degree for photographic education. He has been awarded Washington’s best Bride trophy 5 times during his career, and has personally photographed over 500 weddings. He has owned and operated Valley Studio of photography in Spokane for 31 years.

Come along for an educational experience and watch as Rob will do a live photography session and make a variety of portraits using his unique off camera techniques.






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