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Vol. 78 Issue 2 • Spring 2014
Taking Steps To Inspire, Equip & Educate Washington Professionals
President’s Message
Embrace the future; Honor the past
by Doug Walker, CPP, FP,
PPW President
A hearty hello to all my PPW
brothers and sisters. I am catching up after our whirlwind conference this past month to pen a
few words. First, I am humbled
and honored to find myself as
your President and pledge to do
my best to bring good things to
bear. To those in attendance at
the banquet I hope you enjoyed
my acceptance speech, which I
am given to understand is the
shortest on record. You will
forgive my reluctance to wax
rhapsodic. For there is much to
do and not a moment to lose.
As I hit the ground running
we face some immediate challenges. We have found ourselves
in the middle of a proliferation of
photographic seminars, webinars
and impromptu associations.
This ever exploding source of
online education nibbles away
at our proven offerings. The
Evergreen School recently went
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quiet and
many districts
have struggled
to maintain
numbers. The
studio and
operation has
given way to
the nimble and
fleet of foot entrepreneur. Yes,
the face of the
working photographer is changing. Many of our newer members
never used film. And so the demographic has drifted much from
where it was 30, 20, or even 10
years ago. Balancing the needs of
seasoned pros with those at the
dawn of their careers provides
a unique challenge. Age bears
experience, dependability, and
wisdom while youth brings new
vision, creativity, and techniques.
I believe we need to embrace
both energies moving forward!
So what is the answer?
PPW has always centered on
relationships and human interaction. Photographers often
work alone and forge on in a
vacuum. So I believe the answer
to this conundrum lies in the
adage ‘what is old is new again’
— Relationships. What we have
an abundance of and can offer
members is exactly what the internet and national associations
have a tough time providing…
the human touch. Networking,
collaboration, friendship and
sharing. A place where seasoned
professionals and those at the
dawn of their career can come
together, mix and collaborate
with the same goal… professional
growth. I believe this is where we
can make a difference.
I saw this synergy first hand in
my Southwest District. The ‘Build
it and they will come’ moniker
proved true. There is a desire to
come together, to learn, to share,
and to grow. If we put on a great
program, share openly, and foster
lasting relationships everyone
wins. So as we move through
this year towards next year’s big
Western District Conference in
Vancouver March 28-April 1, I
invite you all to join with me and
become involved. The whole is
greater than the sum of its parts. I
can do nothing by myself. If we all
pull together and create a sense
of community we will champion
the day. I am proud of you all and
am honored to be your President.
President’s Message......................... 2
Favorite Tools..................................... 4
Wacom Tablet........................................ 4
Tickle Stick............................................. 5
My Coolest Tool.................................... 5
Auto Retouch with Portrait +......... 6
Horse......................................................... 7
Instant Shelter From the Storm..... 8
Cabbage Patch Kaleidoscope....... 9
Remembering Mike Rojan...........10
2014 PPW Degree Recipients....10
The Merit Corner.............................11
PPA Activity Yields PPW Merits.11
2014 Student
Photographer of the Year.............12
PPW Scholarship Fund.................13
2014 PPW Print Competition
Conner Hospitality Suite..............17
Spring Conference 2014
Conference Fun Party....................19
Editor’s Notes
by Mark Turner
Sometimes I feel like I’m perpetually late. Of course I get to
my portrait and sales sessions on
time, but I’ve got a lot going on
and I’m definitely late getting this
issue in your hands.
I volunteer my time to worthy
causes, and to those that I think
will benefit my studio marketing.
I’m engaged in multiple organization boards of directors, and I
participate in business networking every week. Top it off with a
new studio under construction
and I wonder how I find time to
It’s shaping up to be a good
year. I hope yours is the same
as we all come out of the winter
slow season.
Gifting Your Associate Fellow
Photographers of
Doug Walker
[email protected]
Vice President
Rich Breshears
[email protected]
Heidi Swoboda
[email protected]
Julie Fitzpatrick
[email protected]
Immediate Past President
Nina Beheim
[email protected]
Executive Manager
Gary Jentoft
[email protected]
The Washington
Images of Merit................................20
Imaging USA 2014..........................24
Published quarterly by the
Professional Photographers of
5417 NE 200th Place
Lake Forest Park WA 98155-1813
Phone 206-362-3015
Gary Jentoft, Executive Manager
[email protected]
Member News & Activities..........25
District Reps......................................26
District Events..................................27
On the Cover
Cabbage Patch Kaleidoscope, by
Bonnie Slagle. See page 9 for the
story behind the photo.
Send editorial queries to
Mark Turner, editor
[email protected]
Next issue: Summer 2014
Copy deadline: June 15, 2014
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edited by Mark Turner, AFP, CPP
As photographers we use a variety of tools to get the job done.
We pick cameras, lenses, lights,
and software that produce the
quality we need at a price we can
afford. Then there are the special
items we’ve found we just can’t
do without. These are the things
that make our job easier, faster,
or better.
I asked PPW members to share
one of their favorite tools. Are
you surprised at their choices?
Or do you nod in wholehearted
One of my favorites is a little
two-axis level that fits in my
camera’s hotshoe. Seems I have
trouble judging horizons and
vertical lines and this little gem
helps immensely, whether I’m
shooting architecture or landscapes.
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Wacom Tablet
by Joanne Murray, Cr. Photog., FP
My favorite tool is the Wacom
tablet and pen. I use it every day
for retouching images because
it works so much better than a
mouse or touch pad. It can be a
paint roller or a fine brush that
can be used to add eye lashes if
needed. The pressure sensitive
tip can be used as a brush or a
fine tipped pen depending on the
amount of pressure used.
If you haven’t used one, you
don’t know what a time saver
it is. The best part of the Wacom tablet is it can be set up for
both left handed people or right
handed users. It can be used on
the desk top or on your lap to
avoid carpel tunnel issues and to
reduce shoulder strain when you
have a lot of work to do.
I have the Intuos medium sized
Wacom tablet which is about
the same size as my laptop, so it
packs well in the same briefcase
when I travel.
Wacom Tablets:
Tickle Stick
by Marie Martineau,
Cr. Photog., CPP, FP
My favorite tool is a 22 year old
rainbow-colored dusting wand.
You see, this wand is very special.
It has never dusted anything but
it has tickled hundreds of children and I would be lost without
it. The bright colors can capture
the attention of the youngest child and they will follow it
where ever I want them to look.
By the time babies can sit up they
can gently be tickled and great
smiles and expressions are there
waiting to be captured.
One thing said, I hate shoes on
babies, they are big, the soles of
them is always straight at the
camera and most importantly
toes are really ticklish and I want
to get at them. So the rule is no
shoes for about 90% of the sessions.
My tickle stick is always available to the kids too. It’s only fair
core and pebble-textured Mylar
held on with duct tape. They
were stiff and bulky, but effective.
I learned early on the power of
reflected light in every scene.
that they get to tickle me or their
parents back! I actually have
two tickle sticks, one that never
leaves the studio, (I would be lost
without it) and another gets to go
on trips with me when I teach. So
that is why my tickle stick is my
favorite tool.
My Coolest
by Rob Behm,
M. Photog., Cr., FP, CPP
After more than 30 years in the
business, I have certainly used my
share of photography tools. When
I ask myself what can’t I do without? Well other than my camera,
there is one that I know I am still
in love with as much as when I
used the first one about 18 years
ago: The Photoflex Litedisc.
I have used reflectors since
the early stages of my career. We
used to make them out of Foam-
Location Portrait made with natural
light and the light gold Litedisc from
the right.
Then came the Litedisc. Compact, lightweight and you could
fold it up! They even had their
own bag! I found even more
creative ways to use reflected
light with the added portability
and functionality of the Litedisc.
Sometimes it’s the main light, but
more often it is a fill or a kicker
light. I can add a catch light in the
eyes and sometimes I use it as
a gobo to block unwanted light.
I have even used them to lay on
the grass and have a bride sit on
one so she does not get her dress
dirty before a wedding! I have had
a few over the years, but my favorite is the 36” Silver / Light Gold.
In fact I just bought a new one at
Imaging USA 14. There’s nothing
better than a fresh Litedisc!
Whatever you do - don’t try to
take my Litedisc away!
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Auto Retouch with Portrait +
by Michael Thresher, FP, CPP
Go back 5 years, when we had
over 150 seniors per summer
and two retouchers. One took
care of several simple tasks like
blemishes, stray hair, eyes and
teeth. The other did more detailed enhancements that might
be unique to the style of portrait
we were creating.
Fast forward to today, with half
as many seniors and no employees. Yet we still want to deliver
finer images today than ever
before. At one point this summer I had over 30 senior portrait
orders in process, but I was still
being the photographer! I needed
help with the simple tasks and
after much research, downloaded
a free trial of ArcSoft’s Portrait
+ to see what it could do. Within
30 minutes they had my money!
This is just the ticket for highly
intelligent auto retouching.
There are so many things to
like about this software. The
most time saving element though,
has to be the batch process. Once
the settings are decided for the
individual, simply apply to all
and go do something else while
every image of that individual is
retouched exactly the same way.
The retouching can be adjusted in
many ways, even saving freckles
while eliminating blemishes.
It’s very fast as it creates new
TIFF images of each frame and
automatically puts them in the
same folder with the original. You
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can also save processed images a
variety of other ways.
For my workflow, I load them
all into Photoshop and then one
by one, simply lasso the face of
the retouched image, shift/drag
it to the original image and close
the retouch image. This puts the
retouched face on a new layer
so I can tweak the opacity to
blend them just right. (I don’t like
overly retouched portraits.) Then
just save as a PSD file and trash
all intermediate TIFF files.
Here are “Before” and “After” screen shots. You might not be able to
see much here, but on the big screen, the difference is dramatic.
Before Portrait+ Retouching
After Portrait+ Retouching
After all the ordered images are
layered and saved, I go back to do
the detail enhancements to each
image before sending to the lab
for printing. But because most
of the simple tasks are already
done, my time is cut in half for
the average senior, and for those
with few blemishes, the additional work is next to nothing.
Is there anything I don’t like?
Well, it’s probably just me, but
I can’t get Photoshop to be the
default to open TIFF files (with
the extra F). Yes, the computer
says it will, but if I double click
on one, or press Enter, Adobe
Indesign starts up. Of course,
Indesign can’t open TIFF files
either, so what’s with that? I must
remember to DRAG the file into
Photoshop. But groans regularly
depart my lips when I lose focus
and accidentally hit Enter.
ArcSoft Portrait+
by Mark Turner
I came across an iPhone app
called Horse Shaker Deluxe that
does one thing well: it plays
a constantly changing series
of horse whinneys and other
sounds when you shake your
phone or tap the screen. Like any
of the other attention-getting
techniques, it works best the first
few times, so using it in alternation with other techniques is a
good idea in a longer horse photo
I’ve also found that Horse
works to get the attention of
dogs, small children, and some
scowling grandfathers.
Horse people are rightfully
picky about the position of the
ears in photographs of their
horses. They need to be up and
forward, attentive and listening.
Equine photographers use a variety of tricks and noise-makers
to get a horse’s attention. These
include shaking a paper or plastic
bag full or rocks or treats, waving
a sheet of fluttery paper or shiny
mylar, or offering a handful of
“teaser” grass.
Riley and Flair, by Mark Turner
The Northwest’s
[email protected]
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Instant Shelter
From the Storm
by Brian Page, AFP
Our first love in photography is
landscape work. Many of our best
landscape images are captured
during changing or bad weather.
Around western Washington,
wet weather is normal weather.
Therefore much of our work is
done in the rain.
A tool I have been using for
the last few years is designed to
keep the rain off of our cameras
and us. I designed and built this
equipment to be as simple and
functional as possible. No clammy rain suits or clumsy camera
wrappers. It is also easily adjust-
Parts List:
A. RAM Mount 1 inch Ball V Base #
B. RAM Mount 1 inch Socket and
¼ inch NPT Thread Arm # RAM-B200-1U
C. ¼” to 1/8” nipple adapter
(plumbing part from hardware
D. 1/8” X 4” pipe nipple
60” - 72” golf umbrella
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ed for rain that is being pushed
by a stiff breeze.
I built a clamp onto my tripod
that allows a modified umbrella
to slip onto the device. We use
large golf-umbrellas that measure 5 or 6 feet across the crown.
With a slight modification of the
golf-umbrella handle, the umbrella slides down over a small shaft
mounted to a ball clamp, allowing
an almost infinite adjustment for
the angle of the umbrella, similar
to a ball head. It is an assembly
of parts from the RAM Company,
with a few parts from the hardware store. The parts cost less
than $50, except for the umbrella.
The nice thing about an umbrella is, when a gust of wind hits,
the umbrella wants to lift straight
up. It does not tend to pull the
tripod over.
During use, I set up my tripod, slide the umbrella onto the
shaft, and adjust the angle of the
umbrella to keep the sun or rain
off of the camera and me. Then I
mount the camera, adjust composition, settings, etc. When I am
ready to release the shutter, I lift
the umbrella off the shaft and
release the shutter with a remote
cable. I do it this way to prevent
camera shake induced by the
When not in use, the umbrella
holder just folds down and out of
the way.
Cabbage Patch Kaleidoscope
by Bonnie Slagle
to remind her that her efforts
were rewarded.
This cabbage was a little over
10lbs and fed two families. So the
story begins...
Nestled in the foothills of the
Cascades is the Slagle homestead.
This ordinary farm has cows
grazing in the fields and a lovely
garden tended by an unusual
woman gardener. She would till
the soil and carefully plant the
seeds like other gardeners, but
she did one unusual thing to help
her cabbage grow. Using a Fuji S3
camera and a Nikon macro 105
lens she would reflect beautiful rays of light on the cabbage
patch. In return the cabbage grew
and grew until it was over 10 lbs.
Early one morning, with dew still
on the purple cabbage leaves, it
inspired the woman gardener to
capture its real beauty by making
its image in the camera.
Then the woman gardener
took her image of the cabbage
and used her PC to add a little
personality with Nik software,
along with some color saturation.
So go out and find yourself a
cabbage in the cabbage patch of
life. Capture it , imagine it, and
don’t be afraid to share it. You
might come away with a great
recipe for life.
Cabbage Patch Kaleidoscope,
by Bonnie Slagle
She carefully placed it on metallic
Behold the cabbage looked as
if it was jeweled . The keeper of
the garden just had to share this
magnificent product of nature
that her Creator God had blessed
her with. So she displayed it
for all to see. And in return the
colorful image brought her many
wonderful compliments from her
dear friends and a crystal trophy
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Remembering Mike Rojan
by Robert Behm,
M.Photog., Cr., CPP, FP
AFP: Associate Fellow
of Photography
On February 8, 2014 we lost a
beloved past PPW member, Mr.
Mike Rojan of Spokane, Washington. Mike was previously a
member of the US Marine Corps
and was a loving husband to his
wife Vicki. He had 3 children and
8 grandchildren.
For over 28 years Mike was one
of the full time instructors at the
Spokane Falls community college
photography program. During his
time at the “Falls,” Mike taught
along side Merle Brown (past
PPW President) and Mr. William
“Bill” Campbell. Together these
three great men brought the SFCC
photo program to national recognition and helped to inspire two
generations of photographers,
many of whom are still working
today. In fact several alumni of
SFCC have gone on to be leaders
on both the PPW Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Mike truly loved photography
and was a great supporter of PPW
during his 20 years as a member and frequently would bring
groups of students along to the
PPW convention to work in the
print salon and assist wherever
needed. All the while he was
setting an example for a future
generation of photographers
teaching them that networking
with local professionals was a key
step in growing their career in
photography. Mike was awarded
his AFP from PPW in 1983.
2014 PPW Degree
Lynda Burgan
Jason Evans
John Perea
Sonja Yearsley
Silver Bars
Awarded for 25 merits beyond
Mike retired from teaching in
1998 and spent his final years
pursuing his great love for
classic cars and rebuilding old
relics into formidable hot rods.
He also loved backpacking and
took many wonderful trips with
friends and family enjoying this
pastime. He continued to explore
his love for photography by capturing images on those trips and
producing calendars for the local
hot rod clubs in Spokane. Mike
also loved his church and was a
very active supporter.
A contribution in Mike’s name
to the PPW Memorial Fund would
be a wonderful way to honor this
great teacher. Mike would have
loved any opportunity to inspire
the education of one of the next
great PPW photographers.
Thank You for all you taught us
Mike – you will be missed!
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Nina Beheim
Mary Ann Breshears
Bonnie Slagle
Heidi Swoboda
Anita Weston
FP: Fellow of
Julia Kelleher
Ernst-Ulrich Schafer
Gold Bars
Awarded for 25 merits beyond FP
Mary Jo Allen
Rob Behm
Rob Di Piazza
Judy Horn
Bruce Hudson
Faye Johnson
Lance Johnson
Lisa Lamping
Marie Martineau-Sandberg
Michael McGregor
Doug Walker (2)
Matthew Weston
The Merit Corner
PPA Activity Yields PPW Merits
Mark Your
Calendars for
Spring 2015
EARN extra PPW merits for your participation in certain PPA activities.
Marie Martineau-Sandberg,
2015 PPW Educational Conference
Attend all 4 days of Image Explorations* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 merits
PPW 2015 Spring Conference
will be held March 27-31, 2015 at
the Red Lion on the Quay in Vancouver, Washington. The hotel is
right on the Columbia River with
amazing views of the bridge and
river from many of the rooms.
Their conference center is one of
the nicest I’ve seen.
Attend all 4 days of Imaging USA* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 merits
Attend a 4+ day school affiliated with PPA,
such as Texas School, MARS, & others* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 merits
Speak or judge at a PPA Affiliate annual conference
(other than WA). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 merit
Instruct a Super Monday within Washington state. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 merit
Attend a PPA Super Monday (minimum 6.5 hrs. class time). . . . . 1 merit
PPA current membership paid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 merit
* 24 hours of instruction time required for 2 merits
Just remember, when you receive your merit updates each January,
it is your responsibility to notify the Citations Chair, Rachel Ikenberry,
that your PPA membership was current during the previous year and
to verify that!
You can verify any PPA activity by just accessing your PPA merit report online and then forwarding her a copy. That will show everything
for which PPA has given you merits.
PPW will be hosting Western
District judging for the PPA and the
judging will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the conference.
There will be a Friday Night
program after the judging ends
for the day and ‘bonus’ programs
in the afternoon both Saturday
before the Trade Show kickoff
and Sunday before the Fun Party
and Scholarship auction.
As contracts are signed I will be
sharing more information with
you all. I am so excited to chair this
conference and bring you many of
the top speakers and shining stars
of the photography world.
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2014 Student
Photographer of the Year
by Anita Weston, AFP
The Professional Photographers of Washington has named
Claudia Gunhus of Lake Washington High School (Kirkland) as
the recipient of the 2014 Student Photographer of the Year
Scholarship Award. Claudia was
selected from applications submitted by student photographers
representing schools throughout
Washington State and are seniors
graduating in 2014. Claudia will
receive a $2000 scholarship
grant, which will be used to further her study in the photographic arts. Claudia plans to continue
her studies at Whitworth College.
and aspires to own her own portrait studio.
Claudia will be presented the
Student Photographer of the Year
plaque and scholarship at her
school within the next month.
Students applied for the scholarship, presenting an application which included a portfolio
of their work, an essay, and two
personal recommendations from
teachers or mentors in photography. Judges for our competition
were members of our organization: Annette Olivieri, Matt
Weston, and Anita Weston-Student Scholarship Chairman.
In addition to Claudio, Keegan
Keene of Todd Beamer High (Federal Way), Claire Surber of Port
Townsend High (Port Townsend)
and Delaney Brown of Federal
Way High (Federal High) rounded
out our top 4 finalists.
The following students were
selected as top 10 finalists: Amy
Kammenga of Mount Vernon
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High (Mount Vernon), Emma
Miller of Puyallup High (Puyallup), Jack Lambert of Issaquah
High (Issaquah), Bailey Lehtinen
of Snohomish High (Snohomish), Stephen Cowin of Lake
Washington High (Kirkland) and
Mary Dyrland of Bellingham High
(Bellingham). These top finalists
were singled out for their high
achievement in the photographic
field, scholastic studies, and the
student’s wish to further their
studies in the photographic arts.
We applaud these schools
for their quality teaching in the
photographic arts and preparing
their students for their future
All photos by Claudia Gunhus from
her scholarship application portfolio.
PPA Councilors
Professional Photographers
of America members govern
the association through representatives in the PPA Council.
Washington has four elected
Councilors, all of whom are
also PPW members, although
that is not required. PPW is a
state affiliate of PPA.
PPW Scholarship Fund
by Faye Johnson, FP, M.Photog.
More than forty years ago PPW
members created the Memorial
Scholarship Fund. At the 2014
awards banquet life member Ken
Whitmire shared a brief history
of the fund. Only he and Gary
Jentoft are still around from that
period. The members intention
when the fund began was to accumulate at least $100,000 so
the generated interest would be
given out for scholarships to the
membership. We have accomplished this goal and at convention this year, we gave out seven
$500 scholarships to members
who applied for the funds. In
addition to that, we also give out
a $2000 scholarship for one high
school student who is pursuing
photography in their education.
Where does this money come
from? We have a silent or live
auction or raffles every year at
Olivia, by Julie Fitzpatrick
the Fun Party during the convention. This on average pulls
in around $2000 every year. But
the large amounts which helped
build the bulk of this account is
from memorial donations from
those families whose loved ones
were active in the organization.
Jeff Fulks, AFP
[email protected]
Doug Walker, CPP, FP
[email protected]
When Ken finished speaking,
members started contributing
cash on the spot. I announced
that the website will have a donation tab for people to use for easy
submission. For donating on line,
go to, click on the tab
called “About PPW” and there is
a fly out menu with Memorial
Scholarship Donation on it. Select
that and it will guide you though
the process.
Should you have questions or
concerns, please contact Faye
Johnson at 360-509-6994 or
[email protected]
PPA Council members represent all of the PPA members
in his or her respective state.
A Councilor’s duties include
attending state and local association meetings, encouraging membership in PPA, and
maintaining constant connection between PPA members
and PPA headquarters. Washington’s Councilors are:
Marie Martineau-Sanberg,
CPP, Cr. Photog., FP
[email protected]
Faye Johnson, CPP, M.
Photog., FP
[email protected]
Fall Education
coming to
October 2014
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2014 PPW Print Competition
Overall Awards
PPW Best of Show Trophy
Best single print from all divisions
as determined by the jurors
American Made, Doug Walker
PPW Portrait Photographer
of the Year
Highest Aggregate score in the
Portrait Division
Kari J Stuckey
PPW Wedding
Photographer of the Year
Highest Aggregate Score from the
Wedding Division
Jenica Lemmons
PPW Commercial
Photographer of the Year
Highest Aggregate Score from the
Commercial Division
Doug Walker
Russ Clift Trophy
Best Mixed Case Entry (split entry)
aggregate score
David Lobban
Alma Gray Trophy
Highest Aggregate score from a
first time entrant
Julie Clegg
The Jentoft Trophy
Highest Aggregate score by WA
resident, all scores must be PPW
merit level
Kari J Stuckey
PPW Peoples Choice
Buzz Off!, Rich Breshears
Classic Willow, Ernst Ulrich-Schafer
Fuji Masterpiece Awards
Cabbage Patch Kaleidoscope,
Bonnie Slagle
Geometric Warehouse, Kari J
Kodak Gallery Awards
The Golden Kiss, Susan Marsidi
ASP Elite Award
Triple Rhapsody, Rob Behm
Doug Walker
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Portrait Division
Best Portrait of a Child
Classic Willow, Ernst Ulrich-Schafer
Feeling the Music Inside Me, Sonja
Olivia, Julie Fitzpatrick
Best Portrait of a Group
3 Brothers 1 Hellion, Ernst UlrichSchafer
Triple Rhapsody, Rob Behm
Love from Abroad, Lisa Lamping
Best Portrait of an Animal
Focused Beauty, Lisa Lamping
Snow Monster, Julie Clegg
Dinner Time, David Lobban
Wedding Division
Best Portrait of a Bride
Kalie’s Moment, Annette Olivieri
Geometric Warehouse, Kari J
Wonderful Windowlight, Rob
The Eyes of Hope, John Perea
Best Portrait of a Man
Swept Away, Annette Olivieri
Best Portrait of a Woman
Daddy’s Little Girl, Carla Pomroy
Pretty in Pink, Rachel Hathaway
Beauty is in the Eye of the
Beholder, Alexis Sharpe
Man Called Sioux, Heidi Swoboda
The New Face of Ninety, Lisa
Best Portrait of a Couple
Are your Pearls Bigger than Mine,
Marie Martineau-Sandberg
A Classic Romance, Holland McGraw
A Fire on the Mountain, Karen
Best Unclassified Portrait
Hands of Mother Nature, Don
The Visitation, Lisa Lamping
Meet Me at Six, Carla Pomroy
Best Non-Wedding Album
Rosie’s Big Adventure, Kari J Stuckey
Briana’s Senior Year, Kari J Stuckey
R R Hutchison Trophy
Best Single Entry from the Portrait
Beauty is in the Eye of the
Beholder, Alexis Sharpe
Best Portrait of a Bride &
Blissful Solitude, Jenica Lemmons
Our Love will Keep Us Warm,
Jenica Lemmons
Best Portrait of a Wedding
Walking on Water, Jenica
Details and Delights¸ Rob Behm
Best Wedding Candid
Hearts are Everywhere, Marie
The Golden Kiss, Susan Marsidi
Best Wedding Portrait
Trophy - Best Single Entry
from the Wedding Division
Lavender Arpeggio, Lance
Best Industrial
American Made, Doug Walker
Salvage, Georgia Hill
Frenzy, Georgia Hill
Best Architectural
Bayside Retreat, Doug Walker
Supermoon at Sunset, Ralph Allen
First Light, Doug Walker
Best Advertising/
Buzz Off!, Rich Breshears
Visually Sound, Matthew Weston
Tete a Tete, Lynn McDonough
Best Editorial
Temple Lanterns, Matthew
At the Speed of Light, Fran Bryant
Best Aerial
Mint Condition, Lance Johnson
Best Unclassified Portrait
Courtside Dream, Doug Walker
Walking on Water, Jenica
Protected, Mary Jo Allen
Raindrop Rose, Mary Jo Allen
Best Pictorial (Charles
Libby Award)
American Made, Doug Walker
Commercial Division
Cabbage Patch Kaleidoscope,
Bonnie Slagle
Roger Dudley Trophy
Best Single Entry in the
Commercial Division
Good Day Sunshine, Georgia Hill
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by Mark Turner
PPW’s annual Spring Conference is the big educational event
of the year. It’s a time to get
together with peers from across
the state, learn from out-of-town
experts, share tales with friends,
compete against the 12-point
standard, and come away inspired
to take your business to the next
level in the coming months.
This year in Tacoma a lot of the
education was in portrait photography and marketing, themes
carried forward by speakers Bry
Cox, Teri Shevy, Bruce & Josh
Hudson, and Kenani B along
with a little photo history from
Vi Whitmire. The challenge, at
least for me, is to absorb, digest,
and then implement all that was
Thanks to conference chair
Rob DiPiazza, facilities coordinator Marie Martineau-Sandberg,
and all of the volunteers who
gave generously of their time
and talent to make the event run
Next year’s conference will be
in Vancouver, Washington March
28–April 1, 2015. Mark your cal-
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endar now. Even better, tell Marie
you’d like to volunteer to be part
of the action. It’s going to be even
bigger and better, including PPA
Western District print competition.
Conner Hospitality Suite
Steve Conner, FP, and his wife
Connie brought back an old tradition to this year’s conference — a
hospitality suite in their hotel
room. All Saturday evening, as
the competition judges were finishing their work, word spread of
a party in room 636. Eventually
most attendees made their way
up and enjoyed conversation,
drinks, and snacks.
Asked “why?” Steve replied
that he remembered attending
a similar party at one of the first
PPW conferences he attended. It
was hosted by one or more life
members and provided a great
opportunity for members new
and experienced to talk and share
in a casual atmosphere. So the
Conners decided to revive the
Doug Walker, Steve Conner, and
Lance Johnson.
Steve Conner serves a drink to Heidi Swoboda.
Don and Agnes Goertzen, retired former PPW members, with Connie & Steve
Conference Photos
Photos from PPW’s Spring Conference by official
photographer Sonja Yearsley are available online:
password: education
Proceeds from the sale of prints will benefit PPW.
Buy One Get One Free
on all holiday cards!
To learn more go to
Offer expires December 31st, 2013 and can not be combined with any other offer.
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Spring Conference 2014
Yes, you can herd photographers in a car museum ... at the LeMay Museum, by
Ralph Allen. Ralph reports no retouching on this. Light it, meter it, shoot it.
Bry Cox, by Sonja Yearsley
Walker family at the award banquet,
by Carroll Hill
Kenani B. with coffee filter dress, by
Sonja Yearsley
Teri Shevy demonstrates location
lighting, by Sonja Yearsley
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Left: One of the models at the car
shoot in the hotel parking lot, by
Ralph Allen
Conference Fun Party
Gifting Your
Associate Fellow
What a great gift! Remember
the time, energy, and money
you invested to earn your AFP?
And now you have stepped it up
a notch and have earned your
Fellow degree. You’ll turn in your
silver bars and receive gold bars
now! So what to do with the
old green ribbon and its silver
medal? We’d like you to consider
gifting it to a new AFP recipient
whom you know and want to
encourage. Others have engraved
their name and the recipient’s
name on the back. In years to
come, hopefully the next person
will do the same and that silver
medal will become a legacy of
PPW involvement.
Here are some considerations
regarding giving away your AFP
Medallion. You don’t have to, but
there are several great reasons to
do so:
1) You are passing along a bit of
yourself, hopefully to someone
you’ve been watching excel in
photography and serve PPW.
2) You are helping PPW financially
(these medallions are now $120!)
3) You probably won’t wear it
any more once you can wear your
gold FP Medallion!
L-R: Alexis Sharpe; Valerie Terrell & Keith Curry; Ken & Vi Whitmire;Karen
Mullen & David Lobban; Lisa Lamping & Mike Elwell, all by Sonja Yearsley
PPW is a State Affiliate of
Professional Photographers of America
An International Association
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Images of Merit
First Light, by Doug Walker
A Classic Romance, by Holland McGraw
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Snow Monster, by Julie Cleg
Raindrop Rose, by Mary Jo Allen
All He Needs, by Jason Evans
Fanfare, by Marie Martineau-Sandberg
Tête-à-tête, by Lynn McDonough
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Images of Merit
Focused, by David Lobban
A Walk In Autumn’s Beauty, by Alexis Sharpe
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Enchanted Moment,
by Rachel Hathaway
Lighthouse Suite, by Mark Turner
Details and Delight, by Rob Behm
Dock of the Bay, by Carla Pomroy
The New Face of 90,
by Lisa Dillon
Buzz Off!, by Rich Breshears
Not Across MY Line,
by Heidi Swoboda
All of the Images of Merit on these pages are among the top entries
in the 2014 PPW Print Competition and were exhibited during
Spring Conference in Tacoma.
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Imaging USA 2014
by Rob Behm M.Photog., Cr., CPP FP
This years Imaging USA in
Phoenix, AZ was home to some
of the hottest times and biggest
moments in the history of the
nations longest running photographic conference and imaging
The downtown Phoenix convention center was host to this
years event. Over 9000 attendees were thrilled with awesome
speakers and over 500 booths on
the expo floor. The weather cooperated too, with temperatures in
the 70’s and blue skies to warm
up our Washington members that
were in attendance.
Attendees had the opportunity
to attend a program by the legendary photographer John Sexton, who worked along side Ansel
Adams. In addition, PPA honored
Country Music Star and notable
photographer Kenny Rogers with
the Honorary Masters Degree.
Kenny also gave a program of his
work to a packed house at the
convention center theatre.
Speaking of Country Music,
next years Imaging USA will be in
Nashville, TN at the amazing Gaylord Opryland resort. Mark your
calendars now, a trip to Nashville
could be the best thing you ever
do for your photography business
- February 1-3, 2015.
Front Row - Craig Brubaker, Jon Sandberg, Mike Gurley, unidentified, Karen
Mullen 2nd Row - Lisa Lamping, Marie Martineau-Sandberg, Jeff Fulks, Ralph
Allen, MaryJo Allen, Joanne Murray, Bruce Hudson 3rd Row - Duncan MacNab,
Doug Walker, Rob Behm, Steve Vento, Ken Whitmire, Jay Murray
PPA-Be More!
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know the value
of PPW membership — the
education, the fellowship,
and the fun.
another photographer you know
to join you at a district event or spring
conference and then to become a PPW member.
Member News & Activities
Brian and Cindy Page
Cindy and Brian Page attended
the Nature Photographers of
the Pacific Northwest (NPPNW)
Spring Conference, April 5, 2014.
We entered two photos each
and both of Cindy’s earned 1st
place, one in “Plant Life” and one
in “Scenic.” Brian received an
Honorable Mention in “Scenic.”
The speaker was a Adam Jones,
a Canon Explorer of Light. Adam
taught basic flash technique for
plant and wildlife photography. It
was a tough subject for this group
and it generated a lot of question
from the audience.
2014 Fall Conference
Keith Currie
[email protected]
Valerie Bowlick-Terrell
[email protected]
The Washington
Photographer Editor
Mark Turner
[email protected]
Memorial Fund
Flower Power, by Cindy Page
This means the subject cannot be manmade, and the vast
majority of the image cannot be
of manmade items. This definition makes for some interesting
The next conference will be
November 1, 2014. It will likely
be in Salem, Oregon. Details will
be on the website, as they get
firmed up. Their website is www.
Ken Whitmire
[email protected]
PPW Scholarships
Keith Currie
[email protected]
Since Canon sponsored the
speaker, they would normally
have had a table of equipment
and a product rep to speak with;
but there was a time conflict, and
Canon had to attend a different
event. Advanced Camera always
has a table at the event, and has a
line of people dropping off their
cameras for a good cleaning.
NPPNW photographic limitations are: Limited Hand of Man.
PPW Committee
Citations & Merits
Rachel Ikenberry
[email protected]
Life Members
Ralph Allen
[email protected]
Student of the Year
Sunrise at Palouse Falls,
by Cindy Page
Anita Weston
[email protected]
Faye Johnson
[email protected]
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District Reps
Ernst-Ulrich Schafer
[email protected]
Southwest: Marie
[email protected]
Marie MartineauSandberg opened
her first studio in
Blaine, Minnesota in
1985, moved to Honolulu in 1989, and
established Timless
Memories Photography in Olympia
in 1994. She has been an active
member of PPW ever since, holding
almost every leadership position at
some point.
Northwest: Mark Turner
[email protected]
Mark joined PPW
in 2009 when he began adding portraiture to his business,
concentrating on
families. He has been
photographing garden and native plants, licensing them
to book and magazine publishers,
since 1994 when he started Turner
Photographics. He’s a Rochester
Institute of Technology graduate.
Central: Tim Patrick
[email protected]
Sno-King: John Perea
[email protected]
John specializes in photographing
weddings, portraits, and some commercial work from his Renton studio.
He opened his first
studio in 1973 while
working as a deputy
sheriff in California.
After a gap, he opened
a studio in Susanville,
CA in 2003 and moved to Renton in
2008. He became a Certified Professional Photographer in 2010. John is
active with Seattle Professional Photographers and PPA as well as PPW.
Pierce: Brian Page
[email protected]
Brian Page has been running Page
Photography with his wife Cindy,
since 2006. From
their base in
Gig Harbor they
operate without a
formal studio by
working with their
clients on location.
Their clients range
from corporate
and senior portraits to families and
Yakima: vacant
Spokane: Keith Currie
[email protected]
Keith specializes in senior and
family portraiture. A graduate of
Rocky Mountain College in Billings,
Montana, he got his start in photography working on the
yearbook staff in high
school and college.
He has an extensive
background in travel
and group photography.
He has photographed
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people and places around the globe.
Prior to opening his studio, Keith
had a two decades long career as a
marketing and sales professional
with People To People Ambassador
Programs. He is deeply rooted in
both the Spokane and Priest Lake,
ID non-profit community. Keith also
volunteers for the Greater Spokane
League, updating their website with
sports action photography. He is
married to Peggy Currie and has
three grown sons, all graduates of
the University of Washington.
Southeast: Sonja Yearsley
[email protected]
Sonja is the owner of Sonja
Photography in
West Richland and
has been in business since 2010. She
enjoys weddings,
portraiture, and landscape photography.
She works hard to
attend educational events so she can
grow as a business owner and artist.
District Reps are the heart of PPW,
connecting members with each other, close to home, on a regular basis.
It’s a good way to ease into leadership. Reps are needed in Olympic,
Pierce, and Yakima Districts.
District Events
Olympic: Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap
SnoSouthwest: Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific,
Thurston, Wahkiakum
Northwest: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom
Sno-King: Snohomish, King
Pierce: Pierce
Central: Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan
Yakima: Kittitas, Klickitat, Yakima
Spokane: Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Spokane
Southeast: Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla
Stay in Touch
with PPW
Upcoming Events
Find A
Southeast District
Last Tuesday of each month, 7 pm
Roundtable Pizza in Pasco
Meetings often include an image critique session.
Northwest District
Second Tuesday of each month,
7 pm
Rotating locations
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The Washington Photographer
Mark Turner, Editor
4682 Wynn Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
Studio or lap pool?
It takes a bit of vision to imagine turning an old feed store into a modern photography studio. It takes
confidence in your contractor not to panic when you open the barn door and discover several inches of water
from the night’s rain. This space is destined to be your editor’s new studio by mid-summer. You can follow
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