2323 Broad­way, Oak­land, CA 94612  (close to BART and sev­eral paid park­ing lots)

  • People’s Choice Image Competition

  • Ven­dor Night and 

  • fea­tured speaker, Judy Her­rmann

This joint meet­ing with ASMP (the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Media Pho­tog­ra­phers) and PPGBA (the Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of the Greater Bay Area) full of oppor­tu­ni­ties and fun is FREE!

The 90 minute pre­sen­ta­tion, “EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED” by Judy Her­man will begin at 8 PM.Judy-Herrmann-PORT-photocredit-Mike-Starke

Judy Herrmann, a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Media Pho­tog­ra­phers (ASMP) and win­ner of the Inter­na­tional Pho­to­graphic Council’s 2008 Lead­er­ship Award from the United Nations, is a part­ner and founder of the Her­rmann + Starke stu­dio, spe­cial­iz­ing in dig­i­tal still life and lifestyle pho­tog­ra­phy for adver­tis­ing and edi­to­r­ial clients.

An Olym­pus Vision­ary since 2000, Her­rmann lec­tures exten­sively about dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy and sound busi­ness prac­tices. She offers expert con­sul­ta­tions and includ­ing how to turn a pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy into a pro­fes­sion. Her­rmann devel­oped an intro­duc­tion to pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness prac­tices pro­gram for the Olym­pus Meet the Pros lec­ture series and she often trav­els to ASMP chap­ters to present “I Need to Jump­start My Busi­ness,” a sem­i­nar that helps pho­tog­ra­phers strate­gize on how to take their careers where they want to go.

Her pro­gram will speak to how to be a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher in a day when every­one has a cam­era.  Judy’s pro­gram will point out how your career of pho­tog­ra­phy is no longer sell­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and how  PHOTOGRAPHY’S FUNCTION HAS CHANGED. You are not sell­ing pho­tog­ra­phy anymore. Judy will cover how ads and mar­kets have evolved.  Her infor­ma­tion will show you the value propo­si­tion has changed.  “Qual­ity is not an absolute measure.”

If you’re won­der­ing where pho­tog­ra­phy will be in 20–30 years like other indus­tries of past and future such as Apple, then you shouldn’t pass up this oppor­tu­nity to come and hear Judy share her insights of what she has learned from sit­ting among the lead­ers, movers and shak­ers in our pho­to­graphic industry.


 Join or renew your NCPP mem­ber­ship for 2105 at this meet­ing for only — $99.





9 OCTOBER 2014 — 6:30 PM

Mem­ber­ship Meeting

7 PM — Speaker - Bar­bara Breitsameter

The Busi­ness of Pet Photography

Bar­bara Bre­it­same­ter of Poppy Blue Pho­tog­ra­phy and Paw Print Divas in Chicago will be pre­sent­ing an evening of edu­ca­tion and  inspiration.

For over a decade Bar­bara has worked as a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher.  Barbara’s nat­ural instinct for con­nect­ing with her sub­jects, that com­fort and ease, enables her to cap­ture por­traits that are full of life and per­son­al­ity.  Tra­di­tional or Lifestyle, nat­ural light or stu­dio, Bar­bara cre­ates por­traits that sat­isfy her clients.

me8Win­ner of the Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Amer­ica pres­ti­gious Plat­inum Medal Award two con­sec­tu­tive years -2013 & 2014.

Bar­bara has been cho­sen to be a 2015 PPA Plat­form speaker at Imag­ing in Nashville.

Recently diag­nosed with Parkinson’s dis­ease, Bar­bara has learned how to adapt her pho­to­graphic process to con­tinue to cre­ate award win­ning images of our best friends.  Her bright spirit is evi­dent in her work and in the inspi­ra­tion she presents in her programs.




Bar­bara Breitsameter

of Poppy Blue Photography

Barbara BreitsameterFri­day, Octo­ber 10, 2014

9 AM to 4 PM

@the Cantrell Por­trait Stu­dio, Benicia

Bar­bara is a two time PPA IPC Plat­inum Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year

Her art was fea­tured on the cover of the August 2014 “Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Mag­a­zine” and she will be a 2015 Plat­form Speaker at Imag­ing USA.

 Join Bar­bara for a fun day of learn­ing how to pho­to­graph dogs in the stu­dio and out cre­at­ing fine art for your clients.  Lively mod­els will give us the oppor­tu­nity to learn from the Master.


Reg­is­ter early as space will be lim­ited.  $99/NCPP & PPA mem­bers;   $120/non-PPA mem­bers. PPA mem­bers will earn one merit for  par­tic­i­pa­tion.  Checks should be made out to NCPP and mailed to Bar­bara Brady-Smith, 3196 Lucas Dr., Lafayette, CA 94556 along with con­tact infor­ma­tion and PPA num­ber.  Or, Pay­Pal to payments@ncpponline.org.  Put your PPA num­ber in the notes box.

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Bre­it­same­ter Workshop



14 AUGUST 2014 — 7 PM

Ana Brandt - Preg­nancy and the Newborn

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Ana Brandt is an award win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher, author, and teacher who has been spe­cial­iz­ing in preg­nancy and new­born imagery for over 15 years. Her clas­sic images stand the test of time as her clients return again and again to doc­u­ment their preg­nancy and new­born arrivals. Known for her end­less patience, Ana believes that to cre­ate a busi­ness that lasts, you need more then great images of sleepy new­borns. You need to cre­ate a visual his­tory of your life because “to know where you’re going, it’s impor­tant to know where you came from.”

Learn the Art of Preg­nancy and New­born pho­tog­ra­phy by learn­ing how Ana has built her busi­ness one client at a time.

Ana will dis­cuss best mar­ket­ing meth­ods, best sales prod­ucts, and how to keep clients com­ing back again and again.

She’ll share new ideas such as incor­po­rat­ing video into ses­sions and mar­ket­ing, as well as using the power of social media.

Ana has been pub­lished in Rangefinder Mag­a­zine three times, was nom­i­nated for a 2014 Women in Busi­ness Award and is a fre­quent edu­ca­tor for creativelive.com. Besides her pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness, Ana runs TAoPaN (The Art of Preg­nancy and New­born) which pro­vides men­tor­ing and work­shops plus an entire cloth­ing line for pho­tog­ra­phers choos­ing to focus on the preg­nancy and new­born stage.

Her first book, The Art of Preg­nancy and New­born, won best Por­trait Cat­e­gory for her cover image from the Professional

pink maternityPho­tog­ra­phers of Cal­i­for­nia. Ana released her sec­ond book, Baby + Facts = What Every New­born Pho­tog­ra­pher Needs to Know, and is cur­rently work­ing ona third enti­tled “Belly Babies” that will fea­ture new­borns in their Mother’s belly cast. Ana’s lat­est work can be seen in Ali­cia Silverstone’s new book, The Kind Mama.

Bring a note­book; Ana has tons of ideas for all lev­els and types of businesses.

pink baby for CC       baby with ears for CC


The Art of Preg­nancy and New­born Portraiture

Fri­day, 15 August 9 AM-4 PM @ ultra-spective Pho­tog­ra­phy, Livermore

purple baby for CCSpend the Day with Ana and learn how to pho­to­graph the pop­u­lar trends for preg­nancy and newborns.

Ana will have a live preg­nant model to demon­strate her pop­u­lar back­light­ing meth­ods, tran­si­tional pos­ing, and how to use mate­r­ial to help cre­ate that soft, roman­tic and flat­ter­ing look for which she is so well known.

For new­borns Ana will have a live new­born baby model to demon­strate baby wrap­ping, tran­si­tional baby pos­ing, and work­ing with props.

Stu­dents will be able to watch the behind the scenes process and will learn tons of tips and tech­niques for smooth sessions.

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Reg­is­ter early as space will be lim­ited.  $99/NCPP & PPA mem­bers; $120/non-PPA mem­bers. PPA mem­bers will earn one merit for par­tic­i­pa­tion.  Check made out to NCPP mailed to Lisa Dun­can, 3878 Paseo Grande, Mor­aga, CA 94556 along with con­tact infor­ma­tion and PPA num­ber.  Or, by PayPal.

Ana Brandt Workshop


Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle

17 July 2014  (THIRD THURSDAY, just this time!) 

Cre­at­ing a Legacy: The Business of Architectural Photography

Award win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher and entre­pre­neur Jim Doyle shares a glimpse into the art, sci­ence, and busi­ness of archi­tec­tural and com­mer­cial pho­tog­ra­phy. Learn about chal­lenges unique to archi­tec­tural pho­tog­ra­phy, step by step tech­niques for improv­ing your images through real world exam­ples, and con­crete meth­ods for pro­duc­ing images that sell.  Jim’s artis­tic eye, mas­tery of light, and over 30 years of expe­ri­ence will pro­vide you with new per­spec­tive on this unique area of pho­tog­ra­phy. Hear why Jim believes that each image he cre­ates is help­ing to build his legacy.

Jim is the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of The Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Cal­i­for­nia.  He was the 2012 & 2013 Archi­tec­tural Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year for the Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Cal­i­for­nia.  Addi­tion­ally, he was awarded the 2011 AiA Art Walk Pho­to­graphic Land­scape Award Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Architects.

Jim is also an instruc­tor of Pho­tog­ra­phy at Ran­cho San­ti­ago Col­lege along with run­ning his own busi­ness, Applied Pho­tog­ra­phy in Orange County.

Foothill_6162-4x6 It has been said that a pho­to­graph is worth a thou­sand words. How­ever, Jim         believes that a great pho­to­graph speaks vol­umes and should leave you   speech­less. He strives for that great pho­to­graph every time he picks up his cam­era.  It’s just his passion.







Have you started your legacy?

Studio Nights @ ultra-spective

25 June – Stu­dio Nights ultra-spective  

Join us for the first in our Stu­dio Nights Program, evening mixer and stu­dio tour on Wednes­day the 25th from 6:30–8:30 PM. Socialize with your fel­low mem­bers and poten­tial mem­bers. Tour Anna Vickroy’s awe­some and very suc­cess­ful brick and mor­tar stu­dio in Livermore.


Drinks, appe­tiz­ers, a 3,000 square foot stu­dio, and a short pre­sen­ta­tion by Anna of their cus­tom built LED light pan­els for con­tin­u­ous light projects. See how they use ProS­e­lect for suc­cess­ful wall por­trait sales   $20 at the door.

ultra-spective,  4749 Ben­nett Dr., Ste F, Livermore, 925.449.9879


12 June - All-Evening Image Com­pe­ti­tion for Mem­bers and Guests

Dig­i­tal Image Com­pe­ti­tion is open to mem­bers and non-members alike.  It is fun, edu­ca­tional, and a great way to take your work to the next level. Yes, it’s nerve wrack­ing, but it’s anony­mous and the con­struc­tive cri­tique from the judges helps you improve your work;  you win, your client wins.

Best of Show — April 2014 — Wait­ing by Bar­bara Brady Smith

Waiting by Barbara Brady Smith

You can enter up to four dig­i­tal images at $10 per image.  [Guests pay the same along with the $20 guest fee.]  For how to pre­pare your images and how to enter go to: /image-competition-rules and fol­low the directions.

 Our amaz­ing judges for the evening:

Lisa Evans, M.PhotogCr.

Linda John­son M.Photog., and

Michael Gan M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-PPC, S-PPC

Lisa Evans is known for her artistry.  She has been awarded a score of 100 in PPA Inter­na­tional Print Competition.

Both Linda John­son and Michael Gan are past pres­i­dents of NCPP.  Michael Gan has been a mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors of PPA, was a judge at the 2014 PPC Image Com­pe­ti­tion, and has been recently cer­ti­fied as a PPA Inter­na­tional Image Com­pe­ti­tion Judge.

This is your best (and last) oppor­tu­nity to have your work eval­u­ated by three amaz­ing, expe­ri­enced, Mas­ter Pho­tog­ra­pher judges before the PPA Inter­na­tional Image Com­pe­ti­tion entries close on the 26th of June.

Ques­tions, con­tact  Lily Dong 415.706.0266 lilydong888@gmail.com



May 8 — Sharon Lobel & People’s Choice Competition

Sharon Lobel spe­cial­izes in land­scape, nature, and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy. With SLP signature Sharon_Lobel_Custom_300dpiDon’t let her city girl looks fool you.  She would rather­pitch a tent and hang out on the side of a moun­tain than go shop­ping any day.  In her exten­sive trav­els she has expe­ri­enced adven­ture through­out Africa, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the United States.

She will be shar­ing with us her inspi­ra­tion and her process for turn­ing time, explo­ration, and beau­ti­ful images of the nat­ural world into income.

Website Recent Travel - Africa-11               Website Recent Travel - Africa-3

Sharon is a mul­ti­ple award win­ner with Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Los Ange­les County, (PPLAC), and in 2011 earned both the Nature & Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year and Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.  Sharon is also a mul­ti­ple award win­ner in the Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Cal­i­for­nia, (PPC) print com­pe­ti­tions and serves on the State Board as Secretary.  Recently hon­ored at Imag­ing USA in Phoenix, Ari­zona by the Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Amer­ica Sharon received a Sil­ver Medal for her 2013 entry in the Inter­na­tional Print Competition.


Bleeding Hearts

                  “LIFE isn’t about find­ing yourself….     

LIFE is about cre­at­ing yourself!”

        George Bernard Shaw





NCPP Proudly Presents Suzette Allen October 12th

NCPP Proudly Presents Suzette Allen Octo­ber 12th

Lec­ture Title: Hybrid=Photo+Video+Audio+You

HYBRID = Artis­tic blend of Video + Stills + Audio and it is the HOT NEW suc­cess train you need to hop on for a cre­ative and prof­itable next year! Jump­ing in can be over­whelm­ing at first, so we will break it down and make it easy for you to cre­ate Hybrid eProd­ucts. Mov­ing Por­traits or eProd­ucts can be filmed with a DSLR or Mir­ror­less cam­era and cre­ated with many soft­ware solu­tions, from easy to dif­fi­cult, but we will focus on the Easy and Prof­itable ones!

Learn the core skills of cre­at­ing Hybrid eProd­ucts: terms, shoot­ing tech­niques, tech­ni­cal set­tings, how to shoot for a tem­plate, and how to use a vari­ety of equip­ment and gear. Suzette will demon­strate an easy method for cre­at­ing fin­ished videos, with eTem­plates (auto edited with Movoir.com) and ProShows with Pho­toDex, for sim­ple shows and very easy learn­ing curve. [Suzette will also do a quick demo on how to cre­ate cus­tom videos in Pho­to­shop CS6]
You will come away with the vital skills and basics you need to get started with Hybrid, cre­at­ing prof­itable eProducts.

Suzette Allen, Pro Pho­tog­ra­pher of 25+ years, has been also been a lead­ing edu­ca­tor in our indus­try for over 12 years, help­ing pho­tog­ra­phers embrace and under­stand Dig­i­tal, Pho­to­shop, Work­flow and the tech­ni­cal side of our cre­ativ­ity process.
Now she is lead­ing the charge into the new era with HYBRID Imag­ing, com­bin­ing stills, video and audio to cre­ate com­pelling por­trait eProd­ucts that clients love! In her usual down-to-earth style, she makes even tough con­cepts easy to under­stand and fun to learn! Be inspired and chal­lenged with fresh cre­ativ­ity and new ways of com­mu­ni­cat­ing visu­ally with HYBRID images…. the art­ful blend of stills, video and sound! 104 words

Pana­sonic LUMIX G: Tom Cur­ley
Bay Photo: Christie Box­ill
Smug­Mug: Sean Rogan

Speaker infor­ma­tion
Suzette Allen, Cr.Photog., CPP, API
Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia 95841
www.suzetteallen.com suzette@suzetteallen.com



Talk­ing Por­trait & Motion Por­trait Links

Pho­tographed and cre­ated by Suzette Allen

Natalie & Boots


Oliver Skat­ing Card


Kelsey Me-Movie


Jas­mine Senior Show


Bri­anna Grad Card


Jenny’s Hope Story


Lawrence Christ­mas Card


Selah Star-to-be



Why Go Hybrid?




NCPP mem­bers are free Guest fee is $20 in advance (Click here Early Bird $20.00Pay­Pal) or $25 at the door the day of the event.

Order early this event will sell out.


PPA Super Monday

PPA Super Mon­day is open for reg­is­tra­tion. Click here for more info: http://www.ppa.com/edu/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3163#ca05

Here is your chance to learn from a col­league and sup­port PPA Super Mondays.


Congratulations to the NCPP members whose images merited at PPA IPC

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the NCPP mem­bers whose images mer­ited at PPA IPC
(Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Amer­ica Inter­na­tional Print Competition.)

I know that some of you are very close to your Mas­ters Degree.

Sta­tus: G=General Col­lec­tion; GB=General Col­lec­tion & Show­case Book; L=Loan Collection

McNa­mara, Michael ALL SQUARED UP G
McNa­mara, Michael ROCK FALL G

Gor­don, Ann Mama’s Favorite Girl G

Cot­tril, Laura A Wish To Play G
Cot­tril, Laura Puss and No Boots G
Cot­tril, Laura Trea­sured Time G

Vick­roy, Anna Fem­i­nin­ity G
Vick­roy, Anna God­dess of Birth G

Gunter, Alyssa Sweet­hearts G

Bar­bara Brady-Smith — Curios­ity G
Bar­bara Brady-Smith — Golden G
Bar­bara Brady-Smith — He’s All Ears L
Bar­bara Brady-Smith — Jump for Joy G

Miller, Wayne Desert War­rior G
Miller, Wayne End of the Line G
Miller, Wayne Zabriskie Point G

Past President/Member now in NY
Wal­ton, D. Brent 60s Flash­back Palmyra, G
Wal­ton, D. Brent Cow­boy Bob Palmyra, GB
Wal­ton, D. Brent Cubism with Curves GB
Wal­ton, D. Brent Newark Diner Palmyra, G


NCPP Proudly Presents Steve Kurtz August 8th

Topic: Beyond Shoot and Burn-Creating a Prod­uct Line/Maximizing your sales

Our speaker this month, Steve Kurtz, from Santa Cruz, Cal­i­for­nia will share his insights taken from shoot­ing over 1500 wed­dings and 5000 por­traits in his career. Steve’s pho­tog­ra­phy has been fea­tured in many pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing Martha Stew­art Wed­dings, The New York Times, TV Guide, The San Jose Busi­ness Jour­nal and Mon­terey Life Mag­a­zine. He has a BA degree from San Fran­cisco State Uni­ver­sity in photojournalism.

Beyond Shoot and Burn” will show how Steve has built his prod­uct line, so that he can max­i­mize his sales from each wed­ding or por­trait client and their fam­i­lies. In today’s com­pet­i­tive wed­ding and por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy mar­ket it is impor­tant to set your­self apart from the masses of pho­tog­ra­phers. In Steve’s view cre­at­ing cus­tom one of a kind prod­ucts helps to sep­a­rate you from the com­pe­ti­tion as well as increase you sales with each client.

Steve Kurtz
Kurtz Pho­to­graph­ics


NCPP mem­bers are free Guest fee is $20 in advance (Click here Early Bird $20.00Pay­Pal) or $25 at the door the day of the event.

Order early this event will sell out.


PPA Affiliate Communication Competition

Finally got the NCPP web­site on the map in third place after try­ing for the last 3 years   :  )

Can you say happy happy…….

PPA Affil­i­ate Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Competition

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the 2013 Affil­i­ate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­pe­ti­tion Winners!

Cat­e­gory 6: Web­site designed exclu­sively for a PPA affil­i­ate group or school.

1st Place: Jeff David­son
Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of San Diego

2nd Place: Ken Lapp
Seat­tle Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers Asso­ci­a­tion

3rd Place: Wayne Miller, Cr.Photog., CPP
North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers

Cat­e­gory 4: Pub­li­ca­tion posted online or attached to an email at least 3 times a year

1st Place: Ginny Otto
Indi­an­head Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers Asso­ci­a­tion
The Indi­an­head Photographer

2nd Place: Tom O’Connor
North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers
Focal Point

3rd Place (tie): Don­ald Hay­den
South­west Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers
South­west Image

3rd Place (tie): Cas­san­dra Sul­li­van
Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers Asso­ci­a­tion of Mass­a­chu­setts
PPAM Newslet­ter

Speaker June 13th

Jennifer Chaney Head ShotNCPP Proudly Presents Jen­nifer Chaney June 13, 2013


Believe it or not, there are more com­pelling rea­sons to blog than just SEO (although that’s a pretty good one)! I’ll walk you through my blog­ging jour­ney (the good AND bad) to help show you how to make your blog stronger and more prof­itable (yes, good blog­ging can help your bot­tom line). From idea gen­er­a­tion to exe­cu­tion, I’ll give you tools and tricks to make blog­ging as pain free as possible.

My blog con­tin­ues to be a source of inspi­ra­tion for par­ents nation­wide and has cre­ated last­ing jour­nal­ism con­nec­tions. Addi­tion­ally, in the com­ing year, I’ll be com­pil­ing many of my blog posts for a book. It’s true. Blog­ging is def­i­nitely good for more than just SEO!


Award win­ning fam­ily pho­tog­ra­pher, Jen­nifer Chaney, has had her pho­tog­ra­phy on CBS Good Morn­ing Amer­ica, People.com, as well as pub­lished inter­na­tion­ally on sev­eral occa­sions. Most recently her work was fea­tured in the Wall Street Jour­nal along with an inter­view regard­ing fam­ily pho­tog­ra­phy and the hol­i­days. Her pho­tog­ra­phy tips have been fea­tured in Parade mag­a­zine, USA Today, Wash­ing­ton Post, The LA Times, San Jose Mer­cury News, the Sacra­mento Bee, and more.

Jennifer’s goal with con­sult­ing and speak­ing is to spread knowl­edge. She deeply believes in shar­ing and not hold­ing back. Please visit www.consulting.jenniferchaneyphoto.com for more information.



NCPP mem­bers are free Guest fee is $20 in advance (Click here Early Bird $20.00Pay­Pal) or $25 at the door the day of the event.

Order early this event will sell out.


Speaker May 9th 2013

winata_headshot_milou_loresNCPP Proudly Presents May 9th, 2013 – Car­o­line Winata

Brand­ing + Authenticity

Car­o­line will be shar­ing her cre­ative process and how pho­tog­ra­phers can tap in to their true authen­tic self for cre­ative inspi­ra­tion and pick­ing a brand­ing to match your style and personality.

Artist Car­o­line Winata flows through life like her lus­ciously mod­ern clien­tele.
Wish­ing to life a mix-and-match of bold, fresh and dreamy-romantic con­cepts, she cap­tures dreams for clients liv­ing their hap­pily ever after’s.
The doors to her north­ern Cal­i­for­nia stu­dio open to her world where, along with name­sake and best puppy friend Milou, you might find Car­o­line obsess­ing over design, gor­geous, randomly-discovered light, find­ing hap­pi­ness in obscure moments, and trav­el­ing the world fash­ion­ably and fab­u­lously.
“Olin” (as her friends call her) also loves chunky cock­tail rings, dog-friendly beaches, and vib­ing with friends, espe­cially over sump­tu­ous sashimi. And cup­cakes. Never for­get the cup­cakes.
Car­o­line appears in dozens of spe­cial, happy places, like Martha Stew­art, Bride’s Mag­a­zine, The Knot, Style me Pretty, Green Wed­ding Shoes, and Pho­to­Pro Mag­a­zine. She was also named one of Rangefinder Magazine’s Top 30 Ris­ing Stars in 2012.
Milou + Olin = was, is, and always will be. In love with pho­tog­ra­phy, and art, and design, and shoes, and life since she was very small, she is at her hap­pi­est with her inspi­ra­tion Milou. For her romance-addicted clients seek­ing an edge, she always will be. Love always is.
When not obsessed with her pho­tog­ra­phy and all things beau­ti­ful, Car­o­line is also work­ing on her woman-centric non-profit, HelloXOXO.

Hon­ored to be one of Rangefinder Magazine’s Top 30 Ris­ing Stars of Wed­ding Photography.

Found­ing mem­ber of Best­Wed­ding­Pho­tog­ra­phers, Mod­ern­Pho­tog­ra­phers, mem­ber of AGWPJA and Pho­tographik. Fea­tured on Design*Sponge, Apart­ment­Ther­apy, Pho­to­Pro Mag­a­zine, Bride’s Mag­a­zine, The­Knot, Utterly Engaged, Real Wed­dings mag­a­zine, Today’s Bride, Style Me Pretty, Pro­jectWed­ding, Snip­pet and Ink, South­ern Wed­dings, Off­beat Bride, Wed­dingChicks, Green Wed­ding Shoes, Style Unveiled, Rock­N­Roll Bride, OnceWed, Eliz­a­bethAnne, Inti­mateWed­dings, Our­Wed­ding, Sacra­mento Wed­dings, Earth­Friend­ly­Wed­dings, The Inspired Bride, The Bride’s Cafe, Some­where Splen­did, Love­O­lio, Wed­dingChicks, Aisle­Candy, HiFi Wed­dings, Grey­LikesWed­dings and a host of other fine publications.


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Focal Point Newsletter

Speaker Sept 13th 2012

NCPP Proudly Presents Sept. 13th 2012 Vijay Rakhra

Want to offer more prod­ucts and ser­vices rather than just prints and albums? San Fran­cisco Bay Area pho­tog­ra­pher Vijay Rakhra has found a way to dou­ble his book­ings and has seen increased stu­dio sales by offer­ing cin­e­matic ser­vices in addi­tion to stills.

Vijay Rakhra is a Pho­tog­ra­pher and Film­maker in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area. His stu­dio, which offers both Wed­ding Doc­u­men­tary Pho­tog­ra­phy and Cin­ema, is sought after for their work at Indian wed­dings through­out Cal­i­for­nia. Vijay will share his expe­ri­ence with Indian wed­dings and shoot­ing both photo and video as a sin­gle team. Newer tech­nolo­gies now allow for the con­ver­gence of photo and video.

While he’ll dis­cuss some DSLR shoot­ing tech­niques he’ll focus mostly on how to add video to your list of ser­vices to help you gain an edge in today’s mar­ket. It’s not as hard as some peo­ple think to offer some video. Dif­fer­en­ti­ate your­self from other pho­tog­ra­phers who don’t take the leap.

Find out more about Vijay at his website-blog http://weddingdocumentary.com/



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NCPP Proudly Presents August 9, 2012

NCPP Proudly Presents August 9, 2012

Craig Lee

Food and Wine Photography

I will be speak­ing on my back­ground as a news­pa­per pho­to­jour­nal­ist and a pho­tog­ra­pher in the Bay Area culi­nary food and wine scene. I will talk about con­cept ideas for illus­tra­tions and work­ing with design­ers and edi­tors. I will address the chal­lenges of pho­tograph­ing food and mak­ing it look good. I will talk about the chal­lenges of how I han­dle light­ing for food and peo­ple on loca­tion and con­cept ideas and look­ing for moments. I think peo­ple will come away with ideas and tech­niques they can apply to their own pho­tog­ra­phy challenges.


Craig Lee is an awarded pho­to­jour­nal­ist with expe­ri­ence pho­tograph­ing peo­ple, food, wine and lifestyle images. Based in San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia, Craig has worked as a pho­to­jour­nal­ist for the San Fran­cisco Exam­iner and the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle. He con­tin­ues to free­lance with them, as well as for mul­ti­ple national news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines, includ­ing the New York Times, Wall Street Jour­nal, San Fran­cisco Mag­a­zine and Sun­set Mag­a­zine. His work has earned Craig recog­ni­tion from the National Press Pho­tog­ra­phers Asso­ci­a­tion, Pic­tures of the Year, Asso­ci­a­tion of Food Jour­nal­ist, the San Fran­cisco Bay Area Press Pho­tog­ra­phers Asso­ci­a­tion and the APA Some­thing Per­sonal Show.

Craig’s pho­tog­ra­phy work helped earned the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle recog­ni­tion as the best Food and Wine sec­tion in the nation by the James Beard Foun­da­tion for the first time ever in 2004, and repeat­ing in 2006, 2007 and 2011.


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NCPP Speaker July 12

NCPP July 12th Proudly Presents:

“The Joy of Pho­tog­ra­phy” with Han­son Fong


Pro­gram outline:

How to work under any light­ing condition”.


Han­son Fong of San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia, is glob­ally rec­og­nized as one of the pre­mier wed­ding and por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers in the indus­try. With more than 30 years of expe­ri­ence, Han­son has earned the Pho­to­graphic Degrees of Mas­ter of Pho­tog­ra­phy and Pho­to­graphic Crafts­man. He has been awarded 3 Pho­to­graphic Fel­low­ships. In 2008, he received the dis­tin­guished Ger­hardt Bakker award for out­stand­ing ser­vice through edu­ca­tion in the field of pho­tog­ra­phy. He is a mem­ber of the pres­ti­gious Soci­ety of XXV. Han­son is also proud a mem­ber of Canon’s Explor­ers of Light.

Han­son has lec­tured at every major school of pho­tog­ra­phy across Amer­ica and has been invited to speak at var­i­ous national and inter­na­tional con­ven­tions. His work and tal­ent are rec­og­nized through­out the United States, Asia, Canada, Mex­ico and Europe. His work has been dis­played in the Hall of Fame, Epcot Cen­ter, and the ASP Trav­el­ing Loan. Hanson’s images have been seen in numer­ous pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing “Amer­i­can Photo,” “Bridal Guide,” “Pop­u­lar Pho­tog­ra­phy,” “Rangefn­der,” “Stu­dio Pho­tog­ra­phy,” and “Pro­fes­sional Photographer.”

Once you go with Fong, you won’t go Wrong”

You can find out more about Han­son at:

Han­son Fong

Web­site: www.han­son­fong.com/

Fong Blog: http://www.hansonfong.com/Hanson_Photography/Blog/Blog.html

Email: hanson@hansonfong.com

(415) 433‑7994


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Focal Point August 2012

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NCPP Speaker June 14th, 2012

NCPP Proudly Presents Amaz­ing Light– Any­time, Anywhere–

with Scott Robert Lim


Pro­gram Description

Learn Scott Robert’s amaz­ing off cam­era light­ing tech­niques that has turned him into an inter­na­tional super­star. Scott will teach his sim­ple tech­niques using avail­able light and portable strobes that will allow the pho­tog­ra­pher to cre­ate amaz­ing images on loca­tion and almost any­where within min­utes. See how to shoot in extreme bright sun and in low light sit­u­a­tions, how to find the best light. Dis­cover how to max­i­mize shoot­ing time to cre­ate a vari­ety of styl­ized images.



Mas­ter Pho­tog­ra­pher and inter­na­tion­ally renowned pho­tog­ra­pher, Scott Robert Lim (Pho­tog Cr., AOPA) is the 2009 Kodak Award recip­i­ent and has won over 60 inter­na­tional awards. He is one of America’s top pho­tog­ra­phy edu­ca­tors. His work has been pub­lished in books and mag­a­zines all over the world and has taught and men­tored many pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers world­wide. Scott is a pop­u­lar inter­na­tional speaker with an excit­ing and inspi­ra­tional style.

You can find out more about Scott at:




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Focal Point June 2012

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May 10th: “Making Personalized Portraits” with Paul Tumason

NCPP May 10th Proudly Presents: “Making Per­son­al­ized Por­traits” with Paul Tumason


Pro­gram Topic
Do you know what you want your pic­ture to look like?  
Does your pic­ture remind you of a paint­ing?
Here’s one photographer’s approach to mak­ing his por­traits per­son­al­ized. 
Using Pho­to­shop and Corel Painter to accom­plish your vision in portraiture. 



Paul owns and oper­ates Paul Tuma­son Por­traits which he opened in down­town San Jose in 1972.  At the start, he did a vari­ety of pho­to­graphic assign­ments includ­ing wed­dings, but since 1980, he has con­cen­trated  on clas­si­cal stu­dio por­trai­ture. He grad­u­ated from San Jose State Uni­ver­sity with a B.S. degree in Indus­trial Tech­nol­ogy in 1965, Paul also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for 12 years.  He also worked as a pro­fes­sional musi­cian dur­ing and after col­lege, play­ing rag­time banjo. Paul and his wife Kathy live in the Santa Cruz Coastal Moun­tains, south of San Jose and they have 5 grown (out of col­lege) chil­dren. He has become well estab­lished as one of the nation’s finest por­trait photographers.  


 You can learn more about Paul at:
Paul Tuma­son Por­traits
871 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126


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