Past Speakers 2012

Speaker Oct. 11, 2012 “Lifestyles of the Almost Famous” with Michael Van Auken
Pro­gram Description

Lifestyles of the Almost Famous” is designed to inspire the por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher to go beyond the “hi here we are” type of por­trait. While no sin­gle image can tell us every­thing about an indi­vid­ual, a por­trait should cap­ture some­thing real, some­thing that allows the viewer to catch a glimpse of who the sub­ject is, what they’re like, or what they like to do. A por­trait is more than just a smile; it should tell us some­thing about the peo­ple we photograph.

Build­ing rap­port, using props, find­ing inter­est­ing envi­ron­ments and enhanc­ing the mood with con­trolled light­ing will be dis­cussed as well as demon­strated in this enter­tain­ing and edu­ca­tional presentation.

MVA BIO

Michael Van Auken has been record­ing the his­tory of people’s lives for more than thirty years. MVA is accom­plished in the art of pho­to­jour­nal­ism, por­trai­ture, pic­to­r­ial pho­tog­ra­phy and is flu­ent in Pho­to­shop. After many years of run­ning a suc­cess­ful pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio in Pleas­ant Hill, in 2002 he joined Cantrell Por­trait Design as senior asso­ciate pho­tog­ra­pher where he spe­cial­izes in fam­ily por­traits and spe­cial event pho­tog­ra­phy. Since then he has become the direc­tor of marketing.

MVA is a found­ing mem­ber of both North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers and Cal­i­for­nia Pho­to­graphic Work­shops. He was the inau­gural pres­i­dent of NCPP in 1998 and cur­rently serves on the board of direc­tors. He has pre­sented numer­ous edu­ca­tional pro­grams for pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy asso­ci­a­tions includ­ing The Wed­ding and Por­trait Pho­tog­ra­phers Inter­na­tional in Las Vegas (WPPI) and the Soci­ety of Wed­ding and Por­trait Pho­tog­ra­phers in the United King­dom. In 2007 MVA was awarded one of the top album awards from WPPI. He received NCPP’s Print of the Year in 2006 and was named Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year in 2007.

MVA is ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing impec­ca­ble ser­vice and qual­ity pho­tographs. His per­sonal mis­sion, and mar­ket­ing catch phrase, is “mak­ing sure you look great and have fun in the process.”

You can find out more about Michael at michael@cantrellportraits.com

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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

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.

Bio:

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 July 12th Proudly Presents:

“The Joy of Pho­tog­ra­phy” with Han­son Fong

SPEAKER STARTS at 7:03pm SHARP

Pro­gram outline:

How to work under any light­ing condition”.

Bio:

Han­son Fong of San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia, is glob­ally rec­og­nized as one of the pre­mier wed­din­gand por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers in the indus­try. With more than 30 years of expe­ri­ence, Han­son has earned the Pho­to­graphic Degrees of Mas­ter of Pho­tog­ra­phy and Pho­to­graph­ic­Crafts­man. 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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June 14, 2012

NCPP Proudly Presents Amaz­ing Light– Any­time, Any­where– with Scott Robert Lim SPEAKER STARTS at 7:03pm SHARP

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.

Bio

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:

http://www.scottrobertgallery.com/

 

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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.

Bio:

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
www.tumasonportraits.com
www.tumasonpaintings.com
408–286-7285

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April 12, 2012 “Cre­at­ing the Per­fect Por­trait” with Peg Jackson.


Maybe the clients didn’t fol­low your cloth­ing guide­lines, maybe it was the wrong time of day, or maybe it was sim­ply impos­si­ble to cap­ture one image where every­one looked good. Don’t worry. Pho­to­shop makes it pos­si­ble to cre­ate the per­fect por­trait,
This pro­gram goes beyond the basics of retouch­ing and enhance­ment. It’s about com­bin­ing images to cre­ate a new real­ity where every­one looks, well ……… perfect!

Cre­at­ing the Per­fect Portrait.”

Maybe the clients didn’t fol­low your cloth­ing guide­lines, maybe it was the wrong time of day, or maybe it was sim­ply impos­si­ble to cap­ture one image where every­one looked good. Don’t worry. Pho­to­shop makes it pos­si­ble to cre­ate the per­fect portrait.

This pro­gram goes beyond the basics of retouch­ing and enhance­ment. It’s about com­bin­ing images to cre­ate a new real­ity where every­one looks, well ……… perfect!

Start­ing April 12, 2012 NCCP will meet at:

Crown Plaza Hotel MAP
45 John Glen Drive
(next to the air­port)
Con­cord, CA 94520
925.521.3761

Bio -
Peg Jack­son, M.Photog.Cr., is one of the found­ing mem­bers of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers, and con­tin­ues to serve as a life­time mem­ber on the Board of Direc­tors. She has given innu­mer­able pro­grams and work­shops for NCPP and other affil­i­ates through­out the state on the top­ics of children’s pho­tog­ra­phy, cre­ativ­ity and Pho­to­shop. She is also the cre­ator of User Friendly, a monthly arti­cle on dig­i­tal tips, tricks and tech­niques, pub­lished in pre­vi­ous issues of the Focal Point.

For nearly thirty years Peg owned a suc­cess­ful por­trait stu­dio in Mor­gan Hill where she enjoyed pho­tograph­ing babies, chil­dren, fam­i­lies and pets. Two years ago she made the dif­fi­cult deci­sion to close her por­trait busi­ness, but she con­tin­ues to use Pho­to­shop and Painter to cre­ate dig­i­tal art­work. Peg cur­rently works at Arts Beni­cia, a non-profit com­mu­nity arts orga­ni­za­tion.
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NCPP NIGHT WITH THE MASTERS — March 8, 2012 – with Lisa Evans our Mas­ter Guest speaker.

 Slideshow of images click here Pho­tog­ra­phy by Tom O’connor

Don’t miss out on this spe­cial evening fea­tur­ing LISA EVANS, Mas­ter Pho­tog­ra­pher and Crafts­man who has shared her artis­tic vision and busi­ness acu­men with Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers around the world. Lisa has been invited to speak in Europe, Japan, Canada, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, The Bahamas, as well as many PPA schools and con­ven­tions through­out our coun­try. We are pleased to have Lisa share with us here, where she has owned a stu­dio in the SF Bay Area for 30 years. Open­ing her busi­ness in an Inte­rior Design stu­dio, Lisa started with a very unique vision design­ing art for her clients homes and has made a liv­ing solely from cre­at­ing artis­ti­cally designed high end Por­traits ever since.

In this time when our pro­fes­sion has been inun­dated with new pho­tog­ra­phers and a sea of pho­tographs is flood­ing the world… learn to rise above and stand out with your own unique sig­na­ture of work. Let’s spend an evening of look­ing at what makes a pho­to­graph ART and not a mere record picture.

photo by Dei­dre Lingenfelter

 

What it takes for you to lift an ordi­nary cir­cum­stance into a poem of an image?

In honor of our Mas­ters night, Lisa will go beyond her work, shar­ing a visual feast of her Mas­ter Pho­tog­ra­pher friends unique images steeped in their own unique vision. An oppor­tu­nity to study those that look beyond the com­mon and steadily pro­duce artis­tic por­traits that rise above and beyond.

Rather than hav­ing a Mas­ters only print com­pe­ti­tion, we will be indulged with a slide show of the Mas­ters work. This is sure to be an inspir­ing and enjoy­able evening!

  • Social Hour doors open at 5:30-6pm for dinner.

  • Din­ner 6–7:00pm

  • Social Hour 7pm for those arriv­ing for meet­ing only.

  • Speaker 7:30–9:00pm

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A SPECIAL INVITATION…Save the Date

We would like to invite all of you to have DINNER with the Mas­ters prior to the meet­ing and pre­sen­ta­tion. Take this oppor­tu­nity to get to know the Mas­ters that are com­ing this evening.

Din­ner is $40 per plate (Tax and Tip included) and at the fabulous

Scotts Seafood Restau­rant MAP
1333 N. Cal­i­for­nia Blvd Wal­nut Creek,
Phone: 925.934.1300

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NCPP Proudly presents on Thurs­day Feb. 9th, 2012 Jes­sica Quintal

NEW Loca­tion.

Where: Green­ery Restau­rant Dia­blo Hill Golf Course 1551 March­banks Road Wal­nut Creek, CA 94598 925–937-1270 MAP CLick Here

Jes­sica Quin­tal — Incor­po­rat­ing Fash­ion Pos­ing Into Por­trait Photography

Jes­sica Quin­tal loves to cre­ate. She has explored the arts all of her life, from draw­ing to pho­tog­ra­phy… and smaller ven­tures like fin­ger paint­ing with her son. An artist is who she was born to be. It is her des­tiny, her life pas­sion and what she loves to do.

As a pro­fes­sional Pho­to­graphic Artist for 7 years, she has been able to pro­duce amaz­ing work within these years. She has won sev­eral awards, includ­ing a print in the Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Amer­ica Loan Col­lec­tion — a highly pres­ti­gious inter­na­tional award. She is a mem­ber of the Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Amer­ica (PPA), and Wed­ding and Por­trait Pho­tog­ra­phers Inter­na­tional (WPPI), and is con­stantly expand­ing her knowl­edge and edu­ca­tion in the field of pho­tog­ra­phy. In addi­tion to her edu­ca­tion, she has an incred­i­ble nat­ural tal­ent and an eye for art.

Jes­sica uses inspi­ra­tion from all types of fash­ion and enter­tain­ment sources for her pho­tog­ra­phy. From mag­a­zines to dance, she reg­u­larly pulls ideas from what she sees, incor­po­rates her own ideas into it, and adjusts to make these ideas por­trait appro­pri­ate, giv­ing her por­trait ses­sions a fla­vor all their own.

Shine :: Pho­tog­ra­phy by Jes­sica Quintal

http://www.shinebyjessica.com/ quintaljessica@yahoo.com 925.548.0347

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NCPP Proudly presents on Tues­day Jan.10, 2012……….’Details” by Chris­tine Bentley

Details. You’ve heard it a mil­lion times. It’s all about the details. You know that shoot­ing wed­ding details is impor­tant to be pub­lished, but do you know how to shoot them in the best pos­si­ble style for edi­to­r­ial? Chris­tine Bent­ley will not only share the secrets to insure that your wed­dings are pub­lished, but also explore shoot­ing styles and tech­nique that has made this pos­si­ble, even celebrity pho­tog­ra­pher Bob Davis has called Chris­tine, the Detail Diva, while act­ing as his sec­ond shooter. Beyond pub­li­ca­tion, shoot­ing details can be the most prof­itable form of mar­ket­ing, from blog to ven­dors. This PUG not only ben­e­fits those that want an edge to pub­lish­ing their own wed­ding, learn strate­gies for mar­ket­ing wed­ding details, but also for sec­ond shoot­ers want­ing to learn how to take the reins of pho­tograph­ing details. Wanna know how? Join us for the next Los Ange­les Pug.

Chris­tine Bent­ley
Chris­tine Bent­ley Pho­tog­ra­phy
9272 Jeron­imo Suite 105
Irvine, CA 92618
www.christinebentley.com
949.521.4764

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