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.


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


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



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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.


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


Pro­gram outline:

How to work under any light­ing condition”.


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.han­son­

Fong Blog:


(415) 433‑7994



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.

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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.


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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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


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

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.

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



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


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 925.548.0347


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

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