Chairman of the Board of Directors
Roger has been a member of the Professional Photographers of California for almost thirty years. He served on the PPC board for ten years and was President of PPC in 2004. He was also the Executive Administrator for PPC from 2005 to 2012.
Roger has received the Paul Kennedy medal for service to PPC in 1999 (the fore-runner to the Evans/Kingham medal), the PPC President’s Award in 2000, received the prestigious Professional Photographers of America “National Award” in 2001, was inducted into the PPC Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the “Carlos Lozano Mentor” award in 2013.
He has been chairman of the Bylaws, Nominating, Convention, Past Presidents and PPC image competition committees.
Roger is now retired but had a varied career in commercial photography for twenty-five years completing assignments for Aerial, Illustrative, Architectural, Industrial and Corporate photography. He is a CA State judge and has judged image competitions in USA, Mexico and S. Korea, as well as presenting workshops in those nations. Roger was also active in PPA’s Certification program, assisting in modernizing the exam papers and acting as a certification image judge for many years. He served on the Certification committee and then the Certification Commission.
Education is important to ALL photographers and PPC exists to serve that purpose for its members. As Joe Butts (one of my mentors) succinctly puts it, “If it wasn’t for PPC I would have never accomplished what I did in my loved profession of photography!”
Roger B. Daines, M.Photog. Cr., CPP, API, F-PPC, S-PPC
Michael Collins has been a professional photographer for over 20 years and served on the board of directors for the Professional Photographers of California becoming President in 2007-2008. He has also served as President of the Gold Coast Professional Photographers Association too many times.
Michael’s passion in photography is mostly photographing high school seniors. As he says, “I am at the same maturity level as they are.” He has written several articles, published in both photographic and law enforcement magazines.
Michael is a PPA Master Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer, has earned the PPC Service Award, Fellowship Award, Business and Arts Degree, Evans-Kingham Award and California and won the People’s Choice Award in 2013.
Mike is also a Photoshop instructor at West Coast School.
Pete Rezac, a portrait photographer based in Reno, Nevada, still chooses to work with medium and large format cameras and film in creating his fine art portraiture because of the tactile process it provides him in creating his work, along with the rich tones and high fidelity of the photographs that come from these tools. Seeking an authentic look to his children character portraits, Pete was inspired to create timeless portraits showing children at their best. This work has earned him numerous accolades from the photographic community.
Pete holds the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, and Certified Professional Photographer degrees from the Professional Photographers of America. He is also a PPA approved Certified Professional Photographer Exam Preparation class instructor and active educator teaching and mentoring other professional photographers
throughout the United States. Pete is also a Professional Photographers of America print juror in training and working towards the goal of becoming an affiliated judge.
Pete supports PPA Charities Celebration of Smiles Day fundraiser. He and his orthodontic partners were top donors in the country in 2016 and 2015 and one of Pete’s images earned Best of Show for the Celebration of Smiles 2015 national event.
International Photographic Competition Platinum Medalist – 2016, 2015
International Photographic Competition Gold Medalist – 2014
Grand Imaging Top 10 finalist Children’s Category – 2015
California Children’s Photographer of the Year – 2015
California Certified Professional Photographer of the Year – 2015
California Top 10 number six – 2015
Kodak Gallery Award Western States District – 2012
PPA Charities Celebration of Smiles Day Top Donor – 2016 and 2015
PPA Charities Celebration of Smiles Day Best in Show Portrait – 2015
PPA Charities Image Impact Award – 2016
Jim Trapp is a Master Photographer located in Sacramento, CA. He is an accomplished Professional Photographer, specializing in Portrait Photography, Large Family portraits, and weddings. He earned his CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) in Sept 2014. Jim has served as President of PPSV (Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley) over the past two years; he has been a keynote speaker at several professional photographer groups around California.
Jim also offers workshops on studio and outdoor lighting, Family Portraiture Posing, and one to one coaching with students of all levels.
His Recent distinctions:
2017 PPA Silver Medalist Photographer of the year
2016 PPA Gold Medalist Photographer of the year.
2016 PPC Illustrated Photographers of the Year, California
2015 PPA Silver Medalist Photographer of the Year.
2015 Lifetouch Chairman’s Award Winner
When he is not in his studio you will usually find him playing fetch with his two Golden Receivers, or winding around the back roads of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on his 1998 Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
Robin Swanson is a Professional Photographer and a CPA. 15 years ago she decided that it was time to pursue her passion of photography professionally and she has never looked back.
She has since become a PPA Certified Professional Photographer, PPA Master Photographer & Photographic Craftsman, and has earned many awards along the way such as PPC Wedding Photographer of the Year, Kodak Gallery Elite Award, PPA Silver Photographer of the year and was recently awarded the Prestigious PPA National Award for her contributions to the field of photography. Robin has also served on the Board of Directors for Professional Photographers of California as Treasurer for the past 8 years.
Robin specializes in Wedding & Event photography, Portraits, and Pet Photography and works out of her home studio in La Canada, California.
Diane Costello, owner of Fog Dog Studios, is a Fine Art Pet Portrait Photographer specializing in dogs. She is located in beautiful Half Moon Bay, CA. Diane holds her Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees and is a Certified Professional Photographer through Professional Photographers of America. She is also a wife, sister, friend and Dot’s mom. Her personal life is a great blend with her business life. She has been photographing people, places and pets for over 20 years and is always working toward perfecting her vision and craft and sharing that with others.
2017 PPA Western District 3rd Place Animal
2016 International Photographic Competition Gold Medalist
2015 International Photographic Competition Gold Medalist
2013 California Professional Photographers Judges Choice Award