The PPC Board of Directors

Pete Rezac
Chairman of the Board


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

Diane Costello

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


Jim Trapp
First Vice-President

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.


Larry Skibiski
Second Vice-President



Robin Swanson

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.


Michelle Pennings