OREGON PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION

Providing Professional Development for Serious Photographers



OPPA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Our mentorship program has been a huge success and is one of the most valued benefits of OPPA membership to our members! We have two mentorship periods per year - each lasting three months. The 2022 Spring Mentorship Program will start April 1st and go through June 30th. The 2021 Fall Mentorship Program will start August 1st and go through October 31st. Watch your email and our Facebook page for details when signups will open for each session.

Each 3-Month Session is $99 - all OPPA Members get one complimentary mentor session per year.

If you have any questions about mentorship, please reach out to our current mentorship chair, Beth Brinston.

Sign up for the Mentorship Program:

Think about your own unique set of skills and experience. Are you interested in sharing your knowledge with other members? Do you have experience in marketing, social media/SEO, studio lighting, macro, wedding, pet or drone photography, portraiture, newborns, editing/post-production? You can enrich our members and yourself by sharing your unique set of skills while earning points towards an OPPA degree.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Spring Applications Closed

Fall Opens July 1, 2022


Would you like to work directly with an experienced member to learn a new skill related to your photography or business needs? By participating as a student, you can hone your skills and earn OPPA points through the process. As a member benefit, you are given one complimentary mentor session per year (spring or fall) and if you choose to participate a second time within a year, the fee for the second session is only $99.

Spring APPLICATION DEADLINE
March 25th, 2022

Opens March 13, 2022




Spring 2022 Mentors

BETH BRINSTON, CPP, M.Photog, FP-OR, 

Number of Student Slots Available: 1

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: 1on1 via zoom

(located in Nova Scotia)

Days of the Week Available:  Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday (preferred)

Time of Day Available: Mornings, Afternoons

BETH BRINSTON, CPP, M.Photog, FP-OR

Area of expertise: lighting, portraiture, competition, editing/retouching/post production, pet photography

Website:  www.brinstonandco.com

Bio: Beth has been photographing for 30 years and has a Bachelor’s of Photographic Arts degree from Ryerson University in Toronto Canada as well as her Certified Professional Photographer designation, Masters of Photography Degree from PPA and Fellowship Degree from OPPA. Beth has recently moved to Halifax Nova Scotia and is in the process of building out her new home studio and relaunching her business in Canada.   She also continues to be involved with Julia Kelleher’s photo and education business by assisting with session editing and teaching classes on post production workflow.  Beth is also very passionate about print competition and is currently an active Juror with OPPA.  She has won several print competition awards and has been nominated twice for a PPA Grand Imaging Award. Due to the time difference, evening meetings are not available.

 



JOHN GAUDETTE

Number of Student Slots Available: 1

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: 1on1

Days of the Week Available:   Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Time of Day Available: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings


JOHN GAUDETTE

Area of expertise: landscape, lighting, portraiture, volume, commercial, workflow, web presence 

Website: www.nwphotographix.com

Bio: I began my photographic career when in High School as a yearbook photographer. Bringing my skills to the University of South Florida I became the personal photographer for the vice president of student affairs, photographing all student activities as well as developing a slide presentation for incoming freshman orientation. I took a hiatus for several years to begin a family. 

In 1993 Photo Concepts was formed, specializing in group, event and youth sports, the company soon became one of the largest of its type in Central Florida. I was named one of the top ten photographers in Central Florida 5 years in a row. While building Photo Concepts I was enhancing his stock and travel photography. During this time, I was fortunate enough to study under Galen Rowell, which helped define my vision.

When digital capture was in its early years in I jumped aboard learning the skills necessary to make the conversion to the new media. Proficient in Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, and Illustrator, have allowed me to utilize technology to create images that are out of the ordinary. Using my photography and computer skills I am able to combine photography and design skills to create packaging and marketing pieces for small and medium sized companies that can’t afford and in-house design group. Selling Photo Concepts and starting Northwest Photographix, was done so I could relocate my business to the Pacific Northwest. Having moved to Portland, Oregon in August of 2009, I have brought my unique skills to Oregon.

HELLO Hello! I am a boutique photographer studio owner who specializes in
newborn, babies, children, maternity and family portraiture. I have been a
working photographer much of the past 25 years. My background includes
working as a team youth sport photographer and scene coordinator, digital
editor and color correction artist, US Navy Photographer’s Mate, non-profit
photographer for multiple adoption organization, and a studio owner since
2014. I have earned my Master in Photography through PPA, along with my
CPP and FP-OR. I have experience in judging (as a judge in training) as well
as entered almost every competition locally and through PPA over the last
several years. I have earned two loan images and numerous merited images
both through PPA and OPPA. My studio work takes a lot of time out of my
schedule to mentor, so my mentees need to adhere to a schedule and be
open to recorded responses at times when live calls are not possible. My goal
as a mentor is to aide other photographers In understanding their worth,
have a business model that exemplifies this, as well as a portfolio that is a
reflection of the best work the photographer can produce. I can mentor on
business models, pricing, competition, the 12 elements of competition,
images reviews, client relationships, posing and client retention (to name a
few). I WILL NOT be mentoring on lighting other than to say, good lighting,
needs improvement, overexposed, underexposed (etc). I WILL NOT tell you
what settings to use with your studio lights, how to achieve different light
patterns, or anything dealing with inverse square law. The ideal mentee
works with people, not environmental/landscape photography, works in
studio and outdoors, and can take feedback and run with it independently. I
look forward to working with you and aiding you in bringing your skills to the
next level.
Hello! I am a boutique photographer studio owner who specializes in
newborn, babies, children, maternity and family portraiture. I have been a
working photographer much of the past 25 years. My background includes
working as a team youth sport photographer and scene coordinator, digital
editor and color correction artist, US Navy Photographer’s Mate, non-profit
photographer for multiple adoption organization, and a studio owner since
2014. I have earned my Master in Photography through PPA, along with my
CPP and FP-OR. I have experience in judging (as a judge in training) as well
as entered almost every competition locally and through PPA over the last


several years. I have earned two loan images and numerous merited images

both through PPA and OPPA. My studio work takes a lot of time out of my
schedule to mentor, so my mentees need to adhere to a schedule and be
open to recorded responses at times when live calls are not possible. My goal
as a mentor is to aide other photographers In understanding their worth,
have a business model that exemplifies this, as well as a portfolio that is a
reflection of the best work the photographer can produce. I can mentor on
business models, pricing, competition, the 12 elements of competition,
images reviews, client relationships, posing and client retention (to name a
few). I WILL NOT be mentoring on lighting other than to say, good lighting,
needs improvement, overexposed, underexposed (etc). I WILL NOT tell you
what settings to use with your studio lights, how to achieve different light
patterns, or anything dealing with inverse square law. The ideal mentee
works with people, not environmental/landscape photography, works in
studio and outdoors, and can take feedback and run with it independently. I
look forward to working with you and aiding you in bringing your skills to the
next level.



STEVE J. DAVIS, CPP, FAA Remote Pilot sUAS


Number of Student Slots Available: 3 or more

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: either

Days of the Week Available: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Time of Day Available: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings

STEVE J. DAVIS. CPP, FAA Remote Pilot sUAS

Area of expertise: landscape, macro, still life, lighting, commercial, portraiture, volume, workflow, business, web presence, video, aerial drone

Website: www.starperformer.org

Bio: I have been taking photos since about 1960, when I was 8 years old. Film and Video since the 1980s. High climbing, stunt work, and teaching these skills since the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, still have all my gear and knowledge. I have been on both sides of the camera, and on stage as a musician, singer, actor, performer. Published author of 19 books and many articles. I have a wide range of experience and skills developed over the years. International travel to many countries. I have studied over ten languages. I am fluent in English only. 

I have held my FAA Remote Pilot sUAS License since 2020. I can help Drone Pilots with flying experience and also help you to prepare for your FAA Remote Pilot sUAS License exam.

I have been a CPP and a CPP Liaison with PPA since 2021. I can answer questions about the CPP process. The CPP Liaison program is being evaluated by PPA this entire year. During this time, we are asked to refer all CPP candidates and potential CPP candidates directly to the PPA website.




JULIE JACOB, AFP-OR


Number of Student Slots Available: 2

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: 1on1

Days of the Week Available: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Time of Day Available: Evenings

JULIE JACOB, AFP-OR

Area of expertise: lighting (on location), portraiture (family, headshots), commercial (branding),  business (branding), web presence

Website: www.juliethephotographer.com

Bio: I'm Julie, CPP and AFP-OR. I'd love to help you get your ducks in a row with your business, work on your portrait skills, help you brainstorm ideas, and keep you accountable.



DANYEL ROGERS, AFP-OR

Number of Student Slots Available: Up to 4 in a group setting or 2 1on1 mentees

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: either

Days of the Week Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time of Day Available: Evenings

DANYEL ROGERS, AFP-OR

Area of expertise: still life,lighting, portraiture, commercial, workflow, business, web presence

Website: www.danyelrogersphotography.com www.wagtomyheart.com

Bio: Danyel Rogers OPPA, AFP with Wag to my Heart & Danyel Rogers Photography portrait studio and current OPPA Treasurer.  Print based portrait studio in downtown Hillsboro.

Gear: Nikon D5 & D850 Lens: 14-24mm 2.8, 24-70 mm, 50 mm 1.4, 35 mm 1.4, 85 mm 1.4, 70-200 mm

Website Knowledge: Wordpress & Showit Proficient in off camera flash (Alienbees & Profoto)

Editing: Lightroom, Bridge, Photoshop, plug-ins, actions, layers, masking, composites. Business: Word, Excel, Canva, Quickbooks, 1099s, licensing, social media scheduling, website.

Types of sessions: Family, children, pets, exotics, HS seniors, and headshots.

Danyel has a photography studio and is willing to conduct group classes of up to 4 mentees.



MARCELA LIMON, CPP, M.PHOTOG.


Number of Student Slots Available: 1 Student

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: 1on1 via zoom (located in California)

Days of the Week Available: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Time of Day Available: Mornings

MARCELA LIMON, CPP, M.PHOTOG.

Areas of expertise: Competition, Newborn

Website: www.lemonshoots.com

Bio: Marcela Limon is a Certified Maternity and Newborn photographer servicing the San Francisco Bay Area from her beautiful studio in Alameda. She's been specializing in motherhood images since 2015 and has won prestigious awards at international print competitions in the last few years, including PPA and WPPI. She's committed to newborn safety and that's why she is Infant CPR trained and has had in-person mentoring with renowned photographers from around the world. She's always looking for education opportunities to make the industry better for both her colleagues and her clients.


HAYES PETERSON

Number of Student Slots Available: 1 Student

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: 1on1

Days of the Week Available: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Time of Day Available: Mornings

HAYES PETERSON

Area of expertise: lighting, portraiture, video

Website: www.hayespeterson.com

Bio: I've been a working professional for ten years, working with different clients, primarily Senior portraits. Been concentrating on lighting for the last few years and would be happy to share. Video is also a passion and I'd be happy to share that as well. I love shooting with film when I can if anyone would be interested in that.



HOLLY PETERSON, AFP-OR


Number of Student Slots Available: 1

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: 1on1

Days of the Week Available: Tuesdays, Saturdays

Time of Day Available: Mornings

HOLLY PETERSON, AFP-OR

Area of expertise: portraiture (families), business (finance, marketing, networking) 

Website: www.theballstudio.com

Bio: "I've had many wonderful teachers and mentors over the 40 years that I've had a studio. Today I'm studying with Alison Tyler Jones, Sarah Petty, Mary Fisk-Taylor, Profit First, and continue to rely on my notes and many conversations with the late Bill Sorenson. I was accepted as a member of Strategic Coach and I'm entering my fourth year with this fabulous group of entrepreneurs. Our own Bryan Welsh was also one of my mentors through the OPPA program. It feels great to give back to other photographers who want to keep growing." 2012 awarded service to the industry honor from PPA (studio celebrated a 100 year anniversary) Awarded AFP from OPPA, many merit prints over the years and continue entering competitions. Also awarded Bryan and Arlene Welsh Award from OPPA.

My students who have implemented Profit First have experienced much success and peace of mind. I think confidentiality is important and I don't share with others what we discuss. I also don't believe one size fits all...you get to decide and design the studio you would like to own. My job is to share my experience and encourage.



MARJORIE STALLARD, M.PHOTOG., M.ARTIST, FP-VA

Number of Student Slots Available: 1 Student

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: 1on1 via zoom (located in Virginia)

Days of the Week Available: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Time of Day Available: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings

MARJORIE STALLARD, M.PHOTOG., M.ARTIST, FP-VPPA

Area of expertise: competition, lighting, portraiture, volume (school portraits), workflow, business, web presence

Website: www.marjoriestallard.com

Bio: Marjorie is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with the Professional Photographers of America. She received her Master of Photography and Master Artist degrees in January 2021. She received her Fellow of Photography (FP) designation with the VPPA, Virginia Professional Photographers, in 2019. Marjorie is currently an ASP (American Society of Photographers) State Representative for Virginia. She served (2018) on the VPPA Board, as well as Governor for her Blue Ridge District of the VPPA.

Awards and Recognitions: Photographer of the Year, VPPA, 2020 Top 10 Photographer, VPPA, 2020, 2017 Best in Show, VPPA, 2020 Best Non Masters Award, VPPA, 2020 Best Artist, VPPA, 2020, 2019 Best Portrait of a Group, VPPA, 2020 Certified Professional Photographer Competition Award, VPPA, 2020 Platinum Medalist Award, PPA 2020 Silver Medalist Award, PPA, 2019, 2020 Bronze Medalist Award, PPA, 2017

Marjorie was named as a Feature Artist for Corel Painter, recognizing her among many other elite digital artists. Her digital art has been featured on Corel Painter's website. Marjorie currently mentors in digital art and painting on several platforms (Corel Painter, Adobe PS, Daz3D, and Procreate to name a few). She has several videos on her YouTube channel.

Life is a continual journey of learning. As long as you continue to learn, you continue to live.



JOAN WALKER, M.PHOTOG., CR., CPP, FP-PPNC, FP-VPPA

Number of Student Slots Available: 2 Students

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: either (via zoom) located in Florida

Days of the Week Available: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

Time of Day Available: Mornings, Afternoons


JOAN WALKER, M.PHOTOG., CR., CPP, FP-PPNC, FP-VPPA

Area of expertise: competition, lighting (on location), portraiture, (family, pets), workflow, business (marketing)

Website: www.jhwPAWtography.com   www.joanhwalker.com www.joanhwalkerart.com

Bio: Joan Hustace Walker, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, FP, F.Ph., has worked as a professional photographer since 1990, when her first images were published in the American Kennel Club Gazette. Since that time, hundreds of Walker’s images have been published by a wide range of newspapers, national magazines and international book publishers. In addition, Walker owns two photography studio brands and an artist’s brand: Joan H Walker Portrait Artist, specializing in legacy family portraits (www.joanhwalker.com), Joan H Walker PAWtography (www.jhwPAWtography.com), specializing in exquisite imagery for pets, and Joan H Walker Art, specializing in custom digital and organic art.

Editorial Photography: Walker’s work includes hundreds of published images for local newspapers, as well as local, regional, national and international magazines and book publishers. Note: Walker also written hundreds of feature articles and columns, as well as authored more than 28 nonfiction books.

Speaking/Workshops/Presentations: Walker has spoken before local and state professional photography organizations on a variety of topics, including dog photography, photo fundraising, color workflow, child portraiture, mastering the Wacom tablet and pen, photorealistic compositing, and lightroom basics.

Mentoring: Walker actively mentors for ASP and FPP members for business/marketing and print competition.

Professional Memberships (Photography): ASP, FPP, JPPG, OPPA, PPA, VPPA Photography Degrees/Certifications: Master Photographer (PPA), Photographic Craftsman (PPA), Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), Fellow of Photography (PPNC & VPPA), Gold Merit Bar (PPA, PPNC, VPPA)

Photography Awards: In Walker’s nearly 10 years of competing, some of the things she’s managed to accomplish include: Team USA/World Photographic Cup (2x), GIA (3rd place), SE Districts Awards (1st and District GIA finalist/Top 10 [2x]), ASP State Elite Award (2x), IPC Medalist (5x), Best of Show (4x) at the state level, Top 10 Photographer (5x/VPPA; 2x/FPP), and the inaugural Sandra Pearce Award for Creative Art (FPP/2021).

Areas of Expertise • Photojournalism/Reportage • Pet Portraits • Composites • Titles/Storytelling • Photoshop



BRYAN WELSH

Number of Student Slots Available: 1 Student

Prefers to meet 1on1 or in a group: 1on1

Days of the Week Available: Tuesdays

Time of Day Available: Afternoons


BRYAN WELSH, M.PHOTOG., CR, CPP, API, EA-ASP, FP-OR, HFP-OR

Area of expertise: competition, lighting, portraiture, business (marketing, networking)

Website: www.mitportraits.com

Bio  Hi, I've been a photog for 23 years with experience in Portraits.

M. Photog., Cr, CPP, API, EA-ASP


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