2018 Judges

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Tim Kelly, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP

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Tim Kelly, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP

Tim Kelly, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP

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Sandra Pearce, M.Photog.MEI.Cr.

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<strong>Judge Bio</strong> Sandra Pearce is one of the most sought out digital artist in the photographic industry today. She is a Master Artist, Master Photographer, Craftsman and CPP. She is an Image Excellence &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Image Excellence Bar Recipient. Sandra has had the opportunity to speak to thousands of professional photographer across the country from guild level programs to state and national conventions. Her experience in digital imaging has set her apart in competition and she has been awarded Artist of the Year by the Florida Professional Photographers numerous years, Canon Par Excellence 2015 and 2016, Kodak Awards, Fuji Awards and other awards through the years. Sandra has been in the top ten for GIA awards since its inception in 2010. Sandra won the GIA Award for 1st place in the Art Category in 2010 and 2016 at the Imaging Awards. She won 2nd in 2010 and 2011 and 3rd in 2012. She has been judging in the National arena for 5 years and this is her 3rd year of being an IPC Juror.

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Sandra Pearce, M.Photog.MEI.Cr.

Sandra Pearce, M.Photog.MEI.Cr.

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Jeff Dachowski, M. Photog. Cr.,CPP ,C. ph

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In high school Jeff quickly fell in love with photography. After pursuing every class related to photography, Jeff attended the Hallmark Institute of Photography.

In 2003 Jeff and his wife Carolle opened their studio in Manchester, and have seen meteoric growth since opening. They have a loyal following of children and family clients, a buzz in the wedding industry, and a growing number of commercial portrait clients.

Jeff has photographed events throughout North America, The Caribbean and Europe since 1992. His work has been featured in Seacoast Bride, New Hampshire Bride, Woman Engineer, Woman’s World and Rolling Stone. He has 13 images in the PPA Loan collection, 11 Kodak Gallery,2 Lexjet Awards,2 Fuji Masterpiece,2 Polaroid Prestige, 11 Court of honors, 5 Album of the Year, and an ASP Regional Medallion. He has been a PPA Elite member since the Elite program was started. Jeff is a member of PPA’s Board of Directors, a PPA International Approved Juror, Certification Judge, and a Vatican Approved Photographer. Jeff is the President of the Society of XXV.

Jeff has attained his Master of Photography Degree, Photographic Craftsman Degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. In 2018 he waws awarded the Imaging Excellence award from PPA.He was a director for two years, and has fulfilled his terms through the Executive chairs within the New Hampshire Professional Photographers Association.

In 2012 Jeff and Carolle purchased a building with a storybook past in the small village of Bedford, NH. Their studio was featured in Professional Photographer Magazine in 2008 and 2013. They have been frequent contributors since 2008.

Jeff and Carolle have just finished writing two titles for Amherst Media. “Lighting on Location” and “Profit building for the professional photographer”.

Jeff has two wonderful daughters age 16 and 18 and has been married to his wife Carolle for over 23 years. Jeff plays drums, bass and the Chapman stick. During his free time, he builds guitars.

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Jeff Dachowski, M. Photog. Cr.,CPP ,C. ph

Jeff Dachowski, M. Photog. Cr.,CPP ,C. ph

Gregory Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP

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Judge Bio Gregory is internationally recognized for his artistry. Though he is one of the most awarded photographers in the United States, Gregory has the utmost privilege of living out his passion every day alongside Lesa in operating their portrait photography galleries in both Indialantic and Titusville Florida. He has achieved both the title of Master of Photography and The American Society of Photographers Fellowship. In addition, Gregory is one of the youngest members to be inducted into the prestigious Cameracraftsmen of America in 1991, (capped at only 40 active members from around the world), proud founding member of the International Society of Portrait Artists (ISPA), PPA Approved Judge, and sits on the Board of Directors for Professional Photographers of America.

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Gregory Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP

Gregory Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP

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Kira Derryberry, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

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Kira Derryberry is a portrait photographer based in Tallahassee, FL. She found her start as a teenager, spending hours in darkrooms in high school and college. Kira graduated with a BA from the University of Alabama with photography as her focus. Knowing how to shoot, but not necessarily how to start a business, Kira leaned on her experience as a web designer for work, taking a job at a Tallahassee based advertising agency for 5 years before making the leap to opening her studio in 2010. Since her studio opening, Kira has developed a strong client base in portraits ranging from children and families, to headshots, commercial work, and boudoir. When not slinging a camera or hanging with her husband and little girl, she spends much of the remainder of her free time playing video games and watching bad science fiction.

Kira is an active member of the photography community and attributes much of her success to being a participant in photography organizations such as her local photography guild Tallahassee Professional Photographers, her state PPA affiliate Florida Professional Photographers, and Professional Photographers of America. She’s a Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer, Director for Florida Professional Photographers, and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Professional Photographers of America. She’s been a speaker at photography groups and conventions around the country including most recently at Imaging USA 2017. Kira is a competitor in both the state and International Print Competitions and earned silver medals in 2014 and 2015 and a Platinum medal in 2016 at the International Print Competition. Her PPA Loan Collection Image, “The Skeptic” was featured on the March 2016 Cover of Professional Photographer Magazine along with a feature article on her work.

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Kira Derryberry, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Kira Derryberry, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

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Mary Fisk Taylor, M. Photog., CR., CPP, EA-ASP, ABI, API

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JUDGE BIO:

Mary Fisk-Taylor has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 1998. Along with her business partner, Jamie Hayes, they operate a high-end portrait and wedding business in Richmond, Virginia. Hayes &amp; Fisk Photography is a home-based studio located on almost one acre of beautiful gardens and they have successfully created one of the most sought after Portrait and Wedding studios in their area.

In 2009 Mary developed the concept of a fresh and fun new studio in the Richmond area. With the help of her family, most importantly her mom and sister, Real Life Studios was opened in Midlothian, Virginia. Real Life Studios is best known for their high school senior portraits. Real Life also has an entire Event and School division which gives the studio constant and steady revenue of new clients and income year round.

Mary was very pleased and honored to have received her Master of Photography, Craftsmen of Photography and Certification of Professional Photography in just three short years. This was quite an accomplishment for her both personally and professionally. Mary was named Photographer of the Year in 2007 and has won Best Wedding Album of the Year in Virginia several times. Nationally she has had her albums in the top five. She has won numerous Best in Show awards, Kodak Gallery Awards, Fuji Masterpiece Awards, Loan Collection prints and album and a Grand Imaging Award finalist. Mary is also a recipient of the prestigious Virginia Award, which honors photographers for their commitment and dedication to their state association, and the business of professional photography. And, in 2012 she was awarded the PPA Charities Legacy Award for her work and dedication to the philanthropic arm of PPA. In

2014 Mary was awarded the Charles H. (Bud) Haynes Award for her distinguished service to PPA and its members and for encouraging business awareness and practices in the field of professional image-making. And in 2015 Mary was honored to receive the National Award from the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association for her commitment and dedication to Professional Photography.

Mary’s pursuit for knowledge, learning and education has always been a priority. From the time she was nominated the “Kindergarten Valedictorian” she has excelled academically. Always at the top of her class through High School, College and Graduate School she has excelled and loved learning. She has degrees from both University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. It was only natural for her to pursue educating others as part of her career. Mary joined the PPA Business Instructor program back in 1999 when it began. She has enjoyed lecturing all over the world and sharing with other photographers as well as serving as a PPA Studio Management Services Mentor as well as an International Juror for PPA.

Mary is of course most proud of her two beautiful children, Alexandra and Jackson. Her husband, Daryl, and she enjoys the flexibility and joy that owning a profitable photography studio has allowed their family. Mary currently serves on the PPA Board of Directors, is a proud member of the Society of XXV, and is a past President of the PPA Board of Charities. She is extremely active with Operation Smile International and has served as a staff photographer for several events and missions. In 2006 Mary was named one of Virginia’s Top 40 under 40 for her leadership in the community, volunteer and charity work and her business savvy.

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Mary Fisk Taylor, M. Photog., CR., CPP, EA-ASP, ABI, API

Mary Fisk Taylor, M. Photog., CR., CPP, EA-ASP, ABI, API

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P.G. Gud, Master Photog., Cr., CPP

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P.G. Gud, Master Photog., Cr., CPP

P.G. Gud, Master Photog., Cr., CPP

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Jamie Hayes, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, F-ASP, API, ABI, XXV

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Jamie Hayes, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, F-ASP, API, ABI, XXV

Jamie Hayes, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, F-ASP, API, ABI, XXV

Gary Hughes, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

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As the child of photographer parents, it is ironic that Gary’s professional life included everything but photographer until life led him back to the path he was ultimately destined, photographer. In 2008 he and his wife founded Hughes Fioretti Photography and, in the years since, have grown their business by making a name for themselves as THE place to get headshots in Central Florida. Aside from running a studio in Orlando, FL, Gary is also in demand as a photography educator and travels often, teaching his methods to photographers all over the world. His main focus as an instructor is to empower photographers to create the type of business that sets them free to live the kind of life they want.

Gary’s work has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and he has been a speaker for Imaging USA, Creative Live and has written articles on photography for the Huffington Post.

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Gary Hughes, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Gary Hughes, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

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Christie Newell, M.Photog. Cr., CPP

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Christie is a second generation photographer operating out of Germantown Hills, Ill. Christie’s passion for photography started at an early age working with her mother who established the studio in 1977. Now a co-owner with her mother, Christie took over the shooting in 2002. Growing up surrounded by the love of photography, Christie is proud to carry on her mother’s dream.

The studio, “Sonshine Portrait Design”, is located in a one of a kind studio built in 2006. While babies and children are the studio’s specialty, they serve a broad range of clients. Christie feels that by getting to know each client individually, she can create a product as unique as they are. The end result is a portrait tailor made for each client. Christie’s talent for design, light and final composition sets her apart from her competition. Her personality and attention to detail keeps her clients coming back.

Christie, holds the Professional of Photographers of America, “Master of Photography” degree, “Craftsmen” degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Northern Illinois Professional Photographers and Professional Photographers of Illinois. She serves on the American Society of Photographers Board of Directors and The International Photographic Competition Committee. Since 2006, Christie has won numerous awards for her photography on a local, state, district and international level. These awards include the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award, 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 2 Lexjet, 1st place National Sunset Award, 2 CPP, 2 District 1st Place and others. Her work has been featured and published in the PPA International Loan Collection. She has also been named in the top ten photographers for Illinois the past six years. Named top photographer in Illinois and North Central District over the past couple years.

Christie is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States. Giving back to the profession that has given her so much.

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Christie Newell, M.Photog. Cr., CPP

Christie Newell, M.Photog. Cr., CPP

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Rich Newell, Master Photog., Cr., CPP

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Rich Newell, Master Photog., Cr., CPP

Rich Newell, Master Photog., Cr., CPP

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Cindy Shaver, Master Photog., Cr., CPP

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JUDGE BIO:

I’m a mother, daughter, sister, wife, and friend who loves to share stories. Over a decade ago, I started a new chapter in mine by breaking into photography, falling in love with the art, and never looking back. I’ve worked hard and gained ground in the industry, earning the credentials of Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, and Certified Professional Photographer, and being named Mississippi/Alabama Master Photographer of the Year in 2017, but I’ve also learned things no title or technicality could ever teach me: how to see and hear people.

As a mother, I always wanted my daughters to know the importance of connecting with others. Photography has allowed me to live that lesson in ways I never imagined. I’ve discovered an irreplaceable part of my life in meeting new people and sharing their passions and journeys.

As a photographer, I have the wonderful, challenging job of telling your story without words. The most important part of my process, the soul of my work, is you. Many people have learned how to manipulate lighting, backdrops, and locations, but pulling genuine emotions from cherished moments is an art

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Cindy Shaver, Master Photog., Cr., CPP

Cindy Shaver, Master Photog., Cr., CPP

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