AzPPA

 Arizona Professional Photographers Association


BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016


OFFICERS


Past President

Connie Zimmerlich, M.Photog.,CPP

The arts have always been a part of Connie’s life. She studied Dance beginning at age 5, played the clarinet and majored in Dance at Adelphi University in New York. She was fortunate to teach dance and baton twirling for 25 years. During the summer of 2004, after many years of enjoying photography as a hobby, Connie and her son, Brian, enrolled in a photography class. She had been searching for a new creative outlet and discovered that photography was the answer. Her thirst to learn more brought her to PPA and AZPPA. Connie has served on the AZPPA Board for the past 11 years and is acting Membership Chairperson as well as a PPA Counselor and Ambassador for PPA Charities.

Along with her husband Bob, they opened ClickChick Photography in 2006 and in 2013 moved their studio to a retail location in North Scottsdale.

Connie holds the Master of Photographer degree from PPA, and was awarded AZPPA Top Ten Photographer 2012 and 2016, Certified Professional Photographer Print Award and recipient of AZPPA Artisan and Apple Award. She is currently a PPA juror in training. In 2013 Connie was awarded bronze photographer of the year by national PPA for meriting all 4 prints during the PPA international print competition.

She feels very grateful for the education and friendships that she has formed as being a member of AZPPA and PPA.
connie@clickchickphotography.com



President / Past President 2013

Bob Zimmerlich, M.Photog.,CPP

Bob along with his wife Connie joined AzPPA and PPA in 2006 as aspiring photographers and through the encouragement of fellow members and learning from all of the educational opportunities available they opened their studio ClickChick Photography.

An amateur photographer since the age of 17, Bob has been the owner of a successful software business for over 30 years and his technology background allowed him to embrace photography in the digital realm.

Bob holds the Master Of Photographer degree from PPA and was awarded AzPPA Top Ten Photographer in 2010,2012,2013,2015 and 2017. He is currently a PPA juror in training. Bob is also a recipient of the AzPPA Artisan and Apple awards as well as the Fuji Masterpiece Award. He was awarded PPA Silver Photographer Of The Year in 2016.

He has served on the AzPPA Board of Directors for the past 11 years, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for SWPPA. At the national level, Bob served as chairman of the nominating committee for the PPA Board Of Directors, and proudly serves as a member of the Bylaws, Rules and Ethics committee for PPA and vice chair of the PPA Legacy Project.

AzPPA has been instrumental in allowing Bob to fulfill his love of photography and continues to be inspired by the high level of professionalism, friendships and creativity among it's members. bob@clickchickphotography.com



Vice President


James Walls,CPP

Originally from Great Britain, Jim and his wife Jane have made Arizona their home for over 15 years.

With a background in engineering, Jim was able to put his theoretical knowledge to better use with an artistic flair behind a camera. Jim and Jane were thrown in to professional photography when asked to photograph their daughter's dance recital in 2005, and the rest, as they say, is history.

With the help and encouragement of some great photographers and now friends in AZPPA, Jim has progressed from being a complete newcomer in the field of professional event and portrait photography to a Certified Photographer and print competition winner! It's been an incredible journey, and one that would not have been possible without the benefit of AZPPA membership. Jim can still remember his first AZPPA meeting when he tentatively asked an established professional "How do you know when you're a professional?" to which he received the now-obvious answer, "Well, are you charging for your work?!" and then proceeded to receive some very valuable advice about running a business.

Jim has been a member of AZPPA and Professional Photographers of America (PPA) since 2005, and is delighted to be able to give back to the association by returning to serve again on the board of directors as Print Competition Chair.
jim@fourwallsphoto.com 



Secretary / Treasurer


David Shields


David, an Arizona native and a graduate from Arizona State University (with a BS in Engineering), is relatively new to the field of professional portrait photography.  Prior to college, he spent four years in the United States Marine Corps. Between completing his service in the Marine Corps and entering the realm of professional photography, David enjoyed a career in engineering, where he helped develop innovative products in the fields of aerospace and industrial fuel controls and actuators.


Aside from his family and pursuit of photography, David has some other passions in life that help fuel his creativity.  He’s a licensed private pilot and has volunteered with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).  Having completed over seven marathons and numerous 1/2 marathons, one of the personal achievements he’s most proud of was racing in the Arizona Ironman Triathlon.


David joined AzPPA in 2015 and recently became a member of the national organization, PPA.  He has begun his pursuit of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer, passing the written exam in February of 2016.  In all of his life’s experiences, David has learned that everyone has an interesting story to tell.  One of his goals, through his portrait photography, is to help visually share those stories.


With his prior service in the Marine Corps, a career in engineering, and volunteering with different organizations, David brings a wide range of experience and is excited to both contribute, and give back, to AzPPA, while also continuing to learn and expand his photography skills.


He can be reached at any of the following:

info@roxphotography.com

www.roxphotography.com

602.228.6416


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Tom Cheswick, Cr.Photog.


Tom is a past president of the Arizona Professional Photographers Association and currently serves as the Executive Director for the AzPPA. He has served as a PPA counselor for three terms and holds the Photographic Craftsman degree from PPA. Tom was presented with the PPA National Award and the Crystal Apple Award for his outstanding service and dedication to the photographic industry. He has earned numerous photography awards including being named twice “Arizona Wedding Photographer of the Year”, receiving two Fuji Masterpiece Awards and a Kodak gallery award.


He and his wife Francine own a highly successful home based studio, photographing mostly professional headshots and high school seniors.  An accomplished retouch artist, Tom offers his services to other professional photographers at MyRetoucher.  Tom also presents fun and exciting photography programs and workshops. For additional information, please visit http://www.cheswickphoto.com/hands-on-workshops-photography-programs/


tomcheswick@cox.net

602-493-1833

www.cheswickphoto.com


DIRECTORS




Bruce Roscoe, M.Photog.,CPP

Born in Burlington Vermont, Bruce spent most of his adult life as an electrical contractor specializing in control wiring in 5 states on the East Coast.

Photography has always played a role in Bruce's life. In 1956 his parents gave him a Brownie Bullet camera for his birthday. A love affair with photography was born. The smell of Bakelite when you open the back of the camera was a reminder of days gone by. Ten years later still taking pictures, he decided to be professionally trained. The Army talked him into working for them in the photo field. Capturing images of kings and queens, traveling around the world sounded like a lot of fun! After intense training with the Speed-graphic camera and learning darkroom skills, Bruce was told his assignment wouldn't be as glorious as he had hoped. Off he went to Vietnam as a combat photographer.

Today the love affair with photography lives on. As a certified professional photographer Bruce studied portraiture with the New York Institute of Photography. The style he developed is a blend of two famous photographers, Yousuf Karsh and Monte Zucker. A member of both the Professional Photographers of America, and Arizona Professional Photographers Association, Bruce also spent over five years as a trip leader with Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.

Photography is my mission with people being my subject, capturing their life through thoughtful photography. Aiyana Studio of Photography- www.aiyanastudio.com - 928-713-9870



Steve Wells, CPP

Steve along with his wife Jan own Arborwells Photography, a photography business in Surprise, AZ. They provide portrait, family portrait, and special events as well as nature and landscape photography.

Steve became a member of the AZPPA in 2011 and the PPA in 2012. Steve has announced his candidacy for the CPP certification in April 2013. Steve is honored to be able to serve and contribute to the organization that has helped develop his professional photographer career.

Steve has been involved with photography most of his life. His interest began to grow when he purchased his first film SLR in the 1980ís. He also used to do B&W print and color slide film development. After Digital SLRís were introduced, Steve purchased his first DSLR camera in 2001. His career and experience in Information Technology fueled his interest to use his computer skills to optimize and create images. At that time, his passion for photography and the desire to learn how to improve his images grew even stronger. Steve and Jan recently retired from their careers to start their photography business. Website: www.arborwellsphoto.com Phone: 623-238-1549
slwellsaz@gmail.com
 



Kay Eskridge, M.Photog.,Cr, CPP


Combining her passion for photography and her love of people, Kay Eskridge’s studio, Images by Kay & Co. has earned a sterling reputation for high-quality lifestyle portraiture. Kay takes great pride in not only the imagery she creates but also the high level of customer service she provides. Specializing as a lifestyle portrait artist, Kay’s clientele has come to rely on her to capture images from all of life’s special events, from maternity to newborns, tots to ‘tweens’, High School Seniors to summer family vacations and even intimate images captured through the CelebrateSexy division of her studio.

 

Her focus on relationships, creative approach to portraiture, unique perspective on customer service and clear vision about business has provided her with much success doing something she loves. Kay is a member and Past President of the Arizona Professional Photography Association and is one of Eastman Kodak’s Approved Speakers. She is a PPA Certified, a Master-Photographic Craftsman and holds numerous awards, including the National Award, the Arizona Photographer of the Year, the Kodak Gallery Elite Award, the Phoenix Portrait Photographer of the Year, and the Arizona Illustrative Photographer of the Year.



Stephen Moody, M.Photog


Stephen Moody is an artist. He is also a professional photographer and imaging expert. His work has been published in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Town and Country, Vanity Fair and other prominent style and fashion magazines and publications. He has owned photography businesses in Manhattan, Salt Lake City and, currently, Scottsdale Arizona.

Moody's 2003 Scottsdale Arizona gallery exhibition "Art In It's Most Human Form" was highly touted as being one of the gallery's most successful openings. His work is enjoyed in private collections, artist prints and Italian designed ties and scarves.  

“Reality is continually changing before our eyes and it is my wish to delight people with thought provoking visions beyond what is considered to be real,” says Moody, “My work is a mirror - a reflection of how one sees and interprets the world around them.”

Moody explores light and color through many different mediums; photography, paint, motion pictures and technology. He imagines his subjects, not as moments frozen in time, but as animated movements in life. His orchestrations blend movement, color and vibration to produce images that seemingly breathe with living art.



Ken Johnson, CPP


I can't remember a time when I didn't have a camera, My father, a creative amateur photographer, instilled the love of portrait and landscape photography in me early in life.  Today, when I hold a photograph of my family, I instantly reconnect with the memories and emotions of the moment the image was captured. I strive to create this same connection for each of my clients. Unlike digital images that get lost on multiple devices, prints and wall portraits have a permanence that creates a legacy to be cherished by generations to come. I have been blessed to help many families capture and preserve their precious memories.


I have been a member of PPA since 2008, and when living in California, was a member of NCPPA and PPC. I joined AZPPA shortly after moving to Arizona in early 2010 where I received my Certified Professional Photographers degree. Regular participation in print critique and print competition provides valuable constructive critique from my peers. I was awarded AZPPA Top Ten Photographer in 2014. Each of these organizations provides unparalleled opportunity for education, mentoring, hands-on-experience, and networking that simply cannot be obtained elsewhere. It is an honor to serve on the 2016 AZPPA Board and give back to an organization that has given so much to both active and aspiring professional photographers.


When I'm not creating memories for expecting parents, newborns, babies, children, and families, I can be found roaming the Arizona landscape in search of inspirational images. I'm equally comfortable working in my small home-based studio or the great outdoors. I can be contacted at Kenneth Johnson Photography

ken.johnson3@cox.net

www.KenJohnsonPhoto.com

925.487.2279 



Andrew Faulds, M. Photog.Cr, CPP


Andrew started his journey in Ohio where he attended Bowling Green State University pursuing a Visual Communications Degree with a concentration in Photography and Video. He quickly realized that photography was so much more than pushing the shutter, photography was about people and making people look and feel their best. You can be the best portrait photographer in the world, but if you do not relate to people in your work, it is meaningless in his opinion. Photography is a very rewarding experience because you can be the last one to ever photograph a child, family, a loved one and when that happens you can feel satisfied that you captured a memory and a special moment for their family to cherish and remember for years to come.


After Andrew graduated, he moved to Arizona, started a family and had a daughter named Addison. He continued his career with Lifetouch where he eventually opened a studio which he currently works at, Cilento Photography. Cilento Photography is named after his mentor Tony Cilento. Tony taught Andrew that there is much more to photography than pressing the shutter. His favorite quote by Tony is "When you photograph, people especially, you do not photograph them by pushing a button; you photograph them by what you feel in your heart"


Andrew has won many awards in his career including AzPPA Photographer Of The Year in 2016 and 2017, and representing Team USA in the 2016 Photographic World cup, but he is most proud of receiving his Master's Degree in Photography where he was honored with having his Dad be his sponsor to put the ribbon around his neck. It was a special moment because his Dad (and Mom) have always support him in photography and this was his way to say thank you.


Photography is about heart, the people and it is all about love. That is why I chose to be a photographer and why I chose to become part of AzPPA. AzPPA has all the qualities I believe make a great photographer and is why I am part of this great organization.

 

afaulds@cilentophotography.com

480-710-6388

www.cilentophotography.com



Heidi Mixon, CPP


Heidi is an Arizona based photographer who strives for excellence in every project that she takes on. Her extroverted personality often leads Heidi to photographing people, however her expertise ranges from portraiture to commercial still lives, photojournalism and architectural images.


Heidi is a visual storyteller who aims to make each project fun and memorable. She has a gift for making anyone feel comfortable in front of the camera ensuring an enjoyable photo shoot. Heidi possesses a talent for problem solving and has a diligent work ethic. Her finished product shows extreme commitment to her trade, providing photos that are clean, crisp and colorful.


Heidi gives her time and talent to a local organization Www.roomforjoy.org and well as national organization Www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org.


Heidi a member of AzPPA and PPA since 2015, also has a bachelors in Photography, from the Art institute of Phoenix and is Certified (CPP) through PPA. She received Azppa’s "top 10 photographer of the year" for both 2016 and 2017!


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