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 2021 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, Teresa Hunt.

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
July 17, 2021

Opens July 1, 2021


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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
July 28, 2021

Opens July 21, 2021




Fall 2021 Mentors

AARON HOCKLEY, M.Photog,Cr., FP-OR, HFP-OR

AARON HOCKLEY, M.Photog,Cr., FP-OR, HFP-OR

Area of expertise: Business, Marketing, Competition, Social Media, SEO, Special Events (not weddings)

Website: www.techphotoguy.com

Bio: Aaron Hockley, M.Photog.Cr., FP-OR, HFP-OR brings a mixture of expertise in both the technology and photography worlds. He has worked in the online publishing space for over ten years and has spoken at events such as BlogWorld and New Media Expo. In the photographic world, he is recognized by PPA as a Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman and as a Fellow of Photography by the Oregon Professional Photographers Association. In 2015 he was awarded third place for Illustrative/Commercial images at PPA's Grand Imaging Awards and was a World Photographic Cup finalist. Current Awards, Points & Degrees Chair for OPPA.



AMY WEST, M.Photog, CPP, FP-OR

AMY WEST, M.Photog, CPP, FP-OR

Areas of expertise: Competition, Studio Lighting / Natural Light, Family, Headshots, Newborns, Seniors

Website: https://www.blissfulmondays.com/

Bio: Hello! I am a boutique photography studio owner who specializes in newborns, 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, non-profit photographer for multiple adoption organizations, and a studio owner since 2014. I have experience in judging (as a judge in training) as well as entered almost every competition locally 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 aid 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, image reviews, client relationships, posing and client retention, working with newborns, babies and maternity clients. I WILL NOT be be mentoring on lighting other than to say, good lighting, needs improvement, overexposed, underexposed, etc.

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 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.



GREGORY D SPECHT


GREGORY D SPECHT

Areas of expertise: Landscape, Macro, Still Life, Studio Lighting, Natural Light, On Location Lighting, Headshots, Lifestyle, Branding, Real Estate, Architectural

Website: https://gregorydeanphotography.com/

Bio: I have over thirty years of real life experience as a Professional Photographer doing both commercial (B2B) and retail (B2C) assignment photography.

I live and work in Salem, Oregon; engaged in a full-time career as a commercial photographer. I take on freelance assignments of all kinds but currently specialize in architectural photography and Visual Marketing Solutions for business; small, medium and large.
Photographic services I provide aid in online marketing, advertising illustrations, including architectural designers, interior designers, re-modelers, real estate professionals, corporate events as well as publicity and portfolio development for models, actors and musical artists.

I myself have had the privilege of learning from some of the best-of-the-best in my industry, true legends of photography. Over the years I have worked as a freelancer as well as independent studio owner.



HAYES PETERSON


HAYES PETERSON

Areas of expertise: On Location Lighting, Seniors, Video, Other

Website: www.hayespeterson.com

Bio: Coming...



HOLLY PETERSON


HOLLY PETERSON

Areas of expertise: Family, Seniors, Finance, Marketing, Networking, Social Media, Website

Website: http://www.theballstudio.com/

Bio: Holly has supported herself with portraiture for over 40 years.  She has photographed at least 3,000 paid sittings.  She was awarded life membership into PPA.  A life long learner she has studied with Bill Sorenson, Sarah Petty, Mary Fisk-Taylor and Clarke and Rachel Marten in Montana.  OPPA honored her with Mentor Of The Year. Her mentoring style is positive, pushy and encouraging.



JOHN GAUDETTE

JOHN GAUDETTE

Areas of expertise: Landscape, Macro, On Location Lighting, Headshots, Seniors, Branding, Real Estate, Architectural, Team Sports, Events, Editing, Post Production

Website: www.nwphotographix.com

Bio: 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 his unique skills to Oregon.



JULIE JACOB, CPP, AFP-OR


JULIE JACOB, CPP, AFP-OR

Areas of expertise: Family, Finance, Branding, Website

Website: www.travelingjulie.com

Bio: I'd love to help someone who's getting started, or who is working on focusing/refining their business.



MARCELA LIMON, CPP


MARCELA LIMON, CPP

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.



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