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Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley (PPSCV) is a non-profit organization whose objectives and purposes include the advancement of photography as an art and as a profession.

If you’re already a professional photographer, or an aspiring one, and are in the greater San Jose area please consider attending one of our monthly meetings. You'll meet great people who share your passion for photography. We are an association of professional photographers with a variety of experience and interest in the field. We have a guest speaker each month, speaking on many different aspects of this profession. You'll learn how to take great photos, as well as how to actually make a living as a photographer. We look forward to meeting you at our next meeting. After you've attended a meeting, you'll see the benefit of membership.

We'd love for you to become a member of PPSCV and get involved in the association. We have lots of opportunities for you to make a difference, both in your business and in the profession as a whole. See you soon.

If you have questions about PPSCV, please feel free to email.


We look forward to meeting you!

There is a $25 guest fee for PPSCV monthly meetings for non-members. Save $5 if you pay in advance vial PayPal. Please see the payment link on each meeting announcement.

Monthly meetings are always free for PPSCV members.

Upcoming events (2)

"All About Travel Photography" With Sharon Lobel

Almaden Hills United Methodist Church

PPSCV members are free. To pay now, click the link and then choose Guest fee $20 under the options menu. Then click on the Pay Now button. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- “All About Travel Photography” * We’ll discuss gear, landscape tips, lighting, and what to photograph, * How to take the best photos while traveling. * How to pack your camera gear using simple tools. With endless places in the world to photograph, Sharon is always ready to set off to find another adventure. Sharon has traveled extensively around the world. Don’t let her city girl looks fool you, because she would rather pitch a tent and hang out on the side of a mountain than go shopping! In her younger years, she worked as a model, both in print and television, which has given her a great advantage in photography. She has experienced a wide range of adventures throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and United States. Sharon is a National and State accredited Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman. She is a self-taught landscape, nature, wildlife, ocean and surf photographer. Sharon served as the President of PPLAC – Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County in 2016 & 2017 and has served as lst VP, Secretary and Treasurer in the past. She currently serves on the board as the Parliamentarian and Digital Photographic Team. She is a multiple award winner with PPLAC and has been named twice the Nature Photographer of the Year. She was also named the Landscape and Overall Photographer of the Year, Open Photographer of the Year & has received the Judges Choice Award. Under PPC - Professional Photographers of California, she serves as the Digital Image State Competition Critique Chair and has served as the Secretary for West Coast School and in 2014 & 2015 she served as the PPC State Secretary. Sharon has several award-winning images with PPC and was named the 2016 PPC Animal Photographer of the Year. She is also a qualified Image Competition Judge. With Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Sharon is a double International Silver Medalist and has several images in the Loan and Showcase collection books. Sharon is also a member of ASP – American Society of Photographers. Sharon is also a photography educational & motivational speaker. She partnered with another great photographer to start their own workshop and adventure business called, “Image Adventures” where they are ready to take you to endless places in the world to photograph. You can check out their website at Image-Adventures.com. Her travel bag is full of ideas from photographing insects to mountains and sharing her best tools and tricks while in the field and traveling. Get out there and remember…the destination is the journey! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Click here to pay now PayNow (http://www.lauramarshallphoto.com/ppscv )

American Cancer Society's Courageous Kids Day - VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

ACS's Courageous Kids Day is celebrating its 29th year this Mother's Day. This day was started as a "day off from cancer" for children with cancer and their families. Great America has hosted this wonderful event every year, providing the picnic grove, free tickets, lunch, staff, and so much more to the families of[masked] children each year. The event is mostly staffed by about 200 volunteers, many of whom have been volunteering for many many years. There are lots of fun activities happening for the kids and their families, including celebrities, sand castle building, games, music, arts & crafts, face painting, quilt production, food, fun, and.... and this is where we come in.... FAMILY PORTRAITS! We need your help. We need about 20 photographers to volunteer for this incredible event. Most will be in teams doing professional family portraits, and a few will be doing candid photographs around the event venue. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner, this is a very rewarding event. If you're new to the profession please feel free to volunteer. We'll be grouping less experienced photographers with more experienced, so everyone will be able to participate and learn. Each attending family will be entitled to a free professional family portrait. In many cases, this is the only portrait this family has, or may ever have. It means so much to the families, and you'll feel their love and appreciation all day. In order to participate, you'll need to RSVP. I'll get back to you with questions and to confirm your participation. Do NOT show up unless you've been confirmed, as you will not be admitted. VERY IMPORTANT: Please only volunteer if you are really committed to being there. This is a big event and we need everyone there who says they'll be there. Thank you. If you have questions, please feel free to email me by clicking on the ORGANZER link on the left side of this page.

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Almaden Hills United Methodist Church

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