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Paul Speaker, PPSA·

Paul has been interested in photography since childhood, when he began with roll film and a box Brownie. After active duty in the US Navy, he attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Industrial Photography and Color Technology. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by General Dynamics Corp, where he worked as an industrial photographer and color printer for 10 years. When the facility was sold and moved, he switched to Lifetouch, a school photography company, where, for 10 years he photographed classroom groups from 6 to 600 students, dances, seniors, and sports. He had his first Photoshop class in January, 2000, and, by April was hired as a full-time retoucher for a local full-service portrait studio. Currently, he is semi-retired, accepting assignments if they interest him, but mostly doing Photoshop work for other photographers.

Paul is a Lifetime member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), serving on the PPA Council since 2010. Through PPA, he is certified as a Certified Professional Photographer. He has also earned the PPA Master of Photography Degree, the Photographic Craftsman Degree, and the Master Artist Degree. At the state level, he has earned recognition as a California Master Photographer. He has been the recipient of two People’s Choice Awards, a Fuji Masterpiece Award, and two Kodak Gallery Awards at the state level. He is a past president of the Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers, based in Riverside, CA, the local affiliate of PPC.

Paul served as President of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers (IAPP) during 2013-14 and remains involved as a board member.

Paul serves on the board of the PSA-member Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C). He is also a member of three S4C member clubs: Photochromers (Sierra Madre), Rancho Cucamonga Photo Club, and the Riverside Art Museum’s Photo Artist Network (PAN). He received his PPSA in September, 2017.