SPEAKERS

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Phaneendra Gudapati is a portrait artist located in Plano, TX. He is inspired by classical portraiture, paintings by old masters and fashion and loves to create a fusion between fine art and fashion in his work. PG is a self-confessed “technology junkie”, always learning about the craft of photography. He loves sharing his insights and helping fellow travelers in their artistic journey. PG is PPA Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer and Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert.     See More
Pete Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP - Pete is a portrait photographer located in Reno, Nevada. His primary business is Family and Children’s photography, with a specialization in Black & White portraiture. He has been in business since 2003 and making the move to full time work in 2010. He earned his Master of Photography from PPA in 2015, his Photographic Craftsman in 2014, and his Certified Professional Photographer in 2010. He earned a 1st place PPA District Children's Portrait award in 2017 and a Top 10 Print Case (#2) for PPA Western States District Print Competition in 2017. He had a top 10 Grand Imaging Children’s Portrait in the 2015 International Photographic Competition as well as being a Platinum Medalist in 2016 and 2015 International Photographic Competition. He was also named a Top 10 photographer for state of California and 2015 and 2017 California Child Portrait Photographer of the Year. He was a 2014 Gold Medalist in the International Photographic Competition. He also earned a Kodak Gallery Award for Western States District in 2012. He’s an active supporter of PPA Charities and was the top donor for 2016 and 2015 Celebration of Smiles Day benefiting Operation Smile as well as earning several print awards from PPA Charities including 2016 Image Impact award and over all best image from 2015 Celebration of Smiles Day. He is also a huge proponent of the Certified Professional Photographer program offered through PPA and is a approved instructor for the CPP Prep Class. See More
 
Kira Derryberry is a portrait photographer based in Tallahassee, FL. She’s a Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer, and a Director for the Professional Photographers of America board. Kira is an active competitor in both the state and International Print Competitions and earned silver medals in 2014 and 2015 and a Platinum medal in 2016 at IPC. Her Loan Collection Image, “The Skeptic” was featured on the March 2016 Cover of Professional Photographer Magazine along with a feature article on her work. Alongside her heavy participation in her local and state association, Kira proudly serves as a member of the board of directors for the Professional Photographers of America. Kira also shares her knowledge with her fellow photographers as a Spider Holster Ambassador and a Tether Tools Pro.
 
Kira got her start in photography in high school then 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 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. Kira and her husband Kevin have been together since 2002, and together they have a seven year old daughter, Lucy. When not slinging a camera, she spends much of the remainder of her free time playing video games and watching bad science fiction.
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Allison English Watkins- Master Photog., Certified Professional Photog., Craftsman
Always working hard to push her artistic ability, Allison is an proud member of Professional Photographers of America and Intermountain PPA.  She's one of just a few people in the state of Utah to hold her Master's of Photography degree as well as her Photographic Craftsman and also be a Certified Professional Photographer.  She has won countless local and regional awards for her portraiture and is a recipient of multiple Fuji Masterpiece awards, numerous Kodak Gallery awards and the Sunset award from Lexjet.  She has been honored as "Photographer of the Year" from the Intermountain PPA  and "Master Photographer of the Year" and reached the coveted Diamond Level "Photographer of the Year" from PPA.   Her images have been published in both PPA Loan Collections and the Professional Photographer Magazine.   Allison is also the first person from the state of Utah to become an International Photographic Judge for the Professional Photographers of America.
The most important influences in Allison's life are her three children and her wonderful husband who ALWAYS remain the highest priority in her life.  Striving to be the kind of mother she wants to be also makes her the kind of photographer she wants to be.  Because Allison sees the importance of her own family, she is passionate about creating fine art portraits for other families.
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Rob Behm M. Photog. Cr, CPP Owner at Valley Studio, Spokane Valley, WA
A Master Craftsman photographer and third generation small business owner, Rob has been the owner and photographer at Valley Studio in Spokane Valley, Washington for 31 years. Working in photography since college graduation, Rob has an Applied Science degree in photography, and a degree from Eastern Washington University as a photographic educator.
 
Rob is the Past President of the Professional Photographers of Washington. He is a Certified Professional Photographer, and was the recipient of the PPA National Award in 2006. In Washington, he has been awarded the Distinguished Service and Volunteer of the Year award. A PPA councilor since 2003, Rob has also served as Chair of the PPA International Committee.
 
A serious photographer since the age of 16, Rob began his professional career after college, working as first assistant to a top fashion photographer in Seattle. He later opened Valley Studio in his hometown of Spokane, and has provided quality portrait services to a long list of returning clients for over 30 years. His photography has been recognized in the PPA Photographic exhibition for over 20 years, been displayed at Disney’s Epcot center, and has won numerous state and regional awards, for 4 decades.
 
Elected to the PPA Board of Directors in 2011, he currently serves as President of PPA 2017-18.
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Peter Hurley is a premier portrait and headshot photographer with studios in New York City and Los Angeles. He is known for the genuine expressions he captures in his actors headshots and executive portraits.
He is an expert on human facial expression and has spoken on the subject for TEDx, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and GoDaddy to name a few. Peter is also a Canon Explorer of Light and teaches his signature photography workshops all over the world. He is the author of the recently published book The Headshot the definitive guide to headshot photography.
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