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Serving the Bay Area Community of Professional Photographers since 1949

Providing Education, Certification, Image Critique and Competition, and Peer-to-Peer Networking


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Connect with other photographers and models and enjoy some good food!

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PPSCV Member Lounge

The Member Lounge is our private Facebook group where PPSCV members discuss both photography and related business topics, share tips and techniques, get equipment recommendations, post images and ask for constructive suggestions, offer equipment for sale, seek assistance for shoots, and connect with other photographers.

The PPSCV Board also participates, so you can ask questions or make suggestions to them for future events.

Click PPSCV Member Lounge to join.  Not a PPSCV member? Click the Join Us tab at

Here are a few behind-the-scene images from our March shoot. (Thanks to Alicia Piva and Dorman Louie.)


Volunteers Power PPSCV

Non-profit volunteer organizations take a great deal of work behind the scenes to run smoothly and provide quality programs. PPSCV is fortunate to have an active board who meet monthly to plan our programs and they and many other members that contribute their time and energy to run the many events we provide. Volunteers also learn new skills, gain experience, and connect with other photographers, while serving the Bay Area photography community.

We welcome volunteers to help with projects big or small - if you have time and energy, please volunteer to help serve on one of our committees, such as

  • Website Development,
  • Image Competition, 
  • Educational Program,
  • Marketing, and
  • Social events.
For more info, e-mail

Congratulations to the PPSCV Board of Directors for 2024

At our November Monthly Continuing Education Meeting, PPSCV held the election of our board of directors for 2024.

Our 2024 Board of Directors are:

 Roberto Gonzalez    Board Member:  Robert Morris
 Vice President:  Tex Texin
   Board Member:  Tim Passaro
 Treasurer:  John Ho    Board Member:  Bharat Verma
 Board Member
 Alicia Piva    Board Member:  Jerry Wang
 Board Member:
 Luis Pedro Castillo      

A warm welcome to our incoming board members, Tim, Bharat and Jerry.

Thank You for 2023

Thank you to our 2023 board members for their considerable contributions to PPSCV and the many wonderful presentations and workshops held this year.

Also thanks to Gerard Lum, who continues his many years as Membership Chair and to John Gayler for his leadership of our CPP Certificate training and Image Competition programs. Thanks also to Paul Judy for his assistance with our Image Competition program and to Rikke Truelsen for editing and posting our many event video recordings.



Learn why a CPP certification is important for clients

#MemberBenefit       PPSCV Bay Area CPP Study Group 

For members interested in becoming certified by PPA.

The PPA Certified Professional Photographer program, or CPP, includes a written exam and practical photography submission designed to certify a level of technical knowledge and photographic competence increasing confidence in clients. 
Learn more here at PPA, or email our PPSCV CPP Liaison.

Join our CPP Study Group - Check the PPSCV Calendar and register for the next CPP Study Group meeting.

Not a PPA member yet? Join here.

PPSCV members who are Certified Professional Photographers:

 Armando Lay  Roberto Gonzalez  Rikke Truelsen  John Gayler
 Alicia Piva  Katie Scott  Mark Butler  

Note: to maintain your CPP status you need to be a current member of PPA, and recertify every 3 years by maintaining a number of continuing education credits. Join our study group to see what qualifies.