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Holiday Dinner and #AskUsAnything Photography Panel

Join our Member Appreciation buffet dinner and a panel of award winning photographers!

Members Log-in and register on or before
Monday, December 12th.
egistration is required so we have an accurate head count.
Bring a guest if you like ($40 fee applies).
Can't make it? Cancel on or before Monday, December 12th.

Member Appreciation Holiday Dinner and #AskUsAnything Expert Photography Panel

The PPSCV board invites all members to join us and celebrate photography in 2022 and to look forward to more in-person meetings and workshops in 2023.

PPSCV will provide a buffet dinner to members at no charge, so we can socialize.
Members can bring guests, a fee of $40 will be charged for each guest.
Attendees are asked to bring a favorite dessert.
Church policy PROHIBITS alcohol.

The agenda is as follows:
5:00 Setup, volunteers welcome contact Roberto Gonzalez
5:30 Doors open,
6:00 Dinner is served
7:00 Annual awards and announcements
7:15 PPWC Panel Introductions
7:30 #AskUsAnything Photography Panel Q&A
8:45 Members' Choice Image Awards
9:00 Clean up, volunteers welcome

PPSCV is proud to host the #AskUsAnything - Photography panel with four fabulous photographers from our neighboring affiliate: Professional Photographers of Wine Country:

Karna Roa, 
Jim Vetter, Brady Thomas, and  Ken Mendoza

Ken Mendoza

Ken Mendoza is an International Award Winning wedding photographer with a specialty in producing fine art wedding and engagement photography. All of his awards feature real couples on their wedding or engagement day: Timeless images from Real couples and Real weddings. 

Awards & Accolades

• Master of WPPI (20+ Silver & Silver Distinction Awards,  1 Gold Award)
• Member of Team USA 2022 World Photographic Cup - Wedding Category 
• 2022 Professional Photographers of America Grand Imaging Award Finalist
• Over 20 Showcase and Imaging Excellence Awards - PPA International Photographic Competition (Wedding and Illustrative Categories)
• Cosmos International Awards -  Elite Member
• Asia Wedding & Portrait Association (WPA )Elite Member
• Wedding & Portrait Europe (WPE)- Expert Status
• 2X Winner Photographer of the Year Professional Photographers of the Wine Country

Ken Mendoza’s speciality brands: (Bay Area and Destination Wedding Photography (Wedding Photography at San Francisco City Hall). (Yosemite and Mountain weddings)

Karna Roa

Karna has been a professional photographer since officially opening for business in 2006. Her first paid wedding was at age 15 where she earned $75.

Today Karna has photographed over 400 weddings in 10 states and 7 countries. She is a Disney fanatic and enjoys photographing proposals, engagement sessions and family portraits at Disneyland.

She is also one of the first 10 PPA members to earn the new Master Wedding Photographer degree.

In 2019 her wedding image "The New American Gothic" was published in over 60 major news outlets including TV, magazines, and newspapers worldwide when her wedding image depicting a wedding couple in N-95 masks during the Kincade Fire went viral.

Karna is currently the much-loved Vice President for PPWC, the Professional Photographers of the Wine Country.

Brady Thomas

Brady Thomas comes from a long line of artists including fine art portraitists and photographers, but didn’t pick up a camera until she met now husband Ken Mendoza in 2002. 
They shot their first wedding together for a friend in 2005, and while working regular 9-5’s, opened the first of 3 wedding photography brands in 2008. Endless investment in gear, education courses, conventions, memberships and mentorships happened in those years, and still do. Brady left the corporate world in 2009 for full time wedding photography, and Ken joined her the following year.

Brady finished a fashion merchandising degree from FIDM in Los Angeles before moving up to the Bay Area in 1998 to attend UC Berkeley. Inspired by her creative fashion & classic portrait roots, she left wedding photography behind in 2016 and built a home studio with a desire to create beautiful legacy photographs for women and the people and pets they love. When the short ceilings at home proved difficult to shoot dancers or tall families, she went looking for a studio with nice light and tall ceilings. Her current studio in the historic landmark Benicia Arsenal is a huge creative space dating from 1877 with amazing light and 20’ ceilings!

Brady’s competition awards include PPWC 2021 Photographer of the Year, an Associate of WPPI, and will receive her M.Photog degree from PPA in 2023. Still, most precious to her are her amazed and delighted clientele, many of whom return again and again for a portrait experience in her studio.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 5:30 PM until 8:55 PM
Music Room
Almaden Hills United Methodist Church
1200 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose, CA  95118
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Roberto Gonzalez
Monthly Meeting
Registration is required before Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 7:00 AM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Local and State Covid protocols in effect as of the day of the event.
Alcohol is prohibited.
Registration on or before Dec. 12th is required.
No Fee