Welcome to PPOC

Professional Photographers of Orange County is an organization that is dedicated to the continued Education of new and Professional Photographers. We achieve this by hosting Monthly Meetings, Workshops, Image Competitions Safari's and Networking Events.

Our members are committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in our industry. 

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Congratulations to the PPOC 2019 Image competition award winners.

Irene Bowers - Photographer of the Year.

Ana Montgomery - Wedding

Lisa Erickson - Photojournalism

Jon Cook - Photojournalism

Roalind Guder - Portrait Traditional  

Kat Meezan - Portrait High School

John Aranas - Open

Awards presented at the PPOC Open house

Lets get together! Happening at PPOC

PPOC and IEPPV are proud to announce Mathew Jordan-Smith as our January Speaker.

Coming to us LIVE from Tokyo Japan, Mathew will be talking about the state of Photography around the world and how photographers, clients, models and the industry are learning to pivot and reinvent in these challenging times.


Image Competition will be held on February 20, 2021 at 9:00 am. Be sure to go to the PPC website for more information.


Imaging USA is remote this year.

Jan. 17th to 19th (3 days) 

Be sure to register. This years cost is only $59.

Certified Professional Photographer

Considering Becomming a CPP? there is a class offered through California Center for Digital Arts.. Registration is Open. Click on the Link .

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IPC Award Winners 2019

Congratulations to this years IPC award winners.

Rosalind Guder

"The Rat Catcher" Creative Open, Merit and Finalist for Grand Imaging Awards

"Upon Closer Inspection" Creative Open, Merit and Finalist for Grand Imaging Awards

"The Corsetmaker", Portrait Merit Award

"The Founding Father", Artist. Merit Award

"Not My Fault", Artist, Merit Award

"Putting' On the Ritz", Artist, Merit Award

"Holmes & Watson", Illustrative, Merit Award

Irene Bowers

 “A Dip Into 1924” Loan Collection. First place in retouching for the District Imaging awards and went on to be a Grand Imaging Award finalist with IPC.

“In Dreams” General-   Merit Award

“Venus Blinded by Cupid –Through the Sculptor’s Eyes” Loan Collection

“Wetland Wonder” Loan Collection

Kat Meezan

Shades of Red - Portrait - Merit Award

My Pet Petunia - Portrait - Merit award

Focused - Portrait - Merit award

Twinkle Toes - Artistry open - Merit award

Heroes Leaders & Champions - Artistry open - Merit award

Kristi Sutton Elias

“Internal Conflict” Loan Collection

“The Mermaid Queen” Loan Collection

“Olaf the Witch-Breaker” Loan Collection

“The Bounty Hunter” Loan Collection

“Viking Rite of Passage” Merit Collection

“The Adventures of Captain Jack” Merit Collection

“Young Mother Nature” Merit Collection

“The Pendulum Swung her Depression Won” Merit Collection

Look at the Award Winning Images in Previous Winner page 


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President's Address:

Welcome to 2020

Hello to all members of PPOC in this new year!

I am honored to be your new president and excited to work with such a great and talented board and members. Can you believe it’s 2020?  The entire board of directors are excited to start a new decade with you. Together we have put much thought into what lies ahead of PPOC and I, as your new president would like to share some of them with you.

First, I would like to thank Duane for his dedication and hard work in his role as president for PPOC this past year. No matter what he encountered he always did it with a positive attitude and determination. Because of that determination PPOC was able to provide great workshops that included Mathew Jordon Smith and the affiliate workshop with Bryan Welsh. Duane’s focus also helped to put PPOC on a track on growing our membership.

I’d like to share my vision for PPOC going forward. The top focus will be in the areas of education and networking. In 2020 we partnered with California Center for Digital Arts (CCDA) to collaborate on initiatives, increase networking, enhance opportunities for growth as professional photographers, and to provide additional education and resources for both organizations and its members. This partnership will only continue to develop and will provide our members with discounts to print on fine art papers, studio rentals, image critiques in our open forum to build our skills as photographers, and so much more. For a complete list of what CCDA has to offer we encourage you to explore their website.

PPOC and CCDA are working diligently on providing our members with high-level educational workshops. Just in February alone we have the honor to offer workshops with Michael Collins and Bry Cox that you don’t want to miss. Then in March, be sure to come spend time with Eric Joseph to learn that there is so much more to printing. We also excited to have Troy Miller and George DeLoache presenting workshops later this year. These great speakers have fantastic information to share, so be sure to register soon.

Your voice is important, so I encourage you to provide us with your ideas on what you would like to see in workshops, meetings, photo safaris, gatherings and anything else you feel will bring value to our members.

We are also committed to improving our website and increasing our social media presents this year. Your support and involvement in this are important to our success. Let us know what you would like to see on the website, invite other photographers and friends to upcoming events, share your images on our social media platform, hashtag PPOC, and enter the print competitions. We also have opportunities where you can share your skills and expertise as a board member or volunteer.

I welcome the opportunity to get to know you better and encourage you join me and other fellow members before our meetings at “The Den CafĂ©” restaurant.

I’m looking forward to what lies ahead in 2020 and being a part of such a great organization full of talented and creative photographers. Here’s to spending time with old friends, making new ones, sharing expertise, networking, and growing as an organization and as photographers.

Your 2020 president,

John Aranas

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