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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November 2021

Best in Show 

"Enduring Strength"  

By Craig Stampfli  

Congratulations from PPOC

See all the Merit images

September 2021

Best in Upper Division

"Sunset Mosaic"

By Rebecca Li

Lets get together! Happening at PPOC

PPOC and IEPPV are proud to announce Steve and Troy show March 3rd.

Pack your gear and get ready to TRAVEL. John Powers has made a carrier Photographing through South East Asia. March 17th.


West Coast School  2021 has gone virtual!. June 9-13, 2021 So far Instructor are. More detail are on the PPC website.

Eric Joseph "The World of Ink Jet Paper The Print matters"

Sandra Perce "The Art of Painting in Photoshop"

Ella Carlson "Exploring the World of Possibilities within Photoshop"

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Congratulations to all the PPC Image Competition award winners.


Calendar of Events


Certified Professional Photographer

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

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Members' Corner

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:

2021 is Here!

Last year, I was honored with the opportunity to be the Professional Photographers of Orange County’s (PPOC) President. My original plan was to take the torch and continue the same path moving forward for this organization. However, in March 2020, Covid – 19 detoured all of our plans, affecting all of us in ways previously unknown to most of us.

After almost a full year of shutdown and closures, 2021 is a year with renewed and great opportunities as the photography business is ready for a fresh ‘restart’. With Covid-19 not going away quickly, this gives us the time to grow and strengthen our photography skills.  And PPOC as your partner in business and education, has adjusted to provide our members the finest tools to grow your photography. What I saw in 2020 was how the photography industry had to quickly re-invent and adjust the normal forms of presentations and how it reached out to its members and customers while trying to survive in this pandemic.  Time and time again, I received testimonials from our members that their business had a great year, even during the pandemic and shutdowns. It was their determination to survive this crisis through creative achievements that they like us are still here for you. 

PPOC enables you our members many opportunities to network with fellow photographers, many are experts in their field and others are hobbyists. We can Discuss anything about photography or whatever is the main topic of the day. You get to display your art; tell a story you created through your eyes for others to see. Our mission is to network and to teach through a community of fellow photographers at all levels.

Wonderful news for 2021, PPOC and Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers (IEPPV) are joining forces. By sharing programs in 2021 your PPOC membership allows you to participate in IEPPV content programs.  Mark your calendar for the FIRST and THIRD Wednesdays of the month to not miss the meetings. The PPOC calendar is being finalized so stay tuned and check it often.

More great news: Your 2020 membership was extended to 2021, making your 2021 PPOC membership free. And, as a thank you for those wanting to be a part of PPOC through the Covid-19 pandemic, New Members can sign up for a discounted $125 which also allows you access to both PPOC and IEPPV.
Our Virtual January Kick-off was with Matthew Jordan-Smith Live from Japan!  By PPOC and IEPPV having joined forced, many more great presenters and fresh content will be offered throughout 2021.

New Category in Image competition. To reinforce the purpose of Image Competition as an educational resource to our members, we have introduced a new category to differentiate between advanced and entry/intermediate level photographers. Images submitted by advanced members would be scrutinized more closely, while entry/intermediate level members would have the option – after the image competition - to schedule a one-on-one with one of the PPOC judges to discuss how to improve their images. Details are still being worked out and will be posted under Image Competition Rules…

Lastly, I would like to introduce our 2021 PPOC Board Members: Ana Montgomery, Vice-President & Secretary; Lisa Erickson, Membership; Stan Brucato, Treasurer; and Duane Murphy, Parliamentarian, and Tim Mathiesen, Board Advisor. You can count on this Board will work hard for you!

I want to thank you for being a part of PPOC. Looking forward to a fantastic 2021.

Your 2020 president,

John Aranas

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