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Jeff Dachowski

In high school Jeff quickly fell in love with photography. After pursuing every class related to photography, Jeff attended the Hallmark Institute of Photography. In 2003 Jeff and his wife Carolle opened their studio in Manchester, and have seen meteoric growth since opening. They have a loyal following of children and family clients, a buzz in the wedding industry, and a growing number of commercial portrait clients. Jeff has attained his Master of Photography Degree, Photographic Craftsman Degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. He was a director for two years, and has fulfilled his terms through the Executive chairs within the New Hampshire Professional Photographers Association. In 2012 Jeff and Carolle purchased a building with a storybook past in the small village of Bedford, NH. Their studio was featured in Professional Photographer Magazine in 2008 and 2013. They have been frequent contributors since 2008. Jeff and Carolle have just finished writing two titles for Amherst Media. “Lighting on Location” and “Profit building for the professional photographer”. Jeff has two wonderful daughters age 14 and 16 and has been married to his wife Carolle for over 20 years. Jeff plays drums, bass and the Chapman stick. During his free time, he builds guitars.

Jamie Hayes and Mary Fisk-Taylor

Mary Fisk-Taylor has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 1998. Along with her business partner, Jamie Hayes, they operate a high-end wedding and portrait business in Richmond, Virginia. Hayes & Fisk Photography is a home-based studio located on almost one acre of beautiful gardens and they have successfully created one of the most sought after Portrait and Wedding studios in their area. In 2009 Mary developed the concept of a fresh and fun new studio in the Richmond area. With the help of her family, most importantly her mom and sister, Real Life Studios was opened in Midlothian, Virginia. Real Life Studios is best known for their high school senior portraits as well as the funky children and tween imagery. Real Life also has an entire Event and Party division which gives the studio constant and steady revenue of new clients and income year round. Mary was very pleased and honored to have received her Master of Photography, Craftsmen of Photography and Certification of Professional Photography in just three short years!!! This was quite an accomplishment for her both personally and professionally. Mary was named Photographer of the Year in 2007 and has won Best Wedding Album of the Year in Virginia several times. Nationally she has had her albums in the top five. She has won numerous Best in Show awards, Kodak Gallery Awards, Fuji Masterpiece Awards, Loan Collection prints and albums. Mary is also a recipient of the prestigious Virginia Award, which honors photographers for their commitment and dedication to their state association, and the business of professional photography. And, in 2012 she was awarded the PPA Charities Legacy Award for her work and dedication to the philanthropic arm of PPA. At IUSA 2014, Mary will be awarded the Charles H. (Bud) Haynes Award for her distinguished service to PPA and its members for encouraging business awareness and practices in the field of professional image-making. Jamie Hayes-From that first exposure, I knew that nothing would fulfill my spirit like photographing people. This is and always has been my purpose in life. Over the past 38 years I have had the honor and privilege of capturing the most precious moments and amazing celebrations in the lives of the most incredible people on earth - my clients. Who would have thought that just a couple of books of S&H green stamps could have sparked such an amazing journey.I am humbled to have been trusted with the responsibility of preserving memories of today for tomorrow.

Ben Shirk

I began my life as a wrestler. For 20 years I dedicated nearly every waking moment to becoming the best. I was a Division 1 All American and captain of one of the most dominant teams in the history of collegiate sports before injuries caused me to look for a new outlet for my energy. That drive found a place to go when my wife brought home my newborn son’s first portraits from a mall photographer and told me that she didn’t think I could do what they did.Capturing the human form had always been a passion of mine. Much of my free time had always been spent drawing people, everywhere I went I was drawing everyone around me, studying nuances in the way an arm bent or the how the curls of someone's hair fell across their shoulder. I was fascinated how a single line could completely change the way something looked. The study of dynamic lines and light and shadow gave me a great foundation to begin my artistic journey.In 2006 I started photographing some close friends and family. By July 2007 I had built enough of a client base that I decided to leave my job as a graphic artist at the local newspaper and become more serious about photography. I worked for a few years out of an in-home studio and quickly learned what it took to run a successful studio. My drive and passion for creating unique images helped to create a high demand from clients and helped to win many national and international awards. In August of 2011, I opened a 3600 sq ft retail location in my hometown of Wilton, IA and strive to continue to excel and set new standards in the photographic industry.2011 PPI Top Iowa Photographer of the Year2011 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Master Artist2011 PPA International Gold Photographer of the Year2011 PPA Finished in Top 3 – Grand Imaging Awards – Master Artist2011 Fuji Masterpiece Award2012 PPI Top Iowa Photographer of the Year2012 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year2012 PPA First Place Grand Imaging Awards – Illustrative2012 Fuji Masterpiece Award2012 First Place Kodak Gallery Elite Award

Bev and Tim Walden

Tim and Beverly took over Walden’s Photography from Tim’s father in 1980, taking the studio in an entirely different direction when they developed their trademark “Relationship” Black and White Fine Art portraiture. Today, they run a high-end studio, providing beautifully crafted portraits in an elegant studio with impeccable customer service. The Walden’s clientele know when they come to Walden’s Photography, they will leave with a masterpiece that celebrates their loved ones in the most beautiful way possible.

Tim Walden, M.Photog.Cr.,Hon.M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP .PPA-Photographic Master and Craftsman Degrees .ASP-Photographic Fellowship Degree .PPA President (2012) .Member of Society of XXV .Kodak Mentor .Kodak Gallery Award Winner .Published in Kodak Portrait Book .Internationally Approved Juror .International Speaker .Kentucky Master Photographer of the Year .Kentucky PPA Member and Past President .National Award Winner .Imaging Excellence Award Recipient .Platinum Photographer of the Year-2010 .Gerhard Bakker Award for outstanding service through education in the field of photography and visual communications Beverly Walden, M.Photog.Cr. .PPA-Photographic Master and Craftsman Degrees .Member of Society of XXV .Kodak Mentor .Kodak Gallery Elite Award Winner .International Speaker .Kentucky Master Photographer of the Year .Kentucky PPA Member .National Award Winner .Imaging Excellence Award Recipient .One of eleven women selected to photograph the 2006 PPA President, Michael Taylor .Gerhard Bakker Award for outstanding service through education in the field of photography and visual communications

Jenn Hillenga

After receiving and Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design and working for several studios, Jen Hillenga started her own studio in 2004 in Savage, Minnesota. In the years since opening Momento Images, Jen has been able to master her skills as a photographer as well as a digital artist, allowing her to turn her images into artworks and gaining her international recognition and awards among her peers, including Kodak and Fuji awards, Canon Par Excellence Award, and European photographer of the Year in the international division. She has had the opportunity to speak on both the national stages of PPA as well as WPPI as well as internationally. Her goal in image making is to find that pivotal moment in each session that speaks to the heart. Her goal in teaching is to enable photographers to find their own voice and to create their own vision in their photography as well as finding successful ways to create brand and client loyalty and build profitable businesses. In 2014, Jen relocated to New York City, where she continues her journey in the photographic industry by becoming Creative Director of AdoramaPix. She continues to educate photographers and teach about business, design, and creativity. She is also working on several personal photographic projects.