Paul is a gifted artist and began his artistic career as a classical cellist spending over four years at Julliard School of Music. After Julliard, he traveled with the Mantovani Orchestra and later the Boris Goldvsky Opera Theater. After serving 6 years in the Navy, Paul made a career change and enrolled at Brooks School of Photography earning his BS degree . Paul began his photography career as an industrial photographer with General Dynamics and then moved into free lance photography including portrait and wedding photography. He was one of the first to jump on the band wagon of digital photography. Currently, he offers a retouching services to several local photographers.
Paul has been recognized for his award winning prints, receiving recognition from Inland Empire Photographers and Videographers (IEPPV), Professional Photographers of California (PPC) , and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). He has received two PPC People’s Choice Awards, PPA Certified Professional Photographer Competition Award, Kodak Gallery Award and Fuji Masterpiece Award. Several of his prints has been selected for PPA loan collection. He earned his PPA Craftsman Degree, Certified Professional Photographer, Masters of Photography, Master Artist and earned the Adobe Photoshop Expert (ACE).
In addition to membership in IEPPV, PPC and PPA, Paul is a member of the American Society of Photographers (ASP) and the National Association for Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He is also a member of several other photographic groups which aim to share knowledge, provide opportunities to photograph locally, and broaden one’s experiences, including Photo Artist Network (PAN) Riverside Art Museum, Photochromers and the Rancho Cucamonga Camera Club. Currently he is active in PSA Souther California Council of Camera Clubs and holds a board position where he coordinates the color entires for their monthly Competitions.
Paul Speaker, MPhotog, MArtist, Cr, CPP, F-PPC, S-PPC
Professionally, with over 38 years of experience in education, she taught all grades k-8, served as a reading specialist, elementary principal, and adjunct lecturer at CSUSB and Cal Poly. She has been a photographer's assistant and photography hobbyist for over 30 years. Now, her retirement years have given her the opportunity to develop her hobby into an art form for personal enjoyment and professional acclaim.
As an untrained artist in her youth, she loved to paint and draw and grew up with a mother who was an excellent self-trained artist of chalk, watercolor and oil paint media. Today, photography gives her the ability to capture the beauty of her world using digital media tools and paints with pixels. Her photos are just the first stage of the creative process. She often applies various software filters, textures and treatments in the digital darkroom including Painter 17 to transform reality into a personal vision. She is just now developing her skills in painting by adding acrylic paint and gels to her finished photography work.
Currently, she is a member of the Inland Empire Professional Photographers & Videographers (IEPPV) in Riverside, Professional Photographers of California (PPC) Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Photo Artist Network of the Riverside Art Museum (PAN) , and Associated Artists of the Inland Empire. These organizations have given her the professional tools to develop her skills in photography.she recently passed the Professional Photographers Certification Exam and is now developing her professional portfolio. Currently her art is on display at several venues in Southern California. Also, she currently is working on Her PPA Masters and PPSA.