January 2020: Malinda Julien, Cr. Photog, Cr.
Malinda M. Julien is co-owner of Julien & Lambert Photographic Services which has studios in Fort Worth, Abilene and Honolulu. She specializes in food, architectural and professional dog show events.
She is a certified member of the Professional Photographers Association of America, American Society of Media Photographers and American Society of Photographers.
She is immediate past president of the Fort Worth Professional Photographers Association of America, and is a member of the Dallas and Texas associations.
February 2020: Don Smarto
Don Smarto is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker.
As owner of Double Systems production company, he produced documentaries and television advertising. He has a collection of more than 1,000 cameras which he uses with classroom lectures.
Don’s work has received more than 40 awards from photography associations, the Hollywood Press Association, National Association of Broadcasters and international photo associations.
He is an ordained Baptist minister and is active in youth ministries, prison ministries and pastoral care.
March 2020: Kipp Baker
Kipp Baker is founder and owner of Pixure NewMedia in Fort Worth.
Kipp has held several positions in creative services at Bell Helicopter, Dallas Photo Imaging and UT Southwestern Medical Center, and has produced award winning photography, web design and media for American Airlines, Kimbell Art Museum, among others.
Kipp earned a bachelor of fine arts from TCU, and has taught photography and printmaking at TCU and Tarrant County College.
Kipp is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, Texas Photographic Society, National Association of Photoshop Professionals and Trinity Writers Workshop.
April 2020: Truitt Rodgers
Truitt Rodgers is a commercial photographer who lives in Fort Worth.
Says Truitt: “I’ve been a commercial and advertising photographer for 30 years and have experience shooting everything from pigs to people, food to fashion, interior design to industrial and architecture.
“I love the variety of what I do, the new digital advances in the photographic field and the talented and creative people I have the privilege to work with.”
May 2020: Noel Kerns
Noel Kerns is a Texas-based night photographer who specializes in capturing the abandoned landscape of the American southwest. Growing up in the central Texas Hill Country, he developed his photographic skills shooting large format black and white landscapes.
Says Noel: “The slow and deliberate nature of the large format photographic process is a perfect launching pad into the art of digitally photographing the nocturnal world.”
He regularly teaches workshops at the Dallas Center for Photography.
June 2020: Jim Walsh
Jim Walsh was introduced to photography while at the University of Texas in Austin in the 1960s.
He became a member of both the Plano Photography Club and the Dallas Camera Club. He served for three years as Competition Director for the Plano club followed by another two years in the same capacity with the Dallas club.
Says Jim: “I have learned a lot over the years working with judges from a wide range of backgrounds, each of whom brings a unique perspective to task. My photography interests are broad, including landscape, contemplative photography, street photography, sports and lots of pictures of five grandkids.”
July 2020: Sean Fitzgerald
Sean is a Deep Ellum-based environmental and fine art photographer.
Sean creates images that are simple, graphic, evocative, surreal and that in some way evoke a reaction, provoke an emotion, or tell a story. He is drawn to nature and wildlife and the impact of man on both.
Sean has won numerous awards and contests, including the international World in Focus photo contest, the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest, Texas Tech University’s High and Dry competition, the City of Dallas Trinity River Photo Contest.
August 2020: Mike Brooks
Mike is a Dallas area photographer. Says Mike:
“I make money from photography but I don’t depend on it for a living, allowing me the freedom to shoot the things I like. Freelance a lot for the Dallas Observer, with the odd music and entertainment assignments in between. Love long walks on the beach, full frame cameras with wide angle lenses and the tribal energy of a good rock and roll show.”
He was a film student at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State.
September 2020: Steve Bomar
Steve grew up using his father’s black and white darkroom, and bought his first camera in 1973. He joined Fort Worth Camera Club in 2006 and earned competition points to become a Master photographer.
After taking a class from Steve Kozak, he started a portrait photography business. Since then he has photographed more than 700 families.
Steve discovered that the principles of great photographs are the same for people and landscapes, but “you must talk with people to capture that wonderful natural expression.”
October 2020: Jeff Grimm
Jeff Grimm taught photography at Trinity High School in Euless, his alma mater, for more than 35 years.
His students won almost 7,000 individual and school awards, and captured the state photography championship five times, despite a zero dollar budget. Jeff’s students successfully competed against college and university photo programs, placing in the top 10 in 2006, 2007 and 2009 Best of College competitions.
He is a member of the Association of Texas Photography Instructors and received its prestigious Star of Texas award in 2004.
November 2020: Steve Kozak
Steve Kozak is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. Steve has earned the Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees from PPA, and is PPA Certified.
He has recorded over a dozen videos for professional photography education. Topics include fundamentals of photography, manual flash photography, exposure, opening a new studio as well as videos for certification preparation.
He regularly teaches at the Texas School of Professional Photography, among others, and publishes in Texas Professional Photographer and The Professional Photographer magazine.