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How to come out ahead in 2020!

  1. Take control of your situation. Ownership is the only way!
  2. Look forward!
  3. Identify your target market and really dive deep into their pain points.
  4. Take action!
  5. Empathize and focus on the positive.

About Mike Lloyd

Mike Lloyd is a professional photographer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. He   specializes in dark, dramatic boudoir and commercial branding photography. After building the international community Photogs Unite!, he created a new specialized program for boudoir photographers called The Boudoir Guild. This membership group is all about mastering the art and business of boudoir photography.

Outside of photography, Mike loves all things French, WWII history, and is always up for tacos or Manhattan’s. He’s hard to miss, dressed like he’s always about to play a rock show, and genuinely loves people. So, if you see him, don’t hesitate to say hello!

Where to find me:

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 PPSCV Image Competition - November 2020 
Register to join us us for our next Image Competition incorporating digital image submissions. Registrants receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link
October 22nd Image Competition Moved to November 19th

To avoid a conflict with the 3rd presidential debate and to maximize participation we have postponed the October Image Competition by one month to November 19th.

Entries submitted to date will be automatically included. October registrants will not need to re-register.
When: Thursday November 19th 7:00PM chat and Q&A, 7:30PM competition starts, ends approximately 9:30PM

Now through midnight PST Sunday November 15th.

 Who: Entries accepted from PPSCV Members (up to 5) and non-members (up to 2). Each image is given a judge's critique.

Cost: There is no charge for members or non-members to enter images or view this event

Metal Print Prizes provided by Bay Photo Labs (only PPSCV members eligible)

Questions? Contact


Imaging USA 2021 to become a “Virtual Experience like no other”

ATLANTA, August 26, 2020 – Professional Photographers of America today announced plans to move Imaging USA 2021 into a virtual conference space.  More details Click here

PPSCV Membership 3-month extension: In recognition of the financial strain that Covid-19 has brought to the general economy and professional photographers in particular, PPSCV has extended the 2020 membership dues period to provide an extra 3 months of membership to current members at no charge.

PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Liaison

PPSCV now has a PPA CPP liaison for those interested in becoming certified by PPA. John Gayler will serve in this position for 2020.

The PPA Certified Professional Photographer program, or CPP, includes a written exam and practical photography submission designed to certify a level of technical knowledge and photographic competence increasing confidence in clients.  Learn more here. Contact CPP Liaison

PPSCV Image Competition results and awards for August

The recent Image Competition on August 27th included a wide variety of images, with 69 images judged.

See the awards and high scoring images listed here:

Thanks to all the competitors who submitted images, and those who joined us to watch and learn.
We received some useful feedback encouraging us to do it again.
Watch out for the next competition date to be announced.

If you want to improve image competition entries, PPSCV hosted Jeff Dachowski for a live online tutorial on exactly that. To view the recording for free Register here, create an account and use the dashboard search for "PPSCV", the video is named "PPSCV Photographic Competition Call". Contact Jeff if there are issues accessing this content. 

If you are interested in becoming a PPSCV member, see more details Membership

2020 August Image Competition Members


PPSCV Photography and More - Social Hour 
4-5 PM Friday. Click for details:
Photography and More - Social Hour - 9/18/2020

5 tips for surviving an economic slump :


   --Free Music Licensing Gift from PPA & Triple Scoop Music ($60 value) visit - for PPA members - 
Event ID: TripleScoopLove
         Gift Code: Z63F4GGZ
         Expiration Date: December 31, 2020

Photo Safaris
: (Dates / locations postponed)

     Pinnacles National Park       (Condors ... )
     Point Lobos State Reserve   
     Bean Hollow Beach               
     Pinnacles National Park       (Tarantulas t)
     Moss Landing State Wildlife Area-Elkhorn Slough Preserve

Galapagos Tour by Mark Butler

Bay Photo Specials

Previous Programs


Preparing Images for Competition with Jeff Dachowski

Icelandic Adventure -
Travel photography with John Gayler

Tuesday, May 26, 2020