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ProPhotoWest Magazine: 1st Place in the Nation (Again)!

 We’re so excited, and honored to be recognized this way. But we didn’t do it alone. Many thanks who all the professional photographers, vendors and advertisers out there, who helped us make ProPhotoWest what it is today. We appreciate it more than you can know. - Peg and Steve

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Congratulations 2009 Affiliate Newsletter Editors and Webmasters!

Starting the end of February 2009, PPA held its 2009 Affiliate Communications Competition. Designed to improve affiliate publications and websites and recognize those involved in producing these communication tools, the competition awards every eligible entrant one PPA merit per entry. Those who place or earn an honorable mention receive an additional merit for each winning entry…and bragging rights! The winners can certainly brag, thanks to the breadth of resources they make available to members.
Qualified judges came in from the communications field, scoring the publications and websites in the following three areas: 

  • editorial content
  • overall appearance
  • service to members

Category I
Printed publication of more than 12 pages, 4-color, published at least 3 times per year.

  • 1st Place: Peggy & Steven Roosa, Professional Photographers of California, ProPhotoWest
  • 2nd Place: Bill Hedrick, M.Photog.Cr., Texas Professional Photographers Association, Texas Professional Photographer
  • 3rd Place: Kalen Henderson, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP, API, American Society of Photographers, ASP Magazine
  • Hon. Mention: Donald E. Hayden, Cr.Photog., Southwest Professional Photographers Association, Southwe




Meeting a Master Coach

When we got an urgent email requesting headshots - the same day! - we had no idea who we’d be working with. Much to our surprise, it turned out to be Sean Smith, the premier breakthrough coach, a master at helping people to achieve their full potential. It seems Sean needed the images for a book he’s about to have published (way to go Sean!)

For most of the shots, we chose a plain white background (also known as ‘high key’), thereby allowing him the most flexibility for future use…whether on the back of a hard cover book jacket, a press release, or his business cards or Web site.

For a little fun and variety, we chose to shoot the last one outside, in the soft evening light.

Afterwards, Sean’s family (Cybil, McKenna and Ecksley) came over and helped to sort through the raw files, selecting 6 for final polishing and use. Meeting Sean and his family was a real treat. They were so friendly and upbeat; living, breathing examples of the positive principles Sean teaches in his classes. We thoroughly enjoyed working with them, and look forward to a future opportunity to shoot the entire family together.

Best of luck with your new book Sean! We’re certain we’ll see it at the top of the Best Seller’s list here very soon! - Peggy and Steve

For more information on Sean Smith and his coaching services, check out, or call 805-433-5601.

Sandstone Sponsors Scrappin’ For Mammories - Fundraiser

We here at Sandstone Photography are proud to help sponsor the upcoming breast cancer fundraiser: Scrappin’ For Mammories.  Our own Joanne Buckles is one of the hosts. The event is scheduled from for this Saturday, April 25th at the Sunset Hills Country Club.

Here’s what you need to know…

Scrappin’ for Mammories - Fundraising Event      

Sunset Hills Country Club
Saturday, April 25, 2009,  
Tax Deductible Donation: $45 



Your $45 Tax Deductible Donation Includes:

All-Day Scrapping
Continental Breakfast
B-B-Q Lunch
Goody Bag
Drinks (Iced Tea, Water, Coffee)

Other Events Planned for the Day:

Raffle Prizes
Tickets: $1 each, 6 for $5; First 20 entries receive 20 FREE raffle tickets!

Treasured Memories Scrapbook Store will be on-site selling scrapbook staples as well as other scrapbook goodies.

Massage Therapist (fee will apply).

Sunset Hills Country Club
4155 Erbes Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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Hosted by: Joanne Buckles and Yvonne Estrada 




or visit
In partnership with Helping Hands & Hearts Foundation, Inc. Tax ID#: 26-1962551
Why don’t you come out? You’ll have a blast, and help us raise money for a much-needed cure at the same time! 
- Peggy and Steven

Phone: 805-531-0237

The Natural

In our line of work, we get to meet lots of models, both the amateur-kind and the pro-kind.

Despite their status, you always find some who are good, some who are great, and some who are…well…let’s just say they need a little help. Every now and then though, we come across someone who is, what I like to call, a natural. Someone who has never modeled before, but just seems to take to the camera, like a fish to water.

Meet Anju - The Natural.

[caption id="attachment_413" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="Anju Strikes a Pose"]Anju Strikes a Pose[/caption]

We spent about three hours with Anju on Saturday, against a variety of back drops and under several different lighting conditions. We began by seating Anju in front of the Virtual Background machine, facing our soft box. Steven spent a lot of time explaining the different types of lighting equipment in our studio, and what each one does. He then talked to Anju about the types of effects he was trying to create, and about basic modeling. For the first hour or so, he talked her though the poses, helping her to understand what he was asking her to do, and why. After a set and costume change, I invited Anju into our office and showed her a series of high fashion shots taken of another model with our ring flash, and explained a little bit about each one. After about 10 minutes of semi-coaching, we shut up and turned her loose, and Bingo! A model was born!

[caption id="attachment_414" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="Look Out Giselle! "]Look Out Giselle! [/caption]

This was just the tip of the iceburg, mind you. By the end of the day, Anju was striking poses all on her own, feeling for the light, sensing where to move and how.  Stay tuned, as more of those images will be making their way here soon.

Thank you for a fabulous shoot, Anju. We can’t wait to get you in front of the lens again. Soon! - Peggy and Steven

Fear Me

Okay…so most pictures need a caption or title to provide meaning. Some however, simply do not. I my opinion, this image fits squarely into the latter category.

Doesn’t the expression on my kitty’s precious little face say it all?

[caption id="attachment_408" align="alignnone" width="506" caption=""Baby" - Photo by Peggy Roosa"]"Baby" - Photo by Peggy Roosa[/caption]


Wow!”  That’s the word that keeps coming to my mind when I think about this past weekend, and our time spent at the Western States Convention - ProPhotoWest Expo and Trade Show in Pasadena this past weekend.

Not only did we get to hang with some of the best photographers in the nation (like Kevin Kubota, John Woodard, Tim Myer, Phillip Abel, and Ken Sklute), but we also made tons of new friends, learn lots, and came away with more knowledge than when we arrived.
If for some reason you didn’t make it, don’t fear: PPC is holding another one in South San Francisco August 21 - 23rd. And as a last resort…there’s always next year. 

Feel free to check back here for more details, or if you prefer, go straight to the source at

Till next time – Peg and Steve



One for the Books…

As usual, things have been crazy busy around here, and the poor blog has been somewhat ignored. Luckily, I’ve carved out a little time this morning to make some updates (Okay, so actually, I’m avoiding the day’s tasks ahead - helping our son move to a new school and apartment!)

Admit it: If given the choice between blogging and moving, which would you pick? :)

One of the projects I just finished up was the creation of the Channel Islands Professional Photographers Association’s (CIPPA) annual hard cover book, featuring all their 2008 category photographers of the year, along with all the award winning photography from the membership. It ended up taking twice as long to complete, because we have so many gosh-darn talented members. Over 88 merit prints alone! In the end, the book ended up being close to 200 color pages, with a beautiful hard bound cover featuring the work of our Photographer of the Year (and dear friend): Anne Hutton.

[caption id="attachment_384" align="alignnone" width="475" caption="Compiled and Edited by Peggy Roosa"]CIPPA 2008 Masterpiece Collection[/caption]

It’s being printed by fellow CIPPA members: Jim and Stephanie of Image Source. Image Source is a fabulous local printing house, located close by in Ventura. They offer fine art printing, greeting cards, photographic prints, and the like. You can check them out for yourself at  They’ve been printing the CIPPA annual masterpiece collection for three years now, and always do a wonderful job.

Steven and I saw the proof earlier this week, and it was fabulous! We are so excited! The final copy will be available later this week, just in time for PPC’s Pro Photo West Expo Convention, in Pasadena Marcy 20-23rd. We’ll have several on display at the CIPPA booth on the trade show flow. And when Steven and I aren’t manning the West Coast Shool booth, or helping with the million and one things needed to make this event the best photography convention in the west, you’ll find us at the CIPPA both, meeting and greeting old and new friends alike.

Why don’t you stop by, and say “Hi” for yourself? See you there! - Peggy and Steven Roosa

Steven & Peggy Earns Merits in State Print Competition

It was a stressful but exciting week here at Sandstone Photography!

For those of you who don’t know, Tuesday was PPC’s (Professional Photographers of California) annual state-wide print competition. It’s a time for meeting old friends, making new ones. It’s also a time of secrete fear and stress, and sometimes even momentarily doubting your own abilities as a photographer, as your very best images go head-to-head with some of the best in the state (sometimes even the nation.) In case you’re wondering how this works, each print is held under a bright spot light before a panel of professional judges, who decide within 30 seconds or less the worthiness of your photographic talents. It’s intimidating, to say the least! And on some level, scarily reminiscent of spy interrogation scenes from those old war movies, where you find yourself fearing for the hero’s life. For one long moment in time, your very best is out there, naked for the world to see and judge. What if you’re not good enough? What if your worst secret fears come true?
Luckily, that was not the case this time around! Both Steven and I survived, with Steven (of course!) earning merit scores for all of his images (what else is new?) Here’s a quick look at a few of his entries:
[caption id="attachment_348" align="alignnone" width="369" caption="Trish Was Here"]Trish Was Here[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_345" align="alignnone" width="369" caption="Ready For Anything"]Ready For Anything[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_346" align="alignnone" width="369" caption="Rose Made From Real Smoke"]Rose Made From Real Smoke[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_342" align="alignnone" width="568" caption="As Free As the Wind Blows"]As Free As the Wind Blows[/caption]


Now for a quick peek at mine :)

[caption id="attachment_347" align="alignnone" width="568" caption="The Guardian"]The Guardian[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_344" align="alignnone" width="568" caption="Mia Bella"]Mia Bella[/caption]


Those of you who check here regularly may recognize mine from an earlier post.

Thanks to all who wished us well, and kept their fingers crossed for us. We certainly could not do what we love most without the support of our friends and family, and of course our clients. - Peggy Roosa

CIPPA’s 2008 New Artist of the Year!

Peggy and I are members of the Channel Islands Professional Photographer’s Association, a fabulous group of local professional photographers. We joined last year, right before taking over the Professional Photographers of California’s ProPhotoWest magazine, and at that time never dreamed what a tremendous impact this group would have on our personal and professional lives.

Not only are these some of the warmest and kindest people you could ever want to meet, but they are also some of the very best photographers in the state.  So it is no small feat to walk away at the end of the year with any type of award at all. And yet, I’m proud to announce that at our year-end gala on Thursday night, Peggy did just that: She was named CIPPA’s 2008 New Artist of the Year.

Here’s a quick look at the images that earned her this prestigeous honor: 

[caption id="attachment_321" align="alignnone" width="438" caption="Night Guartdian New Orleans Cemetary"]Night Guartdian New Orleans Cemetary[/caption] [caption id="attachment_322" align="alignnone" width="438" caption="Three Sisters in the French Quarter"]Three Sisters in the French Quarter[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_320" align="alignnone" width="438" caption="Mia Bella"]Mia Bella[/caption]

The first two images were taken during our last trip to New Orleans. The Lamborhini was taken at the Santa Barbara beach, after a day of shooting wild animals (with cameras, of course!) at that city’s beautiful zoo. She certainly has come a very long way.

Way to go Baby! I’m so very, very proud of you! - Steve

Our Second Edition of Pro Photo West Magazine

[caption id="attachment_291" align="alignnone" width="425" caption="Fall/October Edition"]Fall/October Edition[/caption]

I’m not kidding when I say creating this magazine is a lot like giving birth.

It’s one the most fun and frustrating activities we’ve undertaken in a long, long time. Yet, after all the long hours and hard work (and sometimes, even a few tears), the final edition is delivered from the publisher to our doorstep… and very much like a baby… is suddenly worth it all!