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Steven Roosa Featured in International Advertisement


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.