The Executive Board
Jason White , GSD, CPP as been on the board since 2012 and is currently the President of GPPA as well as being a PPA councilor for Georgia. He has been studying photography for over 10 years and comes from a family of professional photographers who've been in business for over 30 years. He continues his photographic education by regularly attending classes and seminars such as GPPA’s Photoworks, GPPA Exposed, Imaging USA, and others. He lives in Athens with his fiancé and his son Jackson, 12.
Stephen Jones, CrPhotog, CPP is a Photographic Craftsman and a Certified Professional Photographer. His primary concentration is commercial product photography. Stephen joined the GPPA Board of Directors as a Director at Large in 2012. He has been studying photography since high school and holds a BFA in Photographic Design cum laude with General Honors from the University of Georgia. He has continued his photographic education by regularly attending classes and seminars through PPA and GPPA, such as PhotoWorks Georgia, formerly The Georgia School of Professional Photography. Stephen resides in Rome, GA with his wife Sheila and their two children.
A professional photographer since 1994, Mark has photographed thousands of people in all types of locations and lighting, all over the world. He has served on the board of the GPPA since 2015, and currently holds the office of Secretary & Treasurer. He has earned his Certified Professional Photographer designation from the Professional Photographers of America and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree as an image maker. Mark & his wife, Allyson, own Turner PhotoDesign, a residential studio & gallery in Fayetteville, GA. They have 2 daughters, Lauren & Sarah, with 5 grandchildren, Ben, Lily, Taylor, Jamie, and Dawson. Mark also serves on the Deacon board for his church.
Kevin Jiminez, M.Photog.Cr., GFD, GSD, CPP has worked in the photography industry for over 25 years. He worked his way through Augusta State University by working as a photographer for the college newspaper, the college yearbook, and the athletic department, finishing with a BBA in Finance. He has served the GPPA as an Area Director, Director at Large, and rotated through the seats of the Executive Board of the Association serving as President in 2008 and Chairman of the Board in 2009. Kevin has served as the Executive Director since 2013 and School Director since 2011. Kevin has also served on the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association and served as a Councilor to PPA for Georgia. Kevin has received the National Award, the SEPPA Award, and the SEPPA Board of Governors Award for service to the industry. Kevin is primarily a self taught photographer owing a great deal of that to the events and networking within the GPPA.
Directors At Large
Taking an interest in photography at an early age, Brad was the youngest student to be on his high school yearbook and newspaper staff as a photographer. Serving his country for nearly 10 years after high school, he kept an ongoing interest in photography while on active duty. Upon exiting the armed services, he utilized his GI Bill to earn an AAS in Graphic Design with honors from Augusta Technical College and an AAS in Photography with honors from North Georgia Technical College. In 2015, he placed first in Georgia and second in the nation at the SkillsUSA College Post-Secondary Photography Competition. Brad joined the GPPA board this year and looks forward to serving as a Director at Large working on community and school outreach and continuing his career in photography.
Javon Longieliere, CPP started on the board as an area director in 2015 and is currently a new Director At Large focusing on Exposed 2017. Javon has earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). He is an award winning international wedding and portrait photographer with offices in Atlanta and Valdosta, Georgia. He and his wife Dawn started Javon Longieliere Photography in 2001. For the past 17 years, they have been traveling all over the world shooting weddings and portraits! His book Destination Weddings: The Photographer's Guide To Shooting In Exotic And Unexpected Locations was published in June of this year (2017).
Amber has been on the board since 2013 and is currently a Director at Large - working on the GPPA's social media presence. She started her career in Schaffhausen, Switzerland approximately 9 years ago. After coming home to the USA, she found the GPPA at a convention. She immediately fell in love with the program and the friendships that she found within the members and leadership. She is passionate about the photography industry and about GPPA. She is currently working on her CPP within the PPA. She looks forward to meeting and welcoming you at our events!
Andrea is new to the 2017 GPPA Board. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Andrea has been calling Atlanta home since 1996. After a career in marketing communications, she decided to translate her passion for photography into her full-time business and opened Andrea Taylor Studio in 2006 where she specializes in family and children portraiture. She continues to improve her photography skills training with masters in the industry as well as through GPPA workshops and other professional organizations. When not behind the camera, Andrea enjoys life in metro Atlanta with her husband Rich and their two rescue cats. She loves to travel and discover new places and cultures, enjoys reading, true crime podcasts, her strength and conditioning workouts and playing board games with friends. Bilingual English-Spanish, Andrea also speaks Italian and Portuguese. Ever since moving to Georgia, Andrea continuously volunteers for community organizations supporting children, families and the environment.
Frank Zayas, CPP joined the board in 2017. He has a BS Degree in Communications from Appalachian State University and has worked as a photographer for 27 years. He also has a photography diploma from North Georgia Technical College where he was the Skills USA Georgia State Champion in Photography in 2013. He lives in Buford with his wife Teddi and has one daughter, Kelly, 29.
Marchet Butler is a Certified Professional Photographer specializing in fine art wall portraits for families and seniors in the Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, and North Fulton areas of Atlanta. Originally trained as a professional educator, Marchet turned to photography after learning the basics when she was her school's yearbook advisor. Marchet joined PPA and GPPA to further her knowledge in the field and learn from the experts. It's a decision that's paid off both professionally and financially. Today, Marchet is a full-time photographer and writer. She has had her photography published on the cover of several magazines including "Atlanta Parent." When not photographing clients or running her business, Marchet enjoys spending time with her son and their dog and supporting local charities.
Tracey joined the board this year as an Area Director. She studied Art History, Photography & Graphic Design at college of DuPage outside of Chicago, IL. Her career in professional photography began in 2000. Tracey worked primarily as a infant , child and family portrait photographer from 2001 to 2011. In 2012 she began working toward opening her own studio specializing in pet portraiture. To further her understanding of animal behavior and assist in photography of dogs, in 2013 she became a certified dog trainer. In 2015 she opened "Heart Spot - Pet & Family Portraits" in Braselton , GA. She is a contributing photographer for Atlanta Pet Life Magazine, a member of HeArts Speak and donates her time and talent to photograph pets in need for numerous rescues. Tracey began her CPP certification in 2016 and hopes to complete it this year. She and her husband Jim have been married 22 years, and all 6 of their children have 4 feet and fur!
Gray Armstrong has been in the beauty and fashion industry for 20 years. Deciding he wanted to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a fashion and wedding photographer, he picked up the camera professionally four years ago. Wanting to learn all he can from the photography industry, he joined GPPA in 2015. He now holds office within the GPPA board as the SW Area Director for the 2017-2018 term. Gray specializes in Beauty Portraiture, Fashion, Senior Fashion, and Wedding Photography. He resides in Baxley GA, with his husband Jeffrey, of four years. They are planning to open an elegant rustic wedding venue on Jeffrey's family property in 2018, and are excitedly planning to adopt in the near future!!
Southeast Area Director - vacant