The Force Is Strong

The Professional Photographers of San Diego County promotes stuff. You know, like best practices for small businesses and how to compete in the ever-changing world of digital photography. The membership consists of full-time, part-time, and serious amateur photographers who meet to network, learn, and mentor through local competitions and workshops.

The Dark Side

Competitive, You Are? Do you have what it takes to win Photographer of the Year? Do you know what experienced photo judges look for? As a PPSDC member, you’ll have the opportunity to watch Jedi masters critique and score your photos at five image competition meetings per year. As Yoda says, “Do, or do not. There is no try”.

2017-2018 Board of Directors


Diana Aeria

Diana came to PPSDC to learn the business of professional photography. She joined in 2009 and has been on the board since 2013. Her vision is to give her client(s) memories of their families, reunions, festivals, sports, concerts or even their flowers in their gardens to put up on the walls of their home.

Janet Bark

Janet is a portrait photographer specializing in Family, High School Senior, and Corporate Headshot photography. She has been involved in the industry for the past 27 years, and is a Certified Professional Photographer. She believes in community over competition, and living life to its full potential.

Monica Royal

First Vice

Monica Royal has been a full-time photographer since 2006. She specializes in fine art photography. Her macro artwork is widely recognized as innovative and unique and hangs in private collections and public installations within the U.S. and Canada. Monica is sponsored by Tamron USA, Millers Professional Imaging and Savage Universal to speak and teach nationally.

David Knoll

David is coming back to PPSDC to help and serve. A PPA Master Photographer Craftsman and past president. David loves people photography and bringing a purposefulness to his innovative portraits. Specializing in beach and home location portraits and select weddings.

Roxyanne Young

Secretary / Second Vice /

Roxyanne Young is a portrait photographer based in San Diego. She specializes in women and children, and has won merit awards and Best-in-Class ribbons for her work in Digital Imaging, Portraits, Children, Pets, and Photojournalism.


Committee Chairs


Antoine Didienne

Antoine is a wedding, event and family documentary photographer. He specializes in telling stories by capturing beautiful candid moments of reality within the four corners of a frame. When he is not taking pictures, he is busy being an all around awesome French person. No really, they exist.

Kenia Lombard

Kenia Lombard is a portrait photographer based in South San Diego. She enjoys photographing little kids, that’s why she specializes in maternity, newborn babies and families. She has won merit awards and Best-in-Class ribbons for her baby portraiture.

Ken Hofheinz

Ken Hofheinz, capturing tomorrow’s memories today. Ken’s photography business caters to families. From family portraits to pet portraits, Ken loves creating works of art for your family to cherish for generations. If your little ones like to dress-up, or anyone of you for that matter, Ken can feature them in their own ‘Movie’ poster. Ken teaches Photoshop and has won awards for his photography and compositing skills.

Duane Chevalier

Duane is a photographer of portraits, weddings and events. His desire for quality and experience has led him to PPSDC where he can glean from the education and workshops made available. He now considers himself “privileged and honored” to put his skills to work as a professional photographer.

Violet Bowlan

Violet is a portrait photographer, specializing in children, high school senior, and family portraiture. She enjoys the camaraderie with fellow photographers that PPSDC provides and loves the opportunities to learn and improve her skills through image competitions. Her husband, toddler, and 4 fur babies are so proud of her accomplishments.

Joyce Muscat


Joyce Muscat has been a Juried Artist in the Spanish Village at Balboa Park for several years. This is a great venue for Joyce to share her photos from her travels around the world, many of which are Landscape. It has been said that Joyce has never met a stranger. Her love of meeting and talking to people is also a great fit for Street, Family and Children Photography.

Willie Sakai

Willie and his wife Lois shoot events, family portraits, and high school senior portraits, with a specialty in dance photography. They both have an engineering background, which dovetails nicely with the highly technical world of digital photography.



Past Presidents


2016-2017 – Diana Aeria
2015-2016 – Oliver Asis
2014-2015 – Sean Capshaw
2013-2014 – Monica Royal
2012-2013 – Lori Lum
2011-2012 – Jeff Davidson
2010-2011 – Amy Dawnelle
2009-2010 – Grant Usell
2007-2009 – Kip Cothran
2005-2007 – Caresse Muir
2004-2005 – Tony Corbell
2002-2004 – Heidi Hopp
2001-2002 – Todd LaValley
2000-2001 – Stacey Canfield
1999-2000 – Patricia Del Rio
1998-1999 – Deborah Brackmann
1997-1998 – Tim Meyer
1996-1997 – Roger Daines
1995-1996 – Peter Kramer
1994-1995 – David Knoll
1993-1994 – Ron Hughes
1992-1993 – Luci Dumas
1991-1992 – Jerry Barizo
1990-1991 – Gary Wigdahl
1989-1990 – Dan Canfield
1988-1989 – Stan Lawrence
1987-1988 – Dennis Jones
1986-1987 – Paul Stanley
1985-1986 – Richard Neil Albrecht
1984-1985 – John Gorman
1983-1984 – Brian Johnson
1982-1983 – Joe Butts
1982 – Frank Mulligan
1981 – Jerry Cherico
1980 – Terry Geier
1979 – Brian Johnson
1978 – Tony Francis
1977 – Mike Barth
1976 – Randy Nab, Dave Young, Gene Truex
1975 – Bill Cheney
1974 – Bart Stein
1973 – Victor Avila
1972 – Dick Cavin
1971 – Al Roedel
1970 – Will Smith
1969 – Frank B. Van Valkenburgh
1968 – Tony Estevez
1967 – Gene Truex
1966 – Earl Lewis
1965 – John Brown
1964 – John Daley
1963 – Bill Dendle
1962 – Lucille Whittaker
1961 – Floyd Ahrend
1960 – Bill Rutledge
1959 – Maurice Roy
1958 – Justus Ahrend
1957 – Tony Ricca
1955-1956 – Dick Hale