Member Bios

Manfred Mueller

Manfred Mueller

Manfred Mueller, P. Eng. (retired)

I've been a resident of Ottawa, Canada since 1983. I first got into photography in high school, where I was mentored by a commercial photographer and in addition to a lot of shooting, spent a lot of time in the wet darkroom making B&W and colour prints. That continued into my university days, but as the course load increased, I spent less time in the darkroom, but my camera was never far away.

I went through several point & shoot cameras that lived along side my film gear until 2010, when I bought my first DSLR. To jump start into the digital world, I enrolled in the photography program at a local community college and because of my previous experience, went straight into the advanced courses. I've attended workshops and masterclasses locally and abroad. I've also attended SPAO (School of Photographic Arts Ottawa). I'm a member of CAPA (Canadian Association of Photographic Arts); I am a CAPA Certified Judge, which means I judge national and international level photo competitions. I'm RA Photo Club member; it is the largest photo club in the Ottawa, Canada area. This year I am both the Chair of the club as well as running the Education Committee. I'm a moderator at the well-respected photography website CambridgeInColour and the less well known Indian site, Xploring Light.

I'm primarily a travel photographer (I've been to almost 60 different countries) and do a lot of landscape, urban landscape, street and event photography. I try to do one or two "trips of a lifetime" every year, and time on the road has increased since I retired in 2014. I manage to get into some quite out of the way places.

I started into studio and location work in 2017 and have gotten to the point where I am quite comfortable in that environment and create images that I am proud of.




Dave Whitson, APSA, PPSA

Dave Whitson, APSA, PPSA

My name is Dave Whitson and I have resided in Grand Rapids, MI since 1969. I first became interested in photography in Junior High School and bought my first camera with paper route money, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye roll film camera. Later, in High School, I received a Argus C-3 35mm range-finder camera as a gift and started shooting slides. I finally replaced my third SLR film camera with digital about 14 years ago and haven’t looked back since. I currently use a Canon 60D with my old Canon Rebel XSi as a back-up.

I joined the Grand Rapids Camera Club in 1977 and PSA shortly thereafter. I am basically a self-taught photographer although I have taken many seminars and attended scores of lectures at PSA sponsored events, Detroit camera club seminars, and the Southwestern Michigan Camera Club Council (SWMCCC) Summer Weekend of Photography. I was General Chairman of the SWMCCC event for eleven years (1982-1993) after the late Evelyn R. Zeek, FPSA retired. I was the local Program Chairman for the 1986 PSA Convention held in Grand Rapids, MI. Since 1980, I have lectured and taught photography on and off, including at SWMCCC, local camera clubs, and community education. I have also judged for several camera clubs in southwestern Michigan.

I enjoy photographing people and landscapes/cityscapes. In the past couple of years, I have been doing a lot of portfolio work for aspiring models in high school and college. I have a Model Mayhem Profile also (http://www.modelmayhem.com/2015477). I have access to a studio on an hourly basis and work with studio strobes frequently. Photography and Photoshop seem to keep me very busy during my retirement years.




Cheryl Dubois

Cheryl Dubois

I became involved in photography in 2007 after purchasing my first dslr camera. Photography quickly became a serious hobby that my husband and I both enjoy. I was born and have always lived in south Louisiana, an area commonly known as Acadiana. In 2016 I joined the Lafayette Photographic Society. When I am not working my day job in the legal field, I am generally involved in expanding my photography education. I enjoy portrait photography, as well as landscape, nature and flower photography. Vacations are planned around what we want to photograph!




Donna Paul

Donna Paul

I am happy to be part of this group! I live in Florida near Cocoa Beach and Orlando. I am artist and photographer. I have much to learn and excited to learn. I love to shoot everything! Wild life, People, landscape and anything that catches my eye. I have lived in KY. IN. OH. Panama S.A.

I love to travel and have been lucky and have traveled overseas and most of the U.S.A.

One of My goals is to learn how to shoot what I see and have it RIGHT in the camera. I do like playing with the software, but I really want to get it right the first time in the camera. My 2nd goal is to see all of the National Parks.

I raised 3 fine sons and now have time to shoot and learn about photography. I use a 6 D Canon Full Frame Camera. I shoot in Raw. I hope we will have fun and learn from each other. Donna Jeanne f. Paul




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Jim Mahoney, APSA, EPSA

Jim Mahoney, APSA, EPSA

I have been interested in photography since the early 1960's and at that time I joined the local camera club. In 1984, I joined the Photographic Society of America and in 2006 I was named an Associate of PSA. Currently, I am the chairman of the Central Florida Chapter of PSA and the secretary of the Suncoast Camera Club in Clearwater, Florida.

My goal in photography is to create outstanding images of my favorite subjects which are portraits, landscapes, nature and architecture. I enter my images in camera club competitions and Photographic Society of America recognized international exhibitions. In 2011, I was awarded the Excellence distinction by PSA and I have reached the Eighth Galaxy level in the Projected Image Division with over 1100 acceptances in international exhibitions.

My portraits are almost always taken in my home studio. I believe that the model should be the center of interest and I employ simple props and backgrounds that do not take the viewer's attention from the model.




Salvador Atance, PPSA

Salvador Atance, PPSA

Born in Barcelona, Spain in 1949, I have two daughters and one grandaughter, and I'm a widower. Vocationally, I worked as a BSEE for a Japanese multinational company, but I am now retired. Photography is my hobby and avocation, as I am a member of "Associacio Districte IX Imatge" (a local photoclub), "Federacio Catalana de Fotografia" and "Confederación Española de Fotografia" (national photographic associations), as well as FIAP, PSA, and GPU (international photo-organizations). Over the years, I have had the privilege of doing both collective and individual photographic exhibitions. Special recognitions include PPSA (2012), AFIAP (2011), EFIAP (2013), and GPU-Hermes (2013). I am currently working on recognition levels EPSA, MFIAP, and GPU-Zeus.




Jim Hooper

Jim Hooper

About Me:

I picked up my first camera, a hunk of junk, at a pawn shop in 1997. I didn’t get good results to say the least, and I was quickly discouraged and put it away. A couple years later, I inherited a Nikon F from my mother in law who was downsizing. I studied up, and was soon getting the results I had hoped for. Not great, but definitely showing that I was learning the technical side.

Over the years, I have upgraded more times than I care to admit. I joined the Western Reserve Photographic Society (PSA member club) around 2001, and served as their VP and Education Chair until 2005 when I moved to New York. During that time, I also worked part time in a camera shop, selling cameras and printing film. It was a great way to learn, look at a lot of images from others, and process my own film for almost nothing!

I am a 2005 graduate of the New York Institute of Photography (online course), and I have been an active member of the Finger Lakes Photography Guild in New York since 2012 or so. I am currently the VP, Education Chair and Newsletter Editor (writing and layout are other huge passions for me! I dare you to ask about my Contact Sheet newsletter!). I also volunteer at a local studio/camera consignment shop where I occasionally get to teach classes as well.

My initial interests in photography were nature and landscape, where I think so many people find their start. I was most interested in recording the amazing things I saw while I was leading nature hikes for children. Over the past 5 years or so, I have transitioned to shooting mostly portraits. Most of my work now is glamour/beauty, corporate headshots, high school seniors, and an occasional wedding here and there. For a short period, I was a member of the Professional Photographers Society of New York, but I found it was not a good fit for me, as a non-pro, as most of the benefits were geared toward the business side of photography.

My full time gig is running a summer camp for youth, but I think my wife would tell you that I spend as much time thinking about photography as I do at camp! I recently picked up a Nikon Z6, and I still carry a D7200 crop sensor in my bag as a backup. I also own an N80, D80, and D90, though they are currently for sale in the consignment shop. I carry a range of lenses and flashes including a 12-24, 17-55, and 70-200, as well as the 35, 50, 85 and 105 primes, and a pair of SB-800’s that I use in the field. I use Alien Bees in my home studio.

I am looking forward to learning from you all, and seeing what PSA has to offer!