Portrait Competition- May 19 2015


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May 19th is our Portrait Competition and Dee Hunter has agreed to be our Judge.

Dee Hunter is the owner & photographer of Hunter Photography, located in Antelope Valley, CA.  She specializes in children and pets, but also shoot everything from aircraft to weddings. Dee’s favorite thing to do is to create unique and custom works of art that her clients will display and treasure in their homes and offices for many years.  Dee has been doing award winning photography since 1977.  Dee enjoys entering her work in the Antelope Valley Fair every year, where she has won numerous awards including Best of Show 4 times. Here are a couple of her images

*Please come join us for a no host dinner at the Greenhouse Cafe at 4:30pm on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 with Dee.

*The deadline to enter your images is May 12, 2015 at 11:59PM. Please remember, even if only entering prints you need to upload digital images of the print entries so they can be displayed for everyone to see during the judging.

PORTRAIT - Portrayal of a person or persons either posing or candid. An image is eligible for the Portrait class whether or not the image is acquired indoors – such as in a formal studio setting – or outdoors in a natural or artificial environment. Such elements include but are not limited to: the lighting, including the use of reflectors and diffusers; the arrangement of people, props; backgrounds; makeup; or apparel.

Please contact Bonnie Matthews-Franke at competition@lpaphotography.org if you have any questions.


by Bonnie J Matthews-Franke

Bonnie has been taking pictures since she was a little girl, but she didn’t get into digital photography until about four years ago, just before she joined the club.

Matthews finds the club to be very beneficial to her. “The interaction with other members, being able to ask questions, the workshops and the knowledge that I take away from the club is phenomenal.”

She is very active, attending most of the workshops and field trips. She has missed only a few workshops the last few years and has attended about 70% of the field trips. The fall color trip is one she’s really looking forward to.

When asked what kind of photography she prefers, she said landscapes. She just finished a vacation trip to Oregon where she photographed lighthouses, old barns and covered bridges. “I really like old structures,” she said. She now loves portraits and has her own studio.

Matthews has a Canon 5D MKII and a variety of lenses and accessories. Her favorite lens is a 28-135mm ,70-200mm. & 100mm.

Matthews is our new secretary of the club and has made many changes – to help us grow. One improvement she hopes to make, however, is to archive the meeting notes she takes so new members can have access to them online.

“I’m really proud that the club is growing like it is, and that the workshops are so great.

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