Our Staff and Volunteers


Lorenzo Gunn

West Coast School Director

Phone: (800) 439-5839

Lorenzo Gunn has represented an International Professional Photo Lab, as a Marketing Sales Representative for 18 years. He is currently a “Business Consultant” for the same company. His experience in the photographic business began in 1973, when he started his own business as a commercial/industrial photographer. During this time-frame he was also owner of a retail sales/rental camera and related photo equipment store. Second Exposure Camera. In the late 70’s Lorenzo began sharing his knowledge of photography as an instructor at a Community College. He also taught photography at a private school. Lorenzo has been involved in several photography related organizations: The Professional Photographers of California, Chairman of the Photography Advisory Committee at a college in Southern California, Chairman of West Coast School of Photography, President of the San Diego Chapter of ASMP. Lorenzo is also a noted speaker in the photographic industry. In taking his photographic interest to another level, Lorenzo became a Producer/Director of documentary videos. Lets not leave West Cost School out of the picture, pardon the pun, Lorenzo is the current director of West Coast School, and, is looking forward to providing you with photography business growth ideas from some of the greatest professional photographers in the industry.

Roger Daines

California FUNday Chair

Phone: (800) 439-5839 Ext 4

Roger has been a member of the Professional Photographers of California for almost thirty years. He served on the PPC board for ten years and was President of PPC in 2004. He was also the Executive Administrator for PPC from 2005 to 2012.
Roger has received the Paul Kennedy medal for service to PPC in 1999 (the fore-runner to the Evans/Kingham medal), the PPC President’s Award in 2000, received the prestigious Professional Photographers of America “National Award” in 2001, was inducted into the PPC Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the “Carlos Lozano Mentor” award in 2013.
He has been chairman of the Bylaws, Nominating, Convention, Past Presidents and PPC image competition committees.
Roger is now retired but had a varied career in commercial photography for twenty-five years completing assignments for Aerial, Illustrative, Architectural, Industrial and Corporate photography. He is a CA State judge and has judged image competitions in USA, Mexico and S. Korea, as well as presenting workshops in those nations. Roger was also active in PPA’s Certification program, assisting in modernizing the exam papers and acting as a certification image judge for many years. He served on the Certification committee and then the Certification Commission.
Education is important to ALL photographers and PPC exists to serve that purpose for its members. As Joe Butts (one of my mentors) succinctly puts it, “If it wasn’t for PPC I would have never accomplished what I did in my loved profession of photography!”

Roger B. Daines, M.Photog. Cr., CPP, API, F-PPC, S-PPC

Marcy Dugan

Scholarship Chair

Phone: (310) 322-2917

Photography has always been an alluring profession for Marcy Dugan. The opportunity to work with different people on a regular basis keeps the job interesting and exciting! Marcy specializes in High School Seniors, Families, Children, and Sports photography. She has been greatly involved in her community as a volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce and at various city events. As a Certified Member of Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of California, and Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County, you can be assured that Marcy takes great pride in making sure her clients’ photographic experiences are memorable ones!

Mel Carll

PPC Executive Administrator

Phone: (800) 439-5839

Mel Carll is a Santa Clarita Valley based photographer and instructor, currently shooting architectural, weddings, family portraits, corporate product shots and special events. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Photographers Association and the current President for Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County (PPLAC). Mel is an award winning photographer having won Best of Show and Image of the year in the 2010 Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County print competitions, 2014 Commercial Photographer of the year for the Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County and has also won numerous awards with the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association print competitions.

Karen Nakamura

Print Competition Chair

Phone: (800) 439-5839

Master Photographer, Karen Nakamura, is widely acclaimed for her signature style images of flowers. She is gifted with a unique take on them that evolves with each new blossom she shoots. Some of her inspiration and creativity comes from an adoration of orchids, which she tended to as a hobby.

Karen has earned the Professional Photographers of America’s Photographer of the Year award every year since she first entered International Photographic Competition back in 2010.
Professional Photographers of America honored Karen with its 2013 Diamond Photographer of the Year and 2014 Master Artist Diamond Photographer of the Year. Diamond Photographers of the Year had all four competition images accepted into the prestigious PPA Loan Collection. Karen has won the coveted 2012 Canon Par Excellence Award, representing the pinnacle of achievement at the Professional Photographers of America regional level. She is one of the first photographers to earn the California Masters Award. This year she has won double Silver Photographer of the Year at the International level. In 2016, Karen will be honored with the PPA Master Artist degree.

Dea Meyer

Expo and Conference Manager

Phone: (800) 439-5839 X4