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2017 Internation Photographic Competition awards

Local Photographer’s Work Goes to International Exhibition
Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

 

Santa Cruz, CA Sept 3, 2017— Titled “To Capture the Golden Hour” one photographic image created by Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art by Portia Shao in Santa Cruz have recently been accepted into the Loan Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2017 International Photographic Competition. Portia’s work will be on display at the International Photographic Exhibition at Imaging USA, held in the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, Jan. 14-16, 2018.. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

 

A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,428 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,007 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.

 

Two other merit images by Portia Shao will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

 

About PPA:

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at ppa.com.

To capture the golden hour – Iceland

 

Not so far from civilization – on the ring road in Iceland

 

A view of Eystrahorn at sunset – Iceland

 

Master of Photography degree awarded to Portia Shao

Santa Cruz Photographer Earns Master of PhotographyShowing my Master of Photography medallion with my sponsor at degree ceremony
Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art by Portia Shao recognized for superior image making and photographic service with a degree from Professional Photographers of America

Santa Cruz, Jan 10,2017—Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art by Portia Shao in Santa Cruz has earned the master of photography degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Portia Shao by PPA president Lori Craft,
Cr.Photog., at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held January 8-10, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. The master of photography degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Portia Shao has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. She has been awarded this degree in recognition of her superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession. Portia Shao’s degree—and all the expertise they require—illustrate her accomplishments and talent as one of a select few.

Portia Shao opened her studio in Santa Cruz in 2007, specializing in studio portraits of people, family and pets. She especially loves to create portraits of women showing their beauty at any age. Portia has volunteered at the SPCA and photographed thousands of dogs and cats to help them get adopted. Portia Shao is also one of less than 200 Certified Professional Photographers in California. About PPA Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. The nonprofit assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com.

Contact: Portia Shao
831-426-1400
portia@positivevista.com
www.positivevista.com

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Master of Photography degree requires 25 merits from the PPA, of those 12 are service merits and 13 are exhibit merits. Each year photographers enter photographs to the International Photographic Competition

International Photographic Competition Loan Collection entries

Local Photographer’s Work Goes to International Exhibition
The witching hour

Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

 

Santa Cruz, CA Sept 3, 2016— Two photographic images created by Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art by Portia Shao in Santa Cruz have recently been accepted into the Loan Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2016 International Photographic Competition. Portia’s work will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX, Jan. 8-10, 2017. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

 

A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,428 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,007 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.

 

Titled “Young man with ostrich feather fan and hat” and “The witching hour” Portia Shao’s photographs will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

 

About PPA:

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at ppa.com.

Local Photographer's Work Goes to International Exhibition Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography. Santa Cruz, CA Sept 3, 2016— Two photographic images created by Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art by Portia Shao in Santa Cruz have recently been accepted into the Loan Collection of Professional Photographers of America's 2016 International Photographic Competition. Portia’s work will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX, Jan. 8-10, 2017. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers. A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,428 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,007 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press. Titled "Young man with ostrich feather fan and hat" and “The witching hour” Portia Shao’s photographs will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof. About PPA: Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at ppa.com. Contact: Portia Shao 831-426-1400 Portia@positivevista.com

on TV CNN and KSBW

on TV CNN and KSBW

The last media coverage at my studio was an interview of model Jason Baca by KSBW on August 17, then CNN picked that up on August 18. It was a fun interview of Jason about the number of Romance Novel Covers he has been on (surpassing Fabio by now) and the interview was at my studio during another photoshoot. See the video for a few glimpses of me taking photos of Jason. After all, I am behind the camera, and the photos from the camera made him famous! Not sure you want to be famous like Jason, but think about how photography can help you succeed, let me know if I can be part of your team.

CNN link (which makes you watch an ad) http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/08/18/romance-novel-cover-model-breaks-fabios-record-pkg.ksbw

KSBW link http://www.ksbw.com/article/santa-cruz-stories-life-as-a-romance-cover-model/1461648

Giving back in smiles with family portrait month

Giving back in smiles, this is what we have been doing during Family Portrait Month since 2007. This year’s Family Portrait Month is in October!

This month’s PPA Professional Photographer magazine featured a paragraph about me and several of my photos in the online version of the magazine (see this link), To quote it says this

Portia Shao, CPP, from Santa Cruz, California, 
has supported PPA Charities since she joined PPA in 2007. 
She was one of the top donors for Family Portrait Month in 2013. 
"It feels good that I can make a difference in a child's life with such a small contribution," she says.



August issue of PPA Professional Photographer Magazine

Please help me continue the tradition of supporting PPA Charities and create smiles in this years Family Portrait Month. During October, come in for a family portrait (any portrait with a family member, or a pet!) and I will donate the session fee to PPA Charities. It only takes $240 to fund one surgery to change a child’s life forever. The children with cleft lips and palate not only look terrible, they could not eat or speak properly. It is amazing to me that only $240 could change their lives! You will get a great family portrait and know that you have helped to create a real smile in a child and make a real difference!

People love us on Yelp

People love Positive Vista Photography & Art on Yelp

A congratulations letter saying “People Love us on Yelp” received from Yelp from all the 5* reviews! There are 20 five-star active reviews as of today on Yelp. There are a few more, but Yelp doesn’t display them all.

Here are some examples of what people have said on Yelp

Here are some examples of what people have said on Yelp which Yelp does not display maybe because they were several years old. I remember working with all these people and love their feedback on the studio experience, so I will share them here.

“Portia welcomed me to her studio for my professional headshots!  What a fabulous experience! She worked with me in various poses, different backdrops and finally we were able to see the digital shots right then.  

Portia is a fabulous certified photographer, and so much more! She has a great eye for what looks right for the image you are trying to portray.  Thanks Portia!!” —- Geogianne W. Scotts Valley, CA

 4/12/2011 


“Portia did an excellent job photographing my daughter and myself for our business website. She got equipment, talent. good test and above all very professional.” —- Shlomo V. Aptos CA 3/14/2011

“During the photo shoot I had with Portia I felt so comfortable being in front of the camera.  In her studio full of props and lighting I had fun and forgot to be nervous about my picture being taken.  Portia is a true professional artist with the camera and the print as her medium.  I recommend her highly and look forward to using her services again.  Thank you Portia” —- Gregory L, Santa Cruz  3/13/2011

“I went to Portia’s studio to have a professional head shot taken for my website. I haven’t had a professional photo taken since high school, so I wasn’t quite sure what to except … Portia’s studio setup is AMAZING and she was able to capture me in a way that is professional, but still friendly and approachable. Thanks Portia! 

… now if I could only fit into those little fairy costumes … :)” —- Brook T  Santa Cruz, CA 3/14/2011

“Portia runs a first rate professional studio that is equipped to provide first class portraits. She did a holiday greeting card with pictures of me and my son that were outstanding.
Thanks Portia” —- Harvey M. Santa Cruz CA 3/11/2011

“Critical eye.  Cool props and backdrops.  Whether you want to look like a movie star or just a professional, Portia has the skills and set-up.  I’ve been really impressed with her professionalism and the end-result quality!” —- Melanie S. Capitola CA 3/11/2011

“I love working with Portia! Each time I have worked with her she exceed my expectations. For Christmas last year I had Portia take some shots of my dads poodle that she then put on a blanket. When my dad opened up his present he was so surprised that he was put to tears by it.” —- Darcy C. Aptos, CA 3/9/2011

photo of wall portrait hanging in client's home

A wall portrait to cherish and celebrate

A wall portrait is a great way to cherish and celebrate your life love and family. I know that, but it is rewarding to reconfirm this idea again!

The idea of making a portrait sprang to my mind

I have known Michael and Ken for about 20 years, and in May Ken posted on Facebook that they
“celebrated 31 years of friendship, and a marriage of 18 years with my husband Michael – my love, my best friend, my soulmate, and my champion. It is with a grateful heart that I celebrate our love and our life together.”

When I saw that I knew I had to give them a gift by taking a portrait of them. Of course I could send a card, or even flowers, but I knew something personal would be best.

We arranged to meet on one of my trips down to Los Angeles, and I took my camera and lights and we created several portraits. This is the one they chose to enlarge and hang on the wall. In this digital age, it is even more important to have your photos printed, and best ones hung on the wall so you can see it and enjoy it all the time. Taking out your phone to show it to people is not a bad idea, but being able to see it as a wall portrait in your home is a whole different story.

The portrait is now hanging on the wall

Today they sent me a photo of the wall portrait on the living room wall, along with some really kind words, which I quote:

“Hi Portia,

We got the canvas print yesterday and Ken hung it last night.  Pic attached.  It is really beautiful.  Note your watercolor on the far left.  🙂
Thank you so much for doing this for us.  We have wanted a portrait ever since we got married, but never got around to doing it.  We couldn’t be more pleased.  You did an outstanding job!
Michael”

and

“Ditto Portia!  You have to know that we are both thrilled with this gift you gave us of your time and talent.  As Michael said, we have wanted such a portrait for a long time.  I will add that we have always wanted something that was professionally done.  I can’t begin to tell you how special this is.  I absolutely love having this (wall portrait) in our living room and seeing it as we walk through the house.  Thank you again.  We will be showing it to all our friends and will be happy to give them your studio contact info if asked!

Ken”

Portrait of Michael and Ken

Happy anniversary!

TV and newspaper appearances

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Model Jason being interviewed for CBS Insider

Model Jason being interviewed for CBS Insider

It’s not everyday I get to be on TV, actually I don’t think I had ever been on TV before, but recently my model and studio have been featured in newspaper appearances, and tonight, even on TV!

Whether your dream is to surpass Fabio like Jason, or to get a great family portrait for your mom, or just a super confident headshot for your business, photography may be how you get there, and I am ready to help make your dream come true.

I have been working with Jason Baca the romance novel cover model featured in the photo here for several years, and now he is breaking the record of Fabio’s book covers, so there were a few newspaper writeup’s over the last few months, and tonight, the CBS Insider featured a segment of the photo shoot in the studio with Jason. They came to film it yesterday! If you missed the show, here is the short clip! In the same episode were featured some real big names, like Oprah, Ben Affleck, Chris Hemsworth. All people I love, so, very amazing!

The article appeared on March 30, 2016 in New York Times

Los Angeles Times article on Nov 13, 2015

Santa Cruz Sentinel on 11/8/2015

are just the most recent newspaper appearances of Jason in my studio. I love working with models or people who have special ideas about what they want to create the more unusual images.

In the newspapers

Jason Baca models as a cowboyThis has been a week of being in the newspapers! On Nov 9, a front page article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel mentioned the studio in relation to the model Jason Baca I have been working with. If you have seen my old blogs or posts, you would have seen Jason mentioned along with the Romance novels covers he showed up in. Here is a link to the article in the Sentinel

and on Nov 14, the Los Angeles Times had this article which also featured me and Jason Baca working together. Too-Hawt-to-handle?

If you are dreaming of becoming a model, it would be a good idea to try it out in a studio session to see if you really like it. It is hard work to be a model, the photos may make it look easy, but it is definitely not easy.