The 2020 GPPA Board of Directors
The Executive Board
Stephen Jones, CrPhotog, CPP is a Photographic Craftsman and a Certified Professional Photographer. His primary concentration is commercial product photography. Stephen joined the GPPA Board of Directors as a Director at Large in 2012. He has been studying photography since high school and holds a BFA in Photographic Design cum laude with General Honors from the University of Georgia. He has continued his photographic education by regularly attending classes and seminars through PPA and GPPA, such as PhotoWorks Georgia, formerly The Georgia School of Professional Photography. Stephen resides in Rome, GA with his wife Sheila and their two children.
A professional photographer since 1994, Mark has photographed thousands of people in all types of locations and lighting, all over the world. He has served on the board of the GPPA since 2015, and currently holds the office of Vice President. He has earned his Certified Professional Photographer designation from the Professional Photographers of America and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree as an image maker. Mark & his wife, Allyson, own Turner PhotoDesign, a residential studio & gallery in Fayetteville, GA. They have 2 daughters, Lauren & Sarah, with 5 grandchildren, Ben, Lily, Taylor, Jamie, and Dawson. Mark also serves on the Deacon board for his church.
Marchet Butler is a Certified Professional Photographer specializing in fine art wall portraits for families and seniors in the Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, and North Fulton areas of Atlanta. Originally trained as a professional educator, Marchet turned to photography after learning the basics when she was her school's yearbook advisor. Marchet joined PPA and GPPA to further her knowledge in the field and learn from the experts. It's a decision that's paid off both professionally and financially. Today, Marchet is a full-time photographer and writer. She has had her photography published on the cover of several magazines including "Atlanta Parent." When not photographing clients or running her business, Marchet enjoys spending time with her son and their dog and supporting local charities.
Armitrice joined the board in 2018
Javon Longieliere, Cr. Photog.,CPP started on the board as an area director in 2015 and is currently the Chairman for Exposed. Javon has earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation and the Photographic Craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). He is an award winning international wedding and portrait photographer with a studio in Valdosta, Georgia. He and his wife Dawn started Javon Longieliere Photography in 2001. For the past 17 years, they have been traveling all over the world shooting weddings and portraits! His book Destination Weddings: The Photographer's Guide To Shooting In Exotic And Unexpected Locations was published in June of 2017. In addition to photography, Javon also plays trombone in The Azalea Winds and is currently working on two novels.
Tracey is excited to take on the responsibilities of the Executive Director position. She joined the board in 2017 as an Area Director. She studied Art History, Photography & Graphic Design at college of DuPage outside of Chicago, IL. Her career in professional photography began in 2000. Tracey worked primarily as a infant , child and family portrait photographer from 2001 to 2011. In 2012 she began working toward opening her own studio specializing in pet portraiture. To further her understanding of animal behavior and assist in photography of dogs, in 2013 she became a certified dog trainer. In 2015 she opened "Heart Spot - Pet & Family Portraits". She is a contributing photographer for Atlanta Pet Life Magazine, a member of HeArts Speak and donates her time and talent to photograph pets in need for numerous rescues. Tracey began her CPP certification in 2016 and hopes to complete it this year. She and her husband Jim have been married 24 years, and all 6 of their children have 4 feet and fur!
Michael Boatrights, CPP joined the board in 2019. As a Certified Professional Photographer in the Metro Atlanta Area, he specialize in Portraiture, Commercial and Fine Art Photography. His studio is located in the Avondale Estates Railway Arts District, in Decatur.
His relationship with photography began at age 12, when his dad, a professional photographer for many years, taught him camera and darkroom techniques. In the early 1990’s, working for IBM, he began experimenting with and developing techniques in digital multimedia storytelling, using emerging A/V hardware and software and Internet technologies. With IBM he led multimedia projects for the 1994 Lillehammer and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Disney’s Epcot Center, the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Masters Tournament and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since 2000, he has worked on digital media projects for the British Broadcasting Company and AT&T, opening his own photography studio in 2014.
Music, Dance and Theater are his passion. Fine Art Projects include landscape photography on four continents and abstract impressions of real-life subjects. Corporate clients include the J. Walter Thompson Agency, Atlanta Regional Commission, and AT&T Corporation.
Professionally, he is Certified by the Professional Photographers of America and am a past-president and active member of the Southeastern Photographic Society.
Jennifer Collins is started on the 2018 board as a director at large. She is the owner and artist of JCollins Photography which has been in business full time for over 18 years. Collins graduated from GCSU with a BBA in IS (Information Systems and Computer Programing), and a minor in Photography. She is a Certified PPA member. Collins’ work has been published in "Working with Special Needs Children"book and "Sew News" of San Francisco, Lake Oconee Living and several other local publications. Collins has recently judged several local and state photography contests. She is also an active member in her local Pilot Club which is a non profit group who’s mission is to influence positive change in the community. Currently Collins is building the second annual Photogenic Beauty Contest for High School girls in the area with the Pilot Club. Jennifer has three wonderful children, which often “help out” at the studio. She loves to create props out of junk store finds, she considers herself a “workaholic” who gets bored easy. (Which is why you will see things in her outdoor studio move and change often.) Collins also admits that the artistic side of her brain is at constant battle with the math side of her brain ! Jennifer credits the GPPA for helping her learn so much in her beginning years.
Sally joined the board in 2019
Stuart joined the board in 2019. He has been a professional photographer since 1987. He began as a wedding photographer in Santa Barbara, CA while attending Brooks Institute of Photography. He has pursued many facets of professional photography. His passions are Black & White Portraiture and running a successful portrait business. Currently, with his wife Deirdre, his Marietta studio focuses on Family and Maternity portraits. A member of Professional Photographers of America since 2003, he received his CPP in 2010. He joined GPPA in 2014 and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Booth Museum Photography Guild and has served the community as a volunteer photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep since 2006.