The 2021 GPPA Board Candidates
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.
Michael Boatright, CPP, I have been a GPPA member since 2018--at the Nashville ImagingUSA conference that January, the first thing I did when I went to the Expo was to seek out the GPPA booth and sign up (sadly, it was the first and only time I got to meet Katie Jimenez, who actually signed me up as a member). I have been in the technology industry for 40 years and recognize the vital importance of both national and local trade associations. I joined PPA in the fall of 2016 for the same reason. Trade associations foster best practices and help foster individual creativity by the sharing of ideas and techniques.
For the past two years, I have served on the GPPA Board of Directors as chair of the Ethics and the By-Laws/Operating Procedures committees. One of the most important benefits that I see as a member of GPPA is its ethics policy. There are literally thousands of photographers in Georgia, but many have dodgy-at-best ethics. By having a common code of ethics and procedures that put teeth behind our policies, we can, as members of GPPA, assure our clients the best in ethical behavior. This summer, I presented to the BoD a motion to strengthen those procedures that was passed unanimously.
My dad taught me photography and darkroom when I was twelve--nearly 50 years ago, but I continue to strive to grow as a photographer. I left a successful corporate career almost four years ago and became a full-time working professional and achieved my Certified Professional Photographer designation in 2018. I strongly believe in the CPP program--like our ethics, CPP provides a base-line of skill that our clients can expect, and separates us from our competition. I am working towards both my GPPA and PPA Masters Degrees, which require service, artistic and technical growth to achieve. These are also qualities that separate us from our competitors.
During the pandemic, I relocated my studio to the TULA Arts Center in Buckhead Atlanta and worked on a couple of pro-bono projects to keep my skills honed. I firmly believe that if we are not moving forward, we are moving backward. I love being a part of the GPPA family and how we continually push each other to grow and have fun in the process.
Lisa M. Hill, M.Photog., CPP, Inspired by her lifelong love of photography and encouraged by her aunt, an accomplished professional photographer, Lisa started her photography business in 2007. Before she started her business, Lisa earned a B.S. in Child Development and an M.S. in Sports Administration, with both degrees leading to many fun adventures. She took all these experiences to her place behind the camera and specializes in high school senior and family photography, with a little sports action on the side.
When the pandemic hit, she switched gears and decided to take advantage of the unexpected time and dove in to several personal projects that were previously on the back burner; including the design of a Fine Art storefront on her website, updating her logo, and working on a number of new photographic art collections.
Lisa is a Certified Professional Photographer and earned her Master of Photography Degree in 2019. She is a member of the Professional Photographer’s Association, Georgia Professional Photographer’s Association, American Society of Photographers, and Atlanta Photography Group. In 2018, Lisa's image “Random Walk” was selected to be part of Team USA in the World Photographic Cup: one of the highlights of her career!
Lisa lives in Atlanta with her husband Todd (celebrating 25 years in December!). They have 2 daughters: Kyla, 21, a junior at Berry College, and Mary Katherine, 19, a sophomore at Oglethorpe University. They also have a big, loving dog named Aine. She’s excited to become more involved in GPPA and make new friends around the state!