John G. Blair Biography
I have been photographing as long as I can remember, even back in elementary school. I photographed my first wedding in September, 1971. Besides weddings, I also create portraits of all kinds, do fashion photography, and do commercial and stock photography. Most of my photography involves photographing people, especially women.
I enjoy variety and challenges in my work as well as solving problems for my clients. I have enjoyed working in digital photography since 1990, and nearly all of my work is done digitally today except for a few fine art applications which require film.
I volunteered to serve as the photographer for the Occidental Volunteer Fire Department as well being a volunteer firefighter. I write the "Occidental Column" for the Russian River Monthly as well as the "Occidental News" for the weekly Bodega Bay Navigator. I enjoy keeping busy and having variety. My wide range of experience and interests helps keep me fresh and provides many creative ideas which I use in my photography.
My work has been featured in many magazines and newsletters and French television flew to the United States to do a program on my boudoir photography. I have been in charge of the technical production of "Your Neighborhood Network", a weekly 3-hour cable television network in Southern California. I also speak at local schools, businesses, and professional photography organizations throughout California. My work is displayed throughout the country at businesses and major photographic trade shows.
I create my own hand-colored black and white art and other fine art pieces for your wedding album.
*Selected as the Photographer of the Year and Wedding Photographer of the Year for 2002 and 2003 by the Professional Photographers of the Redwood Empire (PPRE). PPRE is made up of professional photographers from Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. In addition, I won a number of other awards for Photograph of the Year and other categories.
*Awarded the Occidental Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award 2002-2003
*Numerous Print Awards from PPRE 2002, 2003
*Professional Photographers of California President's Award - 1999, 2003
*Professional Photographers of California Service Award - 1996, 1998
-BS in Civil-Environmental Engineering from UC Irvine.
-Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine.
-Photographic Business and Arts Degree from the Professional Photographers of California.
-Over 15 years of experience teaching a number of photographic courses to both high school students and private clients.
-I continue to study and I enroll in many photographic seminars and individual classes on a regular basis to continue my growth as an artist and photographer.
-I lecture around the state to other professional photographers at professional association meetings and conventions.
-Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
-Professional Photographers of the Redwood Empire (PPRE)
-San Fernando Valley Professional Photographers (SFVPP)
-Editorial Photographers (EP)
-American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
-Occidental Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
-Creative Eye (CE)
-Served as the Acting President of the Professional Photographers of California (PPC) as well as the Acting Chairman of the Board, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Treasurer.
-Past Chairman/Controller of the Western States Photo Expo and Trade Show from 1996-2002.
-Past President of SFVPP.
-Past Audit Committee Chairman-PPC.
-Past Chairman, Budget Committee-PPC.
-Former Director of the Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County.
-Former Vice President of SFVPP.
-Former Treasurer of SFVPP.
-Founding Director of SFVPP.
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