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Jon King Keisling, 64, of Texas passed away on August 15, 2012. Well-known in the photographic community, Jon King became a PPA member in 2006. Much of the San Antonio area has been covered by his lens, including the Botanical Gardens (a favorite of his) and the Tower Life flagpole installation. His work took him worldwide, completing assignments in countries as far away as South Africa, Australia, Scotland, Canada and South America.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends and the many lives he has touched.

You can read more about Jon King Keisling here.

haynes_blog.jpgHaynes McFadden, 69, of Omaruru, Namibia, passed away June 10. Although he moved to Namibia in 1993 with his wife, Naomi, Haynes also lived in Atlanta, Ga., where he began working as a graphic artist in his grandfather's publishing house. In 1960, he turned to professional photography and continued in that trade on and off for the rest of his life. He even documented the relics of the Baha'i faith in Israel. (He was a committed member of the Baha'i faith for the last 44 years.)

Haynes joined PPA in 1992 and was also very active in his own local community of Omaruru. From running a computer training school to being the chairman of the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Omaruru branch, Boy Scout leader and tutor, he lent a helping hand and encouraging word where needed.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends and the many lives he has touched.
Our hearts go out to all the family, friends and the many lives these PPA members have touched.

Scott Stahl
Scott, owner of Scott Stahl Photography in Phoenix, Ariz., passed away May 16, 2012. After his stint with the Marine Corps., he married Kay and went through many different occupations until settling as a professional photographer--something he enjoyed doing every single day. He first joined the PPA family in 2006 as he followed his love for landscape, nature, event and wedding photography.

Keith N. Griffin
Keith, 54, of Winston Salem, N.C., passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2012. An electrician by trade, he was a photographer at heart who had just joined PPA's family last year. Family and friends may leave their memories of Keith in the guestbook at View his obituary.

James "Jim"  Stagner, M.Photog.Cr.
Jim, a PPA member since 1983 and a longtime member of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association (VPPA) and the Manassas-Warrenton camera club, passed away April 23, 2012, in California. He and his wife of 25 years, Mary Ann, made their home in Virginia. Jim served in the Air Force and worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but he became interested in photography through Mary Ann, who owned Lasting Images by Mary Ann. Although he didn't work in the studio, Jim captured beautiful images of flowers, landscapes and other pictorials. In fact, he won Best of Show at VPPA the very first time he entered as a member.

Richard Kinstler, Cr.Photog.
Richard, 92, of Mason, Ohio, passed away February 28, 2012. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he helped form the Photo/graphics department at P&G in 1947, where he was an accomplished photographer, manager and inventor for 35 years. He joined the PPA family in 1954 and became an award-winning Life Member with an artist's eye and the skill to capture the moment, tell a story, and make friends along the way. View his obituary.


ron_k_blog.JPGRon Kalwajtys, 73, president of GP Albums/General Products LLC, passed away on April 18, 2012.

Ron was introduced to the family business at a very young age when his father, Ray, took him to work on weekends to get out of his mother's hair. By the mid-1950s, Ron was an important part of the album business and learned every operation in the plant. In the 1960s, he became part the sales team. He was also an exhibitor at the very first PPA trade show (now called Imaging EXPO) as well as the first WPPI trade show. Throughout the years and these experiences, he saw the photographic industry blossom and change dramatically. And although he had been battling prostate cancer for five years, he continued to work at GP until he was hospitalized with complications from his chemotherapy in early April.  
Michael Ayers, a family friend and longtime GP customer, described Ron perfectly in saying, "He never knew a stranger and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him... right about now he is enjoying a Ketel One on the rocks."
The Kalwajtys family will continue the GP Albums/General Products legacy that Ron and his father Ray created. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all the lives he touched.
Andrea (Andie) Goodman, Cr.Photog., of Lancaster, PA, passed away April  7 at the age of 67. The wife of F. Edward McCue for 26 years, she was also a well-known photographer, jewelry maker and owner of Goodman & Associates. She was very active in the professional photography community with memberships in PPA and more local associations like the Delaware Professional Photographers. In fact, she and her husband were the 14th husband-and-wife team to become Certified Professional Photographers. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and all the lives she has touched.

Andie's memorial service will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Shaarai Shomayim (75 E. James St., Lancaster, PA). The family will receive friends at the Temple from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, people can make a donation to any photography-related scholarship fund in her name.

Online condolences may be posted here:
dougjirsa.jpgDouglas Jirsa, 62, passed away March 22 in Cherry Valley, Calif. A proud father of two, grandfather of two, and a professional photographer for more than 30 years, he and his wife Donna owned Lasting Impressions, a portrait studio in Redlands. Very active in the industry, Doug was a past president of the Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers and a member of PPA, Professional Photographers of Orange County and Professional Photographers of California (where he was awarded the Service Medallion). Doug was also a strong believer in professional education for photographers, and he was generous with his time and knowledge in many forms of outreach to others in this profession. Our hearts go out to his friends, family and the many lives he has touched.

The memorial service will be held March 31, 2011, at Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel in Redlands. Viewing will be at 12:30pm, and the service will begin at 1:00pm. A "Celebration of Life" gathering will be held at the Elks Lodge in Redlands.

Doug's obituary can be seen at If you have a favorite memory of Doug, please share it with his family through the Guest Book provided at this link.
brandy_rosenberger.jpgBrandy Rose Rosenberger, 32, of Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on March 10, 2011. She and her loving husband Andrew celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in December.

A PPA member, Brandy owned and operated All That Glitters Photography in Souderton, Pa. She enjoyed taking wedding and family images, especially baby portraits. "Brandy had been in business a mere five years and had accomplished so much," says friend and fellow PPA member Jeanine Rebeck. "Her many clients will always treasure the wonderful memories she has preserved for them."

In addition to photography, she enjoyed gardening, cooking and, especially, time with her children: three-year-old Evelyn Mary Rosenberger and one-year-old Naomi Claire Rosenberger.

"Brandy was an exceptional photographer who was dedicated to her craft...but even more so to her family," adds Rebeck. "She will live on in her children and in the art she created. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed."

Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 17, at 3:00pm in the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. Family will receive friends from 1:00pm to 2:30pm prior to the service. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, Telford, Pa. (

Mille_Totushek.jpgMildred "Mille" Totushek, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP--known to some as the "Matriarch" of Wisconsin Photography, as noted by a friend on the Heritage Funeral Home online guestbook--passed away April 11, 2010, at age 82.

An award-winning photographer, Mille earned both her Photographic Craftsman and Master of Photography degrees from Professional Photographers of America (PPA), where she's been a member since 1954. In fact, she was even honored as a Life Member of PPA. In addition, she earned her Fellowship from the American Society of Photographers and was a strong member of the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association, from whom she received the PPA National Award for outstanding service.

Mille started her career taking photos of equipment at Bucyrus Erie before opening her own studio in 1967, where she created memories for clients, family and friends.

One of the things she is most known for is her willingness to share her photographic knowledge and creativity. With her open heart and humor, Mille was a mentor to photographers throughout the United States. She was even honored with PPA's 2006 Harold Bovee PPA Jurors Meritorious Service Award for her outstanding service to the profession and dedication to the improvement of the association, the International Photographic Competition and the annual International Exhibition of Professional Photography.

Our hearts go out to her family, friends and the many lives she has touched.
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Sadly, David Harris, M.Photog.Cr., passed away on Thursday, March 11. A long-time member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the PPA Council, David owned Harris Studio in Sacramento, Calif., with his wife Sandra. They started their business in 1963, and their love for photography and the people in and of photography only grew.

David was a very strong supporter of PPA and his affiliate associations--he truly believed in the power of connections. In addition, he was a proud recipient of his Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from PPA.

Our thoughts are with Sandra, his family and the numerous friends he made throughout his life.

If you would like to share some memories or thoughts about Dave, please add them to the comments field of this post.

archie.jpgArchie E. McDearmid, 1987 PPA President, of Virginia Beach died January 27, 2010, in his home at the age of 81. Retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as Head of the Photographic Arts/Video Production Department, Archie also owned and operated McDearmid Photography.

His photographic passion and belief in the industry led him into service as a past president of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Virginia Professional Photographers Association and the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association. Archie also held the PPA Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, and Honorary Master of Photography degrees and was a Certified Professional Photographer. 

A charter member of the Virginia Bluewater Gamefish Association, Archie was an avid sports fisherman who cherished his time on the water. He was also actively involved in the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.

A celebration of his life was held at 1:00pm February 2, 2010, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Norfolk. Please keep Archie's wife Connie, his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time in their lives.

To Send a Card:
Connie McDearmid
3105 Yeates Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

In Lieu of Flowers:
Donations can be made in memory of Archie to:
Sentara Hospice
6015 Poplar Hall Drive, Suite 308
Norfolk, VA 23502-3819

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