About PPGBA:

Formed in 1971, PPGBA serves both established and emerging portrait, advertising, wedding, and commercial photographers in the Bay Area and Northern California. PPGBA is committed to promoting the quality and growth of the profession, keeping members informed about our industry, and helping fellow photographers by sharing their collective experience. PPGBA is a California corporation and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association. PPGBA is one of the largest local affiliates of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). (PPA and PPGBA are separate organizations with independent governance and dues.)

Mission Statement

The Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area, Inc. exists to support and encourage the professional, artistic and educational growth of its members; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to provide a forum of fellowship and exchange of ideas in an open and friendly atmosphere.

PPGBA Officers / Board of Directors 2019

President – Paul Salcido, president (at) ppgba.org  650.444.7711

Secretary – Nano Visser

Treasurer – Alex Tsang

Directors – Zee Bezabeh, M.Photog.Cr.      Stephen DeVaughn, Cr.Photog.

Past President – Joe Valenzuela

salcidoPresident – Paul Salcido: Paul joined PPGBA in 1987 and is a photographer with more than 20 years of wedding and portrait experience. After many years of operating a storefront studio in Palo Alto, he now works from his home studio pursuing fine-art and stock photography and is married with four children. Paul service on PPGBA’s board goes back in to the 1990s and he also served as a trustee of Golden Gate School of Professional Photography from 1997-2001.

nano-mugSecretaryNano Visser: Nano has been a PPGBA member since 1996 and in addition to her recent service on the board, she also served on the Board in the 1990s. She began her career like many, in her living room. After a few years of never being able to relax at home, her husband took a job in Europe, probably to access the TV! After a few years, the family returned to San Francisco, where Nano re-opened after promising to keep clients out of the living areas. She happily photographs for corporate, portrait and wedding clients.

AlexTreasurer – Alex Tsang: – Alex has a BS in International Business, and an MBA in Real Estate, but enjoyed traveling, and photographing bikini models more. He wanted to move to Honolulu to shoot bikini models, but since he was the only responsible son, became a caregiver for various young and aging family members for a total of 14 years. After his relatives passed, he got married to local gal, and now has a young daughter. He currently shoots family events, portraits, occasional engagements and weddings.


Zee Bezabeh, M.Photog.Cr.
Stephen DeVaughn, Cr.Photog.
(Past President) Joe Valenzuela

Committee Chairs

History PPGBA Past Presidents and Photographer of the Year

Bylaws and Code of Ethics

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PPGBA’s Code of Ethics

As a requirement for admission to and retention of membership and participation in this Association, each member and participant shall agree to use the highest levels of professionalism, honesty and integrity in all relationships with colleagues, clients and the general public.