PRESIDENT: Erica Lane Harvey
Erica Lane Harvey is one of South Dakota’s most accomplished young photographers. She graduated with honors from the renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in 2003. In 2014 her passion for photography drew her to start her own business, Erica Lane Photography, LLC. Erica has been a Professional Photographers of America (PPA) member since 2015 and has received numerous accolades the last 5 years. Erica’s eye, energy, and passion for art give her images a unique appearance. The goal with her imagery is to bring joy to the customer by helping them see the beauty in themselves and the world.
VICE PRESIDENT: RJ Peiper
RJ Peiper is a native of Rock Springs, Wyoming. His parents recall that he’s always had a camera in his hand from a young age. Over the years, he took classes at White Mountain Jr. High and Western Wyoming Community College, but he really began to grow as a photographer when he joined WPPA in 2014 and PPA in 2015. Since 2006 he started a side business while working in the energy industry. In 2019 he took the step to work as a full time photographer, taking over the 100 year old New Studio in Downtown Rock Springs. He is a Certified Professional Photographer, and holds his WPPA service award. He lives in Rock Springs with his wife, Angela, and their herd of dogs and cats.
TREASURER: Russell Jensen
Russell Lloyd Jensen has spent the last 30+ years refining his craft and becoming a better photographer and business owner. From his days as a darkroom photography lab monitor at Moorhead State University in Minnesota to his current work as a photography studio owner in Rapid City, SD, Russell's artistic photography is in the homes of thousands of families across the region and on the walls of hundreds of corporations. His work has earned him extensive recognition in both the commercial and portrait world of photography as well as through the PPA where he has been a finalist in the Grand Imaging Awards for his senior portrait photography in 2017 and 2022. In 2016 he was awarded the South Dakota Photographer of the Year award as well as the CPP award for the highest scoring print case from the SDPPA. He is currently serving on the board for the Wyoming Professional Photographers Association as the elected treasurer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education, has earned his Master Photographer degree through the PPA, is recognized as a Certified Professional Photographer through the PPA and is currently working on both his Craftsman Degree and his Artists Degree. He loves his WPPA family and looks forward to helping each member in growing their own business and mastering their craft of photography.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: Kory Bumgardner
Kory Bumgardner is a professional photographer living in the mountains west of Golden, Colorado. She is a mother of three, wife to an amazing husband and Gigi to two great kids. She travels the world in search of photos and fun! She started in photography with the K1000 and a darkroom, and never stopped taking pictures along the way. She has a sublimation business to complement her photography. She joined PPA in 2018 and has really watched her skills grow. She can’t wait to see where she goes in the coming years.
Kory has earned the 2020 and 2021 WPPA Photographer of the Year.
SECRETARY: Becky Pickrel
In 2013, Becky's husband bought her first DSLR and she was hooked. The problem was that every picture felt bland and lacked a certain “something.” She knew she needed photography education, and after doing some research, she came across the Professional Photographers of America, which got her connected with Wyoming affiliate.
MEMBER ASSISTANT: Shirley McPheeters
Shirley McPheeters was given her first camera at the age of 10, from there a love for film and photography grew. She reflects on her memories captured during those years and eventually was given a 35mm Minolta SLR by her husband. The gift inspired her take as many classes as she could in her hometown college in Sheridan to earn a degree in Arts and Science.
As her knowledge grew, so did her passion to photograph animals. She moved on to people – capturing memories for families, children, high school seniors, weddings and more. Her business has continued to grow over the years. When the digital age came about, she converted to a digital camera.
Her passion for animals continues and each December she participates in Santa with Pets for the Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter and the Casper Humane Society in Casper. All proceeds go to benefit her four-footed friends. The first year in Casper, she had 90 setting with multiple dogs per setting in four hours. It was quite the challenge for her, but an experience she cherishes.
Her photography has taken to her to many places and allowed her to meet many people. Born and raised in Sheridan, she also loves to photograph the Big Horn Mountains to the West and the open plains to the east.
Shirley has been a member of the Wyoming Professional Photographers Association since 2011 and has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 2007.
MEMBER ASSISTANT: Andy Zavodny
Andy Zavodny moved to Wyoming to be a teacher in Wyoming. He was a Colorado native and have lived in several states before landing in Wyoming. After teaching in Casper for 8 years, he quit his job cold turkey, got married and started a photography business.
He was thrown in the photography after being thrown into the fire with the school yearbook and knowing nothing about a camera.
He has owned Andrew Zavodny Photography for the past four years, primarily growing his volume work, servicing the local school district with sports and school picture needs.
He loves working with seniors, business professional, but also loves all types of photography. He travels and captures the great landscapes on a trip and finds it a great way to document a trip.
He joined the WPPA and PPA simply as a professional wanting to grow and be involved with the community of people in the photography industry. He has found the WPPA and PPA a great place to network and build and sharpen his skills. Andy believes we should never stop learning about what we do.
FELLOWSHIP DIRECTOR: Kim Pezeshki
Kimberly Pezeshki, M. Photog., CPP, (Master Photographer and Certified) was born in Evanston, WY. She attended Cal State University of Bakersfield and started Pez Photography in March, 2009. She opened Pez Photography, her home Portrait Studio in April, 2012, which is located in Laramie, WY.
She became a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) in 2010 and receiver her PPA Master of Photography in 2016. She received her Photographic Craftsman in Jan. 2019, and was also elected as PPA Councilor for Wyoming in 2019. Recently, she was re-elected to serve three more years as a PPA Councilor for Wyoming. She is a Past President (2017-2019) for Wyoming Professional Photographers Association and also served 2014-2015 as WPPA president. Kimberly is a CPP liaison for Wyoming and helped reinstate the Fellowship Program in 2016 and is the current Fellowship Director and is a WPPA Fellow.
WPPA National Award recipient April of 2021.
PRINT DIRECTOR: Jennie Knezovich
Jenni Knezovich shot her first wedding in 1995 for $50, and even though it was an epic failure...she knew she was hooked. She attended WWCC on a photography grant, but had to change her major after the photography department was dropped from the curriculum. She lasted one semester as a Criminal Justice major. She graduated with an Associate of Arts in 1997. After freelancing for several years, working out of her home she opened her storefront studio in 2004 in downtown Rock Springs. Still in full time operation today, Jenni has since earned recognition as a PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), has earned her Master of Photography degree (M. Photog.) and her Master Craftsman degree (Cr.) through PPA. She also serves as a CPP liaison, and as the WPPA Print Director. She is a Wyoming Fellow and has earned her WPPA Service Degree along with several bars for continued service. She has earned several awards through print competition, and has had images in the Loan and Showcase books. More importantly, Jenni's passion for photography is apparent through her love of teaching, mentoring, and serving others in this industry through volunteering on boards such as WPPA and ASP. A hopeless romantic, she is working on her Master of Wedding Photography degree and her Master Artist degree though PPA. You can often hear her say "Nobody becomes a worse photographer through print competition".
STUDENT DIRECTOR: Crystal Trevino
Crystal served in the United States Air Force as a Health Services Manager for over 24 years and dabbled in photography here and there, but it wasn’t until she retired in 2019 that she pursued it as a profession. Her husband bought her a new camera as a retirement gift, she hired Erica to mentor her, joined the WPPA, and business has been booming since. She enjoys capturing people, from newborns to families to high school seniors and prefers to do so outdoors in the beautiful Black Hills.
WEB COORDINATOR: Elizabeth Wood
Elizabeth Wood joined the PPA and the WPPA in 2019. She learned about the WPPA while looking for photography workshops in Wyoming. She worked as a newspaper publisher for several years, where she honed her photography skills. In 2015 she started selling her photography through galleries and shows. Little did she know how much she would learn from being a member of the PPA and WPPA.
She enjoys taking landscape and wildlife photos and is eager to learn more from the members of the Wyoming Professional Photographers Association.