Marchet Butler joined the board in 2017 and is a Certified Professional Photographer specializing in fine art wall portraits for families and seniors in the Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, and North Fulton areas of Atlanta.
Originally trained as a professional educator, Marchet turned to photography after learning the basics when she was her school's yearbook advisor. Marchet joined PPA and GPPA to further her knowledge in the field and learn from the experts. It's a decision that's paid off both professionally and financially.
Today, Marchet is a full-time photographer and writer. She has had her photography published on the cover of several magazines including "Atlanta Parent."
When not photographing clients or running her business, Marchet enjoys spending time with her son and their dog and supporting local charities.
Stuart joined the board in 2019. He has been a professional photographer since 1987. He began as a wedding photographer in Santa Barbara, CA while attending Brooks Institute of Photography. He has pursued many facets of professional photography. His passions are Black & White Portraiture and running a successful portrait business. Currently, with his wife Deirdre, his Marietta studio focuses on Family and Maternity portraits. A member of Professional Photographers of America since 2003, he received his CPP in 2010. He joined GPPA in 2014 and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Booth Museum Photography Guild and has served the community as a volunteer photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep since 2006.
Armetrice joined the board in 2018.
Armetrice grew up in Flint, Michigan. She was the youngest of the six children. At the age of 14,Armetrice purchased her first camera using money she earned at her first summer job. During her earlyyears, she photographed family and friends in the neighborhood. She had an opportunity to travel the route of the Underground Railroad from Michigan up through Canada and back down through New York and Washington DC. She used her camera to document her trip and cement her love of photography.
Not knowing she could make a career out of photography, Armetrice went to college and earned herbachelors in electrical engineering and her masters in business administration. She worked 32 years as an engineer in the communications industry. Armetrice purchased her first DSLR camera in 2010. Whileworking to improve her photography she discovered GPPA, which introduced her to Professional Photographers of America, PPA. Armetrice decided to pursue her certification with PPA which led to her becoming a professional photographer and starting Armetrice Photography. She received her CPP in the fall of 2018 and retired from corporate America in 2020 to become a full time photographer.
Armetrice is also a member of the Multicultural Association of Professional Photographers, Sistagraphy, Atlanta Photography Group, Cherokee Photography Club, Georgia Nature Photographers Association, Woodstock Business Club, Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs, and Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as a councilor for PPA. These volunteers act as a voice for members in their state and help set policy by discussing and voting on changes to PPA by-laws, procedures, and leadership. They are also vital in helping PPA get important messaging out to its more than 31,000 members.
Armetrice believes in using her gifts to give back in areas that support underserved and disadvantaged youth. She has photographed for Special Olympics, Student’s Without Mothers and Warrick Dunn Charities. She also serves as a mentor to other photographers. She has received the Presidential Service Award for volunteering numerous times. When she is not photographing or volunteering you can find her with her nose in a good book, enjoying local theatre or spending time with friends and family. Armetrice has participated in numerous exhibits and her work has received both local and international awards.
Gena Ford, Cr. started on the board this year as our Marking Officer.
Tracey Luttgens, CPP, GSD has been the Executive Director since October 2018. She joined the board at the end of 2016 as an Area Director.
Tracey studied Art History, Photography & Graphic Design at College of DuPage outside of Chicago, IL. Her career in professional photography began in 2000. She worked primarily as an infant , child and family portrait photographer from 2001 to 2011. In 2012 she left working for corporate volume studios to pursue her dream of owning her studio.
To further her understanding of animal behavior and assist in photography of dogs, in 2013 she became a certified dog trainer. In 2015 she opened "Heart Spot Portraits" which specializes in pet portraiture. She has won various awards for her pet work, is a contributing photographer for Atlanta Pet Life Magazine, a member of HeArts Speak and donates her time and talent to photograph pets in need for numerous rescues.
She and her husband Jim have been married 26 years, and all 5 of their children have 4 feet and fur!
Mark Turner, CPP, GFD GSD re-joined the Board of Directors in 2023 as the Chairman of the Board.
Based in Fayetteville, GA, Atlanta photographer Mark Turner has combined professionalism, creativity and over 27 years experience with southern charm and respect.
Mark has earned his Remote Pilot Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, Certified Professional Photographer designation from the Professional Photographers of America, is a member of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Professional Photographers Association where he has been recognized with the Georgia Fellowship and Service Degrees.
Richard Hayes joined the board in 2022.
Richard started his career with both an Associates and then a Bachelor’s degree in
photography, before later attaining a Masters of Art degree from Piedmont University.
After college he got his start working for a yearbook company where he photographed high school seniors, sports and events for several years. Later on, he became a photographer and videographer for both Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Lines, where he spent four years traveling the world while honing his skills in event photography, environmental portraits andstudio work.
Richard and his wife, Jessica, are the owners of Voyage Fine Art Photography, specializing in weddings, fine art portraits and cosplay photos. Currently, Richard works at Franklin County High School, where he teaches Audio Video Tech and Film classes, the work from his business is incorporated into his lessons, to give the students that real world experience and examples.
Lisa M. Hill, M.Photog., CPP, joined the board in 2021. 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!
If you have general questions about GPPA, our local events, Exposed convention or Photoworks, anyone of us would be happy to speak with you!