1962 OCTOBER Purchased Thorpe Studios from Elga Hinton
who had owned the Studio since the 30's.
In those days we use 6x4 B&W sheet film in the camera below with tungsten
light for portraits & Studio weddings, used Leicas
and carried heavy flash units for candids.
1963 MARCH Was accepted as a member of NZPPA
1964 OCTOBER Accepted as member of Professional Photographers of America
1965 MARCH Elected Secretary of Auckland region NZPPA
1966 MARCH Elected Chairman of Auckland region NZPPA
JUNE Organized and ran a portrait seminar on with Barry Woods FNZPPA in Auckland
OCTOBER Installed first color processing plant.
1967 MARCH Re elected Auckland region Chairman NZPPA
JUNE Organized education seminar Barry Woods FNZPPA in Auckland
AUGUST Responsible for organizing NZPPA National Convention Rotorua
1968 MARCH Re-elected Chairman Auckland region NZPPA
MAY Organized three seminars throughout New Zealand on heavy oil coloring with Viva Fay Lefter CR Photoq from Spingfield Missouri U.S.A.
AUGUST Elected Educational Director for New Zealand Prof. Photographers
OCTOBER Attended Photokina and visited Studios in fourteen countries round the world
1969 MARCH Re-elected Chairman Auckland region NZPPA
JUNE Organized Portrait seminar for Phi I Jauncey FNZPPA.
AUGUST Arranged for Virginia Stern CR Photog to lecture at NZPPA
Conference In Napier and afterwards to run two seminars
Re-elected Educational Director NZPPA
1970 JUNE Organized National Wedding seminar in New Plymouth
AUGUST Re-elected Educational Director NZPPA
SEPTEMBER Organized commercial course in Palmerston North with Guy Mannering FNZPA
OCTOBER Organized portrait seminar in Auckland with Greg Royle FNZPPA
1971 JUNE Organized portrait seminar in Auckland with Barry Woods FNZPPA
AUGUST Re-elected education director for NZPPA
OCTOBER Undertook a study tour of America visiting twenty one Studios in fourteen cities
NOVEMBER First two full color wedding completed and five more booked making my Studio the first in New Zealand to be actively promoting full color weddings
1972 JUNE Organized education seminar in Auckland on Portraiture with Greg Royle FNZPPA
JULY Article published in PP of A magazine
AUGUST Re-elected Education Director for NZPPA
SEPTEMBER Completed training with color printing with Nord CPS school
Attended Winona with Monte Zucker M.Photog Cr.
Attended St Louis School of Candid Photography with Bill Stockwell
NOVEMBER Ordered a complete color plant from Nord
1973 JUNE Became a qualified member - Portrait and General group NZPPA
JULY Elected member of the qualification board of five for awarded the Q certificates remaining on the hoard until 1985
Organized educational seminar on Commercial with Guy Mannering FNZPPA
AUGUST Re-elected Educational Director for NZPPA
Elected Junior Vice President NZPPA
1974 MAY Organized Dick Atamian M Photog CR to be highline speaker at NZPPA National Convention and afterwards to run two seminars
JUNE Organized portrait seminar with Barry Woods FNZPPA in Auckland
AUGUST Attended PP of A convention Los Angeles
Attended NZPPA conference in Christchurch supervised the running of the seminars by Dick Atamian M Photog Cr.
Elected to the position of Senior Vice President NZPPA
OCTOBER Organized and supervised the running of a wedding seminar with Monte Zucker M Photog Cr.
1975 JANUARY Opened Chromatek Color Laboratories
FEBRUARY Organized and supervised three portrait seminars with Joyce Wilson M. Photog Cr.
APRIL Attended PMA Chicago
MAY Became a foundation member of WIP
Organized Jason Hailey M Photog FASP as keynote speaker for NZPPA National Convention in Wanganui, Organized Elma Evans Ph.A.L to do program at NZPPA National Convention followed by two seminars
AUGUST Elected President NZPPA and ran two oil color seminars with Alma Evans Ph.A. L.
SEPTEMBER Attended Australia National Convention "Hypo '75" in Canberra Australia
1976 MARCH Attended a National Convention in Australia
APRIL Organized Phillip Charis M Photog Cr. FASP as the key note speaker for the NZPPA National Convention in Wellington.
JULY Lead a tour of fifteen New Zealand Photographers on a fact finding tour of Studios across America, finishing up at PP of A Washington
AUGUST Presided over a National Convention as President and hosted Phillip Charis FASP, M Photog Cr.
SEPTEMBER Gave seminar on how to enter the School Photographic Business
NOVEMBER Organized seminar on Better Business Management with myself and two others as speakers.
1977 FEBRUARY Attended APCL convention. Visited with Kodak in Rochester
MARCH Ran seminar with Al Gilbert M Photog Cr. of Toronto Canada and John Pforr MIP of Brisbane Australia with sixty people
JUNE Organized seminar with Ian Hawthorne from Geelong Australia in Wellington
Ran seminar with Jack Curtis from Santa Monica California
Wrote costing article for New Zealand Studio's
Organized Bill McIntosh M Photog Cr. for our National Convention.
AUGUST Attended National Convention and hosted Bill McIntosh M Photog Cr.
OCTOBER Organized three seminars in New Zealand for Lisle Ramsey Cr. Photog of St Louis Missouri.
Sold Thorpe Studio to its new owner
1978 JANUARY Attended Western States convention in California
FEBRUARY Attended North Carolina convention in Raleigh North Carolina
Attended PMA trade show and Convention
Attended in Chicago APCL convention in Las Vegas
MARCH Organized seminar with Lisle Ramsey Cr. Photog in three different locations throughout New Zealand
APRIL Attended a managerial seminar Organized and ran a seminar featuring Rocky Gunn M Photog Cr.
MAY Was speaker on Business Management to the Seattle P.P.A.
AUGUST Attended NZ National Photographers Convention
Attended a computer seminar in Seattle Washington
Attended Longbeach P.P.A convention at Long Beach
Undertook a work study at Sirlin Studio Sacramento
Undertook a work study at Markow Studios Phoenix
Undertook a work study at Charis Studios Pasadena
Undertook a work study at Color Rich Color Labs San Diego
OCTOBER Organized and ran a portrait seminar featuring Joyce Wilson M Photog Cr. in three different locations
DECEMBER Organized a bridal seminar in Taupo New Zealand
1979 JANUARY Studied staff relations with Rollie Waters, Texas
Did seminar with D Feltner Cr. Photog on photography of teenagers
Did work studies at Hallmark Color Lab in Connecticut Hallmark College of Photography, Connecticut, Fine Art Color tabs New York City
Attended APCL convention Atlanta Studied with Veronica Cass school of retouching Tampa Florida
FEBRUARY Organized seminar with Veronica Cass on negative and print retouching in Pukekohe and Christchurch N.Z.
MARCH Organized and supervised a seminar on family group photography featuring Richard Wallace
APRIL Gave a travel award to a New Zealand Photographer to study in Australia
SEPTEMBER Attended Photina - '79 National Convention in Australia
OCTOBER Granted Associate standing at the Institute of Management New Zealand
1980 JANUARY Attended Rocky Mountain convention Denver Colorado
Attended APCL convention in Las Vegas
Visit with the Keens in San Diego
Gave a Travel Award for the Champion Wedding Portrait to a Photographer to visit America
MARCH Organized and ran a seminar with Don Feltner of Denver and Bud Reese of Omaha Nebraska
JUNE Organized Don Blair M.Photg Cr. to be key note speaker at NZPPA National Convention in Christchurch
AUGUST Attended National Convention in Christchurch and hosted Don Blair M Photog.
Was awarded "Order of the Garter" for service to New Zealand Photographers
Attended APCL Southern Regional Convention in Atlanta Georgia Attended PP of A National Convention in Atlanta Georgia
Did a work study visit to Silvano Color Labs - Toronto Visited with Al Gilbert - Toronto to see his new trends in Portraiture
Work study of AC Color Laboratories Cleveland Ohio
Visit with Bud Reese and Donald Jack in Omaha Nebraska seeking new trends in portraiture
SEPTEMBER Organized and supervised three seminars with Lisle Ramsey from St Louis Missouri
Attended APCL convention in Florida
S.E.P.P.A.Southern Regional Convention in Atlanta
Attended Rocky Mountain convention in Denver Colorado
Attended a computer seminar in Austin Texas
Did work study visit with Primary Color Laboratories New Orleans
FEBRUARY Organized and ran Air Brush Seminar featuring Henry Van Westrop M Photog Cr. from Chicago
Organized and ran a seminar with Leon Kennamer M Photog Cr. from GuntersviIle Alabama and Ian Howell from Victoria Australia.
Gave a travel award for Champion print to a Photographer to visit America
MARCH Attended North Carolina Convention in North Carolina
Attended WPI convention in Las Vegas
JULY Attended PP of A Convention in St Louis Attended Photographic's '81
National Convention in Australia
AUGUST Attended National Convention NZPPA
OCTOBER Organized and ran Portraiture for the '80's featuring Patsy Hodge M Photog Cr., Elen Bak M Photog Cr., Evelyn Langeman Cr. Photog.
1982 FEBRUARY Attended APCL Business Management Seminar and conference
Attended Rocky Mountain Convention Denver
Studied further with Don Feltner Cr. Photog on marketing
Attended an advanced software training in Austin Texas
Attended PMA convention Las Vegas
MARCH Organized and ran a retouching print seminar featuring Jane Conners of the Veronica Cass School of Retouching Florida
APRIL Organized and ran a Air Brush Seminar featuring Henry Van Westrop M Photog Cr. from Chicago
AUGUST Attended National Convention NZPPA
OCTOBER Organized seminar with Joyce Wilson M Photog Cr. Indianapolis
Moved into a new Color Laboratory
Had article on Business Management published in NZPPA Magazine Close Up
1983 JANUARY Organized a seminar featuring Donald Jack M Photog Cr. from Omaha Nebraska
Gave away a travel award to America to champion Family Group Portrait Went on tour of America visiting Labs and Studios
Attended APCL convention in San Francisco
Attended PP of A Indiana Indianapolis
Attended South Regional Convention in Atlanta
Visited with Leon Kennmar M Photog Cr. in his Studio in GuntersviIle Visited with Veronica Cass School of Retouching Florida
Attended Sales Conference in the Charis Studios in Pasadena
MARCH Organized and ran seminar with Lisle Ramsey Cr. Photog from St Louis Missouri, Tom and Etta McCathry from Paducah, Kentucky
Organized seminar on transproofs with Jack Peterson Cr. Photog in two different centers in N.Z.
MAY Organized and ran a seminar with Van Moore M Photog Cr. Greenville, South Carolina
JULY Attended PP of A convention in Dallas
Visited with Bill Worline M Photog Cr. in Chicago,
Dick Atamian M Photog Cr. at the Brooks Institute
AUGUST Attended NZPPA National convention Received the Gold Award for outstanding service to NZPPA
1984 JANUARY Bought Jane Conners into New Zealand for five months to set up an Art Department and run seminars.
Organized and ran a seminar featuring Bill Worline, M Photog Cr. from Chicago on how to photograph groups
MARCH Organized and ran a Business Management Seminar featuring Evelyn Langeman from the Lisle Ramsey Organization in St Louis U.S.A.
Attended PMA convention in Las Vegas
Invited guests to Camera Craftsman meeting in Washington U.S.A.
Attended PP of Virginia Convention at Virginia Beach U.S.A.
Studied with Van Moore in Greenville in South Carolina U.S.A.
JUNE Attended PP of A Convention in Atlantic City U.S.A.
Did a Studio update with Joyce Wilson
Did an intensive of study Burrell Color Lab of Indiana
Did a study on computers in three Labs in the Pacific North West
JUNE Organized Joe Butts from San Diego as keyline speaker for NZPPA Convention
AUGUST Attended National Convention NZPPA hosting Joe Butts
Organized a seminar featuring Joe Butts on Wedding Photography
OCTOBER Organized a commercial seminar in three cities featuring Dick Atamian FASP M Photog Cr., Brooks Institute
1985 JANUARY Organized a seminar featuring Tibor Horvath M Photog Cr. from Canada Ian Hawthorne from Geelong Australia and Linda Lapp M Photog Cr. from Portland Oregon U.S.A.
MAY Awarded by the International Professional Photographers Guild an Award for Service to New Zealand professional Photographers
Organized a seminar Evelyn Langeman Cr. Photog Seminar in three centers throughout New Zealand
JUNE Presented to NZPPA a set of print judging machines
AUGUST Attended National Convention NZPPA
Appointed Historian NZPPA
Ran a seminar with Veronica Cass from Veronica Cass School of Retouching Florida on negative retouching
SEPTEMBER Organized two seminars with Dixie Lavel M Photog Cr. from St Louis Missouri on general print finishing and print enhancement
NOVEMBER Visited Winnipeg Color Canada and did an intensive study on how they ran their Lab
Was a participant in the Youth Salute Program in St Louis U.S.A.
Visited Meizel Color Labs in Atlanta
Spent time with Joesph Lust Virginia
Attended APL Trade Fair in Birmingham, England
Visit with Peter Dyer FBIPP, Desmond Groves FBIPP, Charles Green BIPP in London
1986 FEBRAURY Organized a seminar with Joesph Lust of Norfork Beach Virginia and Ted Smerchansky Cr. Photog of Winnipeg Canada
APRIL Did a tour of England visiting Portrait Fellows throughout the UK
JULY Attended PP of A Convention in Los Angeles
Visited Photographers in Denmark
Visited Photographers in Norway
AUGUST Attended NZPPA convention, Awarded Honorary Fellowship for services to NZ photography.
OCTOBERI NOV Visited Japan Holland and Scotland, Attended BIPP Convention at Blackpool England
1987 JULY did extensive tour of China visiting 4 different areas with group of about 40 Americans.
AUGUST Attended NZPPA Convention showed the resulting images and as a result of the comments did a one man show of 250 images in a exhibition called ""The Faces of China" in Five city's throughout NZ.
1988 APRIL Traveled back to China by myself to cover four different areas expanding my library of "The Faces Of China"
SEPTEMBER Returned to China to explore areas for my 250, one man Exhibition Called "The Faces of the Silk Road"
1989 MAY Lead a Group of four Photographers on a Photographic tour of Turkey covering a area described as a large circle of eight with the centre on Ankara and the outside loop round Mt Ararat. Photographs from this Safari made up my third one man exhibition called "The Faces of Turkey"
1992 OCTOBER Published "What every bride should know about Professional Photography" a booklet showing Brides what to look for and what they should expect from qualified wedding photographers. This was distributed free throughout NZ.
1992 NOVEMBER Led a invitational group of three to Nepal to do a documentary coverage of the main areas and the people and their places. The resulting photographs are still waiting for action from the writer.
1993 toured England, Wales, Ireland, England, France, Italy, Germany, and back to England.
1994 Co reorganized of NZPPA to INZPP which in retrospect some major weakness were not addressed resulting, in the writers option, in some of the chaos that followed.
1994 toured Belgian, Germany, Czech Republic, Germany, France, England
1995 Organized National conference for Chromatek
with three international speakers
Ran a Costing seminar for a selected group of Photographers
1996 Managed Chromatek for three months while they were looking for a replacement manager. after which I announced that I was retiring from photography
1996 toured England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Germany and back to England.
1996 Shifted to Christchurch
1997 MARCH Exhibition of Faces of Turkey in Sumner
Joined Christchurch Photographic Society and was asked to serve on the committee orgisioning the 1999 PSNZ Convention in Christchurch.
DECEMBER Right knee replaced with a titanium replacement.
1998 MARCH Open a Mini Lab to fill up one of the empty shops that I had purchased. Fount it interesting printing photos for ordinary people showing them what was possible from their negatives. Enjoyed building up a small
business to a degree where it
would support a full time staff by Nov.
DECEMBER Had the Right knee replaced, now can walk again and ready for travel.
1999 APRIL Started learning Visual Basic 6 programming language to write software in my spare time.
JUNE Decided to publish a web page so started to learn "Front Page"
AUGUST Published a compressive Photographic web page.
2000 OCT as four of the shops are now rented it was time to close down the Mini Lab. It was a interesting experience and it made him aware of just how few people have their photographs taken by a professional.
2001 toured thro Rajasthan and Cuba
2002 toured thro USA Mexico France Russia Malta & Paris, UK and Scotland
2003 toured thro Ukraine, Crimea, London, London to Crete, Around Crete by car, Santorini Syros Crete, Helsinki NZ Poland, Gdansk Poland, St Petersburg,
Moscow, Vietnam, Hanoi, Hue - Siagon, Siagon area
2009 toured thro Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Czech Rep, on thro Germany, France, south of England back to Holland
2010 from Holland through Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany and back to Holland.
2011 from Holland through Germany to Switzerland, Spain, Morocco, back to Spain, France, England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and back to Holland.
2012 from Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China,, Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany and back to Holland
2013 from Holland through Germany to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Poland, Germany and back to Holland
2014 from Tucson Arizona on route 66 to Chicago, Minneapolis, Thunder Bay Canada, Across dirt to Calgary, up thro Dawson city to Fairbanks Alaska, Anchorage, back down through Vancouver, Oregon, California to Tucson Arizona.
2015 from Phoenix Arizona, up the Californian coast to Seattle, across Washington Monte Carlo Wyoming South Dakota to Minneapolis, on thro Chicago Michigan to Niagara Falls, up over the great Lakes through Wisconsin to Minneapolis, down to Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and back to Tucson.