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John Herrel

John Herrel


John is a nationally awarded photographer, leader in the photographic industry and one of only 29 Certified Professional Photographers in the State of South Carolina.  As the current Director of the Lamarr School of Photography, he is dedicated to bringing education to photographers who wish to learn and grow in the industry.  As one of the first to acquire the national recognition as a Certified Professional Photographer in South Carolina, he has passed his knowledge on by dedicating his time to teaching and helping other photographers through many organizations such as:

• PPA Councilor – Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
• Treasurer and Board of Directors of the Professional Photographers of SC (PPSC)
• Carolina Nature Photographers Association (CNPA)
• Board of Directors – Columbia Camera Club

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Contact the Assistant Director regarding registration, hotel and parking accommodations

Marcelle Raphael

Marcelle Raphael

Assistant Director

Marcelle Raphael is an award winning professional photographer with a studio in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. She specializes in newborn and maternity portraiture and her images appear in national commercial advertising campaigns and many corporate environments. Her work is often displayed by vendors at WPPI’s international expo and conference for photographers and Imaging USA, two of the world’s largest photographic conventions.

Along with her studio business, she is the current Executive Director of Professional Photographers of South Carolina, an affiliate leader in Professional Photographers of America  and the Assistant Director of The Lamarr Williamson School of Photography.  She also offers instruction across the southeast and online training for students around the world.

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