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This profile was last updated on 5/6/99  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Teacher
    Monterey County
  • Editor and Photographer

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Active Member
    Professional Photographers


  • advanced degree , photography
  • Masters Degree , education
Web References
Cameo Photography: Photography Team, 6 May 1999 [cached]
Phil Dershem, Photographer ;and Penny Elrich, Wedding Choreographer, Photographer, Editor
Introduction to the Cameo Team
Phil Dershem - PhotographerPhil has been photographing weddings for over twenty years in Salinas, Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel, and throughout the rest of Monterey County.Phil became involved in photography in college when he was elected yearbook editor.When the school photographer resigned, Phil quickly became both editor and photographer.Soon after, Phil photographed his first wedding.
Phil has attended a number of photography schools and seminars conducted by some of the world's leading wedding photographers.Phil is constantly exploring new ideas and trends in wedding photography through instructional videos, books, professional publications, and association newsletters.Phil is currently an active member of the Professional Photographers of the Santa Clara Valley, the Professional Photographers of California, and the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International.He has won numerous awards from the Professional Photographers of the Monterey Bay Area, including Photograph of the Month, Photograph of the Year, and Wedding Album of the Year.Two articles about Cameo Photography have been published in the monthly newsletter of the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International.
In addition to a career in wedding photography, Phil is a teacher in Monterey County.He has a Masters Degree in education, and he is currently pursuing an advanced degree in photography.
Lyn Dershem - Studio ManagerLyn is responsible for managing the studio.All finished orders are her responsibility.She is highly skilled at cropping photographs for maximum impact and assembling the finished photographs into albums and folios.Lyn is also in charge of all the bookkeeping for Cameo Photography.She has assisted Phil in the business of wedding photography for over twenty years.
Devin has assisted Phil in wedding photography during the last three years.
Many times Devin will be holding a large scrim to block direct rays of the sun while Phil and Penny are photographing the bride, groom, wedding party, and family members at an outdoor location.
In addition to assisting Phil, Devin takes many of the architectural photographs at the wedding and reception.
Along with Phil, Penny also takes photographs (without flash) using high speed film and lenses of various focal lengths during the ceremony.One additional responsibility that Penny has is to edit all of the original photographs and place them in a preview book.
Welcome to ~ Photo Directory, 16 May 2001 [cached]
Photographer Phil Dershem
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