Meet David Grupa
A member of the Professional Photographers of America since 1977, David Grupa earned the designation of Certified Professional Photographer in 1995. In 1998, his outstanding image-making and contributions to the profession as a speaker, an author, and a mentor helped him become just the 5th individual to simultaneously earn the respected Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from the PPA. In 2002, he added the Fellowship and Service degrees to his MNPPA Accredited Photographer status, making him the 5th member in the then-76-year history of the organization to earn all three honors.
His energetic personality and high-energy approach make him a natural for High school senior portrait photography; his fun-loving style is a favorite among wedding parties. David’s talents also include creative portraiture of families and their young children.
David’s numerous award-winning wedding and children’s images have been selected for display in both the PPA and MNPPA Traveling Loan Collections, and he has been honored with 2 Fuji Masterpiece Awards. In 2011, David received the prestigious Kodak Gallery Award for his album entitled “End of Watch” which documented the funeral of a slain police officer.
He has been honored with the PPA National Award by two different associations, along with the MNPPA Addie Award and the TCPPA Staples Award for his “outstanding volunteer service to professional photography.” Currently, David serves as a Minnesota Councilor to the PPA, on the Board of Trustees for PPA Charities, and is a Past-President of both the MNPPA (Minnesota Professional Photographers Association) and the TCPPA (Twin Cities Professional Photographers Association). He is the 2012-2013 President of the Northern Light Professional Photographers Association.