About Us

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall transact all routine club business, in addition to performing the duties specifically outlined in the Bylaws and generally determine club policy.

Karl Barth

Karl BarthI've always had an interest in photography but I didn’t get seriously involved until I inherited my grandfather’s Nikon D40 several years ago. It was my first SLR and I still use it today. It goes everywhere I go. You never know when there will be that perfect moment to capture.

I primarily shoot for fun but I have done some photo shoots on the side. Since acquiring the Nikon D40, I've learned so much about photography from reading books, learning from photographers, and taking a lot of pictures.

I joined the Calvert Photography Club in 2012. Since attending that first meeting, I’ve enjoyed interacting with this great group of photographers at the meetings or on photo trips. It’s amazing to see how much this club has grown.

Outside of photography, I’m a husband and father of two great kids. In my full time job I work in Washington, DC at the IRS as a information technology specialist. Even though I live in Upper Marlboro, I grew up in Calvert County and I’m amazed at how much this county has grown. I hope to move back to this great county someday.

Sharon Shifflett

Vice President
Sharon ShifflettI have always loved taking pictures of all kinds of subjects. My house is full of photos taken over the years. Pictures for me, are Forever Memories. I have always said if we needed to evacuate our home, rescue people first, then pets, and then pictures. Everything else can be replaced.

When my grandchildren started to arrive, and I had switched from film to a digital point, and shoot camera, my Director at work, introduced me to Adobe Elements and I became hooked. I realized I could do so much more with my pictures. There was one problem though; there were too many missed moments and too many photos of the back of the grandchildren's heads because the shutter delay on my point and shoot was too slow and the children were too fast. I decided to get my first DSLR when I discovered there was no shutter delay plus you could capture better images. When all the things I was trying to capture were at my fingertips, I found my passion.

Now since I did not live close enough to a college to take night courses in photography (I work full time), I have spent the last six or seven years learning this craft. The Calvert Photography Club must be credited for my advancement on this journey. I am so grateful to the club, as I would never have found my passion without the club members' dedication to teaching and learning about photography. The Calvert Photography Club introduced me to Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and so many other tools to further my photography skills, which are always being improved.

I work at the Calvert County Housing Authority. My husband and I live in Prince Frederick. He accompanies me on many of the club’s photo trips as well as any time I want to capture sunsets, ospreys, eagles and anything else that meets my fancy. He even built me a blind to capture the birds at our bird feeder. So, my cat is on his cat tree looking out the window, and I am at the other window behind my blind made of 1/4-inch plywood taped to the window frame taking pictures. It is terrific that he helps and supports my photography. All our children and grandchildren live on the Eastern Shore around Easton and St. Michaels, so we are going to the shore almost every other weekend with my cameras. I have endless opportunities to shoot pictures.

Gloria Occipinti

Gloria OccipintiI have been interested in photography since high school and decided to take some photography classes when I became a Freshman at Charles County Community College (now College of Southern Maryland) in 1979. I actually met my husband there while both of us were working in the darkroom one day and I kept running into him (literally) in the dark! I guess it was fate! I continued to take photographs over the years, especially after our daughter was born in 1988 and continued, eventually going from film to digital, until she would no longer allow me to take any pictures of her! Fortunately, I still have other subject matter to cover including vacation pictures, pets, and just about anything else I find of interest.

I became interested in learning Photoshop around the time digital photography started to become popular. Though it took a while, I finally convinced my husband that Photoshop was the way to go and so he too became a fan and has far surpassed me in his knowledge and proficiency of digital editing. We joined the Calvert Photography Club in 2012 and it has really helped me to grow as a photographer. The guest speakers at club meetings, monthly photo trips, and especially the interaction with other photographers has all been invaluable to me. I use a Nikon D-700 (recently upgraded from a D-200). But I also find myself taking pictures with my IPhone a lot since that is the camera I always have with me! And there are a number of cool apps that I have begun experimenting with as well.

I live in Waldorf with my husband. I work for USDA, Rural Development, where I have worked since 1983. Besides photography, I love to work in the yard, read, and especially to travel (but always with my camera – I mean, what’s the point otherwise!)