Michael Gan began his professional career after graduating from the University of California at Davis in 1978. By 1979, he opened Gan Photography in a strip mall in Dublin California, later moving his studio to nearby Pleasanton in 1986. His business philosophy has always been, “Strength in business through strength in community and the profession”. Because of this, he has always been active in various causes that involve the community and professional photography.
Michael now lives with his wife, Leslie Artis-Gan, M. Photog. Cr. In Petaluma California and practice professional photography in their home after 30 years in a commercial space. They have 6 children, all grown and finished with college, and 3 grandchildren.
Professional Photographers of America – Director 2008-2013
Professional Photographers of California – Convention Chair 1986, 2005-06, Fellowship and Service Awards
Northern California Professional Photographers – Past President 2004-2006 Fellowship and Service Awards
Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area – Past Treasurer, Board of Director – 1981-1984
Certified Professional Photographer – 1983
Rotary Club of Dublin California – 1979-1998 Past-President 1992-1993
Rotary Club of Pleasanton, California – 1998-2008
Tri-Valley YMCA Board of Managers – 1979-2008 Past Chairman of the Board 1993-1995