Meet our Team

At Progress Through Photography, we have a very small team which makes us more flexible than some of our larger competitors. We can always use more help though and if you are passionate about helping reduce animal homelessness in Arizona, reach out to marcel@ptpusa.org.

Marcel van der Stroom, Founder
Marcel van der Stroom, Founder

After 20 years as a Finance professional in the high-tech world, Marcel had the strong desire to turn his photography hobby into something that could improve lives of pets and their people. Marcel is a Certified Professional Photographer and a member of the Professional Photographers of America.

Hilary van der Stroom
Hilary van der Stroom

Next to a career in higher education & finance, Hilary is part of Progress Through Photography’s team and supports the organization on many levels, including session support, administration and logistics.

Orval
Orval

After living at Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, Orval found an unlimited supply of peanut butter in his new house. At Progress Through Photography he is responsible for canine relations and treat testing. He is also represents the Orval’s Dog2Dog Outreach foundation, which helps dogs living with homeless humans.

Darwin
Darwin

Known for her stern look and impressive hips, Darwin role in Progress Through Photography’s team is to manage feline relations and keeping Orval in line. She lives with three other cats and one German Shepherd.