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  • Greater Rochester Professional Photographers

    Welcome to the Greater Rochester Professional Photographers official website! We are an organization of like minded professionals dedicated to the advancement of the photographic arts in Upstate New York. We are one of eleven sections of Professional Photographers Society of New York State and we are an affiliate of Professional Photographers of America.

    On this website you will find articles and links designed to help you find professional photographers for all your photographic needs. Whether you are getting married, looking for portrait work or just looking for some great pieces of visual artwork, you will find it here.

    If you are a professional photographer who is interested in networking with other professionals, please join us every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607. Be sure to visit our Facebook Page for more information about our monthly meetings.

    Our meetings begin with a social hour from 6 - 7 pm followed by the main program from 7 - 9 pm. Your first meeting is complimentary - so come check us out!

April 2018 Meeting – Route 66 Photographers

What happens when two professional photographers take to the road for a month?

Recently featured in Rochester’s 55+ Magazine (January-February 2018 issue), professional photographers Paul Bardotz and Brent Walton took an epic journey on Historic Route 66.  Come join us on April 11th, 2018 and find out more.

In their presentation, Paul and Brent will talk about lessons learned from a month long drive on historic Route 66 and how they apply to photography.  They will discuss the things they learned about their equipment, approaching strangers, and taking a business approach to a venture like this.  (They secured sponsors and received comps along the way.  They will talk about how that all works.)

Their trip was sponsored by Bay Photo Labs, Republic Wireless, Topaz Labs, Alien Skin, Anthropics, ACDSee, MoLight, Warner 5 Color, On1 Software and Nataliacha Doodley Do.  They worked their sponsors products and services in to their adventure, and they will explain how.

During their trip they put on over 7500 miles on a rental car, took over 25,000 images, and met people whom they will never forget (and a few who will never forget them either… but that’s a story you’ll have to attend to hear.)

Free for GRPP, PPSNYS and 1st time Visitors.

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FocusNY Convention

The schedule for our PPSNYS Convention, known as FocusNY, has been posted. If you have not checked it out yet, or have never been, then please consider this year, as the slate of speakers is well-known throughout the on-line community or their teaching and expertise.

Information and register here:

November Meeting Recap: Lindsay DeDario

In November,we were fortunate to have a visit with Buffalo-based photojournalist and wedding photographer Lindsay DeDario.  Averaging about thirty-five weddings a year , Lindsay got involved with Reuters, an international news agency, several years ago beginning her photojournalism career.  The transition wasn’t that big of a change from her wedding photography style which shows imagery that isn’t too posed and always looks for stories and personalities.  Storytelling is an important part of her work which she believes fully that the connection your make to the subjects and photographs you shoot can produce some of the strongest images.  While viewing a variety of her images, as well as historically striking and iconic images, she spoke of the trifecta of storytelling through photography.  First, know your technical stuff, which is the least important piece, but still necessary.  Next, decide how you will communicate the story and then finally, make sure you create some kind of feeling/emotion. If you hit those three points, you’ve got a strong image.  Emotion trumps all!

It was a pleasure to have Lindsay join us at the Flower City Arts Center.Thank you Lindsay! We’d also like to thank all who attended from members to guests.  It was great to see everyone!


tammy wellsDecember 13, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Hi, This is Tammy, I am a Deaf photographer. Eric Kunsman was recommended me to come to workshop and learn more about being photographer’s role and go on. I have so much questions to ask and want to meet other photographers as well. I just graduated from RIT in Visual Media ( BFA ) Let me know when is next workshop and how much it cost and will provide an interpreter as well? Let me know. Many thanks for your time.

Happy Holidays.
Tammy Wells

October Meeting Wrap-Up

Our October meeting found us at the studio of Deb McGwin housed in the Anderson Alley Artisans building in the city.  What a beautiful place, with old hardwood floors, exposed brick, huge windows and high ceilings.  Seek out Deb for opportunities to use her studio for future sessions.  It was a great spot for our get-together with Luke Copping, commercial and editorial photographer, from Buffalo.

As a co-creator of Project Prescription, Luke spoke about how, in today’s world of photography overload, you need to differentiate yourself on many levels especially how you conduct your business.  This thoroughly researched, tried and true process benefits creatives who have trouble with workflow and dealing with clients. Although it’s sold as a set of digital documents, Luke shared with us so much valuable information from workflow to client relationships,  assessing whether a client is right for you and beyond the final client payment.  He was a wealth of knowledge and information and we were lucky to have had him in the Rochester area.  Thanks Luke for such a terrific program!!!

We welcomed several new photographers and creatives to our meeting and look forward to seeing everyone in November!


Join us June14 for Drone Photography with Jeff Scruggs

Join us as Jeff Scruggs, of No Limit Aerial Photography and Video Inc. out of Buffalo shares on this hot topic. He will share a brief introduction to drones, how they work and some of the techniques used to capture great images. He’ll also touch on the legal side of the business of drone photography.

About Jeff Scruggs, by Jeff Scruggs: I have always had a profound interest in technology ever since I was a child, always fascinated with gadgetry. This passion led me to get a degree in computer science and eventually allow me to travel the world installing and setting up large satellite dishes for the government. Somewhere along the line I saw all of the buttons on a DSLR camera and thought I should check that out. Eventually the love of photography and technology led me to buy one of the first drones with a camera. Once I took off and saw the view I was hooked. This led me to start the aerial photography business. We do a lot of interesting work from still photos to working with local filmmakers to 3D mapping of industrial sites. Running 2 auto repair shops and the aerial photo business and spending time with my wife and 3 kids keeps me pretty happy and busy.

This meeting will be held at:
6:00 pm Social hour
Starbucks, 680 Monroe Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

7:00 pm Feature Presentation
Flower City Arts Center
713 Monroe Av, Rochester, NY 14607

Newborn and Family PhotographerJuly 28, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Great post! Great collection of images!

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