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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!

November Meeting Featuring Jim Montanus

Rochester photographer Jim Montanus be joining the Great Rochester Professional Photographers to share the interesting and unexpected Journey of how he went from being a corporate marketing manager to becoming one of the most recognizable photography brands in Rochester within two years.

Of course, it would be impossible for Jim to share his story without talking about how his father Neil Montanus influenced his life and his photography. As a Kodak Photographer, Neil traveled the globe, photographing the world’s most beautiful and exotic locations and some of it’s most famous people.

Beginning in the 50’s, Neil toured Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, India, Taiwan, the South Pacific – more than 32 countries in all – and even spent several nights with a former headhunting tribe in the jungles of Borneo. As a result, his career has been called legendary and his photographs have been seen by of millions of people around the world through Kodak advertising. His resume includes the ‘best portrait ever’ of Walt Disney (still in use today), the official presidential portrait of Gerald Ford – and a fellowship with the American Society of Photographers, one of only 27 photographers in the world to hold that distinction when he was awarded it in 1977. He earned his Master of Photography from the Professional Photographers of America in 1961.

Jim started his career as a journalist, but that quickly evolved into photography when he accepted the position of staff Photographer, University of Rochester. After eight productive years at the U of R, Jim reinvented himself as a corporate marketing manager and spent 17 years working a various companies, including Frontier, Global Crossing and Unity Health System. Fast forward to 2014 when Jim was downsized out of the corporate world. As he was searching for another job, Jim also started shooting… and shooting – and never stopped. And between his photographs of the brutally cold winter of 2014 and his marketing savvy, he saw his social media following skyrocket – and eventually dropped the job search.

Jim will be sharing his story, along with his best photography tips and post processing techniques, as well as tips on how to grow your business on social media.

Please consider joining us on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6-9pm at the Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave., in downtown Rochester!

Social hour is from 6-7pm and the program begins at 7pm.


September 2018 Meeting: John Kucko Digital

John began his TV sports career in 1987 and worked as a sports anchor for 29 years before completely switching gears to pursue a digital media career. John has remained at WROC-TV on a part-time basis, anchoring the daily 4pm news broadcast. Since switching to his digital role, John had a number of videos/stills go viral including the “Ice House” in 2017, and most recently the raging Montour Falls in August, where a Facebook Live broadcast of John’s reached 14 million viewers. John resides in Penfield with his wife and daughter Caroline. His older daughter, Natalie, is a television reporter in Watertown, NY.

He loves captivating the beauty in his travels. John works with an array of digital content from traditional still images to breathtaking video. He’s a longtime TV guy who loves shooting with the camera.

John will be talking about his role in television and the change that came about in 2016 that altered the course of his life to one of photographer/videographer embracing a passion he didn’t even know existed.

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607, 2nd floor

Event is open to the public and free to first time attendees!

Social Hour begins at 6pm
Program starts at 7pm

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

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