Sam DeNoto, a member of the Greater Rochester Professional Photographers (GRPP) for several years, passed away suddenly on August 25, 2009 at the age of 43. He grew up and settled in the small town of Wolcott, NY, where he became everyone’s photographer of choice for weddings, families and high school senior portraits. Regardless of the type of photography session, Sam always tried to have fun and connect with his subjects. We didn’t see him nearly enough at GRPP meetings, but when he did make the hour-long drive to attend our meetings, we were always greeted by a big, shy smile from our big, burly friend.
GRPP has named our annual scholarship to the PPSNYS Summer Workshop the “Sam DeNoto Scholarship”, in honor of our friend Sam, who left us way too soon.