June 2012 President’s Newsletter

I can see by all the postings on social media sites that wedding season has begun for a lot of our photographers.  As always, the images are looking great, and I’m sure it felt terrific to wipe off the cob webs from the long…but warm…winter and get the camera back in your hands.  I’m sure it felt “less” than terrific to get back in front of your computer screen and edit thousands if images.  Oh well…good with the bad, right?

Are you ready for this one?  There’s a lot of information in this newsletter, so pack a snack and settle down in front of your keyboard.


This Month’s’ Meeting:   

Maximizing Your Web Presence

TOP RANKED: Promoting your small business on the internet

Presented by John Huegel of SNAPP

Maximize Internet Presence, GRPP, Internet HelpThere are over 29 million small businesses in the United States alone!  Many of these businesses struggle to market to customers, and don’t necessarily have the same resources available to them compared to larger businesses.  This program describes several ways to use the internet to promote your business, sell products and services, and reach new and existing customers.

The methods in this program were all used by me as I developed my small photography business.  They have resulted in consistently high search results, good web traffic, and strong marketing results from web-based promotion.  Whether you run a product or service business, a non-profit or a school any other type of business, the techniques in this program will increase your web traffic, your brand awareness and your business’ legitimacy to your customers.


Program Agenda:

– building a web site

– blogging

– permission marketing

– social networking

– knowledge sharing

– press releases

– community networking

– tracking web use

– and more techniques to increase web visibility and customer contact.



John Huegel is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  He runs John Huegel Photography, an Erie, Pennsylvania-based portraiture business focusing on Seniors, Weddings and Dance Photography.  Additionally, he trains and mentors new and developing professional photographers and has over a dozen books published on the Kindle platform.


Date:  Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Time:  Social hour begins at 6:00 pm. Program begins at 7:00 pm.

Location:  Lumiere Photo, located at 100 College Avenue, Rochester, NY (behind the Memorial Art Gallery).


News From PPSNYS

  • At the Council meeting in May, Owen Kassimir officially took the gavel as president of PPSNYS.  Owen has an infectious amount of energy, and I think he’ll continue outgoing President Greg Lewis’ efforts to make membership in PPSNYS a real benefit.  Part of the new push will be member-exclusive information on the PPSNYS website.
  • There is a new promotional campaign that we are pushing this year: “It Takes a Professional”.  We are trying to stress to the photography-buying public why it is important for them to hire professionals to capture those once in a lifetime moments, such as weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, special anniversary celebrations, newborn babies, etc.  We are not only providing photographs for our customers, but we are providing peace of mind that it will be done well, with quality, great customer service and integrity.  We will be creating video testimonials from photographers and clients alike as part of the campaign.  The videos will be placed on the PPSNYS website.


November GRPP Seminar

Fuzzy Duenkel Seminar in Rochester, New York, GRPP


If you have not heard already, we are extremely fortunate to have Fuzzy Duenkel come and present an all-day seminar (Go Home Live) here in Rochester on Sunday, November 4, 2012.  Fuzzy is widely considered one of the best portrait photographers in the country, and is someone that I’ve been following for years.  This GRPP -sponsored event will be held at the Green Lantern Inn in Fairport, which is where our January 2012 seminar was held.  And it promises to be an even bigger, more popular event than that one.

Registration details will follow shortly.  For now, save the date on your calendar!

If you are not gamiliar with Fuzzy’s work, then treat yourself to a tour of his web site:
Dunkel Portrait Art – http://www.duenkel.com/




GRPP Social Events

Mary Jemison Boar Tour with Rochester Photographers, GRPP

Our new Social Event Queen, Erin Perrotta, has arranged this year’s first “purely-for-fun-because-we -just -don’t-hang-out-enough-with-our-favorite-photographer-friends” event.  It’s going to be on Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lookin’ for a fun night out?  Want to find out what the Greater Rochester Professional Photographers chapter of the Professional Photographer’s Society of NY State (PPSNYS) is all about.  The come aboard.

Join us for a ride on the Mary Jameson! Come and mingle, and meet new people.  Come get to know the coolest group of professional photographers in town.

This will be the first of a hopefully many future GRPP socials we’re planning, and hoping you’ll join us!

Date: July 12, 2012

Time: 7-8:30 pm

Location: Mary Jameson leaves from Corn Hill Landing

Cost: $13 per person


Open to GRPP members and non-members.

The boat is limited to 60 riders total, and is open to the general public also, so RSVP early to guarantee your spot!  GRPP did not reserve a private cruise, so there will be others on the cruise, which is why you need to register early to ensure your favorite spot on deck.  Or below deck…whatever floats your boat.

There is a fully licensed bar, soft drinks, water, juice, and snacks available for purchase.


We look forward to seeing you there!


Monroe County Zoo Photo Contest

Photo Contest, Seneca Park Zoo and GRPP


Kelli O’Brien, the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for the Seneca Park Zoo contact me awhile ago and asked if our members would be interested in taking part in a photo contest they are running for their annual calendar. This is the information she sent me.

Let’s see if we can fill half of the calendar with GRPP members’ photos…and top each other while doing so.


Here is the link to the zoo’s page for this year’s photo contest.


Kelli indicated that they are still working on details for prizes but you can at least see which animals they chose to highlight for this year’s calendar as well as contest rules.  The contest runs from May 1 through July 15.

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