May 2013 President’s Message

Photo Northeast 2013 Wrap Up:

Because I have a little pull, I was able to get the official photos from our Photo Northeast Convention held in April 2013 in Westchester, NY.  I’ve included several here to show you some of the things you missed from the speaker presentations, the parties, the awards and the print competition.  There are also a few of some GRPP members enjoying themselves.
If you did not go, you certainly did miss a good convention.

The latest report indicated that only 25% of the members of PPSNYS and PPANJ (Professional Photography Association of New Jersey) attended the conference.  As the numbers keep getting smaller every year, there is a very real possibility that the convention may not even be held in future years, which would certainly be a travesty.  The biggest reason that members used for not going is that they wanted to save money.  However by missing out, the members that stay home are losing potential revenue by not taking advantage of the hands-on learning, picking the brains of incredibly instructors from across the country, saving money on equipment from great deals at the trade show, and enriching your professional lives by becoming involved with photographers from all across NY and NJ.

Not only did I get to meet and talk with PPA President Ralph Romaguera, but I met and had a conversation with Richard Sturdevant, who, in the long and storied history of PPA, is the only person to score perfect 100’s on each of the four prints in his print competition case.  A perfect 400 case score.  And he happened to do it twice.   Talk about meeting a rock star….  You can’t get that experience by listening to a webinar on your computer.



This Month’s Meeting:

Family and Group Portraiture – This program will be presented by Doug Hansgate, President of Advantage Media Productions (, located in North Tonawanda, NY.  Doug has been photographing professionally for over 35 years, and is and past-president of the Twin Cities Camera Club.

He teaches a variety of courses, you can find the extensive list on his

For this meeting, Doug will focus on the group portrait. How it differs from individual portraits, lighting alternatives, group posing, and how to effectively work with groups from small to large.

As usual, the meeting is located at Lumiere Photo, 100 College Avenue, in the City of Rochester.  The social hour begins at 6pm, and the meeting will begin shortly after 7pm.  We will have live models for this meeting, and if the weather cooperates we may move outdoors.  Bring gear if you want some hands on learning.

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