July Meeting: Photo Safari at Warner Castle

This month we’re lucky to have two very talented photographers from the Central group of PPSNYS to present a photo excursion to Warner Castle.  Dana Merkur and George Jweid will be conducting an educational program with two models where they will utilize their expertise and skills in shooting seniors and couples on location.  Attendees will learn a variety of poses and lighting situations as well as other skills that will help them create beautiful portraits.  Dana and George will work together and separately to present two very different ways to approach portraiture.  Bring your camera and notebook.  You won’t want to miss out on this fun and exciting summertime photo event!    


Isaf-Merkur Studio opened its doors in 1986 with the goal to give Central NY a one of a kind photography experience. Going into our 30th year in the industry, we pride ourselves in providing something extraordinary.  We are a family owned and operated business that strive to create lasting memories.

Dana holds countless awards from his years in business, showcasing  his skills as a photographer. His most recent awards at Focus NY in 2016, every image he entered placed. In 2011 Dana was also awarded as a Master Photographer by Senior Photographers International. He has continued to push the limits of our industry with new and inovative lighting techniques and coined the phrase “Where Photography is Still an Art.”

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George Jweid Photography:  A few short years ago, I was substitute teaching and working as a manager in a local restaurant when I broke my point & shoot camera one day. For some reason I felt it was necessary to replace it with a DSLR camera. When I realized what I could do with this amazing new toy (if I learned to use it properly, of course) I began learning as much as I could as quickly as possible. The following spring, I was afforded the opportunity to photograph my first wedding and was instantly hooked. After each shoot, I would harshly critique myself in hopes to grow from the experience.

I continue to strive for growth and new creativity every time I pick up the camera. Since that accident of ruining my little digital camera, I have photographed over 150 weddings and run a successful studio in Syracuse. I am a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America), as well as PPSNYS (Professional Photographers of New York State). Also, I am currently the treasurer of our local professional photography organization which is affiliated with both PPSNYS and PPA.

I have worked as a full time photographer for a few years now, and have loved every moment of it. However, I have recently accepted a teaching position at Morrisville-Eaton Central School District. While working at Morrisville-Eaton, I have decided to keep my studio active, as well as continuing to photograph weddings throughout the year. I strive to offer each and every one of my clients the best quality experience and product that I can possibly give. Knowing that I am creating memories that will last a lifetime drives me to improve daily. 


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Event Date/Time:  Wednesday, July 13, 6-8:30pm

Location:  Warner Castle, 5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY 14620

Inclement Weather Location:  Village Gate, 274 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY 14607  (meet at the back parking lot entrance)

Social Time:  After the event TBD

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