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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!

July 2018 Two Day TEP with John Aitken _ The Ultimate Portrait Experience

Join us on July 12 and 13 for an extensive TWO DAY Portrait Workshop with Central New York’s John Aitken.

During this Event you will learn how to create great session experiences, Senior Ambassador Programs, Model Networks, BIG Sales system and much much more!

This will be a hands on learning event so bring your cameras and get ready to shoot. There will be ample time allotted to work with and photograph the models on the beautiful banks of the Erie Canal in the Village of Spencerport.

Don’t miss out on this unique educational and business building experience:

Thursday and Friday July 12-13, 2018

Two Day Program $125

One day Program $85

Sign up for the Two day session by Thursday July 5th to be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 Gift Certificates from Hunt’s Photo and Video.

Other Event Sponsor giveaways include:

John Aitken Ultimate Portrait Experience - July 12-13 9am to 5pm

About John Aitken:

John W. Aitken was born in Baltimore Maryland and moved to New York in 1999 to pursue a new art teaching opportunity. John has been an Art Teacher since 1991 & more recently started a second career as a photographer in 1996 when Aitken Photography was born. John is the father of twins and enjoys spending all his free time with his beautiful wife Abby and their children. Only 4 months after the arrival of his twins, John made the decision to become a professional photographer. John has learned how to streamline a balance between his family, teaching and photography aspirations to develop a very successful home based studio. John has developed a brand that has grown him a huge following of fans and has expanded his sales beyond anything he could have imagined.

John started out as a wedding photographer but his primary focus is seniors and their families (although John continues to photograph weddings as a way to stay connected to the lucrative referral based business he built over the years). John continues to expand and refine his knowledge through reading, attending workshops, watching tutorials and experimentation.

John has been a member of PPSNYS/PPSCNY since the inception of his photography career and has had the honor of being past President for two years and is currently Vice President focusing on planning educational programs.

John gives back to the community of photographers by openly sharing his knowledge with others and through hosting model shootouts and other teaching events. John is excited to teach about his philosophy, the approach he takes when behind the camera and the sales system that works in tandem with the ultimate senior experience he provides.

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

October Meeting Wrap-Up

Our October meeting found us at the studio of Deb McGwin housed in the Anderson Alley Artisans building in the city.  What a beautiful place, with old hardwood floors, exposed brick, huge windows and high ceilings.  Seek out Deb for opportunities to use her studio for future sessions.  It was a great spot for our get-together with Luke Copping, commercial and editorial photographer, from Buffalo.

As a co-creator of Project Prescription, Luke spoke about how, in today’s world of photography overload, you need to differentiate yourself on many levels especially how you conduct your business.  This thoroughly researched, tried and true process benefits creatives who have trouble with workflow and dealing with clients. Although it’s sold as a set of digital documents, Luke shared with us so much valuable information from workflow to client relationships,  assessing whether a client is right for you and beyond the final client payment.  He was a wealth of knowledge and information and we were lucky to have had him in the Rochester area.  Thanks Luke for such a terrific program!!!

We welcomed several new photographers and creatives to our meeting and look forward to seeing everyone in November!


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