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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!

November Meeting: Pet Portraits w/ Kelly Schulze

For our November meeting, we’re welcoming Kelly Schulze, Photog., CPP.  She is the award-winning owner of Mountain Dog Photography in northern Vermont. Kelly is known for her animal portraiture, especially her work related to animal adoption. She and her husband, Ian, volunteer weekly at the largest animal shelter in the state and provide pro bono portraits of animals ready for adoption. Kelly has been an animal lover her entire life. She volunteered for her local shelter in high school, attended an agricultural high school, and majored in Animal Science at University of Vermont. In addition to domestic animals, Kelly has a passion for wildlife and family vacations are often planned around a particular species or ecosystem. Kelly and Ian share their lives with 5 cats, 4 dogs, and 2 horses. Several chickens also give the family fresh food, insect control, and entertainment.

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Program Description:

“Animal Portraiture: Understanding animal behavior and asking the right questions will help you create portraits that clients love to buy”

Successfully including animals into portrait sessions isn’t just “sit, stay”; it’s also about finding out how the animals relate to your client. In her presentation, Kelly will show you that pet portraits are just one segment of the larger animal portrait category and that you can thrill your clients by focusing on how they share their home and life with their animals. Whether you still get nervous when a client asks “can I bring my dog?” or you’ve always got your camera bag stocked with squeaky toys, you’ll be able to learn something new as Kelly also shares her notes on working with different species and experiences with giving back in the world of animal adoption. In this presentation Kelly will also be giving a live demonstration of her techniques photographing a dog in a studio setting.

Make sure to join us for Kelly’s presentation!

Wednesday, Nov. 9  7:00-9:00pm

The Grand, 389 Gregory St, Rochester, NY 14620

Social Hour at Tap & Mallet (across from The Grand) from 6:00-7:00pm

 

October Meeting Wrap-Up

Our October meeting was a really excellent opportunity to get some perspective on customer service.  TJ Houston of TJ Shots in Ashland, OH brought his enthusiasm, passion and energy to Rochester with his Killer Customer Service program.  He started off with a live video (too cool!) on Facebook!!!2016oct18_015

During his presentation, TJ covered everything that has to do with customer service from the first point of contact, where to meet for that first meeting and client talking points, to staying organized, creating workflow systems, and how to handle the day of the session.  Of course he discussed gear-type (he’s fully mirror-less),  social media and how truly connecting with your clients is the best thing you can do.  Being and staying positive seems to be TJ’s mantra in work and life.  We were delighted to have him as our guest in Rochester!  Make sure to connect with him on Facebook and check out his website

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October Meeting: TJ Houston Customer Service

For our October meeting we’ll be welcoming TJ Houston from Ashland, OH.  TJ is an author, blogger, photographer and educator.  He has been in the business of telling stories with beautiful imagery since 2010 with his business TJ Shots.  He specializes in senior and wedding photography out of his studio and on location.  Since starting his photography business, TJ has been laser focused on creating a customer experience that people talk about.  He loves to share his knowledge with others in hopes of making them better professionals!  “Every single wedding you photograph is an audition for the next one.”  In the October meeting,  TJ will go over 10 ways to really kill it on the wedding day and be the “talk of the event”.  He’ll also go over some useful resources to save you time and most importantly money in your business.  You won’t want to miss this likable, talented, energetic photographer!  PLEASE NOTE…We are meeting on a different date that is not our regular slot.  The meeting will be held on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 starting at 7pm!!!

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Don’t forget to join us at 6pm for Happy Hour at Tap & Mallet (381 Gregory St, Rochester, NY 14620)

The meeting begins at 7pm at The Grand (389 Gregory St.)

See you there!

September Meeting Recap: Partnership

Our September meeting found us socializing at Tap & Mallet and then back at The Grand for an interesting, informative presentation by Lori Coleman and Erin Perrotta of Lori & Erin Photography.  Five years of working together has allowed these two to create a partnership that has kept them going through good and not so good times. The discussion included a lot of guidance on how they’ve managed to move from individually owned businesses to their existing business, from creating a plan, talking with lawyers, and other “how do we start” stuff to the day to day business we all experience of marketing, customer relations, sessions, editing, ordering, etc.  Although many of us may not have considered a partnership, the topics discussed were beneficial to all and opened up our eyes as food for thought about their experience through this process.  Enlightening and humorous, it’s evident that these two are not only good friends, but great partners!  Thank you Lori and Erin for your presentation!!!

 

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Photo Safari Recap: Warner Castle

In July, we welcomed two guest photographers and two models to join our group at Highland Park for our photo safari.  Dana Merkur and George Jweid shared their talents and expertise photographing our models Caitlin and Trevor.  The many who attended were able to photograph alongside, while watching Dana and George set up various lighting and posing techniques.  Lots of discussion led to additional learning which is what we strive for with our organization.  The evening ended with some social time at a local bar sharing stories and ideas.  A big thank you to both photographers, the two models and to all who attended the event!  Also, a special thank you to Adrian DeJesus for shooting the behind-the-scenes images.

photo right: Isaf Merkur Studio

photo right: Isaf Merkur Studio

photo right: Isaf Merkur Studio

Both photos: George Jweid Photography

Both photos: George Jweid Photography

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