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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!

Focus NY Convention: Rochester NY Photographers

Recently a great group of photographers (that’s us if you weren’t sure) took the thruway to Buffalo for the PPSNYS Focus NY Convention.

We spent three days, at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo with photographers from all over the state. We learned from fantastic educators all about topics ranging from business skills to lighting techniques.

There’s something to be said for getting out from behind our online learning and being with other people. We bonded over meals and drinks shared, and were reminded that there’s a community of real people out there, willing to help us ALL grow as photographers.

If you’re interested in meeting new people and learning from some of the best in the business, stop by our next meeting and get to know us.

Here’s a few photos from the convention, taken by our current President Adrian DeJesus.

Photos by Adrian DeJesus Photography, Written by Erin Perrotta, Lori & Erin Photography

Join us April 12th: Find Your Fierce Boudoir Photography with Teri Fiske

To Teri Fiske, a boudoir session is so much more than sexy pictures for the significant other. This is a transformative experience. An experience that can build someone up in a way that can never be taken from them. We’re going to talk about what boudoir is, how to approach it as a business model, how to find your ideal clients, and most importantly discuss why women choose to do these sessions and how you as a photographer can help women ‘Find Their Fierce’.

About Teri by Teri: I started my photography business in 2003. In 2008 I started shooting boudoir, which quickly became my absolute favorite thing to photograph. I love helping women find their fierce through boudoir sessions. My business has grown and changed throughout the years and I’m thrilled to say continues to do so! I’m now photographing more and more weddings as well as boudoir and look forward to seeing where it takes me.

See more of her work at:

Join us on April 12, 2017
6:00-7:00pm Social hour at Starbucks (680 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607)
7:00-9:00 PM – Presentation at The Flower City Arts Center – (713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607)

Join us March 8th: Drone Photography

Join us as Jeff Scruggs, of No Limit Aerial Photography and Video Inc. out of Buffalo shares on this hot topic. He will share a brief introduction to drones, how they work and some of the techniques used to capture great images. He’ll also touch on the legal side of the business of drone photography.

About Jeff Scruggs, by Jeff Scruggs: I have always had a profound interest in technology ever since I was a child, always fascinated with gadgetry. This passion led me to get a degree in computer science and eventually allow me to travel the world installing and setting up large satellite dishes for the government. Somewhere along the line I saw all of the buttons on a DSLR camera and thought I should check that out. Eventually the love of photography and technology led me to buy one of the first drones with a camera. Once I took off and saw the view I was hooked. This led me to start the aerial photography business. We do a lot of interesting work from still photos to working with local filmmakers to 3D mapping of industrial sites. Running 2 auto repair shops and the aerial photo business and spending time with my wife and 3 kids keeps me pretty happy and busy.

This meeting will be held at the Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Avenue Rochester NY 14617

Social Hour: 6-7pm, please bring a snack or drink to share
Meeting begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

November Meeting: Follow-Up

Where has the time gone?  This follow-up to our November meeting is obviously way over-due, but it was worth the wait!  We were pleased to welcome Kelly Schulze of Mountain Dog Photography to Rochester, all the way from Vermont, to present her program about pet portraits.  Lori and Erin brought their dogs, Molly and Allie, to model so that Kelly could show us what a real pet portrait session might look like.  Both dogs responded perfectly to the situation.  That doesn’t mean they stayed or sat (all the time) and when that happened, we could see how Kelly worked to get them and their owners to work together for the best portrait situation possible complete with studio lighting, a backdrop and squeaky toys!

The second part of Kelly’s program gave us a bigger picture on the world of pet portraits including working with animals outside the traditional pet norm.  We learned that each animal species has unique characteristics that come into play when photographing them and further that each individual animal is truly unique unto itself.  In other words, getting to know that particular animal will help you immensely in having a successful session.

A long awaited thank you to Kelly for coming to educate us, Heather McKay for allowing us the use of The Grand and to all our members who turned out for a truly terrific program!

January 2017 Meeting: Work to Live


For our January meeting we are excited to be combining with the Rochester chapter of Tuesday’s Together for a focus on our businesses!

Join us for a fun and interactive meeting with inventive tips and tricks for building your personal wealth, security and happiness with your business as the foundation.

The class topics include: goal setting; effective use of data analytics; business management systems; effective strategies to ensure financial sustainability; and a 12-month plan to achieving your Financial, Business and Wellness goals for 2017.

January’s meeting is co-presented by Heather McKay, CPP, an award winning, full-time photographer who has been self-employed for 14 years and Dr. James Maddison, a financial adviser with the Principal Financial Group who was previously self-employed as a freelance grant writer, fund-raiser and researcher.

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer/statesman

*** Bring a business, marketing, wellness, or financial book that you have read and want to swap with someone else!***

heather-mckay-james-maddisonAbout the presenters:
Jim Maddison, Ed.D. and father of 4 was a freelance grant writer, fund raiser, and researcher working out of the Carlson Cowork prior to joining the Principal Financial Group as a Financial Adviser. As a Financial Adviser, Jim’s mission is to work with small organizations and individuals toward financial security. Jim’s first career was in the non-profit sector and education, and he has a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and an earned doctorate in education from the University of Rochester. Jim continues to freelance on projects such as the development of an economic development index using point-of-sale data.

Heather McKay, CPP, is an internationally award winning full-time wedding photographer and a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. Her specialty is in offbeat weddings, day-in-the-life portraits and small business consulting. As a completely independent small business owner, she has managed to sustain herself and her business by focusing on the bottom line.

About GRPP:
We are an organization of like minded professionals dedicated to the advancement of the photographic arts in Upstate New York. Photographers of all skill levels and specializations are encouraged to join! We are one of eleven sections of Professional Photographers Society of New York State and we are an affiliate of Professional Photographers of America.

About Rising Tide Society and Tuesdays Together:
The Rising Tide Society is an international group begun in 2015 with the hopes of educating and empowering creatives and entrepreneurs while remaining in the spirit of #communityovercompetition. RTS is an online Facebook group and a website full of resources, open discussions, helpful tools and links and frequent webinars and workshops. On the second Tuesday of each month, local RTS groups meet in person to discuss new topics, network and socialize with others who “get it.” Wendy Zook is the leader of the Rochester Tuesdays Together group and can be reached at

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