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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!

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

December Holiday Party


Another year is about to come to a close. But NOT before we celebrate together as a photography community! So join us at The Cub Room on December 14th for food, fun and merriment. Dust off those tuxedos, shine your shoes, get your heels out – it’s time to celebrate!

We’re doing it up right at The Cub Room in downtown Rochester. This popular spot is a modern take on a vintage location in NYC.
Check out the Democrat and Chronicle’s recent review:

Join us at 7pm for a variety of tasty hor d’oeuvres while you mull over a variety of craft cocktails, beers and wine.
Location: The Cub Room, 739 S Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 14
Time: 7-9pm
Who: Members, spouses and guests
GRPP members are free, spouses $10 and guests are $20
Fee includes food, not drinks.

$10 Spouse Fee


$20 Guest Fee


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.





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


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