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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 on a GRPPster Chris Kogut

Focus on a GRPPster: Chris Kogut

How did you know you were successful?

That thought occurred to me when I had 7 PPA print merits my first year of competition (out of a possible 8). That gave me the confidence that the images I produce can be up there with the best of them.

How did you get into photography?

I left my nursing career and planted a garden. I picked up my husband’s camera and took pictures of the flowers. I wrote a lot of letters in those days so I made my own note cards with the images.  I approached a local garden store with the idea of carrying them and they said “‘yes”! My art card business was launched one store at a time and the rest followed—weddings, portraits and then travel. The fine art images resulted from the travel.  I took my first trip to Provence in 2000 with a group of photographers and I have not stopped since.  There is so much to see and learn about and so many ways you can touch people and give back with your work.  It is very satisfying.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

I’d like to be Involved in a major humanitarian effort with my work.

Do you have any formal education?

I assume you mean in photography.  No, I do not.  I have learned everything I know about photography from workshops, mentors and fellow photographers.

What has been your greatest achievement?

My 45 image ’A Leap of Faith’ exhibit which tells a bit of the story of Burma was  a highlight of my career. It raised thousands of dollars for the refugees in our community. It is available by the way, on loan, at no charge to other organizations wanting to aid the people’s democracy efforts in Burma or to assist the refugees in their communities. Please get the word out!

How do you stay fresh and creative?

I attend workshops regularly and I make a point to photograph something every day.  I try to not do the same thing over and over but to think out of the box—forcing myself to try a new technique or composition.

What is the best piece of gear in your camera bag?

My Nikkor  105 mm.  2.8 macro lens.  It is so sharp.  It’s great for the florals and the portraits.

What do you wish you knew when you began?

I wish I understood the importance of buying the best equipment from the start and not just moving up as you could afford it.  If you are serious about photography, buy the best camera and just one versatile sharp, fast lens and use it all the time.

Worst day on the job and what you learned?

Of course it had to be a wedding—-something you can’t reshoot. For key shots I used a broken lens and I didn’t know it.  It overexposed everything. From that dreadful experience I learned many things:  always test your equipment before a shoot; pay attention to the +/-  scale in your camera-  it really is there for a reason; never shoot a wedding solo and always shoot in RAW.

Best day on the job and what you learned?

Oh gosh, I guess I learned to turn around. There are images in every direction and not just the one in first view. My best day had to be when I caught ‘A Leap of Faith’ (see home page of by looking behind me while we were focused on shooting something else.

3 favorite non-photo hobbies?

They all involve photography! Sailing (I shoot a national regatta every year),grandchildren and their sports (I’m never there without a camera) and travel..

Best piece of software?


What is the best business tip you have been given?

Don’t undercut yourself—charge what you are worth.  It’s better to sell/work less while being comfortable with the price you asked. It’s a terrible feeling to give your work away for a song and then spend hours at the retouching etc. and regretting how little you’ve charged.  I’ve learned this many times over.

Terri ParthumAugust 2, 2010 - 5:03 PM

Chris, I love your images and your interview was very inspiring!

August 11th – Greater Rochester Professional Photographers picnic at Bay Creek Paddling Center!

Come out with your family on Wednesday August 11th and spend the evening on a kayak ride through Irondequoit Bay! Work up an appetite laughing and paddling as you look forward to all the goodies a picnic provides too as we meet up after wards at nearby Ellison Park.

Please be AT Bay Creek Paddling BY 4pm.  You will paddle from about 4:30 to 5:30pm  and will head back to (click ‘Ellison Park’ for the map) Ellison Park (Roadside Shelter) by 6pm where the BBQ will be ready! 🙂   We’ll spend the rest of the evening enjoying a picnic, mingling, and games!  We’ll have a lot of space, so feel free to bring your own games too!  (Badminton anyone?)

**If you Can’t make it to Bay Creek by 4pm, then just come to the picnic around 5/5:30…we’ll eat around 6pm.
They have 2 people canoes, 2 people kayaks, and 1 person kayaks.
The canoe can hold 2 children with 2 adults as well.
The canoe and 2 person kayak is $8 per person, and the single kayak is $16
When you’re done, come on over for the BBQ at the Roadside Shelter at Ellison Park
590 to Blossom…go through the first traffic light at the top of the park (Park is on the left) and keep going down the hill …entrance on the left.
GRPP officers will take care of the meats/veggie meats, condiments, napkins, utensils, cups, and plates.  All side dishes, desserts, salads are happily welcomed by our members.

Thanks to the few volunteers so far!

Terri Parthum: Guacamole
Kathy Pieters: Taco Dip
Paul Freeman: TBA
Michael Fisher : Caesar salad
Bob Steere: pasta salad
Steve Craddock: cookie bars
Pat Luke: cookies
Danielle Zielinski: dessert
Sue Egan: Watermelon
Erin Perrotta: water

Here’s a link to the map of the park along with the trails;  and some basic info about our pavilion:

*Athletic Fields nearby (rented separately)
1 Large grill
2 eight foot tables outside
27 parking spaces in  adjacent lot
8 eight foot tables inside
Ball field nearby
Flush toilets (150 yards, not handicap accessible)
Playground nearby
Water outside nearby

I will have my cell phone on me so give me a call if you need help
585 224 5612
BYOB/drinks  – we will have water though
I think that’s everything ~ sorry for any confusion!!  Hope you can make it ~ don’t forget to bring games!  Did I mention games?  🙂

Linda Dow Hayes graciously opened her home and back yard to us last year and we had a GREAT time; click here to see!
We’re gonna have fun ~ bring your cameras!  Any photos will be linked back to YOUR site which is great exposure!  See you soon!

Glen Gray Seminar

Glen Gray from Gray Mountain Studio in Jonestown, PA presented an all-day seminar entitled “Give Your Photography and Business the Edge It Needs” on April 18th at the RIT Inn and Conference Center. The seminar was a PPSNYS  Member Benefit Program sponsored by Burrell Colour Imaging. A select group of GRPP and Finger Lakes members were invited to join Glen and his wife Pat in downtown Rochester at an outdoor portrait session the afternoon before the seminar. Glen demonstrated posing techniques, lighting modifiers and scene selections. The winds were high and the temperatures were chilly, but we all enjoyed seeing Glen in action at an on-location shoot. Our models were fantastic. The participants included Honey DeLapa, her husband Frank and Neil Sjoblom (from the Finger Lakes section). The GRPP members included Renee Rischenole, Terri Parthum, Scott Crist and Denise Batiste. Thanks Glen for an informative and intimate learning experience!


Article and images provided by Denise Batiste.

PPSNYS Workshop Seminar

Professional Photographer Society of New York State Workshop will be hosting a  seminar with Michael Barton on Sunday July 18 from 3-5. The summer workshop is held at Hobart/William Smith College in Geneva, NY.

Register at the room 116 in O’Dell housing to get your name badge.
This is a PPSNYS member benefit so is free to ALL PPSNYS members. Non Members can attend for $20.  You do not need to be attending workshop to go to this event, but everyone needs to register as you will need the name badge to get in. If you are wondering if you are a PPSNYS Member, then look at the GRPP Membership page on the PPSNYS website by clicking here!
This includes Michael’s 2 hour seminar and the wine and cheese party afterward.

Getting Stuff Done: Technology is Your Friend”
Greater Rochester Professional Photographers attend the PPSNYS Summer Workshop in Genenva, NY during the summer each year. There is a free member benefit. Micahel  Barton. During this 2 hour program Michael Barton will show you how to streamline your work flow while spending less time editing and more time being creative and building your business. Michael will teach you concepts and techniques using the Adobe Bridge that you may have known were even there. You will also learn new Photoshop techniques that will take your work to a new level. You don’t want to miss this one!

July 14th Greater Rochester Professional Photographers Meeting

Doug Hansgate of ‘Advantage Media Productions’ ( has graciously offered his expertise on sharing some tips and tricks of the acclaimed photo editing software ‘Lightroom’ by Adobe. Many of us are already using the software, but there are so many features within it that we may not even be aware of which can be extremely beneficial to our businesses. Here are a few of the features Doug will be going over:

Easily process high-volume shoots, Automatically apply metadata stamps, Simple categorizing, Automatically rename files, Easily group photos, Quickly find any photo, Create virtual copies, Manage offline photos, Nondestructive editing, Enhance specific areas of a photo, Work smoothly with Adobe Photoshop, Edit large numbers of photos at once, Professional presentation, Share more easily, Print more efficiently, Create web galleries, Publish to your website in one click, Stamp your photos, Compose sophisticated slide shows.
It’s gonna be good ~ don’t miss this one!

Networking & Print Critique is from 6-7
* bring a food or beverage to share if you would like to
* bring up to 3 professionally printed 8x10s for critique

GRPP meeting begins at 7

Meeting is open to current paid members. Non-members are charged $30 at the door or may join PPSNYS.

Meetings are held at Booksmart Studio at 250 N. Goodman St. on the corner of Anderson and Goodman.

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