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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!

March Meeting – “InDesign” with Margaret Boecker

Photos by: Denise Batiste (GRPP Event Photographer)

Guest speaker, Margaret Boecker from the Community Darkroom, is an assistant instructor for the Adobe program “In Design”. She will be sharing basics and tips on the professional album designing software.

Adobe In Design is currently the industry standard for page layout programs. It is designed to be compatible with other Abode products and contains many of the features
found in programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.  In Design is a powerful tool for graphic designers and creative professionals looking to publish graphic materials.

Class Objective

1. Create multi-page documents containing pictures, text and other graphic elements.

2. Preparing photos and graphics for use with InDesign.

3. Saving your documents to be published or viewed on the web.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, March 10th
6-7 is networking, print critique
7-7:30 is GRPP and PPSNYS updates (Conference, Workshop, etc)
7:30-9 will be Margaret’s presentation
Hope to see you there!

February’s Meeting – “Get a Grip on Lighting”

February’s meeting was action packed… Before the main event with Tim Toal ( ) and Patrick Luke (, the evening started out with the swearing in of the new GRPP officers. PPSNYS President Craig Hutchings made the trip to officiate the proceedings ( Craig is the only one that knows the secret handshake, plus, he wanted to hang with some of the best photographers in Upstate New York ), the new GRPP officers for 2010 are… President, Heather McKay ( ). Vice President/Programs, Sue Egan ( ). Treasurer, Patrick Luke ( ). Membership/Website, Scott Crist ( ). Secretary/Website, Terri Parthum (

GRPP_Logo_Blue_lrHeather McKay unveiled the new GRPP logo that was created by Erin Perrotta ( ). Look for members with our new logo, it’s a graphical update that brings a modern and regional feel, representing today’s Greater Rochester Professional Photographer. If you are a current GRPP member and would like to add the new logo to your website, blog, or marketing collateral, please contact Scott Crist or Terri Parthum for the proper files.

Tim Toal and Patrick Luke gave a great seminar with “Get a Grip on Lighting”, covering everything from lighting techniques to the proper tools to get that award winning portrait that your clients demand from a professional photographer. Tim’s studio was packed with all the latest and greatest toys that puts a smile on the face of any studio photographer and Patrick brought his knowledge and expertise for the “improvised” tools that can be found in daily life. (we’re still not sure if Patrick’s wife knew he had their shower curtain)

Photos by: Denise Batiste, GRPP event photographerGet_A_Grip_GRPP01Get_A_Grip_GRPP02Get_A_Grip_GRPP03

President’s Message from Heather McKay

Well 2010 is looking like it will be a landmark year for GRPP! I am so happy to see so many talented Photographers coming to the meetings and participating in our group. With a full set of Officers this year, we are sure to have a great year of monthly programs as well as streamlined communication.

Current 2010 GRPP Officers are:
President, Heather McKay (
Programs, Sue Egan (
Treasurer, Patrick Luke (
Membership/Website, Scott Crist (
Secretary/Publicity, Terri Parthum (
Meeting Photographer, Denise Batiste (

Congratulations to Erin Perrotta for winning the GRPP new logo contest! Erin has won one year’s worth of GRPP dues (an $85 value) for her hard work coming up with a modern logo for GRPP.

Our meeting attendance is gaining ground and this is very exciting! Not only are new members signing up each month, but they are coming back for more. Hopefully this means that we are a welcoming group with practical information being presented each month. Sue has done a great job lining up some awesome programs this year and if you want a sneak peek, then check out GRPP’s Facebook Group for more information or check back here regularly.

Another exciting development for 2010 are our new Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) study groups! The first group just finished their 12 weeks and are continuing to meet each week to practice everything that was learned. We all had “a ha!” moments going through each chapter and it was also an excellent way to really get to know other GRPP members and their strengths! The next CPP study group is set to meet this coming week to determine the times/locations of their weekly meetings and to get an over view of what to expect. If you are interested in joining the next study group, please contact Robert (Bob) Steere for more information… or 377-4037.

The PPSNYS Convention and Trade Show is coming up in Albany on March 25-28 and is an invaluable resource of information. If you want to see where your PPSNYS/GRPP dues are going, this is the place to be! We have an awesome group of Photographers who run the Council and the Conference Committee has done an outstanding job lining up amazing speakers, vendors and activities for this event! Our very own, Deb Woodard, has been instrumental in making the Convention a success (and FUN!). We will have carpooling and room-sharing information on the Facebook Group Discussion Board, or you can contact Deb at for more information on the GRPP Hospitality Suite and other logistics.

Have a great winter and thanks again to all of my Officers for volunteering their time and expertise to make GRPP the premiere photographic group in Rochester, NY!

See you at the next GRPP meeting!
Heather McKay
GRPP President
McKay’s Photography

Photoshop Class at Hahn Photographic!


February 20th & 27th

8:00am to 4:00pm

Hahn Photographic will be sponsoring a Photoshop class this month for $199 (Lunch included). The class will be limited to 15 students! If you have ever attended one of Bruce Hahn’s workshops, you’ll know that the folks over at Hahn Photographic put together some very knowledgeable programs. For more details, please contact Hahn Photographic at 585-787-2152 or by email

TerriFebruary 16, 2010 - 11:23 AM

I attended a LightRoom workshop at Hahn Photographic last fall. Doug Hansgate was also the instructor of that workshop. Doug is an excellent instructor. Its a great value and Hahn is a great place to have workshops.

Video Marketing workshop-NYC photographer!

We have a very exciting announcement to make about an upcoming meeting through ‘Rochester Wedding Artists’ lead by Erich Camping.

He is working on bringing Jason Groupp here and it will be an open meeting to anyone interested.

He doesn’t have the dates available just yet as it’s in the works, but we know that it will be around $100 per person to attend.

Watch the video (link above) and go through their website to see what you think, and if you have an interest in it, please let Erich know directly at : with a subject line of something like “Jason Groupp RSVP”

Erich will also be joining us at a GRPP meeting in the next few months to share his insight on client meetings which is going to be something you don’t want to miss. If you haven’t joined GRPP yet, you definitely need to consider it for this year…lots of great stuff!

Please let Erich know if you’re interested very soon so that he can start getting the dates together knowing how many people are likely to attend.

Thanks everyone!

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