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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!

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!!!


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!!!







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



Upcoming Meeting: A Partnership Presentation

In September, we’re going to welcome two of our own GRPP members, Lori Coleman and Erin Perrotta from Lori & Erin Photography to share their insights on partnerships.

After over 5 years of working together, Lori & Erin have handled both the ups and downs of sharing a business. They know that partnerships aren’t for everyone, but if you’re considering it we have some tips on how and why you’d want to form one. They’ll talk a little about everything from paperwork and helpful technology, to accountability and flexibility, and yes, even finances.

This discussion is for small business owners who may be looking to branch out and grow in a smart and meaningful way. It’s about how your best friend can also be your business partner, and how they’ve not only survived, but thrived as both.

Join us at The Grand, 389 Gregory St, Rochester, NY 14620 on September 14th at 7:00 to learn more!
Social Hour will be at Tap & Mallet across the street from 6:00-7:00.

August Annual Picnic

Every year, our fun group gathers to just enjoy each other’s company. No learning necessary, just good food and good families who happen to include photographers.

This year we were welcomed back to Chris Kogut’s beautiful home and gardens. We’re very thankful for her constant giving spirit and kindness for opening her home to us.

If you missed it, we wish you were there. Please join us next time, learn with us, and just get to know us. Because we can’t wait to meet you!

Photograph by Lori Coleman of Lori & Erin Photography

Photograph by Lori Coleman of Lori & Erin Photography

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