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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!

July Meeting: Photo Safari at Warner Castle

This month we’re lucky to have two very talented photographers from the Central group of PPSNYS to present a photo excursion to Warner Castle.  Dana Merkur and George Jweid will be conducting an educational program with two models where they will utilize their expertise and skills in shooting seniors and couples on location.  Attendees will learn a variety of poses and lighting situations as well as other skills that will help them create beautiful portraits.  Dana and George will work together and separately to present two very different ways to approach portraiture.  Bring your camera and notebook.  You won’t want to miss out on this fun and exciting summertime photo event!    


Isaf-Merkur Studio opened its doors in 1986 with the goal to give Central NY a one of a kind photography experience. Going into our 30th year in the industry, we pride ourselves in providing something extraordinary.  We are a family owned and operated business that strive to create lasting memories.

Dana holds countless awards from his years in business, showcasing  his skills as a photographer. His most recent awards at Focus NY in 2016, every image he entered placed. In 2011 Dana was also awarded as a Master Photographer by Senior Photographers International. He has continued to push the limits of our industry with new and inovative lighting techniques and coined the phrase “Where Photography is Still an Art.”

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George Jweid Photography:  A few short years ago, I was substitute teaching and working as a manager in a local restaurant when I broke my point & shoot camera one day. For some reason I felt it was necessary to replace it with a DSLR camera. When I realized what I could do with this amazing new toy (if I learned to use it properly, of course) I began learning as much as I could as quickly as possible. The following spring, I was afforded the opportunity to photograph my first wedding and was instantly hooked. After each shoot, I would harshly critique myself in hopes to grow from the experience.

I continue to strive for growth and new creativity every time I pick up the camera. Since that accident of ruining my little digital camera, I have photographed over 150 weddings and run a successful studio in Syracuse. I am a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America), as well as PPSNYS (Professional Photographers of New York State). Also, I am currently the treasurer of our local professional photography organization which is affiliated with both PPSNYS and PPA.

I have worked as a full time photographer for a few years now, and have loved every moment of it. However, I have recently accepted a teaching position at Morrisville-Eaton Central School District. While working at Morrisville-Eaton, I have decided to keep my studio active, as well as continuing to photograph weddings throughout the year. I strive to offer each and every one of my clients the best quality experience and product that I can possibly give. Knowing that I am creating memories that will last a lifetime drives me to improve daily. 


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Event Date/Time:  Wednesday, July 13, 6-8:30pm

Location:  Warner Castle, 5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY 14620

Inclement Weather Location:  Village Gate, 274 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY 14607  (meet at the back parking lot entrance)

Social Time:  After the event TBD

June Meeting Recap: Entrepreneurship With Confidence

We’d like to thank Sheila Kennedy of The Zebra Inc. for joining us for our June meeting to discuss Entrepreneurship, the ins and outs of having a business and charting a course to success and financial growth.  Sheila was able to touch on a variety of topics concerning our membership as well as topics that we all struggle with and provided us with some tools to help us on our way.  From the sharing of personal stories to tried and true experiences, we all felt an increase in confidence and self-worth that often times is missing in the day to day operations of small business ownership.  Thank you Sheila!

Our new location, The Grand: 389 Gregory Street, Rochester NY, was a perfect spot to relax, discuss and learn.  Surrounded by vintage furniture, clothing and beautiful photography and located just across the street from Tap & Mallet, it was a great evening.  Thanks to Jane Vintage, Revival Vintage Rentals and McKay’s Photography for opening up your new home to our members!


As the current president of the Professional Photographers Society of New York State and current Treasurer of the Greater Rochester Professional Photographers organization, Pat Luke discusses the upcoming year to our group.


Greater Rochester Professional Photographers, Sheila Kennedy, The Zebra Inc., meetings, photographers, The Grand

Sheila Kennedy shares stories, experiences and tools to build our businesses with confidence.



GRPP Program Director, Linda Dow Hayes, talks about upcoming programs to the membership.





June Meeting: Entrepreneurship through the Lens of Confidence

Entrepreneurship can be tough – especially when you feel like you are alone and working on your own. Sheila Kennedy will share her experience and practices of how to build a business with longevity and growth. Sheila will address the most common roadblocks to success and how to overcome them while also sharing practices that attract abundance, allowing for financial growth, taking bigger risks, building better relationships and gaining more visibility in the marketplace. The tools Sheila shares helped her to triple her income in 60 days as well as attract her ideal clients and accept speaking engagements. It is time to go after what you want for your business and Sheila Kennedy will share some hot tips on how to do that!
Sheila Kennedy:
Formerly known as THE Confidence Coach is now the Founder and Executive Director at The Zebra Inc. Sheila went from insecure, divorced, and struggling single mom to best-selling author, speaker, publisher, and platform builder. Sheila helps authors, speakers and entrepreneurs around the globe build their platform and their profits. She shares skills, tools and strategies that turns confidence into gaining visibility, building meaningful relationships, taking bigger risks and growing financially for entrepreneurs and their business.
An entrepreneur for 8+ years, Sheila has learned that one’s level of confidence directly impacts success in the marketplace. Her latest book, Choices to Changes, THE Confidence Coach Shares the Practices of Confident Entrepreneurs, details practices, tools and strategies for successful entrepreneurship. The book features Twelve Global Entrepreneurs that enjoy the profitability, freedom and fulfillment that entrepreneurship promises and confidence delivers.
We’ll be meeting at The Grand: 389 Gregory Street, Rochester NY
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May Meeting Recap: Learning Lightroom!

We were so fortunate to have Marty Grivjack come in to teach us more about some of the awesomeness of Adobe Lightroom.

He did a fantastic job opening up our eyes to its benefits and gave us some really great insider tips about the way he uses it to edit, and organize images. He gave us great workflow methods and even showed us key editing features that we often ignore because we don’t know how it could help us.

If you missed him here, he’ll be offering his week long program in much more detail at the PPSNYS Workshop this July. You don’t want to miss it!

Photos in this post by: Hayes Photography


Will Cadena: Lighting on the Run Recap

Oh man, if you weren’t there, you missed a great one. Seriously, we learned SO much from Will Cadena’s Seminar here in Rochester. It’s not every day that a guy with this much energy, skill and love for learning wants to teach others.

We learned some awesome tips and techniques to use flash anywhere. We practiced alongside him, everywhere from a hotel room, the hallway, the dining room, to three stories up.

His red bull fueled energy and awesome personality was completely infectious, and kept the whole room excited for the entire day. Every photographer there learned something new, no matter what their current skill level.

We want to give a huge shout out to Will, his awesome wife Amy and to our two models Laura and Kevin Thompson for sharing the day with us. What a great day of learning!


Shooting into the sun – a before and after shot, with and without the flash, Photos by: Lori & Erin Photography


Using reflections, and flash in the dining room to create dramatic portraits. Photos by: Adrian DeJesus Photography


Will’s personality shows through! Photo by: Lori & Erin Photography


How many photographers fit in one hotel room?

Join us next time, won’t you?

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