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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!

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
Social Hour begins at 6:00 pm, Meeting will start at 7:00 pm!13268386_1159772750723645_7328994197967031781_o

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?

May Meeting: Learn Lightroom with PPA Instructor, Marty Grivjack

Enjoy two hours of Adobe Lightroom’s best, as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom expert/author/instructor and PPA Imaging instructor Marty Grivjack takes you on a tour of the power and lightning-fast editing speed of Lightroom CC. You’ll see all the new features demonstrated, as well as observe a live image editing session so you can witness the process first-hand. Bring your own images on a flash drive if you’d like to see how they could be optimized. Lightroom is THE go-to image editor and organizer today — do not miss this compelling presentation! You’ll see why it’s time to stop dabbling with Lightroom and just dive in!

SOCIAL TIME: will be at NOX in the Village Gate from 6-6:45.

MEETING BEGINS: We’ll then head over to our meeting location (Gay Alliance, 100 College Ave) for our 7-9pm meeting.

Join us! we can’t wait to see you there!


April Recap: Steve Chesler on Sports

Photography comes in many varieties. Landscapes, portraits, weddings, products – and this month we talked about sports. More to the point, we talked about the ins and outs of sports photography thanks to Steve Chelser of Chesler Photography. He’s photographed everything from professional bull riding to little league baseball. It was interesting to learn some tips and ideas on how to improve our shots if we ever have the chance to photograph a game.

We learned a little about how he anticipates a great shot and how instead of taking “boring team photos,” he makes them unique with composites and products that clients love.

Parents love professional images of their little superstars on the field, because there’s no way their iPhone can’t capture that shot! And with unique products like t-shirts and pendants, it’s a slam dunk! (See what I did there?)

Many thanks to Steve for sharing his expertise with us, and to Josh Saunders of Helio Sun Photography for these images from the meeting!

Written by: Erin of Lori & Erin Photography


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