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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!

Member Spotlight: Ron Stochl

This month We are reviving our Member Spotlight series. Our first candidate for 2016 is Ron Stochl. Ron owns and operates Stochl Imaging and has been a GRPP member for several years. You can visit his website at Get to know a little more about him below!

Stochl Imaging

How did you get into photography? I started working with photography back when I was a teenager. After leaving it for a while I got back into it when, as a teacher, I ran a school yearbook at Rush Henrietta. I did most of the schools’ photo capturing, developing, printing and placement of prints on to yearbook story boards. I was eventually asked to run a “gifted” program for students interested in darkroom work. The school had converted a science store room into a darkroom for this purpose. I continued this for a number of years to follow.

Do you have any formal education? I did not receive any formal training in photography other than a few area workshops. I did most of my research and studying via photography books and internet photography instructional sites. I spent several years doing this before truly getting into the business. I still follow this same “recipe” today. Photography is one of those fields where the learning process never ends.

What has been your greatest achievement? With regards to photography, I am not really sure that I can pin it down to a single achievement. What makes me feel very satisfied is that I have been able to bring myself to the point where I feel confident in photographing weddings, high school seniors, events, etc. We have also developed quite a following selling scenic photos via area craft shows, including Lilac Festival, Corn Hill, Park Ave & new to us this year, Clothesline.

How do you stay fresh and creative? I am frequently engaging in online photography workshops such as those sponsored by the Creative Live people. I also follow a lot of seminars run by widely acclaimed professional photographers such as Mark Wallace and Joe Brady to name a few. Of course attending as many GRRP seminars as I can has definitely helped me in honing or adding to my skill set.

What is the best piece of gear in your camera bag? I have several pieces of equipment that are very important to me. I am an avid user of full frame cameras, in this case from Canon, along with a wide array of lenses, studio strobes, speedlites, etc. There is one piece however, for my studio – the Canon 6d, which is great as I can “wifi” the captured photos immediately to a tablet so that the client can see the results as we progress.

What do you wish you knew when you began? How to successfully operate a business. I had absolutely no idea what area to best concentrate on with regards to marketing. I was also clueless as to how to price my work. Another area of weakness for me was regarding photography contracts. My wife has a business background which did help. Also it was in talking to other professional photographers, researching online and attending a few business oriented workshops that it finally began to make sense for me.

Worst day on the job and what you learned? Early on in my business, I had the parent of a high school senior “claim” that she believed I was to include high resolution photos into the package when I did not state that. I thought I had made myself clear while talking to her on the phone. I did not use written contracts back then. I DO NOW !

Best day on the job and what you learned? I cannot narrow it down to just one day. I can say that my present “days on the job” are so much more rewarding now that I have learned a lot more about operating a business. I have gained much more of an understanding of photography concepts and its related equipment. I feel now that I can relax a bit more and really enjoy the projects that I am working on.

3 favorite non-photography hobbies? I was an avid golfer and skier until about 10 years ago but no longer indulge in those activities. Perhaps my favorite one is music. I was a lead guitarist in several area old rock bands (many years ago – I had hair then) although I no longer do that. I still enjoy however, picking up the guitar and, in private, playing “guitar licks” with a song from the internet. On a final note, with regards to this topic, my wife and I (now retired from our former careers) love to travel the USA. There are some folks that talk to us about Europe, Mexico and such, but there is so much beauty in this country that we have not been able to see yet. That is a goal we are actively pursuing.

Best piece of software? For me, it is a tie between Lightroom and Photoshop. I use both of these. I start my work in Lightroom and then bring it over into Photoshop for final tweaking and printing.

What’s the best business tip you’ve been given? In all seriousness, I can honestly say it was joining GRRP. It was 4 or 5 years ago, while working my photography tent at a craft show, that someone recommended I consider joining GRRP. I didn’t even know what GRRP was at the time. Later on, I met Bob Steere and he filled me in on some of the great things GRRP was doing. Since joining GRRP (January of 2013 I believe) I have learned so much regarding both photography and conducting it as a business, that my business has progressed to a point where I feel quite satisfied and very comfortable at what I do. Lord knows I have much more to learn, but that is the fun and rewarding part.

Telling Your Story: In the News and On-line

February’s GRPP program will focus on storytelling and self-promotion. Public relations is now a full integration of traditional media and online platforms, and yet it all comes down to good storytelling — whether you are telling your story in a news article or in your own blog. Before you pitch the press, you must take a gauge of your online persona and see how your story is currently being told. Seasoned PR professional Dresden Engle, who managed the PR and storytelling for George Eastman Museum for 15 years, will share story-mining and news-pitching tips to help get your message heard.


Social Time: 6-6:45pm Nox, 302 Goodman St. N, Rochester (Village Gate)
Meeting Time: 7-9pm, 100 College Ave. Rochester (behind the MAG in the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley office space)

Dresden’s background: Dresden Engle, Director, Dresden Public Relations,
Dresden steers the branding and public relations/social media strategy for Dresden Public Relations. She is a nationally award-winning communications professional with 27 years experience in journalism, public relations, and social media. She has earned awards in writing, news releases, blogging, PR, and Facebook/Twitter campaigns. Dresden has worked extensively with local and national media, securing lead features in major publications and on national newscasts, from The New York Times and Forbes, to ABC World News and CBS News Sunday Morning. Professional honors she has received include 40 Under 40, Athena Award finalist, and Up & Coming Businesswoman Award in 2013 from the Rochester Women’s Network.

Dresden has been instrumental in the creation and orchestration of large events at George Eastman House, where she headed PR efforts for 15 years, and also for numerous clients at venues such as Rochester Music Hall of Fame ceremony at Eastman Theatre, the Lilac Festival at Highland Park, and the Go Green Expo at RMSC and High Falls as well as press events in New York City; Hollywood; Toronto; London, England; and Cologne, Germany. Dresden holds a master’s degree in communication and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and theater. She has served as chairwoman of Visit Rochester’s Visitor Industry Council and was a founding board member of the High Falls Film Festival. Dresden is a popular emcee and guest speaker at numerous events and conferences and also teaches the upper-level PR courses at SUNY Brockport.

January 2016 Meeting Recap

If you couldn’t find us last week, it’s because we moved! We are now holding our meetings at the Gay Alliance of Rochester (formerly, Lumiere Photo). We hopped around for a few months while they were renovating, but we finally moved back in this month.

We were very lucky to have Rochester photographers, Jim Dolan and Steve Rossini. Jim spoke to us about being an event photographer for Rochester’s International Jazz Festival and Steve gave us a peek into the world of race car photography.

Both opened our eyes to other options outside of your basic portrait photograph! It was great to have their knowledge and insights to learn from!

Photos this month taken by Lori of Lori & Erin Photography





PPA Award for Rochester Photographer Chris Kogut


The Greater Rochester Professional Photographers (GRPP) are very proud that one of our own, Chris Kogut, from Pittsford was awarded the prestigious Buddy M Steward Award at Imaging USA, the annual convention of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), which was held in Atlanta, GA on January 9-13, 2016. PPA President Michael Timmons presented the award to Chris at the Awards and Degree Ceremony, which help close the convention.

The Buddy M. Stewart Award is presented to individuals, couples and/or business partners for unheralded humanitarian service while representing our profession. The award is not necessarily conferred each year. Chris was awarded this honor because of her humanitarian efforts which benefit the children and less fortunate in the country of Burma. She has made several personal trips to Burma to photograph the people and countryside, then returned to lead photography expeditions there for other professional and serious amateur photographers. She has published her photographs in a book and has had gallery shows, the benefits of each which have raised over $40,000 for the people of Burma.  Proceeds from book sales go directly to The Parami Foundation.

Chris Kogut Exhibit

Ins & Outs of Event Photography

Our January meeting, Wednesday, January 13, will feature Steve Rossini and Jim Dolan, two local photographers who cover a variety of events locally and nationally.
Steve travels the US and Europe covering some of the top motorsport events. His portfolio currently includes corporate photography, as well as event photography covering events such as the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Fest, International Nissan Z convention, and charity golf tournaments. His studio is large enough to accommodate automobiles which he frequently shoots as well.
Jim photographs events, music, and people. He’s shot for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival for the past 11 years and is attracted to the challenge of chaotic environments where one has to be able to pull photos that are strong, excellent moments.
Both, members of ASMP, will be sharing images, techniques, business info. and stories about their work.
With their combined number of years shooting and the wide variety of event work that they do, you’ll surely find this meeting one you can’t miss!!!

Note the change in location: 100 College Ave, Rochester (in the formerly owned Lumiere space, now home to the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley, Inc.) We’re very excited to be using this newly renovated, excellent meeting space.

Social Hour: 5:30-6:30pm, The Gatehouse Grill – 274 North Goodman St. Rochester (Village Gate)
Meeting: 7:00-9:00pm

We’ll also have our own Adrian DeJesus for the Tips & Tricks segment.
Mark your calendars, and let your friends and colleagues know about this event. See you there!


Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 2015 Jim Dolan

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 2015
Jim Dolan


Rochester Music Hall of Fame 2014 Jim Dolan

Rochester Music Hall of Fame 2014
Jim Dolan


XRIJG 2015 Jim Dolan

XRIJG 2015
Jim Dolan


The master at work Jim Dolan

The master at work
Jim Dolan


Steve Rossini

Steve Rossini

Steve Rossini



Steve Rossini


Steve Rossini

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