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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!

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

December Holiday Party at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre

It’s that time of year, when the world….parties. Holiday parties everywhere! The Greater Rochester Professional Photographers are no exception! We’re not just about what’s going on in the camera after all!

This year’s holiday gathering was held at the Downstairs Cabaret. We mingled, gave a toast to 2015 and got to see a wonderful performance by Chris Lemmon. It was called “A Twist of Lemmon.”

In it, Chris chronicles the lifelong journey with his world famous father, actor Jack Lemmon. It was an emotional story of the ups and the downs of their relationship, and how in the end all that matters is family.

Everyone took something different away from the show. A fun time, with great people! We hope to see you next time!

Photos by: Hayes Photography


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