John W. Aitken was born in Baltimore Maryland and moved to New York in 1999 to pursue a new art teaching opportunity. John has been an Art Teacher since 1991 & more recently started a second career as a photographer in 1996 when Aitken Photography was born. John is the father of twins and enjoys spending all his free time with his beautiful wife Abby and their children. Only 4 months after the arrival of his twins, John made the decision to become a professional photographer. John has learned how to streamline a balance between his family, teaching and photography aspirations to develop a very successful home based studio. John has developed a brand that has grown him a huge following of fans and has expanded his sales beyond anything he could have imagined.
John started out as a wedding photographer but his primary focus is seniors and their families (although John continues to photograph weddings as a way to stay connected to the lucrative referral based business he built over the years). John continues to expand and refine his knowledge through reading, attending workshops, watching tutorials and experimentation.
John has been a member of PPSNYS/PPSCNY since the inception of his photography career and has had the honor of being past President for two years and is currently Vice President focusing on planning educational programs.
John gives back to the community of photographers by openly sharing his knowledge with others and through hosting model shootouts and other teaching events. John is excited to teach about his philosophy, the approach he takes when behind the camera and the sales system that works in tandem with the ultimate senior experience he provides.
Saturday June 30, 2018
3883 Stone Quarry Rd,
Cazenovia, NY 13035
Sunday July 31, 2018
Franklin Square Park
101 Solar St,
Syracuse, NY 13204
Patrick Luke of Luke Photography has 30 years of photography experience, of which the first 23 years were as a part-time photographer while working in 2 different careers, including in the photography industry at Kodak and Fujifilm. In May 2010, left “Corporate America” and become a full-time photographer, with an admittedly serious case of OCD with photographic lighting and creating dramatic images.
Patrick first started photographing weddings in 1986 and in 2005, he chose to re-focus his attention on portraiture, where he could take more time and be more creative with lighting. He opened his first full-time commercial studio in 2010 and now concentrates on portraiture (HS Seniors, families, and editorial) and commercial photography.
He is a member of PPA, past-president of PPSNYS (2016-2017). He attained the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) certification in 2009, the PPA Photographic Craftsman degree (Cr. Photog.) in 2012, and teaches photography techniques, workflow and lighting.
Scott Joshua Dere has been using a camera since he was 5 years old using film cameras. At just 13 years old, Scott landed his first photography job as a photography assistant for a local studio. For the next 17 years, Scott worked with several Professional Studios and found different techniques of lighting and visualizing subjects along the way. During this time Scott attended college at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and received a BFA in the Fine Arts of Photography 2001. Since that time Scott Dere has opened a Long Island, NY based studio called Art Photographers. The studio is responsible for hundreds of weddings, parties and functions and fine art portraiture across the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas. By 2015 Scott was given a Master of Photography Medal from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and in 2018 a Master Craftsmen award followed.
In the last 20 years, Scott Joshua Dere has had the opportunity to photograph many celebrities including Phil Collins, and Ellen Barkin and others as well as photographing along side some of the industries best Photographers. Scott has been seen side by side capturing a wedding with Canon's Explorer of Light Clay Blackmore, as well as photographing Wildlife with Canon Explorer of Light, Charles Glatzer in Minnesota and Alaska. He has also worked with some of Nikon’s greatest talents such as Thomas Mangelsen and Moose Peterson in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Locally, Scott has worked for Canon in Lake Success, NY and still uses their best equipment to date. For the last 10 years, Scott has produced many published works for his project “The Elements of Nature” by traveling in between weekend events and work all season long to create some of the most amazing images of nature today.