GRPP : Q&A with Lori

Did you know? Erin and I have been involved in the photography community here in Rochester since 2009. Wow! We met through an organization known as GRPP, a group which I am now proud to be President of. I recently did a Q&A for the GRPP blog, and thought I would share that here for you as well. Enjoy!

Group shot from the GRPP Summer Picnic in 2014

Group shot from the GRPP Summer Picnic in 2014

How long have you been involved with GRPP? I came across GRPP while searching for my wedding photographer in 2009. I was very new at the time, and was hoping to network with other local professionals. I joined shortly after that meeting, and the following year was asked to join the board.  I served as treasurer for 3 years, then moved to Programs and finally to President. 

How did you get into photography? My parents started a Video Production company when I was in grade school. I was tech savvy before it was cool to be tech savvy in middle school. I enjoyed working with them on video and design projects, but eventually decided to pursue still photography. My high school didn’t offer photography classes, so I took a summer course at FLCC before selecting it as my major.

Do you have any formal education? Yes, I attended RIT and received my BFA in Photographic Illustration. I also earned a Management Certificate and minor in Print Media. I continue to learn by attending conferences and seminars every year.

What is the best piece of gear in your camera bag? I love all of my gear, but the Canon 600 flashes have been a game changer. They give me the ability to work with light in any situation and control it all remotely. On camera, off camera, or both at the same time. This means I can set up lights in various parts of the room, and only use the one(s) I need.

Best piece of software? Adobe Lightroom for sure. I can do 90% of my work in this one program. Organizing, editing, & exporting for various uses… its a time saver.

How do you stay fresh and creative? Traveling! New places, people, sights and smells; I always come home invigorated with new ideas and things to try.

What has been your greatest achievement?  I am quite proud of the fact that I am self-employed, doing what I love, and that I never took out a single business loan to get here.

Worst day on the job and what you learned? I try not to dwell on the bad days. There will always be things that go wrong, but worrying and regret are not going to change anything. So I focus on the things that I can change. 

Best day on the job and what you learned? Any time I get a thank you note... it's that little reminder that my images make a difference to people. It keeps me going!

What do you wish you knew when you began? Don't compare yourself to others, just aim to be better than you were yesterday.

3 favorite non-photography hobbies? Yoga to keep me sane, hiking with my husband and dogs somewhere pretty, and traveling. I love exploring new places!

What’s the best business tip you’ve been given? Never forget why you are doing this. I believe in photographs that help us celebrate relationships with the people we love most. This keeps me focused when shooting and helps us attract clients with similar values.


There you have it!  Have a question I didn't answer? Feel free to let me know in the comments!


Lori Coleman

The daughter of filmmakers, Lori may have been predestined for a life in the creative world. She met her husband, John, while studying photography at RIT. When not creating heirlooms for her friends, family, and clients, she can usually be found in the woods or on a yoga mat. Either way, her dogs Molley and Mouse are never far away.