About Me

I'm Glenn

M. Photog., CPP

I’m often asked how I started in photography. I look back and vividly remember the week before my Bar Mitzvah receiving a most welcome gift; the Minolta X700. Back in 1983 as the ad touted, it was “camera of the year on 2 continents”. I read the manual cover to cover, took up an interest in photography and 4 years later earned my first “gig” as high school yearbook photographer. To say a lot has evolved since then would be an understatement. No more dark rooms, no more film but incredible advances in technology and software have occurred.

I am a PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) and Master Photographer (M. Photog.) located in Teaneck NJ. Please visit Professional Photographers of America at PPA.com for a wealth of info on both CPP and M. Photog. designations. 

As a technology enthusiast myself, I embrace change and have an insatiable thirst for ongoing learning and advancement. Armed with a Finance & Management background from NYU (MBA), I bring valuable expertise to executive, small business, and entrepreneurial shoots. Additionally, holding an active Florida real estate license adds an enjoyable dimension to conversations with brokers and real estate sales associates.

My office space has a fully equipped studio with top-of-the-line lighting equipment, modifiers, backgrounds, and other necessary (and unnecessary, lol!) gear and props. As a Master and Certified Professional Photographer, I have a deep sense of honor and respect for photography, have committed to mentoring others, and uphold the highest standards of excellence for both my work and conduct.

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When you hire a CPP, you have the confidence knowing you are getting a photographer who is:Committed - I strive to provide a comprehensive client experience and demonstrate continual professional development through recertification every 3 years. Technical Expert - I understand the technical aspects of photography, composition, lighting, post-production etc. Member of PPA - I have been a contributing member for over a decade, to the largest and most respected non-profit association for professional photographers. Ethical - I abide by the Code of Ethics, standards of best business practices and quality client services of the PPA. Proficient - I provide piece of mind because of my skills, experience and training.

My Style

My goal is to create Fine Art Photographs. An image that is both artistically inspired and technically excellent that clients will be proud to display on their walls forever. I strive to create photos that tell a story, have mood, atmosphere, and emotion. I enjoy a photojournalistic approach capturing real moments as they happen. Though at times, setting the stage, lighting and posing, and only then evoking the emotion works best. As Peter Adams put it, “Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field."
Just as important as clicking the shutter is clicking with people. I enjoy connecting with people and making them feel at ease to help display the special quality within each individual and present it in its best form. Working with me will be laid back and fun. You will never hear me say "smile" or "say cheese". Those smiles typically come across as stiff and unnatural looking. My job is to make sure you have fun, bring out, and capture the real ones.

I have studied and practiced countless hours of exposure, composition, and lighting techniques to create dynamic lighting patterns that accentuate (or if appropriate de-emphasize) shapes and features. I appreciate the math behind taking correct exposures and enjoy the challenge of analyzing and correctly lighting difficult and unique situations.

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There is truly a difference between taking a photo and creating one. I am a big fan of quality light and the ability to control it. When used correctly, directional light creates texture, dimension, and form, making the image come to life. I aim to get it right in the camera rather than rely on corrective editing in post.I work with the latest versions of Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Software, Topaz, Portraiture, Exposure, Evoto and Skylum among many others. I do my own retouching and at times blend layers and add textures or composite images to infuse them with emotional content experienced during shooting while giving them a unique look as well. I primarily shoot portraiture which includes Headshots, Fine Art, Beauty, Fashion, Glamour, and Lifestyle. I have worked with some of the top Agencies in the tri-state area.
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 Awards and Accomplishments

 Designated Master of Photography (M. Photog.) by PPA in January 2020 (Mission Accomplished!) General Collection International Photographic Competition 2019 (3X) General Collection International Photographic Competition 2018 (4X - FULL CASE Bronze Medal) CPP Re-Certification (2019, 2022) 2018 Fuji Masterpiece Award, Seal of Approval from the PPA Northeast District Competition 2018 General Collection International Photographic Competition (2X) 2017 General Collection International Photographic Competition 2016 Seal of Approval from the PPA Northeast District Competition 2016 Loan Collection International Photographic Competition 2015 International Print Competition Silver Award 2015 WPPI 16x20 Intl Print Competition (2x) WPPI Honors of Excellence Silver Award First Half 2014 Competition Grand Prize winner in the Jewish Federation Artists Contest 2014 Accolade of Excellence in the WPPI 16x20 2013 Print Competition Seal of Approval from the PPA Northeast District Competition 2013 Certified Professional Photographer (2013) Court of Honor NJ State Loan Collection 2013 General Collection (2x) International Photographic Competition

What exactly is a Master Photographer?

The Master of Photography (M.Photog.) degree is awarded to photographers for their superior photographic skills demonstrated by image excellence as well as advanced education, and service to the industry. It requires earning 25 merits from PPA. A combination of 13 Exhibition merits and 12 additional merits (speaking, teaching or service).The Exhibition merits are also known as "Award winning Images". They may be earned by submitting up to 4 images at the International Photographic Competition (IPC) each year. A panel of highly qualified judges determine a score for an image based off 12 criteria (see below). A merit is received if the score is high enough to reach the merit category. An image that received a very high score will be added to the Loan Collection and earn a spot in the Imaging Excellence Collection Exhibit. It is very difficult to earn a single exhibition merit and takes many years to earn 13 merits. Less than 200 out of 50,000+ PPA Professional photographers in the USA earn the degree each year.
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12 Elements of a Merit Image
Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

01

Impact

Viewing an image for the first time always evokes some kind of feeling. Sometimes they can make us sad, happy or angry. Sometimes they force us to look inward at ourselves. That’s called an impact, and the more powerful the image, the more powerful the emotional response of the viewer.

02

Technical Excellence

This is the print quality of the actual image itself as it’s presented for viewing. There are a lot of aspects that speak to the qualities of the physical print. These can include:RetouchingManipulationSharpnessExposurePrintingMountingColor correction

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Creativity

Your point of view is exactly that– yours. And it’s unlike anyone else’s. This element speaks directly to that perspective. It shows your imagination and how you used the medium to convey an idea, a message or a thought to the viewer. This is how you differentiate yourself from others.

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Style

There are many, many ways to apply this element to your work. Maybe you use light in a specific way on a subject, or maybe you make a technical decision for the express purpose of underscoring desired impact. When subject matter and style come together in an appropriate manner, the effects on an image can be spectacular. But remember, when subject matter and style don’t work together, the results can be, well, less-than-spectacular.

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Composition

When all the visual elements of an image come together to express intent, that’s when the magic of composition happens. Good composition captures a viewer’s attention and directs it where you, the artist, want it to be. Depending on your intent, you can make something that pleases the viewer– or disturbs them.

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Presentation

How you showcase an image is just as important as how you compose it. Everything in the presentation should work to enhance your image and not distract from it. Keep this in mind when choosing mats, borders and everything in between.

07

Color Balance

Proper color balance can bring a sense of harmony to an image. When the tones all work together to support an image, the emotional appeal is that much greater. But color balance doesn’t have to be used to bring harmony to an image. You can use color balance to evoke any number of feelings from a viewer. The choice in how to take advantage is entirely up to you, but no matter what, be sure your choice enhances rather than distracts.

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Center of Interest

This is where an image’s creator wants a viewer’s attention focused. Sometimes there can be a primary and a secondary center of interest. Sometimes everything in an image will work together to create that center of interest.

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Lighting

The use and control of light has an effect on every aspect of an image. It informs dimensions and shape, it sets tone and mood, and, like every other technique, proper lighting can be used to enhance your image while improper lighting can detract from it.

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Subject Matter

Even though it lacks words, your image is still telling a story, and your subject matter is central to that. So make sure that your subject matter is right for the story that you’re trying to tell.

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Technique

How you choose to execute your image is key. It’s also a holistic decision. Technique informs everything in the creation of your image. From lighting and posing to printing and presentation, it all works to show off the techniques that you’ve mastered and applied to your craft.

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Story Telling

What does your image evoke in a viewer’s imagination? What do you want your image to evoke in a viewer’s imagination? Keep in mind: You are creating art. And while the act of creating is a personal thing, so too is the act of viewing. Your image is a story, and the one it tells your viewer may be one you never knew you were telling.

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