ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Bert and Cindy Behnke own Behnke Photographers, a studio established in 1956 by Bert’s parents. They have won numerous awards in salon print competitions as well as serving their professional associations. Both are past-presidents of the Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois and Bert was the 1997-98 president of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and is the past president of the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce and was the funder of PPA Charities. Cindy serves as a PPA Councilor and is a past director of PPA
AWARDS and HONORS:
Cindy holds the degrees of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. She has also earned Photographer of the Year awards from both PPA and APP of Illinois. She has received the prestigious Legacy Award from PPA Charities and has earned the National Award from Illinois. Her photographs have earned numerous Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece awards.
Bert has been awarded the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Honorary Master of Photography from PPA as well as the National Award from his state affiliate. In 2000, he was honored as Portrait Photographer of the Year from the International Photographic Council, a non-profit branch of the United Nations. Bert also received the Legacy Award from PPA Charities and PPA’s International Award.
Together, and individually, they have given programs on portraiture to many local, state, national and international associations. They lead yearly international photographic workshops and events. Both are also PPA Approved Jurors.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
What does it take to survive in the cut-throat world of shoot and burn? It takes a focused business plan and creating a loyal client base. Come join Bert and Cindy as they tell how their sixty year old business, in its third generation, photographs, sell and creates products that their clients not only buy, but display proudly in their homes. They will take you through the process of creating a need to have wall portraits and albums that tell a family’s story. See how their techniques of couples and group posing create great images and large sales. They will talk about how they shoot and show how they can create images that sell!