Robert's photographic style is a unique blend of the traditional and the unusual. Schooled in the old master's style of portrait photography, Robert has combined this training with a background in journalism and a desire to learn and develop new and experimental techniques for tomorrow's clients.
Robert started his photographic education in High School and while studying Aeronautical Engineering in College, enrolled with The New York Institute of Photography. Over the next several years he developed his style through selected courses and private study with many of the top photographers in the country. He has attended, as well as instructed for the Winona International School of Photography in Chicago and Atlanta.
Robert has earned the degrees of Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer. He is a member by invitation of the American Society of Photographers (ASP) where he has earned their distinguished Educational Associate (EA-ASP) degree. An active participant in print competitions, he has served on the print committee for the PPA of PA for more than fifteen years and served as Print Exhibition Chairman for Pennsylvania in 1997 and then again in 2013. A graduate of the Merit Print Course and National Judging School, Robert has judged in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York and Ohio. Robert's print awards include several "Best of Shows", PPA of PA Best Portrait of a Woman, Best Commercial Image, Best Illustrative Image and The Hallmark Award. He is a three time recipient of the FUJI USA Masterpiece Award including a Mid-East States Regional Masterpiece in the Salon Category. Robert has also earned the coveted Kodak Gallery Award on four separate occasions. Robert's prints have received numerous national merits and have been included in the National Loan Collection, ASP Master's Loan Collection and Kodak's EPCOT Exhibit.
Robert operates a full time portrait studio in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The studio is full service providing portrait, wedding and commercial photography in Central Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and New Jersey. Commercial clients have included, I.B.M., Ralston Purina, General Electric, AT & T, The College Board as well as many others. During a brief journalism career he photographed several of the early launches of the Space Shuttle, the grand opening of EPCOT and was assigned to the Daytona Speedway for more than a year. In 1992 Robert was selected to provide the photography for Charlton Heston during his return to the Gretna Theatre in Pennsylvania.
Robert teaches several photography programs each year on the High School and Collegiate level and has guest lectured at many civic groups and professional societies. Since 1994, Robert's achievements have been featured in several national advertising campaigns for The New York Institute of Photography. In 1996, Robert was honored by being selected to the Eastman Kodak "Pro-Team." Marketing ideas that he presented to this select group of twenty photographers have been published as part of Kodak's Pro-Team III idea book, distributed in 1998. In 1999, he served as President of The Professional Photographers’ Association of Pennsylvania, Inc. Robert continues to teach and share his knowledge throughout the photographic profession as well as continuing his service to the PPA of PA as an advisor to the Board of Governors and a member of the PPA Council since 2005.
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Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce