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bert behnke

M. Photog. Cr., Hon. M. Photog., CPP


Taking the Fear Out of Group Photography

Bert Behnke will be coming to Michigan to share one of his favorite areas of portraiture …. families. While he does all kinds of work for his clients, families are what creates the most revenue for his studio and is what he is known for in his studio and his teaching.

Bert will be going over how he handles family posing and lighting. He will demonstrate his "8 Levels of Group Posing" showing how positioning your subjects create pleasing, flowing groups that allow each person to look great. He will give you the tools to make your family groups more fun and more saleable.

This workshop will feature how he handles clients from inquiry to delivery and everything in between, portrait sessions and marketing ideas. Bring your questions and your cameras, this workshop is sure to help you raise your level of portraiture and your business.


Bert Behnke owns Behnke Photographers, a studio established in 1956 by Bert’s parents, along with his wife Cindy. He has won numerous awards in salon print competitions as well as serving his professional associations. Bert has taught or lectured on photography all across the USA and North America as well as in Europe, South America and Asia.

Bert is a past president of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois (APPI), the Frankfort (IL) Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Past President of the World Council of Professional Photographers (WCPP). He also was the founder of PPA Charities and Photographers for Charity, as well as a member of the World Photographic Cup organizing Committee.

Awards & Honors

Bert has been awarded the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Honorary Master of Photography degrees from PPA as well as the National Award from his state affiliate. He was honored as Portrait Photographer of the Year from the International Photographic Council, a non-profit branch of the United Nations. He is a PPA Affiliated Judge and an Honorary Fellow of APP of Illinois.

Bert is also a partner in the popular After Dark Education workshops, PhotoPro EXPO and Inspired Adventures, which hosts photography tours each year.


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