by Skip Cohen
I've written many times about my favorite part of this industry - the friendships! Well, Bert Behnke and I go back at least twenty-five years. He's a past president of PPA, educator, artist, a great photographer, and absolutely believes in giving back to an industry we both love dearly. In addition, he's the founder of PPA Charities, which raised over two million dollars for non-profits during its active years. Last but not least, Bert's a dad, husband, and great friend to so many of us in the industry.
Most important of all, Bert's simply fun. Remember "fun?" Too often, we just take life too seriously these days, and we all need a guy like Bert in our lives to help us keep perspective.
There's a quote on the Behnke photography site that says it all...
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever.
It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
Working together with his very best buddy, his wife Cindy, they own Behnke Photographers. In this new podcast, Bert shares a lot of great insight into the challenges photographers as small business owners face today. It was definitely a fun podcast to record, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
I've pulled some of my favorite images off of Bert and Cindy's website - although I don't know whose images are his and which are Cindy's. However, it doesn't matter because, in the end, their focus is always the same - on their clients. They have one goal; to create the best possible experience for each subject with the quality in their images to match!
And if you're in the Detroit area, both Bert and Cindy are teaching at the upcoming state convention in Michigan in March. So if you're attending, I can promise you two of the best programs you've ever attended!
Get to know Bert and Cindy a little better by clicking on any image in this post and take a scroll through their website.
Images copyright Behnke Photographers. All rights reserved.
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