May Meeting – Gary Hughes – Making a Business out of Headshots

gary_hughes_headshotPlease join us on Tuesday, May 24, as we welcome Gary Hughes M. Photog. Cr. CPP to Jacksonville to present his program: “Making a Business out of Headshots”

Join one of the foremost headshot photographers in the industry as he shares the secrets of how he and his wife and partner, Julie, have created a thriving photography business by standing in the shallow end of the pool and working an underserved market. Learn marketing and pricing strategies as well as some of the techniques Gary uses to create his signature images. From beginner to expert, this program will educate, entertain and equip every attendee to take advantage of this exploding market in professional photography.

Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting to follow beginning at 7:00pm.

Gary’s Biography

As the child of photographer parents, it is ironic that Gary’s professional life included everything but photographer until life led him back to the path he was ultimately destined, photographer. In 2008 he and his wife founded Hughes Fioretti Photography and, in the years since, have grown their business by making a name for themselves as THE place to get headshots in Central Florida. Aside from running a studio in Orlando, FL, Gary is also in demand as a photography educator and travels often, teaching his methods to photographers all over the world. His main focus as an instructor is to empower photographers to create the type of business that sets them free to live the kind of life they want.

Gary’s work has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and he has been a speaker for Imaging USA, Creative Live and has written articles on photography for the Huffington Post.


November 15th Meeting – Gary Hughes “Nerd Wars: Using Social Networking and the Internet to Increase Profits”

Please join us in welcoming Gary Hughes to Jacksonville for our November 15th meeting! Yes, we’re 1 week earlier due to the Thanksgiving Holiday the following week. Get ready to get social as Gary presents:

“Nerd Wars: Using Social Networking and the Internet to Increase Profits”

Every photographer hears people talking about how important blogging, Facebook and Twitter are for your business, but does anyone really know how to make sense of it? Is it worth the time? This program will give you practical and easy-to-use solutions that will help you increase business and profits immediately. Bring a notepad and a sense of humor, this could change the way you see marketing. The non-techy and the techy alike will learn some simple ideas that will help you make sense of social media and the internet in order to increase profits.


Gary’s photography career began while working as an assistant in his family’s studio. By the time college came, he was out the door. After graduating from UF and having every job from musician to construction worker, he began to pursue a career in the I.T. field by becoming a Microsoft Certified technician and networking nerd. In 2006, despite his attempts to avoid it his entire life, he discovered photography and began to learn by seeking out mentors and joining the FPP and the PPA.

Since then he has applied himself full time to photography earning various awards and merits including images accepted in to the PPA Loan and Showcase Collections. In 2010 he competed at FPP convention for the first time and won a first place award for his portraiture as well as being named one of the Top Ten Photographers in Central Florida by the PPSCF. In 2011 he had 2 entries accepted in to the PPA Loan Collection and earned enough merits for his Master of Photography degree from PPA. He has taught various programs all over the south east in order to help photographers increase profits by taking their business and marketing online, develop multiple income sources by diversifying and improve their work with creative lighting and posing techniques to set their images apart from the crowd.

Social time will begin at 6:30pm and the meeting will begin approximately 7:00pm at the Ramada Inn Mandarin (I295 & San Jose Blvd). Don’t forget your entry for Peoples’ Choice! Please join us at Chili’s on San Jose after the meeting!

Guests are welcome! If you have not attended a Jacksonville Professional Photographers Group meeting before, you are welcome to attend your first meeting complementary! We hope you’ll join us!