Meet the EXPO Team    

   

 Expo team Bert and Al Behnke are trail blazers in the photographic world. Bert earned the Master of Photography degree and the Photographic Craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world's largest photographic association. Among his rumerous awards for portraiture, Bert was presented the International Award by PPA and Portrait Photographer of the Year by the Ibnternational Photographic Council at the United Nations in New York. He also served as president of the 20,000 + member Professional Photographers of America, Bert is currently PPA Charities Executive Director which he helped get establish whie he was PPA president in 1997.

Al Behnke is a third-generation photographer specializing in wedings and seniors with Behnke Photographers in Mokena, IL. He is also the owner of 1001 words Public Relations, a marketing firm that is dedicated to helping photographers and imaging professionals expand their business.

"I have a background in Public Relations and as a working photographer, I have seen first-hand how difficult it can be for studios to not just get off the ground, but to keep an upward trajectory as the time change. My goal is to help studios, big and small, get more customers through the door and to keep those customers for a lifetime. Through press release writing, social media upkeep, blogging, event and promotional creation, and effective e-mail marketing, I aim to help studios succeed in the ever-changing world of digital photography. Our studio has been around for nearly 60 years thanks to our aggressive marketing and social media plans. Our ideas and execution are meant to keep your studio thriving for years to come!"

Bert Behnke M. Photog.Hon.M.Photog.CR.,CPP


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