I’ve been in the portrait photography business for over thirty two years. I run my own portrait and wedding studio with my wife Tina in a small city of 90,000.
Everything I teach and preach and harp about is based on real studio experience. I believe in good old fashioned hard work (working at something you LOVE!!), setting goals, learning all the time, being grateful, living life to the absolute fullest, letting others live their lives to their fullest, and helping out whenever and wherever I meet those fortunate people who have the enthusiasm, drive and passion to succeed at whatever puts a spark in their eyes and fire under their seats.
Speaking and live seminars information is further below on this page.
I also have a few other notable features….:
- I’ve written articles that were featured in national magazines such as Photo Imaging and Exposure.
- Featured contributor & columnist at ShootSmarter.com
- I’ve won photographer of the year three times in our area and have earned countless other awards and accredidations at the national level, including the coveted “Masters of Photographic Arts”.
- I’ve consulted with countless studio owners and to business’s outside the photography industry, such as weight loss, law firms, financial planners, to name a few. My time however is devoted to raising my family, running my studio and creating marketing and success strategies that are based on sound principles and real life experiences.
- Full time professional photographer since 1981- My studio.
- Accredited with the Professional Photographers of Canada in the following categories: Wedding Photojournalism, Wedding Story, Environmental Wedding
- Received my Masters of Photographic Arts in 2000 plus one bar.
- Earned over 20 National Merits and one loan collection with the Professional Photographers of Canada and won major category awards at several conventions.
- Won photographer of the year with the North Eastern Ontario Branch of the Professional Photographers of Ontario in 1992, 1993 and 1995
- Co-founder of the worlds greatest photography forum, No Bs Photo Success. Loaded with lighting tips, photoshop tutorials and photography success strategies.
- Authored a book: "Exposed: The Naked Uncensored Truth to Running a Successful Photography Business" Available at Amazon
- Guitar, singing and harmonica with the blues
- Active in toastmasters since 1991-earned ATM GOLD in 2002
- Martial Arts, Goju Ru, with the Oriental Arts Academy
- Presenting, teaching and inspiring others in seminars on Marketing, Digital Photography or Leadership
- Cruising down the highway on my motorcycle with a warm, sunny breeze……..(need I say more)
- Eating ice cream with my daughter
Speaking and seminars:
I will speak for non-profit organizations such as PPOC or PPA and such, at no charge or fees whenever the time and availability permits. Please contact me Any other workshops or seminars will be announced in my weekly newsletter. Sign up for that if you have not yet.
- Digital Bootcamp
- Shooting the freestyle wedding
- Marketing and Success
- Babies and children
- Goal setting and butt-kicking
Recent comments from attendees:
"Robert has been doing this most of his life and it appears, at a pretty high level. I saw him speak in Canada and he did a great job. He's held in very high regards up there. I would be honored to recommend him to speak atWPPI. Believe me, he's ready."
~Tony L. Corbell ~
“A recent national survey has shown that as many as 19 out of 20photographers do not make it past their 10th business anniversary!As frightening as this seems, these statistics are just about the samefor most independent businesses (restaurants, for example).In this highly competetive economy, it's important to get thecorrect business training and a proper perspective for the futureof our industry. Robert Provencher is a lecturer and photographer who really "gets it." His programs are energetic and informative, but betteryet, he is an imagemaker that is actually "in the trenches" with the rest of us! I highly recommend studying at one of Robert's seminars, and be ready to take lots of notes!"
"I saw Robert at Niagara School last year and was very impressed with what he has to offer. His knowledge of the subject was very good and he maintained his audience because of it. I heard nothing but positive feedback from other students about him."
~ Bruce Evensen, M. Photog~
"Rob, I just wanted to thank you again for an amazing workshop in NB! I had a blast and learned so much. So much, that I'm on my way into a 1440sq.ft studio! Renovations start today! I wanted to let you know you really kicked me in my butt and now I know even more that I really can do it and accomplish my dream! I really don't have a clue about running a studio! I should join the NOBS forum, I know that! Maybe some sort of mentoring? Is this something you can offer? Any help is very much appreciated! Oh, I also had to remind you to send me one of your books as well! Thanks so much Rob, I appreciate everything…perfect timing for me to attend such an informative seminar! Hope to hear from you soon!"
"Rob…You should be locked up, surely anything producing this many $$$ in such a short space of time has to be illegal? Replying to your ProfitableStudio web site ad was the smartest thing I've done since marrying my wife 26 years ago YIPPPPPEEEEEEE."
Robert and Fran Abbey House Studios
"Hi Rob, I want to thank you for all the incredible material I received from you. All your CDs and books are very easy to understand even though there is a lot of information given out….materials I enjoyed immensely were your books and CDs regarding marketing. With a very conservative estimate, I am sure by simply applying a couple of your ideas I will increase my sales by a minimum of 20%. One evening around midnight I started reading your tools kit book on marketing success system. I planned on reading for about an hour but the information was so incredible that the next thing I knew it was 4am and I was only half done with the book. I was booked with photos from 9am to 2pm so right after my sessions, I grabbed the book and finished reading it around 6pm. I still can't believe how much information you give out and it can apply to any type of businesses. I'm in the process of redoing all my pricelists and applying your suggestions that I read in your books."
Dan Morency, Cornwall
Thanks so much for everything. I showed the first few pages of the 9 ingredients it takes to qualify an add to a friend of the family who is a retired executive from Bell Telephone and said just the first few pages were worth the investment. To prove his point he pulled out the yellow page to show me all the bad ads and the hundreds of dollars wasted on them. I'm sure you get your critics as we all do so I just thought I'd pass on the good stuff which are all I have. The only thing close to bad I have is that all the info has been a bit overwhelming and even intimidating but that's a good thing. Thanks a lot."
"Rob, I just wanted to send you a quick card to show my appreciation for everything that you have done so far. I know you must get a lot of 'Thank Yous' from a lot of different people, but I find it important to express my gratitude towards you.
I thought that I had everything planned out in life. Get good grades in high school (check); go to university (check); take a science program (check); take the courses needed for medical school (check), then work my butt off until I got into medical school and became a doctor…..and I'd live happily ever after. Well, the plan started to fall apart. I mean, being a doctor would be fascinating and I would love to help people in that way, but I just felt empty. I wasn't exciting for me, I had no drive for what I was doing, and it began to show in my attitude and actions…….."read more………..
Stayed up last night and read your book cover to cover. Loved it!
Incredible amount of information and motivation."
I've wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for ages – for your marketing strategy and all the rest of the super bundle that we bought last year…………
Done that bit now.
The reason that I (or rather we) haven't done it is that we've been busy learning, adapting and modifying what we've learnt from you into our own systems – and reaping the benefits. We have an already very profitable business, but just like you, we constantly need and find inspiration – for the business and the art side of what we do.
Looking at the video, the thing that struck me was the undoubted quality of the art work, and the (subtle?) pluck at the heart strings with the words.
This guy was actually selling something that people couldn't even have to take away with them – unless they had a camera – just how fantastic is that!
As we always say – lets appeal to the heart and minds of nice people.
Carry on doing what you do – and enjoy
Very best wishes Gary."
~Gary and Sue Photography~
"Things are awesome thanks to you and Rob. Spending a
few days around you two was the best thing for my
photography career. My business is booming and I am
busier than ever."
"Hey ROB!Wow, it was SOO nice to finally meet you! I felt as though I wasgetting my pic taken with a celebrity
Thanks again for coming down and sharing your knowledge. Your my mentor and a HUGE inspiration.Hope you have a great tour and a safe trip back home.Cheers!"
"Thank you Robert Provencher!
Yesterday I attended your seminar during the Album Epoca Photography Studio Success Tour. I have to say that you've packed more marketing strategies and great ideas into three hours than I could have ever expected! I left feeling revived and ready to take new steps in my business to grow it in the direction I want. The value of the material was outstanding and I was blown away by the examples and down-to-earth way your ideas were presented. Thank you!"
~Susan Hydzik, Picture that Photography~
"Thanks so much Rob! have been looking forward to your seminar.Your very straightforward, easy to listen to, and yes, no bullshit! It flew by very quickly. Look forward to meeting you again sometime. Thanks for sharing."
"Rob, you are amazing as always. Thank you for the great info. You have been a great inspiration….."
"Robert! One of the only presentations that delivered 3 full hours of information that will help me get my business going-immediately! Thanks."