Bruce Roscoe, one of Arizona's Top Ten Photographers of 2012, was again chosen for the Top Ten category for 2013, moving from ninth to fifth place. In addition, the Arizona Professional Photographers Association selected Roscoe as number one Portrait Photographer in the state.
The Prescott Valley resident said the AzPPA competition allows a total of four photographs in one or more categories. His specialty is portraits where he scored 332 points out of a possible 400, and claimed the top spot. He also earned a third place in portraiture.
Roscoe said he spends two hours studying the profession daily.
"There's always going to be tweaking and always going to be growth," he said. "Overall, the style of portraiture I do - in the classic tradition - for the type of customers I have, it works very well. Ageless, timeless, classic tradition. That's what you want to represent with your people."
Roscoe's "people" are mature individuals who, through expression or props, find their life experiences and character have permeated the finished photo. He claims about 60 percent of his work with senior citizens deals with "psychology." Recently he found a way to elicit more smiles with customers.
"I'm brushing up on my harmonica," he said with a laugh. "It loosens them up."
Getting to know one another and conversing is an important step in gaining trust with the customers, which leads to better results as reflected in Roscoe's photographs. He said capturing the best memories of someone through their portrait is the biggest impact he could possibly have on someone's life.
"He did a great job in the competition," said Bob Zimmerlich, president of AzPPA.
For information about Roscoe, a certified professional portrait photographer, call 928-713-9870 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AzPPA is a non-profit organization, and affiliated with the oldest and largest Professional Photography Association in America that dates back to 1880.