In addition to his career as an internationally recognized portrait artist, Dennis also devotes time to teaching and lecturing professional photographers on various aspects of photography, and is frequently invited to judge professional imaging competitions.
Below is a partial list of degrees and certifications he has earned:
- Certified Professional Photographer 1991 (Awarded with the highest score on the CPP written exam in the country.)
- Master of Photography Degree 1996
- Photographic Craftsman Degree 2003
Additionally he has won the following awards for excellence in photographic imaging.
- New Jersey Photographer of the Year (multiple years)
- South Jersey Photographer of the Year (multiple years)
- New York State Court of Honor (multiple awards)
- New Jersey Court of Honor (multiple awards)
- Walter Free Trophy for Highest Aggregate Score (multiple years)
- Fassebender Cup for Highest Scoring Salon Image (multiple years)
- Mallas Award for Excellence
- Kodak Gallery Award for Excellence (multiple awards)
- Fuji Mastepiece Award for Excellence (multiple awards)
- PPA International Loan Collection (multiple years)
- Images featured in PPA General Collection and Loan Collection Coffee Table Books
- Featured Instructor at the Triangle Institute of Professional Photography
- Featured Presenter at the NEPPA, PPANJ, MarylandPPA, PPA of Delaware, and GPPDV conventions and program meetings.
- PPA/Epcot Center Loan Exhibition
- GPPDV Photographer of the Year (multiple years)
- Imaging Asia 2005 Loan Collection
- Center for Fine Art Photography Imaging Showcase and Featured Gallery Image
- Individual Gallery Showing of Fine Art Photography Philadelphia, PA 2004
- Numerous Blue Ribbon and “Best Of” awards from the PPA, GPPDV, PPANJ, and SJPPA including; “Best of Show”, Best Portrait of a Man” “Best Portrait of a Woman” “Best Portrait of a Child” “Best Group Portrait” “Best Salon Image” “Best Folio Collection” and the “480 Club”
Dennis’ dedication to photographic excellence and continuing education means that you can expect an unrivaled level of commitment and professionalism.
The Master of Photography Degree and the Photographic Craftsman Degree are bestowed for excellence in photography, and service to the profession, respectfully.
The Certified Professional Photographer designation is an ongoing process that must be renewed on a regular basis. It involves proving proficiency in photographic knowledge and skill, but also ethical business practices, unwavering dedication to customer service, and a commitment to ongoing education.
Dennis is also a member of the “Contemporary Photographer’s Society” an invitation-only Mastermind Group of elite professional photographer throughout North America, whose purpose is to share knowledge and inspiration, and to push each other to new heights and new achievements.
In addition, Dennis and Bonnie Kelly devote time and effort in support and in fundraising for numerous charities, both locally and nationally.