Emanuele "Manny" Pontoriero


At 18 years old, Manny started out as an apprentice to photographer and custom color printer David West.  Just three months into his 3 year apprenticeship Manny won his first Blue Ribbon (First Place) at the Professional Photographers Association of New Jersey, BPH Chapter. Soon after, he became Print Chairman in charge of print competition for three consecutive years.
In 1980, after winning many local awards, Manny won The Fassbender Award at the Atlantic City Convention of the Professional Photographers of New Jersey. At 22 years old he was the youngest to receive this prestigious award.

Manny has also been a member of the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of North Eastern Pennsylvania, Professional Photographers of Greater New York, where he continued to receive awards for his photographic excellence. As a result, he lectured to other professionals at local and statewide meetings. While in New Jersey some of his commercial accounts included Unilever Brothers, Prudential Securities N.Y., Prudential Bache Great Britton, YKK Zippers, Corporate Express.

In 1993 he received the “Certified Professional Photographer” degree with the Professional Photographers of America.  At that time there were only eleven photographers in the entire state of New Jersey to receive this distinction.

In 2005 he held a photo exhibit at the Pasco Arts Council. Opening night, he was received by a standing room only crowd. He broke all their attendance records as well as sales records.
Besides having his own photography business Manny finds time to conduct seminars and speak at amateur photo clubs. He has also appeared as a guest on Studio 10 Connects, a Tampa TV program. 

In 2009, Manny co-founded “Get the Picture”, a company dedicated to promoting photography education for both amateurs and professionals. His company helps photographers gain knowledge and experience through DVD’s, Seminars and Web based presentations. His training videos can be found at Amazon, B&H, Udemy and Vimeo. His training course “The Skilled Photographer”, won a 2011 Telly Award.
Manny subscribes to the mantra “Practice makes permanent” and it is his hope that whether you are a pro or amateur, that you continue to develop your skills in an effort to master photography.