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Latino photographer making history

Detroit native Fred Mora is making history for Latino photographers—Mora is the first Latino to sit on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Professional Photographers Association (DPPA).

The DPPA is an organization designed to bring area professional photographers together for networking and also the opportunity for professional growth through workshops and presenting renowned speakers. The DPPA has 106 active members, 22 associates, 6 corporate, and 13 life members and has been established since 1915.

Mora is also the first Latino member of the Professional Photographers Minority Network (PPMN). This organization was established in 1996 and has 35 active members. It meets monthly primarily to network with other local photographers to share knowledge and experiences. The organization holds an annual exhibit of the members’ works (Hidden Jewels) at a selected local gallery.

Mora owns his own studio (Mora Portrait Studio) in the heart of the barrio in

Southwest Detroit. He has been a photographer for over 20 years and realized his dream by opening his own studio over two years ago.

Mora shoots weddings, quinceañeras, seniors, families, pets, y más. What makes his work stand out is his creativity and variance. For example, if it is senior-school season, he will not use the same poses and backdrops on any two subjects in order to achieve their personalized session.

“This way,” said Mora, “the client comes away with a ‘unique’ photo shoot.”

Likewise, for weddings, he will not pose the bride/groom exactly the same way for two different weddings. He feels that each person exuberates their own originality and it should be expressed in their photographs.

Mora is the official photographer for the Saginaw-based Mi Gente monthly magazine and covers local events for various newspapers, including La Prensa. He is also the official photographer for the Hispanic Business Association, which sponsors the annual Hispanic Expo scheduled in September, and the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Mora has earned numerous awards for his photography. His goal is to start his own chapter of Professional Hispanic Photographers. For further information or for contracting this professional photographer, call (313) 570-1079 or e-mail at [email protected].





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