Jerry Ghionis is widely regarded as one of the top five best wedding/portrait photographers and educators in the world. Based in Las Vegas, USA and Melbourne, Australia, Jerry is a USA Nikon Ambassador and has won more awards than any other photographer at WPPI where he became the first Grand Master. As a photographer, educator, inventor and philanthropist, his experience traveling the world and perspective on the industry makes him an invaluable source of knowledge, experience and wisdom. His influence in the art of wedding and portrait photography as well as the business of photography can be seen everywhere in the industry today.
Melissa Ghionis has developed a reputation for her skills in creating and cultivating relationships and for her excellent customer service. A reputation she earned after 16 years of experience in the photography industry. After running a successful, award-winning studio in Boston, MA for over a decade she is now working in a high-end studio in Melbourne, Australia and in the United States with Jerry. Melissa’s most recent passion is the creation of her non-profit charitable organization named The Soul Society (www.thesoulsociety.org), a charity she co-founded together with Jerry. The Soul Society was created with the specific purpose of caring for poor, homeless and orphaned children in third world countries, one soul at a time.
Brought up in a family of entrepreneurs, Chris Saraiva started his own business from an early age of 15 years old. Working in the wedding entertainment industry throughout most of his life, Chris built up his business to become one of the most successful and award winning in the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts areas. Widely known for the relationships he built with each and every customer. A trait that he further developed while working at BOSE Corporation for several years. Being diagnosed with vWD, a severe bleeding disorder, Chris also takes pride in advocating awareness for all bleeding disorders and speaking publicly about his personal experiences throughout the country. In working with the Ghionis team for the past 4 years, Chris brings his customer service, marketing, and event coordination experience to all facets of the team.
Joe Gorgol is the most recent addition to the JGPT team acting as producer and filmmaker. Joe studied mechanical engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, which provided him the perfect foundation in understanding how to problem solve complex technical and mechanical issues that prepared him for his current role. A foray into modeling for a photography and video educational tour company led him to his obsession of vision and sound. Joe met Jerry on his acclaimed “How to Wow” tour and soon developed a close friendship and creative partnership which ultimately led to his appointment at JGPT as full time producer. They were always going to work together on a full time basis. Joe’s responsible for the delivery of content to make your learning educational, inspirational and entertaining.