A great luminary in wedding and portrait photography passed away last night. Monte Zucker was a beloved mentor and teacher to many in our industry and beyond. He openly shared his passion and insights about life, light and photography with everyone he met and he shared these with great compassion, honesty, and love. I had the honor of hearing him speak just once at a Wedding and Portrait Photographers International conference, and I walked away from that brief encounter filled with great inspiration and optimism. Monte exuded a brilliant energy, and he will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. We hold his memory dear in our hearts, and send his life partner, family and friends our deepest sympathy.