Composing, Capturing, and Creating. The ideas, techniques and motivations behind creating unique images.
We will start the day off going over my studio process and explaining the artistic concepts that give an image impact and power and which are my foundation for creating any image. I will then bring in a live model. We will capture and create a variety of fun images while explaining lighting, posing and the ideas behind my concepts that allow me to create beautiful art and have great sales. Then later that afternoon I will then spend some time with my post processing techniques in photoshop. You will see firsthand my process as I create a scene and use a varietyof tools to blend my subjects into the scene. During the entire process, you will not only gain a better understanding of how you can create unique images with impact but you will also learn more about how I ensure that I am well compensated for the work I invest into my images.
Ben Shirk is an internationally award winning professional photographer. Growing up in a log cabin near a small farming community of Wilton Iowa he spent his days exploring the woods, swimming in rivers and developing his imagination. Today his stunning images are known worldwide for the creativity and depth of storytelling. Ben currently holds many International, Nationaland State Photography Titles for his unique images and operates a thriving studio out of that same small farming community attracting clients from across the US creating dynamic images of athletes, children, families and brides.
Combining her passion for photography and her love of people, Kay Eskridge’s studio, Images by Kay & Co. has earned a sterling reputation for high-quality lifestyle portraiture. Kay takes great pride in not only the imagery she creates but also the high level of customer service she provides. Specializing as a lifestyle portrait artist, Kay’s clientele has come to rely on her to capture images from all of life’s special events, from maternity to newborns, tots to ‘tweens’, High School Seniors to summer family vacations and even intimate images captured through the CelebrateSexy division of her studio. Her focus on relationships, creative approach to portraiture, unique perspective on customer service and clear vision about business has provided her with much success doing something she loves. Kay is a member and Past President of the Arizona Professional Photography Association and is one of Kodak-Alaris’ Approved Speakers. She is a PPA Certified, a Master-Photographic Craftsman and holds numerous awards, including the National Award, the Arizona Photographer of the Year, the Kodak Gallery Elite Award, the Phoenix Portrait Photographer of the Year, and the Arizona Illustrative Photographer of the Year.
Joe is an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer, author, educator and YES – that crazy PHOTO Joe Edelman on YouTube!
He takes great pride in sharing his experience via his popular YouTube Channel: Photo Joe Edelman – recognized by YouTube as one of the fastest rising channels of 2016.
Joe is also honored to have been named a Light Leader by Photoflex. As described by Photoflex: “Photoflex Light Leaders are shaping the industry as top photographers, videographers and educators. Big fans of Photoflex gear, they are innovative, creative and pushing the limits of the photographic industry.”
He has earned a reputation as a lively and popular instructor and lecturer at camera clubs, photography conferences and photography workshops across the United States.
His career has spanned four decades, from his start as a newspaper photojournalist to his current work photographing all types of people and serving as a photo educator who motivates and educates new and experienced photographers all over the world.
He has received both state and national awards for fashion photography as well as photojournalism in the categories of News, Feature and Sports photography.
My primary target – people! I am best known for my photographs of beautiful women.
His work has been published in magazines like Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Get Fit, Shape and Good Light Magazine to name but a few. He has been called upon to complete assignments for both the New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and has serviced commercial advertising clients from all over the United States.
Along with wife and two dogs, Joe is based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
MY MISSION: To help photographers develop a solid understanding of the “How’s and Why’s” behind making consistently great photographs. – – Joe Edelman
Ella Putney Carlson has a master of fine arts degree from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and has earned professional photography degrees including Master Photographer, Master Artist, and Educational Associate. Her fine art composites and photography have won multiple Kodak Gallery Awards and Fuji Masterpiece Awards as well as Photographer of the Year awards internationally and in her own state. She has been a PPA Photographer of the Year 9 times in 9 years of competition, including Diamond Photographer of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. She has been teaching digital imaging with Photoshop at the University of Mass, Lowell since the late 1990’s.
Ella’s art has been exhibited in the Danforth Museum, Artistry Gallery in Vermont, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Vermont Center for Photography, Arts League of Lowell (MA), DeCordova Museum, Cove Gallery (Gloucester, MA), the Professional Photographers of America International Exhibition. Her work has been published in several volumes of the Professional Photographers of America Loan Book, the Showcase Book, and Professional Photographer Magazine and her book "Fine Art Photoshop" was published recently.
If you want to book more brides you must show your potential clients that you are as excited and inspired today as when you started your photography journey.
Join me while I explore 5 tips to stay inspired in wedding photography.
Following these tips will help you revitalize, your photography and mental health. When you are happy and excited, your clients are too!
Stephen Sedman BFA, Craftsman Photographer, CPP, Owner of Sedman Photography of Braintree Mass. for 25 years,
Stephen possesses a unique mix of Fine Art, Computer/Internet, and Photographic experience. He earned a BFA at the Swain School of Design. Stephen’s paintings, sculpture and photography are in many public and private collections throughout the country.
His passion for photography shows in his work and he enjoys sharing that experience with his photography peers.
Awards: 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 3 Fuji Masterpiece awards, PPA Bronze Photographer of Year and 6 Court of Honors at PPANE and PPAM.
Specializing in weddings, he photographs about 40 a year throughout New England. Bar Mitzvahs, senior portraits, families and schools round out his photographic experience.
We love any chance to take photographs! Photography gives us superpowers, lol, we can freeze time. We cherish the fact that we can create photographs for lasting memories of people, places, and things. We treasure both two-legged and four-legged children :-)
We specialize in decorating homes with portrait, nature, and urbex art galleries. We enjoy taking "straight" photographs, and creating ART from our photographs, both allow us to capture the moment as our mind's eye sees it. We also teach creative photography and post-processing("Creativity is contagious, pass it on" Albert Einstein).
We have three dogs, two cats, a red-eyed green tree frog (plus a bunch of other frogs, Chameleons, and critters), and a daughter in graduate school. We love sunsets and hot fudge sundaes and embrace the "'Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the number of moments that take your breath away" philosophy!
Did I mention that we love any chance to take photographs? We appreciate the world around us and embrace the challenge of interpreting what our eyes and heart see via the camera lens. We love photographing people - capturing newborn babies all scrunched up and sleepy, the smile of toddler, child, HS senior, model or actor, or an inviting look of a business executive. We also appreciate nature photography (birds, landscapes, flowers) also gives us a chance to appreciate the "everyday miracles" that surround us. And don't forget historic places, abandoned buildings, and factories, they also have a story to tell. We lust for rust, lol.
We are passionate about our photography (we even met in a camera club). We have presented programs at NECCC, Nature Visions, CanAm, CAP, PPA, PPANE, PSA, Greater Lynn, NHCC, and to a lot of other camera and nature clubs across the New England region. We also judge photographic competitions, teach various photography and image editing workshops, have had several successful gallery exhibitions of their work, had photographs in Adirondack Life, Birder's World, Wild Bird, the WCC wolf calendar, and on the cover of paperback novel. Amherst Media recently asked us to write a photography book about their HDR and light painted images. The book, tentatively titled "Beauty in Decay: The Art of Photographing Rusty Dusty Places", was released in early 2017.
Mike is the owner and full-time operator of Michael Stone Portraits based in Worcester, MA. After working in the portrait photography industry for well over 30 years as a photographer, studio manager, trainer, and production manager, he left the industry late in 2011.
Mike opened his own business in 2012, while working part-time for his church as the Communications Director. He didn’t have a camera, lights, backgrounds, samples, or a studio. Mike used the photography and sales models of highly successful studios in Montana (annual sales over $1.5M) and Portland, OR (annual sales over $4M), but opted to not have a physical location, choosing instead to personalize his service by photographing and selling at his clients’ homes.
After investing in some equipment and doing some invitational sessions to create marketing materials he began working in/at his clients’ homes in Central MA, and quickly spread throughout MA, RI, NH and CT. Since starting in 2012 Mike has grown his business from absolute zero with no assets to annual sales goals of over $500K, without use of a physical studio or salesroom.
Nylora- Joy Bruleigh owner of Nylora-Joy Fine Art has spent the past two years rebranding herself from the Bellies and babies Photographer to a Fine Art Portrait Artist. Residing in Concord, NH she hasworkedout of her residential studio for the past 14 years.
In this 50 minute class Nylora will be talking about finding inspiration for Artist Images and how she maps out each image before even taking the first shot. She will discuss finding all the elements that she used to create some of her images, how to find models, and the importance of the details within the image. What you may start out with in your head may not be what might be what is in the final image, and that is OK! It is a creative process and it is yours to make! Nylora will give you permission to make your heart happy and create some amazing work that you will be proud of!
Having been a judge throughout New England over the past several years has really helped Nylora grow in the competition arena. There is no denying that competition can push you to be the best that you can be not only in the competition but it will take your client work to the next level as well! Every competition brings new light to your own work whether you enter or not. Nylora truly enjoys seeing other photographers work and learns something new every time, even after entering competition for over 13 years.
Bring your questions and let’s have a interactive class!
Nyloraholds her Master and Craftsman Degrees from PPA, and in January 2016 received her Master Artist Degree making her the only photographer in NH and only the second to receive it in all of New England.
Nylora has won numerous awards including the 2013 National Kodak Gallery Elite Award for her Artist image “Ice Princess” and the Canon Par Excellence award for her Master Artist Case in the Northeast Districts in 2014 and this year earned the top 3 Artist case. She has had a top 10 Album and Portrait in the GIA in the past 3 years and is nominated again this year for a GIA in the ArtistCategory. She has also received the PPA Photographer of the Year six times(Including both Diamond and Gold for 2015). In 2015 she also received her Image Excellence Award through PPA. She is a member of NHPPA , PPA, and ASPand is the author of “Fine Art Portrait Photography” through Amherst Media.
You can also follow her on Instagram to see her most recent pieces @NyloraJoy
David doesn’t just talk, he makes a difference! He will help you see your business from a whole new perspective and provide you with the tools to make your business potentially the most valuable asset you’ll ever own.
David is president of Strategic Vision Business Development Corp.
David works with firms in a variety of industries (including computer software, technical training, photography, sports academies, building materials, business marketing, and medical professions). He has experience guiding owners sell their companies at full asking price and has helped several family businesses to successfully transition ownership to the next generation.
For more than 10 years David was a Senior E-Myth Coach (Michael Gerber’s E-Myth Revisited); he has taught Dale Carnegie’s Management Program and was an Independent Business Advisor with Glazer-Kennedy’s Insider’s Circle.
David also practices what he preaches, as president of a profitable manufacturing /sales / retail company which he recently successfully sold. In that role he grew and managed multiple locations and recruited, hired and trained over 500 people. He has developed this company to thrive without his day to day involvement.
David holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from SMC University, a BS degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Masters degree in Education from Worcester State College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College.
David is known for his ability to simplify complicated business issues. He speaks in “plain talk” that makes sense. He has “been there and done that” allowing him to speak from experience to solve challenges. You’ll get new insights to apply to your business. You’ll also enjoy the journey.
Paula Ferazzi Swift, M. Photog., Cr., CPP owner of Paula Swift Photography a Boston area portrait photographer, spent 10 years chasing fires and covering news assignments all over Central Massachusetts as a photojournalist at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.('95-'05)
Paula decided to leave photojournalism world while starting her family. She wanted to continue her photography career and decided to head down a new career path focusing on children and families; using her skills as a news photographer.
Paula started a photography business where she could utilize her photojournalistic skills to photograph the relationship children shared in front of her cameras in a natural way. Capturing fleeting moments during a session; when a child thinks no one is watching, the hugs a parent shares with a shy child, or even a toddler running away from the camera giggling. Paula approaches her sessions just like a fire…ready to go at a moments notice, but in a stress-free way for her clients.
Paula will talk about briefly about her experience as a photojournalist and how she implements those skills in capturing beautiful, timeless and storytelling portraits of children in today’s competitive photography world. She will share images and the story behind how she captured them techinally and emotionally.
Information that Paula will share during her program will include... How to capture those unexpected moments How to get shy children to warm up to you How to keep children involved in their photography session Use of props to keep the session looking natural How to incorporate pets How to capture children on the go How to let children be themselves during a session Learn how to sit back and watch a moment happen Favorite gear to used at sessions
Paula Swift, M.Photog, Cr., CPP started her portrait photography business in Framingham, MA in 2004 and then moved into a new studio in Sudbury, MA in December 2013.
Paula’s work has appeared in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Boston Globe, New York Times, LA Times, Esquire, Time, Newsweek and internationally via the Associated Press wire service. Paula was a staff photographer at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Mass from 1995-2005. Three of Paula’s images were part of a Pulitzer nomination and finalist entry in 2000 in feature photography for the photography staff’s coverage of the deadly Worcester warehouse fire that took the lives of six firefighters in 1999.
Paula’s portrait work she has won two Kodak Gallery, Hallmark Award, Photographic Degree of Excellence by PPAM, Loan and General Collections at IPC, 2014 Photographer of the Year bronze medalist at PPA’s IPC. In February 2015 Paula received her Master of Photography at the Professional Photogfrapher’s of America Imaging USA in Nashville, TN and her Photographic Craftsman degree in San Antonio, TX in January 2017.
In May 2017, Paula’s book Storytelling Portrait Photography: How to Document the Lives of Children and Families published andshe will have them on hand on each of her program for purchase and to personally sign. The book offers ideas for creating a strong and lasting client connection, eliciting memorable moments, finding storytelling locations, inspiring natural action and reactions, and capturing the inter-relationships between siblings and between children and their parents.
She is a native of Longmeadow, Mass where she first learned to develop film in her parents’ basement. She attended Fitchburg State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Communications Media – Photography in 1995. Paula lives in Framingham, Mass. with her husband Chris, their three sons, a yellow lab named Swifty and a cat named Buzz, who are her daily inspirations.