For the last ten years I’ve been lucky enough to be alongside people in love doing crazy things all over the world. The need to tell those love stories well, mixed with the strong light and beautiful isolation of New Zealand, has given me a bent for producing work that’s full of strength and intimacy – and a dangerous habit of saying ‘yes’ to the craziest of ideas.
My journey to photography has taken me through years in the music industry, dabbling in film-making and a host of other creative sidelines that’ve left me with a strong passion for all things analog, shooting truckloads of film, and realising that humans are built with a desire to create brilliant things together.
PRESENTATION TITLE: Build Yourself Not Your Brand
At the heart of every wild idea that you’re chasing as an artist and entrepreneur is one vital ingredient – YOU. The work you create, the business you run, and the crazy schemes that keep you awake at night are all intimately built on the foundations of who you are as a person and who you’re challenging yourself to become. I want to show you how to get fearless, get deliberate, and build yourself into the artist you know you can be.
I’m Jean-Laurent (people call me JL). I’m Parisian. I live a simple and happy life. I turned my passion into a profitable business. I travel the world, meet great people and then return home to my loving wife and quiet cat. Life can’t get better than this, right?
PRESENTATION TITLE: YOU are your biggest obstacle.
There is one thing I know for sure: nothing amazing comes easy. And when you think it can’t get harder…well, it gets harder! In my career I have experienced a few obstacles. But in retrospect the biggest ones were the one I was creating for myself.
I got into self-expression (with my chosen medium as photography) as a teenager – and birthed my own career by accidentally boarding the social media train when it first left the station. Photography is my therapy, my hobby, my connection to others and my livelihood – and it hasn’t been the easiest to balance all that! I like to think I work with principles that mean my clients think of me as a person, instead of a business, and that you can still create art and earn a good living in an ever-more commercial world.
PRESENTATION TITLE: Turning Your Struggle Into Your Strength
My presentation deals with overcoming the emotional, physical and financial hurdles we all face on our path to a fulfilled photography career. When does selling your service become selling your soul? Achieving a healthy work/life balance, and turning the roadblocks you hit into the very things that pave the way through your journey.
I started in my teenage years and a camera has never left my side since. After working a few years as an intellectual property lawyer, I’ve now been a full time photographer for 6 years. For me, it’s more than just taking photos, it’s about soulful human interaction, searching for those perfectly imperfect moments of life and creating strong portraits that will hopefully still be valued in 50 years from now. But my aim is also to bring a sense of timeless beauty and a touch of ethereal romance to it all.
PRESENTATION TITLE: See the ordinary.
We all love working in perfect aesthetic and magical locations, but the challenge of creating beautiful imagery in ordinary locations, uninspiring moments or emotions can actually push your creativity further. My talk will focus on how we can learn to see extraordinary in the ordinary, finding a photographic style to achieve this and the value of creating imagery that will grow more extraordinary to people as time passes.
I’m a frustrated cinematographer that ended up doing weddings, success history right? Fer, shot weddings for a living & support 3 little monsters, a dog & a hottie that I called wife. Life’s amazing in Mexico. 13 years later & I still feel lucky as hell to be living out of a black box that does click. We come & go & stick together, honor what you do & everything will be right… right?
PRESENTATION TITLE: WOODEN KNIFE – try until it breaks.
How stubborn are you? Do you change or wait for your wave? As wedding photographers there’s millions of definitions on what we do, stand up for your believes & be ready to roll.
We are Bonjo and Govinda and we co-founded a Wedding Photography Company based in Bali called Terralogical. What made us connected in the beginning was our passion in capturing human connections and emotions, and since we were both young teenagers back then, we were ruthless, stubborn and fearless on trying new unseen things in wedding photography, especially in our hometown of Bali.
PRESENTATION TITLE: Daydreaming.
To begin with, when we started this journey during our teenage years, we had different ideas of success. Yet we had the same dream, to see the world beyond our tiny Bali island. We are fueled by curiosity of the world beyond us yet in the end after visiting many different countries in the world around us and how it inspires us even more in our work. and as far as wedding goes, we see it as a playground where we can channel our inner creativity and a touch of our idealism. We are also attracted to the authenticity of unsuspecting moments, quiet glances, unpretentious connections. Now approaching our first decade of being in the wedding industry, we have learnt to hold true to the values of curiosity and authenticity in the way we give ourselves to each other as a team, and to our couples.
Hello, I’m Kara! My friends call me Kare-Bear. I am a wedding & commercial photographer plus art director living in Seattle, WA. I specialize in developing content for fashion, travel, and lifestyle brands. Most known for my usage in light, I love to create strong concepts and storylines utilizing techniques I have learned over 12 years of holding a camera.
PRESENTATION TITLE: Saying yes to what scares the Bejesus out of you!!!
Opportunity knocks and we have the option to say YES or NO everyday. So much of the time, we shy away from the very thing that will further our careers and create pivotal personal growth by simply saying NO. Obstacles can be many things, but most of the time it’s YOU in your own way. Simple shifts in perspective can reshape your entire business.
I am a strong believer of growth from the inside out. I’ll give you tangible ways I changed my business, as well as shifted into the commercial photography world. My hope is that you walk away from this presentation inspired to re-route your way of thinking and current business strategies.
I bought my first record at the age of 9 (45 of Frank Sinatra’s – New York New York). In 1996 I started DJing by night, while booking and producing shows in night clubs, theatres, and festivals by day. Two years later I took a job in marketing, advertising, and brand strategy. After 10 years of the Ad world I realized I needed more, so I walked away from the clients (stayed pals with the creatives) and moved to LA.
I started The Flashdance from my dining room table during the worst recession in recorded history with a pregnant wife and no money. In almost 5 years we’ve turned it into one of the most highly regarded brands in the wedding and event industry.
PRESENTATION TITLE: When I’m 64
You’re probably somewhere between your early 20’s and early 40’s right? (so you have 25-40 years left in your career until retirement) If you are lucky you are starting to see some of the fruits of your labor now, if you are really lucky you are killing it and making really great money…
How long do you think it will realistically last? a year? 5 years? 10 years? 40 years? How long do you want it to last?
I have been really really lucky. I started a company 10 years ago that changed the industry, 3 years in I was making more money per year than I had made in the previous 5 combined in advertising, I was DJing around 50 – 60 weddings per year, I was leading a seismic change in my industry, but DJing (much like photography) is not something that most people do at that level all the way through to retirement, I figured I had 5 years at best, so I started a furniture rental company, and once that started working I started a furniture line, and once that started working I bought a building to house all of those companies that doubles as an event space. Last year I stopped taking DJ inquiries for weddings and had the best financial, and most creatively rewarding, year of my life.
I learned the language of business from running the DJ company, I ran through, over, and under the obstacles along the way, and once the infrastructure for everything was built, I only needed to learn a new dialect, I didn’t need to learn the language again. I will teach you how I did that and show real examples of how simple it can be to hack this system.
Some say luck is where preparation meets opportunity… Wanna get lucky?
What I’m most known for is photographing bridal fashion, destination weddings and people in love & shooting for Vogue magazine in my romantic ethereal ways. What I would like you to know is that I write – that my dream is to be an underwater photographer and travel the world saving the oceans. I love taking pictures but I’m really more of an entrepreneur spirit and it’s what I contribute a lot of my success as a photographer.
PRESENTATION TITLE: Through the fear and into the light
Where fear is love can not exist. So I would like to challenge you all at this Way up North to face your deepest fears with me and have fun doing it – find out what is holding you back from living your highest potential. Let’s do it together!