I’m a wedding photographer based in sunny California, yet I can’t stand the heat. I started my photo business 5 years ago and was recently named one of Rangefinders 30 rising stars. When I’m not traveling or shooting a wedding, you can find me binge-watching something on Netflix while eating something gluten-free and french fries.
I strive to have my work and online presence be consistent with my life and who I truly am. I used to think there was some secret to finding success. I thought I had to do things a certain way to find it but have since learned that is simply not true. I will tell you how I built a natural influence and developed a consistent look to attract a broad audience outside of just the wedding industry. How networking and building meaningful relationships in whatever industry you are in is crucial to growing your business. It is so easy to share the best parts of our lives on the inter webs (guilty!) but how do we stay authentic to our true selves while still well using social media to our advantage.
Photo: Brett Seay
I am a fashion photographer, author and speaker based in NYC. My fashion editorials have appeared in numerous publications. I enjoy teaching on the industry’s largest platforms and most prestigious events. A clean, bold, and graphic style has become the hallmark of my work, whether shooting advertising campaigns, designer look books, jewelry, hair campaigns, fashion editorials, or professional athletes. I am known for my creativity and collaborating with designers and stylists in order to create fresh looks. I am young energetic and enthusiastic to share my passion and knowledge with others, whether it is world-wide through prestigious platforms and the industry’s largest conferences, or through my blog, DVD videos, online tutorials or my five books. I am honoured to have been named a Canon Explorer of Light as well as a ProFoto Legend of Light.
PRESENTATION: From Good to GREAT Photographer
Technique and gear may certainly play a role in helping a photographer to express their vision, but that is seldom the most important element that distinguishes them. I will explain how concept and personal style are what help differentiate you and move your work to the next level. Concept, lighting, lens choice and other tools of the visual language play a role! I will talk about finding your own style, finding inspiration for memorable images, expressing a concept, and my favourite approaches for creating award-winning photographs.
Photo: Vicky Papas Vergara
My goal is to tell stories about domestic life in the 21st century. My approach is not strictly documentary as I interact with the children. It’s more like improvisational theater, where I set a stage and the characters can do what they like within the stage. We collaborate towards truth.
PRESENTATION: Photographing Families
You will learn how to shoot families in a loosely directed editorial style with narrative and emotion.
* How to prepare your clients for the shoot
* How to interact with children in a way that brings out their natural spontaneity
* Workflow including post production and sales
Photo: Luis Garvan
I am a wedding and family photographer from Antwerp, Belgium. I am driven by a deep human curiosity, always on the lookout for genuine emotion and connection as well as seemingly random elements coming together. My goal is to create memories. To make simple, timeless, and sometimes moody images that capture and preserve essential pieces of her subjects’ personality. Memories that can be shared for generations to come.
I will share my detailed thought process when I walk into a new situation: how and where do I get started.
* How to prepare and manage expectations – your own and your clients.
* Analyze a space for good light and clean backgrounds.
* Find compositional and contextual potential.
* How to create ‘out of the ordinary’ images in a normal home.
We’ll talk about a lot of rules, so you can choose to break them after!
Photo: Nele Watty
I believe in storytelling and that owning your life stories can be powerful. I share some stories from my life for inspiration. One of the stories is about how I navigated through life after my husband died using tools from sports psychology and karate to find meaning and energy again.
PRESENTATION: Dare to own your feelings on the roller-coaster that’s life!
In this captivating talk Karin will by using storytelling speak about how to own your feelings and have the courage to find your way forward in the ups-and downs that is life. We need tools to handle our experiences when we fail in order to succeed!
Photo: Daniel Gual
I feel so lucky to have a job that matters to me so much that it makes my blood fizz with anticipation. Even after seven years, I still get the same nerves that remind me that each wedding matters. Human connection makes my heart sing.
PRESENTATION: Face your fear of filmmaking
Fear can holds us back… but the best things I’ve ever done have frightened me. Fear is an opportunity; fear is a magnet. I’ll share my experiences of leaping into the unknown, adding filmmaking to my business and how exploring a new medium can make you a more creative photographer.
Photo: Becky Ryan
I run an event planning firm based in Vancouver, and we predominantly plan weddings. We are all about personalization – we never create the same event twice. I see event planning as an artistic endeavour, and our medium is expressing our clients personality in the physical manifestation of a party. How is this even a job? It’s so much fun that it rarely seems like work.
PRESENTATION: Happily Ever After – Wisdom for Photographers on working with Planners
With 10 years of event planning experience, I feel like I’ve seen it all, or most of it anyway. I’ll be sharing some insight to a planners job and perspective, why they do the mysterious (aka annoying) things they do, and some tips and tricks on how to work together with planners in a mutually beneficial way.
Photo: Adam and Kev Photography
The best thing that I’ve ever been told is I march to the beat of my own drum. Photography lends so well to that quality because I’m able to create my business exactly as I want – and I believe people crave being a part of something that doesn’t feel like a template. To me, the experience is just as much important as the photos.
PRESENTATION: Experience over Images
Sure, an amazing photo on the wall is great but what about the feeling, the experience, what went on IN that photo? Sure, having a packed schedule is great but how do those clients feel taken care of? Are they educated, informed and know what to expect? There’s so much more in being an incredible photographer than the final image. We need to bring an experience, a process, a confidence from start to finish, we need to give more focus and effort to the things unseen when what we’re generally held to is only what is seen on a screen. experience, do you have one?
Photo: Ty French
I bring new customers to clients via journalist-led, gorgeous content strategies and social media campaigns. Also here for business owners who don’t know what to do with that big fat empty ‘blog’ section on your website and a nagging feeling that you should be doing something smarter with social media.
PRESENTATION: You’re not in the business you think you’re in
Content marketing is where you show potential customers why your products aren’t the cheapest – but they’re the best. It’s how you prove you understand their desires. It’s how you give your brand personality. It’s how you give life to your values – and reach the customers who share them.
Photo: Boxfish Photography
I’m a speaker, business advisor and editor of TheCoolHunter. I’m passionate about customer experience, retail, tourism and hospitality, trends, design, creativity, motivation. My clients include multinationals, such as Harley Davidson, Nike & Europarc, but also smaller businesses. I was born in Finland, live in Vancouver, work globally & spend 5 months/year travelling.
PRESENTATION: The Curse of Knowing 2.0 – a.k.a. UNLESS
All marketing and selling tips are garbage UNLESS you know your why. Doing what you think you SHOULD do is not going to get you very far. Why is it so difficult to see what is in front of us and what works for us? I’m hoping to shed some light on these. And I’m sure there will be some more discussion on hotel cleaning trolleys for those who attended Rome 2017.
Photo: Kaisa Siren
I am Swedish/American photographer, mother, and wife, who loves to laugh and connect with people. I’m scatter-brained, empathic, and picky. Very. Very all of it. In all honesty, I absolutely love my job, everything from finding the light to pressing the button to the freedom of having my own business.
Photo: Jenny Unnegård