St. Louis, MO. | April 4-6 , 2023 | SF+ April 7, 2023

ShutterFest is more than a photography conference. It's an experience.

build-your-own photography conference

Welcome to the photography event that you can mold to fit your needs. Want to do hands-on shooting classes and photo walks for 3 days straight? Go for it. Want to focus on all business? Have at it. Want to plan some shoots with models and friends? Hit the trade show floor and network with vendors? You get the idea. 

ShutterFest is whatever you need it to be. Make it what YOU want! Shoot. Learn. Party.

photography conference at union station - ShutterFest
Hands-on Photography Conference
photography conference behind the scenes
photography conference model in a bridal gown at the St. Louis arch
Boudoir photography conference - learn posing and lighting
Photography Conference trade show floor - buy photography gear
Headshot Photography Conference class at ShutterFest with Peter Hurley

3 days of hands-on photography classes

learn from 60+ of your favorite photography educators

What can you learn at ShutterFest? Just about anything! Master new lighting and posing techniques. Get started or learn more about boudoir, branding photography, headshots, wedding photography, senior portraits, and even photograph some dogs while you’re at it! The historic Union Station Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for hands-on classes.

Need to brush up on editing in Photoshop or Lightroom? We got you. Want to revamp your business, marketing, or pricing? Yeah, we got that too. The possibilities are endless.

photography conference - hands-on at ShutterFest
Photography Conference Powerpoint class


SF+ // Advanced photography classes

April 7, 2023

Are you an experienced photographer? Looking for a class that can skip the “How do I turn my flash on?” questions and get to the real stuff? Looking for a deep dive on photography and business topics? Add SF+ on to your ticket! You’ll get access to your choice of four, two-hour long advanced topics taught by hand-selected speakers that know their sh*t.

ShutterFest is the UN-Conference! ShutterFest is not meant to structure your entire life by sitting in conference room after conference room. Say goodbye to death by PowerPoint. This is YOUR conference! Make it what you want. Make it about you. Shoot. Learn. Party. That’s the mantra here.

First time here? Well, take everything you know about conferences and forget it! ShutterFest is all about community. We are one big family. Everyone here loves photography and wants what’s best for the industry. It’s not about rock star mentality, it’s about growing as an artist and being around like-minded people who share the same love and passion you do.

If you are tired of the same old conference format and being lost in the crowd, then come enjoy a more intimate setting where you can network with peers and work side-by-side with some of the leading professional photographers and educators in the world!


Beginner: Just starting out or relatively new to a given subject matter. Basics will be covered and the course will move at a slower pace. The instructor will spend a little more time trying to explain concepts to ensure everyone is following. On a scale of 1-10 consider this level a 1-3 on the given topic.

Intermediate: Has a grasp of some basic concepts. This course level will move at a faster pace and assume you have basic knowledge covered on the given subject matter. On a scale of 1-10 consider this level a 4-6 on the given topic.

Advanced: You have working knowledge of the given subject matter, but are looking for more fine-tuning and some advanced topics to take your work to that next level. DO NOT expect instructors to explain basic concepts in this course. On a scale of 1-10 consider this level a 7-10 on the given topic.

Class Types


These are shooting courses. You will be shooting and working. Bring your camera, gear, or whatever you need for the course and to create create images. Expect to have some level of shooting.

Live Demonstration

These are instructor-led courses where you will see a live demonstration of what the instructor is teaching. You can still bring your camera to these courses and you can photograph, but the goal of the course is NOT for you to shoot or to ensure you get a shot. The goal is for you to see how and why the instructor does what he/she does in order to get the final result.


These are non-shooting courses. Typically classroom-based, bring your laptop and notepad and focus on learning!