Where will the event be held?
The event will be held at the incredible St Louis Union Station. We will, once again, have the entire facility to ourselves – dedicated to ShutterFest.
Should I book my hotel?
Yes. DO NOT WAIT! The last two years, the hotel sold out in record times. We have pre-negotiated an amazing rate at the host hotel – take advantage of it. There will be networking and events all day and night being at the host hotel is well worth it. CLICK HERE FOR HOTEL INFO.
What should I expect as an attendee?
Expect to learn more than you have ever learned before. ShutterFest is like no other conference out there. Not because we say so, but because your peers have said so. At this one-of-a-kind event you will have access to speakers like never before. They are here because they care about our industry and want to share EVERYTHING they know. No rockstar mentality. You will network with your fellow photographers, make friends for life, and enjoy access to some of the best education available.
Will the format be the same as 2016?
Yes, for the most part. We plan on doing platform, breakout, lunch, platform, breakout. In addition, we will have the Rent-a-Human program ramped and even better than last year!
Will I be able to shoot?
Of course you will! That’s what makes ShutterFest so unique. You will have access to shooting bays with professional lighting equipment. You will also have access to hands-on courses being taught by our incredible speaker line-up. In addition, you will be able to grab a model and go out and shoot your own ideas and concepts.
Is there an extra fee for any courses?
NOPE! Another amazingly unique feature of ShutterFest. No hidden fees. Your one fee gives you access to all courses.
Will I be able to use images in my portfolio?
Of course you will. We have heard horror stories of other conferences placing limitations on how the photos can be used, forcing you to use the conference logo, etc. We find that to be ridiculous. All models have signed a model release form giving you the ability to use your images in your portfolio, website, social media, etc.
What if I want to shoot the entire time?
Have at it! ShutterFest has a flexible schedule with a mix of hands-on instructor led courses, shooting bays, models, and of course, platform classes. You can create a schedule that works for you and your educational needs.
Is there a certain skill level I should be?
Absolutely not. Come one, come all. That’s our motto. We all start somewhere and you will find that ShutterFest attendees are open and willing to help and our instructors know how to teach to every level of student.
What topics will be covered?
Another unique aspect to ShutterFest is the breadth of knowledge you will have access to. While the course list is being finalized over the next few months here is what you can expect. Legal issues and challenges, small business accounting, branding and marketing, lighting, posing, pricing your work, weddings, seniors, families, babies, and more. Trust us, the biggest problem you are going to have is figuring out how to take all the amazing courses you want in two days!
After I purchase my ticket what should I do?
Well, start counting down the days. But, get plugged in to our Facebook group. You will get a link in your receipt where there is a private ShutterFest group with a community of photographers who have built a positive environment for sharing and learning with one another.
Is there a goodie bag this year?
Yes. More information will become available as we get closer to the event, but for everyone staying at the event hotels (Hilton Ballpark and Union Station), you will receive a goodie bag from our sponsors with specials, giveaways, instructor slides, LOTS OF FREEBIES – and more – not available to those not a registered guest at either of the hotels.
Will there be a party again this year?
We are currently working on all of the details, but will be planning something even better than the past two years!
How do I register?
Where will event information be posted?
Everything is on the private FB group for ShutterFest. The link was sent to you with your receipt. If you don’t have it – look up the group and apply to get in.
Can I register more than one person?
Yes. The entire point of ShutterFest is to connect. Bring your team, your second shooter and make them part of this amazing event and lifetime experience.
Want to be a speaker?
Well, if you think you got what it takes, get creative and submit your proposal – Submit your ideas here.
Want to be a model?
If you want to expand your portfolio, get amazing pictures of yourself from some of the top photographers in the world, click here.
How come I was not emailed any information?
As was stated on the sign up site and in the email receipt – all communication would happen via the ShutterFest Facebook group. Why? We don’t want to spam you and in the past, we have had numerous communications go to junk mail, incorrect email addresses, or just not read. Again, this was communicated right from the beginning that all comms would happen via that group. We are doing exactly what we said we would do.
What gear should I bring?
Bring whatever you plan to shoot with— camera bodies, lenses, flashes, tripods, etc. It’s a shooting conference and you are a photographer, do we really need to explain this to you?
I don’t have a ticket, can I just show up?
Nope. Don’t show up at the door, don’t show up with a sob story – we love all photographers, but for this event, you need a ticket!
Can I transfer my ticket or get a refund?
No. This has been outlined dozens of times and it’s even listed on the site before you order your tickets. There are a multitude of reasons why we have this policy. Here is the main reason – the event is THE most inexpensive educational event on the PLANET bar-none. The event is also limited in size – once it sells out – it’s sold out! We are offering you hands-on shooting, portfolio building, top-level educators – would cost $1k at other events. You know what you paid for your ticket. Well, in the beginning, people were buying 5 tickets at a time and selling them on eBay for $300-$500 and that goes against the event and why we created it. Hence, no transfers or refunds. This ensures that no one can scam the system and we keep your ticket price affordable. So death, charities, mission trips, terminal illness, can’t afford to come, and the dozens of requests or reasons for a transfer or refund, our sincerest apologies, but this is a policy that has no wiggle room. We hope you understand the in-depth explanation we have provided. While we want everyone to be happy, we have to protect the interests of the community of photographers who want to see the event ticket prices remain low.
What do I need for registration?
Your driver’s license. You will not be able to check in without it. Not even if your dog ate it.
Will we get slides from the classes?
Yes. Unlike other conferences, we give you all the presentations from the classroom courses. This is part of the goodie bag.
I am not an official speaker, can I teach my own class?
No. ShutterFest has paid for and rented all of Union Station. We have paid for security, insurance and permits to ensure the event is safe, fun, and educational for all who attend. In addition, we have spent thousands advertising, promoting, and coordinating the event. Lots of hard work by a lot of people went into creating the event and an atmosphere for photographers to come and learn and grow. If you want to be an instructor – apply to speak. If you do not get the nod to teach this year, please by all means, come and enjoy the event as a student. There will be a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. If you are caught teaching, assembling private workshops, advertising in the FB group, you will be asked to leave the event immediately without any further discussion.