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2020 shutterfest speakers

This year’s lineup and courses, with over 80 speakers and 200+ unique classes, are sure to deliver an incredible experience for all ShutterFesters.

Union Station provides the perfect backdrop for hands-on learning, spacious classrooms for lecture and live demo classes, and the best atmosphere for letting loose at night with your fellow ‘Festers. Again this year, we will be limiting the hands-on classes to 50 and increasing the amount of live-demonstrations and lectures, with more of an emphasis on intermediate and advanced classes than last year for a better learning experience for everyone, all around.

Class registration is first come, first serve, and will open up two weeks before the event for all attendees IN THE SHUTTERFEST APP. Be sure to READ THE FAQ and monitor the private Facebook group for more details.

Early bird tickets still available!

Skill Levels

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 Type

Hands-On

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.

Lecture

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

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10 Ways to Get More Headshot Business Right Now

Speaker: Gary Hughes

Lecture

20 poses in 60 seconds: Wedding Couples

Speaker: Mariea Rummel

Hands-On

All Skill Levels

Sometimes you are crunched on time with your wedding couples. In this class you will learn the art of small movements that create new poses. 20 poses in 60 seconds and then BOOM, you will shoot and practice yourself.

  • Posing with small movements
  • Directing with your voice and body language

5 Tips for Opening a Shared Studio Space

Speaker: Jeff and Lori Poole

Lecture

50 Shades of Boudoir

Speaker: Ayla Quellhorst & Rob Yep

Live Demonstration

Beginner

Say what you will about the “50 Shades” craze, it’s definitely pushed more people out of their comfort zones and has sparked interest in boudoir photography. We’ve definitely taken advantage of this trend to grow our boudoir photography business, and you can, too. When clients want to push boundaries and explore kink, there are some things you should know to keep sessions safe and comfortable. This class will include:

  • An introduction to our studio and how we’re using the “50 Shades” craze to boost business
  • Safety and client expectations
  • Etiquette around both beginner and experienced clients
  • Classy, not kinky: using implied posing to create a sexy shoot that’s not an erotic experience
  • Working with couples: how to keep everyone comfortable
  • An overview of shibari/rope outfits: using them over clothing or nude, different types of rope and their uses
  • Using outfits and accessories to create the desired image, rather than actual bondage
  • Creative ways to use props

A Guide to Capturing the Modern Family Portrait

Speaker: Bambi Cantrell

Live Demonstration

Ms Cantrell has been photographing families for almost 30 years. With that much experience, Bambi will teach you simple, effective ways to capture family portraits virtually anywhere, any time. You will learn the art of posing groups, children, and the unposed editorial image. Be prepared to be inspired and for your passion for photographing families to be ignited!

A Senior Model Program that Works

Speaker: Jessica Robertson

Lecture

For nearly 20 years Jessica has been photographing high school seniors. Having tried many different senior spokesmodel programs, Jessica reveals what works in 2020 to grow your senior business. This lecture will cover attracting new models each year, friend sessions, benefits of being a model, and how to use social media to propel the process.

Adding Boudoir to Your Brand

Speaker: Jeff and Lori Poole

Lecture

Advanced Composition

Speaker: Scott Detweiler

Lecture

Advanced Skin Retouching

Speaker: Kristi Sherk

Lecture

After Image Art

Speaker: Brian DeMint

Live Demonstration

All Skill Levels

This class will show you procedures and techniques for evolving your image beyond the print to create unique, artistic, one of a kind artworks. Painting directly on the print, collage work, emulated Polaroid transfers, distinctive framing, combining into sculptural pieces. A decisive way to create gallery-ready work or satisfy that client who is looking for something more exclusive.

  • Manipulation of Prints through painting, scraping, etching, etc.
  • Polaroid Transfer-type method look
  • Transfer of print to canvas
  • Unique framing of prints using various materials
  • Collage techniques
  • Combining prints into sculptural content

All Business. No BS. Capture with Confidence – Easy Common Fears of the Business of Wedding Photography

Speaker: Ning Wong

Lecture

Alternative Lighting for Killer Senior Shoots

Speaker: David Beckham

Live Demonstration

All Skill Levels

We will look at some alternative lighting set-ups to get great senior photographs. We will be using continuous, LED Strips and Panels, Gels and other lighting sources. You will be able to see set-ups and shoot from a distance as most of these set-up will not be triggered with a flash.

Amazing Portraits with Dirt Cheap Lighting

Speaker: Francisco Hernandez

Hands-On

An Epic Story > An Epic Shot

Speaker: Jeff and Lori Poole

Lecture

Are Senior Model Programs Even a Thing?

Speaker: David Beckham

Lecture

All Skill Levels

30% of my Income is from the fees and sales I get from my model team. Another 20% comes from people they directly influence into becoming next year’s models or senior clients for this year. All of my marketing is done with photos I create with my model team… and you know what? We all love it! You will walk away with easy to implement ideas and processes to keep your model team busy and you busier. You’ll get contracts, applications, and ways to market your team so that you can get the most out of your time.

BE A BOSS PHOTOG! Don’t Let Your Camera Control Your Shot

Speaker: Jen Rutledge

Lecture

Be The Boss of Your Business | Mastering Your Workflow

Speaker: Karen and Andrew Bagley

Live Demonstration

Running a successful business is hard, but its even harder if you don’t have proper workflows in place to keep you on track and grow. Your workflow can be the lifeblood or suffocation of your business.

• Learn how to run your business and not let it run you
• See the importance of workflows to keep you organized and give the best client experience possible
• Learn why outsourcing can be the secret to growing your business beyond what you can do on your own
• Implementing CRM programs to automated process and free up your time
• How to handle client meetings and consultations without wasting your time
• Be the Boss of your Business and control your future by developing proper workflows

Be UNIQUE in a Market Full of Equals

Speaker: Fabio Laub

Lecture

All Skill Levels

In an industry deeply connected and dependent on social media, doing what everybody else is doing seems only natural and the right thing to do, right? WRONG. You don’t need to “go with the flow” to achieve success!

Clients are actually tired of seeing the same product and service everywhere they go. By learning how to communicate your differences, you will learn how to build a better PERCEPTION OF VALUE for your work.

Beauty Through The Ages

Speaker: Brian DeMint

Hands-On

All Skill Levels

This fun hands-on class will explore four unique eras of fashion and photography style. An informative way to compare and contrast makeup, styling, posing, shooting angles, lighting, and more from these distinctive styles. Victorian, 2000’s, 60’s, and 70’s. More than a costume shoot, we will try to understand and capture the essence associated with these genres.

  • Makeup and hairstyling from different eras
  • Distinctive lighting and posing from different eras
  • Working in specific genres
  • Using former methods to incorporate into the present
  • Model direction and posing
  • Set or environment considerations

Becoming a Wedding Vendor Kingpin

Speaker: Tabor & Emily Warren

Lecture