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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

Beginner

For portrait and wedding photographers, adding headshots to your business can bring in some much needed income in the off season, but learning to bring this type of business into your studio can be problematic. The marketing, message, and products are completely different than what most photographers are used to selling. In this class, you will learn 10 things that you can do right away to start bringing headshot clients into your business right now.

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

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

All Skill Levels

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

All Skill Levels

Boudoir photography is a fast-growing niche. There’s a lot to consider when adding this specialty genre to your brand, but it can be both lucrative and personally rewarding under the right conditions. In this talk, we’ll cover all the things you need to know to get up and running. Topics include:

  • Why your WHY is crucial to this genre
  • Finding your target client
  • Building your portfolio
  • Popular products for boudoir
  • Working with hair & makeup artists
  • Studio set-building and non-studio options
  • Tips for male photographers
  • Special considerations for your contracts and studio policies
  • Handling awkwardness… for you and for your client
  • Challenging your own discomforts and biases, and helping client through theirs
  • Getting your clients to do *that* pose or *that* face

If you’re considering adding boudoir to your brand, you will not want to miss this informative class!

Advanced Composition

Speaker: Scott Detweiler

Lecture

All Skill Levels

What can take an image from a good one to a great one? Deep understanding of subjects like the crop, colors, lines, and other more subtle details can take your photography to the next level. The composition is critical and you don’t want to get stuck on the plateau thinking that the “rule of thirds” is the best way to layout an image, as it is only the beginning! In this compelling class, we will cover many topics that will open your mind and allow you to create a higher level of art. We will look at examples from some of the great master painters and photographers, break down those concepts, and then apply them to our photography. It will be eye-opening and will certainly change the way you approach your photography.

Advanced Skin Retouching

Speaker: Kristi Sherk

Lecture

Intermediate

Skin: It’s one of the hardest things to retouch, but incredibly important to know how to do correctly, especially if you photograph people! The dreaded, plastic-like, over smoothed look doesn’t work for any photographer and your clients definitely won’t be happy! Join professional retoucher Kristina Sherk as she devotes this class entirely to skin retouching done right. Not only will you learn the tried and tested, professional techniques, but Kristina will also dive into “why” we retouch skin, which is just as important as the ‘how.” This class will teach you all the techniques you need to know, in order to take your portraits to the next level!

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

All Skill Levels

Let’s be real – running a successful photography business is not only hard work, but it can be downright scary! Even though it may not seem like it (thanks to the “reality” of social media), everyone struggles at times, whether it be with client communication, posing, lighting, or the many aspects of running a business. There are countless things which may cause us to lose confidence or become discouraged, and it’s important we tackle those issues to help ourselves move forward while working on our technical and creative skills. Learn some real world methods you can implement to help you gain confidence and overcome the hurdles standing in your way (even if it’s you!). You’ll take away simple and practical steps which, if applied, can help launch your business into the success you’re working for. Join Ning for the perfect ratio of business and inspiration, and leave feeling more confident in your ability to manage a successful business. Things attendees will learn:

  • Getting a business started from scratch
  • Pricing structures & how to price yourself
  • How to sell and close your client
  • Communicating with your client once you book them
  • Delivering a wedding
  • Marketing yourself

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

Intermediate

Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to get off-camera flash that costs an arm and leg to create stunning images. In this class I’ll prove that to you using lighting that costs less than a single cheap 50mm prime lens (~$130). You’ll be able to create your own images using the same lighting as well!

An Epic Story > An Epic Shot

Speaker: Jeff and Lori Poole

Lecture

All Skill Levels

In the ShutterFest family, The Epic Shot is King. You know the one: The bride and groom, lit with OCF, sky blazing, in an amazing location with { grand architecture / a mountainous cliff / waterfall } behind them. I mean, if you haven’t been to Iceland, are you even a photographer bro? But keeping your sights (and efforts) on The Epic Shot prize may leave your clients unfulfilled and disappointed…and your sales suffering. Clients are most commonly looking for a photographer to capture their day, not just their likeness. Telling an entire wedding day story with excellence requires more than just camera know-how, it requires a plan! What you’ll learn:

  • Crucial parts of the story that Epic shooters often miss
  • When to stage vs. when to document
  • Carving out time and space for true emotional moments
  • Creating a stress-free timeline that allows you to do your best work
  • Converting the story into a $3000 (or more!) wedding album sale
  • How to increase business through vendor referrals
  • Better preparation for publications (AKA free advertising!)

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

Beginner

Are you tired of being intimidated by all the bells and whistles of your camera? Take control back! Get out of AUTO and learn how to make your camera see what you see. Fix it in camera, not in photoshop! This is a beginner’s class to better understand the settings in your camera.

Topics covered:

  • Camera Goggles – the difference between what your camera sees and what you see.
  • Proper exposure – How the exposure triangle affects the image (elaborate more on what setting to change when) . Using the camera’s meter, sunny 16 rule, reading a histogram, what to do with blown highlights and clipped shadows (Histogram). What the heck is Dynamic Range?
  • Focus – Focus Modes. How to focus and recompose w/o screwing up your focus, DOF to improve sharpness and/or aesthetic, how to focus in tough situations (low contrast, backlight, etc), techniques to improve stability (tripod, body bracing, breathing, fingerpad vs fingertip shutter release, using timer or burst to nail focus).
  • White balance and how it affects the image. How lenses affect your image. What focal length to use and when.

Walk away skills: Which camera mode to use and when Which focus mode to use and when Proper exposure techniques. What the heck is the Exposure Triangle? How to read a histogram. What the heck is Dynamic Range? Tips to increase accurate focus Understand file size, color space, white balance, print vs web output settings.

Be The Boss of Your Business | Mastering Your Workflow

Speaker: Karen and Andrew Bagley

Live Demonstration

Beginner

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

Become a Rockstar at Marketing and Attract your Perfect Clients

Speaker: Lori Nordstrom

Lecture

All Skill Levels

Discover how to brand and market your business so that you’re top of mind, attracting your perfect clients and getting your calendar booked!

Becoming a Wedding Vendor Kingpin

Speaker: Tabor & Emily Warren

Lecture

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