2021 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!


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


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!

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20 poses in 60 seconds: Wedding Couples

Speaker: Mariea Rummel


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

Chaos to Magic: Shooting Family Lifestyle

Speaker: Mariea Rummel


All Skill Levels

Family portrait sessions can be down right crazy and full of chaos at times. In this hands on class you will learn and apply how to spin that chaos into creating amazing images that your clients with cherish forever. You will learn:

  • Prepping and planning the flow of the session
  • Unposed play techniques
  • Capturing movement and emotion

Empowering your Boudoir Clients

Speaker: Mariea Rummel


All Skill Levels

Standing half naked in front of the camera, maybe even for the first time, can be nerve-racking. Learn the art of empowering your boudoir clients. After understanding a few techniques you will put these to practice in photographing a handful of boudoir models. In this class you will learn:

  • Prepping your client before the session
  • How to Empower and use positive reinforcement
  • Posing Techniques