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Greg  Heisler        sponsored by CANON USA 

50 Portraits: The Inspirational Road To Success

Sunday, February 7

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Gregory Heisler has made portraits of everyone from A-list celebrities to top-tier athletes for publications like Time, GQ, Sports Illustrated, and more. His new book (which is certainly worth picking up), Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer's Photographer, dissects 50 of his photos, including talk about technique and his overall approach to the artform. He will share some of his strategies for making portraits truly worthy of your subjects. This is a not to be missed program--for sure! 


Gregory Heisler is a New York-based photographer whose technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness allow him to creatively interpret an unusually broad range of subjects.

He is perhaps best known for the more than fifty Time magazine cover portraits he has created, yet his trademark editorial portrait covers and essays for Life, Sports Illustrated, Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ), Esquire, ESPN, House and Garden and The New York Times Magazine have also received wide acclaim. He has photographed award-winning advertising campaigns for American Express, Benson & Hedges, Dewar's Profiles, Nike, Merrill Lynch, and Zocor.

Gregory has been profiled in magazine articles in Esquire, Communication Arts, Life, and numerous industry periodicals. Among the kudos he has received are the ASMP CorporatePhotographer of the Year Award (1986), the Leica Medal of Excellence (1988), the World Image Award (1991), and the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (2000).

Gregory is a sought-after lecturer and teacher at scores of international seminars. Nationally, he has taught at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and The New School for Social Research, the National Geographic Society, The Smithsonian Institution (Masters of Still Photography Program), the William A. Reedy Memorial Lecture series, and in the Master of Fine Arts Program at New York's School of Visual Arts.


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Creating the Dramatic Image

Saturday, February 6

4:30pm - 6:30pm


Every photographer is an artist, but few consider their photographs works of art. In Joel's program, you will learn how to embrace the artist within. By unlocking your true creative potential and tapping into your artistic intuition, you will radically transform the quality and range of your photography.

This program will teach you how to identify your unique way of seeing the world. Joel will walk you through every step of the creative process, including how we define art and what constitutes an artist, and why chasing the unattainable is a process crucial to your success in the industry. A photograph is not a reality; it is a representation of reality.

By the end of Joel's program, you will understand how to harness the artist within, take bold risks, and make a name for your unique style. 


For over 27 years, Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe for clients such as AARP, Abbott Labs, Archer Daniels Midland, Arizona Office of Tourism, AT&T, BC Lottery, Broncos, Comcast, Crown Royal, Febreze, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Hyatt, Kodak, Naturella, Nikon, Pentax, Phillips 66, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Qwest, Red Bull, Sony, Sturm Ruger & Co, United Global, USA Boxing, Visa, Volvo, and Xcel Energy. Over the years, his assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and to over fifty countries around the globe.

In 1992, his first coffee table book, “Navajo, Portrait of a Nation” was produced and it received a number of photographic and design awards, which led to an eighteen-month solo exhibit at the Smithsonian American History museum.

“In defining my work, I view myself as an illusionist; creating images larger than life. The photographic process is in a constant flux of change. I believe embracing that change gives me a greater option to fulfill my vision as an artist. Without question, I believe we are in the greatest age of photography since its conception,” Joel said.

Over the years, he has sought to be an ambassador for the photographic process, by teaching workshops and offering video tutorials. By being an open book with his process, he believes he has the opportunity to inspire others to follow their dreams and passions to create. He is honored to be a part of the prestigious Canon Explorers of Light team.

He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.


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Clay Blackmore  Sponsored by Canon USA    

Thursday: Photographing Everyone / Friday: Lights, Camera, Action

 Friday, February 5

 1:30pm - 3:30pm


Join Clay Blackmore for this fast-paced program into the art of photography. Drawing on decades of experience, Clay will cover the essential posing, lighting, and composition skills that are key to creating jaw-dropping images with any camera.

Learn about the essentials of portrait posing, including strategies for working with individuals, couples, and groups. Clay will also share his fail-proof tips for making on-the-fly adjustments so you're able to work seamlessly with any subject, in any environment and source of light. Whether you’ve been taking photographs for years or are just starting out, Clay's program will give you the knowledge and inspiration to take your work to the next level.



Clay Blackmore is one of the most influential and sought-after photographers in the world, with a clientele that includes celebrities the likes of Larry King, Forest Whitaker, Jenna Elfman, and Maria Sharapova. His photographs are routinely featured in Washington Life Magazine.

In addition to his mastery of lighting and classic portraiture, Clay is at the forefront of HD-DSLR cinema, pushing the limits of the latest innovations in film-making to create timeless pieces of cinematic storytelling.

His world-class studio in Rockville, Maryland supports a team of passionate photographers and filmmakers working with the newest technologies in the field. Collaborating with companies such as Canon, Tiffen, and Quantum, Clay has been among the first to test and evaluate new products for photography and HD-DSLR cinematography. He is a distinguished Canon Explorer of Light and a member of the elite Camera Craftsmen of America.

In addition, Clay is passionate about helping at-risk kids. He volunteers with the Leadership Empowerment & Action Program (LEAP), teaching photography to middle school children in Montgomery County, Maryland, who are adopted or in foster care. Clay believes that the best way to teach is by example. "Confidence comes from success, and success comes from practice," he says. 

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How to Become the COOLEST Studio in Town!

Friday, February 5

9:00pm - 11:00pm


High school senior portraits are an incredibly lucrative component of a photography business, but working with and appealing to 17-year-old's requires a unique skill set. Join Kirk Voclain for a whirlwind program that will give you the tools to market directly to high school seniors and take photographs they’ll love.

Throughout this program, Kirk will teach you everything you need to know about marketing to and working with image-conscious high school seniors and their parents. You’ll learn to implement innovative posing techniques and one-of-a-kind backgrounds. Kirk will also cover methods of increasing sales averages, including how to simultaneously appeal to both teenagers and parents.

Whether you’re ready to shoot your very first senior portrait or you’re a long-time photographer looking to shake up your routine, this course will give you the techniques to sell to and photograph teenagers with results they’ll love.


Kirk has a love for photography that began when he got his first camera by saving box tops from a popular breakfast cereal when he was just 8 years old. He photographed his first wedding professionally at the age of only 15. He only charged $100. He learned the technical aspects of photography, marketing, and business by managing a camera store for 9 years.

He married his lovely wife Tammy on February 28, 1987, and opened Kirk Voclain Photography in April 1987. He then quickly grew into the area's most creative and innovative photographer. He became a member of the PPA in 1988 and has exhibited photographs in national, state, and regional competitions every year since. He has received countless awards.

Kirk has been asked to speak to groups of photographers all over the United States & Canada. Kirk has a motivational style of speaking that will keep you on the edge of your seat. He is a very competent speaker who has won several awards for this teaching and speaking. His style of delivery is both easy to understand and enthusiastic. You will not be disappointed!! 


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The Soulful Portrait - Lighting, Creativity and Unique Storytelling

Friday, February 5

11:00 am - 12:30 am


In this fast paced seminar, you will learn the steps necessary to disarm your subjects to capture their true personalities.  Regardless of the age of your subject, the soulful portrait is created by using beautiful lighting to add or increase the impact of your subject’s story, along with some very simple steps of understanding the importance of composition, creativity, and presentation.  Learn to discover your own emotions and perfect your style.  The difference between a good portrait and a great one is the emotional impact it has on the viewer.



Judy Host is recognized internationally as an accomplished portrait photographer, with studios located in both Northern California and Atlanta, Georgia.  She is a gifted professional with a unique talent for capturing the innocence and trust that lies within the heart of every individual.  These traits have earned her the respect and recognition of her colleagues worldwide.

Some of Judy’s clients include the Hollywood Foreign Press, InStyle Magazine and Warner Bros. She has photographed for Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Nicole Kidman, Mehki Phifer, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Mark Wahberg and many more.



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Landscapes to Lightroom

Friday, February 5

1:30pm - 3:30pm


Matt is a Master Photographer who is able to combine light, color, and composition into outstanding imagery. In this program, he will walk you through his process of how he pre-visualizes his images knowing full well the the pressing of the shutter is just the beginning of the process.

The second part of the creative process is in Matt's magical post-production techniques.  He will take you step-by-step through the process of creating the final image.  

Matt's easy style and fast-paced presentation gives all those attending a rewarding educational experience not soon forgotten.  This is a program not to be missed! 


Matt is the Vice-President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best-selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world.

Matt's books, videos, and classes have simplified the way thousands of people work on digital photos and images. The author of several best-selling Photoshop books, Matt teaches Photoshop and digital photography techniques to thousands of people around the world each year. 

Matt is a Landscape and Outdoor Photography Specialist. He is also the former Director of Education for Kelby Media Group (now KelbyOne) and is based in Tampa. He's the former Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour, and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. 

Matt has won many awards, among which are "Best-Selling Author" of multiple books on Photoshop and photography. His latest book, Photoshop Compositing Secrets, was picked by Amazon’s Editors as one of their “Best Books of 2011.″


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Curious Critters: From Portraits to Picture Books

Sunday, February 7

7:30 am - 9:30 am PLUS in Expo Theater


Join Sigma Pro Photographer ,David FitzSimmons, for a fun-filled presentation of beautiful and bizarre CURIOUS CRITTERS. Learn how David turned his mesmerizing animal portraits into traveling photo exhibits, magazine articles, and a series of award-winning children’s books. The centerpiece of David’s presentation will be an on-stage, tethered “how-to” demonstration with light tents, various lighting setups, and live animals! 


David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, and Shutterbug. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. David’s most recent publications include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools, Curious Critters, which has won five national book awards and sold over 100,000 copies to-date, and Curious Critter Volume Two, as well as audiobooks for both Curious Critters titles. Forthcoming are Curious Critters Marine (April 2015), featuring common animals in and along the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, and Salamander Dance (Spring 2016), a children’s picture book exploring the annual life cycle of vernal pools. 

One of six Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school, college, and university classes to photography groups and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival. 

Before becoming a freelance photographer and author, David taught for over twenty years—first high school English and then as a university professor, having instructed at Cornell University, Ohio State University, and Ashland University. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing. 

To see more of David’s work and to know more about seminars and photo workshops, visit www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com

To learn more about David’s award-winning picture book, Curious Critters, visit www.curious-critters.com. 


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Follow Your Heart

Saturday, February 6

7:30 am - 9:00 am and also in Expo Theater & Midnight At The Oasis Shootout



Lora's program, “Follow Your Heart,” covers how she started my business in the basement of her home and soon had to build a bigger studio because of how quickly things grew. It also gives tips on how to set yourself apart from other photographers. She will discuss how to stay resilient even through the inevitable storms that life sends our way and how to use that resiliency to help others.


Lora has been truly blessed with the gift of telling a story through the lens of a camera. What began as a love of capturing her own children was turned into a true passion in 2008 when she was able to start her own photography business, Memories by Lora Yeater Photography.

Lora is a member of the Professional Photographers of West Virginia, Professional Photographers of America, American Senior Photographers (ASP), and Senior Photographers International (SPI).

She was named West Virginia Photographer of the Year 2011, 2010, and 2008. This was a high honor for her, the first time ever entering competition. She had only competed four years and was able to earn her Masters of Photography Degree in the first three years of competition. During the years of 2010 and 2011, she scored perfect 100'’s on three of her prints. Lora loves to share her wealth of knowledge to help fellow photographers pursue their goals.



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Aerial Photography & Cinematography with Drones

Friday, February 5

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 


This class will cover the best common practices for getting those spectacular aerial shots you see in the movies and on TV. Once you understand that the UAV/Drone is just an extension of the photographer’s/cinematographer’s toolkit and apply classic moves to your production, you will start creating better aerial videos and have more confidence in your flying capabilities.

  • The six classic shots that will give you professional results
  • Important exercises to practice for better camera control
  • Getting professional results from prosumer drones/cameras
  • Best practices for editing your video footage 

You’ll learn how to get the best results shooting and stitching panoramic images from your aerial shots. This session will show you the easiest way to be sure you get enough information from your flights to put together a decent stitched image and what software is best to use for them. Concentration will be on both shooting the photos/videos properly and how to manage the applications for the best results for print and sharing online.

  • Shooting still images for creating panoramas
  • Using HD video to capture frames for panoramas
  • Comparing image stitching software applications
  • Fine-tuning your panoramic images
  • Printing panoramas


Jeff has been thrust into the world of consumer/prosumer UAV/Drone technology since late 2012 and is now a leading presenter, author and reviewer of personal and professional aerial photographic and video/imaging products and gear. His 2-day workshop on CreativeLive titled: “Taking Flight: Drone Photography & Video” won a 2015 Telly Award. He has led several hands-on workshops and has presented at many high-profile conferences and events, promoting how this technology can be beneficial for business and industry alike.

Jeff is an award-winning author of several computer technology, animation and video production VFX books and training videos. He is an Adobe Community Professional and has served as an instructor and featured speaker at conferences such as Photoshop World, Macworld, Adobe MAX, the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Post-Production Conferences and several workshops on CreativeLive.

Jeff has been producing and providing training for traditional and digital images, video, illustration, animation, motion graphics and special effects for over 25 years. Some of his clients include: Tribune Broadcasting, Motorola, Stanford University Hospital, FOX Television, Spike TV, Discovery/TLC, Deluxe Digital, Universal Studios, Lions Gate Films and Disney.



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Composition, Color, and Beauty

Saturday, February 6 

7:30 am - 9:00 am


In Bill's all-new program he will touch upon the key components of making a great photograph.

Learn Camera Controls Use aperture, shutter speed, and focus to help tell the story in your images.  Explore depth of field, motion rendition and proper focus to draw the viewer’s eyes into the subject.

Exposure Exposed and White Balance Demystified - Understand when you can trust your camera’s exposure meter and when you should modify the exposure to enhance creativity. Learn how to get a white balance that works for an image.

See the Light and Use It – The single most important aspect of photography is light. Learn how to recognize and use the direction, quantity and quality of light to make images that sing.

Compose Images for Impact – Go beyond the ‘rules’ to make a bold statement with your photographs. Lead the viewer into the image and make your subjects stand out. Learn how different lenses can control composition, enhance the impact of your images, and emphasize your subject.



Bill is a professional photographer with more than 35 years experience. He has been a newspaper, magazine photojournalist, and sports photographer. He has done medical photography, commercial, and annual report work.

For the last eighteen years, Bill has been one of America's leading nature photographers, founding the Great American Photography Workshop company. His best-selling books well exceed 100,000 copies, making him one of the top photographic authors in America today.

His best selling books include: The Nature of America, America From 500 Feet, American Vision, and Getting Serious About Outdoor Photography from Bill Fortney's Great Photography Workshop. 

Bill is back again by popular demand with a brand new program guaranteed to inspire and amaze all attending! 

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Meeting The Challenges In Today's Wedding Market

Saturday, February 6

4:30 pm -6:30 pm


Is wedding photography in 2016 the same it was 5 – 10 - 20 years ago? 

Definitely not. This industry continues to change at a pace that can be difficult to keep up with. Yesterday's shooting styles, equipment choices, post-production methods, and marketing strategies are already dated and antiquated. Whether you are just starting your business or have been shooting for years, William will discuss all the major points of running a successful wedding photography enterprise in 2015 and beyond.  Items to be covered will include: 

1. Equipment--What’s changing and where is it all headed?

 2. Styles – What should you be shooting? 

3. Post-Production – How to get some of your personal life back!

4. Marketing – What works and what doesn’t!

 5. Social media – Don’t hate it!  Embrace it!

 6. Skills--What's required to make it as a wedding photographer in 2015 and beyond?



William Innes became fascinated with photography at an early age after being intrigued by the buttons and dials on his father’s camera. William still has that camera – an East German Praktica MLT-5B.   After a long career in the aerospace industry – William leapt into the wedding photography world in 2006 and has never looked back. He believes to be a great wedding photographer you need to be well-versed in all kinds of photography, including portrait, landscape, action and product techniques. Besides wedding photography, William loves traveling the world to experience the food, culture and sights. To-date William has visited 42 countries.  He is a member of PPA and WPPI.

2015 Winner - WeddingWire Brides Choice Award

2015 Editors Choice Award - Two Bright Lights

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What's New In Adobe Creative Cloud - Two Programs

February 6 and 7

Saturday 2:30 - 3:30 pm  Expo Theater
Sunday 12:30 - 1:00 pm  Expo Theater

For 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Starting with Adobe Illustrator classes in 1987, Dave has taught Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop CS6 and is a Certified Technical Trainer.

Dave has taught at Photoshop World (23 times), spoken at many photography events, written numerous articles and everal books,  co-hosted Photoshop User TV, and has appeared in many DVDs and online courses for Kelby Training. Dave is a regular instructor for CreativeLIVE and runs his own studio/workshop space in Tampa, FL.

Over the last 12 years, Dave has taught Photoshop in every state in the United States, throughout Canada and in Europe, consistently earning rave reviews. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009, Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

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Boudoir Photography - From Class To Sass

February 6 and 7

Saturday Evening - Midnight At The Oasis MENTOR

Sunday 1:00 - 1:30 pm Westcott Mardi Gras Model Shoot 


Sassy, seductive, and strong-- Rosemary will show you how she works for  the supermodel boudoir experience, creating classy and sexy photographs for not only a special someone, but more importantly for the client HERSELF!  She'll walk you through how to do total glam, smokey boudoir looks, and even vintage, retro, and pin-up styles!  Rosemary photographs more than 150 Boudoir sessions ever year.  Her work can be seen at www.boudoirglam.com.

Catch Rosemary at our Mardi Gras Model Shootout in the tradeshow and also at "Midnight At The Oasis" Lighting Clinic on Saturday evening. Her personality and shooting style will totoally enrich your shooting experience! 



My greatest compliment is the positive feedback and appreciation I receive from my clients, but I also feel that it is important to better my skills though professional photography competitions and educational endeavors.  In order to improve, I truly believe you have to WANT more for your clients, your business, yourself, and your CRAFT.

Rosemary's wedding work has been featured in  Sophisticated Weddings and the Kentucky Bridal Magazine publications. Her HS Senior photography work was featured in American Photo Magazine.

Rosemary is the current CHAIRMAN and past PRESIDENT for the PhotoPro Network.  She is also the print committee co-chairperson.  She has been on the Executive Board of Directors for PPN since 2010.  She is the recipient of the PPN Service Awards and Photographic Excellence Award, is routinely one of the PPN Top Ten Photographers.  She is also a PPA member and a Super One Day instructor and mentor.  She is currently working toward her PPA Masters.  She is a multi-award recipient of the FUJI MASTERPIECE HONOR, and is a PPA Loan and Showcase Book Honoree.



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Be a Part of the Family... 

Thursday, February 4

6:45 pm - 9:45 pm

Program: Be a Part of the Family...

Do you want to learn more about building a volume Family Portrait Business through mini sessions?  If so, this is this class for you.  We will teach you all about our Volume Mini Session Business from set design, photographing, post production and sales.  This class will be from an A-Z program full of information. 


Rebecca Brown-Weaver grew up in the photography business owned by her father, Mac Brown. She often jokes and says that she "grew up on the darkroom counter." After graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing, Rebecca joined the family business full-time.

Since then her focus has turned toward baby and children's portraiture. Rebecca's work has earned her numerous awards including three Fuji Masterpiece awards, 2008 Children's Photographers International Photographer of the Year, being Named to Top 10 Photographers in Tennessee, Top Children's Portfolio in State, 2008 Recipient of D.E. Dickerson Award, Numerous Judges Choice Awards, and Bronze Level Photographer of the Year by PPA  (the first time she entered national print competition), and numerous 1st place awards. Rebecca is a 2015 PPA Silver Level Photographer of the Year.

After 11 years of marriage and 10 years of photographing as a husband and wife team, Jason and Rebecca capture images with a unique sense of style and personality. Their ability to visualize each other's concept for an image makes them an effective and fun team for their clients.


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Sunday, February 7

7:30 am - 9:30 am

How to get noticed and make a living doing what you love!  In this seminar, Bruce covers tips on taking control of your life as a photographer and establishing step to get solid referrals, improving your SEO, pricing your work, and valuing your time. This program is appropriate for the new photographer, as well as those who have been in business for over 20 years.


Bruce is one of Oregon’s most award-winning photographers.  Considered by his peers to be one of the more creative photographers on the West Coast, Bruce has been featured in more than 200 books and publications. Specializing in children, families and seniors, he was quoted by USA TODAY in an article about High School Senior portraits.

A PPA AN-NE award winner, Bruce’s work has been on display at Disney’s Epcot center three times, and is on permanent display at the Hines Photography Museum in Nova Scotia. He has spoken to over 30 PPA affiliate events and was a platform speaker at WPPI in 2009 & 2013.

Holding a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, Bruce enjoys snow-skiing, golf, in-depth Biblical study, and is a dedicated Oregon football fan. He and his wife have two children and live in their 5000 square foot historic home/studio in Springfield, Oregon.




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Fine Tuning Your Off-Camera Flash

Friday, February 5

7:00 am - 8:30 am


Ever wonder if speedlights could work for lighting everything at your studio? Acclaimed wedding and portrait photographer Michael Mowbray asked himself that very question several years ago, and the answer was a resounding “Yes!” He now use speedlights for 99.9 percent of his award-winning portraiture both in the studio and on location.

In his program, Michael covers the basics, then walks you through the creation of several images, breaking each one down to show how the lighting was set up as well as the underlying creative and technical thoughts. Armed with these no-nonsense techniques, you’ll be ready to jump-start your speedlight portraiture for better sales, more flattering portraits, and more creative results at each session!


PHOTOGRAPHER, TEACHIFIER, PHOTO EVANGELIST -- Since launching Beautiful Portraits by Michael in 2001, Michael Mowbray, M. Photog, has three times been named a medalist in the International PPA Photographer of the Year competition, and has garnered multiple “Best of Show”, Judge’s Choice, Elite Collection, Kodak Gallery, and Fuji Masterpiece awards for his wedding and portrait photography. You can see more of his photography at www.beautifulportraits.com.

Michael is very involved in photography education. He teaches portrait photography at Madison College, and his new book Shoot to Thrill is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

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Creating The Fine Art Print 

Saturday, February 6

Expo Theater  3:00 - 3:30


Michael Timmons takes you on a journey to discover the inner images within your work.

Michael discusses how to train yourself to see the inner image in every photo. While your camera captures everything, a well-trained eye can see what is not so obvious. The more you do this, the more you will create work that has impact and that wow factor!

You’ll then learn how to work on a photo. Discuss how to crop out unwanted elements, how to take your image in a specific direction, the tools at your fingertips and why just because you have it, you don’t always need to use it!

Michael also discusses out-of-the-box, creative ideas that you can incorporate into your images like rotation and artistic options. You’ll explore specifics within each image – working with vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines, cropping and retouching – that you want to do each and every time. Finally, you’ll also cover fundamentals, like the Rule of Thirds, that never go out of style.

Let go of the ordinary and find ways to be extraordinary.



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Michael E. Timmons owns and operates Gallery 143 and the Portrait Gallery in Vassar, Michigan. The Gallery clients includes NASCAR Teams, Hendricks Motor Sports, Drury Inns, and McDonalds Restaurants, in addition to banks, hotels, businesses, doctors' offices, and private collectors. The Portrait Gallery is an all inclusive portrait studio photographing portraits, high school seniors, children, families, commercial and underclass.

Michael Timmons is a published poet, writer, artist, and photographer. He has been involved in the arts for over 38 years. Michael has lectured around the world and at local, state and regional conventions. He has presented programs several times at the Professional Photographers of America International Convention.  Michael is also an approved PPA International Juror and a PPA Jury Chairman. Michael is currently PRESIDENT of  PPA




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Portrait Lighting Made Beauty and Easy

Expo Theater 


Known for his classic black-and-white images, Tim Walden is a master—and an artist—when it comes to lighting. Learn from an expert as he shows you what lights to use, how to place them, and how to control each during a shoot.

Tim not only tells but shows you the lighting recipe he uses to produce his timeless photos. He will also discuss main light, separators, background spots and reflectors. Learn how to set them up and the best ways to use them. Tim’s proven methods will give you the know how to bring depth and drama to your images and wow your clients as well!



Tim and his wife, Beverly, took over Walden’s Photography from Tim’s father in 1980, taking the studio in an entirely different direction when they developed their trademark “Relationship” Black and White Fine Art portraiture. Today, they run a high-end studio, providing beautifully crafted portraits in an elegant studio with impeccable customer service. The Walden’s clientele know when they come to Walden’s Photography, they will leave with a masterpiece that celebrates their loved ones in the most beautiful way possible.

Tim's credentials include:

  • PPA-Photographic Master and Craftsman Degrees
  • ASP-Photographic Fellowship Degree
  • PPA President (2012)
  • Member of Society of XXV
  • Kodak Mentor
  • Kodak Gallery Award Winner
  • Published in Kodak Portrait Book
  • Internationally Approved Juror
  • International Speaker
  • Kentucky Master Photographer of the Year
  • Kentucky PPA Member and Past President
  • National Award Winner
  • Imaging Excellence Award Recipient
  • Gold Photographer of the Year-2013
  • Gerhard Bakker Award for outstanding service through education in the field ofphotography and visual communications 

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Self-employed or self-enslaved? How to balance work & life and be profitable.

Friday, February 5

7:00 - 8:30 am 

  • In this program Ty will share a vast amount of invaluable information on running an efficient
    and profitable portrait studio. Key points Ty will cover:

  • 1. Consultation
    2. Pricing with minimum order sessions
    3. Shooting efficient sessions
    4. Shoot to sell
    5. Selling Albums. Your #1 advertising tool
    6. In person order presentation
  • Sponsored by H&H Color Lab & Rebookü


Ty Fischer is a full time photographer and entrepreneur based in Springfield, Ohio. He and his wife
Shannon run a successful photography studio specializing in high school seniors. They also have a full
time volume sports photography business and a post-production outsourcing company assisting
professional photographers with all their post-production needs. Ty has been teaching photographers
all over the country for several years how to run an efficient and profitable portrait studio while
having a life away from work.

See their work here:
Fischink Photography

Next Generation Sports Photography


Next Gen Photo Solutions

Ty & Shannon are passionate about giving back and providing photographers
with resourceful information to help them be successful photographers and business



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Midnight at the Oasis MENTOR

Saturday, February 6

10:00 pm - 12:00 am 

Westcott Mardi Gras Model Shoot in the Expo Tradeshow 

Sunday 3:00 - 3:30 pm


Phillips Mitchell once again brings his amazing talents to this year's PhotoPro Expo. Looking at his work you can see his firm grasp of color, lighting technique, and composition. Phillips will showcase these talents during this year’s convention at the “Midnight At The Oasis” “LIVE” model shoot Saturday evening and at the Westcott Mardi Gras Model Shootout on Sunday.  Don’t miss watching Phillip's work his lighting and posing magic at this year’s show!


Phillips launched his career as a wedding photographer. He shared a  consultation room in his parent’s floral business, Carol-Lynn Originals.  Here, Phillips’s work adorned the walls, and with the steady traffic of weddings, his business continued to thrive over the years. 

Once he and his wife began raising their family, Phillips decided to pursue fewer weddings and more portraits so that he could use his time on weekends to be a dad to his two sons.

Phillips is driven by his steadfast faith, and he gives back to the community by utilizing his unique talents in a variety of ways.  For the past four years, Phillips has headed up a team of 30 plus volunteers to photograph close to a thousand people in three hours. Participants receive their portrait back before leaving that evening. The event is called Jesus Prom, and is a prom hosted for mentally and physically challenged adults.

He was also involved with The Help Portrait Project, which takes place in December at locations all around the world. At this event, people who are not able to afford to have their portraits taken can do so for free.  Here again, a large group of people from hairdressers, makeup artists, photographers, and many more give of their time and talents to give to people in their community. 

There is so much dignity involved in having a portrait, where people say, I’m of value.  They can take that portrait and pass it down to the next generation of their family just as any other family who has their portrait taken.  Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of something like that?


 Kate-Jason PR

Kate-Jason Collage



Rockin' The High Scores In Print Competition!

 Thursday, February 4

 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm


This has always been a popular program at PhotoPro Expo each year.  This year, our presenters are non other than the winning-est photographers in the area!  Kate and Jason are both masters at creating some of the most gorgeous imagery for print competition.  

The entire process is a combination of artistry, style, technique, image enhancement, and presentation. Prepare to be amazed as they share their valuable secrets to those stratospheric high scores they receive in both regional and national juried image competitions. 


Kate Higdon, M. Photog., Co-Owner and Primary Portrait Artist:
Awards and Achievements
  • Master of Photography Degree, PPA
  • 2015 Grand Imaging Award
  • 2014 and 2015 PPN Photographer of the Year
  • 2014 Diamond Photographer of the Year
  • Portrait Specialist, PPN 2014
  • Senior Photographer of the Year, PPN 2013
  • Gold Photographer of the Year, PPA 2013
  • Silver Photographer of the Year, PPA 2012
  • PPA Print Competition Judge in Training
  • Kodak Gallery Awards
  • Fuji Gallery Awards
  • Numerous Judge's Choice
Jason Higdon, M. Photog, Co-Owner and Digital Artist:
Awards and Achievements
  • Best Children's Portrait of the Year, PPN 2013 and 2014
  • Photographer of the Year, PPN 2013
  • Platinum Photographer of the Year, PPA 2013
  • Kodak Gallery Awards
  • Fuji Gallery Awards
  • Horizon Award, PPN
  • Numerous Judge's Choice

 Paul G PR Pic

Paul G Collage

PAUL Goodman  


Studio Mentor: Midnight At The Oasis

Saturday, February 6

10:00 pm - 12:00 am 

"LIVE" at Midnight At The Oasis


Paul is one of the hardest-working photographers you will ever meet.  He brings his talent and enthusiasm to this year's PhotoPro Expo as a mentor for this year's "Midnight At The Oasis" shootout. Paul will guide you through the many aspects of lighting and posing our beautiful and handsome models in order to help you get some great experience in your own photographic endeavors.


Paul’s 20-year photography hobby became a business in 2007, limited to stock photography exclusively focused on firefighting. Only a year later he moved out of his garage and into the current location at 135 W Main S Georgetown,KY, offering a full range of photographic genres. Paul’s goal is to create images that fully capture the personality, charm and uniqueness of maternity, baby, family, high school senior, and wedding portraiture in a beautiful and artistic way.

Paul has been published in The Horse Magazine; Fire Engineering (for photos documenting Hurricane Katrina); is prominently featured on Ihigh.com and is the official photographer of the Premiere Basketball League Bluegrass Stallions.


Tom Bryan PR Pic Tom Bryan Collage


Macro Photography: A Different Way To See

Sunday, February 6

 3:30pm - 4:00pm 

"LIVE" in the Expo Theater


In this program, Tom will share with you his creative process for creating dynamic close-up images.  His imagery includes everything from product shots to wedding scene-setters. It's not just about using a macro lens to get the shot. Close-up photography demands a discipline in light, composition, and camera technique. Tom will walk you through the process during his Expo Theater presentation.  It's a program that promises to delight all those attending!



Tom has lectured all over the US and Europe and has had articles published in several national publications.  He was a 'Road Warrior' for the USA Today newspaper, and USA Today did an article on his many travels. He has taught photography courses, seminars and workshops on exposure, lighting, posing, off camera flash, composition and many other photography-related subjects.

Tom is the owner and founder of Triple Crown Photography. He has traveled to over 20 countries, every state in the U.S., and every major city in the United States. He has hiked thousands of miles of back-country, including above base camp at the Matterhorn. 

After living and traveling all over the U.S. and Europe, he made Union, Kentucky his home where he mixes his passion for art and the outdoors to run Triple Crown Photography, Northern Kentucky's premiere, and only mobile, high school senior photography studio. Tammy Bryan, one of Cincinnati's foremost wedding photographers (and his wife of 36 fabulous years!) is his business partner and shares his passions. Together, they have successfully mixed their lifestyles with their businesses.  They are blessed indeed and very grateful.