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Two factors that can help make every photographer more successful, great lighting and great selling. Lighting does not have to be hard. Gary will show some simple to understand approaches to getting great lighting in studio and outdoors. Including balancing ambient light with off camera flash for a natural non-flashy look. He will also outline the tools he uses to make the job faster and easier. Part two of his program is about getting better sales through in person selling. The right approach, the right pricing strategies and the right things to say. He will review the selling techniques he uses to average over $3000 per senior. Gary has been a full time professional photographer for 30 years in Sapulpa OK, near Tulsa. Gary has run the scope of different business models from higher volume (1100 sessions a year) to medium volume and now lower volume (200 sessions a year) higher dollar. Currently averaging over $3000 on seniors. 

Do you feel Photoshop Overwhelm? Don't know where to start, which tool to use or where to spend your time? It's not your fault, the fault lies with Photoshop. Long-time Photoshop Educator Dave Cross will show you the only tools and functions you need to know to be successful in Photoshop. You'll be surprised at how much you can accomplish with this core set of functions. 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, and in 2016 and 2017 was named a MAX Master Instructor.

Creating impact in wildlife photography is both an exciting and rewarding experience. We will compare how wildlife and human portraiture shares so many similarities. Also, discussing the importance of understanding animal behavior and how it impacts the success of your image. If time allows we will cover image processing and presentation. Some camera techniques will be covered including the correct shutter speeds and f-stops to create a stunning image. We will also try to discuss how to select a great location and where to find the different species that wildlife photographers often pursue. Kevin is a certified FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa), Wildlife Guide and takes guests from all over the world on amazing photographic Safaris in Africa, Alaska and the Antarctic. He also teaches wildlife and wedding photography workshops.


As a portrait photographer, your success often hinges on how well babies and children react to you, but these small clients often cannot tell you their thoughts or feelings. This program teaches you to speak their language and read the non-verbal cues, allowing you to create better images, achieve better sales and build a loyal following.  Linda is the FPP Competition Manager and an IPC juror in training. She has earned: 2017 FPP Photographer of the Year, The Becker Award, five time Florida Top Ten Photographer, six time Tallahassee Photographer of the Year, and lots of other accolades for her work.

Creating family portraits is one of the most honorable and important responsibilities given to a photographer. Families are the foundation of society, it’s where life begins and love never ends. When it comes to creating family portraits we are no longer just photographers, we are authors, writing biographies with photographs. Allison believes displaying family portraiture is essential to creating a strong home environment where our children feel loved in this great big world. Come learn why creating family portraits makes you the hero in your clients eyes and helps them turn their house into a home. During her class, Allison will focus on all things important to marketing, creating and selling family heirloom portraits. Allison’s class will cover- -Begin with the end in mind - Instilling the power of the print in your clients -Educating your clients about the importance of displaying family portraits -How to get your clients to dress for a successful family portrait -Successful Location selection -Lighting family groups -The “how” and “why’s” of posing a family portrait -Why emotion and expression are priceless -Retouching and enhancing tips for every family -How to sell large wall portraits -Maximizing the sale without pressure -Loyalty marketing & the importance of keeping the clients you already have

We are always looking for talented people to share with our group. If you are interested in presenting to our group at PhotoFest or other events, please complete the following applications.  Speaker Application

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