Latest bio on our featured speakers

Beth Taubner.
Brian Smale.
Jodi Jones.
Roberto Valenzuela.
Skip Cohen.

Dustin Snipes.

Rick Friedman.

Tim Hogan.

Rafael "RC" Concepcion.

Sarah Silver.

Andre Rowe.

Lara Jade.

Catherine Asanov.

Clay Patrick McBride.

Paul Mobley.

R Lee Morris.

Erik Valind.

Bryan O'Neil Hughes.

Adam Sherwin.

Alexandra Niki.

Scott Markewitz.

Matthew Karas




Dustin Snipes

Dustin Snipes is a Los Angeles, Calif.-based sports and portrait photographer and part-time Red Bull drinker. When he is not taking photos (or drinking Red Bull) he spends his time surfing or watching reruns of "Arrested Development." Dustin works frequently with major national and international publications and brands including Coke-Cola, Nike, Reebok, Gatorade, Red Bull, KFC, ESPN The Magazine, Muscle and Fitness, Playboy and numerous others.

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Beth Taubner

Owner and Creative Director at Mercurylab

Portfolio: mercurylab

Beth Taubner from Mecurylab speaks frequently on Branding, Communications and Marketing for Photographers, and has been a Creative Director and Brand Strategist working with creative communications for the past twenty years. She is nationally known for her expertise in creating branding programs and distinctive concepts, visuals and communications for businesses large and small, for publishing, retaliers, educators, and creative professionals, in the United States, the UK and worldwide.


Her clients have ranged from well known American brands such as Chase, Stop & Shop, and Miramaz Films to the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University, Conde Nast Brides and International Newsweek fashion companies such as Moda Operandi, retailers such as Sears and regionally celebrated Rug & Kilim, and gourmet food companies DoughRayMe Fine Baked Goods, Charleston-based Slather Brand Sauces, and UK based Cuisine Frozen Foods. She plays an ongoing role in helping to defined posotion a number of esteemed global photo agencies, and works closely on brand identification and visual development with some of the top photographers in the world.


Her work has appeared in many award annuals, including Graphis, Print and Communi cations Arts, and she has been nominated twice for the National Magazine Awards. She has taught prestigious schools such as Art Center College of Design and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and offeres one-on-one consulting, public speaking and group seminars on brand development and implementation throughout the US and UK.


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Brian Smale

APA Editorial Photographer - Vice President

Portfolio: briansmale

APA Editorial Photographers VP Brian Smale is a photographer based in Seattle.  


Originally from Canada, where they don't have written contracts (all business in Canada is done with a hearty handshake and a friendly smile), Brian was shocked (SHOCKED!) to hear of such formality, and he made it his mission to understand these strange ways. The Canadian is normally a shy creature, reluctant to reveal itself in pubic (William Shatner is the one known exception to this rule), however we have coaxed Mr. Smale out of his shell, by offering him beer and a sack of shiny beads.   You can see his work at:




Jodi Jones

Professional Photographer

Portfolio: jonesimage

Jodi Jones is a full-time art director & fashion advertising photographer located in New York City. Jodi has spent over 20 seasons down in the trenches shooting the runways for New York City’s Fashion Week, invited by the world’s most recognized designers including Oscar de la Renta, Betsey Johnson, and Anna Sui to shoot their collections. Her photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, People, and countless others.

Jodi is regularly hired to art direct and shoot both still images and motion developing imagery and concepts for advertising campaigns, fashion designer lookbooks, beauty products and fashion accessory companies…. working on both small and large scale productions. Her clients include fashion houses, fashion retailers, cosmetic companies and ad agencies. Jodi also contributes fashion images and editorials to magazines, and is a contracted photographer for AP (Associated Press) and ZUMA Press. Jodi is represented by Wonderful Machine.

Jodi owns a 1968 Hasselblad medium format film camera handed to her from Chuck Boa, Richard Avedon's art director.  

To view an TV show made about Jodi's career in fashion:

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Roberto Valenzuela

Professional Photographer

Portfolio: robertovalenzuelaphotography

Roberto Valenzuela is a wedding and fine art photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. His academic background is in Economics and Marketing. However, it was his 10 years as a concert classical guitarist which has given him a unique outlook on how to master photography, having used the same practice techniques to master his musical instrument.


Roberto Valenzuela is a 70-time International award winning photographer and three-time International first place winner. He serves as a photography judge for the 16x20 WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International), PPA (Professional Photographers of America), European photography competitions and the WPPI International wedding album competition in Las Vegas, NV.


Roberto’s private photography workshops and speaking engagements are held worldwide. His goal is to encourage and inspire professional photographers to practice their craft when not on the job, as any other artist must do so in order to perform. He is an active teacher and platform speaker at WPPI and has served as the keynote speaker at other International photography conventions.

He is the author of the top-selling photography-training book titled PICTURE PERFECT PRACTICE.


He was named one of the top wedding photographers in the world three years in a row by Junebug Weddings (one of the largest wedding resource websites in America). In January of 2013, Roberto Valenzuela was voted by photographers all around the world as one of the top 10 most influential photographers in the world by Shutter Magazine.


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Skip Cohen

President of Skip Cohen University

Portfolio: SkipCohenUniversity

Skip Cohen is President/Founder of Marketing Essentials International, a marketing consulting firm specializing in projects dedicated to education, primarily in photography. He’s been actively involved in the photographic industry his entire career.


In January, 2013 he launched, now considered one of the fastest growing sites and blogs in professional photography. The site is an educational resource center for aspiring and working professional photographers and it’s faculty includes over fifty of the industry’s finest artists. SCU podcasts have been selected as one of five photography features on BlogTalk Radio and lists the site as one of the top sites in photography.




Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan Inc.


Kate Ryan, Inc. is a New York based photography agency who for the past 10 years has been representing a talented group of fashion, beauty & lifestyle photographers, stylists, set-designers, hair & makeup artists, manicurists, art directors & illustrators.  Discover more about our agency at also be sure to visit our blog at


Join Kate Ryan and her team as they discuss the dynamics of the artist/agency relationship.   During this presentation you'll be taken through the process from your first meeting with an agency to the key elements of a successful longterm artist/agency relationship.  Topics will include landing your first agency meeting, what photographers should be prepared to discuss when meeting an agent for the first time and what an agent is looking for when adding a photographer to the roster.  


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Adam Sherwin

Partnership Relations, Resource Magazine


Adam Sherwin is one of those fortunate individuals who found a way to make what he is most passionate about commercially viable.

Actually, as is often the case, good fortune only played a small role. Having a viable plan and a mountain of determination was the most important element in Adam’s journey from dark room tech, to photo assistant, photojournalist, studio manager, digital tech, producer and director for RETV, Tech Editor and now head of the social media department and partnership relations at Resource Magazine.


Adam now wastes most of his time online making sure his readers and industry partners are kept up to date with the information they need to keep them in touch with everything surrounding photo, video and the incredible people that live, breathe and eat this lifestyle.


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Rick Friedman

Photographer & Director

Portfolio: rickfriedman

Rick Friedman has been a photojournalist for over three decades. Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments and film and television productions. His published work appears in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, The New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Discover and many other publications. He has produced over 75 book and magazine covers. The books Hillary Clinton, Infra Structures, and The Gourmet Prescription are a few of his projects.


Rick is currently the President of the Boston Press Photographers Association. He has won awards from the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Boston Press Photographers Association. He has work in the permanent collection of the Newseum in Washington, DC and has had one man shows at Boston City Hall and the Boston Public Library in addition to having his work displayed in numerous other shows.


Rick has photographed every presidential candidate from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama and is currently covering the 2012 presidential campaign. "Rick Friedman on the Campaign Stump" is a Photo District News article discussing Rick's coverage of presidential campaigns.
Rick, who is known for his lighting techniques is currently on his 13 city U.S. Location Lighting Workshop Tour.


He recently completed a 10 city "Location Lighting workshop Tour" of England, Ireland and Wales sponsored by Canon and the "Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers" Rick also teaches at photographic workshops and lectures at colleges and universities.


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Rafael "RC" Concepcion

Professional Photographer & Author

Portfolio: aboutrc

RC is an award winning photographer and author of the best selling books “Get Your Photography On the Web” and “The HDR Book” by Peachpit Press. He is an education and curriculum developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and host of the popular podcasts “Photoshop User TV” and “Photography Tips and Tricks”


RC recently worked with Adobe in developing the Adobe Certified Expert exam for Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4.


An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, RC has over 14 years in the I.T. and ecommerce industries and spends his days developing content for all applications in the Adobe Creative Suite.


He has held training seminars in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, and has served as guest instructor for the Digital Landscape Workshop Series with Moose Peterson, Advanced Flash Photography at Jade Mountain with Joe McNally, His Light workshops with famed landscape photographer Bill Fortney, and the Voices That Matter web conference in San Francisco. 





André Rowe

Professional Photographer

Portfolio: andrerowephotography

André Rowe is a self-taught visual artist of photographic design. The early years of his career were accompanied by a Minolta camera to capture the beauty of nature prior to the dawn of digital photography. Since then he has become a frontrunner in the industry recognized via sponsorship by leading worldwide brand, Broncolor.

A zeal for sharing success among other like minds and students inspired his creation of the original Appleseed Studio in South Florida where he also directs photography workshops. Alongside perseverance he stands upon a foundation of thirty years as a seasoned professional encompassed by a dynamic body of work in the U.S. and abroad.

His altruistic quality connects with community organizations such as A Child Is Missing and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is a notable entrepreneur whose success is based solely on word- of-mouth, yet a humble character opens his pursuits with wisdom and opportunity abound.

André maintains a continued predilection for still photography film and unparalleled exhibition of talent with emphasis in the commercial market.





Lara Jade

Professional Fashion Photographer

Portfolio: larajade

I was fortunate enough to discover my interest in photography when I was fifteen, and since then I have worked to define my style as a business owner and a photographer to share my vision and experience with an international audience. I began by shooting Fine art photography & experimental self-portraiture in my hometown of the West Midlands, England before I transitioned into the ever-changing world of fashion photography.


At seventeen, I started my own photography business and soon found myself shooting for portrait clients, book publishers and music labels throughout the UK. However, I was eager to grow as an artist and extend my business internationally, so I moved to London to connect with creatives in the photography industry and push my boundaries as a photographer.


I am influenced by past and present style & whenever I shoot I like to create stories with an underlying sense of narrative, whether this is in my personal work, commercial campaigns or editorial projects. I am deeply inspired by elements of influential style, film noir, old masters in painting and photography, Romanticism and untouched beauty. All of my experiences in life thus far have been reflected through my imagery, and continue to shape me personally, and as an artist.


In 2011, I made the move to New York City and this is where where I currently live, dividing my time between the US & Europe for assignments.




Catherine Asanov

Professional Fashion Photographer

Portfolio: catherineasanov

Catherine Asanov is an established fashion, commercial, advertising and celebrity photographer based in Los Angeles and NYC. Her first photograph was on an 8×10 film camera at the age of 16. She instantly fell in love with the magical process of the darkroom and continued to explore every angle of photography.


After majoring in photography at Savannah College of Art and Design and graduating Valedictorian of her class, she passionately launched her career. Soon after making the move to LA, she became published in major magazines and had the opportunity to work with clients such as Charles David, Sunglass Hut, Sony Music/RCA Records, Creative Recreation, and Penny Loves Kenny, just to name a few. She has also been featured in an exhibition alongside one of her most influential photographers, Richard Avedon. Catherine is one of the most sought-after photographers due to her creativity, her vision for design, the high-level of her work, and her attention to client needs.



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Paul Mobley

Professional Celebrity and Portrait Photographer

Portfolio: paulmobleystudio

Paul Mobley is a commercial photographer who graduated from Detroit's Center for Creative Studies and then moved to New York City to study portraiture. He assisted such prominent photographers as Annie Leibovitz, Steve Steigman, and David Langley before branching out on his own. Since then, Paul has worked with corporate, advertising, and editorial clients, including American Express, Sony, Citigroup, and Ford. He has also photographed the likes of celebrities from Roger Daltrey to Aretha Franklin.


American Farmer, his first book, began as a personal project when Paul started photographing farmers from his home state of Michigan. It grew into a body of work that led him on a three-year, nearly 100,000-mile journey capturing farmers from Alaska to Maine. His latest book, Everyday Heroes, is a collection of 50 extraordinary “ordinary” individuals who have made an astonishing difference in the lives of others. Paul’s web site is

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R Lee Morris

Professional Portrait and Commercial Photographer

Portfolio: rlmorris

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Lee Morris is a commercial wedding photographer based in Charleston SC. In 2010 Lee co-founded, a website that focuses on all aspects of photography and videography.  In 2013 Lee produced a 14 hour tutorial on wedding photography with Patrick Hall called: How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer. 




Erik Valind

Professional Photographer

Portfolio: erikvalind

Erik Valind is a freelance photographer, born and raised on the Florida beaches, now living in New York City. Specializing in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture - airy and energetic imagery defines the style and vision of this top pro photographer. Inspired by the form, activity and diversity of people, Erik has lent his expertise to shape the public image of numerous personas and national brands. Erik also shares his visual approach, techniques and passion for photography internationally as a speaker at major photo conferences, as an author, and online as a Kelby Training instructor.





Scott Markewitz

Professional Photographer

Portfolio: scottmarkewitz

Scott Markewitz is recognized as one of the most influential outdoor photographers in the industry. He has traveled the globe with an unfailing eye in search of action and outdoor adventure in some of the most dramatic locations on Earth.  His images have appeared in advertising and promotional campaigns for many outdoor and consumer brands, including Adobe, HP, Tag Heuer, J Crew, Charles Schwab, Salomon, Mountain Hardwear, Red Bull, Thule, Oakley, Specialized, Descente, Giro and many others; and on more than 400 US and International magazine covers.


Scott was featured in Men's Journal as one of the World's Greatest Adventure Photographers. He is the only photographer in Ski Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential Skiers of All Time and the recipient of Ski Utah's Excellence in Journalism Award. His images have also received awards from APA, PDN, The International Pano Awards, and The Spider Awards.


His passion for photography and the outdoors comes through in everything that he shoots, whether it’s action sports, active life style, or environmental portraits. His vibrant images and ability to take any situation and come back with great results have given him the reputation as the go-to guy in the outdoor world. When not on assignment, you’ll find him out big mountain skiing around the world, racing his mountain bike, or trail running in the mountains, pushing his own limits in some of the sports he loves to photograph. He lives with his wife, Veronique, and their son, Julien, in Salt Lake City, Utah and Provence, France.





Matthew Karas

Professional Motion Photographer

Portfolio: mattkaras

All of the varied journeys of Matt’s life have brought him to where he belongs, behind the camera. He is now a seasoned photographer, who brings a multitude of talents and skills to his work, and to the work that he creates through collaboration.


What makes Matt unique is his healthy combustion of vision and drive, which fuels both his artistic and business sensibility. His love of life through the lens manifests itself in the way that he captures the motion of emotion. No matter what the opportunity is, he strives to go beyond expectations, and takes a personal interest in making sure that the outcome is fun, flawless, moving and powerful, for all involved.



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Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Senior Product Manager, Photoshop at Adobe Systems


Bryan O’Neil Hughes is the Senior Product Manager for Adobe® Photoshop® software and a pinch hitter for the Photoshop Lightroom® software team. Since 1999 he has helped to test, drive, demonstrate, and lead development of Adobe’s professional digital imaging applications. Bryan is the Photoshop team’s primary worldwide spokesman and can often be found leading seminars, user groups, and workshops.


Before joining Adobe, he was a professional photographer and retoucher. Beyond Adobe, Hughes is a published photographer, editor, and author. He is also a driving instructor for the BMW Car Club of America. When he isn’t driving very quickly, he enjoys running marathons very slowly. Bryan was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2011.


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Alexandra Niki

Co-Editor in Chief, Co-Founder, Resource Magazine (Brooklyn)

Portfolio: resourcemagonline

Debuting in 2007, Resource Magazine is a photo and video quarterly publication Alexandra Niki co-founded with producer Aurelie Jezequel. And since 2000, Alexandra has also owned and operated Niki Productions, a full-service production company that specializes in prop styling. With a keen eye for aesthetic design, provocative imagery, and creative talent, Alexandra continues to boldly push beyond conventional production on-line, in print, and on-set. She studied art and music in college, and as a proud mother of two, madness and creativity seem to permeate everything Alexandra does, just as she likes it.


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Timothy Hogan is an award-winning still life photographer, speaker and teacher based in Santa Monica, CA. Known for his keen observational eye and ability to present his subjects in a new light, Hogan has shot for an array of internationally-recognized brands, global advertising agencies and influential media outlets. These top clients regularly seek him out for his experimentation, in-camera techniques and lighting mastery of even the most challenging subjects.


Hogan’s peers have lauded his work for bringing to life unseen textures and moments. Throughout his professional career, his photographs have appeared numerous times in publications like Graphis Photography Annual, Communication Arts and the British Journal of Photography. Hogan is widely regarded as a master of photographic lighting and has been a featured speaker at Photokina, taught workshops at Shoot LA and served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Syracuse University. In his most recent work, Hogan marries his profession with his passion – surfing – as the founder theFINproject, a visual exploration of the craft, history and people behind the most instrumental element in the progression of surfing – the surfboard fin.


Abbreviated Client list: Agencies, Weiden+Kennedy, TBWA\CHIAT\DAY, Y&R, BDO, Deutsch, Ogilvy, Euro RSCG, Anthem, Anomaly, Rapp Collins, Purple Creative, Columbus Communications, Kirschenbaum Bond, Budweiser, Courvoisier,Miller-Coors, Jose Cuervo,Nike, Neiman Marcus, Target,Chanel,Vanity Fair, Vogue,New York Times Magazine, InStyle, O, the Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Inc., Redbook, Men’s Health





Sarah's love of photography began as a child when she assisted her grandfather in his studio darkroom. From that time forward, a camera was never far from her hand. Studying both classical and modern dance from an equally young age, Sarah has always had an appreciation of movement. After completing her first degree in Middle East studies from Vassar College, she found that her true calling was to combine both of her passions: photography and movement. She applied for graduate studies in photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


While finishing her Master's Degree in Photography, Sarah was chosen to shoot for Surface Magazine's Avant Guardian issue. This fashion shoot marked the true beginning of Sarah's professional career as a photographer. Using dancers as models in high fashion, Sarah's style gelled.  It was while Sarah was planning her thesis that she recognized the importance of technology in her work. She adopted a completely digital workflow in March of 2001 and has been shooting with a medium format digital back ever since.
This digital element in her work has also helped her to form relationships with Hasselblad, Sinar, Broncolor, Moab Paper, ColorVision and Adobe. In Addition, for the 2003 year Sarah was chosen to join twelve photographers (legends Joyce Tenneson and Patrick Demarchelier are included in that list) as a Hasselblad Master.