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From Sports to Wildlife
Presented by Richard Sturdevant

Saturday, October 16, 2021
8:30AM – Noon


Join Richard Sturdevant in a program that will inspire you to create what you love and make a living at it.

Creating an exceptional fine art composite consists of many things, but the two that separate good from great are conception and finish. Conception and the ability to dream up a visual idea or to tell visual story that is original and unique to your vision is priceless. Equally important is the ability to bring it all together is such away that it is beautiful and meaningful to the viewer. The finish of the art should keep the viewer engaged in the content and not the technique. Everything in between this journey is trained execution.

In this program I will share like never before on this process, known for my style, concepts and the way I finish up an image. I will share how to create concepts that reflect who you are and how to execute them and most of all finish them in such a beautiful way. I’m good at what I do and you will leave this program better for it.

Content will cover:
– Conception
– Resource gathering
– Light creation and lighting to fit the scene
– Using the right angle of view
– Extraction
– Composition
– Color theory and Harmony
– Illustration techniques that can be used on any image
– Plug-in techniques
– PS Painting techniques
– Proven finishing techniques and presentation
– Photoshop Painting Techniques

Meet the Speaker:

Richard Sturdevant is a leading expert in photographic artistry and creative composites. His award winning work, style, and techniques have earned him high praise in the photographic industry. Richard is known for an impressive track record in PPA print competition – receiving 20 prints with a perfect 100 point score in both state, regional and district competitions. He also made history with PPA at SWPPA District competition in September 2010 for the highest print case ever scored in the USA, Receiving a 100 print score on all four of his prints. He is the Overall Grand Imaging Award (GIA) Winner for 2011 and 2012 with best print in PPA. In 2013 he received 1st and second place in the GIA Awards for best Master artist Image and 3rd Place in Portrait. In 2014 he was Named as a finalist in the First World Cup and Also won Grand Imaging Awards 1st Place in Illustrative and Second Place in Master Artist held At Imaging USA in Phoenix, Arizona. Richard is the only Photographer in PPA History to go Double Diamond four times 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 He’s has been awarded Diamond Photographer of the year 11 times with Diamond and Platinum awarded at Imaging USA 2011 and 2014. In 2013 Richard also became a PPA international Juror.

Richard owns and operates Sturdevant Studio – a thriving portrait studio in Loretto Tennessee . He specializes in fine art composites, seniors, families, wedding, and commercial photography.

Lifestyle Video for Photographers
Presented by Todd White

Saturday, October 16, 2021
8:30 PM – Noon


Video continues to be on the rise and taking over in social media platforms. Clients are asking for it consistently. Ready to get started in video and incorporate it into your client offerings but not sure where to start? Have you tried video but it didn’t quite look right? Not sure of the right settings to use? Want to be able to switch between photo and video quickly? This session is for you!

In this session, I will answer all these questions and more. We will talk about cameras, sensors, and lens choices as it pertains to video. We’ll even step into the question…auto-focus vs. manual focus, does it really matter?

We’ll talk about the ideal camera settings for the what you are filming. Resolution, frame rates and the exposure triangle as it relates to video.

How to get stable footage? We’ll talk about stabilization, settings and some techniques to help you get smooth footage without a gimble.

Lastly we’ll talk about audio and lighting basics and get you started with optimizing these for video.

When we are done, you will feel more comfortable with turning your camera to the video mode, choosing the right settings, hitting record and offering a new service to your clients!

Todd will cover:

  • Camera Considerations (sensor size, megapixels, codecs)
  • Lens Selection
  • Stabilization
  • Choosing the right Resolution and Frame Rate
  • Breaking the exposure triangle – Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO in relation to video
  • Audio Considerations
  • Lighting for Success

Meet the Speaker

Todd is a native Texan and spent 26 years in the corporate world before making the switch to a full time photographer and videographer. Todd grew up shooting on film and is self-taught. His passion for photography grew during a month long trip to India and has not stopped since.

Fashion and lifestyle content is what he focuses on and a blend of photos and video is the primary type of content he creates for his clients.

Todd is a husband and a father. He has found that blend of hobby and career in photography and videography. He is a foodie and a craft beer lover as well.

From Flowers to Fine Art
by Teri Whittaker

Saturday, October 16, 2021
8:30AM – Noon

Do you love flowers, photography and being outdoors? Do you have a passion for photographing flowers outside, but are challenged to create images that you cherish? Well, come join Teri Whittaker

Teri will cover:

  • The elements of a successful outdoor flower image
  • The useful tools when photographing outdoors
  • How to evaluate backgrounds
  • To consider all photographic viewpoint options for a subject
  • To play a bit with motion blur.

After an enjoyable time photographing flowers, join Teri as she shares some of her post processing techniques that have proven successful for her in image competition.

Bring your computer for an opportunity to finish the creative process for your floral art!

Meet the Speaker:

Contrary to most photographers’ history that she hears, Teri Whittaker did not grow up with a camera in her hands. She was well into adulthood when, out of desire to accomplish a specific goal, she started researching cameras and lenses that would help her accomplish her mission.

Teri is a wife, a mom, and a mia (her grandmother name as she did not want to be called grandma). She and her family have had the opportunity to live in places such as Alaska and Africa, and to travel much of the United States.

Teri is a homebody that loves, loves, loves Thai food.


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Polished to Perfection- Fine art Children Portraits
Presented by Shannon Squires

Saturday, October 16, 2021
1:30 PM – 5:30

Timeless and classic fine art children portraits are quickly growing in popularity in the industry for both photographers and clients. Come learn all about how to create breathtaking images for clients that they will treasure and display like a masterful painting.

Tonya will cover:

  • Working with children in studio
  • Styling for fine art children portraits
  • High end and age appropriate retouching for children portraits
  • Adding a little something extra to your images with small composite elements
  • Promoting and selling Fine art children portraits”

Meet the Speaker

Shannon Squires is a nationally recognized award winning photographer based in Colorado Springs. She is a two time Profession Photographers of America 1st place recipient of the Grand Imaging Award in Children Portraits. In 2021 in addition to her 1st place in Children’s portraits she also won the prestigious over all 1st place trophy among over 5000 images entered.

Shannon has been featured on the cover Professional Photographers Magazine on multiple occasions and holds a Master Photographer degree, and is also a Certified Professional Photographer through The Professional Photographers of America. In addition she also has an Associates in Applied Arts Degree for Commercial Photography form the Art Institute of Seattle.

When not working with clients she gives back to the photographers.

The Battle of the Business
Presented by Allison Russell and Katherine McClure

Saturday, October 16, 2021
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Some workshops teach that there is only one way to run a successful studio, but you know one size does not fit all, especially in smaller markets! Come behind the scenes with two Master Photographers as they share their unique approaches that both lead to six figure annual revenues. From the client experience with a focus on creating solutions instead of selling to creating repeat customers to sustain your business, we share two points of view that both create profit. Full-time or part-time, digital sales or only physical prints, niche market or general photographer, lighting and posing techniques: we handle so much differently! But systems, plans, community involvement, and goal making we approach in similar ways. At the end of the day, you will be equipped to create your own unique plan for a profitable business.
This program will cover:

  • Learn how to convert high school senior customers into lifelong clients
  • Watch your sales averages soar by adding 15 minutes to your senior sessions
  • Use marketing to attract high quality clients and keep them by serving ALL of their needs
  • Gain confidence in the sales room with selling images from both sessions

Meet the Speakers:

“Katherine McClure developed her first roll of film at 12 years old, and has been a portrait artist ever since. She grew up in Naples, Florida and, after living in seven states, settled in Prairie City, Iowa with her husband and five children. She has found homeschooling to be the perfect fit for her low volume, boutique business and the flexible traveling it allows. Her days begin with early morning weight training, and typically end with a gin and sparkling water.

Katherine has curated a select client base that craves her museum quality painted art pieces within her community and beyond. She is passionate about business longevity and guides new photographers in creating growing, sustainable businesses. Her journey from starving artist to profitable business owner enables her to equip other photographers to find their own version of success.”

“Allison Russell grew up in Sonoma County, California and now lives in Mitchell, South Dakota. Every day, she gets to meet amazing families and create gorgeous fine art portraits of their loved ones for them to hang in their homes. She has three kids (joyful chaos!) and loves to be outdoors with her family, traveling, a good book and glass of wine.

Allison started her boutique studio in 2012, and as a full time photographer understands the challenges of running a successful studio as her primary income. She is passionate about having a financially sustainable business and helping other photographers to experience the same success. She specializes in family and children photography, rounding out her business with commercial, senior, and sports portraits.”

Photographing the Night Skies—Milky Way, Star Trails, and Light Painting Techniques

Saturday, October 16, 2021
1:30PM – 5:30PM


Interested in photographing the stars at night but not sure where to start? Photographing the Milky Way, star trails, and light painting objects are some of the passion projects that have not only expanded Alison’s fine art portfolio the last five years but has also helped her to reconnect to nature. During this class, Alison will discuss the gear needed, how to plan for night sky adventures, how to focus in the darkness, the basics of how to light paint objects, and how to shoot star trails for the purpose of compositing in StarStaX. She will also review realistic post processing of the images in Lr.

“1. Students will identify the gear needed to photograph astro images.
2. Students will learn to plan a night sky adventure using PhotoPills.
3. Students will learn how to expose for star trails.
4. Students will learn the basic procedures of light painting.
5. Students will learn realistic post processing in Lr.”

Mett the Speaker:

In her 18th year of business, she hosts multi and single day workshops on the topics of off camera lighting, modern posing, volume sports/seniors, and night sky photography at her Richmond, Tx studio and beyond. She is a member of and teaches/judges for WPPI, PPA/Imaging, SWPP London, PPGH, Texas School of Professional Photography, TxPPA, and SYNC Sports. In early 2020, Alison Faith Fine Art Photography was created to celebrate Alison’s landscape & astro photography.

Alison is sponsored by and a member of the speaker team for Miller’s Professional Imaging.”