Alan Kesselhaut came to digital photography with a degree in graphic arts and as the former owner of a design, photographic and printing company. He is currently an active member of the Princeton Photography Club. Alan has recently conducted HDR workshops in Sedona, Arizona, Princeton, and several other New Jersey locations, among others. He has given HDR workshops in conjunction with professional photographers Frank Veronsky and Jack Reznicki. Alan’s work has been displayed in numerous juried shows and was recently awarded “Best in Show” in “The BIG 3” at the Art Way Gallery, Plainsboro, New Jersey.
“Alan is an excellent speaker and his presentation is easy to understand and his demonstration easy to follow. He also provided materials and tips to get started.”
Born in Portland, Oregon, Alex moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, majoring in film production and still photography. His early post-collegiate years were spent on the camera crews of studio films including Twister, Conspiracy Theory, and Armageddon, learning from top ASC cinematographers and personal mentors including Conrad Hall, Don Burgess, Dean Cundey, and John Schwartzman. Soon after, Alex became a full-time cinematographer of indie films, music videos, and as the Director of Photography for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit. In 2003, Alex received an Oscar Nomination for the short film Johnny Flynton, which he photographed and also produced. Alex repeated the dual role of cinematographer and co-producer on Green Street Hooliganas, about London’s football-gang subculture starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2005 South By Southwest Film Festival. He was also the cinematographer of Shanghai Kiss, shot in China and starring Hayden Panettiere. Following, Alex wrote, produced and shot the documentary feature Bigger Stronger Faster*, which premiered in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Magnolia Pictures. In 2009, Alex's 10th season with Saturday Night Live marked his first experimentation with the new HDSLR format, shooting the show's title sequence and most of the season's commercial parodies with Canon’s new 5D and 7D cameras. Alex continued his experimentation with Canon DSLRs as the 2nd Unit director/DP of the pilot for the ABC drama series Detroit 187. Most recently, Alex shot the network debut of the new Canon C300 - an SNL parody commercial, Chantix. Alex is a member of the Writer's Guild of America, the International Document
At age 13 he began shooting on his first camera, a Nikon FE and has been working with light and cameras ever since. Working in the photo industry since age 16 and shooting weddings only two years later, Alex has gained experience uncommon for someone his age. His specialties include infrared and ultraviolet photography, portrait, landscape, wedding, event, wireless flash, and auto racing, among others. With years of experience working in photo labs and specialty stores, as well as a diverse professional career, Alex is eager share his knowledge and enthusiasm for photography at every opportunity.
Andrew Darlow is a photographer, author and digital imaging consultant. He is the former Editorial Director of Digital Imaging Techniques Magazine, and the current editor of ImagingBuffet.com, an online imaging magazine. His photography and how-to articles on topics from marketing to fine-art printing have been featured in numerous magazines and websites, including Photo District News, PDN Gear Guide, Popular Photography, Rangefinder, and Studio Photography magazine. For more than 15 years he has taught thousands how to improve their photography, workflow and digital print output at conferences, industry events, and educational institutions, including the PDN PhotoPlus Expo, the Arles Photo Festival (Arles, France), Columbia University, and the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. He regularly exhibits his work and his prints are held in many private collections. His book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers, (Course Technology PTR), is a resource that covers many aspects of digital printmaking, and includes the imagery and advice of over 20 photographers and other artists. He also publishes the Inkjet & Imaging Tips Newsletter, available free to subscribers at http://www.imagingbuffet.com. He is also author of Pet Photography 101:Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat -http://www.PhotoPetTips.com.
Andy Marcus is the owner of Fred Marcus Photography in New York City, the studio started by his dad and now co-managed along with his son, Brian is the foremost studio for high-end photography in the area. He has photographed such high profile weddings as, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Eddie Murphy, Mary Tyler Moore, Kelsey Grammer, Art Garfunkel and many, many more. Andy is known for his amazing portrait photography at weddings along with his photojournalistic coverage of the actual wedding. Few photographers have the ability to do both well. He is a M.Photog. Cr. Member of the PPA and was given the IPC Leadership in 2010 and 2013 by the International Photographic Council
Since 1978, Wolfe has published more than 80 books. Major career highlights include:
- Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North American Nature Photography Association
- The New Art of Photography Nature with Martha Hill and Tim Grey published by Amphoto Books
- The Art of the Photograph with Rob Sheppard published by Amphoto Books.
- A second Natural Wonders Gallery opens in SOHO, New York City.
- The Natural Wonders Gallery featuring Art’s images opens in Las Vegas.
- Human Canvas, Wereldnatuur, and Landschaften Zwischen Himmel und Erde published.
- Landschaften zwischen Himmel und Erde (Frederking & Thaler 2012) is name Most Beautiful Science Book 2012 by Bild der Wissenschaft
- Masters of Nature Photography workshops commence with Frans Lanting and Thomas Mangelsen.
- Received a Timeless Award from the University of Washington, based on outstanding service and achievement since graduation.
- The Art Wolfe Gallery moves to Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington.
- Dogs Make Us Human, Uomini e Cani: Una Storia d’Amore, Regard Sauvage, and Animal Art published.
- Travels to the Edge exhibit benefit for the Macular Vision Research Foundation, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
- Presentation at Photo Expo in New York with Frans Lanting, Thomas Mangelsen, and Patrick Donehue.
- Receives the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Medal for his contribution to the advancement of the art and science of photography.
- Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge wins five Silver Telly Awards, their highest honor, for outstanding achievement.
- Travels to the Edge exhibit at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park.
- Gallery openings at the G2 in California and the Saxton Gallery in Ohio.
- Photographs the Day of the Dead festival for the Harbers Family Foundation.
- Named to Top 40 list of nature photographers by Outdoor Photography (UK).
- Travels to the Edge: A Photo Odyssey, Caribou Crossing, and Animals on the Edge published.
- Season two of Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge airs on public television and continues to be rebroadcast to the present.
- Begins the popular seminar series, Composing Effective Images and The Art of Composition
- Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge wins American Public Television’s programming excellence award.
- Travels to the Edge presentations in Puerto Rico for IBM Americas Hundred Percent Club.
- Honorary Fellowship awarded by the Royal Photographic Society of England.
- Vanishing Act, Kunst der Tarnung, Cache-cache, and Seven Summits published.
- Wildlands Press is presented with a Benjamin Franklin Award and Independent Book Publishers Award for Edge of the Earth, Corner of the Sky.
- Elements, Alaska Wild, Northwest Wild, Cats, and Landschaften Zwischen Himmel und Erde published.
- One World|One Vision: The Photography of Art Wolfe is exhibited at The Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
- Named Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
- Images from The Living Wild were selected for the Graphis Photo Annual 2002 representing the most exciting work created and presented in the previous year.
- The Independent Book Publishers Association recognizes The High Himalaya, as an award finalist for photography.
- Wildlands Press is presented with an Applied Arts Magazine Award for The Living Wild.
- The Living Wild Exhibit: selections from The Living Wild presented at the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Africa, Afrique: Les Sources de la Vie, Lions, Der Atem Der Wildnis, Libres Y Salvajes, California, The Nature of Lions, and The High Himalaya published.
- Presentations at the Natur Foto Festival in Luenen, Germany and the Vargarda Foto Festial in Vargarda, Sweden.
- The Living Wild presentations in Duesseldorf and Munich, Germany; Vienna, Austria.
- The Living Wild exhibits in the Museum of Mensch und Natur, Munich, Germany and the Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria.
- Spearheaded Art Wolfe Photography Workshops in South Africa and Alaska.
- The Independent Book Publishers Association recognizes The Living Wild, the first self- published Art Wolfe book, as One of The Top Ten Books for 2000.
- The Living Wild is named winner of the Design and Artistic Category by the National Outdoor Book Award.
- The Living Wild is presented with the Western US Book Design & Production Award for the winner of the Photography Book Category from Publishers Association of the West.
- Applied Arts (Canada) names The Living Wild as The Best Photography Book for 2000.
- Alaska, The Living Wild, Libres et Sauvages and Colorado published.
- Receives Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography. Winner in the Nature and Environment – Photo Essay category.
- Conducts presentation at the Royal Photographic Society, Bath, England.
- Art Wolfe Gallery opens in REI flagship store in Denver, Colorado.
- Water: Worlds Between Heaven and Earth and Tribes: Völker, Farben, Rituale (German edition) published. Journey Through Northern Rainforests for children published.
- Named to the University of Washington Alumni Association’s list of 100 “most famous, fascinating, and influential” alumni of the 20th century.
- The Living Wild receives Fuji Photo Film USA, Getty Images and Canon USA sponsorship.
- Receives First Place and Honorable Mention. Mexico Nature Photography Contest, United for Conservation, Mexico City, Mexico.
- Photo Expo West Show, Los Angeles. Wolfe presents Africa seminar sponsored by Canon USA and has major exhibit, Natural Landscapes, sponsored by Mamiya America Corporation and Fuji Photo Film USA.
- Beyond the Lens: Compositions by Art Wolfe exhibition travels to Belray, Florida and Monterey, Mexico.
- Rainforests of the World: Water, Fire, Earth and Air, Pacific Northwest: Land of Light and Water, and Tribes (UK edition) published. Northwest Animal Babies for children published.
- Photo Expo East Show, New York City. Wolfe presents Africa seminar sponsored by Canon USA and has major exhibit, Natural Landscapes, sponsored by Mamiya America Corporation and Fuji Photo Film USA.
- Conducts fund-raiser and book launch for Rainforests of the World with the Rainforest Alliance in New York City.
- Rachel Carson Award. The National Audubon Society presents its first-ever award for outstanding contributions supporting the national wildlife refuge system.
- Awarded ‘Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photography Association.
- North American Nature Photography Association, Orlando, Florida. Wolfe serves as master of ceremonies and banquet speaker for annual national conference.
- Miami Photo Fusion, Palm Beach, Florida. Serves as presenter and panelist.
- ...and many other highlights from the previous years!
Currently, I edit commercials as well as independent films, short films and television pilots. Along with this editing workload, I write, shoot, and edit reels for many of today’s working actors. Further, I have extensive experience designing motion graphics packages. I also train Final Cut Pro at Drexel University’s Apple Authorized Training Centers (AATC) in Philadelphia. I am also an Adobe Certified Trainer and am looking for training opportunities with Adobe software titles. I am also an istockphoto.com video, photo and music contributor as well as a veer.com photo contributor.
I have written a book Lights, Camera, Capture Creative, Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographers. I am proud to say it's also an App for the iPad and was the number one selling App in photography on the Apple App Store.
I'm not a newcomer to the photographic industry. I've been a professional photographer for over 25 years. It was obvious to me at an early age that being a photographer was what I wanted to do with my life!
My passion for photography began back in high school when I became the editor of my newspaper. I then went on to Columbia College and was named College Photographer of the Year. With this came a full time job at a daily newspaper in Chicago and then on to a full time position for 14 years at the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.
My cameras have always been like a passport into history. I am continually honored when doors open and people invite me in to document their life. While at the paper, I had covered countless amazing events, such as presidential elections, Michael Jordan's entire career with the Chicago Bulls, many religious faiths rituals and ceremonies, and tent revivals. I've traveled around the world to places such as El Salvador, Taiwan, Lithuania, Romania, Moldova and Kenya, Tanzania for human interest stories. I've even had the pleasure of seeing the power of photography first hand and it's ability to move people.
I have since moved on from the newspaper industry, my main focus is wedding photography and documentary projects for none profits. Today, I have the privilege of photographing the most important events in my client's lives and it couldn't be more happy to have this honor.
A father takes one of his proudest moments as he walks arm in arm with his daughter, now transformed into a beautiful woman, down the aisle as he silently remembers the story she has created in his life, from boisterous little girl to blushing bride. This love story is an image that can only be relayed through a distinct sense of artistry, one for which Bob and Dawn Davis has multifaceted talent. Their chemistry & passion fuels their creative endeavors. They embrace the romance, happiness, & beauty of a wedding day and capture the joy of the human spirit. Their client list reads like a "Who's Who" of entertainment's elite. They recently covered the celebrity weddings of Lala Vazquez & Carmelo Anthony in New York, Salma Hayek & Francois-Henry Pinault in Venice, Italy, Eddie Murphy & Tracey Edmonds in Bora Bora, & the celebrity "Wedding of the Year" of Eva Longoria & Tony Parker in Paris, France. Bob and Dawn have also cover many of Oprah Winfrey's glamorous private events.
Photography... It's what I'm passionate about.
A lifelong snap-shooter, Bob Harrington decided to take his photography to the professional level six years ago and has not looked back. Teaching is a large part of Bob’s business. He has presented off-camera flash around the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and for the NECCC and Chicago PPA. Bob is a firm believer in using speed lights for most of his work and has great success using and teaching these techniques and helping others explore their creative sides.
Brent Winebrenner is an editorial and corporate location photographer and videographer. In addition to numerous Lonely Planet publications, his work has appeared in National
Geographic Traveler, Islands, Santa Barbara Magazine, Modern Bride, Wine Spectator, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Brent served as a Semester at Sea photographer and taught location lighting in the Visual Journalism Department at the Brooks Institute of Photography. He has produced a variety of corporate branding videos for Kendall Jackson and Foley Family Wines. He is also the principle photographer on three coffee table books for Rizzoli Publications, including the recently released title "The Splendor of Cuba.
Canon Explorer of Light Bruce Dorn
Bruce's early career with the camera took him around the globe shooting photo-journalistic and editorial assignments for United Press International, People, Conde Nast Publishing, Money, and Business Week magazines.
Subsequent work in the advertising industry collected Bruce all the major industry awards.
In the motion picture industry, Dorn is known for his expertise in state-of-the-art visual effects and beautiful cinematography. An active member of the Directors Guild of America since 1984, Bruce has earned Gold from the Mobius Awards, the New York Film and Video Festivals, the Clio Awards and a Bronze Lion from the Cannes Commercial Film Festival.
As a digital mixed-media artist, Bruce has been a recipient of the Kodak Professional Innovators Award and Corel Corporation has awarded him with the rank of Painter® Master. Bruce's photographic explorations of the New West were rewarded with an Artist in Residence exhibition during the Ansel Adams Retrospective at The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. In Ballistic Publishing's book, 'Painter: World's Best Painter Art', Bruce's neo-classical ballet imagery earned the Gold for Best Portrait.
C. David Tobie
C. David Tobie is a well known author and lecturer in digital imaging, color management, and fine art printing. But you may know him best as the developer of the Spyder line of color management products for Datacolor. For more information about David's work and schedule, please refer to cdtobie.com. For recent photography and technical articles by David, see: cdtobie.wordpress.com. For information about Spyder products, see: datacolor.com
Claire's work has been recognized by Communication Arts Photography Annual, The International Photography Awards (IPA), Graphis Photo Annual, Prix de la Photographie (PX3), The Sony World Awards, Artists Wanted: Exposure, The Art Project: W Magazine as well as most recently being included in Forbes list of top 30 under 30 for Art & Design in 2012. She has been featured in Communication Arts Insights and Fresh Profile, Creative Quarterly Journal, Direct Art, FotoTv, Friday Magazine, The Montclair Times, The Neo Collective, Photocine News and Refinery 29.
Claire's fine art work is represented by Asymmetrick Arts, Gallery 51, Ken Fulk Inc and Verve Gallery; She has been exhibited widely and her work is included in many public and private collections.
Her commercial client list includes Alex Randall Bespoke Lighting, Alex Young, Bangz Salon & Spa, Basset & Partners, Cora Pearl Underpinnings, Jumeriah International, Lleah Rae Design, Neiman Marcus at Short Hills, Nike Global Football, Random House Publishing and Ryan Wilde Millinery. Her work has been published in Crafts Magazine, Doubleday Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Harper's Baazar Hong Kong, Jumeriah Magazine, The London Sunday Fashion Times, Mia Magazine, Millionaire Lifestyle Magazine, N.E.E.T Magazine, Prevention Magazine, and Tatler Magazine.
In addition, Claire lectures and teaches courses around the world in photography through Foundry Workshops, Gulf Photo Plus, Hallmark Institute, International Center for Photography, The New Jersey Visual Arts Center, NORDphotography, Unique Photo University and The Yard School. Claire is sponsored as one of Dynalite's VIP shooters and is a liveBooks Ambassador.
Claire graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with a BFA in photography. She received a liberal arts AA degree from Bard College at Simon's Rock in 2003.
He is a published author and his work is seen in magazines, books and calendars, as well as in art galleries. Corey finds the diversity in nature and cultures around the world offer boundless opportunities for new images. He approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. Corey has a passion for helping others improve their photography by sharing his knowledge through group and private instruction. He leads workshops to locations in the United States and abroad. Corey has written six books, including two books on digital workflow and the first book dedicated to Lensbaby.
David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and Shutterbug, newspapers, and online publications. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. Dave currently is at work on a handful of books. His most recent books include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools (Kent State University Press) and Curious Critters(Wild Iris, October 2011).
One of five Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school groups and college classes to nature centers and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival, among other venues.
David, a former high school English teacher, has been teaching for 20 years. He is a professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. 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.
Dave was inspired to photograph and write about nature by his parents, Mick and Judy FitzSimmons, active environmentalists and life-long teachers, and he is assisted in his natural history endeavors by his wife, Olivia, a naturalist, and his two daughters, Sarah and Phoebe.
David Guy Maynard
His work has been published in numerous magazines and publications around the world, as well as being featured in prominent galleries and exhibitions. When not busy clicking the shutter button, David travels internationally delivering seminars and workshops on subjects ranging from Studio and Location Lighting, to Color Management and Workflow. David's technical experience and practical approach to location lighting and workflow offers a fresh perspective in a lively seminar atmosphere to photographers of all skill levels.
Gaining a love for photography during high school David Piazza received formal photographic training at Newcastle Polytechnic in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Now with over 30 years of experience in the photographic industry, shooting weddings, portraits, event photography and managing color labs, and presently Westcott Technical advisor, David has also had the unique opportunity of working with the most renowned photographers in our industry today. Dave will walk you step by step through the basics of image capture and lighting into some of the most desired lighting techniques.
David H. Wells is an editorial photographer with Aurora Photos. He specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. David started his career in the newspaper world with stints at the Hearst Community Newspapers, the Los Angeles Times, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram and the Syracuse (NY) Newspapers. David has worked on assignment producing in-depth photo-essays for the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, the New York Times Magazine as well as multi-media work for Saudi Aramco World. He has also been on assignments for publications like Business Week, Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and Time. David was a photographer under contract for the books: A Day in the Life of Spain, The Power to Heal, The Jews in America and America 24/7 David has won many awards for his work, from the Sunday Magazine Editors Association, Pictures of the Year and SocialDocumentary.net. American Photographer magazine honored him with a New Faces Award. He has received many grants enabling him to produce his powerful photo-essays, from organizations such as the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island State Arts Councils as well as the MacArthur Foundation. He also earned a Nikon/ National Press Photographers' Association Sabbatical Grant, and two Fulbright Fellowships. His work has been exhibited at Brown and Harvard Universities, Houston FotoFest, the International Center of Photography, U.C. Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania and the Visa pour l'Image Photo Festival in Perpignan, France. Portfolios of his work have been published in American Photographer, Camera Arts, Camera and Darkroom, Communication Arts Photography Annual, Nikon World and Photo District News.
One Stop Pinup was born from the founder Deanna Marie's love for the retro pinup era, her passion for this period can be glimpsed with each click of her camera as she captures a classical moment in modern society. "I love recreating vintage inspired images, be it in front of, or behind the camera lens."
Denis Reggie is widely regarded as the top wedding photographer in the world. He single handedly transformed the look of staid bridal imagery into the truly natural, editorial style he termed wedding photojournalism. The industry has never been the same, his influence is legend. A series of his wedding photographs requested by the Smithsonian Institute are part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History.
The American Photo magazine cover story “The Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World, "listed Denis Reggie first among them. For a series entitled “The world's greatest wedding photographers," a BBC film crew traveled from the U.K. to Reggie's home base in Atlanta to produce a 22 minute documentary devoted to him and his celebrated photography approach.
His distinctive, spontaneous images have been featured on the cover of LIFE magazine, and named in “Photographs of the Year" by People, LIFE, Time, and Newsweek among other publications.
Don Polzo, BS, MS, is the Digital Media Coordinator at Summit’s Visual Art Center of New Jersey, where he has served as a faculty member since 2003. He teaches digital workshops around New Jersey and many of the digital media courses at the Visual Art Center in Summit, including advanced Adobe Photoshop techniques. In 2009, Mr. Polzo became an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop. Other achievements include a “Certificate in Photographic Science” from the Rochester Institute of Technology and recognition by Nikon Small World. His prints have been widely exhibited at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; Gallery 214, Montclair, NJ; Hunterdon Museum of Art; Ringwood Art Association; Phillips Mill, New Hope, Pennsylvania; SOHO Photo Gallery, New York City, and at MOMA in “Life of the City.” Professional memberships include the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Society of Photographic Educators (SPE) and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). In addition his photographs have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Newark Star-Ledger, the Westfield Herald and The Works Magazine of Rhode Island.
Douglas Kirkland was born in Toronto, Canada and spent much of his early professional life working in New York, before relocating in Los Angeles in the mid ‘70s. Kirkland’s career started quickly when he joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, and later Life Magazine during the golden age of 60’s/70’s photojournalism. Among his assignments were essays on Greece, Lebanon and Japan as well as fashion and celebrity work, photographing Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich among others.
Through the years, Douglas Kirkland has worked on the sets of over one hundred motion pictures. Among them, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, 2001 A Space Odyssey, “Out of Africa”, “Titanic” and “Moulin Rouge” which was filmed in Australia with Nicole Kidman. A book of Kirkland’s celebrity work, “Light Years” was published by Thames and Hudson in 1989 followed by “ICONS, Creativity with Camera and Computer”, by Collins San Francisco in 1993. Some of the subjects interpreted in “ICONS” were Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Kim Basinger, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro and Dr. Stephen Hawking. In 1997 Kirkland had four books published “Legends” (a retrospective of his forty year career), “Body Stories”(interpretations of the body from birth to old age), “Woza Africa” and “James Cameron’s Titanic” which was on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Kirkland’s photography has been honored and collected by almost all major museums in the US and Europe and he has been the recipient of awards from the Art Director’s Club of New York, the International Museum of Photography, Fotofusion, the PhotoImaging, the America Film Institute, Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA), The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Lucie Foundation awards (2003 Lucie Award Recipient, Achievement in Entertainment). He has had numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries in Europe, Australia and the US.
Kirkland’s assignments have taken him to all continents in the world (with the exception of Antarctica) where he worked on subjects as varied as: Astronomy in Chile, to The Trans Siberian Railroad, and fashion in Bali.
When not traveling the globe on assignment, his home and studio is in the Hollywood Hills where he lives with his wife and business partner Françoise.
Ed Heaton is a published and award-winning photographer residing in Chester County, Pennsylvania who specializes in landscape, nature, and travel photography.
Ed’s passion for the outdoors is definitely reflected in his photography. His ability to capture light and make extraordinary images from ordinary subjects is truly a gift. Ed’s combination of traditional and innovated techniques have been instrumental in his success. For over seven years, Ed has conducted his workshops, seminars, and classes on an ongoing basis.
"Learning to capture light will make extraordinary images from ordinary subjects."
Erik Valind is a Sponsored Top Pro Photographer who specializes in the creation of compelling commercial work and energetic lifestyle imagery. People are the center of his photography and also serve as his inspiration. Having grown up on the brilliant beaches of the sunshine state, Erik developed an early appreciation for the transformative energy that light possesses. Now Erik uses light to add energy to every image, much as the Florida sunlight has energized him. Erik is known for traveling light and producing impressive results, with minimal gear. You can catch him traveling the US and Canada teaching lighting techniques for FJ Westcott as one of their top pros and demoing some of his favorite lighting modifiers. When not on the road he runs the Detroit Strobist group and offers workshops to local photography Meetup groups throughout Michigan and Florida.
Scott Kelby recently tapped Erik to author the monthly “Small Flash” column of his new photography magazine - “Light It: The How-To Magazine for Studio Lighting and Off-Camera Flash” For more information on that and to download a free issue of Light It magazine to your iPad go here http://kelbytraining.com/lightit/
Hanson Fong of San Francisco, California, is globally recognized as one of the premier wedding and portrait photographers in the industry. With more than 30 years of experience, Hanson has earned the Photographic Degrees of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman. He has been awarded 3 Photographic Fellowships. In 2008, he received the distinguished Gerhardt Bakker award for outstanding service through education in the field of photography. He is a member of the prestigious Society of XXV. Hanson is also a proud member of Canon’s Explorers of Light.
Hanson has lectured at every major school of photography across America and has been invited to speak at various national and international conventions. His work and talent are recognized throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, Mexico and Europe. His work has been displayed in the Hall of Fame, Epcot Center, and the ASP Traveling Loan. Hanson’s images have been seen in numerous publications including “American Photo,” “Bridal Guide,” “Popular Photography,” “Rangefnder,” “Studio Photography,” and “Professional Photographer.”
He began his career as a newspaper photographer, earning numerous press club awards. As an expert in lighting, Ira is sought after for assignments ranging from shooting ancient artifacts in Greece to photographing dinosaur fossils in the Gobi desert and documenting Moche mummies in Peru. His momentous coffee table book, Saving America’s Treasures was a collaborative effort among the Clinton White House, National Geographic Society, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Ira’s unique vision and outstanding lighting skills have made him the “go to photographer” for complex assignments.
He taught the first creative, digital photography class at the School for Visual Arts in New York City and is frequently called upon to review and critique the latest digital cameras and lenses. Ira has also taught workshops in Bangkok and Maine, Abu Dhabi and San Diego, Boston, Seattle and New York City.
In addition to his editorial work Ira shoots commercial and corporate images, portraits, promotional materials and advertising for leading institutions
A Pulitzer-Prize winner and National Geographic Photographer, Jay’s work has appeared in 15 of the high profile A Day in the Life of… series. His work also has won several awards in the World Press International Competition, including the ‘Golden Eye’ award, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism. More than twenty five assignments for the National Geographic Society, his work from the magazine has been featured in Communication Arts magazine, Graphis and other high-profile showpieces. Jay has worked in the photojournalism field for over 40 years, covering events as diverse as the war in El Salvador to the Olympics, national political conventions to 6 Super Bowls. He’s spent three months living in a stone-age village in Papua New Guinea, spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub (both these for National Geographic), and sank on a boat on the Amazon. Jay teaches many workshops, including Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Workshops and his own series, “FirstLight Workshop.” An Olympus Visionary, HP Pro Photographer and a Lexar Elite Photographer, Jay is utilizing the latest technology from those companies.
Over the last 6 years, Jeff has developed a unique approach when shooting Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, weddings or other events.Already having a full time position at Lexar, means that Jeff must be ultra efficient in his photo business, in order to keep a balance of life and stay ahead of the competition. He will share many of his trade secrets to help you learn better photography and better marketing skills to build your photography.
He graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor¹s of Science in Photography. He has been working as a digital production artist and print master for Fred Marcus Photography, New York City¹s premiere wedding and event photography studio, since he graduated in 2006. He has lived and photographed in New York City for the past 7 years and currently resides in Brooklyn. He continues to explore his surroundings as well as the technological advancements in digital photography.
Her artistic background lends an almost sixth sense when it comes to the aesthetics of boudoir photography, which is just half the reason for her extraordinary success and attention from organizations such as AOL, Good Morning America and Entrepreneur Magazine. In just 4.5 years, Jenerations Photography has found a burgeoning audience in the market for boudoir photography, due largely in part to Rozenbaum’s magnetic personality and her unique ability to make women feel sexy, confident and strong. Her clients are her biggest supporters, having gone through what they describe as ‘a life changing experience’ after seeing the results of their boudoir session. “They feel stronger, they feel sexy and most importantly, they had fun!” says Rozenbaum. Empowering women with a renewed sense of femininity and fearlessness is the inspiration and motivation behind Jenerations.
He is the birding columnist for The Record and nature columnist for The South Bergenite. He is the author of three other well-received coffee-table books -- "Jungle of the Maya" (about a Central American Rain Forest), "Hawk Mountain" (about the world-famous raptor sanctuary in Pennsylvania) and "In the Presence of Nature" (about the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, N.J.).
Marco Van Brabant: Marco Van Brabant is an avid nature photographer with recent one-man exhibitions featuring the NJ Meadowlands in Englewood and Lyndhurst. Other recent collaborations include a theatrical production of Verb Ballets' "Billy the Kid" as well as commissions for an annual film festival and honorary dinner for Ray Kelly in New York City. He recently returned from a photographic journey to his native Holland and the French Alps. A presentation of his work, as well as his biography, are available on his website: http://www.marcovanbrabant.com
Ron Shields: Ron Shields, the Principal of Harrison High School, sharpened his photographic skills by shooting the gamut of his school's activities for the past decade. Most recently, he has turned his attention to the wonders of the Meadowlands. His most exciting work has centered on capturing the flora, fauna and the seasonal changes of the Kearny Marsh -- as photographed from his kayak. Many of his photos have appeared on The Meadowlands Nature Blog (search “Ron Shields”).
Though he expressed an interest in having a ‘real’ camera at the age of five, João’s artistic explorations began with painting and fine arts which led him to study at ar.co Institute of Art and Visual Communication in Lisbon. João’s photographic career began as an assistant to João Palmeiro, an advertising photographer in Portugal. For several years prior to moving to New York, he worked with some well-established photographers including Horst Diekgerdes, Thomas Strogalski, Alexander Koch, Peter Schreiber and various production companies on a freelance basis. João ran and co-owned a production house, Milkman Studio, in Lisbon for seven years from 2002, which catered for large and small clients from the advertising, fashion and music sectors.
His work also extends into video, both as director and director of photography and he has worked on numerous music videos and television commercials in both Europe, the USA and Africa. One of the highlights so far in his photographic career came in 2010 when he won the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award. João’s client list includes advertising agencies, magazines, fashion apparel, and beauty companies such as Nike, Avon, Pfizer, Staples, HP, Vodaphone, Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams, Banif Bank, Barclays Bank, Ogilvy Barcelona, Series, Mccan Erickson, Universal Music, Emi Records, Wella Hair, Schwarzkopf Hair and Thevi Cosmetics. Most recently, João’s work has appeared in numerous publications and magazines namely EllE, Forbes, Kurv, Chaos Magazine, Eclectic Magazine, Dilema, Wallpaper, Nstyle Magazine, Umbigo Magazine, Numero Magazine, Blink Magzine, W25 Magazine, Iconography Magazine, Connecticut Home x%x Gardens, Modern Homes and Architect. João’s work has been featured in several magazines and TV Programs worldwide such as BCC UK, Portugueses sem Fronteiras, Direct Arts Magazine, FotoVideo, Victor by Hasselblad Magazine, Photoshop Australia magazine, O mundo da Fotografia Digital, DP Arte Fotografica, PH Magazine, Composition Magazine Israel,British Journal of Photography and Professional Photographer Magazine, Plum TV Miami, Caracol TV Columbia, RTP international and RTP 2. In João’s continuing role as a guest speaker, he has been invited to speak at many prestigious events over the last two years including the Hasselblad stage at photokina in Germany, Hasselblad Studio opening in London, Hasselblad FOCUS events in Columbia and Brazil, BES Art and Finance, Petcha Kutcha Lisbon and IADE Creative University to name a few.
Client List:+ Nike, FactoHair, Wella Hair, Schwarzkopf Hair, Sandisk, HP Printing, Thevi Cosmetics, Throttleman, Flip Apparel, Le Plume, Elite Models, DXL Models, L’Agence Models, Pfizer, Avon, Vodaphone, Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams, Global Models, The Artist Group, Cabo TV: Mozambique and Angola, Universal Music, Emi Records, MoviePlay, MTV Banif Bank, Barclays Bank, Jessica Rose, Flip Apparel NYC, Staples, Nstyle, Wallpaper, Kurv, Dilema, Eclectic Magazine, Disfunkshion, Apollo, Umbigo, Numero, Six degrees magazine, DP Arte Fotografica, W25, Emerge magazine, Blink, Dif, Connecticut Home & Gardens, Modern Homes, Architect, Iconography Magazine, Ogilvy Barcelona, Series, Mccan Erickson, Brandia Central, Webdote, Corbin PR.
As a photographer, my goal is to create an image that is much more than just a snapshot of a Scene. I want to capture the feeling of what I see and invite the viewer to enter each image and take time to explore. I have been very fortunate to travel to many beautiful locations and experience both the small details and the majesty of great vistas.
For those of you lucky enough to have visited some of these places, I hope these images remind you of your own impressions, feelings and experience. For those who have not had the chance, I invite you to immerse yourself in each scene as I hope to convey the beauty of the place, the feelings and energies I felt and the peace and happiness each location brought to me.
Since beginning in photography John has won numerous national awards including a 2010 and 2011 Addy Award. His work has been featured in books, galleries, and private collections worldwide. In 2011 John joined the MacGroup team as a Product Evangelist for Profoto. John is still an active photographer shooting destination weddings all over the world and maintains a commercial client base from his studio in Maumee, OH. His work has been featured in several books including “Digital Wedding Photography Secrets” and “Studio and Location Lighting Secrets for Digital Photographers”.
Whether it is a dusk lit rock face in Yosemite National Park, barely revealed through a mist of clouds, or an intimate portrait of a colorful New Orlands local, Ken Hubbard's photographs beckon the viewer to look more closely.
Beneath the contemplative solitude of these images lie a disciplined sense of composition and technique. It is a vision that Ken has developed through years of experience as a professional photographer. Joining Tamron USA, Inc. in 2001, Ken turned his lens toward the American landscape, traveling extensively throughout the United States. Though he had never confined his photography to one genre, it was during this time that he realized the photographers that continually challenged the boundaries of the genre; a snow-covered buffalo staring ominously out of the frame, surreal rock forms in Joshua National Park that appear as if out of a sci-fi film, innumerable variations in light spilling through the depths of Antelope Canyon... Ken had found his calling.
Ken Hubbard continues to work for Tamron as the Advertising and Trade Show Supervisor.
Kevin Zupp, BA, is a freelance commercial photographer, Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert and adjunct photography instructor at New York University's Design & Digital Arts Department.
After a short, quite successful exploration of lyrical, unassuming street scenes in the manner of Cartier-Bresson, Klaus Schnitzer begins his lifelong love affair with sequential imagery in the early ‘70s, most famous the Ellis Island series. Narratives of decaying structures and objects tell the stories of immigrants who once passed through this ‘Gateway to America’. He finds a strange monumentality and quiet beauty in abandoned rooms, broken furniture, forgotten trinkets and presents them like artifacts. Sequential setups with image-text combination span a wide variety of subjects, from military structures at Sandy Hook, tenement buildings in New York City and historical prisons, and staged holiday dinners.
Most of Klaus Schnitzer’s earlier work is done in black & white, especially memorable when he uses his beloved platinum technique. Color, which only occasionally appears in the first 20 years, gives his more recent work, photographs of ordnance, a new powerful dimension. Images increase in size and stand now alone.
A genuine interest in cars fostered Klaus Schnitzer’s ‘other’ career as an internationally renowned automotive photographer and journalist. Assignments take him all over the world and have resulted in books, feature articles, and more than 110 cover photographs for national and international publications. His name appears on the mastheads of Bimmer and Roundel magazines. In addition, he has photographed/written for Auto (Israel), Automobile, BMW Magazine, Excellence, Forza, Sports Car International, and Vintage Motorsport.
Klaus Schnitzer’s exhibition career consists of over 160 regional, national and international shows. As a visiting artist he has lectured and taught at, among others, Haifa University (Israel), Tyler School of Art and the Chicago Art Institute. Consulting work includes MIT’s Car Consortium/Media Lab, Polaroid Corporation and the National Park Service.
He has received 16 grants from MSU, four from the Polaroid Foundation, four from the NJ Council on the Arts, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Klaus Schnitzer’s work can be found in numerous private collections as well as in the Museum of Modern Art, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Polaroid International Collection, and BMW NA. Commercial clients include AMOCO, Bell Communications, Bentley Publishers, BMW, Design News, Ilford Inc., KPMG Peat Marwick, Maersk Data AS, Montclair Art Museum, Newark Museum, and Skip Barber Racing School.
Klaus Schnitzer is currently represented by transtock.com, aximedia.com, and the Forrest Scott Gallery.
Printing, show preparation, and print sales by Digital Editions Atelier (digitaleditionsatelier.com)
Kristen is a former FORD supermodel. As a lifestyle-photographer she brings an enlightened and gracious style to her advertising, magazine and portrait assignments. These photo shoots include; celebrities, CEO’s and business owners.
“I’m in the business of making people feel and look their best”, say’s Kristen. This unique perspective comes as a result of her years in front of the camera. As a former FORD supermodel and actress she made an easy transition to the other side of the lens. In addition, Kristen shoots amazing still life’s including food, interiors and luxury products.
For the past 10 years she has owned and operated a portrait, fashion and wedding studio distinguished by its ‘fashion flair’ approach to imagery. As a New York fashion photographer, her editorials have appeared in dozens of publications internationally including Bullett Magazine, Zink Magazine, Fault and more. She regularly contributes to a variety of major photo publications including Professional Photographer, Rangefinder Magazine, and Popular Photography In May 2010 she published her first book, “A Linked Photographers' Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media”. In February 2011, she published her second book, "Fashion Flair for Portrait and Wedding Photography." Adler, a Sigma Pro, is sponsored by a variety of major photography companies and spends a lot of her time traveling to teach workshops and at major conference. You can find her as a platform speaker at events like WPPI, Photo Plus, Imaging USA and many more. She teaches thousands of photographers annually on topics ranging from retouching, to fashion techniques, to studio lighting. Though only in her mid-twenties, her career and photography have received much acclaim and she has already become a respected name in the industry. Her images have appeared in major publications, advertising campaigns, billboards and more.
Mary Louise Freeman was born into a loving family in Atlanta, GA. She grew up excelling in many of the creative arts and showed most impressive promise in photography and painting. By the age of 8, her talent was recognized and encouraged and this served as the catalyst for her pursuit of a career in the visual arts. As her creativity evolved, she left the Southeast and moved to New York to pursue her photography career. Lou’s passion for the visual arts has led her all over the globe. She’s traveled from Los Angeles to Chicago, London to Milan and Barcelona, honing her skills.
Lou has a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and has studied at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her career in Photography spans 20+ years, insuring this visionary’s collection of work is as diverse as it is strong. Her goal is to consistently produce powerful images that engage the audience. Lou’s expertise, professionalism, and life long commitment to the arts has kept her name and talent top of mind in the Advertising, Fashion, and Fine Home Interiors/Exteriors industries. Lou has been awarded two ADDYs and one OBIE for her advertising photography. She loves nurturing others’ interest in photography and has taught at the Creative Circus and Portfolio Center in Atlanta. Lou has also been featured as a guest lecturer for the APA.
Hello everyone my name is Manny. I've been capturing timeless visions since the age of 17. I graduated Seton Hall University with an Audio and visual communications degree. During my four year tenure I was awarded the first ever student gallery in the schools 100 year history and became president of the Seton Hall Film Association which I inaugurated in the spring of 1996. I've managed some of the world's top photo studios and have had the privilege of working with and witnessing the artistry of the world’s best photographers including: Annie Leibovitz, David Lachapelle, and Jerry Avenaim to name just a few. My talents have stretched beyond my abilities behind the camera and onto the stage as a successful vocalist which has afforded me the capabilities of bridging the gap between photographer and the visions of my musical clients. My images have graced the pages of numerous newspapers and magazines alike. I am always looking for new business opportunities as well as interesting subjects to photograph. I am an Aperture software certified trainer and currently represented by Nikon cameras. I love photography and wholeheartedly believe that my portfolio is a true testament to my photographic range and passion for the art itself. My affinity and appreciation for the female form allows me to seamlessly wed my aesthetics of composition and style with the innate and spontaneous beauty of my beautiful subjects.
Martin started with photography in 1985 after inheriting his first film SLR camera (Canon FTb) which he still owns. In 2002, he upgraded to digital photography and specialized in specific areas of Fine Art Photography including micro/macro, infrared, and B&W photography. Martin is also a passionate architecture, nature and landscape photographer. Additionally he is enjoying teaching in selected topics of photography. Martin’s work was last exhibited in 2010 at the YMCA Arts Center in Berwyn/PA; he also published some of his photos in journals and books, for example in “A Global History of Architecture”, John Wiley & Sons, 2011. As person with a science background, he tries to combine technical and creative aspects in his photography. Light is the essential part when he takes photos, and the trick is to capture it in an appealing and expressive way. He wants to reveal an atmosphere and his feeling at the time when the photo was taken. His work as an artist is fulfilled when you are amazed by his photos!
Michael is the Head Instructor of Unique University. He currently owns and operates Michael Downey Photography, Inc. out of Somerville, New Jersey. He has photographed hundreds of moderate to high-end weddings throughout the northeast. He also teaches regularly during photowalks and workshops. His images can be seen at New Century Artist Art Gallery in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.
- Festival of Ballooning Photo Workshop with Michael Downey
- Understanding Your Digital SLR III: Composition
- Niagara Brea-cation Photo Excursion with Michael Downey
- VIP Festival of Ballooning Workshop with Balloon Ride
- Understanding Your Digital SLR II: Exposure and Metering
- Understanding Your Digital SLR Camera I: Basics
- Understanding Your DSLR IV The Art of Seeing: Improving Your Artistic Eye
- Photowalk at the Bronx Zoo with Michael Downey
- Longwood Gardens Macro and Fireworks Photography with Michael Downey
Ever since I became interested in photography when I was in high school, I've roamed the streets in search of photographs, taking my inspiration from what I found. My street work has always been done as personal projects, and it has been the most challenging, frustrating and yet ultimately the most satisfying work that I have done. I have learned much about myself and my fellow humans during my brief interactions on the street. In my professional life I shoot digitally, making both stills and video, and creating multimedia projects at Montclair State University where I've worked on staff since 2000. With my personal work, I shoot only medium format color negative film using a fully manual square format camera. From the resulting negatives I make scans to produce prints, books and web projects.
Mike Zawadzki is the Marketing and Education Coordinator at Unique Photo. When not writing for the Unique Photo blog or photographing, he is always looking to help others improve their photography. He holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Montclair State University and has taught photography to people of all ages, both young and old. His specialty and passion is in night photography. Mike has spent many sleepless nights traveling around New Jersey looking for interesting night landscapes. Mike still shoots on film and his roots are in traditional photography which he believes taught him the discipline and patience that is required to be a good photographer. *Images courtesy Mike Zawadzki unless otherwise noted.
Since 1981 he and his wife Sharon have dedicated their lives to this pursuit. Educating the public about our wild heritage is their hallmark. In recent years Moose has added aviation photography to his pursuits with the same goal of preserving our flying history, pictorial and oral for future generations. Along the way Moose has been honored for his photographic passion: a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, just to name a few. He shares his knowledge through his writing, being published in over 131 magazines worldwide, author of 24 books including his latest, Captured and lecturing across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers. One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology, becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years. While a beta site for all the major hardware and software manufacturers, Moose continues being a creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer, which is the driving force behind his photography and goals.
Moshe Zusman, owner of Moshe Zusman Photography, has more than seven years’ experience as a professional photographer. During that time he has done hundreds of wedding, event, corporate, portrait and fashion shoots in the Washington, D.C., area and worldwide.
With a unique, bold, confident style tailored to the event he is shooting, Moshe is recognized for innovative use of lighting and color with a distinctly modern edge. Coupled with a charismatic personal style that sets clients at ease and an eye for the candid, spontaneous moments that define an event, Moshe’s highly regarded work has earned him accolades including the WeddingWire Brides Choice Award in 2009, 2010, and 2011. His work has also been featured in numerous publications, including PEOPLE Magazine as well as on Fox5’s morning show with Holly Morris and Let’s Talk Live with Melanie Hastings and Natasha Barrett.
Moshe is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and the Professional Photographers Society of Greater Washington (PPSGW). He is an instructor at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington, D.C., an annual Master Class speaker at WPPI, teaches classes at PNE, and has been featured at several coaching and mentoring workshops and guest speaking engagements on the topic of photography.
Moshe also partners with some of the industry leaders in photography including, MacGroup, Profoto, OnOne Software, PWD Labs, Nations Photo Lab, Artsy Couture, PocketWizard, Think Tank Photo and PictoBooks.
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Neil has also presented workshops on lighting, in the USA and the UK and Ireland. In addition to that, he has written 2 books on flash photography, with another in the works. He also maintains a website for photographers, Tangents, which is loaded with tutorials. His wedding photography can be seen on his blog: One Perfect Moment
Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments , 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 books and magazine covers. The books Hillary Clinton, Infra Structures, and The Gourmet Prescription are a few of his projects. Rick currently serves on the board of directors for Boston Press Photographers Association. He has won numerous awards from the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Boston Press Photographers Association. His work is exhibited in the permanent collection of the Newseum in Washington, DC, Harvard University and many other private collections. Rick's "Location Lighting Workshops" have been attended by thousands of students across the US and in the UK, over the past 5 years. Rick's workshops are interactive, hands on events. Please visit Rick's website to see his work and read testimonials of his Location Lighting Workshops from the former attendees.
Rick Gerrity has been a professional photographer based in the NY/NJ metro area for over twenty-five years. He specializes in people, product and location photography throughout the United States and Canada. Clients include BMW, Canon USA, IBM, Panasonic, NYK Lines, Sony, Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group, Olympus, Tamron, Bausch and Lomb, Oleg Cassini and Becton Dickinson. Rick has a passion for transforming seemingly ordinary, everyday moments into extraordinary images. Rick has also had the pleasure of photographing Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sylvester Stallone, Danica Patrick, Kevin Smith, Oliver Stone, Charlie Sheen, Bruce Willis, and many more iconic celebrities.
While his earlier career was in law enforcement, it too involved nature and protecting native wildlife. And while it seems a natural segue way, this committed photographer became an innovator for his fellow photographers, when he invented a series of photo vests and founded his company called The Vest Guy. For over 22 years, Rob has been supplying photography, tactical, and safety vests, pouches, slings and bags to customers all over the world. All his products are proudly manufactured in the USA, Unique Photo carries a selection of his photography vests.
Bob is a firm believer in using speedlights for most of his work and has had great success using and teaching these techniques to help others explore their creative sides.
Robert O’Toole is an award winning professional photographer, a BBC/Shell Wildlife photographer of the year competition award winner, and the American Bald Eagle Foundation photographer of the year for 2008.
A full time professional photographer and instructor for more than 10 years, he has lead photography workshop tours year round across the US and internationally. He also hosts post production image optimization workshops and has written tutorial CDs with new unique Photoshop techniques. Specializing in wildlife and nature, Robert is self taught has been a serious photographer for more than 20 years.
Currently he is based in Florida and California and uses a variety of top professional cameras and Sigma lenses. Previously Robert worked in commercial photography all around the globe, from Africa, Australasia, Europe, Eastern Europe and South America. Past clients include Quiksilver Inc, Billabong international, Liquid Energy Ltd, Action Sports Group, and Atoll Media Ltd.
Robert Rodriguez Jr.
Robert Rodriguez Jr is a professional landscape photographer specializing in landscapes of the Hudson Valley, as well as other parts of the world. Seeking to capture the beauty or convey the emotional qualities of a place or moment in nature, his images have elicited responses ranging from evocative, to spiritual and breathtaking. His images have appeared in numerous publications including the NY Times, and his work has been used by many non-profit organizations including the Scenic Hudson, the Mohonk Preserve, and Audubon Society.
Robert is also a Canson Infinity ambassador, a select group of hand-picked international artists that uphold and exemplify the Canson heritage of paper making since 1557. Canson's commitment to seek artists of the highest caliber has been an important role in continuing its legacy in creativity, innovation, and quality.
Robert conducts photography workshops and seminars in the region on a regular basis, and is often an invited speaker to industry associations.
In his 20+ year career, Ron Wyatt has photographed a wide range of subjects, including international sporting events, world leaders, celebrities and religious figures. He has covered NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball, and his photos have appeared in many publications and on-air broadcasts, including ESPN, USA Today, Time Magazine and TV Guide. Major corporations, including Six Flags, Eastman Kodak, Continental Airlines, CVS, Pepsico, Verizon and many others regularly call on Wyatt for his editorial and corporate photographic services. As the leader of multiple international photographic tours, Ron has helped others improve their photography through hands-on instruction and daily critiques.
His Olympic work has been featured in Studio Photography Magazine and Rangefinder Magazine, and he has shared his images and personal stories through lectures and presentations at photo conventions, schools, camera clubs and other locations, including Calumet Photo, WPPI Las Vegas, Berks Photographic Society and Hallmark Institute of Photography. Ron Wyatt's photographic prints on paper and canvas are sold through his website.
Ryan Brown has been photographing weddings and portraits domestically and internationally for 8 years.
Ryan earned a B.S. in Photography from Central Missouri State University. Ryan’s certifications include Certified Professional Photographer, Certified Wedding Photographer and Certified Stock Photographer. Ryan's degrees include Master of Photography, Master Artist, and the degree of Photographic Craftsmen. His recent awards include 2010 Regional Master Photographer of the Year, 2006-2012 International Photographer of the Year, Fuji Masterpiece and Kodak Gallery Awards, and in 2010 Ryan won the Canon Par Excellence award from Canon. In 2012 Ryan was accepted as an International Juror for the renowned IPC competition. Ryan joined Sigma as Technical Representative in 2012.
Ryan has been a technical representative for Canon video products for 12+ years.
During that time he has trained consumers and retailers across the US on the ever-evolving world of digital video and photography. A graduate of the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland, he has experience with promotional and live event shooting as well as audio and production. As a part-time musician his passion is concert videography, though he consistently hones his skills as a photographer with interests in macro and portrait work.
Taryn is a Unique Photo employee. Having graduated with honors in Media Arts, her images have published in numerous magazines, international CD cover designs, major chain retail stores, international books and is currently photographing for agency models. Taryn has been a photo-retoucher for more than half a decade with knowledge in the latest retouching advances.
Todd Schneider is a Field Support Engineer for the Professional Imaging Group of Epson America. He has held this position at Epson for about 10 years. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the school of Printing Management & Sciences. Todd entered into the Graphics Arts / Printing Industry in 1989. He has held production, prepress, and training positions throughout his 20+ years in the industry. One of Todd’s focuses, Color Management began in 1991, when today’s Color Management tools were in their infancy.
Victor Ha is a former professional photographer that has transitioned into understanding the complexities of HDSLR filmmaking. Understanding the various challenges involved with making a transition from shooting stills to capturing video, Victor takes a very practical approach in explaining how to sidestep and overcome those various challenges. He has spent the last two years helping other photographers make the transition to HDSLR video by leveraging their photographic knowledge into filmmaking prowess
Victor F. Rodriquez Jr. spent his childhood in Europe but born in NJ, where he currently lives. While he was attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA, where he studied photography, he discovered he had a true passion for portraits and fashion. Over the years, Victor has won several awards, including the Christina Cullen Memorial award from Uarts and Perkin’sCenter for the Arts Jurors award.
His clients include Peirce College, Newspring Capital, The University of the Arts, and many more. In 2012, he was recognized by Olympus Imaging America for his work, and was selected to become an Olympus Visionary. His work has been seen in several gallery exhibits and local Philadelphia publications.
In addition to being considered one of the country’s leading innovators in hybrid imaging technology, photographer, producer, on-camera talent Will Crockett is the driving force that fuels some of the photo industry’s most engaging educational resources. Will is the chief tech consultant for ShootSmarter.com, picturingHD.com and the popular fridayphotoschool.com as well as his rapidly growing role as the photo expert on GeekBeatTV that now reaches over 1.5 million monthly viewers. From shooting client assignments as a Chicago-based commercial photographer, to developing photo product marketing solutions for some of the global names in imaging, to his training for the US Military, and his vast webTV and broadcast TV segments, Will Crockett is always comfortable in front the ever changing waves of how to make pictures better, faster and smarter.
Catch Will’s freshest ideas on the Crockettville blog, on geekbeat.tv, and live in the Migration to Mirrorless seminar tour throughout the US in 2012, Europe in early 2013.