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Connecticut Professional Photographers Association

2017 Convention Speakers

Lindsay Adler sponsored by Canon Explorer of Light presents...

"Master Posing to Flatter Everyone" March 19, 2017 8:30am 

Learn posing concepts and techniques to flatter everyone – women, men, curvy and full figured subject, couples and more. Feel confident that you can bring out the best in everyone who steps in front of your lens.

No single pose fits every person. Instead, you must learn how your camera sees the subject as well as other posing essentials and the pitfalls to avoid. Photographer Lindsay Adler, author of “The Photographer’s Guide to Posing”, will dive in-depth into the ideas that unlocked the secrets of posing in her own photography business. She will share these concepts and ideas in an easy-to-understand manner with excellent before/after photos, live demos and various techniques that will transform the way you will pose your subjects.

About Lindsay:

Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications including Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and dozens more. As a photographic educator and having been named one of the top 10 best fashion photographers in the world, she is one of the most sought after speakers internationally. Lindsay enjoys teaching on the industry's largest platforms and most prestigious events. She has worked with some of the top brands in the photographic and related industries such as Canon and Adobe. Her client list consists of Grey, Edelman, Microsoft, Saatchi & Saatchi and more.

A clean, bold, and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work, whether shooting advertising campaigns, designer look books, jewelry, hair campaigns, fashion editorials, or professional athletes. Lindsay is renowned for her creativity and collaborating with designers and stylists in order to create fresh looks.

Lindsay’s energy and enthusiastic teaching style showcase her excitement to share her passion and knowledge with others, whether it is world-wide through prestigious platforms such as CreativeLive, KelbyOne, and the industry's largest conferences, or through her blog, DVD videos, online tutorials or her five books.

She is located in Manhattan shooting fashion full time. She is honored to have been named a Canon Explorer of Light.

David Anthony Williams presents...

"Channeling Influences & Creative Work  

 in Small Spaces"

March 18, 2017 9:00 AM

How are we influenced and inspired? By our fellow photographers? Or by the wider field of art, design, modern media and advertising…..

The greatest challenge to us is to remain creative. David A Williams started making self-commissioned images in homage to the Old Masters as a means of maintaining and enhancing his creativity and keeping him in touch with all the glorious pictures that inspired, and continue to inspire him. These he named ‘MasterWorks’ David will discuss how ideas resurface in advertising, and how these same ideas become homages. See and learn about how famous (and not-so-famous) images enjoy a resurgence in magazines as art directors search for ‘something new’.

He will also discuss how to analyze a ‘style’ and demonstrate how to apply it to a new image. David will also show how to use inexpensive props to dramatically alter a shoot, and even how to light it using inexpensive products.

Drawing from many of the greats across time and across all artistic spheres, David also ponders the question of ‘Are we in fact creating products to impress and challenge other photographers? Or are we taking the time to look into the world of the clients we want, and how they see photography’.

David will source, explain and produce in class three homage images from a current magazine. Bring your notepad and your enthusiasm.

About David:

He is a Master of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (III), a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Master of the WPPI Honours system, and a recipient of the Accolade Lifetime Achievement Award from WPPI.

David has a history of over 30 years in state, national and international judging, in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and the USA. He panel-chairs the ‘Premier Category’ for first time entrants at WPPI to great acclaim from participants due to its total emphasis on education and helpful, positive feedback. He has lectured to professionals in Asia, New Zealand, Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA.

He has presented keynote addresses to WPPI, DWF and at the Allxui conference in Beijing, three WPPI Plus Classes, over ten WPPI platform classes, and seven WPPI masterclasses. He has received standing ovations for his presentation ‘Cycles & Echoes’ at the PPA San Antonio conference and the DWF Conference in Phoenix - a presentation about the importance of family photographs and portraits throughout history.

David has worked in conjunction with Kodak (Australasia) for the creation or promotional images for the ‘Portra’ film range, with CR Kennedy for the promotion of Sigma and Hasselblad products, with Fujifilm Australia for the ‘S’ range of digital cameras, and is currently a Fuji ‘X’ photographer in Canada. He remains an enthusiastic Epson supporter after many years of working closely with Epson Australia for their 4880 & 3880 series printers.

Competition results include over sixty awards for excellence in wedding and portrait photography, including the AIPP “Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year” twice. He has won the Grand Award for excellence in portraiture twice at the American Wedding Portrait Photographers International convention in Las Vegas and ‘Grand Award – Wedding Digital’.

Melissa Dinwiddie presents...

"Play: The Missing Ingredient & Your Secret Weapon"

March 18, 2017 4:00 PM

You've worked hard to build a successful business from your skills. Sometimes, though, you wonder what happened to the fun. After all, you became a photographer because you love photography, but instead of playful exploration of light and shadow, every day feels like a rat race of chasing contracts and pleasing clients.

It's time to fix that!

Yes, there is a way to bring back the joy in your work without neglecting your income (in fact, it may even improve it). Yes, you do have the time (I promise). This session will show you how.

Jump in the Creative Sandbox, walk down the Creative Sandbox Way with me and you'll find a secret weapon to rejuvenate your photography business and turn up the color on your entire life.

About Melissa:

Melissa Dinwiddie is an artist, speaker, performer, and the author of The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life. A former “non-creative” person and recovering perfectionist, Melissa is on a mission to change the conversation around creative expression and play, because not only does creating make you feel more alive — it’s how you change the world! Through her work in corporations, schools, universities, and communities both online and off, Melissa helps people act and think more creatively and live more full-color lives. She shares her writings, artwork, and music on her blog, Living A Creative Life (recently awarded a Top 20 Doodle Blog on the planet), where you can also find her podcast, Live Creative Now!

Marie Masse presents... 

"Making Intentional Documentary the Core of Your Business Model"

March 18, 2017 2:00 PM

If you’ve ever felt a big disconnect to your client work vs your personal (documentary) work and want to feel more FIRED UP around your client sessions, listen in. Your client work can be more than a job.

You can offer sessions that allow you to photograph freely while providing photos packed with stories and memory for clients (or whatever it is that fuels your shooting soul). Marie will speak about what Intentional Documentary means, how to stop selling sessions and start selling lasting memories, creating measurable marketing systems, touch on business models, and show you how to take the lead with clients while maintaining a documentary approach.

About Marie: 

I photograph undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (such as the story of a couple before starting a family or back-to-school shopping with mom). My clients’ old box of photos becomes a memory-packed, visual diary of their life (and legacy to leave behind). Pouring family history into client work fuels my soul. Additionally, I help documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow and up their marketing game, so they can photograph freely during client sessions. I want to teach you to be the chef in your business, enabling your photography voice, rather than the order-taker.

Paul Gero sponsored by Sony Artisans of Imagery presents...

"Evolving, Adapting, Surviving and Thriving: Applying a Never Give Up Attitude for a Career in Photography

March 17, 2017 Hands on Photowalk 6:30pm

March 19, 2017 3:00 PM

With a career that has spanned 34 years, photographer Paul Gero has seen a ton of changes since it started back in 1983. From printing photographs for publication, to scanning negatives for publication, to eventually moving to digital, he was living a dream during the heyday of newspapers.

It started as a staff photographer at the ripe old age of 23 for the midwest’s largest paper, The Chicago Tribune, which led to being based in their Washington, DC bureau. He moved west in 1990 for another large paper, The Arizona Republic. During that time he has also freelanced for some of the most prestigious magazines in the world including Time, Fortune, US News & World Report and Sports Illustrated among others.

And then he left it.

Over that 19 year career in journalism, he left two perfectly good jobs, a burgeoning freelance editorial practice Arizona to force himself to grow and build a wedding photography business in Southern California, and then changed to create a brand of family and kids photography. Now he finds himself living in suburban Orange County, married to a South African (that he met at a wedding), raising two little ones, and creating beautiful portraits.The kid who wanted only to leave home and to see the world with a camera around his neck is now working FROM home making beautiful portraits in a simple studio in his garage!

What did he learn along the way? What changes in mindset were required? How can you use this in your own work? Paul shares photographs, stories and insights of the journey in the hopes that you will take something from it and have you use it to craft your perfect business where you are now.

This is a story about hope and change and following your bliss and being able to evolve, adapt, survive and thrive.

About Paul:

Paul Gero has been a full time photographer since 1983 when he first started as a photographic intern at The Chicago Tribune. That led to a full time position six months later and in 1985 the paper transferred him to their Washington, DC bureau. In 1990 he left DC and took a position on staff at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. During that time he did extensive freelance work for Sports Illustrated, People, Time, US News & World Report and others.

In 2002, he and his wife Nicki relocated to Southern California to open Paul F. Gero Photography, specializing in portraits, weddings and commercial work with a strong documentary style. He is also the author of the book "Digital Wedding Photography”, “Mastering Digital Wedding Photography” and is a Sony Artisan of Imagery. For 9 years he and his wife have produced a charity photo portrait book project called “The Kids of Orange County” and that project has raised nearly $70,000 for Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

He now specializes in beautiful portraits in the studio and on location and in teaching and speaking on behalf of Sony as a part of the Artisans program.

Nicki and Paul live in Ladera Ranch, CA along with their two children Kate and Sparky. You can find Paul on the web at: and

Lori Nordstrom, M. Photog, Cr., CPP, ABI sponsored by PPA Charities presents...

"High End Portrait Events (Portrait Parties that will bring in consistent extra income)"

March 18, 2017 6:30 PM

In this program you will learn how to incorporate portrait events to bring in consistent additional income for your business. You'll learn Lori's system for hitting your profit goals and expanding your client base. You'll learn to plan with the end in mind and set up your events for success!

About Lori:Lori Nordstrom {M.Photog., Cr., CPP, ABI} owns a boutique studio specializing in children and family portraits located in the small, picturesque town of Winterset, Iowa. Lori has been a photographer for over 20 years now, and is known not only for her simple and sweet portraits of children, but as a leader in the photography industry in the areas of business, marketing and sales. Lori is a PPA approved business instructor, and sharing with other photographers and small business owners is one of the things she most enjoys.

Owner : Lori Nordstrom Studio

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Kira Derryberry, M. Photog, Cr., CPP sponsored by WHCC presents...

"Drawing Personality - Capturing Character in Portraits"

March 18, 2017 8:30 PM

Ever see a portrait of a stranger and feel like you might know them? What about those images makes us feel so familiar with someone we’ve not met? In this program, Kira Derryberry will take you through the process of not just photographing a client, but drawing that client’s personality through the lens. Learn techniques and tips for working with subjects to show their most authentic selves on camera. Kira will demo how she works with clients, plans shoots, and comes up with overall concepts for exciting, one person portraits. Learn how to ad that extra edge to your traditional portraits, headshots, more!

About Kira:

Kira Derryberry is a portrait photographer based in Tallahassee, FL. She’s a Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer, and a Director for the Professional Photographers of America board. Kira is an active competitor in both the state and International Print Competitions and earned silver medals in 2014 and 2015 and a Platinum medal in 2016 at IPC. Her Loan Collection Image, “The Skeptic” was featured on the March 2016 Cover of Professional Photographer Magazine along with a feature article on her work.

Kira got her start in photography in high school then graduated with a BA from the University of Alabama with photography as her focus. Knowing how to shoot, but not necessarily how to start a business, Kira leaned on her experience as a web designer for work, taking a job at a Tallahassee based advertising agency for 5 years before opening her studio in 2010. Since her studio opening, Kira has developed a strong client base in portraits ranging from children and families, to headshots, commercial work, and boudoir. Kira and her husband Kevin have been together since 2002, and together they have a seven year old daughter, Lucy. When not slinging a camera, she spends much of the remainder of her free time playing video games and watching bad science fiction.

Ken Kaminesky sponsored by Fujifilm X-Photographer presents...

"The Art of Reinvention: Redefining Who You Are as a Photographer"

Many photographers remain stagnant in their careers and find it challenging to evolve as a creative person. They struggle with inspiration and lose interest. The gear they use may be outdated and prevent them from achieving their best quality work and finding inspiration. Photography is an art that requires constant growth and development on the artist's part. Ken is a Fujifilm X-Photographer and will offer some of his inspirational stories about the career changes he has made and how he made them. He’s photographed a variety of genres including fashion, lifestyle, landscape, and travel. He will walk you through a collection of these photographs and encourage you to further develop your career and fall in love with photography all over again.

About Ken:

Over the last fifteen years, I have shot commercial lifestyle images for stock photography agencies such as Jupiterimages, Corbis, and Getty Images. I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing people, both at these agencies and on my teams of models, producers, stylists, and assistants. I’ve had my photos published for editorial and commercial purposes all over the world and have had some great commercial clients along the way as well. In the last five years I switched to shooting travel images and fell in love with photography all over again.

In 2016 I co-founded Discovery Photo Tours so that I could share my love for travel and photography with avid photo enthusiasts from all over the world. Savouring art, food, history, and culture with tour groups in places like Jordan, Italy, and Iceland is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work.

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