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Connecticut Professional Photographers Association

2019 Convention Speakers

Jen Rozenbaum sponsored by Nikon Friday February 15, 2019

John Nunes  Saturday February 16, 2019   

"Youth and High School Sports-Taking your Sports shooting to the Next Level”

Do you still photograph your sports the old fashioned way? Are you interested in kicking up your sports photography and wowing! your clients and at the same time making more money.

In this presentation, I will give you the tools to change the way you photograph sports, taking it to the next level. I will go over the photo day setup, shooting, production as well as some marketing ideas with fundraising banners and posters.

Key Takeaways:

1. Picture day is one of the most important days. Not because you are shooting pictures. I will show you how to setup for picture day. What to do and not to do on picture day. How to wow! your clients and book new leagues.

2. How to use posters and fundraising banners in high schools, travel teams and youth leagues to build additional income.

3. Making additional money with your youth leagues through individual banners.

4. Tips and tricks on the actual photo day to increase efficiency and save you time.

And much, much, more.


I am the owner of John Nunes Photography Sports in Petaluma, CA. I specialize in youth and high school sports photography, as well as high school contract and environmental senior portraits. John Nunes Photography was founded in 1989 photographing weddings, families, children’s and high school seniors. I added sports photography to the business in 1994 photographing teams and individuals. In 2014, I took our sports pictures to the next level by adding graphic enhanced images, which added a one of a kind and unique, out of the box look to our pictures. Four years later, I am now one of the most sought after sports photographer in our community, photographing every type of high school and youth sports, travel teams, cheer as well as martial arts.


Facebook Page: John Nunes Photography Sports


 John Gress

Saturday February 16, 2019 

 "Crafting Portraits That Pop"

The program will start with 30 minutes of instruction about different modifiers and creating a one light set up that looks like three lights. Then we’ll jump into exploring complex set-ups where I’ll ask attendees to volunteer to position lights as we recreate some of my more popular multiple light images and then dial it in together and talk about what each light is doing and how it affects the final image. After the seminar you will 


Chicago photographer John Gress has spent his career with one foot in two different realms of photography: commercial and editorial. His unique resume has allowed him to develop a dynamic style that produces striking visuals whether they are produced in the real world or in his Evanston, Illinois studio.

As a commercial photographer, Gress has worked on advertising and public relations campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies. His clients and marketed brands have included Airborne, Avon, Ben & Jerry’s, Best Buy, Burger King, Chrysler, Cialis, Clairol, Dodge, ESPN, Hyatt Hotels, Hershey, Hyundai, Lexus, Lufthansa, Mattel, Merck, Microsoft, Midas, Miller Coors, Nabisco, Nike, Ocean Spray, Reebok, S.C. Johnson, Sam Adams.

As a photojournalist has appeared in major publications around the world, including Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Time, The New York Times, The Times of London, The Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated.

Scott Wyden-Kivowitz

Saturday February 16, 2019

"We All Have Stories to Tell"

 Everyone has difficulties in their lives. Roadblocks that can prevent dreams from happening. The trick is to break those barriers and to climb over them to reach your goals. I have a story, and you have a story. In this session, you will hear about some significant hurdles that one person had to go through and see living proof that goals can be achieved. Passion and strength are within us all. Listen to my story and see how I incorporate it into my photography, my business and my life in general. Learn ways that cope with the struggle and defy the odds. Then think about your stories and how you can do the same. What's your story?


Scott Wyden Kivowitz is a father, photographer, blogger, and educator in Freehold, New Jersey, a storyteller with a camera. Growing up he was always photographed by his parents and my grandparents. While playing in bands, he started photographing other bands that played the same events. So that lead him to always have a camera with him. He decided years ago to document the lives of others, so they can be enjoyed and cherished forever. Scott offers family portraits, cake smash sessions, headshots and personal brand photography to his local clients.

Scott can be found teaching photographers about WordPress on the Imagely website, on Facebook, on his website and other venues like Photofocus and Digital Photography School. He also has the pleasure of working with photographers on their creativity as an Artisan in Residence at The Photo Frontier.

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