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Connecticut Professional Photographers Association

2019 Convention Speakers

Jen Rozenbaum sponsored by Nikon Friday February 15, 2019

About Jen:

Jen Rozenbaum embraces her femininity while allowing women to embrace their own. By daring her clients to shed their clothes, they begin to shed their inhibitions. In the last ten years, Jen has found a burgeoning audience in the intimate photography market and is now sharing her shamelessly feminine movement with women worldwide. She proves that you can own your world if you live fearlessly, think audaciously and act spontaneously.

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.

Ella Carlson

 M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, EA-ASP

Sunday February 17, 2019

" Fine Art Photoshop"

Join award winning photographic artist, Ella Carlson, for a program filled with Photoshop techniques. Ella has been teaching Photoshop® since 1999 and will share many of the imaging techniques she uses in her eclectic collection of digital artwork as well as ways to make your work flow faster and easier. Join a true Photoshop addict for an entertaining and informative few hours of imaging fun.


Ella Putney Carlson has a master of fine arts degree from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and has earned professional photography degrees including Master Photographer, Master Artist, Certified Professional Photographer and ASP Educational Associate. Her fine art composites and photography have won multiple Kodak Gallery Awards and Fuji Masterpiece Awards. She has been a diamond photographer of the year each of the past four years. She is nominated for two 2019 GIA’s and she was awarded the American Society of Photographers Bronze Medallion in January of 2108. She has been teaching photographic imaging at the University of Mass, Lowell since the late 1990’s.

Her work has been exhibited widely including the Danforth Museum, Vermont Center for Photography, Wren Gallery, and DeCordova Museum. Her work is featured on the cover of the September 2018 Photoshop User and the October issue of Professional Photographer magazine and has been published in several books as well as the Professional Photographers of America Loan Book, the Showcase Book, and Professional Photographer Magazine, and her book "Fine Art Photoshop" was published in May of 2017.

Eric Francis

Sunday February 17, 2019

"The Consistency of Change"

About Eric:

Eric has worked for more than 25 years as a professional editorial and commercial photographer in the middle of America. His editorial clients include international wire services, national news outlets and local newspapers and magazine. His commercial client range from the Fortune 500 to the Mom and Pop around the corner.

While Eric no longer markets himself as a wedding photographer, he worked for 15+ years in the industry and is a former WPJA POY (2003).

Sports photography has been a constant throughout his career working mostly for the two major wire services and most recently Hail Varsity Magazine in his home state of Nebraska.

Eric has always been on the forefront of change in the industry from the earliest days of wedding photojournalism, to the digital photography revolution, and most recently with the move to mirrorless technologies. Five years ago he was drawn to Fujifilm cameras and has been a happy convert and now shoots 100% of his images, including his sports work, in that camera system.

Drew Geraci

sponsored by Sony Artisans of Light

Monday, February 18, 2019

"Capturing Light and Time"

In this four hour program, we will go over basic time lapse principles for the first 30-45 minutes. Then, we’ll jump into a mini 2-hour workshop (where'd we will likely need to go outside OR we create or own timelapse inside of the building if weather is bad). We will then come back to the classroom for a hands on processing class; talk about 4k, 6k, and 8k workflows and then discuss how to sell/market the material. Students would need an intervalometer (either internal or external), a tripod, and a computer with the Adobe Suite or they can follow along on my computer.

About Drew:

Andrew 'Drew' Geraci is a passionate and award winning photographer/cinematographer who has been in the media industry for over 15 years. At 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Mass Communication specialist. During his time in the Navy, he was deployed to aircraft carriers, exotic overseas locations, and traveled the globe documenting military activities. After nearly a decade of service he hung up his uniform and signed on a as Senior Multimedia Producer for the Washington Times in Washington, DC. His role as a visual story-teller and leader would eventually lead him to create his own business which he currently operates and owns - District 7 Media.

Drew has an affinity for creating brilliantly colored and high impact HDR motion time-lapse productions. His notoriety rose when he landed a job working with David Fincher to create the now iconic House of Cards opening credits. His work has also appeared in shows/advertisements produced by the NFL, HBO, Redbull, Sony, Apple, Nike, Discovery Channel, Cartier and more.

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.

Ken Bovat

Sunday February 17, 2019

"The Psychology of Color"

Sunday Night Hands-On Workshops

Lisa Cuchara, M. Photog, Cr


Learn how to make yourself into a triplet or quintuplet! This will be a fun and interactive workshop! Multiplicity is a photography technique in which the same person is photographed from different angles and directions and then the bunch of photographs are digitally re-mastered in Photoshop showing “clones” of the same person doing different things all in one photo. This technique yields a fun image (and it is fun to do with seniors) where you end up with one image with many “copies” of you. We will pair up and take photographs of each other -- multiple shots of yourself in different parts of the frame and combine them to create a new photo with you copied multiple times in the same setting. After we shoot there will be a live assemblage demo.

What to bring: camera, medium lens (24-105 type), tripod, and IMPORTANT some props, a rope (play tug of war with yourself), a different shirt or jacket, hats, etc.

About Lisa: 

Lisa Cuchara is very passionate about photography and enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. Lisa and her husband Tom are known for their expertise in Photography and in Photoshop, and for their inspirational and informative photo tours, classes, and workshops. Lisa has created numerous award winning photographic images and enjoy sharing her vision, passion and knowledge! Her photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars, on the cover of a fictional paperback novel, in galleries and exhibitions, and been accepted into the PPA loan collection. Lisa & Tom have published two books with Amherst Media “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” and “The Frog Whisperer”. Check out Lisa and Tom and their photography classes, photo tours and workshops at

Ray Nason

Sunday February 17, 2019

"Color. Perfected. Get Control of Your Digital Color.”

Tired of working hours at your computer to get your image to look like what you saw in the field? Disappointed at the prints you’re getting back from your lab? Confused about why you need to calibrate and profile your monitor? This evening is just what the doctor ordered.

Wasting time costs money and creates frustration that none of us need. Find out how you can get what you expect from your digital files and how easy it is to color manage your workflow.

Ray Nason, from X-Rite, will be on hand to help you get control of your image color to save you time and money. And there will be plenty of time to answer your questions. Bring along your laptop and we’ll show you how to calibrate and profile using your own computer!

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