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2022 Love Your Business Virtual Photography Conference Speakers



Aurora Deluca, M. Photog, Cr.   Thursday, February 10, 2022 10:30 am

"Simplifying Newborn Photography"

In this class, Aurora will show you how to run through a newborn session to create beautiful images for your clients safely and effectively. She will take you through styling, posing, and lighting newborns breaking it down into easy-to-understand bites.  Whether newborns are your primary subject or you only photograph one newborn every five years, you will feel happier and more confident that you can photograph your youngest subjects.

About Aurora: 

Aurora DeLuca has lived in Australia among the kangaroos, galloped her horse through Arizona riverbeds without a saddle or bridle (but always a helmet), and explored ancient ruins in the Republic of Georgia. An adventurer with a perfectionist streak, it should come as no surprise that when she began a career as a newborn and childhood portrait photographer, Aurora was determined to create amazing, high quality images for her clients. Her photographic work is soulfully simple, transforming life's first moments into elevated portraiture. In 2019, Aurora joined My Friend Teresa Studios in Cary, NC as their exclusive newborn, pet, and childhood photographer. 

Aurora's list of professional accomplishments is long, including her Master of Photography from the Professional Photographers of America as well as the Photographic Craftsman degree. She is a Professional Photographers of North Carolina Fellow of Photography and was a Grand Imaging Award Finalist in 2018. 



Jen Hillenga, M. Photog, Cr.     Thursday, February 10, 2022   1:00 pm

"Building Your Pet Portrait Brand" 

From network marketing and developing her brand reputation, to her unique style of image processing, Jen will be teaching all the steps she took to build a successful pet portrait business in under a year.

About Jen: Jen Hillenga has been a world-renowned portrait photographer and educator for over 25 years.  She spent her most recent years as a Creative Director in New York City but has now gone back to her first love - photography.  Through rescuing her two pups, Rocco and Nala, she has discovered a passion for connecting to dogs, capturing their unique personalities with her camera, and creating beautiful dog portrait art for your home. 



Charleen Larkin, M. Photog, Cr., CPP   Thursday, February 10, 2022    4:30 pm

Sponsored by ACI

"Work Smarter Not Harder"

Your time is valuable and when you work for yourself it is important to have systems in place to help you work smarter and not harder.  Join Charleen and during this program to learn how to put these systems in place to help improve your business practices to allow for you to enjoy your life!

About Charleen: Charleen has worked at achieving many of her goals – Owning her own studio, working toward her Certification, Craftsman and Master Degree in photography as well as becoming a platform speaker in the photographic industry. Charleen has had the experience of owning, building and recreating her studio environment several times. When most photographers dream of just owning a studio, Charleen has consistently updated hers by location and design and has currently just finished her 4th studio build out that is a perfect combination of functionality, luxury and an at home feeling. 

When not in the studio Charleen can be found Camping, hiking, biking, reading and enjoying time with her family. Her favorite comfort food is grilled cheese with tomato soup, her favorite dish when dining out is filet mignon or pan seared sea scallops with risotto followed up with Tiramisu.

Charleen believes that everyone deserves a beautiful portrait and hates it when people say I have to lose weight before stepping in front of the camera. The fact is, if posed and lit correctly by a professional photographer you will look and feel better and you can stop stressing yourself about losing weight. 



David Bergman    February 10, 2022    6:30pm

sponsored by Canon

"Separate Yourself From The Pack"

A consistent theme in David Bergman's work has been his ability to gain access and shoot events in an unconventional manner. He made some of his most famous photographs because he's willing to take chances using techniques he's developed over the last three decades. During this presentation, David will inspire you to take more risks with your photography, while telling the stories behind some of the high-impact images produced during his career as a sports, portrait, and tour photographer for clients including Bon Jovi, Luke Combs, and Sports Illustrated.

About David: 

Canon Explorer of Light David Bergman is a New York based commercial photographer and photo educator who specializes in action, music and portraiture. As the official tour photographer for Bon Jovi and Luke Combs, he has documented bands on stage and on the road in more than 30 countries and shares his experience with photographers of all skill levels at his unique "Shoot From The Pit" live concert photography workshops. In addition to his many celebrity clients, Bergman has 13 Sports Illustrated covers to his credit and has photographed numerous Olympics, World Series', Super Bowls, NBA, and NCAA Championships. Noted as a pioneer with the GigaPan, Bergman's multi-shot, high resolution panorama of President Obama's first inaugural speech was viewed by over 30 million people. Bergman is an engaging and passionate public speaker and hosts the weekly web series, “Ask David Bergman” on the Adorama YouTube channel. Before moving to New York City in 2001, Bergman was a photojournalist on staff at The Miami Herald and covered news and sporting events around the world.

How to reach David:

Live Photo Workshops: ShootFromThePit.com

Instagram: @davidbergman

Ask David Bergman: AskDavidBergman.com

Portfolio: DavidBergman.net

Twitter: @davidbergman

Facebook: @DavidBergmanPhoto


Sam Starns    Friday, February 11, 2022  6:00 pm

"Journey to Elopements: How to Photograph Love When You Hate Weddings"

Reinvigorate your photography career by leaning into what you hate, in order to figure out what you love. Sam takes you through her journey to adventure elopements, why she loves it, how it serves her couples, and how that can be applied to any photography discipline.

About Sam: 

Sam Starns is a TEDx speaker, author, elopement expert and movement leader in adventure elopement photography. After regretting her own traditional wedding, she began her mission to empower individuals to become unapologetically themselves by creating a wedding day and life that they can be uniquely proud of.  With nearly a decade of wedding experience, Starns has traveled to numerous states and countries for elopements to jumpstart the transformation for real change to encourage anyone to become their authentic self.  With a passion for protecting our public lands and love for the outdoors, Starns donates a percentage of services including photography packages and book sales to a nonprofit dedicated to helping preserve public lands. Sam Starns’ debut book, Elope Your Life is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop and more.


Bryan Welsh - M. Photog., Cr., CPP, API, EA- ASP, FP-OR, HFP-OR     

Saturday, February 12, 2022  9:00 am

"The Relationship Between Things & How to Work Them Together for Business Success."

The success of your business is in direct relationship to how well you can integrate a handful of fundamentals. Marketing, Shooting, and Selling are the big three, but the list doesn't stop there. We will dive deeper to uncover systems and processes that can increase your efficiency and enjoyment of owning a photography business. The time will be practical with clear takeaways and thought-provoking for you to find your exact mix and balance. This workshop applies to all photography styles but mainly from a Wedding, Family Portrait, and Business branding point of view. Come to increase your Marketing, Shooting, and Sales skills and leave with a better understanding of how it can all work together just as you imagined.

About Bryan:

Both his clients and peers recognize Bryan Welsh, a second-generation photographer, for his creative stylized photography.   He has received numerous merits and awards in image competitions on both a local and national level that include - PPA Loan Collections, Fuji MASTERPIECE awards, Kodak Gallery awards and the ASP State Elite award. His images and articles have appeared in Studio Photography and Professional Photographer magazine(s) as well as used in Nikon's National advertising.  

Bryan has the Master of Photography Degree & Photographic Craftsman Degree from Professional Photographers of America. He is a PPA Certified Professional Photographer and has both the Fellow of Photography Degree and Honorary Fellow of Photography Degree from the Oregon Professional Photographers Association. He also holds the Educational Associate Degree from the American Society of Photographers. Bryan is a national speaker with over 200 PPA Speaker Merits and is a PPA Approved International Juror. Additional honors include the PPA National Award and the PPA 2020 Directors Award. 









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