2021 Un-Convention Main Event Speakers
Arthur Rainville, M. Photog, Cr., CPP, API
Keynote Opening Night Speaker
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 6:30-9:00pm "Romancing Your Soul"
Arthur Levi Rainville, M.Photog., Cr, CPP, API,
Bryan Welsh, M. Photog., Cr., CPP, API. EA-ASP, FP-OR, HFP-OR
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:00pm-9:00 pm Board Training
Wednesday February 17, 2021 10:30am-5:30 pm Pre-Conference Workshop (PPA CEC class)
Saturday, February 20, 2021 3:30-6:00 pm Environmental Business Portraits-Beyond the Headshot
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.
Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:00pm-3:00 pm Pre-Conference Workshop
Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:30 am-11:00 am "Inspiration, Reality and the Surreal"
Monday, February 22, 2021 12:00 pm-3:00 pm Post Conference Workshop
Hannah Munroe is a conceptual artist and speaker. Her images are the product of the interchange between her private life and imaginative world. She utilizes the camera to capture her imagination by digitally merging multiple pictures together to create dynamic scenes that tell passionate and poignant tales. Munroe began photography in 2014. She is self-taught and has been an active award-winning member with Flagpole Photographers in Newtown, CT since October 2016. Her image “The Paper Dress” received 2nd place at New England Camera Club Council, Winter 2020 Competition. In March 2020, she was the recipient of five nominee awards from the 6th Fine Art Photography Awards.
Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:00 am-12:00 pm Pre-Conference Workshop
Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:00 am-12:00 pm "Purpose and Passion"
Based out of Omaha, Nebraska for near 30 years. Freelance documentary, editorial and commercial photographer serving local, regional, national, and international clients ranging from the Fortune 500 to Mom and Pop around the corner. I hear a lot of people talking about “style” and how to find yours. For me, I’ve always bristled a little bit at the idea of having a style. By having a style, I think you run the risk of shoe horning or boxing yourself into a particular type of image. I prefer to have clear approach rather than style. By having an approach versus a style, it allows me to adapt to a much wider range of situations and clients. What is my approach or goal when I pick up my cameras? The first leg is honesty. Am I being honest and accurate to the situation, person, emotions and environment? It is important to me that my imagery allows the viewer to feel like they were there. Rather than walking into a situation and figuring out what I can create, I seek to find the beauty that already exists. There is always something. Sometimes it’s the light, or color, or environment, people, or interactions/emotions. It may be as simple as an unexpected moment of tenderness. Also, and very important, it is most important, that what I show them is something they could have seen if they were standing next to me. It may be a fleeting moment, but was there. The second leg is K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid. Granted, occasionally a client needs something dynamic and splashy. But more often than not, simple is a much better play. This also ties into the first leg of honesty. Sometimes it’s just a little patience and a cell phone light on your subjects. The third leg is communication. Whether an editorial, commercial or corporate client, it’s important that everyone is on the same page with the goals and visual message we are trying to achieve. This may require some to put their ego aside and do what is necessary for the client rather than what you want. Even with your personal work, be clear on the message you want to communicate. That covers all the things about me as a photographer. But if you’re still reading this, let’s get real. I’m a father, husband, friend, coach and a man who enjoys the simple, every day things in life. Watching my wife read a book to the little one. Taking the family camping on the spur of the moment. Hearing the kids laugh at something funny on their own. Coaching baseball and watching the boys work, learn, and realize the strength and success they never know they had. There is beauty in all of the little daily moments that I fear most people miss searching for the big moments.
Thursday, February 18, 2021 4:00pm- 6:00 pm "Building a Clientele from Zero"
If you've ever met Jason Groupp, it was most likely a life-changing experience. You won’t forget his GQ ready outfit, with the perfectly balanced bow tie. Hailing from NYC, he shot lots of weddings around the globe and is the founding member of IHNY. Jason ran the halls of WPPI for a few years, then moved to St. Louis to study the fine art of brisket bbq rub. After a 6 year hiatus as an entrepreneur, he's decided working for others isn't for him. With the camera back in hand and a new venture to help photographers he’s back in his happy place helping to keep the industry he loves so much stronger than ever.
Matthew Jordan Smith
Thursday February 18, 2021 7:00 pm-9:00 pm "How to Find your Light"
Matthew Jordan Smith is an American photographer with three decades of experience working in entertainment, fashion and beauty. He is known for his portraits of Hollywood A-list celebrities, actors, singers and models. He has photographed hundreds of celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin and Zendaya. He is a Nikon Ambassador, and part of the SanDisk Extreme team. Some of his commercial clients include international beauty brands Pantene, Revlon and Olay. He has appeared numerous times on the hit TV show America’s Next Top Model as a guest judge and featured photographer. He is the recipient of the Microsoft Icon of Imaging Award, the George Eastman Power of Image Award and the WPPI Vision Award. He is the author of three books, Sepia Dreams, published by St. Martin’s Press, a collection of photographs and wise words from fifty celebrities who speak candidly about the motivations and qualities they believe made and kept them successful. His second book Lost and Found, sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation and endorsed by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, features moving portraits of families dealing with the loss of a child. Smith’s third book, Future American President, features portraits of 100 children sharing their dream for the future of America. On September 1, 2020, Smith will debut Fluid, a new visual art form at the Kyoto Museum of Photography. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Smith lives in Japan, working between New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.