2020 Instructors

 
 
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Lisa Congdon - Keynote 

Illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful drawings and hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including Comme des Garçons, Ernie Ball, Crate and Barrel, Facebook, MoMA, REI, and Harvard University among many others. She is the author of eight books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist and her latest book Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic (August 2019).

Lisa was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015 and she is featured in the 2017 book, 200 Women Who Will Change the Way you See the World. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.


John Dolan - Keynote

John Dolan has woven a career of advertising, editorial and fine art photography. He is a pioneer in contemporary wedding photography. Wedding clients include magazine art directors and editors, as well as celebrities Will Smith, Ben Stiller, Kate Bosworth, Bridget Moynahan, and most recently, Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Amie Pendle 

Native Shoot: Personal Branding Styled Shoot

Lover of Natural light
Wife, Mama + Photographer
Enjoys long walks down
every aisle at Target,
Talking IG Strategies, Branding +
Hot Blonde White Mochas.

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Clare Barker Wells

Native Shoot: Creating Magic at in-home Family Shoots 

Clare is an (award-winning and internationally published) British photographer (the British part of her makes her put the bit about awards in brackets because it's in-built to be self-deprecating at all times). She is basically in love with photographing families looking bloody gorgeous in their own homes. Her second favourite thing to do is to teach other photographers how to create magic at in-home family sessions too. She has lived overseas with her husband and two small but wild children for over a decade (Russia, Malaysia and Singapore...and counting) so is not really sure she can claim to be fully British anymore - that being said, she still loves a good cup of tea and her sarcastic sense of humour will never leave her.

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Daniel Kim

Class: TBA (But it’s going to be good, promise) 

To be honest, I'm always hesitant to give a bio. Since it means I have to talk about myself, and as it currently stands I'm still in that process of figuring out who I am. It's almost as if writing it down means that's who I am forever. Maybe when I'm 50 I'll have a better grasp of it, but as I'm writing this out the truth is I'm not sure what to write other than the facts: In short, I'm a photographer that also happens to shoot weddings. Who I am is not defined by this job, but my job is defined by who I am. And so since I'm still figuring out that first part, the second is also in constant state of change.

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Elizabeth Glenn

Class: Gratitude is our creative lifeblood 

Hey friends! I'm Liz! Michigan native now residing in sunny Southern California (and loving it!) Film is my addiction of choice. Gimme some Ektar 100, a rainbow light, and a beach and I'm a happy girl. Emotion, color, and authenticity are my heartbeat and the banner I wave over my life. I can't wait to be part of the Photo Native 2020 lineup, I believe wholeheartedly in the motto You Belong!


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Emilie Iggiotti

Native Shoot: Posing women the way they want to be seen

Emilie is a portrait photographer from a tiny French island in the Indian Ocean, not far from Madagascar, called Reunion Island. A world traveller, she studied in Versailles, France, lived in Normandy, Paris, Montreal, and now lives in Edmonton, AB. While she originally studied literature and law, the legal industry lacked the creativity and connection that she was able to find in photography. She found her vision, her voice, her passion, and her purpose. Her work as a lifestyle and portrait photographer, focusing on women, allows her to shape the way her clients see themselves – which is an invaluable gift. She makes herself a mirror – a kinder, gentler, more loving mirror than the one women look at and tear themselves apart in – so that they can see how stunning, how lovely, they truly are.

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Erika Delgado

Class: ADDING VALUE + IMPACT TO YOUR BRAND

I'm Erika, a wedding photographer and business coach to creatives. I'm based in South Florida and New York City but can often be found in a new place around the world with my husband Josh. We enjoy all kinds of adventure and culture! I studied Hospitality and Event Management in Orlando and Switzerland; after returning to Miami, I began my Wedding Photography Career, nearly ten years ago. My team and I have photographed hundreds of weddings in addition to portrait sessions and commercial work for clients like Cartier and Modern Luxury. My work has been featured in national wedding publications. I'm grateful everyday for my work and the incredible photography community that surrounds us. As a business coach, it's a sincere honor and blessing to give back and partner with other creative entrepreneurs to accomplish their biggest dreams. I cannot wait to meet you and enjoy PhotoNative together!

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Heather Nan

Native Shoot: BRAND CAMP - LOOK BOOK & PRODUCT SKILLS SHOOT

Based in Salt Lake Utah with her main squeeze Ben, her two children, Liv & Finn and their furry addition, Fern, their sweet Goldendoodle. She has been in business since 2010; specializing in both weddings and commercial work. Her work has been published The New York Times, Kinfolk, Inside Weddings, Brides, Rocky Mountain Bridal Magazine, Once Wed, Style Me Pretty, Carats & Cake and other major wedding blogs in the US. Her background in anthropology sparked a love for people and their stories… she finds most joy in photography when she is able to capture emotion and beauty together.

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Jennifer Lawrence

Native Shoot: Colorful family beach shoot on film

Jennifer is a lifestyle film photographer who lives in Chicago with her husband and 4 children. She loves color, travel (especially to beach towns), being with her family, street tacos, and great margaritas. She has been in business for 5 years and shooting film for her clients for more than 4 years. She is known for her bold, colorful, editorial film images and capturing gorgeous emotion in her subjects.


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Karthika Gupta

Native Shoot: The Art Of Authentic Lifestyle Editorials

Class: culture and diversity in photography

Karthika Gupta is a lifestyle, culture and travel photographer based in the Chicagoland area but originally from Bombay, India. Having lived and worked almost half her life away from her home country she is very much aware of how important culture and diversity are in life and in business. Through her photography and storytelling skills she aims to bring cultural narratives to the forefront. She is also the founder of CulturallyOurs, a platform dedicated to promoting cultural understanding and celebrating global diversity. CulturallyOurs explores lifestyle, food, art, travel and culture from around the world through retreats, narratives, stories and conversations.

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Kelly Sweda

Native Shoot: Connection to Place for Authentic Family Photography

I have a B.A. in journalism and did my master’s work in photojournalism. Whether it’s teaching in-person workshops or mentoring up-and-coming photographers, educating other creatives is another beloved part of what I do. When I’m not behind the camera, I hope you’ll find me at the beach with my best group of girlfriends, a gaggle of kids and ice cold rose’. I love being outdoors, hiking, traveling, reading, healthy eating, my morning coffee, a clean home and homemade soup. I’m a wife and mom to a 19-year-old son, a 15-year-old stepdaughter and an 8-year-old daughter. We're fortunate to call Santa Barbara home.

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McKenzi Felt Dye

Native Shoot:Honoring the Imperfect

class:Finding the Balance between Art and Business

I'm a hybrid wedding and family photographer based in Southern Utah and I've been photographing people in love for nearly 10 years. When I'm not photographing weddings, I'm teaching the next generation of photographers at Dixie State University. Being a college professor has been a dream for a long time-- teaching has always been a passion of mine. I love connecting with my roots of film photography, working in a darkroom, and returning to where it all started -- black and white film.

I’m all about connection and I always want to know all about people and what makes them happy, what makes them love each other. I love finding new kindred spirits in the world.

I’m a coffee addict and have seen every episode of Friends too many times to count. My happy place is a glass of wine and a beautiful view. Or just a glass of wine. Ha!

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Natasha Lee

Native Shoot: Shooting a Restaurant feature for publication

class: Travel Editorial Photography: From the Call to the Tear Sheet

Natasha is an LA-based Travel & Lifestyle Photographer who finds joy in creating relaxed images of people, meals and places that inspire wanderlust. From large-scale productions to on-the-go editorial shoots, she captures moments that invite us to experience new tastes, possibilities, and perspectives. Her background as an Art Director brings her graphic eye to her intimate, ethereal compositions. Her images have been published in Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveller, Wall Street Journal, Hemispheres Magazine, Delta Sky Magazine, Refinery29, Food & Wine, and Endless Vacation Magazine, among others.


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Noel Besuzzi

Native Shoot: Introduction to Underwater photography

class: Finding Passion through Personal Projects

Commercial photographer, dreamer, friend, mother of two wild boys exploring the coves of Laguna Beach.

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Sandra Coan

Class: Creating the Natural Light Look WITHOUT Natural Light

With over twenty years experience working in both film and digital photography, Sandra Coan has become Seattle’s premier maternity, newborn and family photographer.

Her award winning work has been featured in a variety of publications including Rangefinder, Belle Lumiere, Click Magazine and others. Sandra's work is also a part of the Seattle Museum of History and Industry’s permanent collection.

In addition to running her photography study, Sandra works as an educator, teaching fellow photographers on worldwide platforms like CreativeLive and KelbyOne as well as through her personal workshops, and industry conferences.

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Savan Phann

Native Shoot: An English affair

I am Savan, a modern fine art film wedding, portrait photographer and educator/mentor living in the golden light state of California, Orange County to be exact. When I am not off photographing and witnessing couples saying their "I Do's" you can find me with my two young daughters and my husband, cooking or off on our next traveling adventures. I love the outdoors, wine, coffee ok mostly wine with a love affair of having great food and even better friends around me.

My philosophy is very simple and uncomplicated. I absolutely adore connection and telling your story through my lens. I don't need any props, or over the top sessions, what I do need is pure love and connection between my clients and I, and oh some pretty light. That human connection is so important and when that is found between client and photographer, its pure magic. My clients are classic, effortless, and thoughtful they will push the boundaries with creativity and crave that heirloom experience, that will last a lifetime in each and every photo we make together.

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Joshua and Kariss Pharris

Class: How to Grow Your Photography Business with a Little Focus

We are Josh & Kariss, a husband and wife wedding & corporate photography team who capture special moments all around the country and across the world. We've turned our passion into a profitable profession and we love teaching photography business owners how to do the same.


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Tenley Clark

Native Shoot: Playful Kids Portraits

Tenley is a commercial kids and teen photographer from the Bay Area, CA. She has been featured on several magazine and book covers, worked with teen celebrities, and was named one of the 100 female photographers to watch this year by Clickin Moms. When not behind her camera, you can usually find her at an amusement park or at the kid's table at parties. She might break out into song and dance at any moment because her goal in life is to be a Disney Princess. Just go with it if she does. She will likely have paint on her hands and a giant coffee in it. Quote "Friends" to her to be her instant friend.

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Tracy Layne

Native Shoot: Family Beach Session

Hello hello! My name is Tracy Layne. I am a family and commercial photographer based in beautiful Utah. I've been at this photo game for 10 years and teaching for 5 years. It's been a slow and steady growth for me through the years and I wouldn't change a thing. I love this art. I love combining art and people and creating beautiful, meaningful images for people. How amazing of a job is this? My job is to create and preserve memories for people. Create AND preserve. I think too often we focus entirely on the preserving, and don't realize that part of our job is to help create the experience, the memories, that will stay with the images we make. It's hugely important to create an experience that people will want to remember. This is my job and I love it.

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Trevor Christensen

Class: Using your photo skills to become a video ninja

Trevor Christensen is a photojournalist, filmmaker and teacher. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Wendy Laurel

Native Shoot: BEACH FAMILY SHOOT

Class: COLOR EXPERIMENTS ON FILM

Wendy Laurel is a film photographer living on Maui. She's a mom to 4 children and loves the beach and sunshine as well as a lot of color. Wendy is known for her creative use of color and pushing the boundaries of film photography with experimental techniques such as double exposures, light leaks, film soup, sun flare, and more. She's a wedding photographer and family photographer as well as shooting stock images and commercial photography. She sells a series of PDF's about creative photography techniques including Seeing Double, Light Leaks, Film Soup, Color Effects and more.