2019 Instructors

 
 
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Jen Huang - Keynote 

Extraordinary photographers stir our emotions. Their images have the power to change us, transport us and inspire us. They can be strikingly beautiful, or feature unexpected content. They can showcase a mastery of photographic technique or be a simple snapshot. They are fascinating to look at, they make us think and feel, and leave a lasting impression.

Jen Huang approaches photography with a romantic, impressionist sensibility. Her imagery is understated yet evocative, resulting from clear and polished creative direction that elicits light-filled, painterly portraits. Her use of fresh and simple composition, and natural light has evolved from a deep love and respect for the art and craft of shooting film.

In 2012, Jen released her first book, A Guide to Fine Art Wedding Photography, along with her Workshop-in-a-Box styling kit. In 2017, she released the second edition of her book as well as The Portraiture Reference Guides, a 3 book series on natural and expressive portraiture and composition. Organic marketing efforts have lead to over 2,000 copies of her books sold.


Deun Ivory - Keynote

Deun is a brilliant visionary, multi-disciplinary artist and powerful public speaker. She is the art director and podcast-co host for Black Girl in Om, the No. 1 destination for women of color on their wellness journey. As a multifaceted creative with a distinct aesthetic, she has been commissioned to create content for brands like Apple, Nike, Vsco and others. Her life's work is to serve, empower and celebrate women of color through a series of creative practices. Ivory has become a source of inspiration for those seeking to develop self-love and creative confidence. 

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Alexandria Smith - Class Instructor 

I live in a little country house in an almond orchard in Central California, with my handsome farmer and our three little loves; Daphne, Sullivan, and Marigold. Our daily rhythms consist of homeschooling, tending to our garden and laying hens, and documenting it all through writing and photographs. Film and words are my mediums of choice in preserving this precious season of motherhood, both for myself, and for others. I am the undeserving recipient of His blessings and grace, and I watch an inordinate amount of The Great British Baking Show.


Brooke Johnson - Class Instructor + Native Shoot

Brooke has many passions but documenting emotion is her driving force. Others include travel, gardening and long drives with winds down and music blaring. She's taught classes around the world and finds moments worth documenting in the simplest things. Being human a pretty cool thing to experience. Brooke has 4 children, a hilarious husband, and is dying to own chickens. Keeping it real is always her goal. Perfection is a liar.

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Brooke Lark - Class Instructor

Brooke Lark hails from a 100-year old studio in the heart of Salt Lake City.  A professional food photographer and videographer, she is the author of 10+ cookbooks, the creator of the 90-Minute Food Photography & Video Crash Courses, and the builder of one of the most active Food Photography communities on Facebook. When not playing with food or launching new businesses, she's likely out with her witty teens, escaping to the canyons on mountain bike or chasing her vaguely naughty puppy around the neighborhood.


Brooke Schultz - Class Instructor

Brooke Schultz is a wild-hearted family photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah and can most often be found dancing on the street (sounds a lot more sketch than it is--just for FUN, peeps!), and helping other photographers make meaningful art + businesses that light a spark inside 'em. 

She'll never be able to go a day without hugging someone (the big, squeezy variety) and singing (holy moly in another life I'd be Aretha Franklin herself amen and amen). 

Yeah, her work's been featured in Vogue and Martha Stewart Weddings and blah, blah, but what Brooke really cares about is what she's accomplishing in the name of love. In the hard, hard work of not only feeling love--anyone can do that--but choosing love, within the four walls of her family every day, silently, with no one else there to witness. Because those battles and wins--those are her reasons for creating, and her most excruciating and gloriously joyful experiences on this planet.

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Cathlin McCullough - Class Instructor

Cathlin is a photographer and designer based in Austin, Texas who considers herself an artist first, and photographer second. She’s primarily an observer, and finds her voice there on the outside. Her favorite subjects are people, and you get the sense that her portraits are challenging you with an achingly beautiful question about life you can’t put into words. She’s inspired by shadows and light, that kinetic energy you can feel on your skin, and a sentimental longing that connects us all. Cathlin is a single mama to two children who are often depicted in her photographs. She grew up on a lake in Iowa, and her adventure heart never quit those big open skies. Today she enjoys surfing whenever possible, which is almost never. Her friends call her brave and scrappy, and her work weird. She thinks they should get out more. Cathlin was named to Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass Top 50 2017 and one of Click and Company’s 100 photographers to watch 2018.


Clare Barker Wells - Class Instructor + Native Shoot

Clare is an award-winning, internationally published lifestyle photographer who is basically in love with shooting families in their own spaces, (because really, that's where the magic happens.) She spends her time at shoots looking for the details, and working on posing that doesn't look remotely posed. Her love of rich shadows that help to tell a story borders on the obsessive, and she is happiest when she can find that light and create beautiful chaos in it. On top of all of this, one of her favourite things to do is to teach other people how to find and take the photographs that make their hearts happy. She is originally a Brit, but having lived in Russia, Malaysia, and now Singapore, she has almost forgotten what a proper English cup of tea tastes like, so isn't sure she can really call herself British anymore (although the sarcastic sense of humour will never leave her).

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Daniel Kim - Class Instructor

I am a hybrid photographer who shoots in both film and digital. I see the value in shooting both formats, the strengths and the weaknesses, and try to use whichever format will work best for myself and clients. I draw inspiration from things ranging from Brazillian Jiu Jitsu to Kendrick Lamar and mostly my wife and baby. I love good light- not just when taking photos- and it affects how I feel on a daily basis so I am always seeking out the perfect rays both on and off the camera. When we’re not traveling, you’ll find us at home in the burbs’ in the desert of Arizona.


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Emily Mitchell - Class Instructor + Native Shoot

Primarily a filmmaker and film instructor for photographers through her online school, Everyday Films, Emily shoots videos and stills of her daily life. She and her husband Geoff live in a 100-year-old fixer-upper with their 3 children in Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from Furman University and the University of Arizona with a Masters in Teaching before having children and spending two years in rural Maine. Emily and her family travel extensively and as often as possible. 


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Erika Delgado - Business Boost

Wedding and lifestyle photographer, Erika Delgado, loves what she does and has a passion for helping others make a living doing what they love! She believes in the power of building authentic relationships and honest storytelling. Erika inspires and empowers entrepreneurs and photographers to grow their businesses genuinely and successfully by teaching them timeless practices, systems/workflows, and genuine branding strategies that work. She is an award winning, published photographer and business coach based in Florida and New York City. 


Haley Nord - Native Shoot

I grew up in the West Desert of Utah, and my love for that landscape shapes both how I shoot and how I live my personal life. I'm passionate about capturing people in the places that they love, with the people that they love. Whenever I can, I hop on my motorcycle and take in all of the beauty that my home state of Utah has to offer.

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Jacki Miller - Class Instructor

Hey!  I'm Jacki Miller. Owner and lead designer for Foil & Ink! 

It's about creating for me. You name it...art, food, centerpieces, furniture. It's freeing creating something from everyday objects that can make a difference not only in your life, but in others. I fell in love with design my Junior year of college. I realized how powerful a role design plays in helping other businesses succeed and thrive. I saw the happiness it created for people and myself. I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to create art for others for a living. 

I am surrounded by my loving, hardworking husband, Andy. We enjoy traveling, mountain biking, backpacking, and playing with our energetic daughter, Riley and fur baby, Forest.


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Jayme Ford - Class Instructor + Native Shoot

Hi! My name is Jayme and I am an award winning & published family photographer based out of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. I have dedicated the past eight years to this craft and strive to create emotive images that tell stories of individual connections, warmth and love.


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Jennifer Lawrence - Class Instructor

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 3 years. She is known for her bold, colorful, editorial film images and capturing gorgeous emotion in her subjects.


Jessica Kettle - Class Instructor

I am a wedding, commercial and lifestyle photographer, a full time mom to 4 wild little humans, a diet coke connoisseur, and I know more about the Kardashians than is even remotely age appropriate. I fell in love with photography because it is the perfect marriage of my passions: people, storytelling and creativity. That, and because it gave me the ability to freeze the sweet, ordinary moments and details that make life beautiful- I am nothing if not overly sentimental. After 11 years in business, interesting light, chubby little hands touching a mama's face and father daughter dances still make my heart stop.

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Justin Hackworth - Creative Boost

I never intended to make my living as a photographer.  But my last semester of college I took a photography class, and a little while later, the hook was set. I spent every day and most nights taking pictures and then on Mondays and Saturdays, printing in the dark room at the Salt Lake Art Center. 

In 1999, I started taking clients and have been working as a photographer ever since. Five years from now, I see myself still taking wedding and portrait clients, plus, mixing that in with more and more teaching as I’m always happy to share what I’ve learned with other people.

There’s a lot about photography that I love, but one thing that stands out is that it grants access to people and situations that you just can’t get on your own. You photograph someone famous or travel to a remote location and are placed in situations that wouldn’t come your way unless you had a camera in your hand, a vision in your head, and a sensibility for shared humanity in your heart.


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Samm Blake - Class Instructor

Samm Blake is an Australian photographer currently living and working out of Brooklyn, New York. Combining a fine art photography and journalism background with a skilled and sensitive eye for portraiture, her images garnered acclaim for their honesty, vulnerability, and unfeigned connection to its subjects. She photographs celebrations across the world, from Iceland to Indonesia, the UK to the UAE and beyond, always bringing a unique editorial and artistic sensibility to the wedding world.

With over 15 years of professional experience, Samm’s photographic journey has assumed a rich and varied path. Samm has been named as one of Australia’s Top Ten Wedding Photographers by Capture Magazine two years in a row, and among the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine in 2013 and her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Vogue, C Magazine, Harper's Bazaar and more.


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Sara Garcia - Class Instructor

I'm Sara, lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Denver, Colorado. I am an observer, Diet Coke and podcast lover, an adventure and light seeker. Mama to two incredible and energetic boys, wife, dreamer and visual storyteller. Always looking for the beauty in the ordinary.


Savan Phann - Native Shoot

Hi, I am Savan, a modern fine art film wedding and portrait photographer living in the golden light state of California, Orange County. When I am not off photographing and witnessing couples saying their "I Do's" or family's heirloom moments, you can find me with my two young daughters and husband cooking or off on our next traveling adventure. 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 me- oh, and some pretty light.  That human connection is so important and when that is found between client and photographer, it's 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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Shawn Theodore - Native Shoot

Shawn Theodore is a multidisciplinary Philadelphia-based artist working in photography, video, and collage. His practice embodies a defiant brand of black artistry; one that focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of African American and African Diaspora identities and otherness, while exploring concepts of race, spirituality, patriarchy, matriarchy and class structure within disappearing Black communities.  

Theodore attended Tyler School of Art and received his BA in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising from Temple University.  

His solo exhibition highlights include: Church of Broken Pieces '17, African American Museum in Philadelphia; The Avenues '16, Painted Bride Art Center; The Avenues, G-Town and Uptown ‘14, Imperfect Gallery and Scribe Video Center; The Avenues; North and West Philly, ‘14 and he has exhibited in several group shows.  


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Sydney A Foster - Class Instructor

Sydney Foster is a veteran, image maker, and creative director based in Montgomery, Alabama. Sydney has served her country in a recent deployment in Southwest Asia. She was hand selected by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey as her staff photographer. Sydney also owns a creative photo studio, Usspects Studios, which is a community studio producing experimental community project that are conscious, creative, and fresh. Sydney has apprenticed under NYC celebrity photographers, Keith Major, Danielle Levitt, and Jason Rodgers.


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Twyla Jones - Class Instructor + Native Shoot

I'm a photographer drawn to the dramatic and emotive ways in which we connect with each other and our surroundings. A session with me is wholly focused on taking the time to slow down and really appreciate long embraces, the art of discovery, subtleties of affection, and making time to say the words we don't always stop to say. It is my desire to create photographs that do more than serve as proof that you existed, I want to show that you lived passionately and loved madly.

I'm also an educator. I enjoy sharing the way I see beauty with other photographers. One of my greatest joys is helping others find the confidence they need to create meaningful, authentic artwork for both themselves and their clients.


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Wendy Laurel - Class Instructor + Native Shoot

Wendy Laurel is a film photographer located on Maui, Hawaii.  She loves shooting people — whether weddings or families or just for fun.  She calls herself a color addict and enjoys playing with film and colors in unexpected ways to capture the feelings of the moment.  Her wedding and family work is featured often on various blogs and magazines, including the Knot, Click, Destination Weddings, Martha Stewart online, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake and Cake-let and more.  She started and ran the Let the Kids family photography blog for several years.  Recently, she published a line of PDF’s, Seeing Double — the art of double exposures and Experiments in Color which explain and show how she creates her images.  She lives on the west side of Maui with her husband and four children.