“The Portrait Masters,” the premier online photo education destination established by Sue Bryce and Digital Product Studio, is announcing that registration is now open for its second annual Conference + Expo to be held at the Arizona Grand in Phoenix, Arizona from September 4-7, 2018. The conference will include three-plus days of photographic instruction by many of the world’s most renowned educators including Sue Bryce, Joyce Tenneson, Richard Wood, Felix Kunze, Lola Melani, and more. In addition to the lineup of seminars, renowned portrait photographer, Platon, will present the conference keynote this year. His portraits of U.S. Presidents and other world leaders have received international acclaim and recognition.
In conjunction with the conference will be the Expo, consisting of more than 75 manufacturers of photographic hardware, software, and accessories who will demonstrate the latest in imaging technology. Portions of The Portrait Masters Conference will also stream live on Digital Product Studio’s Internet platform at ThePortraitMasters.com. Registration fee to attend the conference is $1,800.
“Last year’s conference was a great success and I’m honored and excited to announce our second annual event in beautiful Phoenix this September,” said Sue Bryce, co-founder and host of The Portrait Masters Conference and Expo. “Our lineup of seminar instructors this year is truly world class and all attendees, both onsite and online, can expect to receive a level of education rarely found outside a formal classroom.”
Seminars will cover a variety of creative, technical, and business topics including lighting, posing, retouching, marketing, and sales, to name just a few. Onsite and online participants will receive some of the most intense professional training, which can be applied to their creative styles and business environments immediately following the conference.
“We received a lot of positive feedback from last year’s conference and plan to incorporate a number of additional activities based on some of that feedback,” explains George Varanakis, co-founder of Digital Product Studio, which specializes in creating digital educational products through online communities and membership sites. “Along with our extensive lineup of seminars, we are working very hard to make the experience for our online guests around the world more interactive and rewarding.”
The conference begins with a welcome reception and keynote presentation by Sue Bryce, followed by three full days of intense learning and networking. A variety of “open shoots” will allow conference attendees to put what they’ve learned into immediate practice. In addition, more than 75 manufacturers will be on hand to display and demonstrate the latest in imaging technology and software during the conference expo. Expo hours will not overlap with any seminars or keynotes so attendees will have the ability to participate in every aspect of the conference without conflict.
“The Portrait Masters” Launches Online Education Platform
“The Portrait Masters” is also announcing it is launching a new online education platform dedicated to portrait photographers who want to hone their creative, post-production and business skills throughout the year. The online series of seminars will be presented by instructors participating in The Portrait Masters conference. Each series will cover a variety of topics including lighting, posing, retouching, marketing, sales, and business. To provide viewers with a complete and comprehensive breakdown of the topic discussed, each series will consist of several “classes” for in-depth learning.
“The Portrait Masters online education platform will provide an amazing learning experience for photographers looking for 24/7/365 on-demand tutorials along with live presentations from the world’s most respected educators in the field of photography,” said Craig Swanson, co-founder of Digital Product Studio, whose platform will host the new EDU site. “Quality online education with the ability to engage with instructors anywhere in the world is increasing in demand and we believe Digital Product Studio offers a complete solution for The Portrait Masters and its viewers.”
The new online EDU site made its debut in late 2017 with “The Lighting Series,” presented by Felix Kunze and Sue Bryce. A new series from renowned retoucher and educator, Pratik Naik, has been added to The Portrait Masters online education curriculum today, with additional courses to be added regularly over the coming months.
The Portrait Masters Conference Presenter Lineup
If you ask Zack, he’ll tell you he has been pursuing photography as a career for 20 years and while it has had its ups and downs, it has been “one hell-of-a-ride.” He has traveled to (and through) 49 of the 50 states and five of the seven continents. Whether it’s the corporate boardroom or atop the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Zack Arias give his clients (and students) everything he has and instills a level of dedication and passion that is contagious.
Sue Bryce is one of the most recognizable photographers in the imaging industry. Her glamour, fashion and portrait style transcend past stereotypes and has changed the face of portrait photography. Sue Bryce Education (SBE) is one the largest online communities in the photographic industry.
Richard Israel is drawn to sentimental moments, gorgeous atmospheres, and beautiful light. His work is frequently described as fashionable, timeless and emotive, but to Richard, his photographs are simply reflections of the marriage of life and art that is always present around him. Blair deLaubenfels, co-founder of Junebug Weddings and contributor to Rangefinder Magazine said Richard “defines the concept of timeless wedding photography in the modern world.”
As a lighting specialist, Felix Kunze’s goal is to show the beauty, grace, strength and enthusiasm of people through his photographs. His clients include Swarovski, Yahoo, Adidas, 3M, Vitra, and The BBC, amongst many others. His celebrity, beauty and lifestyle work is syndicated through ContourPhotos.
Lola Melani is an acclaimed celebrity photographer known for her elegant and intimate portraits, which have been featured in publications worldwide. Melani specializes in maternity, newborn and beauty photography, and her style blends editorial, fashion and fine art portraits. Her signature look has attracted global dignitaries, public figures and celebrities.
Internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation, Joyce Tenneson’s work has been published in books and major magazines, and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her portraits have appeared on covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine and is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 (Lucie Awards), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012.
Richard has a passion for photographing special moments and becomes completely immersed in the emotions of his client’s wedding day. His ability to capture light, love, happiness, and the essence of “relationships” with his camera has made him one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in the business.