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365d

24h

60m

60s

SUNDAY
HEADLINER EVENTS
NOV 3, 2024

Sunday we will all be in one room for an exciting day of learning and fellowship! We will also have our raffle and silent auction prizes at lunch on Sunday so everyone gets a chance to bid or play. 

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Kimberly Smith 
M.Photog.M.Aritst.Cr. • GIA Recipient 2022

I believe everyone has an artist inside them, waiting to come out. As photographers, we create art that is so meaningful and will touch the lives and hearts of so many for generations to come. Some photographers create their work very traditional, some are very modern, and some are very artistic. I believe the best works I have seen contain a little of all three.

Mindset is the key. Sometimes we are so focused on the technical aspect, that we forget to add in the artistic, the personal, the emotion. Don’t get me wrong…technical is mandatory. We must know our craft and be confident in what we do so that we can be free to add in the rest.

In this class we will discuss how to become more artistic, how to see things from a different view. We will learn different ways to get your creativity flowing and where to look for inspiration beyond photography, as well as learning some great Photoshop tips, tricks, blending and creating beautiful art pieces in Photoshop.

 

Kimberly J. Smith began her professional photography career in 2001 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  Through Professional Photographers of America, she has earned her Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, Master Artist, Certified Professional Photographer and Imaging Excellence. 

 

In 2022 Kimberly earned her Fellowship through the American Society of Photographers as well as being awarded the Grand Imaging Award at Imaging USA. She is also a retired PPA Affiliate Judge.  She truly believes in lifelong learning and that every competition and every journey to a new degree has pushed her to become a better, more creative photographer.  She is blessed to have a job she truly loves. 

Frederick Van Johnson
Closing Keynote Inspirational Speaker 

Frederick Van Johnson is a dynamic and accomplished professional with a rich background in photography, digital media, and business. He began his career as a Combat Photojournalist in the United States Air Force, where he served two tours and received the prestigious commendation medal for exemplary photography work in the field. After an honorable discharge, he attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, studying Business and Visual Communication.

In 2010, Frederick founded the This Week in Photo (TWiP) podcast, serving as Editor-in-Chief. Under his leadership, TWiP became a leading source of information and inspiration for photographers worldwide. In 2022, he sold TWiP to SmugMug and joined the company as a Senior Manager for New Media and Editor-in-Chief for TWiP.

Frederick has worked with some of the industry's biggest names, including Yahoo! Inc., where he spearheaded the company's mobile content strategy, Apple, where he served as a Senior Product Manager on the Digital Imaging team, and Adobe, where he was a Senior Marketing Manager for Lightroom and Photoshop.

In addition to his professional roles, Frederick is an accomplished speaker, regularly appearing at conferences like NAB, WPPI, and PhotoPlus Expo, and leading panels at various virtual events and webinars. He has also served as a strategy and marketing advisor for several photography start-ups in Silicon Valley.

One of Frederick's notable achievements was his role as Chairman of the Board at Brooks Institute, where his leadership was instrumental until its closure.

Outside of his professional life, Frederick is a devoted father of four: Cameron, Alexis, Eric, and Cameron. His visionary approach and leadership in the photography industry continue to inspire photographers worldwide.

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