If two minds are better than one, what happens when you bring 20+ together?
InFocus Photo Mastermind. Mind-bowing support for photographers of all levels. Photographers helping other photographers succeed.
InFocus Photo Mastermind
A mastermind group is a gathering of people that come together with others of a like mind to form community, share ideas and learn from each other.
At the InFocus Photo Mastermind, there will be 8-10 presenters, each given five minutes to share how they got to where they are in their photographic career. The line-up includes a travel documentary photojournalist, a wedding photographer, a nature photographer, a commercial photographer, a photo magazine editor, an art agent, a fine art photographer, and more! These individuals will also show and share about their work, giving a valuable behind-the-scenes. Following the presentations, the presenters will sit on a panel for a time of Q&A. This is a great opportunity to learn from these generous pros.
Come with questions. Come with ideas. Come to listen. Come to share. All are welcome!
The InFocus Photo Mastermind is a truly special group of photographers that join together with the mission of helping each others succeed.
Together we are more creative and talented, and exponentially more successful, than solo shooters. Photographers helping photographers succeed. That is the power of the InFocus Photo Mastermind.
Add the Portfolio Reviews to your Photo Mastermind in this bundle deal to save $10!
The Portfolio Reviews take place Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at your selected time.
Get your photos reviewed by the pro’s in search of fresh talent – some are flying in just to see your work and help you push your photography in new directions. Bring printed photographs, a bound portfolio, or images on your laptop or tablet. The reviewers will look at your work, give feedback on how to make it better and how to promote yourself – and anything else you may be wondering about how to take your photography to the NEXT LEVEL.
Join us. Learn more.
PHOTO MASTERMIND – Registration Instructions
- Register by using the form below.
- Come with your questions, ideas and projects for collaboration.
- You are all set! Yay! See you on January 10!
Join the curator for lunch at Halo Restaurant between the Reviews and Mastermind! RSVP in the checkout.
2018 Photo Mastermind Presenters and Q&A Panel
INFOCUS PHOTO EXHIBITION
PRESENTER – SHANE TURGEON
Shane Turgeon is a business owner, event promoter, author, photographer, appraiser and avid collector of pop culture memorabilia. He is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he owns Shades of Grey: Tattoos, Toys and Comics, is the co-founder of the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo and the founder and director of the Edmonton Collector Con. Contrary to popular belief and despite owning a tattoo studio and having authored the popular series of Star Wars-related tattoo books, The Force in the Flesh, he is NOT a tattoo artist.
Shane discovered his passion for photography during a time when his life wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops. While on his frequent dog walks, he realized that the simple things along the way were helping to brighten his mood: sunsets, flowers, and being under the stars. Being in nature helped him feel at peace. He began taking pictures of these things with his iPhone and noticed that his images were helping others feel the same way. After studying other photographers he wanted to take his work to the next level and with the help of some wonderful mentors, he bought his first proper camera in late 2015. He has spent the last two years learning to reconnect with nature – and himself – through photography.
PRESENTER – ALEXIS MARIE CHUTE
Fine Art Photographer
Alexis Marie Chute is a professional artist, author, photographer and filmmaker. She has her Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Alberta and her Masters of Fine from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She has received over 30 noteworthy distinctions for her visual and literary work, such as The John Poole Award for promotion of the Arts (2015), and being named an “Emerging Canadian Photographer” by Photo Life Magazine (2012), and a “Top 40 Under 40” by Avenue Magazine (2013). She is the curator and founder of InFocus Photo Exhibit and Award. She is also a reviewer for PhotoEd Magazine’s photography platform.
Alexis Marie’s debut memoir, Expecting Sunshine was released April 2017 by She Writes Press, accompanied by the documentary film on the same topic. Her second book, Above the Star, is the first in a fantasy trilogy that will be released June 2018. Alexis Marie is a highly regarded public speaker and she has presented on photography, art, writing, bereavement and the healing capacities of creativity around the world. She is widely published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines and her artworks has been exhibited across North America. She is represented by the AR&S Gallery at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
PRESENTER – RITA GODLEVSKIS
Photography Magazine Editor-in-Chief
New in the role as PhotoEd Magazine Editor/ Publisher, Rita Godlevskis has more than ten years of experience in creative media work, in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has worked across multiple platforms with a diverse range of projects in her portfolio in editorial, creative production and marketing contexts.
Professional assignments of note include photo editing for magazines such as Toronto Life, Australian Women’s Weekly, Canadian House&Home and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Festival Daily.
Rita holds a BFA from Ryerson University (Toronto), specialising in Image Arts and a Masters of Creative Media from RMIT University, (Melbourne, Australia), specialising in photography. She has exhibited her work in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
PRESENTER – JARED TABLER
Jared Tabler is the Agency Director & Principal Dealer for the McQueen Agency, a North American firm that specializes in scouting, developing and representing emerging artists.
As the CEO of MCQUEEN Jared provides executive leadership to it’s many divisions, including CREATIVE, their marketing and communications firm, SEARCH, their professional and executive placement agency, LEARN, their training and development division, and the MCQUEEN AGENCY that helps foster the careers of emerging artists.
As the Agency Director and Principal Dealer for the McQueen Agency, Jared is continually scouting and sourcing new talent and connecting that talent to buyers and collectors across Canada, the United States and abroad. His keen eye for talent has helped nurture the careers of both emerging and mid-career artists.
Demonstrating his commitment to community Jared has held numerous Board roles in the arts, and culture sectors, including currently as the Vice Chair for Theatre Network, previously as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee for the Alberta Ballet, and as co-founder and Chair for the #NotAChoice campaign to end LGBTQ youth homelessness in partnership with Virgin Mobile, and the True Colors Fund in New York City.
PRESENTER – LARRY LOUIE
“It takes vision to be a good photographer, to imagine how the world around you will look in a photograph. But it takes another kind of vision to see how you can use what skills and experience you have to help other people. “ (Mark Bentley talking about Dr. Larry Louie, Black and White Photography, UK, March 2012).
International award winning documentary photographer Larry Louie leads a dual career. In his optometry clinic, he is Dr. Larry Louie, working to enhance the vision of people from all walks of life in the urban core of a North American city. On his travels, he is a humanitarian documentary photographer, exploring the lives of remote indigenous people, and documenting social issues around the world. As an optometrist, Larry adjusts people’s visual perception. As a photographer, he seeks to adjust people’s view of the world. Either way, he is interested in things that exist outside the regular field of vision.
Over the last couple of years, Dr. Louie has used his photography as a platform to high light the work of different charities around the world, along with other social issues and challenges people are encountering in a world facing rapid urbanization and globalization. He wants to engage people in inspiring stories of perseverance and strength, not only of those who have found themselves caught in such a plight, but also amazing individuals and organizations that are lending a helping hand. He hopes his photographs will be able to tell the stories and make a difference, and to reveal light that is found in the darkest of places.
Larry’s award winning photographs have appeared in the Asian Photography Magazine, Digital Camera Magazine, British Journal of Photography, B&W Magazine, National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler Magazine. His work have also been exhibited around the world; from the Royal Geographical Society of London, UK to the Circle of Fine Art in Madrid, Spain, to the Center of Photography in Charleston, South Carolina to the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver, Canada to the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Canada.
PRESENTER – GREG GERLA
Commercial and Fine Art Photographer
Greg Gerla is a commercial and fine art photographer working from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He also holds an instructor position within the Design/Photography Department of the Alberta College of Art and Design.
His work evokes a strong mood with attention to craft and style. He’s represented by several stock agencies and his work has been published world-wide. Greg has had several exhibitions of his fine art work locally, and abroad. He has served on the National Board of CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators) from 2002-2016. He served as president of the Prairie Chapter of CAPIC from 2004-2007. Greg is also on the board for the Exposure:Photography Festival, which takes place every February.
Greg gets around. He has photographed his journeys from Moscow to Los Angeles. He’s continually inspired by what’s outside his door, or across the continent.
PRESENTER – CURTIS COMEAU
Advertising & Sports Photographer
Curtis Comeau is an advertising photographer in Edmonton Alberta and Vancouver BC. His current campaigns currently include Global News, Go Auto and Travel Alberta. Although he shoots primarily advertising Curtis has a diverse portfolio in several photography mediums. Editorial assignments over the past 20 years include magazines such as Readers Digest, Conde Nast, WestJet Magazine, Popular Science and more. Curtis describes his work as photographing the human element. “Even when I am commissioned to photograph a simple food assignment I try to add a human element in the image, wherever it be an over the shoulder or simply a hand. I want my images to have a human in them whenever possible.” Curtis is one of the rare photographers who have transcended shooting Advertising to Professional sports photography as well. On 40 nights a year Curtis also shoots NHL games in Edmonton Alberta for Getty Images. “Shooting an advertising job from 9-5 then running to Rogers Place and putting on my photojournalist hat certainly makes for busy days. But I love taking pictures regardless of the subject matter and working as an Advertising photographer and a Photojournalist means I get the best of both worlds, so as long as they keep letting me do it I am going to keep at it.”
PRESENTER – Haley Shandro
Wedding & Portrait Photographer
Haley is a wedding photographer based in Edmonton. She photographs a little bit of everything (boudoir, newborns, families) but weddings are what she loves the most. Weddings are all about emotions and families, connection and celebration. The individual love stories of clients are what make her work come to life.
She has spoken at WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) and Canada Photo Convention, as well as local Edmonton seminars, with a primary focus on business, workflow, and client care.
Haley is an active mom of two beautiful humans, and loves to travel, mostly to Hawaii. She’s majorly organized, and a recovering workaholic.