Kara Mercer is a commercial and editorial photographer and art director based in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in developing content for fashion, travel, and lifestyle brands. Known for her use of light and her eye for creative direction, Kara believes every image should stand strongly on its own while also contributing a unique yet complementary voice when serving as part of a collection. Her work is influenced as much by minimalism and thought-provoking conversations as it is by contemporary studies in human psychology and the emotive, sometimes ethereal feel of romanticism.
Sony Artisan and international master photographer Scott Robert Lim is a certified educator and has over 70 international awards to his name, including Top Ten Most Influential, Kodak Award, World's Top Wedding Photographers and has been a judge at many international photography competitions. His work has been published and viewed by thousands all over the world and is a popular speaker on Creative Live. For the last decade he has dedicated his career to developing world class photographers and loves teaching photographers of all levels. He has an energetic and charismatic speaking style and is an industry leader in photography education.
Bryan Minear is a Midwest-based designer and photographer. From a young age Bryan was inspired by Ansel Adams' ethereal landscape work, which paved the direction he wanted to go as an artist. It took a lot of time and multiple detours along the way, but since 2015 Bryan has been pursuing landscape, lifestyle, and commercial photography as aggressively as one can while being a new father and still holding down a full-time job. His goal is to portray atmosphere and emotion through his work, whether he is shooting locally in the Midwest or traveling to epic locations around the world.
Griffin Hammond is a documentary filmmaker in New York City, known for producing DIY filmmaking tutorials for indie filmmakers, and his award-winning documentary "Sriracha." His 2016 coverage of the U.S. presidential election aired on Bloomberg Television and MSNBC. As a brand ambassador for Panasonic Lumix cameras, and a film envoy for the U.S. State Department, he's taught filmmaking workshops in 13 countries. Griffin studied film at New York University, earned a Masters from Illinois State University, and worked as a video producer at YouTube Next Lab and State Farm Insurance.
Michele is beyond proud to be part of an elite group of photographers to be sought out by Canon U.S.A. to represent their company as an Explorer of Light. Michele and her images have been featured in numerous advertisements for Canon and their professional line of cameras. She is a regular and popular presenter for Canon at trade shows throughout the country.
Jim Koepnick is a Sigma Pro photographer specializing in action and aviation subjects. His current clients include Sigma lenses, Plane and Pilot Magazine, Flying Magazine, AOPA Pilot and Air and Space Smithsonian. Local clients include Ripon College, Our Wisconsin Magazine, Old Glory Honor Flight, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Previously, Jim worked for USA Today Wisconsin Network as well as EAA. At EAA, he was Chief Photographer for 28 years. He has photographed over 1000 aircraft while on air-to-air missions and supplied over 550 cover images to EAA publications.
Ryan White is working towards his seventeenth year as an Audio Engineer. In 2011, Ryan graduated from Arizona's Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences before relocating to Los Angeles. Once in Los Angeles, Ryan worked for composer Klaus Badelt, and drum software developer, Steven Slate. Ryan has been an Audio Engineer in all major areas of the industry, from film production to video game audio, and regularly records music in his free time. Ryan has since become a Product Specialist for Rode Microphones where he travels the United States training and educating the Music Industry and Film Industry on all Rode Microphones' product line.
Sarah Beirne has been doing photography for over 10 years and is a former art educator of 14 years. Sarah specializes in guided lifestyle photography for newborns, children, and families, as well as unique hand painted backdrops for specialized studio sessions. With her natural love for teaching, Sarah brings an energy to her workshops that will engage participants with learning new tips and tricks to help enhance their own personal or professional skills!