2022 Speakers

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World-renowned photographer Lois Greenfield has been photographing the dance for over 40 years. Starting out as a photojournalist, Lois worked for the Village Voice capturing the experimental dance scene from 1973 to the mid 90’s. Working in her own studio, Lois developed a unique photographic style not based in capturing choreographed movements, but inspiring the dancers to improvise expressly for the camera. With her split second timing Lois revealed moments beneath the threshold of perception. Radically redefining the dance photography genre, her photographs have been exhibited around the world, and have influenced a generation of young photographers. Lois has created signature images for most of the contemporary dance companies, from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to American Ballet Theatre. Many of these photos have appeared in her three bestselling books- Breaking Bounds (1992), Airborne (1998),  and Lois Greenfield: Moving Still (2015)

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Rose is the co-owner of Center Stage Photos, a sports photography company she started in 2016 with her husband Timmy. As a second-generation photographer with over 20 years of experience in the industry, Rose Coleman lives and breathes photography. Based in Oklahoma, the pair travel around the U.S. photographing sports teams and clubs. At home on their ranch in Central Oklahoma, the two spend time with their three kids and work on finishing their own studio on the property.

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Alexis Cuarezma is a Nicaraguan born portrait photographer/director based in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in both on-location and in-studio portraiture. A passion for bold visuals has colored his whole life, and his childhood interest was nurtured at CSUEB, where he studied art, graphic design and photography.

His cultural heritage has proven a prominent influence; as a volatile Nicaragua forced Alexis’ family to emigrate to the U.S. when he was six years old, his vision has been informed by themes of sacrifice—of life, love, and self for the greater good. Muses include French Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David and Nicaraguan poets Rigoberto Lopez-Perez and Ruben Dario, as well as his namesake, Alexis Arguello, a professional boxer, three-time world champion, politician— and source of inspiration for Alexis’ involvement in boxing photography.

He's an Alumnus of the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop (Barnstorm XXIV), has been commissioned for assignments by NIKE, Sports Illustrated, the LA Times, the New York Times, HBO and a number of international publications. His touch has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated 6 times, boxing’s “Bible,” the esteemed Ring Magazine, and that of Undisputed Fight Magazine; covers of UK boxing mags SEEN, Fighting Fit, Boxing News, TV Guide, People Magazine round out Alexis’ resume. His vibrant aesthetic is often sought out for editorial, commercial, and private commissions.

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Andrew Eccles is a photographer specializing in editorial portrait and entertainment advertising work. His pictures have appeared on magazine covers including Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Esquire. He has worked with actors, athletes, musicians, and dancers, most notably of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company, for over three decades. After spending most of his career living in New York City, Andrew and his wife now reside in Los Angeles, California.

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Oliver Endahl is a former ballet dancer and the photographer of the instagram account @BalletZaida

 

Oliver was an early adopter to social media and his @BalletZaida account was the original dance photography account of Instagram.

 

With over a decade in dance experience himself, Oliver knows the proper technique, aesthetics and also the daily ins and outs of the life of a ballet dancer.

The world of ballet is extremely unique, and having first hand experience in what dancers go through on a daily basis has helped craft and guide his photography over the years.  Oliver has been hired and worked with some of the biggest dance brands including Eleve Dancewear, Russian Pointe and Discount Dance. He has also been hired to bring dance photography into commercial advertising. He has photographed and created ads for a variety of companies including Etsy, Free People, Jamba Juice, and more.

 

His photos have been featured in numerous publications including: Vogue, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine, Marie Claire, Elle, Esquire, Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine and more.

Through his photography, Ballet Zaida catalyzed the dance photography movement on social media & has helped democratize the dance industry.

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Drew Forsyth is an Award Winning Dance and Portrait photographer working for commercial and advertising clients in the UK and around the world.

 

His work can be characterised by its interest in individuals who have worked incredibly hard, sacrificed, and strived for perfection in order to achieve incredible results, and it is through this that he has worked with some of the best dancers in the world, including performers from The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and Scottish Ballet, as well as from Broadway, the West End, and beyond.

 

Drew has appeared on BBC News, and has had his work published by The Guardian, The Times, and the Royal Photographic Society - plus, he cannot wait to see you all in Austin!

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Jonathan has been in the entertainment industry for over 35 years. Wining multiple awards in choreography, direction, and design, as well as for his photography, everything he does comes back to the industry he loves. Beginning as a child performer, he is a triple threat (actor, singer, dancer) and an accomplished technician. As the founder of EPS, he is proud to have a team that all strives to bring out the best of each and every one of our clients. It truly takes a village.

 

Jonathan wants to thank his wonderful wife Leigh-Ann for all of her love and support, and for being the best thing he has ever been a part of. They are the proud puppy-parents of Baileigh and Shelbie.

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David Hofmann, better known as 'Sharkcookie', was born in England, started his career in Europe and moved to Los Angeles in 2003. He made his passion of capturing photos his career in advertising and the movie industry. As an artist he worked on 13 #1 box office movies for Dreamworks Animation, Warner Brothers and others. As a photographer he continued his success shooting portraits, fashion, dancers and for many clothing companies. His work is published worldwide in magazines, billboards and online media.

 

Throughout his life David visited and worked in 15 different countries and has learned to appreciate diversity and a variety of cultures.  "My true inspiration for photography is the joy I see in the eyes of the people I get to work with when I show them their photos! There is nothing more rewarding than making the person in front of my camera look beautiful, confident and amazing. I use my talent to create art and my experience working in the entertainment and fashion industry can help you in your career."

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Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Judy moved to Los Angeles when she was 4 years old.  In high school she became passionate about photography and considered becoming a professional portrait photographer.  Upon graduation though, she decided to pursue a degree in Speech Communications and would wait almost 20 years to start her own Photography business.

Today, after creating a successful business in photography for over 25 years, Judy has redefined the portrait photography world with her unique talent for capturing the heart and spirit of each individual she photographs and has earned her the respect and recognition of her colleagues.

 

Her photography has been internationally recognized for its innovative style and technique. Recently her work was selected for exhibition in the Valade Family Gallery in Detroit, MI, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA and the Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum in MO. In March 2017, Judy sold her first collection of Ballet images to MGM Resort Int’l for a permanent installation at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, NV.  Her collection is the only artwork in the entire building.

 

In addition, her work has been selected for national exhibition by the Professional Photographers of America, (PPA) from whom she has received the coveted Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees. Among Judy’s awards for outstanding environmental portrait photography, she has earned multiple Kodak Gallery Awards, an award given to those photographers who excel in creativity and the pursuit of excellence in quality.

 

Her clients include: InStyle Magazine, Warner Bros., Hollywood Foreign Press, Sigma Photo Corporation, Modern Luxury Magazine, Steve Hightower Hair Design, Oursayso London Ad Agency, IHG, MGM Resorts Int’l, Salt Agency/Atlanta and the Atlanta Ballet. Honored as a Sigma Pro for the Sigma Corporation, a significant distinction shared with five top professionals in the industry from 2012-2020.

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I've always had a love for fine art and as far back as I can remember have always painted, sculpted and enjoyed photography.  The subject matter I have mostly been interested in is people.  I began photography at the age of 15 when my parents gave me my first 35mm SLR camera.

My work has been exhibited at the 3rd Street Art Gallery in Philadelphia and the Delaware Art Museum.  I was also featured on WHYY TV's  Friday Arts.  Photography always came quite naturally for me and I firmly believe that the reason is because I have always been an artist, first and foremost, and the camera is just another tool like my paint brush or sculpting chisel.

I am primarily a dance photographer. I really enjoy the motion that you can capture photographing dancers as they are moving.  I look at what I offer in terms of photography as more of creating art than just picture taking.  I run a photography studio where I spend time with each dancer or model individually or in a group  to get the lighting, colors, backdrop and poses just right.  My job is to bring out the best in each person and highlight that in their images.

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Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer whose prolific career includes assignments in nearly 70 countries. McNally is known world-wide as not only one of the top, technically excellent photographers of his generation, but his charming demeanor, confidence and humor make him a sought-after choice from CEO’s to celebrities to commercial and magazine clients alike. He is among the rare breed of photographer who has bridged the world between photojournalism and advertising, amassing an impressive commercial and advertising client list including FedEx, Nikon, ESPN, Adidas, MAC Cosmetics, Land’s End, General Electric, Epson, MetLife, USAA, New York Stock Exchange, Lehman Brothers, PNC Bank, and the Beijing Cultural Commission.

 

McNally is equally comfortable climbing buildings or lighting a telescope to capturing quiet, sensitive subject matter with confidence in medical surroundings. He has shot numerous cover stories and highly complex features for the National Geographic, LIFE, and Sports Illustrated, where his research skills and unmatched preparedness were highly valued.

McNally won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalistic Impact for a LIFE coverage titled, “The Panorama of War.” He has been honored numerous times by Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY, and The World Press Photo Foundation.

 

He has also adapted to the Internet driven media world where his work is regularly cited in social media surveys as sources of inspiration and industry leadership. McNally is a proud Nikon Ambassador and also a recent member to the Capture One Ambassador team.

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Visual artist Eric Paré has built a lifestyle combining his passion for photography, travel and light-painting. Traveling the world with his light-painting tubes, he mixes light-painting and landscape photography in incredible locations, sharing every single tip about the techniques along the way. When he's not on the road, you can find him doing studio photography in Montréal where he performs light-painting using 176 dslr on a full 360-degree camera array. Mixing studio and outdoors photography allows him to continue pushing his limits while keeping the balance between those two complementary aspects of his art. Within the last years, he and his creative partner Kim Henry perfected the tube light-painting technique and made it widely accessible for beginners while always adding new tricks to create various visuals. By using a single tube, a flashlight, and a feather, he shows that simplicity is often the key, and he keeps bringing people together as part of the tube tribe.

 

While having the dream life by traveling with the tubes, Eric Paré has managed to build a twenty thousand members learning community all related to his light-painting technique while growing his 360-degree bullet-time photography company. His work has been featured on CNN, MTV, BBC, Vice, TEDx, and he has recently worked on large scale campaigns with Audi, Twitter, Adobe, HP, Intel, Facebook, Canon and Microsoft. He also does conferences, workshops and brand collaborations. Some recent projects brought him and his team at Vidcon, Coachella, Panorama, CES, SXSW, Xposure and the Olympic Games.

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Houston photographer Ashkan Roayaee specializes in dance, editorial, and portrait photography. He leads Ashkan Image, a state-of-the-art dance photography studio located in the heart of  Houston’s fine art community – The Silos at Sawyer Yards. Ashkan and his team have been working together to create powerful, compelling dance imagery for over a decade. 

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Vikki Sloviter is a Philadelphia-based fine art portrait and ballet photographer whose work showcases the artistry, technique, athleticism and beauty of the ballet dancer’s body. Vikki has photographed dancers from around the country who dance with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, Complexions, Martha Graham Dance Company, and others. Her work can be seen on social media and has appeared in Rangefinder Magazine and Pointe Magazine, has been on display on billboards, at the National Constitution Center, at the Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia, and at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont. 

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Hello! We are Scott and Megan Sockel from Omaha, Nebraska. The husband and wife team behind the lens and the business, MoveUp Images LLC. We provide a boutique style photography experience for sports clubs and dance studios. MoveUp Images, LLC is one of the three businesses we own and operate.  All of our businesses are photography focused, just different genres.  If running our three businesses is not enough, our 2 kiddos; Violet (6) and Aiden (3), are constantly keeping us on our toes.