Laurie Klein is an award-winning fine art, commercial wedding and portrait photographer and educator. She is the author of Photographing the Female Form with Digital Infrared, and Hand Coloring Black and White Photography, a contributing writer for PPA magazine and Rangefinder Magazine. Her work embodies a soft passionate style that most often depicts the feminine experience, relationships and landscapes.
A gifted photo educator for over 30 years, Laurie teaches classes and workshops both nationally and internationally at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Maine Photographic Workshops and others. She also holds yearly mentoring programs for high school students who are interested in photography.
Laurie has a MFA in photography from Ohio U and BFA from RIT. She also studied with Ansel Adams.
Brooke Shaden was born in March of 1987 in Lancaster, PA, USA. She grew up near the "Amish Country" until attending Temple University. Brooke was photographically born in December 2008 after graduating from Temple with bachelor degrees in film and English.
She began creating self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images, and has since grown into a self-portrait fine art photographer. Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she places herself within environments she wishes to explore, where secrets are exposed, impossibilities are tested, and life is questioned in eras beyond our own.
Brooke works to capture fantastic realities within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements.
Pei Ketron is a photographer, educator, and traveler based in San Francisco. She specializes in commercial, travel, and humanitarian work worldwide. In addition to her experience with DSLR and medium-format film photography, Pei is also an accomplished mobile photographer and has amassed a following of nearly a million users on Instagram. She also teaches photography workshops and private lessons.
Prior to embarking on a career in photography, Pei spent a decade as an elementary school special education teacher. She was born in Taiwan and raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona as part of a biracial household. As a child, she spent summers enduring the monsoons of the tropics and the remainder of the year running barefoot in the deserts of the American Southwest.
Michelle's photography is a wildly fun, all-or-nothing, bold, brazen, adventure-laden experience, akin to a magazine shoot. From Puerto Vallarta to Maine, Pennsylvania to the world at large, the places she shoots shape her photography as much as the people she photographs. In 2015, Michelle was named one of the top 100 wedding photographers in the U.S.
Michelle has published two books about fashionable wedding photography and speaks at numerous conventions and events throughout the year on light, flash photography, posing, and composition. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Rangefinder, and Brides Magazine.
She currently resides in Southern California, although her photography assignments take her all over the world and she spends a significant part of each winter in Mexico, Central America, and Europe.
Dr. Meghan Davidson is a self-taught photographer who just completed a project creating a self-portrait using Polaroid film each and every day for a year. She is currently writing a memoir using these Polaroids as the framework for the book. Meghan is a lover of Polaroid and film, as well as digital photography. She is also a regular contributor to the collective photography website and blog, ViewFinders (formerly Mortal Muses) and on her own blog Life Refocused.
Meghan's Polaroid self-portraiture has been exhibited at theIMPOSSIBLE Project NYC. Her work has been published in UPPERCASE, Digital Photo, Artful Blogging, and Mingle magazines, and included in the crowd-sourced book, This is Happening, published by Chronicle Books. Meghan has had four invited gallery shows in her current hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, where she was awarded the Fan Favorite Award for the 2011 Lincoln PhotoFest.
Meghan is also a Ph.D. psychologist conducting research and teaching at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She is also a licensed therapist and maintains a small private practice working with clients to help them with their goals and dreams.
Suzanne believes in memory keeping that is simple, modern and tangible. She splits her business time between photography and photo book design and loves helping people tell their stories. Before founding Suzanne O’Brien Studio, Suzanne had a career in investment banking and private equity. She is the mom of two pretty cool kids and is married to an adventure-seeking husband. A Midwesterner at heart, she has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20+ years and can’t wait to get to know all of the Fireflies this year!
Maker extraordinaire, Courtney is the author of Playing with Image Transfers, Washi Tape 101 and Playing With Surface Design published by Quarry Books. Her books have been translated into Italian, French, German and Chinese. Courtney teaches workshops all over the country and online at Creativebug.com. Her work has been featured on Oh Happy Day, Design Sponge, the SF Chronicle, Instagram, The Jealous Curator andBuzzFeed among others. She makes something everyday and can be found on Instagram as @ccerruti.
Courtney sees books as objects to be read and re-purposed, candy wrappers as paper flower petals, toilet paper tubes as a menagerie of animals. She sees the potential in the discarded, history in the mundane and art in the everyday. She saves everything, makes anything and teaches from a place of passion and authenticity. Courtney believes everyone is creative and she’d rather spend an evening drinking tea and painting than doing anything else (except maybe scavenging treasures abroad).