2018 Camp Staff

Pam Sogge, Camp Director

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Pam joins Firefly after a lifetime supporting talented photographers in their ambition to make great pictures. She got her start at a young age, curating her father’s photography collection in his professional photo studio. She was a founding member of a digital imaging start-up and then joined Adobe as a corporate leader, running marketing for Lightroom, Photoshop Elements and the Photoshop brand. Pam's corporate career emphasized her real love: bringing people together to learn in inspiring and stimulating environments. From team building to marketing “bootcamps” to the free Photoshop and You pop-up event in San Francisco, she loves organizing teaching and learning events that give people a chance to take a break from their daily lives and return energized and full of new ideas. 


Kristina Rust, Camp Counselor

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Kristina loves meeting and connecting with new people and can't wait to meet YOU! Originally from the Midwest, Kristina has four teenagers -- lots of eye-rolling going on at her house. She brakes for textured walls and fields of grass, loves the color orange, and secretly wishes she were in a band (although she doesn't play an instrument or sing). She enjoys all areas of photography.


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Kirsty Prentice, Camp Counselor


Kirsty is really excited to return to Firefly Camp for more inspiration and learning.  A former Brit now living in Wellington, New Zealand, she spends her free time dragging her two 9-year-olds to the top of hills for the perfect shot in the beautiful NZ light.  On the way, she captures the adventures, games and silliness. Kirsty is working on getting in more photos, and is looking forward to connecting with other photographers on the morning photo-hikes (more photos than hiking!)



Laurie Usher, Camp Counselor


Laurie has been publishing her photos since capturing women in sports during the ’70’s. Her emphasis has changed from action to nature to abstract and experimental images. Laurie is a teacher at heart, leading environmental workshops, lacrosse clinics, and college classes in photography. She lives with her partner near Seattle.


Fuff Tabachnikoff

Website | Instagram Fuff has been an artist all her life - photography, sculpture, painting, mosaics, jewelry - she loves visual expression. After many successful years of wedding photography Fuff has focused her recent artistic efforts on glass, both as fused glass in jewelry and using hand-blown glass in her mosaic sculptures. She is excited to meet the 2018 Fireflies.


Maria Tuzzo Saliba, Camp Counselor

Maria is thrilled to join the women of Firefly Institute. Her days are filled with the demands of her very energetic two teenaged boys. She is excited to dedicate time to herself and her photography in the beautiful Sonoma setting. 

Maria has her BFA in Photography and completed her Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts with an emphasis on Photography and Digital Video. 


Nicole Nordstrom, Program Assistant


Nicole is a storyteller at heart and is excited to come to photo camp to hone her photographic storytelling skills. She has traveled, camera in hand, to  to Namibia, South Africa, China, Greece and has recently returned from Israel.  Nicole studies Political Science and UCLA and will graduate just in time to come to camp in April. Nicole has three roles at camp: Camper, Program Assistant, and recipient of the SF Photoworks scholarship.