Past Speakers 2013

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Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glen Drive, Concord

(FREE ADMISSION to all Pho­tog­ra­phers and Guests)

NCPP will have some of the best Bay Area ven­dors to show the lat­est and great­est in:

Photo gear

Pro­fes­sional photo labs for prints, albums and wall por­traits, pro­fes­sional fram­ing options

Back­grounds and props

Cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy for post processing


Mem­ber­ship Drive:



Join or renew your NCPP mem­ber­ship for 2014 for $99 cash or check ONLY at the event, (reg­u­lar yearly dues of $135). This spe­cial is for one night only Nov. 14, 2013 so bring your checkbook!

Some of the awe­some ven­dors attending:

Canon —

Cam­era West

Bay Photo


Sav­age Back­grounds




Tam­ron Lenses

Think Tank

Expo Imag­ing

Black Rapid



Lens Baby

Lens Pro To Go


Topaz One


NCPP Proudly Presents Suzette Allen Octo­ber 12th

Suz-2013a-1500px-SLec­ture Title: Hybrid=Photo+Video+Audio+You

HYBRID = Artis­tic blend of Video + Stills + Audio and it is the HOT NEW suc­cess train you need to hop on for a cre­ative and prof­itable next year! Jump­ing in can be over­whelm­ing at first, so we will break it down and make it easy for you to cre­ate Hybrid eProd­ucts. Mov­ing Por­traits or eProd­ucts can be filmed with a DSLR or Mir­ror­less cam­era and cre­ated with many soft­ware solu­tions, from easy to dif­fi­cult, but we will focus on the Easy and Prof­itable ones!

Learn the core skills of cre­at­ing Hybrid eProd­ucts: terms, shoot­ing tech­niques, tech­ni­cal set­tings, how to shoot for a tem­plate, and how to use a vari­ety of equip­ment and gear. Suzette will demon­strate an easy method for cre­at­ing fin­ished videos, with eTem­plates (auto edited with and ProShows with Pho­toDex, for sim­ple shows and very easy learn­ing curve. [Suzette will also do a quick demo on how to cre­ate cus­tom videos in Pho­to­shop CS6]
You will come away with the vital skills and basics you need to get started with Hybrid, cre­at­ing prof­itable eProducts.

Suzette Allen, Pro Pho­tog­ra­pher of 25+ years, has been also been a lead­ing edu­ca­tor in our indus­try for over 12 years, help­ing pho­tog­ra­phers embrace and under­stand Dig­i­tal, Pho­to­shop, Work­flow and the tech­ni­cal side of our cre­ativ­ity process.
Now she is lead­ing the charge into the new era with HYBRID Imag­ing, com­bin­ing stills, video and audio to cre­ate com­pelling por­trait eProd­ucts that clients love! In her usual down-to-earth style, she makes even tough con­cepts easy to under­stand and fun to learn! Be inspired and chal­lenged with fresh cre­ativ­ity and new ways of com­mu­ni­cat­ing visu­ally with HYBRID images…. the art­ful blend of stills, video and sound! 104 words

Pana­sonic LUMIX G: Tom Cur­ley
Bay Photo: Christie Box­ill
Smug­Mug: Sean Rogan

Speaker infor­ma­tion
Suzette Allen, Cr.Photog., CPP, API
Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia 95841



Talk­ing Por­trait & Motion Por­trait Links
Pho­tographed and cre­ated by Suzette Allen

 Natalie & Boots

Oliver Skat­ing Card

Kelsey Me-Movie

Jas­mine Senior Show

Bri­anna Grad Card

Jenny’s Hope Story

Lawrence Christ­mas Card

Selah Star-to-be


Why Go Hybrid?

NCPP Proudly Presents Alexis Cuarezma Sep­tem­ber 12th
Lec­ture Title: Beyond the Lights

Go inside the shoot with four time por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher of the year Alexis Cuarezma and see what’s essen­tial to cre­ate images with impact & emo­tion. Learn how to con­nect with your sub­ject & client to have a har­mo­nious rela­tion­ship dur­ing the shoot & point of sale. You’ll be acquainted small sim­ple changes that will directly affect and improve your approach to busi­ness and per­sonal growth as an artist. Fur­ther­more, he will go over light­ing the­o­ries & con­cepts to help you rec­og­nize & cre­ate images with impact.

Speaker Bio:

Alexis Cuarezma is a San Francisco-based pho­tog­ra­pher 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.

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

Dis­tinc­tions include the PPGBA’s Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2012, Por­trait Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year for four con­sec­u­tive years (2009–2012), Ted Gur­ney Por­trait of the Year 2012 and Print of the Year in 2011.

Spon­sors: Bayphoto Lab, Philip Mauer Pho­to­mount, Bor­rowed Lenses, Triple Scoop Music


NCPP Proudly Presents Steve Kurtz August 8th

Topic: Beyond Shoot and Burn-Creating a Prod­uct Line/Maximizing your sales

Our speaker this month, Steve Kurtz, from Santa Cruz, Cal­i­for­nia will share his insights taken from shoot­ing over 1500 wed­dings and 5000 por­traits in his career. Steve’s pho­tog­ra­phy has been fea­tured in many pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing Martha Stew­art Wed­dings, The New York Times, TV Guide, The San Jose Busi­ness Jour­nal and Mon­terey Life Mag­a­zine. He has a BA degree from San Fran­cisco State Uni­ver­sity in photojournalism.

Beyond Shoot and Burn” will show how Steve has built his prod­uct line, so that he can max­i­mize his sales from each wed­ding or por­trait client and their fam­i­lies. In today’s com­pet­i­tive wed­ding and por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy mar­ket it is impor­tant to set your­self apart from the masses of pho­tog­ra­phers. In Steve’s view cre­at­ing cus­tom one of a kind prod­ucts helps to sep­a­rate you from the com­pe­ti­tion as well as increase you sales with each client.

Steve Kurtz
Kurtz Pho­to­graph­ics



NCPP Proudly Presents July 11, 2013 Michelle Walker

Michelle Walker Head ShotHave it All Work­shop”
Money & Time Man­age­ment
Editing/Submitting/Copyrighting Images
How & what to shoot for publication


I’ve been a wed­ding pho­to­jour­nal­ist for 13+ years (since my senior year at the Acad­emy of Art Uni­ver­sity). While in school, I wanted to pho­to­graph world­wide con­flicts. But then I interned for a wed­ding pho­to­jour­nal­ist and fell in love. I real­ized that I could cap­ture wed­dings with the same raw, unbri­dled emo­tion that my men­tors were using in their war pho­tog­ra­phy. I was hooked… but had a dilemma. How to sat­isfy my pas­sion for travel pho­tog­ra­phy? (For me, one of the attrac­tions of con­flict pho­tog­ra­phy.) I made a com­mit­ment to myself then & there — yes, I would pho­to­graph wed­dings with all the energy & pas­sion I have, but I would take 4–6 weeks every year and travel to work on my per­sonal pho­tog­ra­phy. And I’ve done so every sin­gle year. How? I’ll tell you in this talk…

MWJuly 2013



Jennifer Chaney Head ShotNCPP Proudly Presents Juen­nifer Chaney June 13, 2013


Believe it or not, there are more com­pelling rea­sons to blog than just SEO (although that’s a pretty good one)! I’ll walk you through my blog­ging jour­ney (the good AND bad) to help show you how to make your blog stronger and more prof­itable (yes, good blog­ging can help your bot­tom line). From idea gen­er­a­tion to exe­cu­tion, I’ll give you tools and tricks to make blog­ging as pain free as possible.

My blog con­tin­ues to be a source of inspi­ra­tion for par­ents nation­wide and has cre­ated last­ing jour­nal­ism con­nec­tions. Addi­tion­ally, in the com­ing year, I’ll be com­pil­ing many of my blog posts for a book. It’s true. Blog­ging is def­i­nitely good for more than just SEO!


Award win­ning fam­ily pho­tog­ra­pher, Jen­nifer Chaney, has had her pho­tog­ra­phy on CBS Good Morn­ing Amer­ica,, as well as pub­lished inter­na­tion­ally on sev­eral occa­sions. Most recently her work was fea­tured in the Wall Street Jour­nal along with an inter­view regard­ing fam­ily pho­tog­ra­phy and the hol­i­days. Her pho­tog­ra­phy tips have been fea­tured in Parade mag­a­zine, USA Today, Wash­ing­ton Post, The LA Times, San Jose Mer­cury News, the Sacra­mento Bee, and more.

Jennifer’s goal with con­sult­ing and speak­ing is to spread knowl­edge. She deeply believes in shar­ing and not hold­ing back. Please visit for more information.


winata_headshot_milou_loresNCPP Proudly Presents May 9th, 2013 – Car­o­line Winata

Brand­ing + Authenticity

Car­o­line will be shar­ing her cre­ative process and how pho­tog­ra­phers can tap in to their true authen­tic self for cre­ative inspi­ra­tion and pick­ing a brand­ing to match your style and personality.

Artist Car­o­line Winata flows through life like her lus­ciously mod­ern clien­tele.
Wish­ing to life a mix-and-match of bold, fresh and dreamy-romantic con­cepts, she cap­tures dreams for clients liv­ing their hap­pily ever after’s.
The doors to her north­ern Cal­i­for­nia stu­dio open to her world where, along with name­sake and best puppy friend Milou, you might find Car­o­line obsess­ing over design, gor­geous, randomly-discovered light, find­ing hap­pi­ness in obscure moments, and trav­el­ing the world fash­ion­ably and fab­u­lously.
“Olin” (as her friends call her) also loves chunky cock­tail rings, dog-friendly beaches, and vib­ing with friends, espe­cially over sump­tu­ous sashimi. And cup­cakes. Never for­get the cup­cakes.
Car­o­line appears in dozens of spe­cial, happy places, like Martha Stew­art, Bride’s Mag­a­zine, The Knot, Style me Pretty, Green Wed­ding Shoes, and Pho­to­Pro Mag­a­zine. She was also named one of Rangefinder Magazine’s Top 30 Ris­ing Stars in 2012.
Milou + Olin = was, is, and always will be. In love with pho­tog­ra­phy, and art, and design, and shoes, and life since she was very small, she is at her hap­pi­est with her inspi­ra­tion Milou. For her romance-addicted clients seek­ing an edge, she always will be. Love always is.
When not obsessed with her pho­tog­ra­phy and all things beau­ti­ful, Car­o­line is also work­ing on her woman-centric non-profit, HelloXOXO.

Hon­ored to be one of Rangefinder Magazine’s Top 30 Ris­ing Stars of Wed­ding Photography.

Found­ing mem­ber of Best­Wed­ding­Pho­tog­ra­phers, Mod­ern­Pho­tog­ra­phers, mem­ber of AGWPJA and Pho­tographik. Fea­tured on Design*Sponge, Apart­ment­Ther­apy, Pho­to­Pro Mag­a­zine, Bride’s Mag­a­zine, The­Knot, Utterly Engaged, Real Wed­dings mag­a­zine, Today’s Bride, Style Me Pretty, Pro­jectWed­ding, Snip­pet and Ink, South­ern Wed­dings, Off­beat Bride, Wed­dingChicks, Green Wed­ding Shoes, Style Unveiled, Rock­N­Roll Bride, OnceWed, Eliz­a­bethAnne, Inti­mateWed­dings, Our­Wed­ding, Sacra­mento Wed­dings, Earth­Friend­ly­Wed­dings, The Inspired Bride, The Bride’s Cafe, Some­where Splen­did, Love­O­lio, Wed­dingChicks, Aisle­Candy, HiFi Wed­dings, Grey­LikesWed­dings and a host of other fine publications.


NCPP Proudly Presents April 11th, 2013 – Kelly McCathran

Founder of and Train­ing Evan­ge­list for round­peg Inc. (an part­ner) Kelly McCathran has been teach­ing Adobe appli­ca­tions since 1992Kelly and com­puter classes since 1989. Yes, I started teach­ing when I was 12, just kid­ding ;)

Kelly is a Cer­ti­fied Tech­ni­cal Trainer+ and an Adobe Design Mas­ter, Adobe Cer­ti­fied Instruc­tor, Adobe Cer­ti­fied Expert in most of the Cre­ative Suite Appli­ca­tions (I don’t teach Fire­works.) She has trav­eled North Amer­ica, and abroad, teach­ing appli­ca­tions to the largest tech firms, print shops and ad agen­cies in the world.

Spe­cial­ties and Credits

Adobe Pho­to­shop, InDe­sign, Illus­tra­tor, Acro­bat, Flash, Dreamweaver, Adobe Muse, Adobe Edge, HTML, CSS, HTML5, CSS3 and a lit­tle ActionScript


NCPP Proudly Presents March. 14, 2013 — Scot and Sharon Benton

Light­ing & Posing

Pro­gram starts at 7:00pm

We believe that light­ing and pos­ing go together. Can’t have one with­out the other.
We touch a lit­tle on basic pos­ing and focus on the details that define pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers. We do this with a Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion and live mod­els.
Scot’s strength is light­ing while Sharon’s is pos­ing. We show how we work together to cre­ate the images we are known for.
Our pre­sen­ta­tion is fun and upbeat. We encour­age ques­tions dur­ing the presentation.

Benton Photography image


Note: Because of Valentine’s Day this months meet­ing is the Third Thurs­day (This Month ONLY)

NCPP Proudly Presents Feb. 21, 2013 — Jen­nifer Bagwell

Boost Your Busi­ness on a Budget”

Jen­nifer Bag­well has been a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher for 5 short years and with each year she has grown her busi­ness. In 2012 she shot 35 wed­dings as the pri­mary pho­tog­ra­pher, which was 13 more than she did in 2011. She attrib­utes her suc­cess to savvy mar­ket­ing and build­ing a brand based on happy clients, happy guests, and a social media frenzy.

Jen­nifer will dis­cuss the things that she tried along the way that worked and what didn’t and how to make mar­ket­ing invest­ments with a great return. Learn how to cre­ate a brand that is talked about, cel­e­brated and yields a fully booked sched­ule today and future clients for tomorrow.

Petaluma based pho­tog­ra­pher Jen­nifer Bag­well has used her retail expe­ri­ence to get a leg-up in the pho­tog­ra­phy indus­try. At Best Buy she worked on a spe­cial board that worked hand in hand with the Gallup Orga­ni­za­tion where they stud­ied the psy­ches of dif­fer­ent cus­tomers and their shop­ping habits along with study­ing work staff per­son­al­i­ties and how to bet­ter uti­lize them to ser­vice cus­tomers. She was also the head of PR for Best Buy in San Fran­cisco and han­dled all of their media rela­tions while man­ag­ing the SF store.

Jen­nifer is a proud stay-at-home mom of two adorable chil­dren as well as a full-time photographer.


NCPP Proudly Presents Jan 10, 2013

Run­ning and Grow­ing Your pho­tog­ra­phy Busi­ness by the Num­bers with Shelly Waldman.

Shelly Wald­man launched Busi­ness Juice, a small busi­ness con­sult­ing com­pany focused on help­ing cre­atives under­stand busi­ness con­cepts and apply­ing that under­stand­ing to their own small busi­ness. Shelly has an under­grad­u­ate degree in Busi­ness Eco­nom­ics from UC Santa Bar­bara, she has man­aged large bud­gets for uni­ver­sity pro­grams and has worked for one of the largest finan­cial insti­tu­tions in the coun­try ana­lyz­ing bud­gets. Today, in addi­tion to Busi­ness Juice, Shelly con­tin­ues to run Wald­man Pho­tog­ra­phy while still work­ing in the finan­cial indus­try and study­ing for her cre­den­tial as a CFP (Cer­ti­fied Finan­cial Planner).

Since Jan­u­ary is the begin­ning of a new year, it the per­fect oppor­tu­nity to reflect on last year’s per­for­mance. Shelly will dis­cuss how to look at last year’s num­bers to fore­cast for 2013 and lead a panel dis­cus­sion with fel­low pho­tog­ra­phers about their strug­gles in run­ning a busi­ness. Fur­ther, she has invited an accoun­tant and a lawyer to talk about tax and law issues asso­ci­ated with grow­ing a busi­ness and what needs to be in place when you hire your first employee.

Shelly enjoys help­ing peo­ple suc­ceed. Through Busi­ness Juice, she is able to pro­vide one on one con­sult­ing to pho­tog­ra­phers, help­ing each busi­ness owner under­stand the foun­da­tional, finan­cial and mar­ket­ing con­cepts that will allow them to be suc­cess­ful at their craft and their business.

Con­tact info: Shelly Wald­man <>