We have intentionally chosen the best documentary photographers and fewer of them, so that you get the chance to really listen, absorb and grasp the content. All of our speakers will be present for the entire length of the conference and we’ve made sure our schedule allows for quality learning time.


ami vitale

Ami Vitale has traveled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Throughout the years, Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit— keeping true to her belief in the importance of “living the story.” In 2009, after shooting a powerful story on the transport and release of one the world’s last white rhinos, Ami shifted her focus to today’s most compelling wildlife and environmental stories. amivitale.com


matt eich

Matt Eich is a photographic essayist working on long-form projects related to memory, family, community, and the American condition. He is the author of three monographs. Matt is an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Corcoran School of Art and Design at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He continues to accept commissions, and resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with his family. matteichphoto.com


sharon farmer

Sharon Farmer served as Director of the White House Photography Office from 1999-2001. A White House photographer since 1993, she documented the Clinton-Gore Administration from its beginning. Sharon has been a professional photojournalist and exhibition photographer for more than 40 years, shooting news stories, political campaigns, cultural events, conferences, and portraits. Over the years she has photographed for The Washington Post, the Smithsonian Institution, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Urban League, the Brookings Institution, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to name a few.

Photo Credit:  Chelsea Silbereis

Photo Credit: Chelsea Silbereis

shawna beckmann

Shawna is a speaker and sales trainer for business owner who are eager to create a waiting list of happy paying clients. She helps them communicate more effectively without comprising integrity using her "Consensual Sales" framework. Her unique experience working in crisis call centers has revolutionized how business owners understand and implement their own sales strategy. heyheyshawnamay.com

Photo Credit:  Andy Riley

Photo Credit: Andy Riley

chelsea silbereis

Chelsea is a bad ass mother, an empathetic photographer and a champion of parents everywhere. She’s trying her hardest to figure out how to belong in a family and documenting families really helps. She’s blown away by the insights, changes and understanding that documentary family photography has created in her own life and the lives of her clients. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and a cat in Belmont, Massachusetts. She likes to imagine the ghosts of pets past are living there too. chelseasilbereis.com