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

Kirsten's name is synonymous with the genre of documentary family photography. Despite her many accomplishments including being regularly featured on the Huffington Post, interviews around the world and listed as one of the top 100 photographers on Fearless Photographers, it is her role as a mother and wife to her daughter, Byrdie Mae and husband street photographer, Gregory Bethmann that brings her the most pride and joy. Well that and any Scrabble victory, which are countless. 


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.


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. Ms. Farmer 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.

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ryan christopher jones

Ryan is a Mexican-American photojournalist originally from California’s Central Valley and currently based in New York City. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times as both a photographer and writer, and he has recently covered the U.S./Mexico border, the American opioid crisis and the Annapolis newsroom shooting. Ryan is currently a student of American History at Harvard University, and he’s a lot more fun in person than he sounds in this bio.