Speaker Biographies:

Joe Edelman, Keynote Speaker, Sponsored by Olympus

Joe Edelman is an award-winning photographer and educator and that crazy PHOTO Joe Edelman on YouTube!  His work is featured frequently on well-known photography blogs including Fstoppers, DIYPhotography, PetaPixel, Lifehacker, ISO1200, Shutterbug and LensVid among others.  His primary subject – beautiful people!

Joe’s career has spanned four decades, from his start as a newspaper photojournalist to his work today photographing all types of people and serving as a photo educator who motivates and educates new and experienced photographers all over the world.

His photographs have been published internationally in magazines like Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Get Fit, Shape and Good Light Magazine to name a few. He has completed assignments for both the New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and has serviced commercial advertising clients from all over the United States.

Joe has earned a reputation as a lively and popular instructor and lecturer at camera clubs, photography conferences and photography workshops across the United States, speaking at events like ImagingUSA, WPPI, PhotoPlus, Out of Chicago, Carolina Photo Expo, NECCC and numerous others.

He has also served as an adjunct professor teaching about Creativity and Photography at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and Northampton County Community College in Monroe, PA.

Art Becker

Art Becker was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and studied Photography at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale from 1977 to1979 and started his commercial photography career in Fort Lauderdale/Miami returned to Erie, Pennsylvania in 1989 to 2013 Relocated to St Petersburg, Florida 2014 for the blue skies and sunshine. His Photography has  been in Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Time Magazine,  ESPN Magazine,Conde Nast Traveler Magizine, Hallmark Cards, A&E Network, The Weather Channel, American Express, Random House, Faith Magazine, Visa Gold, British Airways, Windham Hill Records, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Group, Rolling Stone Records.

Robert L. Chaplin

Born and raised in South Florida, Robert considers the Everglades his photographic playground. His passion for the Everglades has been described as “infectious”. More than a fine art photographer, he teaches photography and leads workshops in Everglades National Park and natural South Florida, is a founding director of the South Florida National Parks Camera Club, and Chairman of the Florida National Parks Association. Robert also co-authored the one-of-a-kind photographic guide – Everglades National Park: A Photographic Destination.

When asked about the why of his photography, he replies, “I see and feel nature…an unexplainable connection. From the simple and obvious to the sublime and hidden. Photography is my medium and sharing what I see and feel through fine art and teaching, is an attempt to enlighten and encourage an appreciation for our natural world.”

Find out more about Robert at www.rlchaplinphotography.com, everglades.photography, and follow him on www.facebook.com/rlchaplinphotography.

Robert’s Motto is “Helping Photographers Exceed Their Vision.”

Keith French

Keith French, a United States Marine Corps Veteran, has been a professional photographer since 2001 with an extensive background dating back to 1984. His years as an owner of a full service retail camera store, Photo/Video studio, and commercial color and B & W photo lab in the Chicago suburbs, gave him a unique look into the full circle of the photographic industry. Buying and selling equipment and accessories, hosting and teaching photography classes and workshops, shooting and printing, has provided Keith a well-rounded repertoire of photographic experience.

With these experiences, Keith brings a unique combination of fun and knowledge to his workshops and classes. His previous teaching opportunities includes novices to advanced amateurs through his camera store, with the Chicago Area Photography School (CAPS) and as a presenter and photo walk host with Out of Chicago. Since 2012 Keith has concentrated his work on B2B commercial photography, helping companies to visually communicate their product and services in their market through outstanding images. Also in keeping with his passion for teaching, Keith hosts or co-hosts numerous workshops both locally in the Chicago area as well as several destination workshops in North Dakota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Southern Illinois

William Freund

William Freund is the President and Co-founder of the fStop Foundation. His background is in commercial aviation as well as almost a quarter of a century running an international hardware sourcing company.  He now dedicates himself full-time to running the fStop Foundation and can be found much of the time in the Greater Everglades placing and checking the network of remote cameras in support of the Florida panthers.

Jennifer King

Internationally acclaimed landscape and nature photographer with a passion for teaching and inspiring photographers around the world. Jennifer draws on her fine art and design background to bring a fresh perspective to nature photography. Her ability to teach composition and inspire creativity is unmatched.

Jennifer is named 1 of 15 Amazing Women to Follow by 500px and is founder of PHOTOGRAPHY for the FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER (pfabc.org), an industry wide organization bringing together the biggest names in photography to raise money for breast cancer research.

Represented by the best:

  • Adobe
  • Singh-Ray Prana Influencer
  • Think Tank Photo
  • Mindshift Gear
  • Pixpa

Find her photography, video tutorials and interviews in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Outdoor Photography Guide, Camera in the Wild, Photography Talk, Smoky Mountains Journal of Photography, SouthxSoutheast, Our State Magazine, VIA Magazine and more!

Education doesn’t end after the workshop. Jennifer speaks at many yearly photographic summits such as NANPA, CNPA, Nature Visions, MoNEP, NECCC

Jackie Kramer, Sponsored by Lensbaby

Transitioning to becoming a full-time photographer after a career as an Environmental Engineer, has given Jackie the chance to delve deeply into artistic pursuits. Jackie’s interest in the natural world has always been at the fore and her talents have proven worthy of recognition by the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY), the International Print Competition of Professional Photographers of America (IPC and PPA), the Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild (JPPG), and the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). Through her group online, Phlorography, she has created a creative and uplifting global community of thousands of floral photographers all over the world. Jackie was born in Hialeah and after college and a few moves out west along with a 29 year stint in Alaska, she now resides with her husband, Glenn, in St. Augustine.

David Guy Maynard, Sponsored by Tamron

David Guy Maynard is an award winning, internationally published photographer producing work in Fashion, Glamour, Event, Fine Art, Nature/Macro, Marine, Astrophotography, and General Commercial photography.

His work has been seen in numerous magazines and publications around the world, as well as being featured on respected web-based business sites, in galleries, and exhibits. David is a Tamron Image Master and Spider Holster Ambassador.

David is also known to many in the industry for his former work as a Photographer and Consultant for a well-known photographic lighting manufacturer, and as an author of articles and videos on photographic technique.

David travels internationally delivering Seminars and Workshops on subjects ranging from Studio and Location Lighting, to Color Management and Workflow. These popular events have earned the reputation of being as entertaining, as they are informative.

Michael Milicia

Mike began his professional photography career in 2005 after working 27 years as a Software Engineer.   In 2011, he started offering classes and workshops and became affiliated with Shoot The Light Instructional Photographic Workshops, which is owned and operated by Canon Explorer of Light Charles Glatzer.

Mike’s images have earned high honors in the North American Nature Photography Association’s Annual Showcase Competition and in the Audubon Magazine Photography Awards.   His work has been published in National Geographic, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best, and National Wildlife magazines, and is available for licensing through Birdimagency and Minden Pictures.  He has also authored three articles for the National Audubon Society’s web site and served as the Technical Editor for Marie Read’s “Mastering Bird Photography” book.

Mike has two main passions : bird photography and teaching.  His technical background makes him especially adept at communicating complex subjects in a well organized, step by step manner that proves to be very effective for photography students at all levels.

Keith French, a United States Marine Corps Veteran, has been a professional photographer since 2001 with an extensive background dating back to 1984. His years as an owner of a full service retail camera store, Photo/Video studio, and commercial color and B & W photo lab in the Chicago suburbs, gave him a unique look into the full circle of the photographic industry. Buying and selling equipment and accessories, hosting and teaching photography classes and workshops, shooting and printing, has provided Keith a well-rounded repertoire of photographic experience.

Charles Needle, Sponsored by Lensbaby

Charles Needle is an award-winning, California-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation.  His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.

In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England).  This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom.  He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest.

A popular New England Camera Club Council speaker for several years, Charles has authored three cutting-edge instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011).

An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher with international workshops in Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France for 20 years in a row, with exclusive private access), Keukenhof Gardens (Holland) and The Butchart Gardens (Canada), Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner seven years in a row.

Charles’ photographs have selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Nature Photographer magazine, Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, The Chicago Tribune, SELF Magazine and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad.

To learn more about Charles’ work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visit www.charlesneedlephoto.com.

Maresa Pryor-Luzier

“A Freelance photographer with a goal of bringing awareness to special places throughout the world.” Since 1987, Maresa’s involvement in the photographic community includes chapter president of the American Society of Media Photographers of Central Florida, and a founding member of the North American Nature Photographers Association. Maresa specializes macro and long lens photography.  She has photojournalism and documentary experience.  She has led photo tours for the North American Nature Photography Association, and lectures at nature events. Her travels have taken her around the world to extraordinary places such as the Galapagos Islands, Cuba, Costa Rica, Norway, Puerto Rico, and Southern Africa.

Credits include: Audubon, Field & Stream, Living Bird, Mother Earth News, National Geographic Kids, National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, Ranger Rick, Scholastic Library, Sierra, Shearson Publishing, Smithsonian, Time for Kids, and is represented by Danita Delimont Stock Agency.

Maresa has A.A. degree from Lake Sumter State College in Leesburg, Florida.  She studied at Daytona State College in Photography, and authored Camping with Horses, A Trail Riders Guide to Camping in Florida.

Mary Louise Ravese

Mary Louise Ravese specializes in fine art nature, travel and creative photography from locations across the world. Professionally trained in the use of both 4×5 and 35 mm cameras, today Mary Louise shoots with full-frame DSLR cameras, producing award-winning imagery in color and black and white. Her photographs are in private, university & corporate collections in over 40 states, and are exhibited nationally. She has published images in calendars, magazines, books and websites, including special projects for National Geographic Maps and The Nature Conservancy. She is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association. Always wanting to give back, she is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs around the country. Mary Louise is an experienced photography instructor who has trained hundreds of amateur photographers. For her, photography represents the confluence of art and science, and through her company Bella Vista Photography, she enjoys teaching both the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. Based in North Carolina, she leads classes and workshops at a variety of locations across the US and abroad.

Denise Silva

Denise was the featured photographer in the Photoshop User Magazine Who’s Who in the KelbyOne Community Article. Additionally, Denise was recognized as one of the Top 200 Women Photographers Who Inspire by Nature Photo Guides, has had multiple articles published in Extraordinary Vision (EV) Magazine, and is a featured artist in Breakthrough Photography’s Guide to Night Sky Photography.

Denise finds every aspect of photography rewarding. From in-camera composition to post-processing, photography is meditative, creative, and challenging. Her passion is to capture images, from landscapes to urban decay and to share her experiences and knowledge with fellow photographers. To this end, she and Don Rosenberger started Road Runner Photography Tours.

Denise looks forward to sharing her passion for photography with you and know that RRPT tours will not only take you to great places, but also give you an opportunity to build your network of photography friends while enhancing your photography skills through experience and knowledge sharing in a supportive environment. There is no better place to learn and develop your skills than in the field!

John Slonina

John Slonina is a professional nature photographer. A passion for wildlife, wild places and teaching has led him down the path to photography. He has been photographing nature for over 30 years. He also has a photo tour company Slonina Photography which leads instructional photo workshops across North America. John’s goal is to make everything a fun learning experience. John’s subjects include landscape, wildlife, macro, nature, and night photography. His work has been published in calendars, books, magazines and displayed in several galleries. John has presented for numerous camera clubs, nature groups, and photo conferences. His teaching style and humor makes him a popular speaker. You can visit his website for his blog posts, online galleries, and tour schedule. Learn more at www.sphotography.com.


Vanelli is an educator, author, and a working sports and portrait photographer based on the east coast of Florida. His specialized photography programs have been taught on LinkedIn Learning, Lynda.com, ThinkTap Learn, in workshops, lectures and in the Brevard County School District.

Currently, he is part of Skylum Software’s Education Development team, a Drobo Ambassador, teaching workshops, and writing for Photofocus.