SPEAKER: Steve Ellinger

PROGRAM: Working with Agencies and Photographing Models

Certified Professional Photographer Steve Ellinger presents a program on shooting agency type portfolio images and agency testing using professional agency fashion, print, and runway models. This in-depth presentation will describe you what you need to know to break into doing agency work and what is required to properly shoot what agencies want to see. From model selection to how to work with the best and most well-known agencies in the world, as well as what makes up proper portfolios. Then, a demonstration of shooting with an agency model to show how the model works, and how to get “the look”.


Steve Ellinger, CPP, is a very successful and published agency fashion photographer, speaker and instructor who has worked with professional models and agencies from across the United States to develop looks and styles that the agencies need in order to book and promote their signed models. Steve is also a practicing architect who successfully parallels fashion and architecture and brings elements of architectural design to his fashion work. His work has been instrumental in getting models signed to agencies around the world. A frequent lecturer and instructor in fashion photography, Steve brings his creative expertise to the Kansas PPA Winter Shutter Expo! 

SPEAKER: Brian DeMint 

PROGRAM: Creative Infusion 


This forward thinking program will inspire you with unconventional methods and ideas to enhance and develop your creative processes, loosen technical paradigms and teach you new approaches to develop and enhance your photography and artful mind. We will begin with how to generate original ideas, “see with awareness” and follow through with alternative methods for styling, lighting, posing and discuss and practice methods to help evolve our photography to gain a recognizable style. How to separate and define yourself as an artist. Creative exercises and hands on lighting/shooting keep this program lively, fun, informative and entertaining!

ABOUT BRIAN: Brian DeMint - Eyeworks Photography

Brian DeMint is an art/fashion photographer based in Joplin, Missouri. Formally trained as an oil painter, Brian made the switch to photography in 2004 and is self-educated in both photography and digital manipulation. By combining the classic elements of design with the digital technologies, he strives to create visually striking imagery with emphasis on emotional color and unique styling with the help of his wife Dena who provides Hair Styling and Makeup application.

Brian’s publishing credits include: Digital Photo Pro, Cliche’ Magazine, Sessions Magazine, AfterCapture Magazine, Cut & Dry, Conceptual Magazine among others. Brian lectures on a National level as a speaker for Shutterfest, PPA State events, Imaging USA 2013, Canadian Imaging 2012, After Dark Workshops, Sandy Puc’ Tours and Inferno workshops and appeared on the PhotoVision DVD series.



Social Media is an integral tool for any photographer in this day and age.  Learn tools to better optimize Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts to better promote your business.  Online sales have long been the enemy of the professional photographer.  Learn how to better intonate  this tool to your advantage.

ABOUT HEIDI: Heidi Anderson, Owner and Photographer - Legacy Livestock Imaging

Heidi Anderson started her career as a family, wedding and ballet photographer in Topeka, KS in 2005.  It wasn’t until 2012 however that her photography path took a dramatic shift.  After marrying Charles Anderson, a multi-generational farmer from central Kansas, Legacy Livestock Imaging was founded to encompass a growing interest in agricultural based photography.  Facebook, twitter and Instagram played a large part in the initial and sustained growth of the company.  With 80% of their business outside of 150 miles of their office in Topeka, social media and online sales became imperative tools.  Heidi has received numerous state and national awards through PPA, National Agricultural Communicators, as well as several publications.  They strive to help farmers and ranchers across the country tell their “Ag Story”.  


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