Photo Summit Live 2015
Event Date - May 30 -31 Event Location - Toronto Register Now

Photo Summit Live 2015

Get The Full Picture

Join us for Toronto's biggest photo education event this year! Featuring:

  • Nationally and internationally-renowned speakers
  • A chance to learn new techniques and skills from some of the most respected educators in the business
  • Sessions on Saturday that focus on Nature, Sports, Travel and Photojournalism photography
  • Sessions on Sunday devoted to people photography including Portrait, Glamour and Fashion photography
  • Learn practical portrait lighting techniques up-close with Jim Ogilvie in the "Controlling Light Showcase"

Date & Location

Join us at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, for one or two days of learning from some of the leading names in photography.

Date: Saturday, May 30th - Sunday, May 31st


2 Day Pass

Only $275
Save $125 when you sign up for two days of learning!
On Saturday, learn about outdoor photography including Nature, Sports, Travel & Photojournalism. Sunday's focus is on people photography including Glamour, Wedding, Fashion, Beauty & Boudoir.
Register now!

Student & Senior Pricing

Only $225
Students with valid student cards and seniors over
65 can present valid ID to save $50 off the price
of a two-day admission.

Please register at a Henry's store location or by calling Henry's Learning Lab directly at 1.888.574.0250 to take advantage of this offer.

Outdoor Photography 1 Day Pass - Saturday Only
Price: $200 per ticket
Saturday focuses on Outdoor, Nature and Travel photography.

Portrait Photography 1 Day Pass - Sunday Only
Price: $200 per ticket
Sunday focuses on Portrait, Glamour and Fashion photography.

Your Ticket Also Includes:

All attendees will receive a Henry's $25 Henry's Coupon (Off any $50 purchase).

Event attendees will also have access to the ROM's permanent galleries - A $16 value! For a list of galleries that are included, please click here.


Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, ON, M5S 2C6

Enter through the President's Choice School entrance on Queen's Park Avenue - south of the main doors (Next to the Planetarium).

Venue Information

Food and Drink

Food and beverages are available for purchase at the ROM's cafeteria or outside of the ROM. Cafeteria hours on Saturday and Sunday are 10:00am – 4:30pm. For more information, please click here.

*Please note that no food and drink can be consumed in the Eaton Theatre. Water in a non-disposable bottle (ie. not plastic) is acceptable.

Parking & Public Transit

For detailed directions on getting to the ROM by car or public transit, click here.

Please leave yourself extra time as the DVP and Gardiner will be closed on Sunday, May 31st for the Becel Ride for Heart.


Moose Peterson Presenting Saturday at 3pm

Moose Peterson

Moose's true passion has always been and remains photographing the life history of our endangered wildlife and wild places. Since 1981 he and his wife Sharon have dedicated their lives to this pursuit. Educating the public about our wild heritage is their hallmark. In recent years Moose has added aviation photography to his pursuits with the same goal of preserving our aviation heritage, pictorial and oral for future generations. Along the way Moose has been honored for his photographic passion: a Nikon Ambassador USA, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, just to name a few. He's part of Epson's Finish Strong ad campaign. Moose is creative producer/photographer of his acclaimed film: Aviation Photography: Warbird and The Men Who Flew Them. He shares his knowledge through his writing, being published in over 143 magazines worldwide, author of 28 books including his latest, Photographic FUNdamentals, Taking Flight and best seller Captured. He lectures across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers every year. One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology, becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years. While a beta site for all the major hardware and software manufacturers, Moose continues being a creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer, which is the driving force behind his photography and goals.

Bambi Cantrell Presenting Sunday at 3pm

Bambi Cantrell

Bambi Cantrell is one of the world's most decorated and sought after professional photographers of our time. 2004 Ms. Cantrell was named "Icon of Imaging" by Microsoft Corporation. In 2007 she was named “One of the 10 BEST wedding photographers in the world” by American Photo Magazine and in 2009 she was the first woman to be honored with the prestigious “Golden Eye” award from the Russian Federation of Professional Photographers. 2011 – Bambi Cantrell is named “The most influential photographer of the year” Photo Focus online magazine. 2014 - Bambi became one of the elite Nikon Ambassadors, and was a recipient of the prestigious Double Master of Photography awarded by Wedding Portrait Photographers International.

Clients include: The Estee Lauder Family, Metropolitan Bride Magazine, legendary basketball player Gary Payton, and members of the Royal Family, Dubai, UAE, Steve and Jackie Sheanen, former owner of Rangefinder Publishing, Skip Cohen and family, former President of Hasselblad USA.

Bambi is virtually a household name in the photography industry, as known for her talented vision behind the camera as she is for her outgoing and charming personality. Clients love how expertly she captures their true-to-life emotion with images that are filled with life and beauty.

Whether it's a wedding, an engagement session, a traditional portrait sitting or a boudoir style session, Bambi approaches every photo shoot with the same goal in mind – to produce interesting, flattering images for her clients which reveal both their inner and outer beauty.

She is a regular speaker for international photography conventions around the world and has authored three best-selling books all published by Random House. With over 25 years experience photographing some of the most elaborate and exclusive events - Bambi has developed an eye for elegance, glamour and panache.

Kristian Bogner Presenting Saturday at 1:30pm

Kristian Bogner

Photography is Kristian Bogner's passion and he is proud to be a 3rd generation pro photographer, brand Ambassador for Nikon Canada, Broncolor Canada, a Manfrotto Pro Photographer and Lowepro Storyteller. Kristian shoots and lectures on photography across North America and also teaches a 2-day photo retreat intensive called Photographic Rockstar.

Bogner's credo is about ultimate positivity, passion, and taking his technical expertise in photography to the extreme. A multi-award winner, Kristian has earned Commercial Photographer of the Year for Canada award three times. He has also received the Alberta Commercial Photographer of the Year award five times, along with many other international awards for his work. Bogner's recent photographic expeditions have been to Nepal, Thailand and India, capturing amazing images of tribals, monks, nomads, mountain-scapes, palaces, ancient cultures, and more. Kristian's work and abilities take him from shooting the Olympics and extreme sports to fashion, to high-end architecture, aircrafts, landscape photography and any other exciting commercial photography work that comes his way.

Cherie Steinberg & Hedley Jones Presenting Sunday at 1:30pm

Cherie Steinberg and Hedley Jones

Cherie Steinberg is one of the most celebrated and widely-published wedding and boudoir photographers in her field. From her Los Angeles studio along with her fellow photographer and partner Hedley Jones they have created the Cheriefoto brand of photography which includes contemporary wedding photojournalism, fashion and the art of sexy boudoir. Together they have shot several camera brochures for Nikon Japan including the Nikon D700, and have spoken at several Nikon USA sponsored events across the US for the past eight years. Cherie shoots high-fashion editorial quite frequently, but splits her time shooting Weddings and Boudoir. During her time as a photographer in Toronto, Cherie started the Sunshine Boys photo series for the Toronto Sun newspaper.

Before committing to the camera full time, Hedley Jones was a well-known radio disk jockey known as “Deadley Hedley" on CFNY and Energy 108. He’s credited with being one of the first to bring new electronic and dance sounds to Toronto’s airwaves in the nineties.

"For the past five years Hedley and I have focused more on the art of boudoir, and before each session we conduct a little interview with our client... (and we have interviewed several of the women that we have photographed for a documentary in progress) check us out at: "I love the beauty of a woman....I love the fashion, the shoes and dressing up the ladies in lingerie," she states revealing her love for taking photos of glamorous things. "We love women and want to bring out their beauty no matter what her shape or size. We highlight her good parts. We have mastered important technical aspects of digital photography especially with regards to the lighting in a boudoir setting. The lighting is a very important element to making the “Emotional Connection" with our clients and one of the key factors in our style" Our talent is to turn any woman into a fashion model or a Playboy bunny. We help to make her see herself differently, with a lot of fun thrown in….we bring the party, make them feel good about themselves... that’s what we bring to the table."

Sam Sciarrino Presenting Sunday at 10am

Sam Sciarrino

Known for his unique approaches to Wedding & Portrait photography, Sam Sciarrino is an internationally known Master Photographer and owner of Horvath Photography located in Toronto, Canada.

A second generation professional photographer for over 30 years, Sam holds his Master of Photographic Arts from Professional Photographers of Canada, and also a Master/Craftsman of Photographic Arts from Professional Photographers of America. Triple Master of WPPI.

Sam has also been named as a Nikon Ambassador and Album Epoca Ambassador. Creativity, technical knowledge and keen attention to his clients' individual tastes has resulted in a solid reputation of creating work of exceptional artistic quality. As a testament the level of his professional acumen - Sam has won numerous awards and accolades for his work with WPPI and PPA and PPOC and SWPP including 2010 Traditional Wedding Photographer of the Year, 2011 Contemporary Wedding Photographer of the Year, 2013 Portrait Photographer of the Year and Best over All 16x20 at SWPP. Sam also received First Place Photojournalism WPPI 2014. Sam has been featured in numerous leading photography magazines such as Rangefinder, Professional Photographer, Studio Photography, Photo Imaging, Photo Pro, PPOC Magazine, and Image Maker in the UK. With his vast knowledge of technique and composition, for many years Sam has enjoyed a personally and professionally rewarding career as respected lecturer on the world wide pro photography circuit.

Yuri Dojc Presenting Saturday at 11am

Yuri Dojc

Yuri Dojc grew up in Czechoslovakia. In 1968 when the Soviets put an end to the Prague Spring reforms , Dojc was on summer vacation in the UK and decided not to return home.

Resettling in Toronto he studied photography at Ryerson University where he worked alongside Christie Blatchford, Paul Workman and Paul Chato on the school paper, The Eye Opener, as the Photo Editor.

Upon graduation he opened a Studio and began developing his inimitable brazen yet whimsical style. Commercially, through the 1980s and 1990s, Dojc earned a reputation for elevating the art of advertising while producing bold and memorable campaigns for a bevy of Fortune 500 heavyweights and style savvy brands including FedEx, Kodak, Apple, GM, Porsche, Canon, Club Med and Panasonic.

Meanwhile his personal work during this period, particularly his black and white nude studies, the best of which are compiled in his seminal book Marble Woman, and the vivid red, white and blue hearted kitsch of his American Dream series tantalized galleristas and catapulted Dojc into the imagination of fine art collectors around the world.

While already acclaimed as a master eroticist, when the prestigious Italian imprint L'espresso decided to collect the worlds best nude photographers in a series of signature books under the banner Eros e Fotografia, Dojc entered a whole new ballpark, making the shortlist alongside luminaries Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, and Bill Brandt.

Last Folio, a personal journey to his native Slovakia, garnered a medal of honor from the Slovak Ambassador to the United States and photos from his travels in Rwanda, Dojc's first trip to the African continent, appeared as double-page spread in the French daily Liberation.

Dojc's work has been exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic and is coveted by prestigious museums around the world. His pictures grace the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Library of Congress in Washington, and the Rothschild Foundation in the United Kingdom.

Michelle Valberg Presenting Sunday at 11am

Michelle Valberg

Michelle Valberg is an award-winning Canadian photographer and Nikon Ambassador, renowned for her soulful portraiture and stunning landscapes. She possesses a magical combination of artistic creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and community commitment, which is reflected in her diverse career and stellar reputation. Michelle's work has appeared in many magazines including National Geographic, US Magazine, In Style, Above & Beyond, Ottawa Life, Canadian Geographic, PhotoLife, Reader's Digest and Chatelaine. It has also been the subject of two self-published books — "Look Beyond… The Faces & Stories of People with HIV/AIDS" and "Dare to Dream… A Celebration of Canadian Women," which became a national bestseller. Each of her book projects raised money for Ottawa-based charities. In 2012, Michelle released her third book, "Arctic Kaleidoscope...The People, Wildlife and Ever-Changing Landscape."

Mark Cruz Presenting Saturday at 10am

Mark Cruz

Mark Cruz has spent the last 8 years working for Nikon Canada, and is the Senior Nikon Professional Services Technical Representative. During his tenure with Nikon Canada, he has supported the professionals during the Olympic games in Beijing, Vancouver, as well as the various professional groups across the country. He is a trusted board member on 3 different college photography advisory boards. He is also a trusted trainer of law enforcement agencies across the country. Mark is currently featured on The Shopping Channel during the electronics segment for all Nikon products.

Ren Bostelaar Presenting Saturday at 9am

Ren Bostelaar

Ren Bostelaar is a professional photographer, author and manager of the Henry's School of Imaging. Ren's work has been widely published and he often appears at photo shows and conferences across Canada. Ren specializes in travel and street photography, and has traveled the world photographing people and places he discovers along the way.

Jorge DaSilva Presenting Sunday at 9am

Jorge DaSilva

Jorge DaSilva is a photographer and photo educator from Toronto. Jorge is passionate about getting big results from small flashes, and he's well known for his ability to turn every class he teaches into a fun, friendly and empowering environment.


Saturday, May 30th, 2015.

Saturday focuses on Outdoor, Nature and Travel photography.

Time Duration Presenter
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 60 minutes Registration
Check in at the registration table. Physical tickets will not be issued, but please bring receipt of purchase with you on your mobile device or printed copy. If you purchased a senior or student ticket, please bring valid ID with your proof of purchase.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 60 minutes Ren Bostelaar - Creative Urban Photography
Join Ren Bostelaar for a fun and engaging exploration of street photography. With examples from notable photographers in the field and his own work, he will discuss successful approaches for capturing compelling images of cities and the people within them. Learn how to confidently approach a stranger to ask for their photo, as well as how to capture candid images with a photojournalist's eye. Discover what the law says about street photographer, and arm yourself with some tools and habits you can use to begin creating your own impressive body of work.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 60 minutes Mark Cruz - How to Get the Full Picture Every Time
Great photography is the product of skill, timing and having the right equipment. Nikon Professional Services Technical Representative Mark Cruz will share some of his favourite images from his career as well as the stories of how he was able to capture them.

With no fewer than 5 full-frame cameras currently in the Nikon fleet of FX cameras, Nikon offers a unique and broad range of full-frame cameras that cater to the enthusiast and the professional. This presentation will take you on a tour of those models, and helps reveal which one best suits your needs. Wether you're in the market for a full frame camera or if you're just wondering what full frame is all about, this presentation helps you clarify the differences between each model, and how upgrading to full-frame will help you get ahead.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 90 minutes Yuri Dojc - Last Folio
Last Folio charts a personal journey in cultural memory - a project of iconic images and heartbreaking stories of courage and survival.

Yuri Dojc, a Canadian photographer of Slovak origin, travels to Slovakia trying to trace the - by now mostly destroyed - culture of his family. In the process of nearly two decades Dojc records hundreds of faces and personal stories of survivors. He also finds an abandoned Jewish school with hundreds of disintegrating books, which he photographs just like the survivors - with an extraordinary feeling for their beauty and defiance in their last stand. For his presentation at Photo Summit Live, Dojc will be presenting images and stories from his important personal journey of photography and self discovery.

Last Folio has become a celebrated and critically acclaimed travelling exhibition and installation of photographs and a documentary film designed by Daniel Weil of Pentagram, one of the world's finest design companies. Now a full length documentary film and a large photo book by Prestel/Random House accompany the project worldwide. Many of the images are now in collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, the Rothschild Foundation Europe, Bertelsmann Germany, National Library of Italy and numerous others. Currently in the National Library of Germany in Berlin, the exhibition will travel on to Moscow and Boston later in 2015.

EPSON Canada has been the global sponsor of Last Folio images since the start of the project.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 90 minutes Kristian Bogner - Capturing Stunning Outdoor Photography in any Situation
Nikon Ambassador, Manfrotto and Broncolor Pro Photographer Kristian Bogner will show you how to take better outdoor photographs from sports to landscapes, to expeditions and faces from around the world. He will demonstrate pro techniques, in-depth camera settings and portable lighting tips for capturing stunning outdoor images in any situation. Kristian's passion and pursuit of excellence in photography is sure to inspire you on your photographic journey.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 120 minutes Moose Peterson - Telling the Critters' Tales
This session combines biology and technology, showing you how to capture memorable nature photographs, as well as the stories that reach out and touch the heartstrings of your viewers. Moose shows you that all it takes is an understanding of the basics about critters and photography. It is true that he uses a 800mm telephoto lens in his work, but he also uses a 16mm fisheye. Which lens depends on the critter and the story. You will notice that the frame is not always filled with the critter, yet it visually “pops”. Light, f/stop, biology and heart are all part of the recipe that will be shared during your time with Moose. Our wild heritage needs your images to tell their story. After this class you'll know that and much more!

Sunday, May 31st, 2015.

Sunday is devoted to people photography including Portrait, Glamour and Fashion photography.

Time Duration Presenter
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 60 minutes Registration
Check in at the registration table. Physical tickets will not be issued, but please bring receipt of purchase with you on your mobile device or printed copy. If you purchased a senior or student ticket, please bring valid ID with your proof of purchase.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 60 minutes Jorge DaSilva - Better People Pictures in a Flash
Free your people pictures from the circumstances of imperfect ambient light and give them the pro-like lighting they deserve. From candid portraits at social gatherings to studio-style portraits, join us for this look at how the flexibility & simplicity of modern flash systems can completely alter your outlook on flash photography. From single flash possibilities to simple multi-flash wireless set-ups, we'll show you why photography with flash has never been so exciting - and so simple.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 60 minutes Sam Sciarrino - Fundamentals of Contemporary Portraiture
Sam Sciarrino is known for creating timeless images. In this seminar you'll acquire practical techniques to support and enhance your current style or explore a new one. Wide-angle dynamics will be introduced to create images with multiple layers of interest, compositional lead in lines and contemporary flair. His hands-on approach will deal with various indoor and outdoor lighting situations as well as composition fundamentals. How to integrate these concepts in your business will help you set your work apart from the pack in a very competitive, global market and create a loyal following with your clients.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 90 minutes Michelle Valberg - Photographing People: Revealing the Soul Within
For Michelle Valberg, the difference between a photo and a portrait is the subject's soul and how the photographer captures it. With more than 27 years of international experience in photographing people in their own environment and in a more controlled studio setting, Michelle has been able to expose a subject's strengths and vulnerabilities through her lens. Having published two coffee table books of portraiture as well as Arctic Kaleidoscope, which features the faces of Inuit across Canada's Arctic, Michelle will discuss the techniques she uses to photograph people. From highlighting cultures and traditions to delving deep into human psyche, Michelle believes the photographer's job is to use the camera lens to record what the eye cannot. Michelle's work has been featured in magazines around the world, including the National Geographic. She is a regular contributor to Photo News and is the only to be named a Canadian Nikon Ambassador.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 90 minutes Cherie & Hedley - Tales from the Boudoir Café
Join renowned boudoir photographers Cherie Steinberg and Hedley Jones for a fun and sexy boudoir session live on stage. Cherie and Hedley will share images and stories from their busy Beverley Hills photo studio, explaining how they make every client feel beautiful and comfortable in front of the camera. They will also discuss some critical business lessons they learned early in their careers that have helped them become some of the most sought-after photographers in their market. Finally, Cherie and Hedley will produce a boudoir shot live on stage, including the one important image that is almost always the client's favourite pose. Whether you're already shooting boudoir or you're just beginning to consider it, this great session will help you understand the art and the business of running a successful boudoir studio.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 120 minutes Bambi Cantrell - Portraits That WOW! Simple Posing and Lighting Techniques to Wow Your Clients
There has never been a time in history when it has been more important to capture amazing photographs that captivate the soul. Everyone's uncle has a good camera, so what can the professional photographer do to set him or herself apart? Bambi Cantrell's action-packed program, addresses three simple ways to immediately improve the look of your wedding photography to have clients running to your doors. She will discuss simple posing techniques to flatter any subject, lighting for the dramatic photograph and the key ways to draw clients to your door.

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