Photography Conference Speakers

We’re so happy to have an amazing line-up of ladies who will be speaking and teaching at our I Heart Faces Photography Conference!  We have brought together a wide variety of photographers, speakers and teachers who specialize in various niches so that everyone will have appealing classes to learn from.

2013 Keynote Speaker

I Heart Faces Conference Speaker | Tamara Lackey

Tamara Lackey

Tamara Lackey (@TamaraLackey) is a portrait photographer whose work has been described as “expressive, soulful, funny, beautiful” and has appeared in a multitude of publications, from O Magazine to Men’s Journal and Parenting Magazine.  Her imagery has also been showcased on ABC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition, CNN’s Anderson, and NBC’s The Today Show.
Tamara hosts The reDefine Show, a biweekly web series about the many paths to creative success.  She also co-produced and hosted “Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography” and the Booklist Editors’ award-winning media production, “Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography”.    Tamara speaks regularly at conventions and shows, teaching a variety of courses on creative entrepreneurship, photography, and work-life balance/lifestyle convergence.  The author of five books, her latest two are “Envisioning Family”, and “The Posing Playbook”.

Speakers & Teachers

On Saturday, along with our key note speaker we have a busy schedule planned with break-out teaching sessions, discussion panels and live teaching photo sessions all taught by a mix of fantastic photographers, bloggers and the entire I Heart Faces Creative Team. All of these ladies have a passion to help and teach others what they know!

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Jennifer Tonetti-SpellmanJennifer Tonetti-Spellman

Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman is a natural light, children’s photographer based in New York. After working in publishing for 10 years, she turned her long time hobby into a business at the start of 2009 and JellyBean Pictures was born. Her work reflects natural images of children that are real, raw, and organic. She fully embraces a philosophy of ‘come as you are’ when filming.

As a part of the I Heart Faces creative team, Jennifer has written numerous photography tutorials and has become a wonderful teacher to the community, helping many people grow and learn more about their hobby and trade.

Jennifer’s {don’t} say cheese manual epitomizes her approach in getting children to smile naturally. ‘If you want natural smiles, you have to be able to make them smile. Children can sniff out a fake a mile away.’ Hence why 90% of Jennifer’s jeans are ripped at the knees from crawling, falling, and sliding her way into laughs. Whatever it takes to capture awesome.

She lives in Wetschester with her husband, daughter and shelter dog. None of them are safe from her camera.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Jean SmithJean Smith

Jean Smith is a lifestyle photographer currently living in Michigan with her (also photographer) husband and four little boys. While hoping to specialize early in her career, she quickly realized her true passion in photography is people…all genres of people. So, although she works with babies, children, families, seniors, and couples, her specialty is working with people to capture the love, relationships, and emotion seen in her images. When Jean isn’t behind the camera, she is a professional Instagrammar and self proclaimed world traveler. She spends most of her time planning trips that never happen, eating chocolate that she shouldn’t eat, and forever working on mastering that balance that comes with kids, work, husband, and…life.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Hilary CamilleriHilary Camilleri

Hilary Camilleri has become an award-winning and highly sought family and children’s photographer while also developing an impressive commercial portfolio that includes a diverse collection of work for corporations, actors and singers. She photographs nearly 200 sessions a year and has also been featured on many photography-related blogs. Most recently she won best photographer and best photography studio in her region’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards.

Hilary resides in the Kitchener-Waterloo region in Canada and is excited to travel to Ohio to meet other women in the I Heart Faces community!

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Rachel DurikRachel Durik

Rachel Durik is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Southwest Florida. Self-taught in pursuit of good blog photos, Rachel quickly excelled in photography and became a member of the I Heart Faces creative team less than a year after purchasing her first DSLR. As the former “bad picture taker of the family”, Rachel firmly believes that anyone can be taught to become a good photographer. She has since taught hundreds of aspiring professionals in workshops across the country and internationally, specializing in Lightroom and Photoshop training. In addition, Rachel teaches online courses in Lightroom and Photoshop. A former high school teacher, she is an active homeschooling mother of three adventurous children.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Susan KellerSusan Keller

Susan is a woman living amongst dudes. Even her dog is a dude. Her three sons (and husband!) are no longer young, pliable, and enthusiastically cooperative . They are not fond of being posed for pictures. And re-dos??? Pshaw. Not likely. The Kellers are a roadtripping family. And they furthermore live in a place surrounded by immense natural beauty. Given these parameters, is it any wonder, that Susan has morphed into a lifestyle/documentary photographer – one with nearly Ninja-level speed abilities in grabbing a picture quickly without exasperating those being photographed. She shoots wide and close and loves to wrap a “landscape” (be it home or the great outdoors) beautifully around people. She’s passionate about documenting a time and place, about observing & capturing minute, intimate details, about telling a story … without necessarily using words.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Dana SuggsDana Suggs

Dana bought her first DSLR camera in 2007. She had been an artist, mostly oils and charcoals, for many years, but after her first 2 children came, she didn’t have the time for it like she had before. After her daughter was born in 2005, her interest in photography began. She found that photography gave her that almost instant gratification that painting used to give her but she no longer had time for, and it became her creative outlet.

After purchasing her “Big Girl” camera, she learned all she could as fast as she possibly could! Dana drank in all the information she could find (which wasn’t much at the time)! In the beginning, it was just to take beautiful photos of her children but eventually grew from there. Her photography business grew from word of mouth and happy clients. Now, she has come full circle: adopting 3 more beautiful children and she’s gladly taken off her “professional photographer” hat to be Mom again….even if just for a little while. And in the Mom-time, she continues to learn and grow and try new things while capturing the hearts and faces of her 6 children.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Amandalynn JonesAmandalynn Jones

Amandalynn Jones is a commercial and portrait photographer in Madison WI. Raised in a family of artists she has been refining the art of capturing the essence of her subjects since childhood. Her work has been featured in books, magazines, ad campaigns, art museums, and on living room walls worldwide for the past 15 years.
Contributing the success of her business and personal artistic achievements to her positive attitude and her artistic Signature Style, Amandalynn creates memorable, engaging images that translate across a diverse variety of client types, and her positive focus on everything from the art of Posing to Dealing with Difficult Clients, strives to bring out the best in everyone.
A combination of plain English and Midwestern common sense, Amandalynn’s way of sharing her knowledge and skills with other photographers makes her a favorite contributor on the IHF Community forum, as a one-to-one mentor, and in live presentations.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Melissa HutchinsonMelissa Hutchinson

2013 marks the 12th year of photographing for artist Melissa Hutchinson ~ over a decade of beautiful, evocative images of children and more recently, teen girls and women. Working for 15 years as a model, she was privileged to work with a wealth of photographers and celebrities from coast to coast. A lifelong artist who excelled in painting and makeup, she explored black & white photography and handpainting photos while studying at the University of Michigan to pursue a career in film/television. Photography of her own children was her personal art, and as interest in her work flourished, so did a career. Last year, she was asked to photograph actress Selma Blair and her baby boy in LA, an exhibition of the intimate connection between mother and child for the Get Real for Kids campaign, published on While the heart of her work has always been with kids, her colorful journey has evolved to becoming a voice of inspiration and confidence-building for teen girls and women through photography. She attributes her success to extraordinary observation and the spiritual electricity of connecting; freeing inhibition is her strength. And her secret? Looking at the world through a rose-colored lens~it never fails!

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Keli HoskinsKeli Hoskins

Keli Hoskins is a self-taught “life photographer” residing in sunny South Carolina with her husband and three kids. She spends her days listening to the sound of laughter and tears and arguments and whispered secrets and silly giggles while surrounding herself with bright colors and music and books and coffee. She captures it all as a way to embrace her everyday life and give thanks for the little blessings that she doesn’t want to take for granted. Her photography is full of life and light and memories that her kids will treasure for always. When she’s not photographing or running, she blogs about her princess-and-dump-truck-filled life at Kidnapped by Suburbia.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference - Columbus, OhioHelen John

Helen John is a contemporary portrait and wedding photographer located in the DC Metro Area. When she’s not hunting for bugs and other small creatures with her two little boys, she loves to capture authentic interactions between families and precious fleeting moments in time. During the last two years she’s discovered her love for teaching and sharing photography knowledge to everyone from mom’s with cameras to professional photographers wanting to take their business to the next level.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference - Columbus, OhioJessica Paige

In addition to being a photographer and preset designer, Jessica is wife to a wonderful man and blessed mom to a busy brood of six. She began designing presets a few years ago, when she was inspired by the potential of speeding her editing by utilizing Lightroom as part of her workflow. Soon after, she began getting inquiries about her photo editing, it was then when she knew she wanted to share her passion with others by creating One Willow Presets. Jessica’s One Willow presets were recently featured in the December 2011 issue of Popular Photography Magazine.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference - Columbus, OhioJulie Rivera

Julie Rivera is first and foremost a wife and mother who is extremely happy to take beautiful images of other people’s family and children. She is a natural light photographer specializing in family and children’s portraits since 2008. Being married to an Army soldier forces her to be creative about how to run a profitable business in ever changing locations.

Julie is taking a year off from client work while her husband attends a school in Georgia and will resume her business when they reach the next duty station in the summer of 2014. In the meantime, she is using the time to learn and study and watch all the things she never had time for when clients were calling and sessions were happening. Oh, and she also takes daily pictures of her two girls. Or twice daily. Or as much as they will let her.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference - Dallas, TexasAngie Arthur

Angie Arthur is Co-Founder of I Heart Faces, a professional photographer and former teacher living in Ohio who has been recognized by Parent Magazine as a top mom blogger for her website Angie is a busy wife, mom of four children, dog, cat and various farm animals that her children raise for their 4-H Club. The love of capturing her children in photos is what sparked her passion for photography. After many years of learning about her camera and working in various photography niches, she now specializes fusion photography for high school seniors, families and corporations in a new business that she just recently started with her sister, Drew Riley. Angie is a natural teacher and can’t wait to meet the amazing women from the I Heart Faces community to share her knowledge and passion for photography with them.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference - Dallas, TexasAmy Locurto

Amy Locurto is a creative director and lifestyle blogger from Dallas, Texas. Along with I Heart Faces, she publishes and designs a line of whimsical party collections at Printables by Amy. Amy collaborates with companies on creative content for magazines, websites, TV spots, webisodes and new product lines. Amy has worked with brand names such as Universal Studios, Juicy Juice, HGTV, Michaels Stores, 3M, FedEx Office, Reader’s Digest, Disney, Parents Magazine, The Pioneer Woman, American Crafts, and been featured in many magazines and websites.

Amy recently launched a new signature product line Party with Amy Locurto for Pebbles, Inc. Her collections are in stores and include paper products and embellishments for parties, card making, crafts and scrapbooking.

Amy is happy to bring together many of these special women and creative entrepreneurs from the online community for a dream day at the I Heart Faces Photography Conference!

Past I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speakers

It was a dream of ours to host so many talented, creative entrepreneurs, bloggers, authors and photographers at the 2012 I Heart Faces Photography Conference!  Our keynote speakers were especially inspiring to hear and we count them as dear friends after spending time with them in Dallas!

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Sue Bryce

Sue Bryce

  • Australian Portrait Photographer of the year 2011
  • New Zealand O/S Photographer of the year 2011
A one of a kind photographer, creative entrepreneur, teacher and speaker. Sue Bryce’s wealth of knowledge, advice and fantastic story will encourage you to soar to new heights.

Sue Bryce has been a Portrait Photographer for 22 years and has spent her career shooting Glamour.  When all others turned their backs on this old style genre Sue evolved it, modernized it and then built a beautiful business out of it.  From humble beginnings building her own boutique Studio in her country garage in 2003 to creating her successful high volume inner city Studio & Make up room a year later.  Sue redefined Glamour Photography. A strong believer in the Business of Photography, modern marketing concepts and mad posing skills have taken Sue abroad these last 2 years Educating Photographers Internationally.

I Heart Faces Photography Conference Speaker - Kelle Hampton

Kelle Hampton

Kelle Hampton is an incredible story teller. Kelle’s new book, Bloom, became a New York Times Bestseller in its first week of publication! She will inspire you with her story and how photography has made a huge difference in her life.

Photographer and New York Times Bestselling author, Kelle Hampton chronicles the simple joys of motherhood and daily life on her popular blog, Enjoying the Small Things.  She has been recognized as a Babble Top 50 Mom Blogger, and her blog was named The Best Special Needs Blog by The Bump and The Blog You’ve Learned the Most From in the 2010 BlogLuxe Awards.  Kelle lives in Naples, Florida, with her husband, Brett; their two daughters, Lainey and Nella; and her stepsons, Austyn and Brandyn.  Her memoir, Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected was published April 3, 2012 by William Morrow/HarperCollins.