Classes Optimized for Hands-On Learners: Hands-On Pre-Cons

Published: October 21, 2022

Pre-cons take place January 19-21 in the days leading up to the conference. This is a perfect opportunity to delve into a topic led by an industry expert. Hands-on Pre-con classes are exactly what they sound like. Receive personal attention from your instructors and practice the techniques you’ve learned right there at the session! Below are some of the Hands-On Pre-Cons that will be on offer at Imaging USA 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee. 


Saturday, January 21  

Classes Offered Twice a Day, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm


Portraiture Workshop
With Endia Beal | Sony Artisan of Imagery
Beal’s hands-on workshop will teach photographers how to use portraiture to highlight the story behind their subjects. She will explore the techniques and challenges in portrait photography. Each participant will learn how to work with their subjects to create and compose a striking portrait.


The Details of Photographing a Wedding
With Jermaine Horton | Sony Artisan of Imagery

Join Sony Artisan of Imagery, and wedding and portrait photographer, Jermaine Horton as he shares his techniques of photographing the details and what’s required to capture the essence of a wedding day. Come ready to learn about posing, lighting, and more in this hands-on class!


When Portraiture and Fashion Collide - Creativity Workshop
Joe Edelman | Cr.Photog.

Bring your cameras and get ready to shoot with Joe Edelman, an award-winning photographer and photo educator! This hands-on workshop will include a live model and makeup artist and primarily focus on boosting your portrait skills with a heavy dose of creativity. Walk away knowing the simplest and most creative way to light a portrait, why posing is highly overrated in portraiture, how to maximize your background selection without breaking the bank, and much more!

Keeping Senior Shots Fresh and Sportraits With Peak Action
With Patrick Murphy-Racey | Sony Artisan of Imagery
Patrick Murphy-Racey is a Sony Artisan who uses location strobes to capture action whether it’s NFL players or AYSO soccer kids. His workshop will discuss using strobes outside with large modifiers and sports reflectors to allow kids more room to run around than just a standard backdrop. PM-R has been shooting as a pro for over 35 years and will talk about capturing the peak moment of action with senior and sports shoots.


Pro Direction From Shoot to Sale: Transform Uncertain Clients into High-Paying Model Subjects!
Phillip Blume | Cr.Photog.
Phillip and his wife, Eileen Blume, will help you build your studio’s complete Client Experience from shoot to sale. In this Hands-on class, you’ll learn how to light, pose, and direct live subjects, role-play the business conversations critical to your success, and you’ll learn a communication formula that helps to direct even the most awkward of portrait subjects. Start generating glowing referrals, “creating ideal clients,” and approach your sales sessions with confidence!


These classes are a unique opportunity to soak up information in a learning environment optimized for hands-on learners. Professionally styled models will be available to practice your photography skills, and at the end of the session, there will be an open box gear sale! Purchase gear that has been gently used during the session at a discounted price. Remember, Hands-On Pre-Cons fill out fast every year and when you register for more than one class, you’ll receive a discount. Make the most of an incredible weekend at Imaging USA and register for a Hands-On Pre-Con class today!