Immersive Classes That Fill Up Fast!

Published: December 01, 2023

Pre-con classes take place in the days leading up to the conference, January 25-27, and allow attendees to hone in on specialized topics like Image Evaluation, Boudoir Photography, Niche Photography and more. Small class sizes allow for in-depth learning and the chance to interact with expert speakers. Deep Dive classes take place Saturday, January 27, and will feature multiple speakers giving their strongest insights on the topic. Imaging USA has a class for everyone! Choose from Full-Day Classes, Multi-Day Classes, and Half-Day Classes! Here is just a selection of some of the offerings we have this year at Imaging USA, read more below!


Full Day Pre-Cons

MIR - Pursue Your Degree Through Image Evaluation with Carl Caylor
Friday, January 26
Whether you are working on your Master of Photography, Wedding, or Artist degree, or are just considering starting the process, this class will shed some light on the process and procedures of the image portion of the degree program. 

Carl has been an educator for over twenty years and will walk you through the concepts surrounding Merit Image Review with helpful demonstrations. Not only will you improve the images you submit for review, but you'll enhance your everyday client work as well!

Boudoir Deep Dive (3 Options to Choose From) 
Saturday, January 27
Sponsored by: The Boudoir Album

Experience the best of both worlds - great takeaways and inspiration from the platform as well as the opportunity to practice your photography alongside these remarkably talented creators. Choose from three great options!

Option 1 (Lecture Only)—The Boudoir Deep Dive with Kelli Marie, Brittnie Price, Olesha Haskett and Shannon Dougherty
Option 2 (Hands-on/Demo + Lecture)—Full-Day Boudoir Workshop featuring Brittnie Price and Shannon Dougherty 
Option 3  (Hands-on/Demo + Lecture)—Full-Day Boudoir Workshop featuring Kelli Marie and Olesha Haskett 

Design a Fresh and Creative Senior Business with Kia Bondurant
Saturday, January 27
Join Kia Bondurant as she shares the current fashion trends and how they impact backgrounds, locations, props, and wardrobe. Learn the most current posing that is fashionable and age-appropriate. To have a healthy business, it’s also important to expand your market. Kia will share how she has extended her senior portrait brand to include senior boys with her Guys Edition program and teens and tweens with her Style and Confidence program.

School and Sports Photography Re-Imaged 
Saturday, January 27
Join volume photography experts Bob Kenward, Tim Macdonald & Erica Morrow as they give you the tools you need to succeed with school and sports volume photography! 
This Deep Dive will cover:

  • Building successful price-lists
  • Crafting the perfect sales pitch
  • Setting up and optimizing your picture day workflow
  • Quickly and efficiently posing subjects of all ages
  • A live demonstration of the picture day process from start to finish
  • Maximizing post-picture day sales


Multi-Day Pre-Cons

Painting with Photoshop - A 2 Day Photoshop Workshop with Sandra Pearce
January 25—January 26
The differences between traditional art and digital art are vast and varied. There is one common link—the knowledge and skill needed to create true art, regardless of medium. Sandra has a working knowledge of traditional and computer-based art, as well as experience teaching each form. She believes photographers already are comfortable with the tools used in Photoshop, which enables them to concentrate on the techniques of painting rather than learning a new program.

2 Day Business Intensive for Portrait Photographers
January 25—January 26
On Day 1: Focus on the financials and foundational considerations for your business with the help of Scott Kurkian and Lindsay Betz. Begin by defining your individual business model and personal definition of success and then move on to managerial accounting. Walk away with an understanding of pricing for profitability and more!

On Day 2: Learn how to attract and discover the right clients with Monica Sigmon. Develop your brand, sell with confidence, and compete successfully in today's business landscape.

Half-Day Pre-Cons 

Film Photography in the Digital Age with Bill Manning
Saturday, January 27
Learn the basics of film photography, including how to understand the different types of film available and how to select the right camera to fit your needs. Bill will also discuss how photo labs can benefit professional workflows by helping you achieve your desired look faster with fewer hours spent editing on your computer. Discover how film fits in the modern photographer's toolkit and more!

From Ordinary to Extraordinary with Aubrey Lauren
Saturday, January 27
Whether you're a beginner seeking to learn the ropes or a seasoned pro looking to expand your repertoire, this workshop welcomes all skill levels. With a relaxed and casual atmosphere, you'll feel right at home as you learn alongside fellow photographers.

Beyond the Plate: The Art and Business of Food Photography with Christina Peters
Saturday, January 27
In this program, Christina will share with you several tips and tricks for landing food photography jobs along with showing you how she creates a food image from start to finish.
In part one of this workshop, learn about the various food photography clients and how to get them as clients. In part two, take part in a food photography demo where Christina will cover how to photograph food for a restaurant. 

Don't Delay: Register While There's Time!

There is truly something at Imaging USA for every photographer, no matter what your specialty is. To effortlessly search for Pre-Cons, go to the 2024 Schedule page and filter by Pre-Con classes. Make your selections and register soon before your class sells out! 

We can't wait to see you in January! Don't forget to register for your all-access pass now through December 8 to take advantage of early-bird pricing.