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Check out our featured instructors below.

Featured Instructors

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown has been trusted by thousands of families worldwide to capture their maternity, newborn, and family portraits. In 2017, she opened a state-of-the-art studio in Sumner, Brisbane, Australia, where she continues to photograph exquisite portraits and offer her clients the very best service.

Check out Kelly’s Studio Tour here on Sue Bryce Education.

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley is a premier portrait and headshot photographer with studios in New York City and Los Angeles. He is known for the genuine expressions he captures in the headshots and executive portraits he takes. Peter is an expert on human facial expression and has spoken on the subject for TEDx, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, and GoDaddy…to name a few!

Check out Peter’s presentation at the 2017 Portrait Masters Conference.

Rob Greer

Rob Greer is a Houston photographer specializing in wedding photography, portrait photography, headshot photography, and product photography.

Check out his course on Sue Bryce Education on SEO Optimization!

Rob Grimm

Rob Grimm is a commercial photographer and educational instructor. He works exclusively in food and beverage photography, specializing in glass and liquids. His bold, graphic style has been employed by many major international brands. He runs full-service studios in Chicago & St. Louis, and in 2014, he co-founded PRO EDU, an educational company that produces tutorials for every photography genre.

Check out when Rob came to visit Sue’s studio to chat about Commercial Photography Pricing!

Lisa Kostova

Lisa Kostova is the founder of marketing and digital engagement agency Athena Strategy Partners. She works with service businesses to help them identify, build, and engage communities of their ideal customers on social media. She is also a certified Next Level and Transformational coach, speaker, and workshop leader.

Are you a female 40+? Or do you have female 40+ clients? Let’s talk about empowering this demographic! You need to check out this video chat with Sue Bryce and Lisa.

Felix Kunze

Felix is an international commercial and editorial portrait photographer. His award-winning background – shooting in disaster zones and later music festivals, news events, fashion weeks, & other entertainment events around the globe for Getty Images – combines with his experience working for the top fashion and portrait photographers to make Felix one of the better known portrait and commercial photographers.

Make sure to check out Felix’s presentation at the 2018 Portrait Masters Conference.

Also, check out his courses in The Portrait Masters Store (and use the coupon code on the SBE Member Exclusive Discounts page to save $$).

Richard Wood

Richard Wood, inspired by parenting, embraces creative, unbounded thought processes. This passion mixed with his fascination in the old masters is a catalyst for deep, rich, moody imagery, controlled in detail from the furthermost edges of the imagination. Richard is an eight-time finalist, three-time recipient, and double Grand Master of the NZIPP – New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year. He teaches workshops on creative photography & lighting, judges the NZIPP Iris Awards, and is the head judge of The Portrait Masters Awards.

Check out Richard’s presentation at the 2018 Portrait Masters Conference.

Also check out his Portrait Masters Awards Critique explainer video and learn common things to consider for awards entries.

Richard also has two fantastic courses in The Portrait Masters Store, check out The Richard Wood Store.

Richard Israel

Born and raised in London, England, and at home in Charlotte, NC, Richard Israel has always been a romantic at heart. He is drawn to sentimental moments, gorgeous atmospheres, and beautiful light. His work is frequently described as fashionable, timeless, & emotive, but to him his photographs are simply reflections of the marriage of life and art that is always present. Richard has a passion for film, antique cameras, and handmade prints, and is compelled by an inextinguishable pursuit for meaningful photography and the artful life.

Check out Richard’s presentation at the 2018 Portrait Masters Conference.


Platon has worked with a wide range of international publications, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, The Sunday Times magazine, and TIME magazine. He’s received many awards, including 1st prize in the World Press Photo Contest (2007), two ASME Awards (2009 and 2010), and a Peabody Award (2011. His permanent collections reside in the New York Historical Society, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, The Westlicht Museum for Photography (Vienna, Austria), and the Scotland National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland).

His non-profit foundation, The People’s Portfolio aspires to create a visual language that breaks barriers, expands dignity, fights discrimination, and enlists the public to support human rights around the world. He serves as the Creative Director at Large for the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

Check out the exclusive interview Platon did with Sue Bryce!

Also, check out Platon’s presentation at the 2018 Portrait Masters Conference.

Parker J Pfister

Parker J Pfister is an artist, teacher, and mentor. He creates stories using photography and film as his translators. These translations spark change in our world. He has a vision of a new generation, where this world experiences how others see and not what they have already seen. He envisions a generation that is authentic. With this vision, he guides artists through their own process with the belief that everyone is creative and needs to be heard. He believes that each person has the ability to self-inspire, which breeds this elusive authenticity.

Check out Parker’s presentation from the 2018 Portrait Masters Conference!

Michele Celentano

If you ask Michele Celentano, the most important part of our journey through life is the people we love. And for Michele, the second most important thing is the photographs that help us remember those we love when they are no longer with us. Photography has always been more than a job or career to her. Photographs of the people we love the most and the times we spend with them will outlast any other material thing we have. It is this emotion and level of importance that is reflected in every photo Michele creates.

Check out Michele’s presentation at the 2017 Portrait Masters Conference!

Also make sure to check out The Family Posing Series in The Portrait Masters Store.

Matthew Jordan Smith

Matthew Jordan Smith is an American photographer best known for his celebrity portraits, including Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Martha Stewart, Aretha Franklin, and Samuel L. Jackson. He has shot numerous magazine covers, advertising campaigns, and editorial assignments around the world. His three published books are: Sepia Dreams, Lost and Found, and Future American President: 50 States, 100 Families, Infinite Dreams. He has received the Microsoft Icon of Imaging Award, The George Eastman Power of Image Award, and the Vision Award, and is a Nikon Ambassador.

Matthew has appeared on America’s Next Top Model and in Essence, In StylePhoto District News, Rangefinder, Zoom, and Professional Photographer. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New Mexico, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and in Italy and Japan.

Watch Matthew’s presentation on Beauty Light from the 2019 Portrait Masters Conference!

Lola Melani

Lola Melani is known for elegant and intimate portraits, which have been featured worldwide. She specializes in maternity, newborn, & beauty photography. Her style blends editorial, fashion, & fine art portraits. Her signature look has attracted global dignitaries, public figures, & celebrities. Lola speaks frequently about her journey from immigrant to one of the world’s leading photographers and how we can all make a difference with our work. She curates masterclass seminars, mentoring fellow photographers on how to find their own style and take their art form & businesses to the next level. In 2017, Lola founded The Lola Melani Fund, a charity that supports mothers, caregivers, & families who have experienced life-altering challenges.

Make sure to check out Lola’s presentation from the 2018 Portrait Masters Conference!

Lara Jade

Lara Jade is a British-born fashion & beauty photographer who currently resides in NY. In the early years of her career, as a teenager, she honed her skills with self-portraiture & conceptual work. Growing up with the rise of social media, Lara could see the bigger picture of this international industry, and after moving to NY, she began teaching others fashion photography techniques.

Lara’s timeless imagery has been published in national and international editions of Vogue & Harper’s Bazaar, and she often travels between NY & London, working with leading advertising clients in the commercial industry.

Check out Lara’s presentation at the 2019 Portrait Masters Conference!

Also be sure to check out Lara’s courses in the Portrait Masters store.

Kara Marie

Kara Marie is the Association of International Boudoir Photographers’ 2017 Boudoir Photographer of the Year. She has won multiple awards for individual digital & print photographic works as well as for her business practices. She mentors & educates other industry photographers and has graced the covers & inside spreads of several industry magazines. You can rest assured that you are in the very capable hands of a quality professional with Kara Marie Trombetta of Kara Marie Studios.

Check out Kara’s presentation at the 2019 Portrait Masters Conference!

Also, check out the time Kara came to shoot at Sue’s Los Angeles Studio.

And finally, be sure to check out her products in The Portrait Masters Store.

Joyce Tenneson

Joyce Tenneson has been voted among the ten most influential women in the history of photography by American Photo Magazine readers. Her portraits have appeared as magazine covers for: Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire, and The New York Times magazine. She has authored sixteen books, including the best seller Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. Tenneson has received many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year (2005, Lucie Awards) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2012, Professional Photographers of America). In addition to her photography exhibits and books, Tenneson has taught master photography classes in the U.S. & Europe for over 40 years.

Check out Joyce’s exclusive interview “My Soul is an Artist” with Sue Bryce.

Check out Joyce’s presentation at the 2018 Portrait Masters Conference.

Joel Grimes

For over 27 years, Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies & corporations around the globe, including AARP, Abbott Labs, Archer Daniels Midland, Arizona Office of Tourism, and AT&T. In 1990, Joel produced his first coffee table book, Navajo, Portrait of a Nation, which received a number of photographic & design awards and became an eighteen-month solo exhibit at the Smithsonian American History Museum. Joel is an ambassador for the creative process, teaching workshops & lectures around the world. “I feel that by being an open book with my process, I have an opportunity to inspire others to follow their dreams and passions to create.”

Check out Joel’s presentation at the 2019 Portrait Masters Conference.

Also check out his presentation on One Light Magic at the 2017 Portrait Masters Conference.

India Earl

India is an award-winning international wedding and couples photographer widely known for the connection, emotion, and landscapes she captures in her images. She is a self-taught photographer who started shooting at 14 years old and now teaches thousands of photographers around the world. She is currently based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, where she lives with her husband, dogs, and chickens. You can usually find her outdoors in the mountains, desert, or her garden.

Check out India’s presentation from the 2019 Portrait Masters Conference!

Elena Shumilova

Elena Shumilova is an internationally published artist who specializes in children and family imagery. Her photos have been featured in dozens of publications around the world, including Digital SLR Magazine, Practical Photography Magazine, Digital Photo Magazine, SLR Lounge, and My Modern Met. Elena’s pictures and videos have been used by Vodafone and Petcurean advertising campaigns, for book covers, and as a selection of postcards in the UK, Germany, and the USA. She lives and works in the countryside in Tver region, Russia, traveling around the world with new projects and workshops.

Check out Elena’s presentation at the 2019 Portrait Masters Conference!

Dayron Vera

Dayron Vera is a former ballet dancer based in Barcelona, Spain. He became a professional ballet dancer at age 15, reaching the category of Principal Dancer at 23. He started taking pictures of fellow dancers while behind the curtain. As his passion for portrait photography grew, he delved deeper into this craft. Today, he no longer dances ballet, so finds creative expression in the dance between his lens and the subject of his photographs.

Check out Dayron’s presentation at the 2019 Portrait Masters Conference!

Bella Kotak

Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion, & portrait photographer based in England.  Inspired by fairytales and nature, Bella’s storytelling pictures lift the veil of the overlooked and remind us that there’s magic in the most ordinary of spaces and beauty in every face. Bella is a teacher and speaker, having hosted workshops and given talks around the world. Her passion for color toning inspired her to co-found the color shop Fine Art Actions. Kotak is an ambassador for SmugMug, Canson Paper, and Vanguard. She has had her work featured in exhibitions in New York, London, and Paris.

Check out Bella’s SBE Instructor Spotlight interview on the SBE blog.

Also, check out the time Bella came to shoot & play at Sue’s Los Angeles Studio.

Pratik Naik

Pratik Naik is a high-end retoucher, specializing in commercial and editorial work. His proficiency with retouching and Photoshop stems from 10 years of experience in the field. His work can be seen in magazines ranging from Marie Claire, Elle, Zink, and many more. He has had the opportunity to work on such celebrities as Halle Berry, Paris Hilton, Cameron Diaz, Rebecca Hardy, and Elliot Page, to name a few. Pratik is a retouching mentor and instructor, teaching photographers and other retouchers around the world. As a retoucher, he is influenced through his classical training in fine art and his drive for perfection.

Check out Pratik’s Retouching Fundamentals on Sue Bryce Education!

You can also check out Pratik’s other products in The Portrait Masters Store.

John Greengo

John Greengo specializes in photographic education through online training, books, and international photo tours. He is an energetic and enthusiastic presenter known for his visual teaching style. His photographic teachings have been viewed by millions around the globe and have proven to be popular and effective.

Photography has been a life-long passion for John, starting at the age of 10, when he picked up his first camera and became endlessly fascinated with the art. After earning a college degree in photography, the pursuit of his craft led him on photographic adventures to all seven continents. His range of experiences, combined with his desire to help fellow photographers grow, has positioned John as a world-leader in photographic education.

John resides in Washington State with his wife Michelle. As a typical resident of the Pacific Northwest, John can frequently be found in the mountains, on the water, or down a long and winding trail – always experiencing life through photography.

Check out John’s Camera 101 Masterclass on Sue Bryce Education, or for non-members, in the Portrait Masters Store.

Susan Stripling

Susan Stripling has been photographing weddings, portraits, and theater for almost eighteen years.

Susan’s work has been published in Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Modern Bride, Town and Country Weddings, the New York Times, the New York Post, Rangerfinder, PDN, and in ads and advertorials for Nikon USA, Epson, and Canon USA.

She’s won multiple awards at the prestigious Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 16×20 Print Competition, including the Grand Award in Wedding Photojournalism and the Grand Award in Weddings. She holds the prestigious Grand Master Status at WPPI as well. Susan has been an educator for Photo Plus, WPPI, PPA, Mystic Seminars, Portrait Masters, and Creative Live. She has been named one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine.

She is also the founder of The Wedding School, which strives to bring real, honest education to wedding photographers worldwide.

In her spare time, besides spending time with her incredible family, Susan is a voracious reader, lover of all horror movies, and inexplicably sleeps with the lights on.

Check out Susan’s presentation, Creative Dance, at the 2017 Portrait Masters Conference!

Tony Carter

Tony Carter was born in Inglewood, Taranaki, New Zealand, in 1967 and grew up in small towns right around Mt Taranaki. He was educated at Stratford High and Taranaki Polytech in New Plymouth, studying to become a Professional Photographer. As a teenager, Tony developed a keen interest in photographing Motocross racing. While living in England during 1989-1991, on a overseas experience, he took an extended night course in Photography at South Devon College, Devon, UK. He trained as a professional portrait photographer with Margaret Bake in New Plymouth from 1991-1995, where he now has his own studio.

He has won numerous industry awards and has six times been named New Zealand Professional Photographer of the year (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2018). In 2010, he was also named the first Grand Master of Professional Photography by the NZ Institute of Professional Photographers. His first solo exhibition, of award-winning portraits, was shown at Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford, in 2004. ‘Another World, Portraits from Ohura,’ photographed in 2014, was first shown at Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth, in 2014, and at the Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford, in 2015. In 2015, Tony exhibited his ‘Another World, Portraits from Ohura’ at the Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China.

Make sure to check out Tony’s presentation at the 2019 Portrait Masters Conference!

Zack Arias

Zack Arias is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Atlanta, GA.
His specialty niche is press and publicity photography for the television industry.

Zack’s first run at being a freelance photographer left him heavily in debt and placed his family on the edge of destruction. He came to a place in his career that required him to put the camera down and take a “day job.” After two years of selling off gear to help pay rent and fix beater cars, Zack was given a chance to come back to the photography industry as a second shooter at weddings. He took a D100, a Visitor 285 flash, an ample amount of faith, and quit his job at Kinkos in October of 2003. He was determined to do things differently this time around.

Zack has since built a strong and thriving business without going into a single dollar of debt! His minimalist approach to photography turned into a workshop in 2005 that he now teaches around the world. It has become so popular that dates for the workshop regularly sell out months in advance.

Check out Zack’s presentation at the 2018 Portrait Masters Conference!

Vicki Taufer

Vicki Taufer has been an artist her whole life. She has had the privilege of being a photographer and owning a studio with her husband, Jed, for over 18 years. She has a passion for people, and her journey with a camera has taken her around the world. Vicki’s photography has been recognized internationally with numerous awards, as well as being published in multiple magazines and books.

V Gallery is located near Minneapolis, MN, and in Morton, IL, but Vicki is available to travel to any location to capture your images. Besides photography, Vicki has a passion for helping others. She and Jed started The Aasha Fund after Vicki lived in Nepal for six months while adopting their daughter in 2010. Money from The Aasha Fund is currently being used to help provide five young boys in Nepal with a home and education.

Vicki loves the outdoors, travel, paddle boarding, and camping in her vintage trailer, “The Tin Mango.” In 2018, Vicki became a consultant for Beautycounter. She loves their mission of making skincare and beauty products safer for everyone. You can learn more here: https://www.beautycounter.com/vickitaufer

Check out our exclusive interview with Vicki at Sue’s Los Angeles Studio.

True Moua

Hello! I’m True, a mother, wife, artist, creator and dream-chaser. I’m a Wisconsin-bound girl who always says yes to adventure and travel. My heart belongs to the mountains, but I am also drawn to the ocean. I love nothing more than being outdoors, camping, and soaking up every last second of my precious time with family.

My day begins with the sunrise and a coffee in hand. It ends with sunsets and a fuzzy blanket. I find contentment in a quiet space. In fact, my days are often spent in silence with no music or TV to distract me. This is why I love to take long walks and go on hikes where I can be at one with my own thoughts.

I believe that everything happens for a reason and life is about embracing the good and the bad. I’m a girl who follows her heart and her instincts because they never lead me astray.

I’m a foodie who will try anything at least once – as long as it isn’t moving and isn’t soaked in grease. My junk food drawer is actually loaded with veggies and fruit. In my downtime, I love to spend time in my kitchen, cooking. My travels have inspired my creativity with art and food.

The fashion world has captivated me since I was 10 years old. I always thought I would be a fashion designer, but I chose dental instead. My love for fashion is still going strong, and I love keeping up on current trends. If I wasn’t a photographer, I’d go into fashion design.

Check out True’s exclusive presentation with us at Sue Bryce Education.