Live Online May 3-8

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The Photo Cookout Virtual Summit! 

An amazing 5 days of actionable information from leading experts in your niche and much more...


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JOIN US LIVE ONLINE MAY 4TH-8TH 2020

Tomayia Colvin Education mission is to 
empower and support photographers of color and 

provide a safe space for community collaboration. 

20+ Expert Presentations Over 5 Days

The Photo Cookout photography conference hosted by Tomayia Colvin Education is proud to present a virtual at home learning experience to support photographers across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cookout in October is still a go. The Photo Cookout Virtual Summit is a community bonus event!

 

Every day for five days May 4-8, 2020, beginning at 9am each day you'll get an opportunity to hear from industry leading experts to take your business and skills up a notch. 

 

Our speaker topics include Lighting, SEO, Google Analytics, and much more. 

 

On May 3, 2020 we're proud to host a community virtual cookout event for photographers and their families from the comfort of their homes. 

 

We're excited that you're here and can't wait to virtually hug and high five you for this momentous learning experience. 

YOUR VIRTUAL SUMMIT SPEAKER SCHEDULE

Day 1 - May 4th

Olesha Haskett
Boudoir Photographer

Pronouns: she/her

 

Sales & Marketing

Session Starts 12pm EST


Networking for Introverts

My name is Olesha Haskett and I empower small business owners to create their niche and develop networking strategies to help facilitate growth within their business by using social media and in-person networking events. My mission is to teach you to use my practices to secure strategic partnerships. Similar to the partnerships that I have sourced and locked-in for my sold-out international boudoir trips. As well as my strategic partnership with a luxury lingerie boutique in my Maryland.


Business

Session Starts 2pm EST


What Every Photographer Needs To Know About Business Insurance​

Ashley Nicole, a 13 year insurance industry vet turned wedding photographer & risk management coach, helps wedding professionals eliminate unnecessary risks that cost them time, money and endless stress.

Ashley Strickland
Photographer

Pronouns: she/her


Zaakirah Muhammad
Photographer & Strategist

Pronouns: she/her/miss

Social Media

Session Starts 4pm EST


Building Your Business around Telling Your Story on Social Media ​

Zaakirah Muhammad is a portrait photographer, brand cultivating strategist, author, and podcaster. She has been professionally photographing for 10 years. Her style of photography includes candidly capturing the essence of humanity. Zaakirah loves music, world traveling, and storytelling.


Lighting

Session Starts 6pm EST


Create Impactful Portraits that Take Your Client's Breath Away

Sophia Barrett is a portrait photographer that takes her art beyond just taking photos. Her passion for her craft originates from her personal battle with infertility. She uses her art as a vehicle to celebrate the strength, beauty, courage, vulnerability, and love of her clients.
As a child growing up in a small northern town in Massachusetts with traditional Caribbean parents, the likelihood of falling into the path of portraiture was slim. Immediately following her graduation from Suffolk University New England School of Design with a degree in Interior Design Sophia migrated to Atlanta in search of a new start. After three years of working for other companies, she decided to venture out and become her own boss. Sophia has nurtured her business to where it is today all in the timeframe of eight years. In those years, her portfolio has developed to contain content from Weddings, Engagements, Maternity, Boudoir, Newborns, Headshots, and more. Most recently, she has decided to focus primarily on Maternity, Newborn, & Modern Portraits. She is a proud wife and mother to a beautiful daughter.

Sophia Barrett 
Family Portrait Photographer

Pronouns: she/her​ 


Day 2 - May 5

Maria Arellano
Photographer

Pronouns: she/her​

Creative Storybook Portraits

Session Starts 8am EST


Creative Storybook Child portraits

Maria Arellano is a Fine Art Photographer who has a successful studio in Houston, Texas. Specializing in creating portrait artwork for families who want to be a part of the artistic development of their portraits. Her focus is on child fine art and women's portraiture. Whether in the studio or outdoors, Maria emphasizes the value of a great portrait experience, artistic portraiture, and fine luxury products.

 

She loves to teach and mentor budding photographers both how to capture and sell beautiful portraits. She takes pride in educating her clients so that they trust her vision completely and allow her full control of their portrait art. She shoots at least two times a week and you will find her very active on social media, showing her clients an in-depth look into her artistic and photographic process. It is because of this transparency that clients fly in from all over the country to be captured in her portrait art.


Client Experience

Session Starts 10am EST


Got You! Hook, Line & Sinker:Creating Personalized Photo Experiences​

Cat’s passion for personalization of the Photography Experience has allowed her to allow her nerdy personality to flourish through the art of photography. Cat has worked in the customer service field for over 20 plus years and it has allowed her to master the One and Done Method of creating the ultimate customer service experience. While shooting Boudoir and Family portraits, Cat has been able to create a unique style of shooting that overflows into lasting relationships with her clients.

Cat Williams
Photographer

Pronouns: she/her​


Marcy Vanegas
Wedding Photographer

Pronouns: she/her​

Photo Booths

Session Starts 12pm EST


So You Want To Open Up A Photo Booth? The Pros and Cons Of It So You Can Decide For Yourself​

My name is Marcy Vanegas and at the age of 42 I decided to walk away from my corporate job and become a Full Time Wedding Photographer. Eight years later, here I am at 50 years old doing something I’ve always wanted to do and I LOVE MY JOB! Traveling is a passion of mine as well. Last year I did my first European Wedding in Italy. In fact, half my business has me traveling all around the United States. I get to document beautiful moments in different parts of the US.


Styled Shoots

Session Starts 2pm EST


Styled Shoots: Building Your Portfolio and Your Network​

Through her service in the United States Navy, it may come as no surprise that Shamira Preston is a firm believer of community over competition. Shamira's passion to put others first, led her to creating Elevate!, a collaborative experience that fosters a stronger community within the wedding industry. She believes in making wedding industry, education accessible and beneficial to dedicated professionals of all levels who want to take their skills to new heights.

 

Shamira is also the owner and principal planner and designer of Magnolia Rose Company, a full service planning and design firm based in Houston, Texas where we plan polished events for organic loving couples.. Shamira received her Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating on business and fine arts from Norfolk State University.

 

With over 12 years in the industry and six years as a business owner, her polished weddings and organic designs have been featured in The Huffington Post, Pop Sugar, Aisle Society, Texas Weddings Magazine, Borrowed & Blue, and a host of others. Shamira was also nominated for 2019 Rising Tide Society's 20 on the Rise and Intrigue's 2018 & 2019 Floral Awards. Leaving their couples breathless as they experience their love stories unfold into flawless designs, she and her team continue to execute awe-inspiring weddings and exceptional events.

Shamira Preston
Planning & Design

Pronouns: she/her


Tokie Rome-Taylor
Fine Art Photographer

Pronouns: she/her​

Fine Art Portraits

Session Starts 4pm EST


Connecting to the Plug- Navigating the Fine Art World of Galleries, Exhibitions, Curators ​

Tokie Rome-Taylor's is an Atlanta, Ga based artist whose work has been published in Behind the Shutter Magazine as well as Art-iculate Magazine. She has been featured on several podcasts discussing her practice including StudioNoize and National Black Arts Festival:ReImagined. She was shortlisted for a TILA fellowship and is a Funds for Teachers Fellowship recipient, studying photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in San Francisco, California.

 

She is an Honorable Mention recipient for the International Photography Awards (2019)- sponsored by the Lucie Foundation. She is a 2019 recipients of the 2019 Virginia Twinam Smith Purchase Award. Rome-Taylor’s portraits have been featured in several museums, galleries and exhibitions including the Masur Museum (LA), ArtFields (SC), Johns Creek Art Center, (GA) The High Rise Exhibition (GA), Emerging Photographers Exhibition curated by Mechi Mecho (GA), Zuckerman Museum of Art (GA), Auburn Research Library (GA), Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (GA) Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (GA), the ArtXchange (GA) and Alan Avery Selects: APG Gallery Show (GA).

 

Taylor's work is held in several private collections as well as by the Fulton County Arts Council and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia. She has five bright, beautiful children, a wonderful husband, a love of science fiction and learning new things.


Photographer

Session Starts 6pm EST


The Making Of A Magical Portrait

Kesha Lambert is an international wedding and portrait photographer based in New York. Fordham Law School graduate and Lawyer admitted to practice in New York. Bold color, captivating light, and non-traditional posing are Kesha's signatures whose work is a reflection of her inclination for taking chances and pushing limits. Genuinely curious about the people she encounters, Kesha has had the honor of personally documenting hundreds of weddings to date for couples from all over the globe.

Kesha Lambert
Photographer

Pronouns: she/her


Day 3 - May 6th

Jide Alakija
Photographer

Pronouns: he/him​

Wedding Photographer

Session Starts 10am EST


My Wedding Photography Plan

Jide Alakija is an internationally renowned photographer with over 10 years’ experience in shooting multicultural weddings, documentaries and editorial campaigns. Regularly piquing the interest of international icons and A-list celebrities through his captivating eye, Alakija’s recent clients include Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka; hip hop artist and producer, J.Cole; acclaimed novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; and Didier Drogba, former Chelsea F.C. soccer player.


Photographer and Website Stylist

Session Starts 10am EST


Show Off with Showit​

Octavia Elease is an Atlanta-based brand photographer and web designer. She has worked with hundreds of business owners to help them enhance their online presence. Octavia mixes brand strategy and personality to create custom brand images and website templates. Her goal is to pair aesthetically branded images and intentional website strategy that will turn viewers into clients.

Octavia Elease
Photographer & Web Design

Pronouns: she/her​/hers


Zoe Gemelli
Writer & Photographer

Pronouns: she/her​ or they/them

Blogging

Session Starts 12pm EST


Blogging Isn't Rocket Science: Set yourself up for blogging success! ​

Zoë Gemelli is equal parts writer and photographer. Based in Toronto, lover of coffee, hugs, and conversation. As a journalist, Zoë has been professionally documenting with words and images for over 20 years. Canadian and American, advocate of progress, feminism, underdogs, nonlinear paths, and Canadian healthcare.


Wedding Photographer

Session Starts 2pm EST


Learn the foundations of creating delectable food photographs through lighting, composition and styling​

Alyssa Rachel is a commercial and wedding photographer currently based out of Manama, Bahrain. She loves to combine her love of food with photography to create delicious images. Her clients include Grub Hub, Porto Vista Hotel, among other restaurants and food based businesses.

 

When Alyssa isn't shooting or eating, you can find her playing board games with her husband, son and daughter.

Alyssa Rachel
Wedding Photographer

Pronouns: she/her​


Teri Hofford
Photographer

Pronouns: she/her​/hers

Photographer

Session Starts 4pm EST


Shake Sh!t Up With Webcams​

Teri Hofford is a body image activist, educator, and change maker in the photography industry! She loves to shake shit up, try new things, encourage people to challenge the belief systems that hold them back, helping them to create and connect with intent and passion!


Photographer

Session Starts 6pm EST


Be a Pink Starburst - The Client Experience

Hey, there! I am LaJune King of photosbyLJK and I specialize in personal branding creatives + changing the narrative for families of color. Two interesting facts about me are I never missed a day of school, my senior year + I have a fucking phobia of porta potties. I was shaken in one as a kid. I’m pretty decent at giving the client experience, so I’ve decided to launch my first education course.

LaJune King
Photographer

Pronouns: she/her​/me


Day 4 - May 7th

Social Media 

Session Starts 10am EST


Procrastination and Social Media Don't Mix

I fell in love with photography years ago. I would take pictures of anything I could find: flowers, animals, cars, and of course food. You name it I snapped it. Being born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama there was always something about lifestyle photography that gave me the opportunity to express myself in so many different ways.

Capturing real life events and inspiring others through the process, while allowing them to see their own beauty, and building a bond while working to capture natural moments makes my heart smile. I also enjoy traveling the world and creating lasting memories in beautiful places. There is no destination too far.

I am always down for the adventures, and of course I’ll be capturing every moment. Along with photography, I have a love for graphics and marketing. The idea of being able to network and meet people across the world with a click of a button, blows my mind. No matter what your vision may be, I merge all of my strategies to help bring that vision to life .

Toni Lockett
Photographer 

Pronouns: she/her​


Lucy Baber
Photographer

Pronouns: she/her​

Client Experience

Session Starts 12pm EST


Pivot Your Brand: Serving Your Clients through a Crisis

Lucy Baber is a lifestyle family photographer in Philadelphia, PA. She has run a successful full-time photography business for the past 9 years. In addition to photographing local families, Lucy also mentors other photographers, has taught on a number of educational platforms, and is currently trying to navigate being a hopeless introvert quarantined in the house with her husband and two kids!


Video Lighting

Session Starts 2pm EST


Video Lighting Journey

Smitha Lee  filmmaker lives in USA (SC). He started out as a dancer and actor for various productions in SC. His love of storytelling brought him into film. Smitha lee brought his first camera a T2i but quickly found out that lenses were more expensive, so he started photography. Since then he has fallen in love with both photography and film. At the beginning, he worked for numerous production companies, and volunteered on several film crews in SC, GA, & NC. 

 

Smitha Lee has work in the film industry and media for 12 years. He has wrote 7 plays that have sold out on each occasion. His last original  production  Chocolate Cinderella which played at the Chapman Cultural Center in 2019 sold out every single show with 1000 in attendance. On the film aspect his films have been accepted to 25 different film festivals. In 2019 he won his first major category (Music Video of the Year) from the Carolina Film Festival.

 

Between his marketing videos and production videos Smitha lee has received well over 3.8 million views between Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. He believes that lighting is the foundation of telling the correct visual but everything starts with a white lie.

Smitha Lee
Photographer & Web Design

Pronouns: he/him


Jermaine Horton
Photographer

Pronouns: he/him

Personal Projects

Session Starts 4pm EST


The Power of Personal Projects

Jermaine Horton is a Naperville (Chicago) area wedding and portrait photographer who enjoys a borderline unhealthy love of the Chicago Bears and creating dynamic images via Off Camera Flash and natural light. His passion for telling his clients stories has garnered him clients throughout the US, feeding his love of travel and his drive to create. We can’t forget his unique relationship with his clients , selfies and dance moves that has him a hit at every wedding. ​

 

Along with being a wedding photographer he is also the President and Founder of The Art Of Confidence Project which empowers and restores the confidence of our youth. He’s also partnered with Westcott Lighting, an ambassador for Stella Pro Lighting, Fundy Design and SLR Lounge He’s an extremely proud father and has been continuously falling in love with photography over and over again. Learning hands on from some of the greats in the wedding and portrait industry has taught him that continuing education is the key to success. ​

 

Jermaine is happy to sit with you and talk fusion photo and video or pick up the sticks and handle you in Madden, Call of Duty or Apex Legends any day, which ever you enjoy most. #YourFavoritePhotographer


Photographer

Session Starts 6pm EST


Rocking Your Self-Portraits​

Toni Black is a traveling Lifestyle Photographer based in Dallas, Texas who specializes in photographing black people intimately. She rocks couples, lifestyle boudoir and self-portraits by creating safe space for people of color to be their authentic selves.

Toni Black
Photographer

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Day 5 - May 8th

Sales & Advertising

Session Starts 10am EST


How to Get More Photography Clients​ From Google Ads (Without Breaking the Bank)

Khadirah Muhammad is a Digital Marketing professional hailing all the way from Toledo, Ohio to Detroit Michigan where she is currently operating in. She's been working inside the marketing industry for 5 years and has worked for both small and large companies, from local marketing agencies to New Balance Inc.

 

After graduating with her Bachelor's of Science in Technology degree she promptly began working full-time in her marketing agency, Omnipotent Marketing, where she helps a variety of clients get more customers online via Search Engine Optimization, Paid Ads, or Cold Outreach. When she's not working, Khadirah enjoys watering and tending to her indoor plants and plotting to buy more!

Khadirah Muhammad
Digital Marketer

Pronouns: she/her


Benjamin Davis
Filmmaker

Pronouns: he/him

 

Videography

Session Starts 12pm EST


Push Da Damn Button: Getting Started with Video​

Benjamin Davis is a Filmmaker and Marketing & Content Strategist who uses storytelling to capture the essence of memorable moments, compelling conversations and engaging visual campaigns. Whether Ben is giving couples a timeless recap of their beautiful wedding day or providing businesses with enticing visual campaigns, he develops videos that captivate and evoke emotion.

 

Benjamin Davis is the leader behind Yamean Studios, an award-winning brand strategy media agency who work with brands and businesses to develop meaningful content and engage people with actionable brand experiences that spark human connection. We turn stories into conversations, impressions into relationships and campaigns into results.

 

Since the launch of Yamean Studios in 2011, he has grown the brand into an industry leader in creating effective strategies, powerful identities, seamless interactions and memorable experiences to help connect people to client’s brands and organizations. With a strong and focused vision to help brands and businesses gain a competitive advantage in the connected world, he has successfully helped businesses, nonprofits and influencers grow, launch products and build enduring relationships with their communities.

 

Through his passion for innovation and culturally relevant work he has helped to produce media, strategy and campaigns for clients including Macy’s, Eaton, NFL Hall of Fame, the City of Pittsburgh, Mini of USA, Brown University, University of Pittsburgh, YMCA, National NAACP, Urban League, NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis & All Star Darren Sproles, NFL Mothers Association, and the United States Marine Corps just to name a few.


Editing- Retouching

Session Starts 2pm EST


Crash Course to Intermediate Retouching

Taylor Brumfield is a Virginia-based photographer who specializes in fashion and beauty portraiture. She is also an avid educator who is invested in the advancement and growth of each and every student with whom she interacts. She started her portraiture journey after she joined a fashion magazine during her college years, where she immediately realized this was her true calling, and she has not looked back since!

 

Taylor's work has since been published in multiple magazines, blogs, print, as well as other platforms and features. Although she started her photographic journey at the tender age of 16 with snapping photos of caterpillars, ladybugs and other cute critters in the woods behind her childhood home in Florida, she has advanced through the years to become an accomplished, progressive and inspired professional who enjoys every minute of her life and work.

Taylor Brumfield
Photographer

Pronouns: she/her


Lyndah Wells
Wedding Photographer 

Pronouns: she/her

Editing 

Session Starts 4pm EST


Lightroom Editing Secrets - From Basic to Pro!

With her upbeat personality, Lyndah Wells is a mother of 2 energetic girls and married to the love of her life. Her motto, F*ck It! Do it Anyway! Has pretty much led her through this thing called life and to the joy she wakes up to almost everyday doing what she loves as an award winning and internationally published wedding photographer in the beautiful islands of The Bahamas.

 

She's a Fearless photographer award winner, speaker and brand Ambassador for the innovative light modifier company Magmod & an SLR Lounge Education Ambassador. Her work has been featured in F-Stoppers, SLR Lounge, Huffpost and many other publications. Lyndah continues to share her knowledge of photography with workshops and speaking engagements as well as her online mentoring platform. Her approach to life is visible in the bold, colorful and emotive images she makes for her clients.


Photographer

Session Starts 6pm EST


Let's Get Personal with Storytelling

I am a documentary photographer, educator, and speaker based in Vancouver, Canada and my brain is often abuzz with thoughts about photo projects. Current explorations include capturing the fertility challenges and chosen single parenthood of a Jewish woman in her mid-40s, creating photographs that acknowledge the complex emotions at a child’s end of life, and documenting the birth space of marginalized women. But really, all of this matters less than the privilege of being able to listen, observe, and tell people’s stories, or the opportunity to empower them to tell their own. Being in the presence of other people’s experiences has informed me as a photographer and person and I am always in deep gratitude for the transformation in perspectives it gives me.

Felicia Chang
Photographer 

Pronouns: she/her


WHY YOU SHOULD CLAIM YOUR FREE TICKET NOW...

Because it's the best place to be May 4-8, 2020! 

 

It's completely free to watch the live presentations

You can watch all the presentations live and for they will be kept online for an additional 48 hours. You can also purchase an VIP Access Pass if you want lifetime access to the recordings!

Watch from anywhere and on any device

Login from wherever you are and whatever you're doing during the summit on your Computer, Laptop, Phone or Tablet. No need to hundreds of miles to drive to a hotel or miss the event if you are on holiday.

No selling, just pure educational presentations to help you

Our awesome Virtual Summit is filled with the latest actionable information to help your achieve your goals and dreams.

handpicked collection of talented topic experts

Everyone of our expert speakers was selected for their proven excellence and knowledge in their niche, so you know you will be learning from the best.

HERE'S JUST SOME OF THE STRATEGIES, TIPS AND TRICKS YOU'LL LEARN TO TAKE YOUR BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN 2020


  • Taking your editing game from Basic to Pro

  • A comprehensive approach to intermediate level retouching 

  • Building Your Dream Website

  • How to authentically stand out from your competition

  • Stepping into Video

  • Using webcam sessions as a way to get clients in your (actual) door!

  • The Basics of Off Camera Flash

  • Writing engaging blog posts that will get you more clients

     

NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS LIKE YOU DO


Join us everyday May 4-8, 2020 right here online and prepare to take your business up a notch. 

THE IN PERSON COOKOUT! 

You're also invited to join us this October in Chattanooga, TN! 

Our annual photography conference will take place October 4-7, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tennessee! 

The virtual summit is just the kick off to our event! 

Where is the event being held? 

Is the event really Free?

Who is this Summit best suited too? 

What if I can't make the live event May 4-8, 2020? 

No worries. The option to upgrade to our VIP Access Pass is available that includes replays, course content, and bonuses from our speakers. 

Does this take the place of the in person Photo Cookout in October? 

No, it does not. This summit is a community event to support our photography community during the COVID-19 pandemic.