Live Online May 3-8

Welcome to
The Photo Cookout 2021 Virtual Edition!

An amazing 2 days of actionable information from leading experts in your niche and much more...




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

provide a safe space for community collaboration. 

20+ Expert Presentations Over 2 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 Photo Cookout 2021 in October is still a go. The Photo Cookout Virtual Edition is a community bonus event!


On October 4-5, 2021, 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 October 3, 2021 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. 


Day 1 - October 4th

LaJune King

Client Management

 5 Ways to "WOW" the Client Experience + Takeway

She is a Pink Starburst wife and mom. She specialized in the client experience for her personal branding + Black family clients. LaJune is the owner of Photos by LJK + BLK STRY Studio in Frisco, TX. Her goal is to change for narrative for Black men, women and people of color. She educates other creatives on how to craft that client experience through her online classroom. LaJune recently led a WPPI photo walk on unposing clients. She allows her personality to drive the session with each client.

LaJune is also the founder of the Know YOUR Beautiful™️ Women’s Empowerment Campaign where she mentors/empowers teen girls and women to own their flaws and love themselves as they are.

Digital Image Licensing

How to Increase Wedding Photography Profits Through Digital Image Licensing to Vendors and Brands

Milton Lawrence Jr is an Internationally recognized commercial wedding photographer, film-maker, digital nomad, speaker and creator of the Wedding Photographers Licensing For Profit Bootcamp.

Milton Lawrence

Taylor Brumfield

Product Photography

Launching your Product Photography Business Like a PRO!

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SEO Best Practices

SEO Best Practices 2022

Feuza Reis the founder of Fuse Creative INC, a boutique marketing agency in Fort Lauderdale. She is also an international speaker, SEO Strategist, blogger, and brand photographer. She helps creative businesses get visible & credible with Google so they can make organic sales. 

Feuza Reis

Improve Your Engagement

5 Ways to Improve your Engagement

Steph Bolton, the creative behind Phoenix Michele Photography is based out of Dallas, Texas. Steph's impressive background as a small biz owner, fashion blogger and influencer has solidified her acumen for content creation and process improvement. She desires to share her knowledge with other motivated entrepreneurs looking to increase brand awareness and productivity.

Steph Bolton

Octavia Eleaser​

Websites that Convert!

Building a Website that Converts

Octavia Elease is a Showit Website Designer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has an eye for a clean and modern aesthetic that has attracted a luxury clientele over the course of her design career. Octavia creates intentional brand visuals to help creative entrepreneurs communicate their brand story so they can connect with their ideal clients.

Turn Personal Projects to 50k

How to Turn a Personal Project to 50k

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Tim Riddick

Shanicka Shan Roberts

Using Automated Systems to save time

Putting the M back in Me Time - Automated Systems to get your life back

Shan Roberts is a portrait photographer based in Atlanta, GA. Her passion for photography at a early age has afforded her the opportunity to birth Shan Roberts Photography and Photography Bae Studios. As a Sprout Studio Ambassador, she has created a seamless client experience through the use of their CRM and brings her expertise in systems workflows to The Photo Cookout. 

Automate your Client Experience to Grow Your Business

How to Sprinkle a little automation throughout your Client experience to grow your Business.

Colie James is a family filmmaker and photographer educator based outside Boulder, Colorado since 2012. In addition to making art that reflects the reality of parenthood, she created her educational site, Documenting Parenthood, to help family photographers build up their own businesses. Talking about websites + CRMs bring her almost as much joy as her morning coffee + Disneyland.

Colie James

Shamira Preston

It's all in the Details

It's all in the Details

Shamira believes in making wedding industry education accessible and beneficial to dedicated professionals of all levels who want to take their skills to new levels. 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 is a loving mother to five beautiful children and when she's not in the thick of wedding season, you can find her on the football field or the court rooting for one of her little ones or holding a box of tissue watching This Is Us.

SEO and Blogging 

Marketing Needs to go Beyond Followers: SEO & Blogging

Vanessa Hicks is a wedding and portrait photographer currently documenting love in Hawaii! She is a military spouse and veteran, and has successfully moved her business three times in the past three years! She truly believes in empowering others, and the importance of documenting her clients legacy! When she’s doesn’t have a camera in her hand , you can find her with a Starbucks cup in her hand, watching Harry Potter or The Office on reruns, or just lounging on the beach with an umbrella drink in her hand!

Vanessa Hicks

Chip Dizard

Pivoting in a Pandemic

Pivoting in A Pandemic: Steps to Becoming New and Improved

It’s true what they say about your gifts making room for you. At the tender age of 10 Chip Dizárd received a piece of technology that would change the trajectory of his life. On Christmas Eve 1978 something, he opened a gift and fell in love with the magic technology could create. His Atari 2600 would open his mind to exploring things and creating memories that last a lifetime. 
As the years have progressed, so has his gift. Chip has been able to work with schools, churches, and businesses to grow their influence in their local and global communities.
Skilled in web development, videography, photography, education, and public speaking Chip has taken his passion for technology and made it his mission to teach others.

Day 2 - October 4th

Rhonisha Franklinr​

Sony Alpha Female Presentation

Sony Alpha Female Presentation

RHONISHA D. FRANKLIN is contemporary portrait and head shot photographer. Recent high profile assignments include her work being featured on the cover of TIME Magazine showcasing her client, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood.
Currently working on a year long project "Profile Noire", she has set out to photograph 100 women of color to highlight their beauty, influence and regality. It is her intention to impact the visual representation of women of color and showcase them sitting in their seat of power.
A graduate of Howard University, she holds a B.A. in International Business / Marketing with a minor in Public Relations. She later returned to Howard University to complete her MBA. Rhonisha currently resides in Washington, DC.

Work Less, Make More

Work Less, Make More : Increasing Sales with Fundy Designer

Most people believe that you have to photography more people in order to make more money. However, that requires you to constantly be away from you home and loved ones, and even sacrifice your personal time in order to keep your business afloat. What if I told you that there is another way? What if I told you that there is a universe where you can actually work less and make more money. Through creatively building and selling albums to my clients, I have done just that. Now I want to share my process and the power of Fundy Designer with you. I've been photographing weddings for over 10 yrs and am excited to share my knowledge of how to cureate and create powerful and emotional albums that sell. 


Michael T Davis


Stay Creative in the middle of a Burnout

5 Tips to stay Creative in the midst of Burnout!

Hi I'm Osakpolo but we're homies call me Osa. I'm a headshot and branding photographer in Boston who creates images for everyday people and inclusive content for large organizations. I'm a savant of french fries, teacher of new afrobeat bops, and collector of all plants. 

Going Full Time

​Going Full Time

I love photography as much as I love math.....and I really LOVE math. I can change the oil in my car then put on a drop-em-dead dress, pretty lipstick and feel completely at ease. I am a tomboy and a girly, girl. I am an introvert and and extrovert. I am the convergence of opposites, and I like it. Come join me at the Cookout and let's talk about business and money.

Prudence Rufus

Natasha Davis

Healthcare for Entrepreneurs

Healthcare for Entrepreneurs

I am a female cinematographer, health educator, mother, wife and all around cool person. Most people know of me from the cinematic films that I create with my husband. However, I am also a Director of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion and a Certified Lifestyle Coach. When I am not silently stalking our clients by hiding in the bushes or some random weird crawl space trying to get a dope shot with my camera, you can usually find me educating people on how to access free and low cost health screenings in Central Jersey.

Asking the Right Questions to Increase your Conversion Rate

How asking the Right Questions Increases your Conversion Rate!

Jennifer Ryals is a wife, mother and a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur who has a slight houseplant obsession. She helps people avoid the pain of not having their memories authentically preserved by photographing weddings and portraits in a way that matters, for people that love hard and love well. She also spreads the love and joy of Black culture and history through her apparel company and its relatable and custom designs.

Jennifer Ryals


Because it's the best place to be, October 4-5, 2021! 


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.


  • 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


Join us everyday October 4 - 5, 2021 right here online and prepare to take your business up a notch. 


Where is the event being held? 

Is the event really Free?

Who is this Summit best suited too? 

The event is perfect for both the novice, professional, or hobbyist photographer or videographer. 

What if I can't make the live event October 3-5, 2021? 

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.