Creative Photography Conference


$225 for two days of Creativity! Includes all seminars, small group workshops and photo ops, lunch both days plus snacks & coffee, Sat. night social, “goodie bag” with speakers’ notes on a flash drive, discounts from many vendors, freebies and more! See the flyer below for more details. Keep scrolling down for a weekend schedule and info on our speakers!

“BUDDY SPECIAL” UNTIL MAY 6th! Sign up with a friend and you each save $50! Enter two registrations into the cart and use the code buddy100 to save $100 total! If there are 3 friends, enter 3 registrations and use the code buddy150!!


I am so happy to have a wonderfully talented line-up of speakers to help you expand your Creative horizons.


After successful careers as a jazz musician, educator, and professional magician, Tony settled on photography as his chosen means for personal expression. Beginning as a film photographer, Tony has become facile in image editing software and plugins and is an in-demand speaker throughout the United States and Canada on creativity in the digital age.

Tony and Susan Milestone conduct Visual Artistry photography location workshops in the United States, Canada, and Iceland. Tony maintains an active speaking schedule to photography organizations, industry trade shows and PPA schools across the continental United States and Canada. He also conducts an annual Visual Artistry Creativity Seminar series.

Tony’s photography is published worldwide in every medium and is represented by Getty Images. His iPhone photography is represented by Aurora Photos. Tony’s images are also used by Nikon, MacPhun, Singh Ray, Alien Skin, Topaz, Lensbaby and others for national ad campaigns.

An interview with Tony on macro photography was published in The New York Times.

Tony has authored five books on the art of photography: Fine Art Nature Photography (’02), Fine Art Flower Photography (’05) Fine Art Nature Photography: Water, Ice, Fog (’07), Fine Art Digital Photography (’09) and HDR Photography (2011). He and Master Photo Workshops have co-produced four photography DVDs: Visual ArtistryHDR Made EasyVisual Literacy and Flower Photography Artistry, as well as an iPhone instructional video series.


KJ DeWaal (Kelli) is an artist/photographer who has been involved in creative endeavors throughout her life. She found herself becoming more interested in photography several years ago and set about learning all she could about all types of photography. She has taken photography classes from Jim Montanus a well renowned photographer in her area. Along with numerous online classes and workshops. With the age of technology, she has also incorporated iphoneography, and creating digital art on the iPad to her repertoire.

Kelli enjoys photographing still life, landscape, macro and life style images. Her images have won numerous awards in photo contests and have been very well received.

Kelli will be hosting two sessions at the Creative Photography Conference. The first will be on “Creating Digital Art on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil.” She will be demonstrating how she puts together a digital art piece, the many various elements that can be used, how to blend those elements to create a cohesive piece using layers, blend modes, and varying opacities. She will also discuss which apps she prefers to use most. The main app she will be creating in will be Procreate.

The second session that Kelli will host will be “Creatively Display Your Photographic Images Using Encaustic Wax.” This workshop will take you step by step through the process of learning to mount your images on wood cradled board and finishing them off with encaustic wax. This technique will display your image in a beautiful way and give it a wonderful luminous finish.

Kelli currently resides in Western NY with Doug, her husband of almost 30 years. They have 2 grown children. Now that they are empty nesters, Kelli and her Mr. enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, and antiquing. This provides many photo opportunities along the way and even inspires original artwork as well.


Linda Szabo has a passion for flower photography and post-processing. She has been a member of the Merrimack Valley Camera Club since 2010, and also a member of the online photography community for the past six years with a gallery of award-winning images.

Her work has been shown at The Rockport Community House, The Front Street Art Gallery, Hanover YMCA Laura’s Center for the Arts and The Lawrence Essex Arts Center. She attended Northern Essex Community College Photoshop Processing and on-line webinars for Photoshop Painting and Corel Painting.


Gerri became interested in digital photography in 2000 as a creative outlet.  She soon discovered that Buffalo/Niagara was a great area to photograph any subject throughout the year with seasonal interest.  She enjoys photographing all subjects and the challenge of new ways to see through the creative use of Lensbaby lenses and iPhoneography.  She also enjoys using her photographs and Photoshop to create new works of art with the application of textures.

Gerri’s images have been featured in several publications including, Nature’s Best Magazine, Erie Canal Statewide Photo Calendars, tourism guides, the Discover Buffalo-Niagara Calendars and several local commercial proposals.  Her image of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse on Lake Ontario, won a national grand prize for the Great Lakes Photo Contest and her work is used to promote the lighthouse through “Friends of Thirty Mile Point”.  In addition, Gerri participates in several online photo contests and has won numerous awards including “Photographer of the Year”.  Besides macro photography she enjoys photographing local architecture, landscapes and occasionally small wedding venues.  She also reviews photography books for development by Focal Press Publications.  Gerri has served as assistant organizer of the Buffalo Photography Meet-Up Group to lead many members on photography tours as well as the Twin Cities Camera Club.

Gerri resides in Wilson, NY with her husband Phil, son, and Basset Hound, Thurman.  Instagram: gerri.gjones



Husband and wife Michael and Suz Karchmer are Cape Cod-based photographers who use and appreciate both their traditional camera equipment as well as their iPhones. For the past five years, they have nurtured an interest in and a passion for iPhone photography. In March 2015, Cape Cod Magazine published their article, “The Camera in your Pocket: Mobile Photography on Cape Cod.” These days they share their love of iPhone photography by teaching and leading workshops. Michael likes his iPhone for documenting the people and places he comes across wherever he goes. Suz uses hers to find and capture moments of emotional and energetic exchange, whether in landscapes, travel shots, or intimate portraits.

As traditional photographers, they team together and specialize in theater and performance photography. They have been the company photographers for the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) for the past five years and at other theater venues on the lower Cape. Their theater images have appeared in such publications as the Cape Cod Times, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Broadway World, and the American Theater Magazine. The main floor gallery at WHAT and the lobby gallery of the Academy of Performing Arts (Orleans, Massachusets) both have rotating exhibits of their production images.

Michael and Suz are members of the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club as well as the iPhone 9, a group of nine Cape artists and photographers. This group was started more than 5 years ago to share skills and knowledge related to iPhoneography. The group often exhibits work together, most recently in Provincetown.

The Karchmers’ photos can be found in Cape Cod and Chatham Magazines and they regularly show their images at exhibits across Cape Cod and beyond.

Contact Michael at (301-332-2106) and Suz at (240-731-7331). Also, some of their work can be found at


Hazel is involved with the photographic community on local, regional and national levels. She is currently secretary of the Connecticut Association of Photographers; and a Vice President on the board of the New England Camera Club Council, as well as a member of the Greater Bridgeport Camera Club and the Photographic Society of America (PSA).

In 2008 she received an honors distinction of Master Member of the New England Camera Club Council (MNEC) during its annual conference, and in September, 2013, she was awarded the distinction of APSA from the Photographic Society of America at their annual conference.

Hazel teaches at many New England camera clubs as well as photographic conferences and events throughout the U.S. She offers workshops and travel photo trips through her company, Meredith Images, and she is a regular webinar presenter for Topaz Labs. She released her first eBook, “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” in October 2015.


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