From sports and street to lifestyle and studio, our reviewers have a diverse range of experience, styles and specialist knowledge, but one thing they all have in common is knowing what makes a great portfolio. These reviewers were carefully selected in partnership with the Los Angeles Center of Photography, one of our FUJIFILM Festival Partners.
Each expert will conduct eight one-on-one review sessions between 4:00pm and 6:00pm on Saturday, October 6. You can choose your time slot in our Itinerary Builder, but reviewers will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Thomas Alleman is a commercial, editorial and fine art photographer living and working in Los Angeles. During a 15-year newspaper career, Tom was a frequent winner of distinctions from the National Press Photographer’s Association, as well as being named California Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1995 and Los Angeles Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1996.
As a magazine freelancer, his pictures have been published regularly in Time, People, Business Week, Barrons, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, and US News & World Report among many more, while Sunshine & Noir, his book-length collection of black-and-white urban landscapes, won first prize in the Travel category of the prestigious Photography Book Now competition.
Sherrie Berger is a photography consultant and a co-founder of a photography agency for women called Scarletworks. She has extensive experience in entertainment, high-end celebrity portraiture, fine art photography, production, marketing, and public relations. She conducts portfolio reviews at The Palm Springs Photo Festival and Photo Plus Expo in New York. Other clients include Verisys Inc., the Los Angeles Times, and Daylight Digital, the world’s leading publisher of interactive digital art books.
Her career began at ABC Television and subsequently she joined Corbis, working closely with the industry’s most talented photographers in both roles. Sherrie graduated with honors from UCLA’s Department of Art with a degree in art and photography.
Paul-Michael Carr is a professional photographer and videographer that has worked across genres in conflict journalism (The Bill Clinton Institute for American Studies), feature films (After Earth, Silver Linings Playbook, John Wick II), and scripted television (Cosmos, Salem). He prides himself in finding big stories that require powerful collaborations and generate big rewards.
A digital content producer, he works as the Social Media Director for the NameStormers and the Los Angeles Center of Photography as well as the in-house photographer for HiStreet Fashion and Apparel. Carr also produces social impact content (stills and motion) for clients including Doritos, 7-Eleven, Island Records, CarMax, Hotel Deca, NatureSweet, and Arby’s.
A staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times for nearly 20 years, Carolyn Cole has covered some of the world’s most important events over the course of her career. In the past decade, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the civil conflict in Liberia, and was named a Pulitzer finalist five times.
In addition, Carolyn has received two Robert Capa Awards and been honored on multiple occasions by World Press Photo and Sigma Delta Chi, and was named 2006 Photojournalist of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. She holds a bachelor of arts in photojournalism from The University of Texas and a master of fine arts in photography from Ohio University.
Jennifer Emery is an award-winning photographer, educator, published author and Interfit Photographic brand ambassador. She specializes in commercial portrait, fashion, celebrity, and lifestyle photography and video. Currently Jennifer is a part-time photography professor at Loyola Marymount University and previously taught in the photography department at Santa Monica Community College.
She conducts various photography workshops and speaking engagements including, WPPI, LACP and Samy’s Photo School. She has also published two books with Amherst Media, The Nude: Conceptual Approaches to Fine Art Photography and Lighting Design for Commercial Portrait Photography.
Craig Mohr studied filmmaking at UCLA and Art and Photography at Santa Monica College. He opened Catfish Farms Studios in 1975 which specialized in still-life, advertising and stock images. Clients included Fox Broadcasting, K-Swiss, Vans, The Walt Disney Company, Hard Rock Hotels and many more. His work has been featured in Communications Arts Magazine, AR 100, the Mead Paper Show and the Art Director’s Club of Los Angeles.
He is currently a full-time Associate Professor of Photography at Santa Monica College. He teaches Techniques of Artificial Lighting, Business Practices in Photography, Lighting for Products and Portfolio Development. He has also taught at UCLA Extension and Julia Dean Photo Workshops (now LACP).
Rollence Patugan left the corporate world, or shall we say it left him in 2001. He decided to pursue his dream of becoming an actor while freelancing as an IT professional. At some point during this journey, he stepped behind the lens bringing his knowledge and experience with theatre.
Rollence is now a commercial and fine-art photographer who has been a recurring exhibitor for Month of Photography Los Angeles, Smashbox Studios, and City of Brea Art Gallery. He uses both digital and analog formats while taking advantage of today’s technologies by incorporating them into his photography. Rollence is also a faculty member of the Santa Monica College Photography Department.
Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, writer, educator and host of The Candid Frame Photography podcast. He has over 25 years of experience in the photographic industry and has authored five books including: Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography Using Available Light and Adobe Master Class: Photoshop. He is also the co-author of Visual Stories: Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet and Portraits of Strangers.
His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications and websites including Digital Photo Pro, Outdoor Photographer, Rangefinder, Shutterbug, Popular Photography and DP Review. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design and he is currently a production fellow at Maximum Fun.
Aimee Santos began her adventures in photography with a degree in photojournalism from San Jose State University, during which she volunteered at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, was selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop and worked for NHL Images in New York. After graduation she pursued her career working at the San Jose Mercury News, San Antonio Express-News, and the Kansas City Star among others.
For the past 12 years she has worked as a photo editor in the image syndication industry for companies such as Wireimage, Berliner Studios, REX Features and USPresswire and now works as an editorial picture editor for Shutterstock and a freelance consultant for LensCulture.
Amy Tierney is a portrait photographer, and director, for entertainment, lifestyle and female-focused brands. She is an ambassador photographer for SanDisk, and also presently serves as VP, Board of Directors, American Society of Media Photographers, Los Angeles chapter.
Amy started her career covering celebrity events in LA and then as a contributing photographer to WireImage/GettyImages, AP and Rex/Shutterstock, photographing awards and festivals for the likes of MTV, HBO Variety and NAACP, not to mention the Emmys. She also co-crafted the nationally recognized non-profit, Step Up Women’s Network: Photojournalism for Girls… The I Dream To Project, for underserved teen girls in LA, New York and Chicago.
Miki Turner is an award-winning photojournalist, producer and author who specializes in street, travel and portrait photography, and is currently a lecturer at the University of Southern California. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications including The Oakland Tribune, Orange County Register, Chicago Tribune, Ebony, Jet, ESPN, MSNBC.com, AOL.com, Essence, Caribbean Travel & Life, and many others.
Miki’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the globe and her photo, Abaya Road, was a prize winner at the 2015 Florence Biennale. She has also authored two photo books journey to the woman i’ve come to love and tomorrow. She is currently working on vol. 2 of the journey series and a master’s degree in communication management at USC.
Before founding Kevin Weinstein Photography in 2001, Kevin spent 12 years in newspaper and magazine journalism. He has worked for a number of publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, the Sun in Illinois, US Weekly, People, Hollywood Reporter, and Mother Jones. Celebrity subjects include Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson, and Eva Longoria, among many others.
Through Kevin Weinstein Photography, Kevin became a sought-after event photographer and he went on to shoot high-profile private parties and special events in Los Angeles, New York, and exotic and cosmopolitan destinations around the globe. Kevin Weinstein Photography has since come full circle, bringing Kevin back to his roots as an editorial and street photographer.
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