Adam Barnes is a photographer who specializes in capturing and creating fine art images from weddings and all things related to people in love. He founded Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography in 2005 after working many years as a counselor for children and adolescents. Adam combines his love of others with a passion for capturing some of the most intimate moments in ones' life, to produce images that will remain for generations. He utilizes both film and digital mediums to capture light and convey your story.
Adrienna McDermott is the founder and CEO of Ava And The Bee, a marketing agency exclusively for wedding pros that builds connections with dream couples through inclusive, results-driven marketing. As a former bridal boutique owner, wedding planner, and florist, she intimately understands the challenges that vendors face when it comes to creating new and engaging content to grow their business.
Bernel is the founder of Branded by Bernel, a full service design studio for the creative community. With a background deeply rooted in fine art and a degree in web development, she lives by her motto "to obsess over the details so you don't have to." She has worked with hundreds of creative entrepreneurs to build brands and websites that establish a foundation of trust. Since 2016, Bernel has served the creative industry with high energy, tell-it-like-it-is honesty, and a passion for inspiring others.
Ben Finch is a Wedding & Commercial Photographer at Finch Photo and Consultant at Finch Creative Education. Ben's diverse career story as a professional musician, motivational speaker, college professor, business consultant, pastor, and designer has given him a unique perspective in the creative space. In 2020, at the request of numerous industry friends, Ben revisited his role as consultant and began helping creative business owners learn how to run healthy & profitable businesses. When not traveling the world for photography commissions, he resides on their East Tennessee farm with his wife, Joy, their 4 kids: Brennan, Knox, Molly and Sawyer, and their Weimaraner, Hank.
Revered by international clients, publications and planners, David is an award-winning fine art wedding photographer. He marries the worlds of editorial and romance with an approach based on savoring life and art. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and an intimate understanding of the European affairs couples ask him to document. Other photographers now learn under David’s mentorship with workshops and coaching. David is drawn to the small delights of life, keen to learn new craft cocktail recipes and discover new dishes at restaurants nearby, and abroad. Home is the DMV area where he is a father of two who loves hosting meals on the outdoor patio under the cafe lights. Along with Kristy, he is slowly renovating the home of his dreams one room at a time, while planning to retire in Tuscany surrounded by the rolling hills of wine country.
Jennifer is a film lifestyle photographer known for her clean, colorful, and happy images. She believes that you don't have to be "Fine-Art" to be high end and clients agree. Her work takes her all over the country to document families, seniors, and couples in their homes and favorite places. She is truly one of a kind in her work and approach to her business.
Laylee is an educator, speaker, and conference host with a heart for serving clients and fellow entrepreneurs through her coaching work, as the host of the So, Here’s the Thing Podcast, and as the founder of The Creative Educator Conference. She believes in leading with heartfelt encouragement and honest guidance. As a longtime entrepreneur, she’s not afraid to dig into tough topics or transparently share her own experiences—the good and the bad. Laylee is passionate about her goal to equip you in your ability to make a difference, create impact, and to build a life doing what you love.
Kayla Barker is an award-winning and published photographer, leader and educator in the wedding and portrait industry with over 14 years of experience. She is in The Knot Hall of Fame, winner of PDN's TopKnots and nominated as an emerging film photographer. Her work has been featured many times in Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot Magazine, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Wedding Sparrow, Southern Weddings and more. She has also won awards for her fine art photography work in many art and museum shows and her work has been sold in galleries around the country.
Ryan is a Showit SEO specialist and online tech expert based in Florida. He has a passion for empowering creatives and small businesses with beautiful and strategically-designed websites and SEO Education. Ryan’s interest in website design and SEO began after starting his own wedding photography business in Portugal and falling in love with the business side of the industry.