Hoping for some specialized instruction from our speakers? Master Classes and styled shoots are the perfect add-on to your Hybrid Collective registration. Enjoy a mini-workshop with your favorite photographer during the convention in a smaller group!


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7:00 am REGISTRATION opens

9:00 am welcome

9:30 am General Session: Sacia Matthews, ben finch, and Ashton jean-pierre

12:00 pm Lunch

1:15 pm announcements

1:30 pm General session: Ash Baumgartner, Kristine Herman, and Daniel Kim

3:00 Sponsor Breakouts: the archetype project, photo lab panel


8:00-10:00 pm
Opening Party

April 17, 2023

April 17, 2023



Trade show 

Visit our sponsors


General session

Hear from Sacia Matthews, Ben Finch, and Ashton Jean-Pierre

11:30 AM


Included with registration


registration opens

1:15 PM



general session

Hear from Ash Baumgartner + Kristine Herman, and Daniel Kim, 


sponsor breakout

Breakout Session by The Archetype Process or theFINDlab. Coffee Break sponsored by theFINDlab

"LOVERS" is a master class with Elizabeth Messina that focuses on artfully directing & capturing a couple. The emphasis of this immersive photography class will be on composition, light & natural posing. Elizabeth will share with you how she creates authentic and poignant photographs. She'll share the subtleties and nuances of how to direct and illicit real interactions that are beautiful and not forced. Elizabeth has captured meaningful portraits of many special couples, including Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson, Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka, Lauren Conrad & William Tell, Erin & Eric Balfour and many more. This class is part communication & instruction, part observing Elizabeth’s photo, styling & posing techniques as well as the opportunity to create your own photographs. It will truly be a unique opportunity to expand your repertoire in directing and capturing couples.  

This year every “LOVERS” Master Class attendee will get an opportunity to capture photographs of their own during the class. Each attendee will literally be able to stand side-by-side with Elizabeth while she guides them with thoughtful direction and meaningful support. Photographers of all levels & mediums are welcome.

In Lauren's Master Class, for the first time, she will open up a class specifically teaching on shooting film. This class will be geared towards photographers looking to incorporate the magic of film (medium format, 35mm, even disposable cameras) into their work. The first 1.5 hours of the Master Class will be classroom style. Lauren will guide you through helpful guidelines, the basics of getting started with consistent film scans, working with your lab, how to shoot film in different lighting scenarios, when she chooses film over digital or vice versa, a discussion on the benefits to different film stocks, explaining and sharing the subtleties of color toning on film vs. digital, and more. The last 1.5 hours of the Master Class will be spent outdoors on the grounds with two models where you will
practice shooting film in a comfortable, low-stress environment and will be able to shoot with your film cameras. (Bring your own cameras!)

Master Shoot optional add-on


master class
(optional Add-on)



Styled Shoots
(optional Add-on)

So you want to shoot welcome parties and beach celebrations kinda thing, weekend celebrations. Who says bridal has to be a gown, floral and uodo’s. Let’s make a splash and have some fun with this modern twist on bridal meets the beach, fashion, self care, and sunscreen couldn’t be sexier. Step out of the Norm and come get creative with this take on telling a brides weekend story to attract the clients who want to celebrate all weekend long



charla storey & jennefer wilson


Styled Shoots
(optional Add-on)

In this editorial shoot, we see models wearing the cascading fabric of couture gowns creating a sense of movement and drama against the stunning backdrop of a muted pastel sea of florals. This scene provides the perfect contrast with the opulence of the garments and the drama of the florals. The result is a visual feast of color and texture, with a sense of romance that is sure to elevate your portfolio.

David abel


Styled Shoots
(optional Add-on)

Jainé Kershner Photography and Lauren Field Design have teamed up to educate attendees the in's and outs of what makes a successful hero shot from a wedding photographer and wedding planners perspective. During this 3 hour styled shoot, Jainé & Lauren will break down four key hero shots with before and after stations including a full invitation suite flat lay, shoes and accessories flat lay, a full table scape and cake station. Attendees will have unprecedented access to learn in real time, ask questions, and then style on their own. Jainé and Lauren want their Coastal Elegance styled shoot to leave each attendee with tangible tips and clear takeaways that will further their skillset for years to come.

jainé kershner & Lauren field


Styled Shoots
(optional Add-on)

During this family shoot, Jennifer will teach how she creates a comfortable and cheerful space for families to relax and have fun. She will also show her love for color and creativity shines through and how a little bit of imaginative camera work into every session to create images unique to each family. 

Jennifer is 100% film photographer, so along with showing how she photographs a family, she will share how to choose film stocks, rating, metering, and why having a great relationship with a film lab is so important. All levels of film knowledge are welcome, along with all digital photographers. If you have never tried film before, this is your chance to have fun without pressure!

jennifer lawrence

Elevate your destination wedding portfolio with this elegant, modern styled shoot on the beach. Soft blushes and warm tones mimic the color of the sunset with modern, soft details that will attract a luxury destination bride. Learn from Kayla Barker, an award-winning and published destination film wedding photographer of fifteen years, how to shoot film in challenging environments and lighting, how to get the best detail shots for your vendor team, the shots you need to get published and how to properly meter for film and get the best film shots.

Kayla is an open book and will be willing to share how she has been able to work with some of the best in the industry and run a successful destination wedding business no matter where you live.

This sunset shoot on the beach will include a beautiful styled table with elevated florals and modern details, ceremony backdrop, several flatlays, a beautiful couple in high end attire and more!


Styled Shoots
(optional Add-on)


Curating Cover-Worthy Photoshoots

Go inside KT Merry's entire editorial creative process—from conceptualization to post-production—so you can uncover *yours* and curate portfolio-building photoshoots that drive leads, revenue, and recognition—in any niche or market. 

Please note, this is a Master Class and will not have opportunities to take photos.


master class
(optional Add-on)



Sponsor break

Coffee Break sponsored by corporate sponsor The Archetype Process