2016 Call for Speaking Proposals

The Inspire Team is currently accepting proposals for speaker presentations and hands-on shooting workshops for Inspire 2016! We are looking for proposals about Business, Craft, and Vision.  We’re looking for new and interesting speaking topics, and hope to open the door for fabulous photographer-speakers who are not on the usual photo conference speaking circuit. Here are some ideas to get you going... Photo Booths, Photographing people who hate having their picture taken, Designing & Selling great albums, Time Management, Knowing when to outsource, Making a PROFIT, Birth Photography, Bookkeeping/Budgeting, Children/Family Portraits, Managing the wedding day, Customer Service, Color Correction, Shooting FILM, Getting Published, Finding great clients, Kick-ass Workflow, Avoiding burnout, Finding your personal style, Client consultations, In-person sales vs. online sales, Managing Employees, Off-camera Lighting, Getting in shape for wedding season, ergonomic work stations and shooting tips, Creativity Workouts, etc. etc. etc. We understand that most experienced photographers are brilliant in at least one area of photography or business ownership.  So, we know you have awesome ideas, and we want to hear them!!! If you don't want to speak, but know someone who'd be great - encourage them to submit or nominate them at the link below.

Presenters are chosen as much for their expertise in the field as for their commitment to elevating the industry and helping other photographers reach success.  Our speakers are asked to participate in the entire retreat, as peers and mentors alongside our other attendees and speakers. Access to speakers & sponsors is one of the most popular aspects of Inspire.  Please only submit if you are excited to participate on that level!

If you have any questions about Inspire, or the kind of sessions we are looking for, or please don’t hesitate to contact MarkEnna or Eric for more information.

All proposals must be submitted by May 15th, 2015



The Inspire schedule is designed with these concepts in mind: Community, Mentoring, Business, Vision, and Craft. Every class and activity are designed to help us grow in at least one of these areas. The complete conference schedule is designed around the speaking proposals that are selected, and providing extensive opportunities for community & relationship development. Our schedule will be adjusted according to our final class selection, but the basic format is:

MONDAY: Workshops: Half and Full-Day Intensive Classes (limited seating, pre-registration required)

TUESDAY: 1.5-2 hour General Sessions/Lectures, 3-4 Hour Hands-On Camera Classes

WEDNESDAY: 1.5-2 hour General Sessions/Lectures, 3-4 Hour Hands-On Camera Classes

ONGOING: Portfolio Reviews & Mentoring, Common meals (all meals are provided), Keynote Presentations, and opportunities to interact with key industry sponsors and vendors who wish to see your business grow.