Jeff Gump of Gump’s Sports Photography
Sales and marketing has been Jeff’s passion for more than 28 years in the High School and Youth Sports photography market. As a working photographer, Jeff believes in putting together systems that can be duplicated, which has allowed Gump’s Sports Photography a 20% growth of gross sales for the past 5 years. Jeff has been sharing his experiences with photographers for more than 10 years. Jeff has been a presenter for various organizations: PMA-SPAA, Imaging USA, IPI, Fujifilm, as well as many state and national associations.
When Jeff’s not creating new marketing solutions, you can find him on the golf course in sunny Florida, which is where he calls home. Look out 2014… it’s going to be the best year yet!
Don Wrenn of Southern Sports Photography
Hi, I’m Don Wrenn. I was born somewhere, and then grew up. Along the way, I went to college where I learned about important things. Then I lived in different cities and worked for different famous and important people. Then I ended up where I am now, Nashville, Tennessee. I have had a camera since I was 16; I stole my dad’s Pentax camera and started shooting.
I shot my first professional gig when I was 20 years old for a major Christian band out of Jacksonville, Florida. Photography has been a passion ever since. Currently, I do have a daytime job-I am a Commercial Sales Manager for a fortune 200 company…it’s hard to give up the paychecks, company car and benefits! But I’m also the co-owner of Southern Sports Photography LLC, one of the fastest growing sports photography companies. I’ve been an action photographer since 2005, but for the past year I’ve exclusively been doing T&I. In my spare time I like to work, and my hobbies are work, family, coaching football and more work.
Jonathan Reiss of NY Sports Pics
I have been a photographer for 35 years - the first shoot I was paid for was a World Wide Wrestling event at Nassau Coliseum in NY; I was paid $25.00. I’ve shot pro and NCAA sports for the past 25 years, I’ve worked for the Mets and Jets, and I also work many high-end celebrity events.
I started NY Sports Pics in 2005 as an action photography company, selling game action online. When I saw where the market was leading – to parents able to purchase fairly inexpensive DSLRs and lenses and taking images from the stands, and also as sales dwindled, I made the switch to T&I in 2008. It started with one league, and now we’ve grown to 24.
I also have a full time job; I work as Store Operations Manager for a large professional beauty supply company with 23 locations across NY and NJ.
Chris Murphy of Showstopper Photography
My name is Chris Murphy and I have been a photographer most of my life. As soon as I was old enough to hold a camera, I was taking pictures. So naturally, as I grew up, I was the one who was always behind the camera documenting all the precious moments in my family and friends lives. Through years of practice, training and study, I have learned and perfected the technique that I use today to create beautiful, relaxed professional portraiture. Having been both in front of and behind the camera most of my life, I have learned how important it is to create a relaxed, casual atmosphere for a truly rewarding portrait experience been a professional photographer for over 20 years. My company, Showstopper Photography, Inc. specializes in 3 markets: Schools, Dance, and Sports. I love sharing my knowledge with others; I enjoy helping others succeed by sharing how we retain accounts and build relationships with new ones. The school, dance, and sports markets are changing constantly and ongoing training- both mine and yours- is critical to our success!
Mike Luter of StudioCity Photography & StudioStyles.net
I am an award winning photographer, trainer, speaker and primary trainer at StudioStyles.net. I am CEO of Luter Enterprises, a company that operates several photography businesses including multiple studios, a commercial photo lab, and a digital photography system integration company.
I love the training & teaching side of the business. It is focused on things that interest me photographically and things I am currently working on. My mission is to help you become a better and more passionate photographer. I blog on photography tips and techniques, industry trends, and whatever else I might be working on at the time; I also post many how-to articles at www.mikeluter.com.
Shaun DeMint of Spotlight Photographics
Shaun DeMint is the founder of Spotlight Photographics, an industry leader in graphic designs and photographer templates for the sports market. Shaun graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Commercial Graphics and Product Design in 2004. After helping build a very successful photography company in Paducah KY, Shaun created his first custom poster as a test product in the action sports market. As a result of its popularity across the market Spotlight Photographics was born. Today, Shaun has created hundreds of designs that have elevated every photographer to the next level in their business.
Chris Blythe of Desktop Darkroom
Hi my name is Chris and I’ve worked at Desktop Darkroom since I was a baby. I’ve also had the same haircut since birth. I am from Jacksonville, and I go to one of the same 5 restaurants with my friends every Wednesday. I have not been to Cici’s Pizza yet, although I do plan to in the future. I’m a pretty popular dude, typically, when I enter a place, I know at least one random stranger. I like to travel, and I LOVE space. I’d like to visit and possibly live on the moon one day. I aspire to one day getting married and having at least 6 kids with my work B.F.F., Shellie, even though she hates kids.