Mary Virginia Swanson

Super Session | PLANNING NOW TO MARKET Your Project from Concept through Execution, Exhibition and Publication

Mary Virginia Swanson

Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and advisor who helps artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present work in an informed, professional manner. Her public seminars and lectures on marketing aid photographers in advancing their careers.

Swanson draws from her thirty-year career spanning the fine art, documentary, photojournalism, publishing and licensing arenas to lend sage advice to artists at all professional levels. She is a sought-after Reviewer, Juror and Mentor, known for timely knowledge of today’s diverse marketplace.

Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated(2014) and stays current on the growing market for photobooks, reflecting both the ease of self-publishing and the rise of the collectible photobook market.

Swanson, based in Tucson, AZ and New York City, is the recipient of numerous industry honors: Lifetime Achievement FOCUS Award, Griffin Museum of Photography (2013), Susan Carr Award for Education, American Society for Media Photographs (2014) and Honored Educator Award, Society for Photographic Education (2015). She serves on numerous Advisory Boards, helping organizations in our industry provide relevant programming and plan for their futures.

Mary will lead PLANNING NOW TO MARKET Your Project from Concept through Execution, Exhibition and Publication  at 8:30 am on Sunday, February 24, 2019. This Super Session is available as an add-on to your regular Summit registration.

Lewis Kemper

Super Session | Getting the Most Out of the Raw Processor

Lewis Kemper is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. He was the photographer for Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. His monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. Kemper’s publication Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide was voted in the top 20 field guides. His DVD My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal features a year’s worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento, CA. Other recent publications include photo guide apps, “Yosemite National Park SNAPPGuide” and “Yellowstone National Park SNAPPGuide.”

Lewis leads Getting the Most Out of the Raw Processor at 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019. This Super Session is available as an add-on to your regular Summit registration.

Todd Gustafson

Super Session | To the Ends of the Earth

Todd Gustafson Photo Credit to Ryann Bennett

Todd Gustafson has been photographing nature, wildlife and natural history around the world for the last two decades. Having grown up in Tanzania, East Africa is Todd’s specialty. His vast knowledge of the habitat and behavior of wildlife, as well as his social interaction with local people, has contributed greatly to his success.

Since 2007, one of Todd’s main missions has been to assemble images for his limited edition, leather-bound To the Ends of the Earth book series. This three-volume set—featuring East Africa in Volume I, Birds of East Africa in Volume II, and the Natural World in Volume III— has been regaled by publishing professionals as the most lavish and beautiful books since the Audubon Portfolios. In 2015, Todd traveled the globe extensively, gathering images and film footage for a complementary To the Ends of the Earth documentary.

Todd also photographed and worked as a clinician/teacher for NIKON Corporation, and his photography is represented by National Geographic Society. Through his breathtaking images and filmmaking, Todd shares his experiences with the creatures of the world as they eat, sleep, play, mate, give birth, raise their young and die, co-existing in a battle of survival on this wondrous planet we all share.

Todd leads To the Ends of the Earth at 8:30 am on Thursday, February 21, 2019. This Super Session is available as an add-on to your regular Summit registration.

Gary Crabbe

Super Session | Developing Your Personal Vision and Style: Landscape, Nature, and Travel Images That Tell a Story

Gary Crabbe

Gary began taking pictures in college. After graduation, a twist of fate led Gary to the studio of renowned photographer Galen Rowell, where he managed the 400,000+ image library and Stock Department of Mountain Light Photography. He left to pursue his own photography following the birth of his first child.

Since then, his client and publication credits include the National Geographic Society, New York TimesForbes,TIME, The National Park Service, Victoria’s Secret, The North Face, Sunset, L.L. Bean, Subaru, and The Nature Conservancy. He has seven published books to his credit, including the award-winning The California Coast and his most recent book Photographing California; Vol. 1 – North, which won the highly distinguished Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Award as Best Regional Title by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Most recently, Gary was honored when the United State Postal Service released a nearly unprecedented seven of his images as USPS ‘Forever’ postage stamps.

Gary’s prints and murals are included in private and corporate collections, including hotels, hospitals, the Department of the Interior, and U.S. State Department. Gary also conducts highly praised shows and workshops for groups like R.E.I., The Sierra Club, The Photographic Society of America, etc., along with other services including consulting, photo editing, presentations, custom private and group photo workshops.

To see more of Gary’s work, visit his web site at

Gary leads Developing Your Personal Vision and Style at 8:30 am on Sunday, February 24, 2019. This Super Session is available as an add-on to your regular Summit registration.

Kathy Adams Clark

Super Session | The Workshop and Photo Tour Industry: Update and Future

Kathy Adams Clark, Photographer, by Jeff Rose

Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995.  Her photos have been published in hundreds of places including Family Fun, Nature’s Best, New York Times, Birder’s World, and Ranger Rick. Magazines including AAA JourneyTexas Parks & Wildlife andTexas Highways have used Kathy’s photos on their covers. Her photos have also appeared in books including Portrait of Houston (2012, Farcountry Press) and Photographing Big Bend National Park (2013, Texas A&M University Press), which she also wrote. Many calendars feature her photographs, including the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar, and the Sierra Engagement Calendar. Costco offers a calendar comprised of Kathy’s photos of Houston.

She teaches a series of photography classes in the Houston metropolitan area and is a popular speaker at local and national events. Since 2001, she’s worked with Strabo Tours to lead photo tours to countries including Costa Rica, Spain, Tanzania, Italy, Peru, Morocco, and Bhutan.

Kathy frequently collaborates with her husband Gary Clark. Her photos appear every week in the Houston Chronicle’s “Nature” column written by Gary, and they’ve worked with national publishing houses to produce ten books together, including Book of Texas Birds (Texas A&M University Press) and Backroads of Texas (Voyageur Press).

Kathy is Past-President of the North American Nature Photography Association. She was honored to be named a Fellow in 2017.

Kathy leads The Workshop and Photo Tour Industry: Update and Future at 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019. This Super Session is available as an add-on to your regular Summit registration.

She also co-leads, with Richard Day and Sean Fitzgerald, the Vegas Lights Night Walk, an optional add-on workshop taking place after the official close of the Summit on Sunday, February 24, 5:00 – 7:30 pm.