Professional Speaker Series | San Diego City College | Keynote Tim Mantoani

Professional Speaker Series | San Diego City College | Keynote Tim Mantoani

I was given the opportunity to discuss my journey in photography for an hour at the Professional Speaker Series hosted by San Diego City College with keynote speaker and commercial photographer Tim Mantoani. This was an exciting chance for me to discuss something other than off camera lighting, which I love to talk about and teach with other photographers. This was the first time I truly looked back in my journey and really got an idea of who and what shaped my passion for photography along the way. In an unexpected way this reflection gave me a huge boost and rejuvenated my creative juices. During the presentation I talked about the people and cameras that influenced my photography along this journey, the importance of minimalism and the strength of networking.

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Sharing my journey in photography was great, but listening to Tim Mantoani talk about his journey reminded me that this ride has only just begun for me. I envy Tim not only for his amazing photography but because he interned for Dean Collins, a photographer that I look up to for his technique knowledge on lighting. Tim spoke about his amazing project Behind Photographs and took the time to sign copies of his book.


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as a child my grandfather’s Kodak Instamatic and it’s unique “flash cube” reminded me of R2D2

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these were the fun toys laying around the house growing up

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my first camera

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my first “real” camera

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the digital age was born, for me at least

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my mother was one of my biggest influences

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David “Strobist” Hobby taught me about off camera flash

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Zack Arias taught me how to elevate my images with One Light

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Dean Collins reminded me that I had a lot to learn about lighting and photography in general!


Special THANKS to Tony Amat & William Morton for organizing and promoting such an amazing day for everyone!

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