FEARLESS CONFERENCE 2017
Nine years and 13 conferences later, the Fearless Conference has evolved into a unique gathering unlike any other wedding photographers event. It’s not just about photography anymore. We have grown.
These amazing speakers have been carefully selected not just for their accomplishments in photography but also for their unique voices in their commitment to helping others. More than just good photographers, they are good people.
At FC2017 in Charleston, you will connect with inspirational people, challenge your own mindset, refine your purpose and find yourself a part of something bigger. And you will be making a direct financial contribution to environmental efforts as all profits from this conference will be donated to the Environmental Defense Fund.
We hope to see you there!
This conference is open to all photographers.
The Fearless Conferences are our most important fundraising events in support of environmental responsibility. All profit from this Conference will be donated to the Environmental Defense Fund.
Francis Marion Hotel
Special rate of $149/night at the Francis Marion
if you book before Oct. 14!
Hotel Booking Link
SUNDAY Nov. 12
No scheduled events
MONDAY Nov. 13
1:30 pm – Doors open
2 pm – ROSAURA SANDOVAL
3 pm – TESHORN JACKSON
4 pm – REBECCA KIGER
5 pm – MATT + TARA THEILEN
9 pm – Meetup for drinks at “Prohibition” 547 King St. Cash bar.
TUESDAY Nov. 14
8:30 am – Doors open
9 am – Opening remarks and Welcome
10 am – BUFFY GOODMAN
11 am – Break
11:30 – NIKI BOON
12:30 pm – Lunch provided by FC2017
1:30 pm – Photo critiques with Erin Chrisman & Jenna Shouldice (optional)
3:30 pm – KEYNOTE SPEAKER: TODD HEISLER
5 pm – Break
5:30 pm – JENNA SHOULDICE
8 pm – Fundraiser Dinner (optional, details and location TBA )
WEDNESDAY Nov. 15
9:30 am – Doors open
10 am – CAFA LIU
11 am – Break
11:30 am – LAWRENCE JACKSON
12:30 pm – Lunch provided by FC2017
2:30 pm – DISCUSSION PANEL
4 pm – Break
4:30 pm – SUSANA BARBERA
10 pm – Party (optional, location TBA)
THURSDAY Nov. 16
No scheduled events
Meanwhile, if you’d like to register for the FC2017, please use the links below:
(100% refundable within 24 hours if you change your mind, but you won’t)
Price per person: $395 USD
(price does not include travel, lodging, food or master class)
Fearless conferences are those conferences where you get inspired to grow not just to be. Where speakers want to be equal to the attendees, where networking is not working, where people sing not shout, where people support not compete, where you not just listen but above all feel. Where you not only get inspired but emotionally moved by people’s honesty and heart.
When you finally come home you emotionally realise you have won a second family and you feel ready to strive to be you (and just you) in your passion called work.
This was my first Fearless Conference and it was all I expected and more. I absorbed the knowledge that was freely shared by some of the finest photographers around and some that I really do look up to. I felt both blown away and empowered by not only the speakers but the people that attended. I have made some great friends there and a few special ones too! In the past I have attended several different conferences however Fearless stands out head and shoulders above all others. The sense on family and community is beautiful. I feel inspired to share my knowledge and have a great sense to help, teach and inspire others as a result.
Dealing with so many good photographers and many beautiful people made me grow humanly and photographically. It’s amazing the atmosphere inside the Fearless Photographers family. We need this kind of things to continue to be motivated in everything we do + personally know the people you follow on the web is incredibly fantastic.
It’s a way to become more consious about your photography and who you are as a person in this. You get good tools to develop yourself. Besides this, everybody from every country is feeling connected as a photographer. A lot of friends are made during the fearless conference and the party’s are awesome. It’s like coming home and meeting your family.
A Fearless Conference is like a class trip for wedding photographers where you meet all of your friends and fiend new ones. Also it is like a psychologist who catches your inner fears to help you get over them and a career consultant who discovers your hidden talents to make you a better photographer and human being.
It’s not quite a technique or sales conference, more of an inspirational conference about the importance of photography and giving back.
Fearless Photographers is a conference where you will be inspired by legitimate speakers, to make meaningful photography. You’ll be inspired to be your best self, since the proceeds go to the Environmental Defense Fund. You’ll connect with others in a way you haven’t before, and create lasting friendships, in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. No one will try to sell you anything, in the down-to-earth, intimate setting. And, party…you will party!
I would encourage future attendees to take the plunge and go! I wish I had connected with Fearless Photographers earlier in my career. I probably could have found my way to where I am now, sooner. I could have avoided falling into a trap of thinking I needed to do what other photographers were doing. I’ve known about Fearless Photographers for a long time, and had inklings that it was a good direction for me. When I decided to focus on moments, I began to find my way to Fearless Photographers, and I’m so glad I did.
Compared to WPPI, FC Europe is refreshing. All the speakers didn’t just talk about getting better for your sake, but for your clients. When they did talk about how to get better in photography, they actually taught something useful. Not just believe in your self type of speech. They made me ask questions to myself that dug deeper. And even though everyone who attended were accomplished photographers in their own right, I didn’t sense any ego. It felt more like a homecoming of some sort. Like a family.
You will understand, that Photography is not just about making photos.
The energy and vibe you get in this conference is great value!
Probably the conference will be the biggest milestone in your photography career.
There is a lot of crying, hugging, soul searching, affirmation, A ha! moments and partying – come prepared to have a good time. You come as strangers and leave as family.
Come with an open mind and an open heart. The conference has cathartic moments that force you to peel at your own layers, but such an outpouring of inspiration and motivation to get you back to the root of how this job (wedding photography) is so much bigger than the surface. Come to fearless, to be brave enough to expose your insecurities and heal among family.
It’s an extremely intimate gathering of photographers where there are no barriers. It’s like a bunch of photographers getting together to discuss what challenges they face and what inspires them the most.
Storytelling at its best. Incredible stories that push you and inspire you to follow your own path despite all obstacles. Food for the heart and the mind. Less technical topics.
Although the conference was about photography in general, I feel like we all had something in common. We all want to do something bigger than us, getting involved in other projects to (somehow) give back.
Most Fearless conferences have been equal parts Inspiration, Information and Celebration.
It’s a conference for photographers who are looking to challenge their preconceptions and find their path to reaching their potential. You’ll meet 125-150 new best friends.
Every year I come home from Conference, recharged, refocused, encouraged, expanded, inspired, and more in tune and aligned to my inner purpose after a year of working distractions.
Practical, communal learning with an emphasis on community and betterment.
Enlightening, inspiring and something that everyone should attend at least once a year !
I’ve only been to the one in US, and about that I would say- inspiring not only on the photography level but also on a human level.
Inspirational and wild.
Meeting passionated photographers. Learning from the best. And party like an animal.