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!


TODD HEISLER – Keynote Speaker

As a staff photographer at The New York Times, Todd Heisler shoots a little bit of everything, from presidential campaigns to weather art in New York City. But he’s happiest on the periphery of a national or international news story, looking for subjects away from the spotlight.

Todd Heisler joined the New York Times as a staff photographer in 2006. He studied art at Illinois State University but fell in love with photojournalism when he started working at the student newspaper. He started his career working for community newspapers in the Chicago suburbs and in 2001 joined the staff at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. In 2006 he received the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for a project that followed a Marine casualty assistance officer and the families of Marines killed in Iraq. The project received several other honors, including a World Press Photo Award. In 2010 he won a National News and Documentary Emmy for his contributions to One in 8 Million, a multimedia project that profiled 54 New Yorkers ever week for a year. He was also a Pulitzer finalist for his work documenting early onset Alzheimer’s in Colombia. He has twice been runner up for Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International contest.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Click here for more about Todd.


“My presentation is called The Way Of The Samurai. It’s more serious and deep than what I have done before. I use the Honor Code of the Samurai to explain some of the concepts in photography. The Bushido Code that samurais follow since they are small, includes 7 virtues. What are they? Come to the presentation to find out.”

Click here to read more about Susana.


“I am going to talk about making photos that hold meaning for your couples, how to worry a bit less about photos that win contests or get featured on blogs or get likes on social media, and instead concentrate on creating photos that will resonate with your clients, and become family heirlooms. As well, I want to talk about being a feminist in an industry that is difficult to reconcile with feminism, what feminism means, how to hold space for POC/ LGBTQ clients and be a good ally.”

Buffy is a photographer who lives in Edmonton, Canada and has been doing her thing for cute couples and fun families since 2000. She is, importantly, an actual cat lady.

Click here to read more about Buffy.


“I am going to discuss the problem with fear and how it handicaps creatives and provide tools needed to move past it. I will also talk about what it means to maximize your potential, assess who you are at the core and start living the life you desire. I will share personal stories I’ve experienced as a former project architect to now a full time wedding photographer and product and business developer living life on my terms.”

Teshorn Jackson is quite the multifaceted individual, a husband, international wedding photographer, businessman, toastmaster and occasional beach bum, don’t quite begin to describe him…but it’s a start.

Click here to read more about Teshorn.


In over a decade of photographing weddings full-time as a couple, we have experienced peaks, valleys, and eventual new plateaus in our business and personal life. We have learned incredible value in practicing the mindset of finding inspiration rather than anxiety in a rapidly evolving industry saturated with incredible photographers doing mind-blowing work. Throughout this journey, we have come full circle, reuniting with our real selves and realizing the value in ALL of it. We would like to share how we continue to grow and find balance, happiness, and longevity in this amazing yet often overwhelming industry.

Click here to read more about Matt + Tara.


“Documenting births has shaped my understanding of self, relationship, and empathy. In my talk I will be sharing how photographing such an intimate subject matter, has developed my approach to making documentary photographs.”

Click here to read more about Jenna.


“We are all healers of the world. That story opens a sense of possibility. It’s not about healing the world by making a huge difference. It’s about healing the world that touches you, that’s around you…The world to which you have proximity.” – from the book Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.

Connecting to community through photography is driven by my upbringing, my persistent search for meaning, and a longing to serve. Through the journey of walking alongside others’ suffering, we have our hearts broken open. And that’s a good thing. I will share the best advice I have received from fellow photographers and the spiritual lessons inherent to the photographic process.”

Click here to read more about Rebecca.


Former Obama White House photographer Lawrence Jackson started his career at The Virginian-Pilot for 10 years covering local sports, news and in depth picture stories before joining the Associated Press in Boston in 2000.

After a transfer in 2002 to Washington, DC- covering Capitol Hill, The White House and the major sports teams- he spent seven more years with the AP. In March of 2009 he became an Official White House Photographer under the Obama Administration where he stayed until January 2017.

He started his freelance photography business, Lawrence Jackson Images, in March of this year covering editorial, corporate and portrait photography. He lives in Arlington, Va. with his wife, two kids and a dog.

NIKI BOON – New Zealand

I look forward to sharing how my four wild free range kids have taught me more about photography than any online course, seminar or conference has.

I grew up on a farm in rural New Zealand, with a childhood barefoot ,wild and free. In part my photographic work pulls from my childhood freedoms and adventures that still exist so strongly in my mind. Today we live on a small block of land where I strive to replicate this childhood for my children… it is here in our wild and wonderful surroundings that I endeavor to tell their story .. Life as it is.

Click here to read more about Niki.


What if I told you a portrait can heal?  What if I told you that by focusing on uplifting each person that comes to you that you can not only heal them, but also make a successful business.  My goal for each person who comes to me is to have them leave my studio more confident, and more accepting of themselves. When you focus on them and not the money or the sale, the money and the sale comes easily.  In my talk, I’ll discuss my process of how I work with my clients before the shoot to open up and give themselves the permission to be seen and dream, and how I structure my sessions to literally make those dreams come true. I’ll give many before and after stories, strategies for you to implement in your business, and ways to uplift the community around you.

Click here to read more about Rosaura.

CAFA LIU – China

I figure out one thing to focus on each wedding season, only one, and they’re different every year. I will share with you the things that I’ve focused on, benefits of focusing, and how this drove me to the next level…

Click here to read more about Cafa.

DISCUSSION PANEL  – with Tim King, Kate Noelle Kernutt, Charmi Patel Peña, and Jaleel King.

With so much diversity within culture and celebrations, we are having a panel discussion, moderated by Tim King, to explore the different values and perspectives in documenting different types of wedding clientele. We’ll be discussing the distinct differences, hurdles, and particularities when it comes to booking various clientele from all around the world. We look forward to hearing from Charmi Patel Pena, Kate Noelle Kernut, and Jaleel King about their experiences within the wedding world and how they differ from the norm. We look forward to sharing with you!

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.

Conference venue
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, SC


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
9 pm – Meetup for drinks at “Prohibition” 547 King St. Cash bar.

8:30 am – Doors open
9 am – Opening remarks and Welcome
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)
5 pm – Break
8 pm – Fundraiser Dinner (optional, details and location TBA )

9:30 am – Doors open
10 am – CAFA LIU
11 am – Break
12:30 pm – Lunch provided by FC2017
4 pm – Break
10 pm – Party (optional, location TBA)

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.

Philippe SwiggersBelgium

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.

Jon HarperUK

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.

Donatella BarberaItaly

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.

Isabelle Hattink Netherlands

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.

Alexander ZieglerGermany

It’s not quite a technique or sales conference, more of an inspirational conference about the importance of photography and giving back.

Josh JonesUSA

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.

Melissa KelseyUSA

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.

Lyn BennettUSA

You will understand, that Photography is not just about making photos.

Roman Matejov Germany

The energy and vibe you get in this conference is great value!

Yiannis SotiropoulosGreece

Probably the conference will be the biggest milestone in your photography career.

Ufuk SarisenTurkey

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.

Anna Nguyen USA

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.

Brooke PriceUSA

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.

Raheel GaubaUSA

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.

Susanne HeikerGermany

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.

Mary SandovalUSA

Most Fearless conferences have been equal parts Inspiration, Information and Celebration.

Lauren BrimhallUSA

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.

Joe AppelUSA

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.

Jeremy Minnerick USA

Practical, communal learning with an emphasis on community and betterment.

Dave ShayUSA

Enlightening, inspiring and something that everyone should attend at least once a year  !

Mari HarsanUSA

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.

Mary SandovalUSA

Inspirational and wild.

Sandra VillarroelUSA

Meeting passionated photographers. Learning from the best. And party like an animal.

Lyan van FurthNetherlands