avant-garde photographer education
The people that bring you avant-garde education at Portrait Symposium
Lori Patrick has traveled the globe seeking images with a journalistic eye.
As a studio owner and educator, she founded Portrait Symposium in 2022 to give photographers a fresh approach to hands-on education in the spectacular studio space called Art Factory along with expert guest instructors .
Photographer education is in the forefront of Lori’s expertise whether 1:1 or small groups focusing on portfolio builds and practice for an ever changing industry.
Lori has had speaking engagements at WPPI, PhotoPlus Expo, B&H Photo - Depth of Field Conference and PPA.
She hosts photographers with her cultural travel program called PhotoCoteries exploring Cuba, Morocco, Italy, NYC and more regions coming soon.
She was one of the first hosts of photographer FB groups fostering them since 2010 starting with CreativeLIVE Alumni with over 60,000 membership.
An award winning journalist in the Photo-Essay category, Patrick specializes in human interest stories and stage performances since 2007, photographing artists through the years including Elton John, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Joe Cocker, Shinedown and many more.
You can find her online at https://photocommunique.com
IG : @loripatrickimages
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Joseph “JC” Carey is a lifetime image maker that like many photographers was terrified of lighting until he was gifted with a class in 2007. The class (the only formal one he’s ever taken) was terrible with too much focus on the “recipes” rather than teach HOW to light but that gift changed everything. It lit a fire that has never stopped burning. It transformed him from someone that barely took pictures of people and knew nothing about lighting into someone still trying to figure out how to light everything.
The last 15 years have passed with him being blessed with a daughter, a career doing what he loves, multiple magazine covers, and with meeting amazing people and trying to create great images of them. The art of photography and taking pictures is his passion but the ability to make his vision a reality in a photograph is what truly drives him.
JC has taught all over the US including being part of the Staff at Summit Workshops.
JC is a professional photographer based in New Jersey as well as proudly joining Westcott as their East Coast Sales Manager in 2020 using their gear for the entirety of his lighting lifespan
You can find him online at
Francesca 'Fancy' Mars is a Talent Coordinator for her business Booked by Fancy Mars. Working in NYC, NJ and Philadelphia regions.
Fancy provides models for some of our Symposium's.
Follow her on IG @bookedbyfancymars
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Avant-Garde Photographer Education
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