Our teachers are ballers of the most profound variety!
These teachers are very skilled and renowned photography educators and we are so dang grateful they’re a part of this meaningful work.
They have A LOT to teach and a lot of love to give.
Kirsten is a photographer based in Denver, Colorado, but her work brings her all over the world. Although she has been shooting for over twenty years, it was teaching on Creative Live that brought to the forefront her approach to documentary family photography, as a desirable alternative to traditional family portrait. She mentors photographers internationally, not only within family photography. She guides photographers to find their unique voice by embracing their personal experiences and developing a personal point of view.
Kirsten's talks are known to make you laugh one minute and tear up the next, inspiring listeners to confront their fears and insecurities, and push forward. Despite her many accomplishments (including being regularly featured on the Huffington Post, interviews around the world and listed as one of the top 100 photographers on Fearless Photographers), it is her role as a mother to her daughter Byrdie Mae and a wife to her husband, street photographer Gregory Bethmann, that brings her the most pride and joy. Well, that and any Scrabble victory (which are countless).
So let’s jump to the important stuff right away! I’m a hardcore Star Wars fan and also a huge Potterhead, I know for a fact that the force is strong with me and that the sorting hat sent me to Gryffindor. I enjoy music festivals and concerts more than a normal human being should and although I listen to all kinds and sorts of music, Metallica is my top favorite band in the whole world, I’ve seen them 8 times in concert and I hope I can see them 8 more :).
Traveling is my way of life, I need to hop in a plane to feel happy and alive and my favorite places in the planet are London, Amsterdam, Austin, Mexico City and Oaxaca :)
I was lucky enough to speak at TEDx one time and if your spanish is good, you can check out my talk HERE.
Daniel is one of the Top 10 Fearless Photographers of all time, having received 48 Fearless Awards.
Citlalli is passionate about green leaves, salsa dancing, eating green sauce chilaquiles and constantly learning. She has been dedicated for 13 years to document weddings and 9 years sharing her experiences with photographers, trying her best to help raise the bar of the wedding photography industry. She’s been invited to conferences and workshops around the world and is part of the mentor team of the Foundation Workshops.
Citlalli belongs to several international Photography Associations, including Fearless Photographers, ISPWP (International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers) and Inspiration Photographers. She was awarded top 10 wedding photographers in Mexico by the Magazine Visit Mexico, Fearless Photographers of the Year in 2011, and more. She likes being a fearless person even though she shares all her fears during her talks.
Buffy is a former news photographer who has photographed weddings and families for 19 years. She lives in Canada with her partner Mike and two oversized orange cats. She travels internationally to photograph weddings, as well as educate about photography and the importance of inclusion and feminism in the photography industry.
Buffy loves crazy lighting, silly people, symmetry, and shadows. She is fuelled by good coffee, road trips, Cardi B, and uncoordinated dance moves. Her work has been published internationally several times, including National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and Photo District News (PDN).
Kara will be leading the kid’s photography programming at Profundo Workshop. She is a photographer and founder of the Honoring Elders Project. Kara started the Project in 2012 as a way to connect school-aged children and elders through photography and storytelling. The kids work with DSLR cameras and learn interviewing skills, while the elders share their experiences. Kara loves building community between youth and elders, and seeing the feeling of empowerment everyone has when they are heard and learning something new.
When Kara is not managing the Honoring Elders Project, or shooting weddings, family sessions, seniors and events, she’s usually working on her homestead, which has been in her family for over 150 years. She has two dogs, a cat, and a 12 year old son. She has an unabashed Harry Potter obsession (have you listened to the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast??!). She is flexible in body and spirit.
Maureen lives for traveling, photography, community, and love. She feels a strong calling to create meaningful experiences & community in this world. She takes dance breaks, embodies the definition of free spirit & wants to be your friend.
She once skied through the Alaskan wilderness for three weeks in the winter, where she pulled a sled & heard wolves howling outside her tent. Most recently she traveled solo to Patagonia to backpack the O-circuit, a 80 mile hike. She loves braving the wilderness.
She has been a professional photographer for over a decade and shoots wedding, family, and boudoir photography. She is based out of Madison, Wisconsin and has been featured on HuffPost, Wedding Wire, Shutterfly, and has been a Best of Madison photographer for the last five years.