Rick Sammon

Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet–dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others.

Rick started his professional photography career as an underwater photographer, producing six underwater books and leading scuba diving expeditions to the seven seas. He easily transitioned into travel, landscape, wildlife, cultural and nature photography. Rick’s images, from his travels to more than 100 countries, have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and have been featured in his 37 books, including the popular “Rick Sammon’s Exploring the Light”. Rick’s latest books are “Creative Visualization for Photographers” and “Evolution of an Image”.

While Rick describes himself as “evolving,” he hesitates to categorize his work. “I’m an A-to-Z type of photographer. I do it all – and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing.”

With nearly 40 years of experience, this self-taught photographer has many accomplishments – and many more anticipated for the road ahead.  As Rick suggests, “When you are through changing, you are through.”

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Suzanne Mathia

Suzanne is a professional freelance photographer, workshop instructor, writer and speaker whose work regularly appears in Arizona Highways Magazine, as well as numerous national publications such as National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photographer and calendars and digital media for the Arizona Office of Tourism, Nature Conservancy, and The Global Action Team. Her work is displayed in many corporate and private collections around the world. Arizona Highways magazine named 3 of her images among the “100 Greatest Photographs”.

Known as “The Lightroom Whisperer”, Suzanne is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop. She teaches photographers just how to get the absolute best out of their images and to streamline their workflow. She teaches Landscape Photography and Digital Post Processing for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops, The Grand Canyon Associationas well as private small group and individual workshops.

Suzanne was born and raised amidst the green rolling hills of the English countryside but is now completely at home surrounded by the arid desert and swirling sandstone of the Southwest. She finds Arizona a land of intense beauty and preposterous contradiction. Her photographs capture the diversity of waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, autumn leaves and desert sands, from the magnitude of the immense landscape to the smallest, most discreet of details. Living in Scottsdale AZ, Suzanne spends much of her time exploring Sedona and the surrounding areas seeking out unique and compelling compositions. Her images reflect her keen sense of curiosity, patience and the ability to see this area and its magic places in new and creative ways.


Adam Schallau

Adam Schallau is a photographer and photography educator. His portfolio captures both the grand and intimate landscapes of the American southwest. Through his photographs, Adam seeks to convey the timeless beauty of our treasured National Parks and other public lands.

Adam’s fine art prints are in personal and corporate collections across the world. They have been exhibited in numerous galleries, museums, and national parks.

His photos have been published in numerous magazines including; Sunset Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, and Men’s Journal, and on the covers of Arizona Highways, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Via Magazine, and New Mexico Magazine. You can also see more of his photography in his book “Chasing the Light – Grand Canyon”.

When he is not pursuing the next image or leading a workshop, Adam is often engaged in mentoring young artists. He gives time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Stewart Udall Foundation’s Parks in Focus program, and the Grand Canyon Field School’s Artists as Ambassadors program.

Adam and his wife, Sally, live amongst the tall Ponderosa pines of northern Arizona near Flagstaff with their rescue dog, Bear, a border collie mix found on the Navajo lands.


Erin Babnik

Erin Babnik is a full-time landscape photographer, photography educator, writer, and speaker with home bases on two continents. Immersion in the visual arts has been the one constant in Erin’s life, including extensive formal education in various studio arts, graphic design, and the history of art. Erin’s dedication to the medium of photography evolved out of her years working as an art historian, photographing at archaeological sites and in museums throughout Europe and the Middle East for the purposes of teaching and research. She subsequently spent years producing photographs on assignment before transitioning to her specialty of wilderness/adventure landscape photography and teaching photography workshops worldwide.

Erin’s photographs, articles, and talks all draw upon her background in art history in promoting landscape photography as an art form with deep roots and unlimited potential for creative expression. She embraces all approaches to celebrating nature through the medium, believing that both nature and art are essential to the wellness of humanity.


Kurt Budliger

Kurt has been photographing the natural landscape for over 24 years and has been a professional photographer for the past 14.  His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous books, calendars, advertising campaigns, magazines and are routinely used by non-profit conservation organizations working to protect wild lands. His clients include Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Vermont Life Magazine, Eastern Fly Fishing, Patagonia, 1% for the Planet, Trout Unlimited, Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, and many more.

Kurt has also been a professional educator for over 25 years.  Prior to becoming a professional outdoor photographer and workshop leader, Kurt was an outdoor and environmental educator, interpretive naturalist, guide and then a middle school science teacher in Vermont.  He holds a BS in Natural Resources from Colorado State University and an MS in Teaching from Plattsburgh State University.  He continues to teach digital photography with Vermont State Colleges and leads many landscape photography workshops throughout the US and abroad.  Kurt is the founder and one of the lead instructors at Green Mountain Photographic Workshops.  When he’s not travel and shooting he lives, laughs and plays with his wife and two daughters in his adopted home state of Vermont.


Cole Thompson

Cole Thompson has been photographing since age 14 and works exclusively in black and white. He is best known for his series “The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau” and “Harbinger.”

Cole is self-taught and is an advocate of finding and following one’s Vision, rather than relying on rules and formulas.

You can learn more about Cole’s work at and his thoughts on Vision at:

Joe Brady

Joe Brady is a photographer, educator, author, photo workshop leader and studio owner who has been teaching photography and photo editing for over twenty years. One of his greatest joys is to see photographers in his classes and workshop have that “Ah-Hah!” moment where they capture a beautiful image they have been after for some time.

Joe is an author on, an X-Rite Coloratti, a Fotopro Ambassador and is a contributing author for the Kelby Media Lightroom Magazine. His Newsletter “Fotofriday” goes out to over 11,000 photographers every Friday. As a producer and presenter, Joe creates and delivers online educational webinars and videos for photo-industry companies including Hensel, Phottix, Elinchrom, X-Rite, Sekonic, PocketWizard, Phottix, Induro, Benro, Ilford, Nissin, Fotopro, Tascam, Zoom, Novoflex and Sony with over 3 million views.

A recipient of the Fuji Masterpiece Award for his landscape photography, Joe is a sought after speaker and teaches photography workshops around the world, specializing in scenic and panoramic landscapes and environmental portrait photography.

Joe’s Landscape Photography website can be viewed at

David Cobb

David M. Cobb is a professional nature, travel, and garden photographer. He has a fondness forlong-distance hiking andphotographing Japanese gardens. His long walks have given him an appreciation for the landscape and wildernessand his Japanese garden images make up his books Quiet Beauty: Japanese Gardens of North America and Visionary Landscapes: Japanese Garden Design in North America(Tuttle Publishing).“My goal is to capture the wonders I see in nature for the enjoyment of all those with an eye for the extraordinary.”


Scott Stulberg

Scott Stulberg is a travel and stock photographer who journeys often to distant lands looking for unique photographic opportunities. He is represented by many stock agencies including Getty Images and is a contributing writer for Shutterbug magazine and EOS magazine. He loves leading photography workshops to many places around the globe and also teaches digital photography and Photoshop at many schools including UCLA Extension in Los Angeles, where he won Outstanding Instructor of the year.

Scott is the author of “Passage to Burma”, a coffee table book on his favorite country and also co-author of “The Digital Photographer’s New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins”. From Microsoft, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, CNN and ABC News to greeting cards, calendars, puzzles, billboards and book covers, his images are used internationally. His photographs are in collections all over the world, including on permanent display in the United Nations and the new UCLA Medical Center


Gary Glenn

Gary Glenn is a people photographer specializing in Personal Branding and Personality Portraiture. His experience spans a period of over 35 years and has seen him operate studios, and then work as a consultant to thousands of professional photographers around the world to help them to improve their photographic abilities and more importantly their business skill set.

A great deal of that time was spent living in Australia where he had a great impact on the photographic industry… coaching, training and motivating many image makers to generate high levels of success.

Gary will bring an amazing message to our event, helping attendees to concentrate their energy and improve their ability to take action to improve their photographic skill and to achieve new goals.

The Sedona Symposium will undoubtedly create excitement and new energy to all who attend. Gary’s presentation ‘The Motivated Photographer’ will inspire attendees to set exciting new objectives and to maintain the momentum needed to achieve them.

As a professional public speaker, presenting a powerful message of personal development and motivation Gary will definitely enthuse, motivate and entertain.