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Saturday, November 4, 2023

PPOC-BC Fall Conference & Awards Gala

PPOC-BC Fall Conference & Gala

Join us for a weekend full of education and connection with fellow photographers in Vancouver. Varied topics, networking opportunities, and more!

Friday will begin at 7PM with our Keynote presentation with Paul Zizka. 

Shooting Stars: The Amazing World of Astro-Photography

World-renowned for his photographs taken at night, Paul downloads his knowledge into this accessible astrophotography presentation, geared towards all levels of photographers. He’ll cover aspects and techniques photographers need to consider both in the field and in the editing room in order to produce nighttime images they are truly proud of.



Paul Zizka is an award-winning mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Canada. A prolific adventurer, Paul’s journey to capture the “under-documented” has taken him to all seven continents, as well as to each of Canada’s provinces and territories. He is frequently published in some of North America’s top magazines, including National Geographic, Alpinist, Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, Islands, and Outdoor Photographer, and has four coffee-table photography books, one of which won the 2019 Banff Mountain Book Competition - Mountain Image category. His client list includes leading national and global brands such as Canon, Apple, Dell, Arc’Teryx, Panasonic and MEC. In his latest project, Cryophilia, Paul is documenting vanishing ice around the world in an effort to showcase its beauty and raise awareness of our changing landscapes. Paul enjoys life in the mountains with his wife Meghan J. Ward and their two daughters. 

Visit Paul’s website at zizka.ca, online store at shoppaulzizkaphoto.com, and social media feeds at @paulzizkaphoto.




More detailed descriptions and speaker bios below schedule.

Ready, Set, Create! - Tracey Farrington

 Unstuck Your Stuck! Let’s face it, everyone gets stuck creativity wise at some point, or perhaps you do not see yourself as creative at all.  This workshop will be the interactive problem solver to assist you in what works for your personality and lifestyle. Real life examples will be discussed and shared.  Proven tactics will be suggested to help get your creative mojo moving forward. 

Tracey Farrington is an interdisciplinary artist, mentor, teacher who is process based. This encourages her to explore the themes of PLACE in the environments where she lives and travels. 

This subversion and transformation of complex and recycled materials sourced starts with connections and conversations of order versus chaos. 

The move to her contemporary art practise of ink making exploration, sculpture, and print making comes from the foundation of a strong photographic background. 

Tracey is  an international award winner, photographic judge and lecturer holding three fellowships, FPPOC-BC F-CAPA F/ SWPP,  MPA SPA and recently completed her Bachelors of Arts is Fine Arts from the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. 


A Look Inside Commercial Retouching - Kevin Lanthier

What does an advertising photography job look like from the perspective of a retoucher? In this talk, Cake Imagery’s Kevin Lanthier takes us behind the scenes on what a fairly average job looks like to him, through the process of being contacted by a photographer, analyzing the agency’s brief, quoting the job, doing the work, revisions and finally invoicing, and the navigating that occurs in between. Kevin will walk through his Photoshop documents, and share the real agency deck and real dollar values associated with his example. More or less time can be taken to discuss any of these topics as preferred, so questions from the audience throughout are encouraged.

Kevin Lanthier is a digital retoucher and visual artist. With his company Cake Imagery, he works with top creative agencies and advertising photographers in Vancouver and around the world. He brings this strong technical foundation from the commercial world to his fine art work, building his images from dozens, if not hundreds of separate photographs to create scenes and convey ideas in ways not possible with traditional photography alone. His current work focuses on distilling and amplifying narratives found in urban spaces via highly controlled, concept-driven compositions. Kevin has been working with Photoshop since before he picked up a camera, and maintains a philosophy that he will use any tool or technique available to realize the images he wishes to create.


Commercial Action Lighting Demo + Working with Remote Clients- Erich Saide

Erich Saide will discuss his passion for Commercial Photography and how to achieve dynamic compositions using artificial light on a live demonstration with a high-performance athlete.

He will share some of his previous experiences with different Commercial shoots, focusing on planning and executing a shoot with remote clients. Erich will touch on how to prepare and properly communicate with the client, the importance of a tethered workflow, working with a Digitech and his problem-solving techniques in a high-pressure situation.

Erich thrives in an interactive environment, so questions are encouraged!

Erich Saide is a Vancouver-based Commercial, Fitness & Lifestyle, Celebrity and Portrait photographer specializing in producing exceptional, creative and technical images born out of his love of connecting with people. Forming a relationship with his subjects as soon as possible is paramount to his success; being able to draw out the best in people sets his photography apart from the rest.

Extremely motivated, energetic and full of passion for his craft, whether it's in the studio, on location, or by the side of a film set, Erich is happiest when he's creating powerful and dynamic images.Photography started as a love for experimenting with light, and once he learned a thing or two through his studies, he became a master at manipulating light to complement the wide variety of projects he has collaborated on over his 22 year career. Some of his favourite clients include Advertising Agencies, Celebrities, PR Agencies and TV & Movie Productions. He is a winner of the Communication Arts 58th Photography Annual Competition. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Erich worked as a carpenter before embarking on a career in Commercial and Advertising Photography, both locally and abroad. His studio is located in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district

You can check out his work at erichsaide.com and @erichsaide.


OUTBOX: Digital Development for the Working Artist - Pennylane Shen

OUTBOX is a unique seminar designed specifically for fine artists interested in developing their online presence and promoting their work in a professional and efficient way. Topics in seminar may include: 


  • The purpose and production of takeaway cards and branding.
  • How to create a well-designed artist takeaway.


  • An Overview of Types of Posts: creating and clarifying goals
  • Creating effective content 
  • Tools for Artist Instagram users
  • Selling online: The Hold and Release vs. Drip Method


  • Creating specific website designs for fine artists.
  • What features are important for viewer navigation for your clients, industry and galleries.
  • Common mistakes on artist websites.
  • E-commerce and sales through online platforms.


  • Creating a template and set content.
  • Strategies and protocol around building an audience.

Pennylane Shen is an artist consultant, curator and educator. Since 2006, her company Dazed and Confucius has offered one-on-one consultations to over a thousand artists each year as well as business development seminars worldwide. While Dazed and Confucius caters to artists' needs such as marketing and career support, what sets them apart from other art advisors is their core philosophy: prioritizing strong concept and identity building first and foremost.

Pennylane holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Culture Theory from NYU and has lectured at various forums throughout Canada, the US and the UK. Her publications discuss the politics of representation, race and fine art. For more than a decade, Pennylane has worked in commercial galleries throughout Canada. Among her curation, speaking and education projects are Ted Talks, Creative Mornings, Pecha Kucha Vancouver, The NYC Crit Club, The Vancouver Mural Festival and the art collection for the Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Foundation.


Using Photography as a Gateway to Mindfulness - Kristopher Grunert

We will explore the incredible synergy between mindfulness and photography delving into the concept of "Photography as Meditation," a unique framework designed to infuse your photography with a deep sense of presence and creativity. This isn't just about taking pictures; it's about creating visual stories that resonate with meaning and emotion.

While the benefits of mindfulness for well-being are widely known, this session will focus on the creative advantages. Learn how mindfulness can enhance your artistic vision, boost your creativity, and provide fresh perspectives on your photographic subjects. Discover how mindfulness can help you see the world with new eyes and unveil the hidden stories within your images.

We will learn the Six Tenants of Photography as Meditation and then put theory into practice as we embark on an engaging mindfulness photography exercise together. We'll use our cameras or smartphones to capture the essence of a seemingly ordinary subject, all while applying the principles of mindfulness. This hands-on experience will showcase how photography can become a meditative practice, allowing you to explore your surroundings in a whole new light.


Kristopher Grunert is a visionary photographer, harmonizing art & commerce, the ethereal world, and the built world. His lens is a conduit that channels wisdom, wonder & spirituality, endowing both mountains and machines with mysticism. With numerous accolades, including the Applied Arts Creative Excellence Award, Kristopher's mastery transcends the boundaries of both corporate and personal spheres. 

His work has attracted leaders across diverse industries, including architecture, energy, technology, and real estate development. He has created images for many corporations including GE, Google, Nike and his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper, Monocle, I.D. and Technology Review.

Kristopher has recently developed a framework for Photography as Meditation and is designing one-of-a-kind photographic experiences meant to expand the consciousness of the participants while connecting to their higher self, the planet.



Photo walk with Jake Wong

The PPOC Street Photography Photowalk will be held in downtown Vancouver. The walk is 1.5 to 2 hours in length and will include an introductory talk to street photography and its different methods of capturing street images. The photographers will then be taken to several highlight locations around the downtown core where they can try these methods. The walk will be held rain or shine so please dress accordingly.
Note that a digital camera with an equivalent focal length of 23mm to 50 mm is recommended but is not required.
Jake Wong is a Vancouver born street photographer raised in the Chinatown/Strathcona neighbourhood. Influenced by 80's and 90's music videos, he partakes in various street photography styles including night and abstract. He believes in making street photography fun and simple.  He also serves on the board of the Vancouver Street Photography Collective.


Gala Dinner and Awards will be held Saturday, November 4th at 7:00pm at 
Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, 8181 Cambie Rd., Richmond, BC

Tickets are being sold on eventbrite:   https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ppoc-bc-fall-conference-and-gala-2023-4311-0021-tickets-725747258587?aff=oddtdtcreator

Special Hotel pricing at Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, 8181 Cambie Rd., Richmond, BC, please use the link below:






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