POSH 2015 Sponsor ThinkTankPhoto

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We are super excited to have Think Tank Photo back as a sponsor again. They are giving away some great bags at POSH 2015 to a few lucky attendees!

Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work, and developing inventive new carrying solutions to meet their needs. By focusing on “speed” and “accessibility,” they prepare filmmakers and photographers to Be Ready “Before The Moment,” allowing them to document those historic moments that reflect their personal visions and artistic talents. For some companies, it is only about the product. For Think Tank Photo, it is more: It is about supporting filmmakers photographers doing their job.

POSH 2015 Sponsor Photoflashdrive.com

We are thrilled to announce that Photophotodrive.com is sponsoring POSH again! They are giving every POSH attendee a $50 in merchandise o spend on their products!

Photoflashdrive.com is the premier online shopping destination for custom flash drives, hard drives and beautiful packaging. Their USB flash drives, hard drives & unique beautiful packaging can be customized with your design or logo at no additional charge & with no minimum order quantity or set up fees.

Based in the beautiful Shoreline town of Branford Connecticut they are a small company doing big things. Photoflashdrive.com was established as an off shoot of Pexagon Technology in 2009 as a response to inquiries by Pro Photographers, whose needs are far different than those of the standard Business customer.

Plus there is no Minimum Orders. No Set Up Fees. Volume Discounted Pricing.

 

POSH 2015 Presenting Sponsor SongFreedom

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We are excited to announce that POSH 2015 is presented by Songfreedom this year! They are providing each attendee with a song licensing gift along with giving away a grand prize at POSH valued at $250!

What is Songfreedom? Is Songfreedom a music licensing platform with the best music available? Are they a place where photographers and cinematographers can come to find the perfect song for their story with the click of a button? Or are they just the ones that make licensing real music affordable? Yes, they are all of those things but mostly, Songfreedom is about artists supporting artists.

Songfreedom supports musicians by making sure they get the opportunity to give permission for the use of their music and by making sure they actually get paid for their work. Songfreedom supports photographers and cinematographers by going through the long, difficult, and expensive process of music licensing for us so we can license it easily and affordably.

Announcing POSH 2015 Presenter Steph Killip

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True fact – I was born on a tiny island called Reunion; near Mauritius in the Southern Indian Ocean. I lived there for 9 years before moving to New Caledonia (Pacific Ocean) then to France (Atlantic Ocean), and have now been calling New Zealand home for the last 12 years. You can say I am a true citizen of the world.

With parents, grand parents and brothers all being traveler and explorers, it is not surprising to me that I board many a plane every year in search of a new adventure.

For the last few years, my husband/business partner Robin and I have been splitting our time between Europe (France mainly) and New Zealand with HQs in France and New Zealand as well as an editor based in New York City, making bubblerock truly international; but this had been our plan and focus from the start.

In fact, bubblerock has taken us to incredible places so far such as Sweden, France, Italy, Santorini, Spain, Australia, the USA, Ecuador, Mexico, Sri Lanka & throughout New Zealand and we have work towards creating this international brand from the get-go.

One thing I’ve learned through working on bubblerock is that beyond the necessity to provide a high standard quality of work, there is a need to create an incredible customer experience, a strong brand presence and leave a mark before and after you have completed your job. In an environment where you have countless options to choose from, nothing else will define your business and make you stand out more than the person that you are and the brand that you project. Creating great work is a given, making it unique through the experience you provide is a necessity.

All clients come with a “want”, your business must turn this into a “must-have”.

On a more formal note – I have completed a Masters of Science in Management (what a title) and have been a self-taught shooter and editor for over 13 years. In 2005, I undertook a 1-year diploma in filmmaking whilst in New Zealand. My sole goal for going to film school was to get a crew together and produce a short film about my grand dad. Goal achieved. Since then, I got the opportunity to work on productions both for TV and films in New Zealand with a highlight being that I was a part of the small camera crew on a short film directed by Academy-Award-winner Grant Major (Production Designer on the Lord of the Rings movies). After a stint as a marketing executive for a top international 3D animation, design and game development school for 4 years, I left the corporate world to concentrate on bubblerock full time.

Lover of her cats, obsessed with Dave Grohl, seeker of good times, film photographer and always needing to be by the sea, I am a crazy, giving, life-loving French girl who believes in sharing knowledge, experiences and tips so everyone gets a chance at growth and success.
What makes you a better shooter or editor is experience, hard work, trial and error as well as the intention to create consistently great work.

I believe we put our own limits to our work and achievements, so I always choose to see an opportunity before seeing the hurdles: it’s about being some kind of realistic dreamer, right?

Announcing POSH 2015 Presenter Shannon Avery

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Shannon Avery | Owner • Creative Director

Shannon is the Owner of Hoo Films and oversees her creative teams, directing every film. Throughout the process, Shannon still shoots and edits as well, while connecting with each couple.

Given her experience at Hoo Films, Shannon has spoken at a variety of conferences and schools, including Infocus Video Events and Posh, two conferences based on raising the education standards in filmmaking. Beyond weddings, Shannon most recently worked on chronicling Reese Witherspoon’s transformation as a Cirque performer in her most recent movie, “Water For Elephants.” She’s also had the honor of working for some amazing hoots, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, USA Olympians, UCLA, John Wooden and many small businesses. Filmmaking has led her to the most amazing, challenging career she could have ever imagined. She respects her talents and remains curious how each couple will challenge her with a new idea. Aside from art, Shannon loves the beach, surfing, paddle boarding, playing the guitar, and traveling… and if that traveling includes a destination wedding, well… even better! In the past couple years, Hoo Films has traveled to Puerto Rico, St. Martin, Honduras, Punta Cana, Mexico, Chicago, San Francisco, Hawaii, London, and Iceland to capture a variety of special moments.

Announcing POSH 2015 Presenter Stepheny Keith

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MEET STEPHENY KEITH.

– Mastermind/Creator/Benevolent Despot of Black Sheep Filmworks
– Had huge hair in the 80’s
– Is married to a hunky Englishman Usually wins at Trivial Pursuit
– Loves her iPhone Ultimate dream job: Filmmaker Sommelier
– Favorite places: Hutch’s Pool, London at Christmas time, The American – Wing at the Met, EATaly or In-and-Out (drive thru)

Since it’s inception in 1992, Black Sheep Filmworks has continually stood out from the flock, with Stepheny Keith at its helm. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Media Arts, Stepheny moved to LA. There she worked on feature films, cable network news and for the GAP in Studio Services. But working for corporate America was just not where she wanted to be. She created Black Sheep Video (now Filmworks) and set out to become a high end boutique filmmaker. She achieved this goal within 3 years, and has maintained it for over 20 years. As the principal shooter, editor, accountant, marketer, networker, and creative, Stepheny is all things to Black sheep.

She is also a wife, mother of two, PTA board member, and chief dog walker and pool girl.
Stepheny’s work has been featured on CNN and Arizona Illustrated. From Janet Napolitano, to Julio Iglesias to Larry McMurty, every client has elevated her craft, but none more than the 500 plus weddings she has filmed and edited over her career. Every wedding film brings new clients, new challenges and a brand new story. Every day is different, which is one of the many things she loves about being a filmmaker. She completed her first Same Day Edit in 2003, and has documented weddings everywhere from Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Vieques, Puerto Rico. Stepheny limits the number of weddings that he will contract yearly, and is selective regarding her clientele. She credits much of her success to her husband Alex, who was Black Sheep’s original second shooter/editor and business coach. His advice on money management, client
negotiations and balancing work and life have made happiness and business success attainable. From ReFrame, to InFocus to POSH, Stepheny is a huge believer in continuing education. The networking, technical skills and friendships that have come from these conferences have been invaluable to her.
When she’s not documenting a day, or crafting an edit, you may find Stepheny perfecting her Muay Thai kickboxing techniques, walking her dog, Tucker, or hiking the gorgeous Arizona desert with her family.Her husband Alex, and her two AHHHmazing kids, Alexa (18) and Aidan (14) are the lights of her life, and she will tell you all about them, if you give her a day…or two. Funny, original, irreverent, and a bit of a badass…Meet Stepheny Keith.

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