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ROCK THAT Photography Conference and Trade Show to Focus on Detroit and Diversity

Calling all photographers! The 2nd Annual ROCK THAT Photography Conference and Trade Show is coming to Detroit next month!

Presented by the Multicultural Association of Professional Photographers (MAPP), the three-day conference will be held in Novi, Michigan at the Suburban Collection Showplace from July 25th to the 27th.

Shawn Lee Detroit photographer
Photo courtesy of Shawn Lee, Detroit photographer and founder of the ROCK THAT Photography Conference and Trade Show.

WHAT IS THE ROCK THAT PHOTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW?

The ROCK THAT Photography Conference and Trade Show was founded by Detroit-native and craftsman photographer Shawn Lee. The conference and trade show will feature a variety of business workshops, panel discussions, and trade show exhibits for photography lovers and professionals.

ROCK THAT is one of the largest photography conferences in Michigan! It features national industry influencers, notable photographers, enriching resources, and program experiences for aspiring and professional photographers.

Shawn Lee founder of ROCK THAT Photography Conference and Trade Show
Shawn Lee, founder of ROCK THAT Photography Conference and Trade Show and craftsman photographer. (Photo courtesy of Shawn Lee)

ROCK THAT CONFERENCE EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

ROCK THAT Awards Ceremony

Photo walk in Downtown Detroit led by renowned photographer Shawn Lee.

Photography portfolio critique and review.

Women’s panel discussion on achieving industry success despite hardships and sexism.

Free youth photography workshop.

Community service projects with the Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) and “So Many Angels” portrait transformation of children with cancer.

PIPER CARTER TO LEAD WOMEN’S PANEL DISCUSSION

Hip-hop and fashion photographer Piper Carter will lead the women’s panel discussion. She is the first black woman to shoot for global publications like French Vogue and British Elle!

Carter is also a community activist who is known for her work in Detroit on projects such as the J. Dilla Youth Day held each year at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

I attended last year’s Dilla Youth Day with my family and my children loved the event! Here’s my blog post on the event if you’d like to check it out.

Piper Carter photographer
Fashion and hip-hop photographer Piper Carter will lead the women’s discussion panel at the ROCK THAT Photography Conference and Trade Show.
(Photo credit Piper Carter’s official Twitter)
Ja’Mya, Uncle Herm, and Joyletta at Dilla Youth Day. Piper Carter founded Dilla Youth Day. (Photo credit Jennifer Hamra for Good Life Detroit)
Dilla Youth Day 2019 (Photo credit Jennifer Hamra for Good Life Detroit)

Other fantastic photographers who will be part of the women’s panel discussion are:

Children’s portrait photographer Audrey Woulard

New York wedding photographer and attorney Kesha Lambert

Children’s lifestyle photographer Kahran Bethencourt

ROCK THAT Photography Conference and Trade Show
Photo courtesy of ROCK THAT Photography Conference and Trade Show

NOTABLE PHOTOGRAPHERS EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE ROCK THAT PHOTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW

All of the panelists and photographers who are scheduled for the ROCK THAT Conference and Trade Show have great accolades.

Kahran and Regis Bethencourt’s work, for instance, has been featured in Essence magazine and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Their AfroArt series and book continue to garner national attention!

Kahran and Regis Bethencourt Creative Soul Photography
Photo courtesy of Creative Soul Photography
Kahran and Regis Bethencourt AfroArt Series
Photo credit Kahran and Regis Bethencourt from their AfroArt Series.

Jenny Risher, a Detroit-based lifestyle and portrait photographer, published her first book Heart Soul Detroit and she has photographed 50 iconic Detroiters.

Last year, I attended Focus on Detroit’s first photography festival and viewed Risher’s photography project called DCYPHERED. The collection was part of her second book, with the same title, and focused on Detroit’s undocumented hip-hop community. DCYPHERED was also featured at the DIA for 7 months!

Lifestyle and portrait photographer Jenny Risher
(Photo courtesy of Jenny Risher)

This is a photography conference and trade show that you don’t want to miss! Make sure you mark your calendars for July 25th through the 27th.

To purchase tickets/day passes to the conference and for a complete listing of the national industry influencers and photographers, you can visit www.rockthatconference.com or call (248) 809-3707.

Portrait by Shawn Lee, Detroit-based photographer and founder of the ROCK THAT Conference and Trade Show

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