Adventurer & Professional Photographer
With a dual degree in both photojournalism and art photography from Syracuse University, Laura Grier combines her love of travel, adventure, and art into a unique vibrant style that has made her a renowned International photographer. Her photography has taken her to six continents. Over the course of her career, she has contributed to acclaimed travel magazines, including National Geographic, been published in over 25 different magazines, and has won several photo contests. Laura is currently based in Los Angeles and is the owner and operator of photography studio, Beautiful Day Photography.
Brian Bowen Smith
Brian Bowen Smith is a professional photographer, who specializes in celebrity portraits. Much like his mentor, the renowned photographer Herb Ritts, Brian brings a fine art approach to his portraits to showcase the strength and beauty of the human form. His lens not only captures the universal, but also the unique personality of his subjects. Over Brian’s 20-year career, he has shot Hollywood’s biggest actors and actresses, including Jennifer Aniston, Robert de Niro, Amy Schumer, Margot Robbie, Jessica Biel, Cindy Crawford, Winona Ryder, and countless others. In addition to celebrity, editorial, and commercial clients, he has published two books and focused heavily on his fine art photography.
Editorial/Commercial Photographer and Director
Vincent Laforet’s career has spanned over 25 years with achievements including a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his work at The New York Times and a three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. Known for his innovative approach to storytelling, he revolutionized the independent film industry through his pioneering work with DSLR video and his short film “Reverie.” Vincent’s assignments have taken him around the world. He has shot four NBA Finals, five Super Bowls, eight World Series, and four Olympic Games. Vincent values education and is a highly regarded educator who frequently runs workshops and delivers keynote talks. Vincent is always on the lookout for ways to apply his experience and is excited for what the future will bring.
Claiborne Swanson Frank
Portrait photographer and stylist, Claiborne Swanson Frank, spent her early career working in the fashion industry including a stint at Vogue under Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour. Claiborne left the magazine in 2009 and has since pursued a career in photography. Her debut book, American Beauty (2012) was well received and its cover image was even displayed at the de Young museum in San Francisco. Claiborne moved to Los Angeles to develop her second book of portraits, Young Hollywood, and has spent recent years collaborating with various top fashion brands and contributing to editorial publications. She currently resides in LA with her husband, James, their son Hunter, and dog Blue.
Condé Nast Collection
The Condé Nast archive, containing more than 8 million photographs and illustrations from Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and more, includes some of the most iconic images ever seen in print produced by photography pioneers (think: Edward Steichen, Horst P. Horst, and Cecil Beaton). The collection is a visual time capsule of the 20th century. In collaboration with the Condé Nast Collection, you can now experience the marvel firsthand.
From the Grateful Dead to the Rolling Stones, Jay Blakesberg has photographed some of rock’s quintessential bands. The San Francisco-based photographer and filmmaker has shot over 300 assignments for Rolling Stone magazine and has been published in several major print magazines, including Time and Vanity Fair. Whether it’s a classic rock icon like Tom Petty or an alternative band like Radiohead, Jay’s subjects are captured with an unmistakable sense of their unique personality. His photography has been included in over 200 CD packages, including iconic albums like Santana’s “Supernatural” and the Counting Crows’ “August and Everything After.” Jay has published eleven coffee table books of his music photography.
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Private Two-Hour Photography Workshop in Venice Beach Led by an LA-Based Photojournalist
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10-Day Photography Workshop in Guatemala with a World-Renowned Photojournalist
Laura Grier Supports
Australian Childhood Foundation
Childhood abuse and neglect have a devastating impact on the lives of children, and the trauma that results from their experiences can continue to negatively impact their lives long after the abuse itself has stopped. The Australian Childhood Foundation’s mission is to safeguard children from abuse, help those already affected heal, and be relentless in advocating for their needs. They do so with the help of specialized trauma teams, which use a range of different approaches including art, play, and creative therapies to give children back the sense of joy, laughter, and discovery that are a necessary part of childhood. With the help of patrons like Chris and Liam Hemsworth, the ACF hopes to move towards a world where all children are safe from the trauma of abuse, violence, and neglect.