Photographer, Veterans Portrait Project
Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in service, she traveled to over 41 countries, and attended the Military Photojournalism Program at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. During three combat tours, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for combat actions in Iraq. Though combat disabled and retired from military service, Pearsall continues to work worldwide as an independent photographer, and is an author, educator, military consultant, public speaker and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project.
Pearsall was one of only two women to win National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the only woman to have earned it twice. She’s been awarded the Trojan Labor American Hero Award, honored with the Daughters of the American Revolution Margaret Cochran Corbin Award, lauded by the White House as a Champion of Change, and holds an honorary doctoral degree from The Citadel. Pearsall has served as a nominating juror for the Pulitzer Prize and held a presidential-appointed board member position for the NPPA.
The PDN “Personal Project” award-winning series Veterans Portrait Project (VPP) began while Pearsall rehabilitated from combat injuries sustained in Iraq. Spending hours in VA waiting rooms surrounded by veterans from every generation and branch of service, Pearsall was compelled to honor and thank them in the only way she knows how, photography. She’s traveled coast to coast with the VPP and has documented roughly 5,000 veterans in over 100+ engagements.
Me Ra Koh
Photographer, Sony Artisan of Imagery
Me Ra is affectionately known as The Photo Mom,is the leading photography expert and educator to moms with cameras.
She is proud to be one of the original select SONY Artisans of Imagery since 2007 and hosts the Disney Junior TV show Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh, empowering moms and children to capture their everyday life. She is the author of the national bestselling series, Your Baby in Pictures: The New Parents’ Guide to Photographing Your Baby’s First Year and Your Child in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Your Toddler and Child from Age One to Tenand Your Family in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life. Me Ra is also the guest photography expert for Live with Kelly, Oprah’s The Nate Berkus Show, and Lifetime Television. Her writing, photography and photo recipes have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, VH1, and Martha Stewart Living, as well as in theNew York Times, Weight Watchers, Parenting, American Baby, Women’s World, Associated Press, Huffington Post, Popular Photography, American Photo, and CLICK.
For over a decade, women have travelled from all over the world to attend her 2-Day CONFIDENCE Photography Workshop in Dallas. Her award-winning photography has been exhibited from coast to coast. Her Egypt photography was given the honor of being on exhibit in The Natural History Museum in NYC. She works closely with partners like Disney, SONY, Sesame Street, Southwest Airlines, select travel companies, and Target to find ways to inspire the creative hearts of women. You can even find her at your local Target and Best Buy!
Me Ra is a sought after, inspirational keynote speaker who brings empowerment, humor and tears to all her audiences. She is afraid of escalators in big cities, scuba diving and rock climbing, but she does all three (unless an elevator is nearby). Find her at www.merakoh.com.
Photographer, X-Photographer by Fujifilm
Bill Fortney is a photographer, writer, pilot, and highly sought after presenter with over 47 years of experience in-the-field. Bill has done professional work as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist, sports photographer, (once an official photographer for the Washington Redskins), medical photographer, and nature/landscape photographer. Bill’s best selling books include; The Nature of America (with David Middleton), American Vision (with David Middleton, John Shaw and Wayne Lynch), America From 500 Feet (with Wesley Fortney), Bill Fortney’s Great Photography Workshop. America From 500 Feet II (with Mark Kettenhofen). Bill’s books have sold well over 150,000 copies, placing him on the list of best selling photographer/authors in America. Bill has been named a Fellow by the North American Nature Photographers Association.
Bill currently teaches for KelbyOne as a speaker/teacher. Bill teaches His Light Workshops, a Christian based workshop company and with Jack Graham Photography Workshops. Bill has been named as a X-Photographer by Fujifilm and use the Fuji X-System. You can learn more about Bill, his workshops and view his work at: www.billfortney.com
Bill, and his wife Sherelene, live in Corbin, Kentucky, and have three grown children and 6 grandchildren.