AHA 2021-2022
GUEST EDUCATORS

SPRING SEASON

Meshea Shaffer
Olive Gray Photography

Meshea is a family photographer located in Destin, Florida, as primarily a beach photographer, her love of the coast is reflected in every image as she strives to tell the honest stories and capture authentic connections.

"Creating Art When Limited with Shooting on the Same, Bright Beaches" Educational Video + Editing Video with her OGP Presets & Discount Code

MacKenzie Pudenz

MacKenzie is a small town, Iowa farmer’s daughter. She now lives in Mesa, Arizona with her amazing husband and their incredible SEVEN kiddos! She spends her days all year round, chasing kids and SUNSHINE! She’s always loved photographs and the emotions they make her feel.

"Client Preparation Before a Session to Ensure Natural Flow & Authentic Emotion" Educational Video

Jordan Brennan

Jordan is a family & newborn photographer based in South Florida. She has a passion for capturing raw motherhood. Her style is moody, emotive & free. She loves wild hair, bare feet, palm trees & warm breezes. Taking photos that make you feel, is what makes her heart beat.

"Indoor Newborn Magic" Behind the Scenes Video + Editing Video using her Lightroom Brushes & Discount Code

SUMMER SEASON

Joy Prouty

Joy believes everyone has a unique and beautiful song to sing with their lives. As an artist, she believes her job is to gently create tangible proof of all the beauty streaming through the deep aching caverns of everyday life. She likes to think of herself as a preservationist of hope, painting portraits with the light that shines out of both joy and suffering. It is her honor to walk alongside the courageous who invite her to sit beside them as a grand story unfolds.

"Cultivating a Genuine Foundation of Trust with Clients & Laying the Framework for Authentic Expression of Emotion". With the bonus of: "The Process of Allowing your Own Personal Journey to Sing Out of Your Professional Work & Soul Care for the Exhausted Artist" Educational Videos

FALL SEASON

Mari Trancoso

Mari has been a dancer almost as long as she could walk. She loves the feeling of motion & thinks it propels us forward in life, and not just physically. Love and relationships are motion and energy, moving toward trust and understanding. Photography has always been about capturing motion for her. She loves to see the way couples move together: how he gently moves her hair out of her face. How she looks up at him and unconsciously wraps her pinky in his. How they rest their heads together as soon as they take a seat. These cues are love in motion, and she feels it’s her job to notice and document them.

"Harnessing Creative Storytelling : An Indoor Couples Session" Educational + Editing Videos

Margaret Koning
Bones of Us

Margaret and her husband and have been married for 10 years and have four amazing kiddos and an energetic Goldendoodle. She’s a Colorado native, loves hiking with some good music, and cannot get enough of Wintergreen mints.

"Tapestry Storytelling: weaving together your personal narrative with your visual imagery" Educational Video

Nick Robertson
Wild Eyed Creative Co

Nick has been a photographer for over 10 years. He’s worked with companies in marketing, video, audio engineering, and design. He spent years as a musician touring around the country and recording in different studios. With all the knowledge and experience he’s gained in the industry, he started Wild Eyed Creative Co. to serve the art and artists I love.

“Out of the Wild: Branding For Photographers” Educational Video

FALL SEASON

Sophia Costa
The Sophia Co.

After her incredible lesson last year on drone photography, we are so excited to have Sophia back again this year to dive deep into the world of underwater photography. Sophia is a world renowned photographer who specializes in maternity, family and birth photography. Her underwater maternity images off the shores of O’ahu are iconic and inspired the content for her course. 

“Dive deep" with Underwater Photography" Educational + Editing Videos. with a discount code to Aquatech underwater Housings + Discount code for the Sophia Co. Underwater Presets.

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Tessa Sanchez
Tessa Rae PHotography

“Let life break you wide open, that’s where the golden light is.”

Photography has healed my soul in ways I can’t put into words, but I can show you with my art. I am here to tell the story of families, but my heart pulls me to Motherhood most of all. From my own story with the loss of my mother, my personal path of motherhood, and all the winding roads that I have walked in life, photography has been my saving grace. It is my way of showcasing the beauty around us in our everyday lives; the chaos, the profound love that brings us to our knees, the moments we want to savor and make last an eternity. Each of my photographs tells a piece of my story, they hold pieces of my soul. That’s what being an artist is – it is endlessly sharing your deepest passions and your wounds with the world. I want to show what it means to be fully human, fully alive. When we are stripped bare, and all we have left to give is love. We are here to live. To bring forth our softness, our sweetness, the parts of us that are wonderfully and recklessly divine. To embrace our humanity and give this world a loving energy so strong, it will stretch out for generations.

This life is a gift. All the eyes my eyes have met, all the places my feet have touched, and all the beautiful strangers I get to dance under sunsets with.

"Soulful Editing with Tessa Rae" Editing Video

Meghan Ingram
Freesol Photography
formerly Adventuringrams

I guess you can say, I’ve always had a creative mind. From dance, choir, art, and creative writing, I’ve always valued expression and how it aids each of our personal growth and journeys. Growing up barefoot in the woods of Northern Idaho, my soul is rooted in the wilderness. It was there that I gained an early appreciation for this beautiful planet we call home.

I honestly can’t remember a time that I didn’t have a camera in my hand. I had saved up months of chore money to buy my first film camera, capturing my family’s many camping adventures and outdoor outings. In school, I flashed my newly upgraded power-shot around campus, documenting those precious days with friends and experiencing the growing pains of young life. In 2016, I decided to get serious and tried my hand at editing- it was through this alchemy of the art form that I fell in love with photography all over again. Making the decision to take the dive into photography full time came without hesitation- leaning into a craft that sets my soul on fire, gives me chills, and literally makes me jump out of bed before the sun has been the best decision I’ve ever made for myself.

The core of my being was forged by exploration and curiosity, it is from this source that I have built my business mantra: Adventure brings out the most pure and true parts of our character. It challenges us, awakens our spirits, evokes playful wonderment, and humbles as we stand in awe of the world in front of us. It is through adventure that we learn, grow, and find value in our journey. I aim to bring that life and excitement to every shoot I am a part of. 

“Creative Use of Light & Posing in Urban Environments” Educational & Editing Videos + Discount code to Creative Light Overlays

Stormy Solis Photography