With the Toronto International Film Festival wrapping up this weekend, photography will be in clear focus in T.O. during the next two weeks with three conventions and a new photo exhibit. Combined, these events have something for everyone, from the novice to the professional photographer.
Things kick off on Saturday with Focal Point Ontario at the Holiday Inn International Airport Hotel Sept. 24-26. Tagged “Play, Learn, Grow,” this convention includes workshops:
- Claude Brazeau discussing the challenges of working with available light for portraiture,
- Robert Nowell talking about how to make a living as a family portrait photographer,
- Andre Amyot sharing how to sell your value as a photographer before talking about price with your clients,
- Andrew Collett sharing tips on how to market and sell fine art and landscape photography and
- Jessica St. Peter providing practical information about search engine optimization.
Travis Gadsby will spend a full day covering everything marketing, banding and developing a style, including a photo shoot demonstration of dramatic lighting that makes the difference between images that sell and images that build desire and brand identity.
Focal Point Ontario also includes a trade show, awards banquet and multiple photo shoots.
A week later, it’s the Canada Photo Convention taking place Oct. 4-6 at the Toronto Holiday Inn Yorkdale. Professional photographers and “underdogs” from around the world meet twice a year for a business-focused, resource-rich conference for creative business training designed to teach photographers how to earn more, gain new customers, serving them and getting referrals.
Each day includes presentations by wedding and portrait photographers, including:
- Helena and Laurent Martin talking about Embracing Chaos: Strategies for working with a partner (and yourself),
- Ben Hartley discussing What Are You Worth?,
- Jenna Kutcher covering Authentic Social Media Marketing: Keeping it real,
- Nicole Ashley making that Client Connection,
- Scott Wyden Kivowitz covering Image SEO: It’s more than just images,
- Thierry Joubert sharing how to Be a Storyteller and
- Jasser Abu-Giemi covering Word of Mouth Referrals.
No sooner is the Canada Photo Convention over and ProFusion 2016 starts. Being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Oct. 5-6, ProFusion is a photo and video event for professional image-makers.
Over the years, ProFusion has included Canadian product launches for cameras, lighting and software. As part of the trade show, a complete shooting studio provides an opportunity to see the equipment in action with pro photographers demonstrating various products from the vendors. There are also demo theatres where new products and people will be featured and visitors can ask questions.
Of course, while you’re in Toronto, you may want to visit the Ryerson Image Centre to see it’s recently launched exhibit, The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video. Along with photojournalism from RIC’s Black Star Collection, the exhibit includes recent and historic images by a range of pioneering and visionary artists from around the world. The exhibit is on display from Sept. 14 to Dec. 4.