Guest Speakers

Bre Thurston

Wedding Photographer and Educator

Unposed: Lessons in Moments, Joy, and Happiness

“We do our clients a disservice when we rely on their physical appearance to create magic in our photographs. As photographers it's our job to capture not just the way they look but who they are and what they are feeling.” Join Bre for this interactive session where you will discuss the nuances of how to create connection between you and your subjects, how to prepare them to feel comfortable in front of the camera, and then apply it in a shoot-out. Beauty is not physical, but beauty is found in a moment of laughter, a stolen glance from one partner to another, or the way a hand reaches out to brush a hair off of a cheek. There are no trends when it comes to moments captured authentically, they are timeless, and once you can create that with every single subject your work is important and here to stay.

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Bre Thurston is an award-winning photographer, educator, speaker, and author. She began her professional photography journey in 2010 after working five years in publishing. She quickly realised that she had as much of a passion for teaching as she did shooting and has since taught at several successful conferences and events, as well as online workshops. She is the co-owner of Blair & Thurston Retreats and travels the world educating women alongside Elena Sanchez Blair.

Bre believes in joyful storytelling and found her inspiration after losing her father to cancer early on in her career. That loss taught Bre the importance of documenting connection, relationships, and the beautiful moments in life. She uses her passion to fuel laughter and emotion with every single person who steps in front of her camera. Her brand of photography is fun, laid back, joyful, and authentic.

Bre’s work has been featured in People, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Professional Photographer Magazine, E!, Click Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Bride Magazine, Dear Photographer Magazine, and several online blogs/platforms including The Huffington Post, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Lookslikefilm, Buzzfeed, Grace Ormond, and Grey Likes Weddings.