PETS - "Getting Unleashed with MJ"

Michael Joseph Michael Joseph Michael Joseph Michael Joseph Michael Joseph

A unique "first" for MARS, this class represents a huge opportunity to spend a week with an award winning photographer who's been specializing in families and their pets, for over 30 years. You'll learn learn it all, from start to finish! In this 'not-to-be-missed' week, you'll gain the knowledge and skillset to create amazing images your clients can't live without. If you're into pet photography, or thinking of breaking into this lucrative market, don't miss your opportunity to study with MICHAEL JOSEPH.


Michael Joseph
Originally from Allentown, PA, Michael has traveled throughout the eastern U.S., photographing people and their pets. Over 30 years,18 states and more than 35,000 portrait sittings later, almost every breed of dog and cat have had their chance in front of MJ's camera. In fact, if you could get all the dogs, cats, birds and horses that he's photographed over the years together at one time, you could easily fill each seat of any major football stadium!
In addition to portrait studies of our four legged family members, one of the key elements to MJ's craft is his ability to photograph people with their pets! His creations reflect the relationship and importance these animals have in our lives and are a marvelously enduring tribute.
Photographing families and their pets remains a top priority, but MJ photographs a great deal of non-pet related assignments as well, and for the past 18 years, although not employed by Canon, MJ has been traveling for them at various trade shows, conventions and seminars and is honored to be a part of their team.
He has received his Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees from PPA, the Florida Photographer of the Year from FPP, Highest Case Score and the North Florida Photographer of the Year. Some additional distinctions include: three-time Florida Top Ten List, Kodak Gallery Award recipient, and the Florida Degree of Excellence from Florida Professional Photographers.

NATURE - "The Art of Landscape Photography"

Kah-Wai Lin Kah-Wai Lin Kah-Wai Lin Kah-Wai Lin Kah-Wai Lin

If you are into nature and love shooting landscapes, whether for profit, during vacation, or just for fun, this class with KAH-WAI LIN will inspire you to greatness. In this week of inspiration, KAH-WAI will share his knowledge so you can learn to create gorgeous landscape images anywhere. Don't miss this class, and your opportunity to study with the globe-trotting KAI-WAI LIN.


Kah-Wai Lin
Dr. Kah-Wai Lin was born in Malaysia, but he has lived in other parts of the world for most of his life. He holds a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Lviv National Medical University, Ukraine and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in medical science from Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Since 2012, Dr. Lin has made his home in New Jersey, USA. Following a successful research career at Princeton University, Dr. Lin followed his passion and became a professional landscape photographer. Dr. Lin has been leading hundreds of photo tours and workshops throughout the world. He has been presenting over 300 seminars around the world, i.e. USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China, on behalf of Phase One, Fujifilm, Sony, NiSi, Fotopro and Skylum. On social media, Dr. Lin has over 300,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram. Besides, Dr. Lin received over 200 awards at international contests and exhibitions including multiple gold medals. Most notably, Dr. Lin was awarded the 1st place at the International Photography Award 2015. He was named top 10 exhibitors in the world by Photographic Society of America in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Dr. Lin was honored by the appointment as Artist-in-Residence of US National Park. Dr. Lin is the former vice president of Photographic Society of America (PSA), one of the biggest and oldest international photographic organizations in the world. Dr. Lin is the founder and former president of PSA Metropolitan Chapter (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania); the founder and former president of Photographic Society of New Jersey; the representative and honorary advisor of many photographic societies around the world. Dr. Lin also operates a camera & telescope store, Stetinden Photo, in New Jersey. Dr. Lin is the official photographer of Phase One Camera; ambassador and education advisor of NiSi Filters; ambassador and global marketing advisor of Fotopro Tripods; ambassador of f-stop; ambassador and global marketing advisor of FeiyuTech; pro team of Spiffy Gear; pro team of Red River Paper; marketing manager of iwata-Tech. He is also sponsored by BenQ, The Heat Company and Cotton Carrier. In recognition of his photographic excellence and invaluable contribution to the photographic community, Dr. Lin received over 80 honor and distinction titles by photographic organizations worldwide, as well as the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from US Member of Congress.

PORTRAITURE - "The Power Of The Face & The Personality Of Light"
... brought to you in part by Tamron

Hernan Rodriguez Hernan Rodriguez Hernan Rodriguez Hernan Rodriguez Hernan Rodriguez

From a man who photographs "the stars", learn to truly 'reveal' your subject.to create 'honest portraits'. You'll go beyond posing, and learn tips and tricks and all the various lighting techniques, and when to use them. Whether you like fashion, commercial, casual or classic portraiture, HERNAN RODRIGUEZ will elevate your skills so you can be the best. Your portrait work may never be the same. DO NOT MISS THIS CLASS!


Hernan Rodriguez
Tamron Image Master and Westcott Elite Pro, Hernan Rodriguez, operates a successful studio in Santa Monica California, specializing in commercial and celebrity portraiture. He has photographed Luminaries in the music, sports, and entertainment arena. This including, Danny Trejo, Mario Lopez, Snoop Dog, Nelly, world champions Evander Holyfield, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson.
His client base spans from ShowTime, EMI Records, Sony, NFL, Universal, SLS Las Vegas and Playboy. Hernan has been featured in Rangefinder, Studio Photography, PDN, Digital Photo Pro and Photo Shop User. Hernan is the author of 75 Portraits, and is also an Adobe Ambassador, and Moab Image Master. His outgoing personality and fresh approach to imagery makes him a highly sought out conference speaker both nationally and internationally, teaching professional photographers around the world.

DIGITAL - "Fine Art Photography Using Photoshop"

Shannon Squires Shannon Squires Shannon Squires Shannon Squires Shannon Squires

This inspirational class with SHANNON SQUIRES is for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level, and explore the "fine-artist" within themselves. An inspirational journey into creativity of the purist kind, SHANNON will guide you, and inspire you, to create true work of art from your photographs. DO NOT MISS IT!


Shannon Squires
Shannon is an award winning photographer based in Colorado Springs. She is mostly known for her work with children but has also be recognized for her creative compositing work in Photoshop. In 2019 Shannon won a 1st place GIA in the Children category, Followed by another 1st place in Children in 2020 which also led to the overall GIA Trophy. In 2021 Shannon also had 2 Images representing Team U.S.A. in the World Photographic Cup. Shannon has multiple degrees from PPA including M. Photog, M.Artist, Craftsman, and CPP, in addition to an associates degree in Commercial Photography. When Shannon is not traveling teaching or working with clients she is a very busy wife and mom to 3 young children.

MARKETING - "be the best you can be"

Bryan Welsh Bryan Welsh Bryan Welsh Bryan Welsh

Marketing, You know you need it. It's probably the single most useful 'tool' you can have in your arsenal. Vital to your success. Instrumental in finding your ideal client, selling yourself and your product, and generally the 'special sauce' to allow you to get to the top of your game. Spending this week with BRYAN WELSH may change your life. DO NOT MISS IT! (already on its way to a sellout)


Bryan Welsh
M. Photog., Cr., CPP, API. EA-ASP, FP-OR, HFP-OR
Both his clients and peers recognize Bryan Welsh, a second-generation photographer, for his creative stylized photography. He has received numerous merits and awards in image competitions, PPA Loan Collections, Fuji MASTERPIECE awards, Kodak Gallery awards and the ASP State Elite award. His images and articles have appeared in national publications as well as used in Nikon's National advertising.
Bryan has the Master of Photography Degree & Photographic Craftsman Degree from Professional Photographers of America. He is a PPA Certified Professional Photographer and has both the Fel-low of Photography Degree and Honorary Fellow of Photography Degree from the Oregon Professional Photographers Association. He also holds the Educational Associate Degree from the American Society of Photographers. Bryan is a national speaker with 300+ PPA Speaker Merits and is a PPA Approved International Juror. Additional honors include the PPA National Award and the PPA 2020 Directors Award.
Bryan is recognized as a Certified Guide by Phil M Jones and the "Exactly What to Say" principles and an alumnus of the Jeffrey Shaw Self-Employed Business Institute.

Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography
a PPA Community Network School for continuing education in all aspects of photography