The Mentors


All of our mentors are experts in their trade, whether that's photography, sales, marketing, album design or production.

They understand that no two photography studios are alike and will be sharing all their knowledge so you can create solutions that work for you.

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Milton Gan

Speciality: Sales & Marketing


Milton is an award winning documentary wedding photographer, and the founder of The Album Atelier. He is also a passionate educator, mentor and advocate for the photography industry and was the AIPP NSW State President from 2014-2016.

Milton will be sharing his insights from a career in advertising and marketing to explain the importance of understanding your clients' needs and how creating and promoting a carefully curated range of products will activate the desire to buy and generate sales before you've even met your clients.

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Dan O'Day

Speciality: Sales & Marketing


Dan is a renowned destination wedding photographer and educator, an AIPP Master of Photography and the 2016 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer Of The Year. In 2013 Dan won the Head On Momento Australian Documentary Photobook of the Year Award for his creation Ginger and Pearl and in 2015 he won the AIPP ACT Wedding Album of the Year.

Dan will be sharing his passion for print by teaching the importance of valuing your work, how to educate your clients on pricing, and his distinctive approach to selling and designing albums.

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Haley Richardson

Speciality: Sales & Marketing


Haley is an AIPP Master of Photography with accolades including AIPP ACT Professional Photographer of the Year and Portrait Album of the Year. She is one half of The Beautiful Collective wedding studio where, alongside her sidekick Darren, she combines her background in fine art and highly successful track record in sales to generate an incredible amount of income from in-person sales.

Haley and Darren will be teaching how every wedding photographer can easily increase their income from in-person sales. They will also run simulated sales consultations to show their proven techniques in practice.

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Darren Van De Wint

Speciality: Sales & Marketing


Darren is an AIPP Master of Photography and award winning wedding photographer alongside Haley at The Beautiful Collective. Since 1996 he has been using the art of album design for sales success and his accumulation of knowledge and experience is the powerful basis for proven and practical solutions in an ever changing wedding photography industry.

Darren and Haley will be teaching how every wedding photographer can easily increase their income from in-person sales. They will also run simulated sales consultations to show their proven techniques in practice.


Renee Blake

Speciality: Album Design


Renee is a Melbourne-based professional album designer whose obsession with creating order out of chaos started with scrapbooking at the age of ten. She has since designed albums for some of the world's leading wedding photographers including Dan O'Day, Eric Ronald and James Simmons.

Renee will be talking about the benefits of outsourcing album design and sharing her approach to wedding album design that incorporates elements of photography, design and soul.

Lara Hotz

Speciality: Album Design


Lara is a Sydney-based wedding photographer with an eye for stylishly capturing raw and authentic moments that has led to a huge social media following and features in wedding blogs and magazines all over the world. Lara also has a background in fine art and a passion for designing albums that started before her photography.

Lara will be talking about how she shoots weddings with an album in mind as the ultimate way to showcase her images, and demonstrating how she designs albums using SmartAlbums. 

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Libby Jeffery

Speciality: Album Marketing


Libby is the co-founder and marketing manager of Sydney-based photobook creators Momento Pro. With a background in communications and media production, Libby is passionate about encouraging photographers of all levels to design books that enhance the meaning of the original images and become artworks in their own right.

Libby will be explaining the features and benefits of albums and how to make them work for you.

Geoff Hunt

Speciality: Album Production


Geoff is the co-founder and production manager of Momento Pro. His background in digital media production and software engineering led to the creation of Momento's proprietary software that empowers photographers to create and self publish photobooks.

Geoff will be demystifying all things production-related, from colour profiles and file preparation to paper types and finishes.