Roberto Valenzuela Jen Rozenbaum Joel Grimes Rocco Ancora

Instructor Team

The Photo Creators Conference & Experience gives photographers at all levels the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals. Contact us to learn more about Roberto Valenzuela and the other Creator Gurus.

Roberto Valenzuela - Canon Explorer of Light

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On camera and Off Camera Flashes and Flash Modifiers.

Canon Explorer of Light Roberto Valenzuela has a deep passion for creating incredible light on any location using only camera flashes. Indoors or outdoors, sunny or cloudy, watch and learn from Roberto Valenzuela as he shares techniques to get big results from those small flashes. During Roberto Valenzuela’s second half of his rotation, he will share how to set up flashes to light up bigger groups both indoors and outdoors to achieve incredibly results in terms of both posing and lighting group portraits.

Roberto Valenzuela
Roberto Valenzuela - Canon Explorer of Light

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He has been honored by Canon USA to be one of the few chosen photographers to be part of their prestigious Canon Explorer of Light program.

Roberto developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator before becoming a photographer. Roberto believes that it is not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement. He has traveled to every corner of the world motivating photographers to practice and break down the various elements of photography in order to master them through goal setting, self-training, and constant dedication.

Roberto serves as a chair and judge for some of the largest photographic print competitions in Europe, Mexico, South America, and the most celebrated International photography competitions held in the United States through the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) in Las Vegas, NV.

Roberto Valenzuela teaches private workshops, seminars, and platform classes for the largest photography conventions in the world. He has been an International first place winner three times and has been nominated by his peers as one of the ten most influential photographers and educators in the world. His first book Picture Perfect Practice is currently the #1 best seller in Amazon for the wedding photography book category. His second book Picture Perfect Posing has also joined the ranks of its predecessor as a best seller and has changed the way people learn posing around the globe. His latest title, Picture Perfect Lighting is also ranked the #1 top selling book in the world for lighting books. His new books are titled Wedding Storyteller Vol. 1 and Wedding Storyteller Vol. 2 made history by becoming the highest selling books on wedding photography of all time worldwide. Roberto’s books have been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Indonesian, and German, just to name a few and are sold in bookstores worldwide.

Aside from the world of photography, Roberto enjoys piloting high performance remote control helicopters. He is a (not so good anymore) classical guitarist, and a table tennis fanatic always in the lookout for a good challenge.


Roberto Valenzuela is a top-selling author in the "wedding photography" book category. His books are sold worldwide and have been translated into multiple languages. He is the author of "Picture Perfect Practice," "Picture Perfect Posing," "Picture Perfect Lighting," and now, his latest book, "Wedding Storyteller Vol. 1." You can find his books at Amazon or any Barnes and Noble in the country.

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Jen Rozenbaum - Nikon Ambassador

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Boudoir / Beauty Lighting with LED Lights and Natural Light.

There is a very unique skill set that is required when photographing boudoir. Unlike other genres of photography, boudoir requires your client to be completely vulnerable. The skill to convert a client’s vulnerability, self-consciousness, and nerves into, beautiful confidence, power, and fun, is hands down one of the best personal and communication skills any photographer can acquire. Furthermore, lighting and posing for boudoir requires much more precision and control because bare skin doesn’t help you hide much.
In this rotation, Boudoir extraordinaire and Nikon Ambassador Jen Rozenbaum will teach you how to best prepare for the shoot, posing, lighting with constant light only, creativity in small spaces, wardrobe, how to communicate with your client so that they feel full of confidence.

Jen Rozenbaum
Jen Rozenbaum - Nikon Ambassador

Jen Rozenbaum is a Nikon Ambassador. She is known for embracing her femininity while allowing women to embrace their own. By daring her clients to shed their clothes, they begin to shed their inhibitions. In the last ten years, Jen has found a burgeoning audience in the intimate photography market and is now sharing her shamelessly feminine movement with women worldwide. She proves that you can own your world if you live fearlessly, think audaciously and act spontaneously.

Rocco Ancora - Nikon Ambassador, Master Print Maker 

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Beauty Retouching, Speed Editing, and Fine Art Inkjet Printing

We understand the need to present a shoot to a client with the best edits possible. However, the time it takes to edit each photo makes this an impossible task to do in a timely manner. Toda’s clients want to see their photos immediately. For this reason, during the first half of Rocco’s rotation, he will cover the absolute essential techniques to achieve great looking client-ready edits but with speed and efficiency at the core.

The second part of Rocco Ancora’s rotation, will focus on fine-art editing and inkjet printing techniques. Printing is a skill everyone should have to make your printer’s potential come alive! Properly selling wall art prints, can be a very profitable venture if done right. Your print has to be outstanding! Print quality that is easy to see and recognize. This clear difference is what will get you paid because it sets you apart! Otherwise, what’s stopping them from going through a local print lab? Rocco will show you the editing needed for best printing results, how to create a great printer profile, and how to maximize the capabilities of your inkjet printer to bring the quality of your prints to become simply amazing!

Rocco Ancora
Rocco Ancora - Nikon Ambassador, Master Print Maker

Awarded Grand Master with WPPI and AIPP Italian born and Australian based photographer Rocco Ancora is one of the most prolific and awarded photographers in the wedding and portrait industry. His work is often described as emotive, dramatic, romantic and has reached a level of sophistication only possible by his pursuit of excellence over his 25-year career.

Nikon Ambassador, Rocco has won the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year award for an unprecedented four times. He's one of only three people in the world to achieve Grand Master of the AIPP and WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) in the United States; where he is the second most awarded photographer of the organization.

Rocco has shared his knowledge for over 15 years by teaching photographers all over the world in over 20 countries. He is not only an in-camera artist, but his colour and black and white darkroom experience in the nineties helped him to master the art of digital post-production with the flair and finesse synonymous with the Ancora name.

An active working professional wedding and portrait photographer, Rocco's company, Capture to Print also offers fellow photographers a wide range of services including, raw file conversion, photo and album retouching, fine art printing and an exclusive competition print and mounting service.

As one of the world's preeminent master printmakers, Rocco presents his Capture to Print workshops and one on one mentoring so he can empower photographers to master the art of post-production and printmaking themselves.

Whether you want to be photographed by him or learn from him, you will experience an artist who is widely considered a master's master.

To learn more about Rocco Ancora, visit


  • 2019 WPPI Portrait Grand Award
  • 2018 WPPI Wedding Grand Award
  • 2013 WPPI Wedding Grand Award
  • 2011 WPPI Wedding Grand Award
  • 2004 AIPP Australian Wedding photographer of the year
  • 2006 AIPP Australian Wedding photographer of the year
  • 2007 AIPP Australian Wedding photographer of the year
  • 2010 AIPP Australian Wedding photographer of the year
  • 2019 WPPI 1st Individual Portrait Teenager
  • 2018 WPPI 1st Wedding Couple Together
  • 2018 WPPI Grand Master Awarded
  • 2016 WPPI 1st Wedding Details
  • 2016 WPPI 2nd Bridal Party
  • 2014 WPPI 1st Bridal Party
  • 2014 WPPI 2nd Bridal or Groom Alone
  • 2013 WPPI 1st Wedding Details
  • 2013 WPPI 1st Bridal Party
  • 2013 WPPI 3rd Wedding Photojournalism
  • 2013 AIPP Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year
  • 2011 WPPI 1st Wedding Photojournalism
  • 2011 AIPP Wedding Album of the year
  • 2011 American Photo magazine, top ten list
  • 2010 Capture Magazine best wedding photographer
  • 2010 AIPP Grand Master Awarded
  • 2008 WPPI 2nd Wedding Photojournalism

Joel Grimes - Canon Explorer of Light

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Studio Strobes and Modifiers

Canon Explorer of Light Joel Grimes will be focusing on covering all aspects of studio strobes and the differences between all the modifiers available for them. He will teach you how and why choose a certain type of modifier to take complete control of the light spread, intensity, and behavior. Learn as Joel creates masterpiece portraits that he conceptualized on location. From one light to a multiple light set up with modifiers, Joel will explain every decision he made to craft his masterpiece portraits.

Joel Grimes
Joel Grimes - Canon Explorer of Light

In 1984 Joel graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Photography and soon established a commercial studio working out of Denver Colorado.

For over 27 years Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe for clients such as AARP, AES, Abbott Labs, Archer Daniels Midland, Arizona Office of Tourism, AT&T, Broncos, Comcast, Febreze, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Hyatt, Kodak, Nikon, Pentax, Phillips 66, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Qwest, Sony, Sturm Ruger & Co, United Global, USA Boxing, Visa, Volvo, Xcel Energy, and most recently Red Bull. Over the years his assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and to over fifty countries around the globe.

In 1990 Joel produced his first coffee table book, ‘Navajo, Portrait of a Nation’ which received a number of photographic and design awards and produce an eighteen-month solo exhibit at the Smithsonian American History museum.

Driven by the creative process, Joel views himself as an illusionist, creating portraits larger than life. “There is no face on the planet that is the same, and my vision as an artist is to capture that individual uniqueness through the creative photographic process.”

Joel is also an ambassador for this process by teaching workshops and lectures across the country. “I feel that by being an open book with my process I have an opportunity to inspire others to follow their dreams and passions to create”.

Joel currently has a photo studio located in Old Town Pasadena California where he resides with his wife Amy.