Lumix Luminary Lineup


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Photo, Video, and Social Media Specialist

Dave Surber is a video, photo, and media production freelancer based in New York City. He has worked in the film and television industry for over a decade and is the founding member of Guerrillastar Productions which is a national-award winning film and video production company with crew members based in New York City, Los Angeles, and the greater Phoenix area. Dave is an widely followed social media specialist and is usually seen with a Lumix G series camera in his hands.

Lifestyle, Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Kristen Jensen is a leading lifestyle, portrait and wedding
photographer, who has developed an expertise in the creation of
pictorial documentation of people's portraits and takes tremendous
pride in her business and career. Born in Berlin, Germany, Kristen
grew up in San Francisco where she began her modeling career at
the age of 18 and worked with Ford Models in New York City for
many years with great success. One of Kristen's specialties is taking
portraits of celebrities, artists, and business professionals in
Fairfield County CT, New York City and beyond. She is a member of
the Advertising Photographers of America (APA) and the
Professional Photographers Association (PPA). Kristen was recently
named as a spokesperson for Panasonic Lumix cameras, as a
Lumix Luminary.

Future Proofing Photography

A well-regarded photography educator for over 12 years, Suzette is leading the charge into the era of hybrid, guiding pro photographers into it by emphasizing its significance for business. "Many emerging pros have asked me, 'Why shoot hybrid?' We need to be open to change in our craft. Clients will eventually demand that we shoot a mix of still, motion and sound if they are not already. If you are open to change, you’ll do well. If not, you’ll most likely end up like those who refused to move from film to digital." Suzette enjoys the technology and process of combining stills, video and audio to create fresh, compelling portraits and eProducts for a variety of clients.

Hybrid Pioneer

Giulio is an award-winning, modern minimalist-style photographer who shoots for social media, editorial and advertising. He has been blending stills, motion and sound with his photography since 2009. "Like many, my love affair with photography came from exploring the world around with a camera." Today, street photography is one the ways he keeps exploring. "There’s something special about street photography, capturing moments in time. It’s a cross between a time machine and a cave painting. One day when we’re all gone there will remain the photograph as proof that we were here, proof that we existed." A hybrid pioneer, Giulio is an original Lumix Luminary and founder of Small Camera Big Picture, the go-to online resource for everything hybrid.

Commercial and Fine Art

Taking his images to another level with a painterly feel is the way
Bob Coates is setting himself apart from other photographers. As a
photographer, author and educator Bob has shared his knowledge
throughout his professional career which started in the Virgin
Islands in 1994. He is the author of several books, numerous
magazine articles and has presented programs to photography
associations from Hawaii to the Caribbean. Coates is now based in
Sedona, Arizona with his wife Holly.

National Geographic Travel Photographer

Ira Block is an internationally renowned photojournalist, teacher and
workshop leader who has to date produced more than 30 major stories
for the National Geographic magazine and its affiliates, N.G. Traveler
and Adventure. He began his career as a newspaper photographer,
earning numerous Press Club awards. As an expert in lighting, Ira is
much sought-after for assignments around the globe, ranging from
shooting ancient artifacts in Greece to photographing dinosaur fossils
in the Gobi Desert, or documenting Moche mummies in Peru. His
unique vision and outstanding skills have made him ‘the go-to
photographer’ for such complex assignments. Ira now lives in New
York City with his wife and is a frequent blogger on the latest digital
camera equipment and kit, lighting techniques and creative vision in

Artist and Photographer

Rob Knight has been a professional artist for over twenty years. He’s
been a photographer for more than half of that time and an educator
since 2010. Rob is a two-time Photoshop Guru finalist and an Adobe
Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom. From the mountains of his
home state of Georgia to the rain forests of Costa Rica, Rob loves to
chase beautiful light and help other photographers make great
images. Rob’s current work includes shooting video along with still
images to create hybrid eScapes, and he enjoys sharing the process
with his workshop participants. “My students are as excited as I am
about hybrid photography,” Rob explains, “I’m having fun showing
them how video can support their still photography and add another
layer of creativity and storytelling to their images.”

Action Sports and Landscape Photographer

As a professional photographer with a love of nature and adventure,
Ben has traveled all over the globe with many Olympic athletes
capturing images and video for various ski/snowboard brands and
magazines. He grew up as a athlete and learned to produce his own
promotional video as a teen jump starting his career as a professional
skier. Eventually being behind the lens made more sense and he has
never looked back. Ben lives in Elmore, Vermont as his home base on a
family owned farm. He captures action, landscape, time-lapse,
weddings, portraits and more. Ben's fascination to learn and see through
the camera is his driving his passion.

Taking it to the Street

Rick has been a published, professional photographer based in the NY/NJ metro area for over 25 years. "I specialize in people, product, location and street photography throughout the US and Canada and I have a passion for for transforming seemingly ordinary, everyday moments into extraordinary images." His images of people include Paul Newman, Sylvester Stallone and Oliver Stone, as well as real-life reflections of street life in America's cities and towns, which he calls, "Hybrid photography at its best. Video and stills combined for the ultimate storytelling experience." Rick's commercial images include work for BMW, Panasonic, Canon USA, IBM, Sony and Oleg Cassini. His is the owner of Gerrity Photographic Inc. and Rick Gerrity Photography.

Wedding and Portrait Photographer

After an exciting career running aerospace companies and a keen 
interest in all things photography related - a fluke request by his
nephew to photograph his wedding propelled William into an
industry he continues to be passionate about today. William has
been photographing weddings fulltime for over 8 years. William has
written for, appeared on Friday Photo School,
presented workshops and speaks wherever photographers are
gathered. He is a member of WPPI and PPA. William works and
lives in Santa Clarita, California with his wife. His favorite wedding
venue in Southern California is the one he’s about to shoot. Recent
examples of his work can be viewed on his website and blog.


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