Indian Wells, California

September 10-12, 2017

The Portrait Masters Conference hosted by Sue Bryce is a special conference conducted by seven Master portrait photographers including Bryce, Peter Hurley, Lindsay Adler, Joel Grimes, Michele Celentano, Susan Stripling, and Kelly Brown with a closing keynote presented by legendary portrait photographer Joyce Tenneson.

The conference begins with a welcome reception and keynote presentation by Sue Bryce, followed by two full days of intense learning. Conference attendees will be able to apply what they’ve learned during a series of “open shoots” scheduled between seminars each day.  In addition, numerous companies will display and demonstrate the latest in imaging technology and software at the conference expo.  Expo hours will not overlap with any seminars or keynotes so attendees will be able to participate in every aspect of the conference.

Live Shoots

We’ll be converting the Miramonte Resort into a photographers paradise with photo stations inside & out, plus demos from our instructors.

Master Speakers

Every instructor has been hand picked to show you their extraordinary skill and we’ll be able to watch them all shoot live!

Beautiful Location

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa lies at the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains where it sets the stage for the most unique resort experiences in Palm Springs.

Sue Bryce Education

The Conference

“When I sat down to dream the ultimate conference, more than anything I wanted one big event dedicated to just portrait. Not wedding, commercial, or fashion, but just portrait. Seven master photographers showcasing different genres of portrait photography.” – Sue Bryce

The Best of the Best

Amazing Master Speakers

Sue Bryce

Sue Bryce Education

With 27 years experience, Sue Bryce is one of the most recognizable photographers in the imaging industry. Her glamour, fashion and portrait style transcend past stereotypes and has changed the face of portrait photography. Sue Bryce Education (SBE) is one the largest online communities in the photographic industry.

Peter Hurley

Headshot Crew

Peter Hurley is a premier portrait and headshot photographer with studios in New York City and Los Angeles. He is known for the genuine expressions he captures in the headshots and executive portraits he takes. Peter is an expert on human facial expression and has spoken on the subject for TEDx, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and GoDaddy to name a few. He is the author of the recently published book, The Headshot, the definitive guide to headshot photography.

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay Adler Photography

Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York. She regularly contributes to a variety of major photo publications, including ``Professional Photographer,`` ``Rangefinder Magazine,`` ``Popular Photography,`` and more. Lindsay teaches thousands of photographers annually on topics ranging from retouching to fashion techniques to studio lighting.

Joel Grimes

Joel Grimes Photography

For over 27 years Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe for clients such as AARP, Abbott Labs, Archer Daniels Midland, Arizona Office of Tourism, AT&T, and countless others. In 1990 Joel produced his first coffee table book, ‘Navajo, Portrait of a Nation’ which received a number of photographic and design awards and created an eighteen-month solo exhibit at the Smithsonian American History museum. Joel is also an ambassador for the creative process by teaching workshops and lectures around the world. “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”

Michele Celentano

Portrait Artist

If you ask Michele Celentano, the most important part of our journey through life are the people we love. And for Michele, the second most important things are the photographs that help us remember those we love when they are no longer with us. Photography has always been more than a job or career to her. Photographs of the people we love the most and the times we spend with them will outlast any material thing we have. It is this emotion and level of importance that is reflected in every photo Michele creates.

Susan Stripling

Photographer & Educator

Susan Stripling is one of the most respected wedding photographers and educators in the industry. Last year she launched The Wedding School, one of the fastest growing online communities for wedding photography in the world. Hundreds of hours of tutorials have been created to help photographers at all levels learn every aspect of building a successful wedding photography business. Ms. Stripling recently hosted a live workshop titled, “One Real Day” which gave viewers a beginning-to-end, behind-the-scenes look at a client’s wedding day.

Kelly Brown


Kelly Brown has been trusted by thousands of families worldwide to capture their maternity, newborn, and family portraits. In 2017 we opened a state of the art studio in Sumner, Brisbane, where we continue to photograph exquisite portraits, and to offer our clients the very best service. With Kelly Brown leading a team of inspired creatives, her and her team are dedicated to providing the very best photography experience to each and every client who walks through our doors.

Joyce Tenneson


Internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation, Joyce Tenneson’s work has been published in books and major magazines, and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her portraits have appeared on covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. Tenneson is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 (Lucie Awards), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012. In addition to her photography exhibits and books, Tenneson has taught master photography classes in the U.S. and Europe for over 40 years.
What They’re Saying

“The Portrait Masters Conference offers the perfect combination of size, education, exhibits, and after-hours networking activities for an incredible 3-day interactive learning experience”

George VaranakisPartner, Sue Bryce Education

“The Portrait Masters Conference is truly a unique event and learning experience for everyone, whether they participate as attendees or view the conference live on the Internet”

Craig SwansonCo-Founder of Digital Product Studio

“Whether you are physically attending the event or watching the presentations from the comfort of your home or studio, the learning curve will spike for everyone.”

George VaranakisPartner, Sue Bryce Education

“The presenters Sue Bryce has gathered for this conference are second-to-none and their knowledge and inspiration will allow attendees and online viewers to expand their own visions in photography.”

Craig SwansonCo-Founder of Digital Product Studio

The Portrait Masters Conference


The Venue

The Miramonte Resort & Spa is a unique desert oasis with boutique style and classic sophistication.  The Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa boasts spacious accommodations, impeccable service, the unparalleled Well Spa, and stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

High Interaction. Industry Professionals.

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