We're doing things a little bit differently in 2023, rather than launching our entire roster of presenters, we'll be announcing a new presenter every few weeks between now and November. This industry is always evolving and we want to make sure to cover the most timely and relevant topics.
Michael Lefebvre is a highly acclaimed real estate photographer with an extensive portfolio that spans the globe - from luxurious villas nestled in the hills of Tuscany to charming condos tucked away in the vibrant neighborhoods of South Boston, he has shot it all.
His talent has earned him recognition within the Real Estate Photography community, having received the coveted "Photographer of the Month" award three times, in July 2017, March 2018, and July 2018. Additionally, he was honored as "Photographer of the Year 2018" by the Photography for Real Estate Forum.
Michael brings his wealth of experience and passion for the craft and returns for the 2nd time as host of this year's PMRE conference.
Herb Dierks is a technology entrepreneur who has revolutionized real estate photo and video technology for over 25 years. With his innovative ideas and unparalleled industry experience, he has helped numerous real estate photography and media businesses thrive in the online sales space.
Herb recognizes that photography and media businesses need to operate differently to support their local market, and he welcomes the challenge of creating a productive and profitable platform that works for any photography business. As the founder and CEO of HDPhotoHub, Herb utilizes his industry knowledge to develop tools that increase the efficiency of real estate photography businesses.
Kelsey Kurtis is a branding educator + professional Lifestyle Branding photographer who has a passion for empowering entrepreneurs and leaders to help them define, build and grow their business.
Her goal is to provide bad-ass boss’s like YOU a real, joyful and empowering experience where you can not only learn how to define a CONNECTION-BASED BRAND, but also illustrate the heart of your brand and business through Lifestyle Branding photography!
Cody Boone is an accomplished cinematographer and Supervising Producer at SERHANT Studios, renowned for his expertise in photography, videography, and content creation. Cody's journey began at the young age of 16 shooting real estate in California, and marketing himself by attending open houses and cold DM’ing real estate agents, setting the foundation and hard work ethic for his impressive career.
With a track record of success, Cody now leads a team of producers and editors at SERHANT Studios, overseeing the production of captivating content, including Property Tours, Agent Content, and New Development Films. His keen eye for detail and creativity are evident in every project he undertakes.
During his tenure at SERHANT., Cody has been instrumental in driving remarkable growth across digital platforms. His strategic direction and captivating content have resulted in impressive milestones, including growing the SERHANT. Studios YouTube channel to over 53,000 subscribers and amassing a TikTok following exceeding 50,000.
Cody's exceptional work has earned industry recognition, including winning the prestigious Inman Golden I award in 2021 for Best Sales and Marketing for a New Development. This achievement was for his outstanding contributions to the captivating content created for 61 Rivington, The Library. Additionally, Cody's talent has been honored with two Shorty Awards in the Real Estate category, further solidifying his reputation as a leading producer.
With a deep understanding of the real estate landscape and a proven track record of success, Cody Boone continues to elevate the production standards at SERHANT. Studios. His passion for storytelling, dedication to excellence, and commitment to his craft make him a highly sought-after professional in the field.
Tony Colangelo is a successful photographer who shoots for the most notable architects, interior designers and builders in his marketplace. His images have been an integral part of many award winning projects in industry-wide competitions for construction and renovation excellence.
His work has been featured in numerous magazines and feature articles, including his recent feature in Architectural Photography Almanac. Tony is a long-time contributor to the real estate photography community. In 2019, he released his popular video tutorial "The Art & Science of Great Composition." Tony is a highly sought after coach, combining a thirty-year history of coaching/consulting practice, with many years of experience as a senior business executive.
Tony has supported countless photographers, with many of them going on to win PFRE’s Monthly Contests. In fact, three of his clients went on to win PFRE Photographer of the Year, Including Brandon Cooper, Mike Lefebvre, and Garey Gomez.
Natalia Robert is an interior photographer in Southern California and founder of The Grove. A BArch, extensive travels, and a wide variety of work experience have shaped Natalia's love for design and exploration. In 2019, Natalia founded The Grove with the mission to increase representation of women in architectural and interior photography through education and community support.
Natalia's photos have been seen on Elle Decor, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyle, and The Voyager. When she's not shooting, speaking, or mentoring, Natalia can be found relaxing with her fur baby Daisy, taking day trips to anywhere within a few hours' drive, or spending time with friends and family.
Wayne Capili is the primary digital content provider of Interface Visual, a commercial studio based in Monterey California. Wayne's stunning work is sought after by a wide variety of clients including architects, builders, and advertising agencies. For the last decade, Interface Visual has helped change the look and feel of Real Estate Photography. By using techniques of architectural photography and blending them with digital technology, Wayne is a leading expert in applying a modern approach to traditional methods, delivering real estate images that are both dynamic and timeless.
Fraser Almeida is a Las Vegas based photographer specializing in luxury real estate, interiors and architecture. Whether projects are local or nationwide, Fraser is sought out for his creative ability, attention to detail, and professionalism. He is recognized as the premier choice in this evolving industry. Through years of delivering world-class results for his clients, his unique style and vision continues to develop. For Fraser, translating 3 dimensional spaces into a 2 dimensional medium requires understanding that the best images are not just about capturing a space; it's also about reflecting mood, inhabiting a lifestyle, and evoking emotion.
As the founder of Luxury Homes Photography, Fraser leads a team of elite professionals through mentorship, guidance, and ongoing education. Versatility is one of Fraser's greatest strengths, he pushes his team and students to learn new approaches and constantly evolve to stay ahead of the current trends in the industry. Fraser’s ability to adapt and push boundaries is what separates and defines him as a creative visionary.
Ema is the principal of Ema Peter Photography. For 12 years, she has worked with some of the most prestigious architectural, interior design and engineering firms in North America. Ema’s photography has helped many of these firms reach award-winning status. You can find her work published in Architectural Digest, Objekt International, Dwell, Wired, New York Times and many more. Ema holds a Master’s Degree in Art and Applied Photography from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.
She started her career as a TV anchor on Bulgarian National TV and then as an intern at Magnum Photo Agency in Paris. She then led one of the largest photography teams in North America at VRX Studios Inc. She was also the lead photographer for ad campaigns at Hilton, Hyatt and Fairmont and was responsible for creating photography standards for some of the world’s top hotel brands.
Meet Casey Jones, a real estate media pioneer who, for the past 6 years, has been transforming the industry with innovative, fresh ideas. In a market where mediocre quality and low standards were the norm, Casey came in with a different perspective and philosophy. Rather than copy what his competitors were doing, he asked, "what are they NOT doing, that could be a benefit to the consumer?" Armed with this insight, he quickly broke into the market, rapidly building a thriving business and leaving a giant competitor behind.
Even the pandemic couldn't stop Casey's success. While other businesses were laying off their workers, Casey's company grew exponentially, tripling its sales revenue year-over-year, and doubling its sales the following year. Today, his company is one of the most reputable and highly recommended brands in the southeastern Wisconsin area, partnering with some of the biggest names in real estate, including the Wisconsin Realtor Association, Metro MLS, and Real Producers Magazine.
She sees it everyday; Good people with great businesses wasting incredible amounts of money on marketing efforts that just don’t work. It’s not because they have a bad product or service. It’s because they aren’t using the right words to tell people about it.
Jessie Congleton is a Messaging Strategist and Copywriter who helps good businesses get the words right so they can help more people and make more money.
Her client’s range from names like Google and Toyota, to solopreneurs and small town photographers, to everything in between. She uses the exact same strategy with all of them and it works like a charm no matter their size, industry, or offering. It’s the exact same one she’ll share with you in her talk Stop Wasting Money on Marketing; The proven 7-part framework for how to talk to customers so they’ll actually listen - and buy.
Christian, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, crafts stunning, hyperreal marketing assets for global architectural and hospitality brands including Apple, Swire, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Beyond his creative pursuits, he's an avid Star Wars cosplayer, known for dedicating considerable time and resources to props and lightsabers. This passion extends to his fascination with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its transformative impact on the creative realm.
As a child, he would disassemble objects just to understand how they work, which has led to thriving amidst the chaos of disruptive technologies. He sees innovation as opportunity, particularly for those who refuse to stay stuck in the past.
With over a decade as a creative professional, Christian's signature style harmonizes on-location photography with Photoshop wizardry and 3D composites. His integration of AI into his workflow not only addresses challenges but also creates images that push the boundaries of imagination.
Branick Weix is the co-founder and CEO of Aryeo, a software platform for real estate media companies. After years spent learning the ins and outs of real estate photography, Branick co-founded Aryeo in 2019 with former real estate photographers Matt Michalski and Brendan Quinlan.
Aryeo's customers now span the globe, and the remote team spends their time designing the next generation of real estate media tools - while having fun doing it!
Cheyenne Crawford is a photographer, videographer, and small business owner in Atlanta, GA. From humble beginnings to being invited to shoot the most expensive estate in Georgia’s history, she's building her dream business through solving problems for Realtors at every level.
Although big box companies & massive data aggregators are causing disruption within the real estate media landscape, this also presents a great opportunity to become more valuable than ever to our client. Staying competitive, creative, and collaborative is easier than you think, and can also be lot of fun when you focus on being a partner rather than a vendor. Cheyenne will share with you how she has leveraged creative problem-solving to build a raving fan base of Realtors that do her marketing for her.
She is excited to share the tactics and strategies that have quickly catapulted her to prominence in her market and will keep high-quality referrals flowing. Get ready for a deep dive into how you can serve your clients better, dramatically improve client retention, and get paid more for years to come.
David Deal is the founder of and principal attorney at The Law Office of David C. Deal, P.L.C. David is a nationally recognized intellectual property attorney, specializing in copyright infringement matters on behalf of photographers and businesses throughout the United States and Europe.
One of David’s most famous cases involved Vivian Maier – a complex and intriguing case about the legal and moral issues involved when Ms. Maier’s work was exploited by individuals and organizations which did not possess copyright to Ms. Maier’s images - hundreds of thousands of captivating images documenting city life in New York and Chicago, almost all of which had never been seen or appreciated by the public during her lifetime.
David’s presentation will show you the right and wrong ways to protect your intellectual property – an important yet difficult task as an independent media creator. As well, he’ll cover his thoughts on the future of IP Law in light of the rapidly changing landscape of AI, Big Box Aggregators, Data Sharing, and more.
Darryl Stringer is a pioneer in the field of real estate photography. His journey began in 1998 when he was capturing homes on 35mm – since then he went on to build a thriving real estate photography business in Brisbane Australia.
Since selling his business in 2015, Darryl has focused on being an advocate for shared success in the real estate photography realm. He runs The Real Estate Photography System, a dynamic coaching platform which helps unravel the potential within every creative an empower them to flourish both as creatives and business owners.
In his presentation, Darryl will discuss how manage your business in uncertain times. Through his experience of the emergence of digital photography, financial crises, floods, and competition, he will help you understand how to navigate the often-tumultuous waters of being a business owner by focusing on the things you can control, and not worrying about the things you cannot.
In addition to his presentation, Darryl will also be providing free one on one coaching sessions before, during, and after PMRE 2023. This is an incredible opportunity for you to ask questions, seek feedback on your goals and ideas, and get clear, actionable items that you can take in the weeks and months after the conference.
Jamie McInally, with over eight years of dedication to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation, harbours a keen interest in computational photography and computer vision. His journey in AI has been enriched by a three-year stint founding Autoenhance.ai, working closely with real estate photographers, and diving into AI's challenges and opportunities in this domain.
Jamie's engagement has extended beyond proprietary ventures, landing him on international platforms in Melbourne and Bangkok, where he explored the broader spectrum of generative AI technologies, from multi-agent models to LLMs, and their potential impact on the real estate sector. His approach reflects a balance of technical expertise and practical insights, aiming to bridge the gap between AI professionals and practitioners in photography.
As a panellist in the upcoming discussion on 'AI and Real Estate Photographers', Jamie is poised to share his professional insights on generative AI. He looks forward to fostering an enlightening dialogue, delving into how AI technologies shape and could further transform the real estate photography landscape.
Devon Pastorius is the Creative Director and Principal Photographer of his marketing agency Windsor Creative and Windsor Real Estate Photography. Over the last decade, he has constantly pushed the creative boundaries of real estate media production, focusing on leveraging listings as an opportunity to expand the visibility of real estate professionals.
From rap music videos and cinematic one takes, to over the top sketches on massive estates and magazine worthy imagery, eye-catching creativity is at the forefront of all his real estate productions. Devon’s client list includes hundreds of real estate agents, as well as interior designers, architects, casinos, hotels, and international brands.
Matt Michalski is the co-founder and CMO of Aryeo, a software platform for real estate media companies. Prior to starting Aryeo, he was a real estate photographer along with his Aryeo co-founders Branick Weix and Brendan Quinlan. Today, Matt leads the Aryeo team in developing the brand and industry relationships, as well as contributing to the future Aryeo product.
Aryeo's customers now span the globe, and the remote team spends their time designing the next generation of real estate media tools - helping photographers grow their revenue, streamline their operations, get real-time insights into their business, and impress their clients.