TWO DAYS.. ONE HUGE INTERACTIVE TRADESHOW!

Our PhotoCon 2018 in Oklahoma City is in its 5th year and is the largest photography and imaging shows in Oklahoma. The show will offer the ultimate experience in photography and digital imaging. Explore tons of different vendors and manufacturers all in one place. See an inspiring array of products and services. Discover and learn some cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques from industry experts.

Learn. Interact. Inspire. Grow as they share their latest techniques, best tips and tricks, and their proven strategies to make your photography faster, better and more fun.


Don't Miss our Interactive TradeShow

Our PhotoCon 2018 in Oklahoma City is in its 5th year and is the largest photography and imaging shows in Oklahoma. The show will offer the ultimate experience in photography and digital imaging. Explore tons of different vendors and manufacturers all in one place. See an inspiring array of products and services. Discover and learn some cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques from industry experts.


Peter Hurley

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 his actors headshots and executive portraits.

He 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. Peter is also a Canon Explorer of Light and teaches his signature photography workshops all over the world. He is the author of the recently published book The Headshot the definitive guide to headshot photography.


Trade In Your Used Gear

Get Cash for your old gear!!! Bring in your used equipment and Bedford Camera and video will write you a check on the spot!


Booking, Activities, Volunteer & Model Information

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No more death by Powerpoint…grab your camera and get your GEEK on! The PhotoCon Envoy Program is a hands-on workshop taught by one of Bedford’s eight PhotoCon Envoys. This will be held March 9th 2018 from 9:15pm until 11:00pm and each workshop will be staged in a different part of the Mid-Town Oklahoma City area. There will be models, equipment loans and prizes galore!


PROUDLY SPONSORED BY – SIGMA, TAMRON, ZEISS, SONY, FUJI & WESTCOTT


Buy your 2-Day All-Access Pass today, then call to reserve your spot for one of the programs.

Friday, March 9th, 2018

10:30am - 11:15am Description
Alex Dugan “You Gotta Start Somewhere: Second Shooting in Wedding Photography”
Liam Doran TBA
J Pat Carter “If a Tree Falls”
Don Hamilton "Birds in Flight"
Jason Pierce “Capturing Emotion In Light Through Infrared”
12:00pm - 12:45pm Description
Kriea Arie “99 Problems, but a Wedding Ain’t One”
Shane Smith “Film Festivals and Building a Following”
Alex Kent “Essential LightRoom Tips for any Skill Level”
Melanie Myhrie "Creativity Unleashed: How To Stand Out From The Crowd"
Shea Swinford “Turn Family Portrait Customers into Life-Long Clients”
1:30pm - 3:15pm | Master Speakers | 1 Hour, 45 Minutes Description
Jack Graham “Becoming an Artist, Not Just a Photographer”
Shane Smith “Make Your Travel Photo’s Tell a Story”
4:00pm – 5:45pm | Master Speaker | 1 Hour, 45 Minutes Description
Martin McGrew “The Art of Practice”
6:15pm – 8:15pm | Keynote Speaker | 2 hours Description
Peter Hurley “From Zero to SHABANG!”
9:30pm – 11:00pm | Envoy | 2 hours Description
Alex Dugan | Geovanny De Leon Film Noir Workshop
Robert Trawick “Street Light Photography”
Jeff Moore "Behind the Scenes Videography Experience"
Christian Bruggeman “Rooftop Photography”
Leia Smethurst “Night Sparkler Photography”
Mark Zimmerman | Jesse Miller “Night Portraiture”

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

9:00am – 9:45am Description
Alex Dugan “You Gotta Start Somewhere: Second Shooting in Wedding Photography”
Liam Doran TBA
J Pat Carter “If a Tree Falls”
Don Hamilton "Birds in Flight"
Jason Pierce “Capturing Emotion In Light Through Infrared”
10:15am - 11:00am Description
Kriea Arie “99 Problems, but a Wedding Ain’t One”
Shane Smith “Film Festivals and Building a Following”
Alex Kent “Essential LightRoom Tips for any Skill Level”
Melanie Myhrie "Creativity Unleashed: How To Stand Out From The Crowd"
Shea Swinford “Turn Family Portrait Customers into Life-Long Clients”
12:15pm – 2:00pm | Master Course Description
12:00pm – 2:00pm | Private Course Description
Presented by Westcott with Peter Hurley | ($75.00 per head 40 people max) TBA
2:15 – 3:00 in Trade Show Description
Robert Trawick-Saphire and Jim Felder "Let's Make A Deal"
3:30 – 5:30 | Keynote Speaker Description
Me Ro Kah TBA

Bedford International Film Festival

1. Submit an idea (any genre) for your masterpiece via Script, Storyboard or Video Interview for FREE.

2. Qualify as one of 15 finalists and Bedford Camera will loan you a Canon 5D MKIV 24-105 Kit and a complete Rode Mic System

3. Create your masterpiece in its entirety in 96 hours (including BTS footage) 4. Attend 2nd Annual Bedford international Film Festival October 27, 2018 at the Tower Hotel OKC 5. Grand Prize Winner receives $5900.00 in Prizes including Canon 5D MK IV, Rode Microphone Kit, Atomos Ninja Blade and a Manfrotto Tripod.


Drop us an email at eric@bedfords.com with your masterpiece via script, storyboard or video interview. Remember dealine will be August 31th and only 15 finalist will be selected.


© Bedford Camera & Video | 2018

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Peter Hurley

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 his actors headshots and executive portraits.

He 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. Peter is
also a Canon Explorer of Light and teaches his signature
photography workshops all over the world. He is the
author of the recently published book The Headshot the
definitive guide to headshot photography.

From Zero to SHABANG!

Keynote Presentation

Every portrait photographer knows the feeling – the scene is set, the lighting is perfect – and the moment you look through your viewfinder your subject looks like the life just got sucked right out of them. Humans beings tend to behave in strange and usual ways when placed in front of the camera and our job as portrait photographers becomes not only to technically capture a quality image, but to coach our subjects toward what Peter considers that elusive SHABANG’in shot!

No one is better at this than Peter Hurley – in fact, he is the master at engaging clients, creating an atmosphere that pulls out their personality and infuses it directly into the image, his constant goal is to take someone with a bland look on their face, and turning it into something captivating.

In this lecture, Peter will discuss his Hurley Headshot System and signature moves for getting a subject to come alive in front of the camera. Learn how to move your subject toward that moment that Peter likes to call a SHABANG!; the instant when adrenalin, emotion and drama all come together allowing you to capture an image that will make the artist inside you stop and say, “wow!”

Headshot Crash Course

Private Class | LIMITED SPOTS | Buy Tickets

Every portrait photographer knows the feeling – the scene is set, the lighting is perfect – and the moment you look through your viewfinder your subject looks like the life just got sucked right out of them. Humans beings tend to behave in strange and usual ways when placed in front of the camera and our job as portrait photographers becomes not only to technically capture a quality image, but to coach our subjects toward what Peter considers that elusive SHABANG’in shot!

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Alex Dugan

Alexandra Dugan is photographer based in Oklahoma City, specializing in weddings, portraits, and boudoir. A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, she initially discovered her love of photography after enrolling in an elective class as a freshman, resulting in a change in both her degree program and career focus. Since earning a Bachelor's in Photographic Arts, Alexandra has established a presence in the region by creating timeless, natural images that tell authentic stories on their own. In addition to her photography work, she enjoys educating fellow photographers in both conference and classroom settings, covering topics ranging from properly capturing wedding moments, to improving editing skills and workflow. An avid film photography and large format hobbyist, Alexandra is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Club -- a fitting outlet for her growing collection of vintage analog cameras.

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Me Ra Koh

I didn’t find photography.

Photography found me.

And then it healed me.

I started as a writer.

For 10 years I worked on one book, Beauty Restored: Finding Life and Hope After Date Rape. The heart of this book was to be a message of hope to women and their husbands/boyfriends, parents and friends. I wanted them to know they were not alone in their pain. It is based on my own painful experience of being date raped in college and how I went from living out of my car, checking into a psychiatric ward, and eventually finding hope to rebuild a life worth living.

Almost ten years later, on March 20th, 2001, the first day of spring, I birthed two babies; my beautiful, firstborn, Pascaline and Beauty Restored. When Pascaline was three months old we hit the road and for the next 18 months did over 50 National TV Shows and Radio Interviews. While my little one slept in the backs of churches and colleges, I was up front sharing my story and hoping one woman would feel hope again.

After two amazing years on the road, Brian and I were pregnant with our second. His name was Aidan, our little fire. While in TN for a week long speaking tour I started experiencing abdominal pains and three weeks later our baby Aidan’s heartbeat stopped.

After losing Aidan, I couldn’t speak or write and sought refuge in Brian and Pascaline’s love. During those times of grief, I picked up a camera. Pascaline’s innocence was precious from every view point. I found myself working to capture her story: the times she couldn’t stop giggling, the times she curled into the safety of daddy’s arms, the asleep time, the fussy and frustrated times, the first time she played with a yellow balloon… Friends and family started noticing the photos and asked me to photograph their kids. Soon brides were contacting me for their weddings. I had gone from speaking to 800 women at a conference and sharing my story, to finding healing behind a camera. Life had taken this unexpected turn and now I was given the privilege to artistically capture another woman’s story on her wedding day. Photography had found me.

A new chapter of life unfolded, a chapter of writing other people’s stories through images. Stories of new beginnings, moments of choosing to trust. Every time we shot a wedding I would see these moments; a grandmother reaches to squeeze the bride’s hand, a groom whispers in his bride’s ear, and then her giggle afterwards, a father’s tears while he dances with his daughter. What could be more worthy of capturing than these moments?

Photography is not just an art, trade or skill. It’s a tool of healing for myself and those I have the honor of capturing. When we approach the camera as a healing tool, the world opens it’s heart to us.

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Liam Doran

Liam Doran is an outdoor sports and adventure travel photographer based in Colorado. Liams work covers all aspects of outdoor mountain life including skiing, biking, trail running, fly-fishing as well as travel and lifestyle. His images appear regularly in commercial advertising and in today’s top magazine including Powder, Outside, Ski, Skiing, Trail Runner, Mountain Magazine and more.


For more info visit his website at www.liamdoranphotography.com or follow on Instagram at @liamjski.

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Matt Payne

Matt Payne is an Oklahoma based travel photographer, writer and filmmaker. Matt spent the first fifteen years of his professional life bouncing back and forth between working as a television writer on shows like CBS's Vegas and Defenders to traveling the world shooting and writing for The Washington Times Communities and Communities Digital News. Matt currently shoots and writes destination pieces for 405 Magazine as well as themanual.com and in recent years, Matt has shot wildlife and landscape in Rwanda, Alaska, Galapagos, Iceland, Costa Rica and Panama with upcoming adventures to Thailand, the Amazon River and the Arctic. In addition to print and digital media, Matt produces OETA's newest travel show Mosaic Oklahoma and teaches film courses at Oklahoma City University. He is also a member The Society of American Travel Writers as both a photographer and writer and the Writer's Guild of America. Let me know if you need a higher res of that image and I'll track down the photographer. 

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Martin Mcgrew

Martin was born and raised in Oklahoma City, a Bachelor of Arts graduate from Oklahoma State and has been taking photographs since the age of 10 when he received a Kodak Instamatic which he still has. He worked with most aspects of Film and Video production for 15 years yet retained his love of photography and the solitary creative approach it may provide.  He joined the Bedford's team in October  2016 and began teaching classes soon after.  "I love the 'a-ha' moment of discovery photographers get in my classes when some challenging element of photography finally clicks (pun intended) and their images improve exponentially" Martin said.

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Leia Smethurst

California native in an Oklahoma world: I love capturing the sparkle and shine of a wedding day and crafting beautiful images from your experiences

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Jeff Moore

Jeff produces videos for Bedford Camera and Video’s Youtube and Facebook page.  Jeff graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Broadcast degree and began his career in Broadcast News both in front of and behind the camera.  

Jeff worked in markets in both Texas and Oklahoma anchoring, reporting, videoing, producing and editing.  Jeff moved back to the Oklahoma City area where he started his photography business “Capture 1000 Words Photography”.  

While operating his business his passion for videography and video production grew to lead him to venture into strictly video production with XHM/Capture production and CaptureTV.tv.

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Melanie Myhre

I have been creative from an early age, exploring every creative outlet I could find including painting, writing, singing, and crafting. In 9th grade my discovery of film photography changed my life. I found the thing that made me feel the most ALIVE. The turning point was there, but I resisted, afraid to pursue a career in the arts. Instead, I earned a bachelors degree in Ecology and Environmental Science because I thought that was the sensible thing to do. In the end, passion won and I started my portrait studio and never looked back. My specialty is artistic cinematic portraiture including teens and high school seniors, weddings and my trademark fairytale fashion. My continuing goal is to produce images that are infused with a unique vision and a romantic sensibility, resulting in portraits that are award winning, timeless and far from ordinary.

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Robert Trawick

Robert is self professed “time traveller” and “available” light photographer. Experienced in all aspects of the craf, from large format cameras to 70mm motion picture film processing, there is lots of information stored inside his head just waiting to bubble out. And once it’s flowing, stand back ‘cause something is going to power your light bulb! Robert is easily approachable, enjoys hugs and always willing to answer any questions on practically any subject. Combining real world stories, extensive photographic processes and spiced with some humor, Robert works to create a fun atmosphere where learning and building confidence dance together.

His experiences as a USAF Photojournalist coupled with extensive worldwide travels and interactions with diverse cultures provide Robert with unique abilities to reach and teach anyone at any level. Specializing in weddings, bridal fashion and commercial advertising, he constantly strives to balance light, shadow, focus and color into images that magically transports the viewer to the emotion of the moment. Robert is the co-host for FotoFacts Podcast, a casual iTunes audio show highlighting photo education, industry leaders and charities. Happily sharing life’s beautiful “instagrams” with the light sources in his life, a fabulously talented photographer wife Terri and amazing daughters Amy, Amber, Georgia and Shannon.

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Shea Swinford

Known for her refined eclectic style, Shea Swinford has spent more than 17 years devoted to creating images with exceptional quality that capture the essence of each individual. Whether it be through her Signature Black and White Fine Art photography or her Organic, Edgy Color images, Shea Photography is known for its genuine style of photography that breathes life into your portraits.
As a mother of 4, her talents as a photographer have been fueled by her strong desire to capture the fleeting moments of life in her images.

Specializing in relationship images, Shea is driven to create authentic portraits that speak a family’s language. Come as you are, Shea desires to capture your natural beauty inside and out ­­because the best things in life really aren’t things….but moments and memories captured in time. Shea’s images are known for taking you ‘right back’ to a memory or a feeling despite the time that has passed, creating meaningful art for your home for years to come.
 

A self proclaimed, “Gypsy Junkie”, Shea finds inspiration in the spirit of the subjects photographed while infusing her style with interesting and curious medium that enhance each image. Whether it’s the timeless/authentic images or a chic/stylized presentation you are after, it is Shea Photography’s philosophy that together we can create and capture the portraits that you will covet for years to come.

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Shea Swinford

Known for her refined eclectic style, Shea Swinford has spent more than 17 years devoted to creating images with exceptional quality that capture the essence of each individual. Whether it be through her Signature Black and White Fine Art photography or her Organic, Edgy Color images, Shea Photography is known for its genuine style of photography that breathes life into your portraits.
As a mother of 4, her talents as a photographer have been fueled by her strong desire to capture the fleeting moments of life in her images.

Specializing in relationship images, Shea is driven to create authentic portraits that speak a family’s language. Come as you are, Shea desires to capture your natural beauty inside and out ­­because the best things in life really aren’t things….but moments and memories captured in time. Shea’s images are known for taking you ‘right back’ to a memory or a feeling despite the time that has passed, creating meaningful art for your home for years to come.
 

A self proclaimed, “Gypsy Junkie”, Shea finds inspiration in the spirit of the subjects photographed while infusing her style with interesting and curious medium that enhance each image. Whether it’s the timeless/authentic images or a chic/stylized presentation you are after, it is Shea Photography’s philosophy that together we can create and capture the portraits that you will covet for years to come.

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Christian Bruggeman

Bio Coming Soon!

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Geovanny De Leon

You could sometimes find Geovanny underwater, other days above water. One thing you won’t see is him without a camera. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication and Marketing. He has explored almost every field in the advertising community. From TV commercial to print making; one thing that never seem to far away, is photography.

Now landing in Oklahoma, Geovanny spend his entire time devoted to photography. Never leaving the tradition side of this medium. Old analog and film cameras is his first choice when it comes to a well taken portrait. There’s something more valuable when you take full control of your photographs and he knows it. Loading the first roll of the day, all the way from cooking a new batch of chemicals. Spending hours perfecting the craft and visualizing results before the shutter ever clicks. He takes pride from his work and the results speaks for himself.

You could find more work of Geovanny on his Instagram page @deleon138.

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Alex Kent

Alex Kent has been involved in the creative arts since childhood and started taking photography “seriously” after his dad handed down the well-known Canon AE-1 when he graduate high school. After taking a few classes at the AR Arts Center, he decided to study the arts in college and earned a BFA in photography and graphic design in 2005 from UCA. Shortly thereafter Alex started teaching classes for Bedford Camera & Video in 2006 and developed over 25 different types of workshops over the next decade.

Since then he has led classes for UCA, U of A for Medical Sciences, Jostens, Starlight Ridge Retreat Center, AR Master Naturalists, Mid-America Photography Symposium, the E.A.S.T. Initiative, as well as public & private schools and camera clubs across AR, OK, and MO. Other than photography and teaching, his passions lie in spending time outdoors and travel. Some notable adventures are a 90 mile river trip down the Chulitna and Susitna in AK, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, and a 280 mile, 24 day Colorado River Trip.

You can view more of his images on Instagram @alexkentphotoand www.alexkentphoto.com. Alex currently works as a commercial photographer and teacher.

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Jack Graham

Jack Graham is a professional photographer with over twenty-four years of experience. He resides near Seattle, Washington, in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Jack leads both small groups and one-on-one photography workshops domestically and internationally. He has been published in leading photography publications, has several e-books and has been successful with stock photography. Jack also conducts workshops for the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington.

Jack exclusively uses Fuji “X” series cameras and Fujinon lenses and has been named an “X” Photographer by the Fuji Corporation. His images have been used extensively by Fuji for commercial and promotional purposes. Along with Bill Fortney, Jack conducts workshops dedicated to Fuji “X” camera users. These events can be found on the FUJI “X” PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTO WORKSHOPS website.

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Mark Zimmerman

Associate Professor Mark Zimmerman is an award-winning photographer who has worked in editorial and commercial photography for the past 20 years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography in 1993, and received a Masters in Education in 1999, both from the University of Central Oklahoma. In May 2011, he received a Master of Fine Arts, M.F.A, degree from the University of Oklahoma.

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Shane Smith

Bio Coming Soon!

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Jason Pierce

Like father like son. Jason Pierce was raised in a home where his dad’s amazing photos painted the walls. Watching his dad and appreciating photography from an early age, the artistry stuck. He started taking journalism classes through high school and college and began to learn photographic techniques. However, he didn’t find his personal style until his daughter was born. Jason consistently photographed her trying to capture her every expression. The outcome was more than he had hoped for. He had found his style, creating images that would elicit a reaction. As his family grew, and his two sons were born, so did his passion for photography and it soon became his career.

As time passed he wanted to step out of his normal photography style and try something new. He began experimenting with exposure and exploring light and a passion for infrared photography was born. This quickly became a favorite style because it pushed him to blend art and science. It is exceptionally technical and presents many challenges that force him to think outside the box on what he needs to achieve to capture a scene or convey a mood. As he started exploring and solving technical problems with his photos the solutions led to some very creative and dramatic images. Using this technique, he has captured many Oklahoma City cityscapes, architectural buildings and travel landscapes.

Jason graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, he lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and children. He owns Grand Life Originals Photography with his father, Ron.

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Jesse Miller

Jesse Miller currently serves as Professor of Photographic Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma. He received his Masters in Fine Art with an emphasis in photography from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rockford College.  Jesse is also a professional freelance photographer and fine artist with over 15 years experience.  His images have been shown in galleries across the United States and internationally..

From Zero to SHABANG! Every portrait photographer knows the feeling – the scene is set, the lighting is perfect – and the moment you look through your viewfinder your subject looks like the life just got sucked right out of them. Humans beings tend to behave in strange and usual ways when placed in front of the camera and our job as portrait photographers becomes not only to technically capture a quality image, but to coach our subjects toward what Peter considers that elusive SHABANG’in shot! No one is better at this than Peter Hurley – in fact, he is the master at engaging clients, creating an atmosphere that pulls out their personality and infuses it directly into the image, his constant goal is to take someone with a bland look on their face, and turning it into something captivating. In this lecture, Peter will discuss his Hurley Headshot System and signature moves for getting a subject to come alive in front of the camera. Learn how to move your subject toward that moment that Peter likes to call a SHABANG!; the instant when adrenalin, emotion and drama all come together allowing you to capture an image that will make the artist inside you stop and say, “wow!”