Spring of Learning Annual Conference

What You Can Expect at This Year’s Conference


Not a passive webinar, not a pre-recorded summit, and not just another Zoom meeting…this is a live, fully immersive experience.


Our general session speakers will challenge and inspire you. It’s all about the importance of the work you do and why it matters. Whether you tell stories with Instagram or photos, it’s the stories that connect us to our WHY.


Topics include: Client Onboarding, Organizing 1.7 Million Photos, What’s New With Apple Photos, Essentials for a First Year Photo Organizer, Creating New Revenue Streams, and much more.


While choosing our 18 breakouts, we strove to find classes that would educate both experienced pros (4+ years) and our newest members.


This is your opportunity to build relationships with our trusted partners. Whether you attend in-person or virtually we will ensure you get to spend time learning about the products and services your clients need.

Conference Schedule

Conference begins Thursday at 1pm and concludes Saturday at 4pm ET.

General Sessions are a chance for all the attendees to be together and enjoy a presentation from one of our inspiring Keynote Speakers.

With over 18 breakout sessions, it won’t be easy to choose. But don’t worry, all sessions will be recorded and your registration comes with lifetime access to the replays.

Conference Schedule

Here’s What Attendees Are Saying

The virtual summit exceeded all my expectations. I laughed, I cried, I caught up with old friends and met lots of new friends. My brain overflowed with reminders of things I had forgotten and new things I’m excited to try. It was five days I will not soon forget and if any of it begins to fade I will go back and watch it again.”

Faith V.

Toronto, ON

Engaging with The Photos Managers [conference] takes me to new heights as a photo organizer, as a business owner, and as a visionary. Soaking up so much knowledge in a weekend is great, since I tend to neglect my professional development in the midst of my busy schedule.

Fabiana M.

Houston, TX

I learned so much at The Photo Managers Conference. I feel completely equipped and ready to provide photo organizing services to my clients. I appreciate the networking, the relationships and the way experienced organizers are willing to share their workflows and expertise.

Shelley M.

Pittsburgh, PA

Meet a Few of This Year’s Speakers

Thad Beeler
Founder, National
Disaster Photo Rescue

Saving & returning photos after natural disasters.

Thomas Allen Harris
Executive Producer
Family Pictures USA

Seeing America through family pictures on PBS.

Cathi Nelson
Founder & CEO,
The Photo Managers

Creating resources for the photo management industry.

Bill Shapiro
Former Editor
LIFE Mag. & LIFE.com

Writer & editor, revived LIFE magazine & founded LIFE.com

Sue B. Zimmerman
CEO, SBZ Enterprises

Instagram marketing expert and business coach.

Attending Virtually

  • Enjoy the Conference from the Comfort of Home
  • Connect Online with Your Peers
  • Form Lifelong Friendships
  • Connect Vitually with our Partners
  • Prizes and Gifts
  • General Sessions
  • 18 Professional Breakouts
  • Full Access to Conference Recordings
  • Virtual Swag Bag
  • Breaks with Networking Opportunities

Attending in Atlanta

  • Experience Luxury in the Heart of Buckhead
  • Connect In-Person with Your Peers
  • Form Lifelong Friendships
  • Meet our Partners In-Person
  • Prizes and Gifts
  • General Sessions
  • 18 Professional Breakouts
  • Full Access to Conference Recordings
  • Swag Bag
  • Socialize in the Japanese Zen Garden
  • Book a personal photoshoot with our on-site photographer. Learn more. 
  • All Meals are Included:
    • Dinner on Thursday & Friday
    • Breakfast & Lunch on Friday & Saturday
    • Coffee Breaks & Snacks

Start Making Plans

April 15 – April 17, 2021

For planning purposes, the conference begins Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 1pm ET and concludes Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4pm ET.

The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt, Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia

Nearest airport: Atlanta (ATL). Transportation to the hotel: 30-minute car ride or MARTA transit system.

Please review the Hyatt Covid-19 policies as well as The Photo Managers’ Covid-19 Code of Conduct.

You will receive information on how to login to our immersive virtual conference experience. Experience the sessions, network with fellow attendees, and more!

Grand Hyatt, Buckhead
3300 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

On-Site Photoshoots with Chris Capozziello

Attendees in Atlanta have the opportunity to have professional photos taken with our on-site photographer, Christopher Capozziello. Choose from a 5-minute headshot session or a 30-minute lifestyle photoshoot.

This is a great opportunity to use your free time at the conference to refresh your images for your website or social media!

Enhance Your Learning Experience

Enhance your learning experience with our online pre-conference classes.

This year, we’ve taken our Intensive and Learning Labs, usually held in the days right before the conference and made them available to you online in March and April. It’ll help you avoid information overload that happens during a long conference week.

Think of it as an entire spring of learning!

Pre-Conference Intensive

Join our two-day business intensive with Lisa Bianco and Lisa Luken!

Note: This is available for purchase without joining the conference.

Friday, 3/19 and Saturday, 3/20

10am-5pm ET each day with a 1 hour lunch break at 12pm and a 30min break at 3pm ET.

Intensive only: $550
Conference + Intensive: $1,199

On Zoom. Limited to 24 participants for an intimate learning experience.


  • Basic business fundamentals.
  • How to confidently create a solid business foundation from the inside out using your unique values, interests, and skills!


  • You’re ready to start a photo management business.
  • You’ve started a business but are stuck in the process of getting it off the ground and making it thrive.
  • Have had your business for 5+ years but have lost the joy in your work.

Learning Labs are designed for Photo Managers ready to take a deep-dive into highly focused topics to help enhance their skills and grow their businesses. Can only be purchased with conference registration.

Wednesdays, 3/17 – 4/7, 1 – 5 pm ET

Each Learning Lab: $175
You can choose as many or as few you want!

On Zoom. These sessions will be recorded for students unable to attend live.


  • March 17 – Personal Historian Boot Camp
  • March 24 – Useful Lightroom Plug-Ins, March 24
  • March 31 – Templates, Forms, Lists & Checklists to Keep You Sane
  • April 7 – SmugMug Workflow for Photo Organizers

Want More Information?

Watch our video, Why to Attend Conference.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered below, feel free to email us at support@thephotomanagers.com.


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What is the cancellation policy?

Refunds will be issued for cancellations up to December 31st, 2020 and will be subject to a $75 administration fee. No cancellations after January 1st, 2021. If you have to cancel your registration after January 1st, you may transfer your registration to another attendee. Transfers are the responsibility of the registrant.

By registering for the Conference, you warrant that you understand and agree to our Event Policies.

What are your COVID policies?

I registered for the 2020 Conference and can’t find my discount code. What do I do?

If you had registered for the in-person 2020 Conference before it was converted to an online event, you are eligible for a discount this year or next. Email support@thephotomanagers.com for your discount code to be applied at check out.

Is there a discount for registering for more than one Learning Lab?

No. Each Learning Lab is it’s own event.

Is there a payment plan available?

Yes! Payment plans are available on the Registration Page, but only until December 31, 2020.

How do I know which pre-conference experience is right for me?

Each option in our “Spring Semester of Learning” will enhance your conference experience and provide invaluable learning opportunities.

Click here to learn more about each option.

How do I cancel my registration?

When is the last day I can decide to attend in Atlanta?

You have until March 15, 2021, to make your final decision. Please email support@thephotomanagers.com if you want to change your reservation.

What if I change my mind and do not want to travel?

You have until March 15, 2021, to decide.  Please email support@thephotomanagers.com if you want to change your reservation.

I have already registered. Can I add a Learning Lab or Intensive?

You can add on any pre-conference courses at this link: https://thephotomanagers.com/conference-2021-add-ons/

Will the classes be recorded?

Yes! All of the Learning Labs, the Intensive, General Sessions, and Breakout Sessions will be recorded and you will have lifetime access to the replays through The Photo Managers Academy.

What is a "hybrid event"?

A hybrid event is any event — conference, training seminar, trade expo, etc. — that combines live, in-person elements with digital, online components. For example, a business conference that hosts an in-person gathering in San Francisco, CA and live-streams its keynotes and sessions to a worldwide virtual audience would be considered a hybrid event.

What is the conference schedule?

Download the conference schedule here

Do you have a chart of all the ticket options and prices?

  Early Bird Regular (after 3/15/2021)
Conference Only $549 $649
Learning Labs (each) $125 $175
Pre-Conference Intensive $450 $550
Masterclass $450 $550