2021 The Photo Managers Conference

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Ready to travel? Not sure yet? We can’t be sure what will be happening with the pandemic and we want to be sensitive to your needs, so the decision is up to you. Conference 2021 is a hybrid conference that you can attend in person or virtually.

In addition, we’ve made a change to our popular Learning Labs, Intensive, and Masterclass. These are usually held in the days before the conference, but this year they will take place online before the conference.

Watch the video below for an overview of the pre-conference learning options and the details about this hybrid event.

The Photo Managers 9th Annual Conference

Every year since 2013, photo managers have come together for an annual conference. Our mission has always been to provide relevant, engaging training while giving you the opportunity to connect with like-minded colleagues. From this event, there have been countless new lifelong friendships made and  business opportunities forged.

In 2020, the coronavirus forced us to pivot quickly to an online virtual conference. We laughed and learned together and realized that a virtual conference can be amazing.

“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.”

Attendees will have access to all the same content simultaneously, whether a session is happening live in Atlanta or the speaker is presenting from their home office. In-person attendees have the added benefit of connecting in person, with all safety protocols in place.


Attend online from anywhere or in-person at:

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

For planning purpose the conference begins Thursday 4/15 at 1pm and concludes Saturday 4/17 at 4pm ET.

Enhance Your Learning Experience with Our Pre-Conference Options


Check out our pre-conference options. We’ve gotten stellar reviews from our attendees on our Learning Labs, Intensives, and Masterclasses. Usually held in the days right before the conference, this year they will be held online in March and April. This keeps your travel down to a minimum if you’re coming to Atlanta. And, it will help you avoid information overload that can happen after a long conference week. Think of it as an entire spring of learning!


Who’s this for?
New or experienced, strengthen your business fundamentals in an encouraging small-group atmosphere.

What you will discover
Learn how to communicate your unique value. Build the confidence to create a solid business foundation from the inside out and the strategies and systems to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. In this intensive you will get all the tools, guidance, and collaboration to make your Photo Management business a success!

Friday, 3/19 & Saturday, 3/20


Limited to 24 attendees.

Sessions will be recorded for those not able to attend live.


Who’s this for?
Photo Managers ready to take a deep-dive into highly focused topics to help enhance their skills and grow their businesses.

What you will discover
Each half-day (4-hour) workshop will help you develop your skills in a specific area.

3/17: Personal Historian Boot Camp
3/24: Useful Lightroom Plug-ins
3/31: Templates, Forms, Lists, & Checklists to Keep You Sane
4/7: SmugMug Workflow for Photo Organizers


Sessions will be recorded for those not able to attend live.

Click below for specific information on each.

Masterclass 2021


Who’s this for?
Experienced, certified Professional Photo Managers ready to take their business to the next level can apply.

What you will discover
Support, connection and learning in a 3-month program of high-level, peer-to-peer learning and coaching sessions with Lisa Corrado. Benefit from member check-ins, coaching calls with Lisa, exercises, small group breakouts, and more. Start new relationships with other experienced-matched members and leave with cutting-edge strategies to hone your competitive advantage and grow your business.

January – March 2021


Limited to 15 participants.

The Photo Managers Conference 2021

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.


For planning purpose conference begins Thursday at 1pm and concludes Saturday at 4pm ET.

Full schedule will be announced shortly. For now, check out the descriptions and speaker bios for each class below!

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.

Not sure if you want to attend live?

We get it. Traveling in these uncertain times can be a little nerve wracking. When you register now, you will have until mid-March to decide if you want to attend in person or virtually. All those attending in Atlanta must agree to our COVID-19 Code of Conduct.

Start Making Plans Now to Attend the 2021 Conference

April 15, 1pm ET – April 17, 2021, 4pm ET

In-Person at the Grand Hyatt, Buckhead, Atlanta
Or, attend online from anywhere!

Meet a Few of This Year’s Speakers:

Thad Beeler
Founder & Exec. Director, The National Disaster Photo Rescue

Thomas Allen Harris
Exec. Producer, Family Pictures USA

Cathi Nelson
Founder & CEO,
The Photo Managers

Bill Shapiro
Former Editor-in-Chief of LIFE

Sue B. Zimmerman
CEO, SBZ Enterprises

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
  • Entertainment During Breaks

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
  • All Meals are Included:
    • Dinner on Thursday & Friday
    • Breakfast & Lunch on Friday & Saturday
    • Coffee Breaks & Snacks


"A large, great group of photo lovers and professionals!"

“I just attended the Virtual Summit and although I am very sorry not to be together ‘live’, I really have the feeling that I was part of a large, great group of photo lovers and professionals!”

"The ongoing support, training and camaraderie are unsurpassed..."

“The Photo Managers is a unique organization made up of members who truly have a passion to preserve people’s photo collections and memories and turn them into a lasting legacy. The annual Summit, ongoing support, training and camaraderie are unsurpassed. I’ve never been a part of a group or organization more focused, fun or relevant than The Photo Managers.”

"We all have an incredible bond..."

“As a long time member of APPO/The Photo Managers, I cannot imagine this journey without the education, support and inspiration that this organization has provided. The members are collaborative and supportive. They relish in helping others grow and shine in their business. The tools that are available to continue our education grow each year. Yet each business owner is given the opportunity to run their business as they see fit and use the tools that work for them. There is no push for a “cookie cutter” style of business. Most of all, we all have an incredible bond as we share the passion for the meaningful help that we provide our client”

"This conference will definitely be on my agenda each year."

“The photo managers conference is a necessary investment in my business. Finding a group of people who understand my love of photos and stories has been so life giving. This conference will definitely be on my agenda each year. Having top notch speakers and vendors has empowered me as I go back to my area to serve my clients and to reach out to new clients. Thank you so much for an amazing virtual summit this year!”

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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?

Please check back in January for the full conference schedule.

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

  Early Bird Regular (after 2/15/2021)
Conference Only $549 $649
Learning Labs (each) $125 $175
Pre-Conference Intensive $450 $550
Masterclass $450 $550

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