Light Matters 2019
#LightMATTERS 2019 will happen 25-27 Oct 2019

PPOC-AB, with the support of Technicare, NAIT, Nikon Canada, Album Epoca, Pixportal and the Jefferson Armoury, is putting on the 2019 PPOC Alberta #LightMATTERS from the 25-27 of October in Edmonton AB Canada. 

 Taking care of business and encouraging creativity is our theme for this year. 

We will have super detailed social media class on Instagram 101 for Photographers from Sean Tokariuk of Next Generation Solutions 

National Geographic Photographer Scott Forsyth

Published Commercial Food Photographer Sandy Weatherall  

Conceptual Fashion, Portrait and Fine-Art Photographer. Richard Terbourg

Adventure, travel, nature Photographer Curtis Jones

Pin Ups Chris ‘TT’ Thombs

Boudoir by Marlene Ruth

Building Bigger Projects and Finding a Wider Audience presented by Renee Robyn and Curtis Jones


2019 Presenter: Richard Terborg

26 Oct 2019 at NAIT
Stage 1 NAIT room X105: Richard Terborg, “Studio / Light Workshop Pt 1” 

27 Oct 2019 at NAIT

Stage 1 NAIT room X105: Richard Terborg, “Studio / Light Workshop Pt 2”

Richard is a Conceptual Fashion, Portrait and Fine-Art Photographer. His background in media and design helps his overactive brain keep up with the many things he does at the same time. Add a drive for getting people to ‘stop talking and start doing’, and you’ve got Richard Terborg in a nutshell.

His experience as a multimedia engineer gives Richard the sharpened ability of finding the most creative solution to every problem. By specializing in everything the media world has to offer, he taught himself the art of multitasking several ventures at a time… and rocking them.

Immersing himself into the world of photography is no different. His growing affinity for directing, producing, casting, arranging models, building sets, collaborating with other artists, to shooting and post-production makes continuously learning and growing within his craft a force of habit. His unconventional mixture of evocative and editorial photography makes working with him an experience you take with you on all your endeavors. Not to mention his highly contagious energy that will make you feel on a caffeine high without the caffeine.

However, a camera is just a camera. The people/clients he connects with and their stories are the drive behind the popularity of his work. High engagement with every person behind the camera makes the work in front of the camera seem effortless. The core of what he does goes beyond taking a photo: he tells a story through his images by bringing people together and motivating them to collaborate and create.


Want to get in touch, or just say hi: info@richardterborg.com




2019 Presenter: Curtis Jones


Curtis JonesCurtis Jones

Puppies, Penguins and a Princess. Photographing the most remote regions of the planet while keeping the lights on at home.


 Most of us will tell you that you make money any way you can when starting. For others that might mean newborn photography, or weddings, or events, or headshots, etc. For me, it was a simple as sticking to my northern niche and creating as many revenue streams as I could to keep the lights on. Tourism campaigns, stock sales, licensing, climate change, education and photo adventure guiding just to name a few. That’s the what but what is the how? 

 My journey has never been direct and especially in the early years was dictated by two things. My desire to become better and my one rule to say yes to pretty much every offer, though I did have a few caveats. I shot for and with world-class athletes, adventure production companies like Camp Four, national publications like Photo Life, National Geographic Adventure, The Globe and Mail, non-profits, government organizations, marketing agencies, Expedition companies like One Ocean Expeditions and even the Royal Family for an entire week. Over the years I’ve been a photographer, a producer, a project manager, an outdoor guide, a researcher, a communications director, a writer and an educator. The common thread weaving its way thru these roles was my desire to document and tell stories and to uncover my unique vision.

At the end of the day, goals are important. Projects are important. Money is super important. But experience trumps them all. Experience is the warm blanket folded at the foot of the bed on an unseasonably chilly night, the towel around your neck as you hitch a ride across the galaxy, the ability to trust your gut when things look darkest and be ok with your choices in the light of day. 

 Focus more on building experience and less on becoming something specific and you will likely end up walking a path that is not just unique but extremely valuable. No matter the outcome.


 It takes a certain personality to appreciate the details of a climate rarely inhabited by people. Curtis Jones has spent most of his career saturating himself in the polar regions of the planet, dividing his residency between Newfoundland and Nunavut, Canada. Over the last decade, his adventurous lifestyle has taken him across the Gobi Desert by kite buggy, on a 2300 km unsupported traverse of the Greenland Ice Cap, Antarctica, and a lifetime of climbing and exploration worldwide. Working for both the private and public sector, he has documented work for environmental initiatives, literacy, Canadian National Parks, climate change and tourism in the Canadian Arctic. Collaborating with world-class athletes, production teams, and local cultures and communities, he has built his career delivering a personal view of the raw, wild, and often untamed. His work has been seen in National Geographic Adventure, Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post Canada, Photo Life and more. Between commercial clients, he is often seen leading photography workshops in the polar regions of the Earth, sharing his appreciation for adventure with others. A collector of interesting stories, Curtis is rarely seen far from a camera, tent, or a good punchline.





2019 presenter: Sandy Weatherall


Sandy Weatherall

“When I was in school, I photographed fresh bread from the local Italian Bakery. The aroma, intensified by the studio lights, drew fellow students to investigate what I was shooting. They hovered, waiting for me to get the shot so they could eat. We shared bread. Grateful, hungry students and friends came together.

This is the power of food.

Food is connection. The creators of food add a part of themselves and not only nourish others but add a little soul to what they put out there. For every bite of food we take, there is a story behind it.

Creating food photos and videos is not a commercial pursuit; it is art. It is my passion. Making custom sets and props and using the right lighting to bring it all together allows me to tell the food and people stories for my clients.

And it’s a beautiful thing.”

Sandy Weatherall


2019 Presenter: Scott Forsyth


Scott ForsythScott Forsyth

Scott Forsyth is an award-winning professional photographer specializing in the
Canadian landscape. As staff photographer and expedition team member for
Adventure Canada and Maple Leaf Adventures, Scott journeys to many of Canada’s
remote coastal regions annually. His lifelong mission to continue exploring the fabric
of the Canadian landscape and its inhabitants, and sharing this with the public,
has earned him a fellowship in both The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
(Ottawa), and the The Explorers Club (New York City). He has twice earned the
distinction of Photographic Artist of the Year – Alberta, from the Professional
Photographers of Canada, and holds the designation of Master Photographer
from Master Photographers International. His photographs have been published
on the cover of Canadian Geographic Magazine and featured in several Canadian
Geographic calendars, and numerous magazines and books. Scott’s photography
can be viewed at scottforsyth.ca. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

An autumn rain lifts revealing the towering walls of Nachvak fjord, in the Torngat Mountains National Park, Labrador.

Bald eagles assemble to perch atop the pines on their private and unoccupied island to witness the sunset over Hecate Strait. Central Coastline Britich Columbia.
An Inukshuk marks a trail from the beach of St John’s Harbour in Seglak Fjord. Torngat Mountains National Park, Labrador.
The first warm light of day illuminates the shear granite cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord which at places rise 1,500m (4,900 ft) above sea level. The natural quality of this elevation makes this a favourite destination for climbers, and even B.A.S.E. jumpers who plummet from the cliff summit with body wings like flying squirrels. Sam Ford Fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut.