AIM Conference*

  • Full Conference

    Full Conference

    Join us for the full Animal Image Makers Conference kicking off Thursday evening (April 14, 2022) at 7:00pm with the opening party. The conference will conclude Sunday evening (April 17, 2022) at 10:00pm after the closing party and image competition awards. Full registration includes the parties, Friday, Saturday and Sunday seminars, and trade show.
    Registration Price = $750


  • Tradeshow Pass (included in the full conference)

    Tradeshow Pass (included in the full conference)

    Not attending the full conference but want to check out the trade show? Get a ticket to access the trade show Saturday afternoon (April 16, 2022) from 12:30-7:00pm (included in full conference registration). Tickets are complimentary, but we DO need a headcount in addition to the full conference registrants, so get your ticket here! Check out all the details for the trade show here: https://animalimagemakers.com/tradeshow

    **I.E. This registration is for local attendees or those bringing a spouse or family member who will not attend the full conference.


  • Saturday Evening Speaker (included in the full conference)

    Saturday Evening Speaker (included in the full conference)

    The public is welcome to join the full conference registrants for this seminar Saturday, April 16, 2022 from 7:30-9:30pm to learn more about becoming a better photographer. Tickets are complimentary, but are limited, so only those people with tickets will be seated. (Included in full conference registration.) Speaker to be announced soon. Find Adam Jones' seminar description and link to his work here: https://animalimagemakers.com/speakers

    **I.E. This registration is for local attendees or those bringing a spouse or family member who will not attend the full conference.


  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 9am-5pm. Lunch will be included.

    "Hands-On Studio Lighting"

    Have you wanted to make the leap into studio lighting? Have you wanted to train your eye to “see” light? Then this is the class for you! This program is a full-day of hands-on lighting and experience. Intended for beginners and those who want to fill in gaps from self-learning, this class will help you learn to confidently use studio lighting. Bud Thorpe and Kim Buccheri will be sharing their decades of teaching experience. Learn how to set up, meter and use the light to create your vision. The morning will include a brief talk on “Why Studio Lighting?”. We move on to building our studio where you will break into small groups and learn to light a 3-light portrait set up one light at a time. After lunch, we kick it into high gear with analyzing lighting and recreating it. By applying what you learn in the morning, you will get a much better understanding of the principles. Our models will be stuffed animals, so you can take all the time you need to get your lighting just right. Bring your camera and lens along with a comfortable pair of shoes. Additional information will be sent to participants in advance.

    *PPA members attending this workshop will receive a PPA Continuing Education Merit. Please be sure you enter your PPA number on the registration page.

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 9am-5pm. Lunch will be included.

    "Professional Zoo Photography"

    This program demonstrates how Canon Explorer of Light Adam Jones makes professional quality animal/nature images in the wild, and how the same tips and techniques can be used to capture great images of zoo animals. He'll demo the best camera set up to have the camera work the way you want, then discuss lens selection, composition, lighting focus concerns and eliminating distractions at the zoo. A short discussion of basic workflow and handling of higher ISO images that are completely noise free will follow. This workshop will include classroom time in the morning and photography at the Minnesota Zoo in the afternoon.

    *PPA members attending this workshop will receive a PPA Continuing Education Merit. Please be sure you enter your PPA number on the registration page.

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 9am-12:30pm.

    "The Dreamy/Dramatic Location Portrait"

    Spend the morning with Monica van der Maden to learn her techniques for creating dramatic animal portraits on location. Discuss how to plan your session including choosing the location, time of the day, and what equipment works best for your desired look. Use those skills working side-by-side with her on location to photograph a dog.

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 9:00am-12:30pm.

    "Branding"

    Spend the morning with Cat Race discussing the best ways to BRAND your business. Branding is a way of identifying your business. It is how your customers recognise and experience your business. A strong brand is more than just a logo it's reflected in everything from your customer service style, staff uniforms, business cards and premises to your marketing materials and advertising.

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 1:30pm-5:00pm.

    Due to huge demand, we have added a second pre-con class from Monica!

    "The Dreamy/Dramatic Location Portrait"

    Spend the morning with Monica van der Maden to learn her techniques for creating dramatic animal portraits on location. Discuss how to plan your session including choosing the location, time of the day, and what equipment works best for your desired look. Use those skills working side-by-side with her on location to photograph a dog.

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 1:30pm-5:00pm.

    "Photo to Masterpiece via Pastels"

    Combine the traditional art world with the art of photography through the use of pastels on a printed image. This hands-on class will teach students how to apply pastels(chalks) to an image that is giclee printed on watercolor paper. This method gives the photographer another product line that will extend their present offerings to customers and creates a piece of art for customers to have a one of a kind masterpiece. Samples and supplies to color on and to take home will be supplied.


AIM 2022 T-Shirts

  • Choose Your Size

    Choose Your Size

    One shirt will be included with each full conference registration. Use this option to order additional shirts to bring home for friends, family, or for yourself! These make great gifts.


Party Tickets

  • Opening Party

    Opening Party

    Are you bringing a spouse, friend or total stranger with you to AIM who would like to attend the opening party only? Grab an extra ticket or two here! Drinks, appetizers, networking and exclusive seats to the one and only "Working Dogs" show are all included. (Party is INCLUDED with your full registration!)

    $35.00 ea.

  • Closing Party

    Closing Party

    Invite your spouse or friends (you shouldn't have strangers with you at this point of the conference - everyone will be a friend!) to enjoy dinner, drinks and the photographic competition awards ceremony during our closing party. (Party is INCLUDED with your full registration!)


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There will be a $50 administration fee to transfer your registration. The AIM registration page will automatically create a waiting list once the registration allotment is full. Refunds will be available only if there is someone on the waiting list that can take your place.

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