The Lumix Luminary Team for USA is expanding for 2016. New Associate Luminary Team members are now on board. This larger team of image makers will share their content and present programs at dealer locations and industry events throughout the year.
Kristen Jensen is a leading lifestyle, portrait and wedding photographer, who has developed an expertise in the creation of pictorial documentation of people’s portraits and takes tremendous pride in her business and career. Born in Berlin, Germany, Kristen grew up in San Francisco where she began her modeling career at the age of 18 and worked with Ford Models in New York City for many years with great success. One of Kristen’s specialties is taking portraits of celebrities, artists, and business professionals in Fairfield County CT, New York City and beyond. She is a member of the Advertising Photographers of America (APA) and the Professional Photographers Association (PPA).
Dave Surber is a video, photo, and media production freelancer now based in Seattle. He has worked in the film and television industry for over a decade and is the founding member of Guerrillastar Productions which is a national-award winning film and video production company with crew members based in New York City, Los Angeles, and the greater Phoenix area. Dave’s has worked with groundbreaking industry companies including 3D Robotics and Sharegrid. Dave is an widely followed social media specialist and is usually seen with a Lumix G series camera in his hands.
Shiv Verma, APSA, MNEC is a published author, photographer, educator and technologist. He has been photographing for over 50 years and has evolved his photography to express his intense devotion to wildlife and nature. Over the years has earned numerous awards and recognition both nationally and internationally. Shiv devotes a great deal of his time formally reviewing photography related products to education in digital photography and is a speaker and competition judge. He conducts photo tours and workshops worldwide and typically has one tour a month. Shiv’s book Time-Lapse Imagery was published in February 2014. He has been writing for one of the worlds largest photography education sites “Digital Photography School” with about 1.5 million subscribers. He is also a co-host on TWiP (This Week in Photography) a weekly photography podcast that is the 7th largest in the world. He belongs to multiple photographic clubs and associations and serves as Vice President of the NECCC (New England Camera Club Council), and several positions with PSA International (Photographic Society of America)
Jordan Bunch is an award winning wedding & event photographer, turned film-maker & hybrid photographer. He graduated with his Master of Arts from Abilene Christian University where he first turned his love for photography into multiple thriving companies now located in Austin, Texas. His wedding films have been featured and awarded in short film festivals, giving him recognition across the country as he books jobs from couples from New York City to Portland, Oregon. Jordan’s innovation into hybrid photography and film-making has allowed his companies to thrive in a highly saturated market. For Jordan, making wedding films is “all about creating captivating stories that move its viewers to tears as they reflect on their own lives and relationships. He uses Lumix cameras including GH4 for all of his work.
Jamie House is a rising star in the photography world, having made the transition from Savannah School of Art and Design grad to earning the Professional Photographers of America’s Certified Professional Photographer designation in record time. As TeamDSP’s Director of Photography, she has been the lead photographer on over 500 volume sports photo shoots, is responsible for training all new photographers and is a key member of the DSP management team. She and TeamDSP owner Dave Stock (a Lumix Luminary) are also partners at Aligned Visions Photography, a new commercial photography venture based in North Texas.
Levi Sim teaches photographers to make better pictures and build better businesses. He write articles, host webinars and podcasts, build relations with industry thought leaders, speak at seminars and conferences, and represent brands with live demonstrations and workshops. Levi shoots with Lumix and enthusiastically shares his professional work that he creates from his Portland, Oregon based studio.
Since early childhood Nicholas Pappagallo has had the extraordinary opportunity to learn photography while traveling to some of the world’s most desirable locations. Having a very supportive family enabled him to pursue this profession with an earnest devotion. Making the transition from film to digital only added to his excitement and he wholeheartedly embraced the new technology. What started off as a hobby eventually turned into a practiced form of art. For Nick, noticing the small treasures in life has really helped him fine tune his skills. Eventually, his passion for photography expanded & he formed PAC (Photographers Adventure Club), the biggest and most active photography club in the USA. Being surrounded by many gifted photographers has given Nicholas the unique opportunity to broaden his own talents into a variety of different categories. When he isn’t behind the camera shooting events, weddings or portraits he is teaching other photographers basic photography skills, Lightroom editing & how to take their own skills to the next level. Originally from North Jersey, he attended Rutgers University and is now based in Phoenix, Arizona
Throughout his career, Mike has managed to balance his professional responsibilities to his clients by always being engaged in work that explores his interests and allows for full personal expression of how I feels about those interests. He is currently the staff photographer at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ and also works for a variety of clients on a freelance basis shooting products, architecture, interiors, portraits, and all types of events. Before joining the staff at Montclair State, he made images for corporate annual reports, advertising, magazines, newspapers, textbook publishers and public relations. He has been a staff newspaper photographer including as a freelancer for the New York Times.
Paul Mango is a NJ-based photography enthusiast who works full-time in the financial services industry. Paul’s love for photography began in 2014 while bike commuting to his job in NYC. Paul’s daily bike commute included crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and Paul fell in love with capturing the bridge’s many moods and leading lines. Photography serves as an important hobby and creative release for Paul and he enjoys photographing cityscapes, landscapes and nightscapes. In addition to photography, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and doing anything that involves being outdoors.
Known for his consistently outstanding style of portrait and wedding photography, James Schmelzer is an internationally known Master Craftsmen Photographer, lecturer and owner of Elite Photographic Studio located in Shelby Twp., Michigan. As a professional photographer for over 25 years, James has been awarded the Photographic Craftsmen & Master of Photography from PPA, Accolade of Photographic Mastery from WPPI, among many others. Besides owning and running his own studio, James conducts workshops, speaks at seminars and demonstrates lighting techniques at tradeshows all around the world.
Matthew Sutherland is the owner of Matrimony Films, a cinematic production company based in Southern California. Their specialty is event video production and corporate film production. Matthew is excited to be a part of Panasonic’s prestigious Lumix Luminary Team, as he loves to travel the world to inspire and educate other photographers and videographers to grow and find success beyond what they realize is imaginable. Matthew is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and after a successful acting career out of college, he chose to take on a larger filmmaking role and go behind the camera. Matthew has written, directed and shot feature films and short films for corporations and individuals for over 15 years. His life stays balanced thanks to his beautiful wife and two great children and every new film client is a welcome addition to his constantly growing enormously fun family!
Growing up in Arizona, Cusi couldn’t help but to develop a passion and appreciation for nature. The desert in particular continues to captivate and amaze her with its abundant life and vibrant colors. The Arizona sky is a kaleidoscope of wonder, changing with every passing moment. She has yet to see a photo that fully depicts its splendor. Natural things often have a certain ‘architecture’ about them. She is drawn to patterns and structure, sometimes amidst what seems to be chaos. Weathered rock, the feathers of a bird, swirls of glistening sand being washed up by lapping waves… these are the things that catch her eye – but still somehow elude captivity in photographs. That, however, doesn’t stop her from trying. Along with partner, Nicholas Pappagallo, she manages Parkwood Photography Studios & Rental and the Photographers Adventure Club in Phoenix, AZ
Frederick Van Johnson
Frederick Van Johnson is a professional photographer and founder of the TWiP Network and host of “This Week in Photo”, one of the world’s most popular and longest running photography podcasts. Frederick regularly teaches on topics ranging from business and marketing to photographic technique. Frederick began his career as a Combat Photojournalist in the United States Air Force, where he served for 8 years and was decorated several times for exemplary photography in the field. During his tour of duty, among other awards, Frederick was presented with the prestigious Air Force Commendation medal for his excellence in military photography. Frederick is highly connected and followed on several social media platforms. As well as being an accomplished photographer, Frederick has built a solid reputation in the photography industry. Frederick has an easy-going nature, and has the ability to conduct insightful and educational interviews consistently.
Matt is currently the U.S. CEO and President of beBee, Inc. He is well known for his innovative and transformative ideas in marketing, social media, and business development. He was President of Unique Photo, NJ’s premiere camera store, for over 28 years. Matt has been credited with the reinvention of the modern camera store, as well as the country’s largest in-store photography education program. However, by far, his greatest achievement is having raised five successful children to adulthood as a single dad. He is the creator of the Man-Up Project, helping other men though fatherhood and life. He is a frequent contributor to news and media in the social media, photography, business, ethics, politics and parenting arenas. He has appeared regularly on Fox News, NBC Today Show, CBS News, PIX11, and other high-profile TV programs. He is also regular contributor to The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Digital Imaging Reporter and Entrepreneur.