In 2016 Erika Mann and Callandra Caufield launched the Real Life Conference in Canmore, a much-needed women’s conference for photographers. Kirsten Lewis Bethmann spoke in 2016 and Jenna Shouldice spoke the following year, both women walking away with so much more than just your average conference experience. Both years, the women were blown away by the content of the talks and the quality of learning that was provided. The conversations between the attendees alone were enough to make them both sign up to attend in 2018. The DFA has decided to team up with the Real Life Conference and we’re excited about what’s to come. To start, let’s talk about you attending this conference with Kirsten and Jenna:

Kirsten Lewis Bethmann speaking at the Real Life Conference.

Until May 31st, Real Life is offering ticket sales at a discounted “Early Bird” rate, and an additional $100 off for the Documentary Family Awards community.

You can access the discount code in our DFA Facebook support group.

Last year in anticipation of the conference, Real Life did an interview series with the speakers, and they’ve blogged their interview with Jenna recently as part of the countdown to the end of early bird sales. You can listen or watch Jenna’s interview on their blog here:

Both Kirsten and Jenna personally recommend this conference (seriously, it’s incredible) and we hope to see you this year!!

Jenna Shouldice speaking at the Real Life Conference.

Tristan is a documentary photographer based out of Victoria BC where he currently lives with his wife and daughter. Originally from Pennsylvania, he was raised on a biodynamic dairy farm until his family moved to western Canada when he was ten. Attending photography school years later after living overseas, Tristan met his now wife and talented photographer Jenna Shouldice. Together they run their documentary wedding and family photography company out of Victoria and Toronto, serving clients across North America. Tristan has gained international recognition for his photography work and he has spoken and taught about his documentary approach across Canada and the United States. In 2017 Tristan and Jenna co-founded the Documentary Family Awards with Kirsten Lewis Bethmann.

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  • I am so unbelievably excited to see you two in Canmore this November! Seeing both of you speak in ’16 and ’17 was game changing for me. I hope to see more DFA community there, you will not be disappointed.

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