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February 16, 2013

Creative Boot Camp Class tours Tom Maday & Kristen Barker Studios

COD Photo Program Alum Jeffrey Ross and Commercial Photographer Tom Maday
look over marketing materials during the Creative Boot Camp studio tour as Photo student Courtney Penzato looks on .

The COD Creative Boot Camp class toured the studios of Tom Maday and Kristen Barker on Saturday, February 16.

Creative Boot Camp  is a new field studies course that focuses on meeting and networking with successful photographers/videographers, and other industry professionals. Next week the class will attend the Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference at the Lisle Hilton.

Students were given insights  into the photographers business practices as well as good information and advice on marketing, assisting, social networking, building a successful website, self-promotion, and collaborating with other artists.

Tom Maday showed students his website and stressed the importance of updating it with new work as often as possible.

Jeffrey Ross shows students the large format camera in Tom Maday’s studio.


Jeffrey Ross introduces Photographer Kristen Barker at the beginning of her studio tour as Producer/Sound Engineer Sean McConnell looks on.

Photographer Kristen Barker (left) talked to COD Boot Camp students about her work creating still photography, videos, and music for her commercial and wedding clients with Sean McConnell (middle) and Chris Barker, (right) her husband and partner.

Photographer and musician Chris Barker tells students about the new Valentine video the bytheBarkers Studio just produced.

Kristen Barker explained the collaboration that goes on in her studio. “We have to communicate well with clients and know their brand and demographic. Everyone here wears many hats. Our job is to make life easier for everyone. There is no room for ego.”