Request for proposal

Sharing the passion for photography through story telling, technical instruction, and inspiration became a passion of mine nearly two decades ago. I would like the opportunity to the offer the service for your business, conference, school, club, or private organization. The following information is about some of the topics I can cover, a look into my past experiences, testimonials from others, references, and an easy way for us to continue the conversation.

a few Available Instructional Topics

The Creative Eye

Some say that a person "has the eye" for taking great photos. It's true that some have a natural talent for creating interesting and impactful images, but composition is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. We will cover time-tested principles of design and creativity, but will go well beyond "the rule of thirds". These lessons can apply to most forms of photography, as well as many other visual art forms. This presentation can be adapted to various all levels of photographers and artists with any type of camera.​

Lens Choice

Lens choice can dramatically affect the look of your images and at times can be an important factor overlooked when beginning to learn photography.

We’ll delve into different types of lenses, their functions, use, and overall style they can achieve across a variety of subject matter. This presentation can be adapted from beginner to advanced levels.

Digital Photography Technique

Learn what it takes to become a photographer by building a strong foundation of the principles of photography. We can cover techniques from the beginning essential skills to more advanced, creative, and nuanced.

PHOTO ENHANCING

Most software can be daunting when first approached. Develop a clear understanding and simple approach to workflow, image enhancements, archiving, and more through software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Photos and others.

ALL THINGS MAC

Being able to use you computer and smartphones more efficiently will translate into a better workflow for your photography and overall joy of using those devices. Plus it can simply lesson the day to day stress in life and potentially open up channels of creativity. With over 20 years Apple Mac experience I can help you with MacBook, iMac, and iPhone setup and usage.

Portfolio Reviews

One of the most effective ways to learn how to improve your photography is to allow others to review and critique your work. I've been on both sides of critiques since 2001 and can help facilitate group critique sessions.

...and more

I've developed dozens of different styles of classes and workshops on various topics. Check out what's already on the schedule or reach out to talk about customizing a class for your group.

Image by Gary Cox

Public Speaking

conferences, private clubs, businesses

Need an engaging speaker for your next event?
Technical skills, creativity, inspiration, equipment and story telling.

Let's talk

Our (mostly) fearless crew of 14 on a twenty five day, 280 mile Colorado River adventure through the Grand Canyon in 2016. Image © Alex Kent Photo

Artistic excellence

"Alex was the speaker at a recent meeting of the Arkansas Outdoor Photographers' Club, and he was a hit. We felt like we were there with him in the Grand Canyon for 25 days. Alex’s combination of adventurous lifestyle, artistic excellence and engaging story-telling make for a really good slide show. You know how you’re ready for some presentations to be over before they are? With Alex, we were regretting that he had only 45 minutes. We could have listened to his travel anecdotes and absorbed the beautiful images for hours. Alex is the guy you want to be while you’re toiling away at your day job. But if selling all your stuff and hitting the road in a van is more than you’re up for, listening to Alex for an evening is the next best thing."


–David Lewis, Entergy AR, Corporate Communications (retired), photographer

Artistic excellence

"Alex was the speaker at a recent meeting of the Arkansas Outdoor Photographers' Club, and he was a hit. We felt like we were there with him in the Grand Canyon for 25 days. Alex’s combination of adventurous lifestyle, artistic excellence and engaging story-telling make for a really good slide show. You know how you’re ready for some presentations to be over before they are? With Alex, we were regretting that he had only 45 minutes. We could have listened to his travel anecdotes and absorbed the beautiful images for hours. Alex is the guy you want to be while you’re toiling away at your day job. But if selling all your stuff and hitting the road in a van is more than you’re up for, listening to Alex for an evening is the next best thing."


–David Lewis, Entergy AR, Corporate Communications (retired), photographer


A few Past conference and speaking appearances

PhotoExpo

2024 - Upcoming!

2022 - Master of Ceremony and speaker: "Lens Choice: Focal Length Styles and Why" (Robinson Center, Little Rock, AR)
2021 - PhotoExpo Live Virtual Conference - Creative Composition
2019 - Master of Ceremony and and speaker: "A Grand Adventure: A discussion of the value of adventure and taking the leap" (Memphis, TN at Graceland)
2018 - Master of Ceremony and speaker: "Rivers Connect Us: A photo essay on the importance of rivers in our lives" (Memphis, TN at Graceland)
2017 - Emcee and Speaker: "The Sacred Valley- a photo essay on the Urabamba Valley of Peru"
2016 - Emcee and Speaker: "A Grand Adventure: A discussion of the value of adventure and taking the leap"
2015 - Emcee, assistant photo guide with Moose Peterson, and portfolio review coordinator
2014 - Speaker: Understanding Light: Landscapes
2013 - Speaker: "Must See Places to Photograph in the Ozarks"

Photocon

2014 - speaker - “Understanding Light: Landscapes”
2015 - speaker - “Living the Dream- Turn Beautiful Landscapes into Reality”
2016 - speaker - “Photographers Love Lightroom: Here’s Why!”
2018 - speaker - “Essential Lightroom Tips for All Skill Levels”
2019 - speaker - “Essential Lightroom Tips for All Skill Levels”
2020 *(pre-recorded, virtual conference) - “Essential Lightroom Workflow and Organization”
2021 - speaker/workshop leader - “Lens Choice: Focal Lengths, Styles, and Why”
2022 - speaker - "The Creative Eye" - two part event - One presentation and one live critique of participants
2023 - Master of Ceremony and speaker - "The Creative Eye" Part II

Mid America Photography Symposium (MAPSYM)

Speaker- 2013, 2015, 2019, 2023

2023 - Master of Ceremony and speaker: The Creative Eye

2019 - Speaker: "A Grand Adventure: A discussion of the value of adventure and taking the leap"

2015 - Speaker: "Photographers Love Lightroom and Here's Why"

2013 - Speaker: "Must See Places to Photograph in the Ozarks"

www.mapsym.org

Camera Clubs

Since 2007 I've been presenting to numerous camera clubs across 5 states and counting. If you're involved with a club and looking for a speaker, please reach out. I'm available for in-person and virtual (zoom) bookings.

EASTCON

Breakout session speaker 2016, 2018, 2022, and 2023

University Of Central Arkansas

2021 - Mentoring presentation for younger students about the collegiate journey and beyond.

2007 - Workshop leader - how to photograph your artwork with slide film.

Arkansas Farm Bureau Women's Conference

2022 - speaker, "Better Photos Made Simple"

EAST Initiative Seminar

2022 - speaker - Lens Choice and Creativity in Jonesboro, AR

Central Arkansas Iris Society

2022 - speaker - Better Photos Regardless of Camera Choice

UAMS - Teaching with Technology Symposium

2010 and 2013 Speaker

Becoming an Outdoors Women Conference - AGFC

2023 - Speaker: Better Photos with Any Type of Camera

https://www.agfc.com/education/becoming-an-outdoors-woman/

Northeast AR District Dental Society Conference

2020 - speaker: "Worth a Thousand Smiles" A discussion on the importance and technical aspects of videography and photography as both diagnostic and for marketing material in the industry.

Arkansas Jewelers Association

2009 speaker - Improving your Close Up Photography

Private clubs, organizations, and businesses

From 2006-present I have been presenting to businesses and various organizations such as photo, garden, community, volunteer, and nature clubs. If you'd like a more detailed look at my experience, reach out and I can send additional info with references.

Let's go!


Say Hello