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Public Speaking

conferences, private clubs, businesses

Unbelievable to the shy teenage version of Alex, my career developed into me getting up in front of large audiences and learning to have fun in the process. 2006 began my journey into public speaking by teaching basic photography classes for Bedford Camera which later opened opportunities to speak at conferences and lead workshops. Sharing what I've learned over my lifetime is a great honor and something I never dreamed of as a child.

Are you looking for an engaging speaker or emcee for your next event?

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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- event coming up May 17-18, 2024!
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
2020 - event cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic
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.

Arkansas
Tennessee
Mississippi
Missouri
Oklahoma

EASTCON

Breakout session speaker to large groups (50-120) students in 2016, 2018, 2022, and 2023 for the EAST Initiatives's (a non-profit bringing technology and real world application to students grades 4-12) annual student conference held in Hot Springs, Arkansas

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

Arkansas State Park's BioBlitz - Lake Dardanelle

Taught a "Leave No Trace" hands-on workshop to students to teach them how to become better steward of the environment.

Private clubs, organizations, and businesses (2006-Present)

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.

Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent teaching a group of photographers while looking at their subjects.
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent teaching in a classroom with two thumbs up.
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent explaining w hand gestures to pro Sony tech rep, Tony Krup
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent teaching a group of over one hundred students in the background.
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent at a podium gesturing to monitor with one of his photographs.
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent teaching a group with a spiral rock formation maze at St Crispin.
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent posing with pro photographer Bruce Lewis and Ryan Brown with Canon.
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent posing with camera while standing on a large leaning over tree.
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent on stage with mic in his hand next to Pam Stukenborg and a model
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent on stage with mic and other man holding raffle tickets.
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent on stage with door prize in his hand next to Pam Stukenborg.
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent teaching with a projection of his abstract image. Crowd of students
Arkansas nature photographer and educator, Alex Kent views a laptop with pro photographer Alexandra Dugan and Christian.
Arkansas commercial photographer and educator, Alex Kent on stage with mic in his hand wearing a red plaid shirt.
Arkansas commercial photographer and educator, Alex Kent on stage mic and handing out a raffle prize at PhotoConX OK
Arkansas commercial photographer and educator, Alex Kent on stage mic in his hand with two beautiful blondes behind.
Arkansas commercial photographer and educator, Alex Kent on stage mic in hand and big smile.
Arkansas commercial photographer and educator, Alex Kent with big smile at PhotoCon X in OKC
Arkansas commercial photographer and educator, Alex Kent leading a photowalk at Graceland during PhotoExpo Memphis

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