Tomayia Colvin Education (TCE), an online education platform for photographers, that features speakers of color and celebrates diversity is hosting its inaugural photography conference- The Cookout. The Cookout will be held in the city of New Orleans, La on October 6-8, 2019.

The Cookout – features photography speaker line up of Black creatives, in hopes to fill a void in the photography industry by providing photographers of color an opportunity to network, grow professionally, and take their photography and business skills to the next level.

The conference begins with an outdoor “Cookout” on Sunday in the park, followed by two full days of hands-on photography, business, and marketing courses. Conference attendees will be able to apply what they’ve learned during the day during the afternoon “styled shoots” with lead instructors. In addition, photography vendors will display and demonstrate photography techniques for editing, tools for showcasing their client work, and developing a standout website during the conference on-site expo.

Colvin said, “Opportunities for minority speakers to speak at large conferences and black photographers to network don’t come every day.” She hopes to give speakers of color an opportunity to teach and empower their community.

The Cookout’s instructors include industry leaders such as Jide Alakija, Chinelle Rojas, Kim Craven, and Tashina Calhoun just to name a few.

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About Tomayia Colvin:

Houston native, Tomayia Colvin is a bestselling author, educator, and nationally-published and award-winning senior portrait photographer. Colvin provides modern senior pictures for HS seniors in the Houston area. She is on a mission to celebrate diversity by working with conferences and workshop organizers to bridge the color divide, so voices that are missing from the photography industry are included. Colvin has previously taught at WPPI, Imaging USA, United, The Focus Tour, and a host of others. She was also featured on her local news station. Colvin is a full-time entrepreneur and the mother of two beautiful children.

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