Jump Starts are a great way to add incredible educational value to your SYNC registration. The Jump Start classes are a mix of classroom style and small group workshops for all levels of photographers. See description of classes below. 

What you need to know

• All Jump Starts are on Friday February 23, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
• Full SYNC event registration is required
• Additional fees are required for each Jump Start class
• Space is limited for each Jump Start class (see below for class sizes)
• No refunds for Jump Start classes 


TOPIC: Marketing and Photography for HS Seniors 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

Rate: $129 per person 
Class limited to 30 attendees 
Suggested equipment to bring: TBA



Fashion Posing and Lighting for Seniors

At 9:00 we are going to start the day shooting. I will have 3 gorgeous models to work with for shooting OCF flash that doesn’t look like flash. I have three sets of lights so there will be plenty of hands on time shooting and building a portfolio.

We’ll head inside and have a roundtable discussion on Senior Model Programs over lunch and you can quiz the models I bring along on anything you want as well. Branding and Marketing is constantly changing. We’ll look at what has worked for me over the last 3 years and what hasn’t as well. Then we’ll get back to shooting. We’ll find some windows for and experiment with that and we’ll look as studio lighting with 1,2,3,4 and 5 light setups.

Through all of the shooting we’ll break posing down so that you learn the elements of posing seniors vs poses that can go out of style. I will bring about 20 triggers, but if you don’t want to share you could purchase a Neewer RT16 trigger and receiver for about $16 on Amazon. Bring your camera and favorite lenses.

GET  TO KNOW DAVID: After pursuing two other careers and enjoying them tremendously, I decided It was time to follow a life-long passion of portrait photography. I started relearning in the late nineties and began David Beckham Photography and set up a basement studio. My goal was to be just like the pioneers of senior photography, Kent Smith and Larry Peters, but cheaper. I had visions of growing to tremendous proportions. Well that dream never happened. As soon as I developed my own fashion based style, my own Senior Model Program, and my own way of using OCF did I make an impact. I opened my studio in 2008 and have seen 15-25% growth every year since. In 2012 I changed to only offering Senior and Fashion photography and my best sales ever. My work has been published in eight national magazines over the last year and I have a TOP 10 photo in the 2016 PPA ‘s Grand Imaging Awards in the Senior category. Senior Style Guide has chosen my work two years in a row for their coveted Hot 100 list.   


THE MARTEN FAMILY - Clark, Rachel and Rudi
TOPIC: Sales and Marketing 

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: TBA 

Rate: $129 per person      
Class is limited to 50 attendees
Suggested equipment to bring: Lap top and/or note taking material






9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: outdoors multiple location  

Rate: $129 per person 
Class is limited to 30 attendees
Suggested equipment to bring: camera and lenses 


ABOUT THIS CLASS: This is an educational lighting and posing class. This is NOT a portfolio building class. Be prepared to walk a lot and be in the elements. This class will include spending time with multiple photographers in a variety of locations at the Sandestin Resort. Attendees will move from station to station throughout the day.