Speaker for your event - smartphone photography

Finally, a presentation topic everyone will learn and rave about!

Mike James was a guest speaker at the Victorian Small Business Festival

Finding a quality and unique speaker and topic is difficult in the social media space. They all start to sound the same! You want something unique that will have people talking about long after your event.

Everyone has a phone – and they love taking photos in their professional and personal lives.

We all share the frustration of not knowing how to easily make them look amazing and stand out.

Taking incredible images is so much more than the tap of the screen. I will show your attendees the hidden features, practical jargon-free techniques, apps and how to edit the image to create WOW photos that they are proud to post and share.

The skills learned are life-long and will be associated with your event when your attendees are confidently capturing memories and creating stories.

A little bit about me

Delivering hundreds of in-person workshops, I have combined twenty years of experience in photography and mentoring to be able to deliver extraordinary value, in an engaged and intelligent way.

Well aware of how brutal it is to sit in front of an ‘expert’ keynote speaker who reads their presentation - my style is very dynamic, passionate and inclusive of the audience. 

My infectious enthusiasm comes from being on a mission to help your attendees become more photography literate; priding myself on avoiding any technical jargon – leaving you and your audience educated, inspired and ready to create stunning images. Read more about my why and motivations.

Mike James - Smartphone Photography Educator and Speaker

What to expect

  • After your consideration - complete the below contact form below
  • We will have an initial discussion to understand your needs and identify if we are a good fit.
  • I will deliver a presentation that is educational and entertaining and tailored to your audience.
  • I will provide a unique resources page for your audience to access at any time for future reference
  • After the event, we will have a debrief to make sure that I met your expectations.

Jargon-free topics I can cover:

  • Quick camera phone specific techniques and tips
  • Identify how to create visual impact and engagement in your photos
  • How to set up a photo to best capture the story
  • Recommended iPhone and Android photo capture and editing apps
  • Overcoming limitations of the phone, using techniques, accessories and apps 
  • Basic, through to advanced photographic theory and photo editing workflows
  • List of topics I currently deliver

What clients have to say

Client Testimonial - Graeme Anderson Agriculture Development and Extension - Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Our team takes lots of iPhone photos as part of agricultural extension work. Mike ran a great session that had everyone engaged and we all learned about some great tips and apps that we've been using since to improve the photos we post in our communications work.

Graeme Anderson

Agriculture Extension
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources

Liz Grant - Client Testimonial Business Strategy | Marketing | Innovation | Customer Insights at Small Business Smart Business

The universal applicability of photos in business and Mikes' interactive, engaging style results in large workshop attendances. His workshops saves our customers time and frustration, by giving them practical tips to implement straight away. 

Mike's presentations are dynamic and captivate the audience, who are just amazed and excited by what they can achieve on a mobile phone camera.

Liz Grant

Business Strategy - Marketing - Innovation - Customer Insights
Small Business Smart Business

Kate Houlgate - Client Testimonial - Visitor Insights - City of Melbourne

Using social media for my job I wanted to improve the quality of my photos I post. Mike was a fantastic teacher and I learnt a lot over the two hours. It’s hard to believe what you can do with your Smartphone! I’ve been able to immediately put many of the tips into practice and would highly recommend his courses. Thanks Mike.

Kate Houlgate

Visitor Insights - City of Melbourne

Client Testimonial - Elise Getson - Business Events Geelong

I joined the workshop to learn how to take WOW images, for work reasons and for my own personal images too. The session was great and useful for people with all levels of technology knowledge. I learned some handy information that I will now use on a day to day basis. Mike was friendly and very knowledgeable. Thanks

Elise Getson

Marketing and Communications Officer
Business Events Geelong

Client Testimonial - Jurgen Martz - Franchise Owner Guttervac

Mike's workshop really opened up my eyes on what is achievable with these devices. The workshop format was very flexible and allowed me to ask lots of questions based on the types of photos I take both for work and personally. Mike's knowledge of both camera and editing apps was amazing.

Jurgen Martz

Franchise Owner

Jurgen Strauss - Client Testimonial - Innovabiz

Mike's workshop is clearly presented, well organised and a lot of fun. Mike is very knowledgeable and presents the information in a jargon-free, non-judgmental manner with a lot of positive re-enforcement and tips to improve your photographs. I highly recommend the course to all who want to get more from their smartphone camera.

Jürgen Strauss

Online Marketing Strategist

Client Testimonilal - Kathryn McCauley - Social Media Consultant - A guide to consulting services

The workshop has helped me to move out of my mobile photography 'comfort zone' and start experimenting with other editing apps and more features of my iPhone. The FB group is a great follow up support as the news skills will take time to develop. Thanks Mike for answering all my questions and the great follow up.

Kathryn McCauley

Social Media Consultant
A Guide to Consulting Services

Client Testimonial - Lakshmi Cashmor - Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine

Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine members learnt how to create better mobile photos which create higher quality marketing content to promote themselves and the region.

Lakshmi Cashmore

Industry Development Officer
Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine

Client Testimonial - Ebony Flett - Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism

We arranged smartphone photography training with Mike for tourism businesses, which truly delivered on our goal of giving people simple tips and tools to help them capture more engaging professional photos using their phone.

Ebony Flett

Business Events Officer
Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism

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