Marketing Essentials International Announces Launch of Skip's Summer School -- A Third Season of Outstanding Photographic Education

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Pulitzer Prize Winner, Vincent LaForet Joins Skip's Summer School 2011 Faculty

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Now in its third season, Summer School 2011 is an outstanding venue for aspiring and working professional photographers.

It’s year three for Skip’s Summer School and founder, Skip Cohen, is once again launching what has repeatedly been described as one of the best educational programs in the professional photographic community.

“We have an all-star faculty and I’m ecstatic that Pulitzer Prize winner, Vincent LaForet will be joining us as our closing speaker for the conference. A major direction for the complete Summer School series has been to focus on diversity and new technologies. Vincent is known for his forward-thinking approach to image-making and storytelling. It’s a real honor to have him join us and a program our attendees will find incredibly valuable,” commented Cohen.

This year’s faculty includes, Scott Bourne, Jules Bianchi and Joy Bianchi-Brown, Clay Blackmore, Bambi Cantrell, Skip Cohen, Tony Corbell, Bob Davis, Jerry Ghionis, Doug Gordon, Kevin Kubota, Tamara Lackey, Vincent LaForet, Bobbi Lane, Matthew Jordan Smith and Roberto Valenzuela. New programming for 2011 includes a full day of demonstration/hands-on shooting with special concentration on lighting. Attendees will be able to chose three two-hour hands-on programs from eight different instructors on the second day of Summer School.

Just like the incredible talent of the faculty, sponsors announced so far for this year’s event are equally impressive: Albums Inc, Animoto, Asukabook, Backgrounds by Maheu, Bay Photo Lab, Canon, CLIQ, DWF, GhostRighters, GoingPro, H&H Color Lab, Marathon Press,Nik Software, Photodex, Photofocus, Profoto, PWSPI, SmugMug, Tamron, WHCC and X-Rite.

Summer School 2011 will be held at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas starting late Sunday afternoon July 31 and ending at 12:30 pm on August 3.

"We're very happy with the new relationship with the Mirage Hotel. The space we're using is perfect for this kind of programming. Plus, the Mirage has a special room rate for our attendees."

The cost to attend Skip's Summer School is only $279. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend eleven different programs over the three days. Plus, networking with the various speakers, other attendees and vendors adds a dimension not easily found at larger programs. There's also a special discount for alumni of previous Summer Schools, giving them an opportunity to get a 50% or full rebate of their tuition. Complete information is available on the Summer School site.

For more information about Skip’s Summer School, contact Skip Cohen at Skip(at)mei500(dot)com. Full information on the complete program is available at http://www.mei500.com.

About Marketing Essentials International: MEI is a full service consulting firm involved in a variety of projects all centered around the photographic industry, primarily photographic education. Founded almost two years ago by Skip Cohen, past president of Rangefinder Publishing and WPPI, other projects and websites include Skip's Photo Network, GoingPro,PWSPI, GhostRighters and the Akron Photo Series.

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