Events and Environments


Everywhere you go at SYNC, you'll see photographers connecting through the events and environments listed below. When you connect with others you will start to see a change in yourself and your business. The main stage classes are awesome and you should not miss them, but the real fun happens when you are in small groups and in one on one conversations. SYNC Environments are made and designed with you in mind.  

FEEL THE ENERGY OF OPENING NIGHT!                                               

The excitement begins on opening night as you see your photography friends for the first time in nearly a year. After the high fives and hugs, it's time to get down to business with our keynote presenter Jon Acuff. Don't miss this dynamic program that will begin your journey at SYNC 2018. 

Don't be late as you never know what type of surprises are in store on the opening night of the SYNC Ten Year Celebration!  



Immediately following our opening keynote, attendees will move to the lower level to celebrate 10 years of SYNC! Events include The Grand Opening of the Trade Show, refreshments and appetizers, entertainment and much more! Join us as we celebrate our 10-year journey! 


Our new evening programs will take help you find a Starting Point on your journey. Join Gary Box on Saturday night as he explores the world of lighting, posing, and workflow. On Sunday night, Paul and Mellisa Pruitt will take us on a journey through the world of business. These relaxed educational opportunities are available to all SYNC Attendees. No matter where you are in your photography journey everyone needs a Starting Point to grow as a creative entrepreneur. 


Saturday: Gary Box: Your Journey through Lighting and Workflow  - sponsored by ACI 
Sunday: Paul Pruitt and Melisa Escaro: Your journey through Business - sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging 

WHERE IDEAS DEVELOP                                                                          

Sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging, the SYNC Lounge is an environment designed for attendees to gather and share ideas. The relaxing furniture and creative vignettes will inspire your thinking and get the ideas flowing during breaks and evening downtime. Enjoy evening snacks and refreshments provided by Miller's Professional Imaging.  

Faith + Worship                                                                                 

Faith is an important part of the SYNC Event. At the Sunday morning faith + worship service you will never be met with shame, guilt, or condemnation because of your faith. Our service will have grace, mercy, and inspiration. Everyone is welcome as we talk to God through popular worship songs and hear an inspirational message from a guest speaker. The worship service is optional, but we know your life will be changed if you join us. 

SYNC Urban Shoot Out                                                                

After a successful first run in 2017, the Shoot Out is back! This straight out of camera competition will be sure to fire up your creativity. Attendees will have the opportunity to photograph using Panasonic Lumix cameras on a specially designed set you will only find at SYNC. This contest is during the trade show hours and will be first-come-first serve. Judges will pick a winner and one lucky attendee will be showered with prizes! More details will be available at the event. 

Win Prizes from: 

Panasonic and more 


SYNC Sports Stadium                                                                       

Located in the trade show this is the perfect spot for you to get some additional education about volume sports, schools and other events. Join host Jeff Gump and industry-leading sports photographers as they present mini sessions throughout the trade show hours. Grab some popcorn and snacks as well! Be sure to check on-site signage for the complete schedule.  

Sports Stadium Speakers: 

Lisa Mallis 
Haley Hamaker 
Jeff Gump 
Nancy Tillberg
Leigh LaForest
Eric Miller
Jamie House
Dave Stock
Dan Frievalt 



Closing Party                                                                                   

Have you ever left a party early to hear the next day about everything you missed? Well, at SYNC  you will want to stay until the very last minute. When reserving your hotel room and making flight arrangements, don't leave SYNC until Tuesday morning.  


After the SYNC Awards presentation, Get ready to party with one all of your new and old friends. It's the perfect ending to a fantastic event. 

Check back for our 2018 Entertainment. 


Past events: 

2009 - The Black and White Party

2010 - DJ and Super Bowl ticket giveaway

2011 - Dueling Pianos 

2012 - Spazmatics - Live Party Band!  

2013 - Super Bowl Party 

2014 - VoicePlay - as seen on NBC's The Sing-Off 

2015 - National recording artist - Justin James  

2016 - Haywire - Live Party Band!

2017 - CLUB SYNC with DJ Fortini

2018 - 80's Totaly Tubular Party with DJ Fortini