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 the 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 


THE MARTENS with David Hillton - The Marten family includes: Rachel, Clark and Rudi Marten. - LIMITED AVAILABILITY - RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY 

Everyone who attends this class will receive gifts and chances to win over $7,000 in prizes. See more here. 


TOPIC: Sales and Marketing 

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Cameillia 1 

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



Fundamentals of the Million Dollar Studio: It’s not about the money...it’s about being the best you want to be!


Anyone who wants to turn their portrait photography business into a highly successful business must understand the fundamental models that drive the best portrait photographers in the industry.


In this class you’ll learn:


  • Essential marketing models that aren't based on hope, but predictable results.

  • Organizational structures that are the foundations of any high achiever’s business.

  • Sales systems and practices that move the decision away from price and about the image and emotion.

  • What top photographers are doing to stand out in a crowded market.

  • How to create the systems needed to simplify your everyday life.

  • The distinguishing characteristics of million dollar studios -- the way they think!

  • How you can get on the photography career path to grossing a million dollars.


This is not about quick fixes. It is about the innovative application of proven business techniques to the photography industry. Isn’t it about time you put your business on the path to becoming the best you want it to be -- personally, creatively, financially?

The class includes the following bonuses and potential prizes: 

1. Free Tshirt for each student in the class. 
2. The Photographer's Business Audit home study course for each student in the class. 
3. VIP social with the students of the class and other industry leaders. 
4. Your chance to win lunch or dinner with the Martens during SYNC 2018. 
5. Your chance to fly to Montana to spend two days mentoring with the Martens - ALL EXPENSES PAID. 

Over $7,900 worth of possible bonuses for only $129 (with your SYNC 2018 registration) 



SEE THE LIGHT 2  - Sponsored by H&H Color Lab 

Everyone who attends this class gets a goodie bag from H&H Color Lab! 

A photo Safari with fresh and inspiring content from some of SYNC's most award-winning photographers. Learn posing and lighting techniques with HS Senior models in and around the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. You will spend hours in a small group getting techniques, tips, and tricks from these award-winning photographers: 


At the conclusion of the class, if time allows, sit down with these influencers for a Q and A on the ins and outs of high school senior photography. 

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

Rate: $129 per person 
Class is limited to 25 attendees
Suggested equipment to bring: camera and lenses - lighting equipment is not needed. 


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. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: The invited instructors are multiple award-winning photographers. They have consistently won many of the top trophies at the SYNC Awards throughout the years. The welcoming atmosphere of a SYNC event continues as these top photographers share openly with you how to capture award-winning portraits!  


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 are 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 for 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.