Meet the Instructors

Get to know the instructors for the 2019 Lincoln County Photo Festival – June 21st & 22nd

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Alyce Bender

Impressionistic Photography | Wildlife Photography

Often the solo adventuress, Bender roams the globe, exploring Earth’s natural beauty. Her images have been featured in galleries from New York to Las Vegas, while her work as an international artist has been recognized from Japan to the U.K.

Bender is happiest in the field and passionate about sharing unique animals and environments from around the world in hopes of connecting people to the planet through imagery. She believes that connection is key to promoting environmental awareness and protecting vulnerable species and their habitats.

Currently, based out of Las Vegas, she travels the Southwest in an RV with her two dogs while taking periodic international trips. When she isn’t leading tours or teaching classes, she writes location guides and blogs about her adventures on her website while sharing images on Instagram and Facebook.

See Alyce Bender’s work: Website | Instagram | Facebook

Mikel J. Conrad

Environmental Portraits | Tips for Editing Photos

Mikel J. Conrad is the owner of Mikel’s Photography & Design for the past 15 years & a professional photographer for 25 years.  Mikel has lived in Henderson since he was 2 years old. He married the girl next door and together they raised their four kids in their hometown. Mikel’s life time residency has allowed him to love and cherish his community. Mikel, along with his 3 sons are all Eagle Scouts. He has served in the scouting & young men’s program within the LDS Church for over 35 years. He has a love for the outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing & doing landscape photography. Mikel’s Mother was born in Pioche, so he knows the area and has spent many years at his grandmother’s home and camping here.

Mikel worked as the main photographer and studio manager at Photography by Van in Las Vegas for 10 years.  From there, Mikel opened his own studio, Mikel’s Photography & Design, in 2004.  Specializing in family, high school senior and executive portraits, in the studio or on location, Mikel is considered, by many, to be the BEST portrait photographer in the valley.  Mikel has also taught Basic Photography at CSN for 2 semesters.

Mikel’s Photography & Design has been described by clients as being the friendliest, most relaxed and creative environment to have your portraits taken in. With 25 years of experience, Mikel has developed a passion for capturing each individual’s true character in every image to tell their story.

See Mikel J Conrad’s work: WebsiteTwitter | YouTube

Sally French

Drone Photography

Sally, also known as “The Drone Girl,” is a world-renowned expert in drones, having been quoted in publications including The New York Times and Consumer Reports. She has shared her passion for drones at major events like South by Southwest (SXSW), Harvard Business School’s Making Robotics Fly” and has led multiple seminars at conferences including InterDrone and the Commercial UAV Expo.

Sally was also named one of Fortune Magazine’s “4 top women shaping the drone industry,” and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri.

Sally first got interested in drones when she served as a photographer and producer at the Missouri School of Journalism’s drone journalism program in its inaugural year. The first “drone journalism” she did was produce a video for Harvest Public Media in which footage from a drone documents a prairie fire.

Her drone photography has appeared in outlets including the San Francisco Chronicle and NPR.

See Sally French’s Work: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

Michael Okimoto

Sports/Action Photography

Michael Okimoto has called Northern Nevada home for the last 20 years. He currently owns a commercial photography business in the Reno that has been in operation since August 2014. Previously he managed a commercial studio in Reno for 11 years.

In his work, you will discover the passion that drives a photographer to create compelling images for the viewer.

His recent work has been for focused on tourism and adventure lifestyle photography.

See Michael Okimoto’s work: Website | Instagram | Facebook

Shawn & Corinne Severn

Camera Refresher | Night Sky Photography | Travel Photography | Sunset & Landscape Photography

Shawn and Corinne are writers, photographers and adventurers from Las Vegas, Nevada.  Their primary areas of specialization are long exposure landscapes of the desert and mountain areas of the southwest and the northwest mountains and rain forests.  They also travel extensively telling stories with their travel photographs.

They have published numerous articles and sell their landscape photographs on their website ( and as wall art though Image Conscious, Inc. (  To inspire others to tell their own travel stories with photographs and text, they developed the Crafty Travel Journal – Salish Sea Edition (   Shawn and Corinne also teach workshops and classes in Landscape Photography, Desert Night Sky Photography, and Travel Photography at University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). This is their second year as instructors at the Lincoln County Photo Festival and they look forward to meeting and working with other participants.

See Shawn & Corinne Severn’s work: Website | Instagram | Facebook


Take part in the many photography workshops happening at the Lincoln County Photo Festival. One ticket gets you in all events both days! Sign up below!

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