2024 Instructor Biographies

This section contains biographies of FOTOfusion presenters that will be present this year.

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Joyce Tenneson

Haunting, ethereal, pensive, mystical, – all of these words describe the photographic style of Joyce Tenneson. Her photos command a complex and intense emotional response from the viewer, which has made Tenneson one of the leading photographers of her generation. Her work is a mysterious alchemy of sensuality and spirituality lit in an almost otherworldly glow.

Tenneson is the author of sixteen books including the bestseller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Lucie Awards for Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 and Portrait Photographer of the Year in 2019, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America. Tenneson was the recipient of the FOTOfusion 2015 FOTOmentor Award.

Debra Weiss

DEBRA WEISS, a former agent, a consultant for the former Black Book and CEO of APA National, Debra now primarily works with photographers one on one. As a lecturer and moderator, Debra has created several programs designed to educate and entertain.
Debra has served as curator for several exhibitions including The Best of the International Photography Awards, HARAMBEE! Craft & Folk Art Museum, LA;  An exhibit of Pulitzer Prize and other award winning images (Javits Center, NYC);  works by Scott Caan and Sara Terry (The Photo Independent Art Fair) and curatorial contributions to Virtual Photo Independent.


Janice Wendt

Janice Wendt is one of the Photographic industry’s most respected retouch and image enhancement artist.  Well known as the Trainer to the Trainers, she has more than 30 years experience in nature, commercial, wedding and portrait photography. Janice brings traditional techniques she learned through years of working with sensitized products into digital imaging, creating the ever elusive WOW image factor.  Janice can be found working closely with several companies in an educational  capacity, including Athentech Imaging, Tamron and Wacom. She is well known for her extensive knowledge and creative techniques using, Perfectly Clear, Nik Collection as well as other Photoshop and Lightroom Plug-ins. 

Ben Willmore

Ben Willmore’s passion for photography has taken him to all 50 states in the USA and over 80 countries on all seven continents. He has been using Photoshop since the first day it was released, wrote his first book on the topic over 20 years ago, and was one of the first dozen people to be inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Ben has taught well over 100,000 people in person at events in 17 countries and his writing has been translated into 9 languages. 

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