The fact is, more images are being stolen from professional creators than ever before. Chances are, your images are being used right now without permission or compensation.
Loss prevention strategies are important to every business – they are especially important in the photography business where images are so easily and frequently stolen.
Michael is an award-winning, internationally renowned director and photographer of celebrity portraits, advertising and editorial commissions, private collections, and fine art.
One of the world’s most respected and sought-after visual storytellers, his artistic, conceptual vision and signature dramatic lighting create images that are evocative, sophisticated, ironic, and comedic. He has created iconic portraits of some of the most recognized stars in the entertainment business – most recently Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Will Ferrell, and Penelope Cruz.
On the leading edge of photographic technology and innovation, Michael is also a celebrated speaker on creativity and his distinctive lighting and directorial techniques.
Michael has 30 years of experience in the industry, working for the Associated Press, The Boston Herald, People Magazine, and presently, as a freelance cover-shooter. He also has extensive experience in creating successful web platforms with highly discoverable imagery.
Based in Los Angeles, Elizabeth Waterman is a portrait and fine art photographer. Her clients have included MS Magazine and fashion designers Elie Tahari and Marc Jacobs.
Elizabeth’s distinctive images, which celebrate the spirit of the Millennial generation’s emergence and transformation, and the steamy, gaudy essence of urban nightlife, have been featured in shows at the old Limelight Church/Jue Lan Club (NYC), Wallplay (NYC), and Olson-Irwin (Sydney). Online, her works have been auctioned on artnet and showcased on L’Oeil de La Photographie.
Since 2014, Elizabeth has managed creative production teams in New York at her company Black + Gold, and in 2018, she became CMO and Vice-President of Image Defenders, a former firm that protected the copyrights of high-end photographers worldwide.
Ken is a Senior Partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Hertz, Lichtenstein, Young and Polk, LLP. He and his partners specialize in representing talent and new media companies in the sports and entertainment industries. The firm's clients include Will Smith, Gwen Stefani, Calvin Harris, Idris Elba, The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, Sir Ken Robinson, Keith Richards, Herbie Hancock, Jason Mraz, David Blaine, Shaun White, Jamie Oliver, and Annie Leibovitz.
Furthermore, Ken is a principal in memBrain, an entertainment marketing and strategy consulting firm that serves clients including Hasbro, McDonald's, and Logitech.
A frequent speaker and commentator on entertainment and marketing, Ken is the host of TEDxHollywood and has been frequently quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. In addition, he has appeared on CNBC's monthly news magazine Business Nation and taught at both USC and the Graduate School of Management at UCLA.