How to take yourself seriously as a photographer

Event Date: 
Mon, 10/16/2017 - 6:00pm to Sun, 10/22/2017 - 7:00pm

"How to take yourself seriously as a photographer", a virtual summit presented by Spiffy Eats & Giggle Water from Monday October 16-Sunday October 22.

Join us for a week of interviews with four brilliant professionals as we discuss the steps you need to take your photography from hobby to business.

Meet your host Jessica Furniss, the owner and author of Spiffy Eats & Giggle Water.

Photo by Nathalie Ellison

Jessica is a professional food photographer, food stylist, and published author who calls Birmingham, AL home. Her still life photographs have been featured in magazines, blogs, and online publications and her food photography workshops have educated and inspired food photographers in her local area. Jessica belives in simplifying life's complications by making time to enjoy all the beauty life has to offer. Read more about Jessica.

Emilie Maynor "Work life balance" Monday October 16th 6:00 PM

As an Integrative Health Coach, Emilie creates a supportive environment that enables you to manage your health and lifestyle goals. She has studied all the major dietary theories and uses practical lifestyle coaching methods to guide you in discovering which approach works best for you. She coaches her clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline. Emilie is a Birmingham, AL based coach who has helped people from all walks of life learn how to lead a more balanced and rewarding life. Her many years of experience and education are only surpassed by her gifts of compassion and empathy. Read more about Emilie on

Mandy Shunnarah "How to pitch to publications" Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 PM

Mandy Shunnarah is a writer and editor from Birmingham, Alabama, who is now based in Columbus, Ohio. Her creative nonfiction essays and journalism have been published in newspapers, monthly magazines, alt-weeklies, literary magazines, and several blogs. When she's not writing, she can likely be found reading, cuddling her three cats, or sometimes both. Check out her work at

Lynsey Weatherspoon "How to land clients" Postponed rescheduled date to be announced

Lynsey Weatherspoon Photography

Lynsey is an Atlanta and Birmingham (AL) based commercial, portrait and editorial photographer. Her intensity for photography has allowed her to meet people from all walks of life. She is active in the photography community, teaching people about the business and communication side of photography. Lynsey is one of the most dynamic professionals in her field. Her ability to capture beautiful, honest moments with her lens continues to land her big name clients and amazing opportunities. Read more about Lynsey at

Sherri Ross "How to stay inspired when things get tough" Sunday, October 22 at 6:00 PM

Tosha Gaines Photography

Sherri Ross is an activist, writer, smile maker, and entrepreneur. Early on, her love of technology led her to a career in information systems where she currently specializes in Amazon Web Services. In 2016, she combined her passion for problem solving with helping people to launch Encouragement Encounters on the side, personalized encouragement sessions to help remind people how amazing they truly are and navigate some of life’s chaotic roads. When she’s not working on AWS or in an EE session, she can be found around town doing Birmingham Dance Walks or a Free Hugs Birmingham campaign. You can find more information about her at