Staff

Rich Clarkson

Rich Clarkson

Workshop Founder

Rich started the Summit Workshops over 30 years ago due to the importance of networking and education in photography.

Chris Steppig

Workshop Director

Chris runs the annual series of workshops and is in charge of all workshop operations, scheduling, logistics, faculty, social media, marketing and sponsorship. Chris has a passion for conservation, travel, and education and the workshops are a dream platform to help others reach new heights as not only photographers but as people.
Chris is also an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers. The iLCP is a U.S. based non-profit whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. This affiliation provides a tremendous opportunity to help deliver great content and also be an advisor on matters large and small.

Stephanie Drews

Workshop Staff

Stephanie Drews is a photographer based in Southern California who specializes in behind-the-scenes storytelling and candid portraiture. She is a huge fan of documentary photography, and she owns more photo books than she does shoes. Earning her MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, Stephanie has spent the last five plus years documenting the combat sport community in Los Angeles. She’s photographed everything from UFC athletes in Las Vegas to kick boxing in the Netherlands to Brazilian jiu jitsu in Santiago, Chile. Her favorite part of any story is the people she encounters, and she considers the friendships she’s developed through her photography to be her greatest achievement.

Matt Stirn

Workshop Staff

Matt is a photographer and archaeologist from Jackson, Wyoming. The majority of his work focuses on travel, nature, and cultural and environmental conservation. He is a National Fellow for the Explorer's Club and has worked as a senior photographer and on assignment for archaeological and conservation projects on four continents. Matt's work has been published in National Geographic Adventure, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Wild Planet Photo Magazine, Archaeology Magazine, and Photographers Without Borders Magazine. When not on assignment or digging in an excavation, Matt can be found sampling strange food or sipping artisanal beverages while planning the next grand adventure.

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Julio Aguilar

Workshop Staff

Hailing from the Tampa Bay area, Julio has worked with an extensive variety of ad campaigns, commercial projects, and sport assignments while honing the craft, sharpening his vision, and mastering the mystery of light. Julio is a part of the Summit Team at a variety of workshops including Lighting, Sports, Adventure, and Nature.

Sue Cedarholm

Sue Cedarholm

Workshop Staff

Trained as a visual artist, Sue Cedarholm has lived in Jackson Hole for over a quarter century and gained recognition as a nature photographer, painter and designer of wearable, nature-related art attire. She has used the Tetons as her basecamp for travel to far-flung corners of the globe. For over 12 years Cedarholm has been field assistant with her mentor, Thomas D. Mangelsen, and co-leader and organizer of numerous photographic expeditions. Cedarholm has guided clients on trips across the globe to the Arctic, coastal Alaska, South Georgia Island, Antarctica, the Serengeti, Patagonia, and Pantanal. In recent years, she has written for the online magazine, Mountain Journal (mountainjournal.org), where her column, Watercolor Diary, features plein air works completed as part of a mission to create one new artwork every day for a year. Her photographs have also appeared in print publications and she has served on several boards in the Jackson Hole community, including the board of the Grand Teton Association and The Art Association.