Animal Image Makers

2020 Conference

April 16-19, 2020

About Us

Pet/Animal Photography Education at its Best

Canon Explorer of Light Chas Glatzer discusses wildlife photography at the 2019 AIM Conference.


The  Animal Image Makers conference was created as a means to serve the growing number of international pet and animal photographers by offering top-notch  photographic education along with the opportunity to network with peers and mentors working in the same field.  While other conventions tend to offer one or two short seminars about pet photography, this conference is 100% about the animals and the business of photographing our four-legged friends. Some of the top animal photography educators have been brought together to offer a one-of-a-kind experience.  This conference is hosted by TCPPA (Twin Cities Professional Photographer's Association), a PPA affiliate in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Highly Qualified Educators


We know that learning is easier when you have excellent instructors.  Our instructors are passionate about the subjects they teach and bring this enthusiasm into their seminars and courses.  

Wide Variety of Courses

Attendees of the 2019 Animal Image Makers Conference interact during one of the programs.

Whether you're looking for technical training, a best practice seminar, or a studio management course, we can help. All of our programs focus on pet and animal photography and running a successful business in this niche industry.

Conference Schedule

Download your 2020 AIM Conference schedule below!

2020 Schedule (pdf)




"From the moment I met someone new, I already understood we were connected.  It was like finding my long lost tribe (thanks to you all!).  The coordinators, speakers, and attendees were inspiring...exactly what I need to reignite my passion."  - Charly Becoming, GA

"I have been to many conferences, but there was something very special about AIM.  From the speakers to the trade show to the attendees, AIM was a true joy, a learning experience and time well spent!  I came home wanting more, wishing it was a whole week long!  This conference was so well put together and run, I am already looking forward to 2020!" -   Kimberly Buccheri, NH

"I have never felt so “in the  right place” with so many wonderful people.  That, on top of being incredible photographers who have hearts of gold and are running successful businesses that make a difference!!!" - Sabina Lawson, CO

"It was so wonderful to connect to so many of the people we know online! We bonded over our shared interests and it was such an informative and great time. I cannot wait to go again!" - Laurie Arnold, IN

"The difference between online learning and in person learning...relationships! Priceless!" - Kerri Weiss, IL

"Thank you to everyone who made this conference happen - it far exceeded my expectations!  If you guys aren't professional event planners, you should be.  I mean it!"

"Amazing conference! Learning in person from some of the best pet photographers in the world can't be beat!"  - Ellen Zangla, VA

PPA Merits

Continuing Education Merits

The Animal Image Makers Conference is hosted by Professional Photographers of America Affiliate TCPPA (Twin Cities Professional Photographer's Association).  Because of this relationship, PPA has approved AIM as a continuing education event.  All PPA members who attend the full conference will receive a merit for attending.  

In addition, both full-day pre-conference workshops are ALSO approved as continuing education events, so attendees in these classes will receive an additional merit.

Thanks PPA!