Main Stage Presentation Times and Topic:
- 4:00 p.m. – Luck is a State of Mind
In this wild ride through decades of bearing witness to sweeping change, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Nikon Ambassador Deanne Fitzmaurice will share the personal philosophy that helps her capture jaw-dropping images. Using the pivotal stories she covered as a staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle for 20 years and a wide range of personal and freelance projects, Deanne drills down into what makes a memorable photograph and shares tips on using the art of storytelling for maximum impact. Ready to up your game? Join us for a memorable presentation and a chance to ask questions.
About Deanne Fitzmaurice
For more than two decades, Deanne Fitzmaurice served as an eyewitness to sweeping change across the Bay Area of San Francisco, as a photojournalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, documenting the worst Earthquake in nearly a century, pivotal Supreme Court rulings, significant wars involving the U.S., roaring climate change, and sports. Her work for the Chronicle garnered the attention of global publications and soon she was shooting and creating stories for National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and others. One photographic essay, documenting a young Iraqi war victim named Saleh, earned her the Pulitzer Prize. This Nikon Ambassador has won multiple top prizes from Pictures of the Year International, AI-AP American Photography, Communication Arts, NPPA, and others.
Today, Deanne spends her behind-the-lens time shooting for the world’s most iconic brands, including Amazon, Apple, Nike and Google, helping nonprofit organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tell their stories, and documenting moments and individuals who spark her enthusiasm. A highly sought-after storyteller, Deanne lectures at Stanford University and shares her insights and reflections on life, creativity, business acumen, and cultivating a winning mindset with corporate, industry, and student audiences worldwide. When she’s not on the move, Deanne and her photographer husband, Kurt Rogers, help guide Think Tank, the cult camera bag business they co-founded.