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.
Rich is the former Director of Photography at the National Geographic, Topeka Capital Journal, and Denver Post. He was also a longtime contract photographer for Sports Illustrated and founder of Clarkson Creative and Summit Workshops.

Chris Steppig

Owner / 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.

Sara Stein

Social Media

Sara is a conservation photographer from Orange County, California who splits her time between working in marketing and documenting the urban nature of Southern California. She started her Summit journey as a student at our 2017 Nature Workshop in Jackson, WY and now manages our online marketing. Her work has been published in Outdoor Photographer and When she's not out taking pictures or stuck in Los Angeles traffic, she can be found playing her favorites video games.


Julio Aguilar

Workshop Staff

Hailing from the Tampa Bay area, Julio has worked in nearly every position on the production side of photography for over a decade. Ranging from ad-campaigns to event photography, Julio primarily works as a photographer specializing in light, focused on architectural, aerial, sport-action, and portrait photography.
In the education world, Julio is a part of the Summit Workshop Team at a variety of workshops including Lighting, Sports, Adventure, and Nature. Julio has assisted Dave Black in both commercial and educational work for over four years and is on the production staff at Photoshop World Conference.
Julio is a Part 107 Commercial UAS Pilot License holder and a member of the Professional Photographers of America including TAPPA.

Matt Stirn

Program Manager

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.