PhotoVox: May 2022 – Managing a Photography Business


SPEAKERS | Preston Utley and Bear Gutierrez 

WHEN | Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 6:30 pm (MST)

WHERE | Online (via Zoom – link provided in registration email)

COST | Free for CPAC and ASMP members*; $10 for non-members

*The member discount is now applied at checkout

ABOUT | For May’s PhotoVox event we welcome speakers Preston Utley and Bear Gutierrez, two freelance photographers who have built successful photography businesses from the ground up. This event is a wonderful learning opportunity for any one interested in transforming their creative practice into an independent career. 

General topics to be explored, include:

    > How to find and maintain clients

    > How to manage both a fine art and commercial practice

    > Selling work and marketing strategies

    > Contracts, model releases, insurance, and recommended equipment


Preston Utley, born in Salt Lake City, is a photographer who mines his daily life for subject matter to create mysterious, unexpected, and multilayered images. Utley has exhibited at Leon Gallery in Denver, The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA), and Photoville’s The Fence. He teaches workshops at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. In 2021 Utley’s series Eyes on the Road was published as a monograph by Peanut Press. Since 2013 Utley has self-published a book series titled The Snapshot Diaries, his books are in the permanent collection at the Phoenix Art Museum and Denver Art Museum. Preston Utley currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

Barry “Bear” Gutierrez is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer based in Denver, Colorado, who has built a business around his talent and reputation in the photography industry.

Bear has helped companies build their BRAND’s through powerful visuals since 2009. With a foundation in photojournalism, Bear provides a dynamic array of photography for businesses and agencies that include advertising campaigns, marketing roll-outs, annual reports, executive and creative portraits.

Prior to launching his company in 2009, he worked as a staff photographer at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver for 10 years after earning a bachelor’s degree in Western Kentucky University’s premier photojournalism program. In 2012, he was published on the front pages on more than 100 newspapers, magazines, and websites across the globe for his coverage of the Aurora Theater shootings. Gutierrez lives in Denver with his wife, Fairlight, two sons Sol, 11 and Cal, 1.


PhotoVox is a monthly program offered by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center to help you strengthen your artistic voice with the support of other photographers and artists in the Denver Metro community. Meetings are held monthly at either CPAC’s downtown gallery or virtually on Zoom, and feature discussions led by local arts and community leaders. Three sessions per year are dedicated to portfolio sharing.