March 16-19, 2017   Navy League Building   Arlington, VA

A native Nebraskan Bill Frakes is a visual storyteller and educator based in Florida who has worked in every US state and in more than 138 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients.  His advertising clients include Apple, Nike, CocaCola, Nikon, Mars, Manfrotto, and Reebok. He directs music videos and television ads.

Editorially, his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. His still photographs and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of Websites as well as on most major television networks. He is currently on the masthead of Sports Illustrated.

He won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo. He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. He has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work.

He has taught at the University of Miami, the University of Florida and the University of Kansas as an adjunct professor and lecturer. During the last five years, he has lectured at more than 100 universities discussing multimedia and photojournalism. Through his production company, Straw Hat Visuals, he prepares educational content that is disseminated in multi touch electronic books and platforms in 22 countries throughout North and South America.

In 2010 and 2013, he served on the jury of World Press Photo.


Maury began his photography career in 1956 as a U.S. Navy Photographer's Mate. During his illustrious Navy career, he was a diver and underwater photographer. He served in Underwater Demolition Team Eleven. With the team he served in three combat tours in Vietnam. He was also a Naval parachutist specializing in free-fall photography and made more than 1,500 jumps. His last assignment before retiring from the Navy was as Photo Chief at Pacific Stars and Stripes, Tokyo where his staff took first, runner-up and almost one half the individual awards in Military Photographer of the Year competition for three years.

Maury retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1975 and worked as a staff photographer with the Associated Press in Boston. After spending four years with AP he became the Director of Photography for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island. After nearly eight years at the Journal he moved to Indianapolis, IN. There he worked as the Director of Photography at The Indianapolis Star for 15 years. He has been a visiting professor at Syracuse University and working with the Military Photojournalism Classes for more than 30 years.


Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Michelle Frankfurter is a documentary photographer from Takoma Park, MD. She graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in English. Before settling in the Washington, DC area, Frankfurter spent three years living in Nicaragua where she worked as a stringer for the British news agency, Reuters and with the human rights organization Witness For Peace documenting the effects of the contra war on civilians. In 1995, a long-term project on Haiti earned her two World Press Photo awards. Since 2000, Frankfurter has concentrated on the border region between the United States and Mexico and on themes of migration. She is a 2013 winner of the Aaron Siskind Foundation grant, a 2011 Top 50 Critical Mass winner, a finalist for the 2011 Aftermath Project and the 2012 Foto Evidence Book Award for her project Destino, documenting the journey of Central American migrants across Mexico. Her first book, Destino was published in September 2014 by Foto Evidence.


Moshe first fell in love with photography while shooting weddings in Israel. Shortly after moving to the U.S. he established himself as a world-renowned photographer specializing in weddings, events, headshots, portraits and fashion photography.

Now with over a decade of photography experience, Moshe is recognized for his innovative use of lighting and color, and a uniquely confident style. His work has earned him countless accolades including recognition in local and national media outlets. Moshe is also a leader in the industry teaching the art and business of photography to thousands of photographers speaking at events including WPPI, PDN PhotoPlus, ShutterFest and intimate workshops across the country.

Moshe is dedicated to client experience, quality craftsmanship, and creating a beautiful final product that both he and his clients are proud of. But most importantly, he is known for his fierce love for his family, friends and spending time with both.


Molly is an independent photographer based in Washington DC, with more than 20 years experience in the wire services.  During her first 14 years in DC, Molly worked for Reuters News Pictures as an editor and photographer covering all aspects of news, politics, sports and entertainment.

Some of her favorite assignments include: Winter Olympics, Stanley Cup hockey, World Series, Triple Crown horse racing, Presidential Inauguration, Volvo Ocean Race, Pope visit to DC, and the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders year-long multi-media project.

In January of 2012 Molly embarked on a freelance career and has enjoyed assignments covering Capitol Hill, the White House, corporate events, weddings, portraits, and a week in the Bahamas documenting the making of the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders Calendar.  Clients have included Associate Press, AFP, UPI, Getty Images, POLITICO, Mclatchy, Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun Marketing Group, The Elders, and many more.  

Molly graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in engineering, and served in the Peace Corps in Zaire in a fish farming program. Molly is an avid boater and being on the water, to her, is just as much as a a necessity of life as photography is.


In addition to being the owner, pilot and pointy-head-in-charge at Propellerheads, Parker Gyokeres was an award winning U.S. Air Force Photojournalist and Chief of Public Affairs who retired in 2014 after 22 years of distinguished service. He has dedicated his life to changing the way we see our world using creativity, enthusiasm and technology.    

A former military media relations instructor, sUAS subject matter expert/speaker and professional photographer, Gyokeres also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. He also advises national clients on the design, operation and deployment of advanced aerial systems for use by photographers, surveyors, cinematographers and military contractors.  

Gyokeres joined the U.S. Air Force in 1992 as a fighter weapons system technician before cross-training to become a public affairs photojournalist in 2006.  His 22 years of worldwide expeditionary experience includes three deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, as well as Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Spain, Alaska, Italy and Iceland.  

He has captured nearly a million images in the course of his award-winning career and merges his passion for photography with his technical expertise as the founder of Propellerheads.  His goal is to show people the power of a better perspective, and to help raise voices and gain understanding through advanced technology.  That, and shooting race cars, explosions, and other similar cool things.     

Recent work includes partnerships with clients such as the United Nations Human Rights Commission, The History Channel, Ford, GM, ESPN, The New York Times, BMW Motorsports, Nike/Air Jordan, The Wu-Tang Clan, the Department of Defense, Tool North America, TerraSmart Solar, Monticello Motor Club, Avalon Bay Properties, Kimco, Holt, GTB, Fake Love, Leftfield Entertainment, Carrot Creative, Pirate Shark Dinosaur, Oheka Castle and The Battleship NJ Foundation.

As a remote control sUAS pilot and builder, he has been active in the study and use of this technology for more than a decade and has extensive experience with the design, construction and operation of both multicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.  Please contact Propellerheads for your next hand-built aerial photography vehicle or personalized professional training program.

He also advocates and educates about the safe, responsible use of small UAVs for aerial photography at speaking and training events nationwide. His goal is to build acceptance and the safe use of this exiting new capability in the hands of professional photographers, filmmakers and artists.  He firmly believes using this technology is no different from the use of helicopters and manned aircraft for aerial photography, but this technology is safer, less expensive and provides much better results in much less time.

As a result of his obsession with safety in all its operations, Propellerheads maintains a perfect safety record.  Please contact Parker for a consultation before your next creative project.