Online Photography Classes and Photographer Mentoring

You love photography and want to turn your craft into a business or take your current business to the next level… but you don’t know where to start. I’ve been there! I started my career 10 years ago working for a large company taking pictures of babies and families. Since then I’ve been a trainer, a quality control manager all for a large photography company, and then went on and started my own business full time.

Scary, right? Especially since my goal was to make a living doing the thing I loved, not just dabble in a hobby while working for someone else.

And I’ve done that.

Being a photographer is so much fun and incredibly rewarding. I mean, you get to work for yourself, right?!? But it can also be frustrating. Since I started, I’ve had to learn how to use a camera and then become proficient. I’ve changed my work ethic, editing, and style numerous times. I’ve been mentored, attended photography workshops and conferences, and hosted workshops. Through all this, I’ve gained insight, tips, and tricks that can help you get where you want to go.

Maybe you're just starting out and want to learn how to make this into a business. Or maybe you’re in an inspirational funk and need some encouragement to get back on track. Whatever it is, my online photography classes and mentoring sessions will take you to the next level. Together, we’ll work together step-by-step to discover your strengths: become proficient with your camera, market to grow your business, master customer service, and nail the little things that will make you stand out above the competition. You’ll leave with a plan to get you where you have dreamed of going with your business.

I am not going to say it is easy by any stretch, but if you are willing to put in the blood, sweat, and work (even tears!), the joy {and profit} will come! And I can show you how.

Beginners Guide to Manual Mode Course 

This series of three online sessions goes over basic information to familiarize you with your DSLR camera. I’ll cover the following:
  • What is in the photographer's toolkit
  • Choosing your camera settings
  • JPEGs versus RAW
  • Shooting in Automatic, Program Mode,
  • Aperture Priority Mode, Shutter Priority Mode or Manual
  • White Balance settings
  • ISO
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture​

Plus, this package includes a 30-minute coaching call. I’ll answer your questions and give you personalized coaching.

Beginners Guide to Lightroom

Take your photography to the next level by learning the basics of Adobe Lightroom. During this online class, I’ll cover:

  • How to download and organize your photos
  • Step-by-step instructions for completing a quick, clean edit
  • Using tools to selectively edit your image
  • Converting your photos to black & white
  • An introduction to the magic of Lightroom presets
  • How to save your newly-edited photographs on your hard drive

Plus, the class includes a 30-minute Q&A call after you’ve gone through the material. I’ll answer your questions and give you personalized help!

photographer mentor sessions

Are you building your photography business? Mentorship is one of the smartest investments you can make. Learn from the experience I’ve gained (and mistakes I’ve made!) building my own successful photography business from the ground up.

12-month photography/business mentor program $199/month

{enrollment open for the January 2019 start!}

This is is your one-stop shop that will cover everything I do from start to finish. You will have me in your back pocket for the whole year! From attracting and booking my dream clients, workflow, shooting, editing, delivery of final images and even the dreaded word... blogging. With this program nothing is off the table, you can ask anything and everything! I'm an open book. You choose what we focus on and what your goals are. This program is a year long mentoring program, and includes lots of coffee, maybe mimosas, tons of feedback and most likely a lot of sarcasm and laughter!

Program includes (but is not limited to):

  • Four 30 minute phone calls a month
  • Access to both online classes
  • Customized doc with all notes and goals that we share
  • Finding your niche and style
  • How to attract and book your ideal client
  • Shooting and posing (or rather not posing - allowing it to be organic and emotional)
  • Finding good light, anywhere and manual camera settings
  • Workflow - from start to finish {you can apply this to the programs of your choice}
  • Client Workflows included
  • Client emails for all communication included
  • Goal setting & constructive feedback on your work and/or website
  • Pricing, product and session types
  • Marketing, collaborating, social media

3-month business mentor program $595

You don’t live in the Chicago area, or don’t have the time to set aside to meet in person? Then these customized over the phone mentoring sessions are for you! Sessions can be on any topic from photography to workflow to business.

This includes:

  • Six hours of time, to be used in 30-minute increments over the course of 3 months
  • Any topic you want to discuss
  • Goal setting
  • Customized doc with notes and goals

in person photography mentor session $695

If you are someone that learns best by doing, let’s shoot a session together! I’ll show you how I use light and location, as well as how I interact and direct my clients. Then it will be your turn to shoot and direct the session as I cheer you on and help you with the technical end of your camera!

The session starts with a 60-minute consultation and gear setup with you, followed by two hours of hands-on photography. We will follow up with a 60-minute meeting to debrief and answer any questions.

If you’re looking for in person Downers Grove photography classes, LaGrange photography classes, Hinsdale photography classes, Western Springs photography classes, or Elmhurst photography classes, I’d love to talk.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you want help picking the right option for you.