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Photography Classes and Photographer Mentoring

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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 13 years ago doing sessions for family and friends, then working for a large company taking pictures of others' babies and families. Since then I’ve been a trainer, a quality control manager for a large national 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 not earning a living, all 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 in it. 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 legal, profitable business. Or maybe you’re in an inspirational funk and need some encouragement to get back on track. Whatever it is, my mentoring sessions will take you to the next level. Together, we’ll work together step-by-step to discover your strengths: marketing 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.


Rock Your Shots Photography Classes

*all photography classes are available January through March and are now open to register for 2020*

Do you have or did you get a new fancy camera and you are not sure how to REALLY use it? You are not alone. I am here to help you get out of auto mode and make your images look more like what you see before you hit that shutter button! As a previous field operations manager for a national photography company, I have years of experience in creating and delivering training programs to novices all the way through professional photographers. Teaching others has always been a second passion of mine. Below you will find options for beginner photographer classes all the way to mentorships to help build your photography business. Read through and find what fits you best! You can find information to register HERE. I can't wait to help you dig into the logistics, fun and creative sides of learning your camera!

Beginner Photography Class

This class is in person and hands on in the Downers Grove studio. You do need to have a DSLR camera with the option for interchangeable lenses. If you need help or guidance with this, do not hesitate to reach out to me. Class is about 4 hours in length and will end with a Q&A and homework to start implementing what you have learned in class. You will also have access to class material online and a one on one 30 minute call with Summer to go over questions two weeks after class.

  • What will be covered in this class:
  • What should be in your photographer's toolkit
  • Choosing your camera settings and why
  • JPEGs versus RAW files
  • Shooting in Automatic, Program Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, Shutter Priority Mode or Manual and what the differences are
  • White Balance settings and when to choose each one
  • ISO and what it means and does for you
  • Understanding Shutter Speed
  • Aperture settings

Beginner Editing Class - Adobe Lightroom

This class is in person and hands on in the Downers Grove studio. You do need to have a Adobe Lightroom installed on your computer prior to class. If you need help or guidance with this, do not hesitate to reach out to me. Class is about 4 hours in length and will end with a Q&A and homework to start implementing what you have learned in class. You will also have access to class material online and a one on one 30 minute call with Summer to go over questions two weeks after class.

  • Organizing files on computer and in Lightroom
  • Importing files to Lightroom
  • Editing images Lightroom
  • Exporting final files
  • You will also receive one clean edit preset in this class for Lightroom

photographer mentor sessions

*Mentoring openings available for January 2020 start*

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 months of mentoring

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 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 your goals are. This program is a year long mentoring program, and includes lots of coffee, time talking about your vision and goals, 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
  • Full access to content library and online classes
  • Weekday access to email me with support
  • Month 1 legalities of your business {do it right from the start}
  • Month 2 pricing and demand in your area
  • Month 3 designing your website {for your brand & ideal client}
  • Month 4 studio management {workflows}
  • Month 5 gallery delivery {& products}
  • Month 6 seo for photographers
  • Month 7 social media
  • Month 8 blogging for growth
  • Month 9 creative marketing in a saturated market
  • Month 10 staying organized in lightroom & on your computer
  • Month 11 styling your clients for sessions
  • Month 12 obtaining and retaining your ideal clients

3-month business mentor program

Not wanting to commit to a year but want to see what this is all about? My 3 month mentor program is a great place to start! This includes:

  • Two 30 minute phone calls a month
  • Month 1 legalities of your business {do it right from the start}
  • Month 2 pricing and demand in your area
  • Month 3 designing your website {for your brand & ideal client}

 

*Mentoring programs are available to anyone outside a 100 mile radius from 60516.

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

 

Feel free to reach out about working together! I’m a Downers Grove family and small business photographer and educator, but I work across Chicago and the western suburbs, including Hinsdale, LaGrange, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Wheaton, Burr Ridge, Glen Ellyn, Lemont, Naperville, Westchester and Lisle. If you’re wondering if I’m able to travel to your area, just ask!

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