Being Featured : A Guide On How To Submit Yourself And Your Work

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With Photographer Lexi Vornberg

August 18th - August 31st | Registration is now open
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

With so many amazing opportunities out there you don’t have to be a fashion or commercial photographer anymore to have your work published and or featured.  Being Featured is a workshops that will take you through the steps that will not only make your session stand out to a blog or magazine but also help you learn what they are looking for.  From finding the right blog/magazine that matches your style to capturing a session that screams feature, even during a normal paid session to submitting that session the correct way.

Lexi Vornberg is the editor in chief, founder, and creative director behind Lemonade and Lenses, a photographers magazine and blog.  After looking through thousand of submissions and seeing almost everything done wrong she is here to teach you how to get a publishers attention in a good way and to submit a session correctly.  She will go over how to submit to a blog, finding a blog that showcases styles similar to yours, how to shoot a session for submission even during a normal paid session, how to edit that session and how to submit that session correctly.  Each active seat with be able to submit 2 sessions to be critique as if Lexi was looking at them as real submissions.

Crave Photoshop Mentoring

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With Photographer Andee Tate

Thursday, September 4th | Registration is now open
$149 active participation

Regularly $350 but register via Bloom and get a $200.00 off! This workshop begins at 7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, 4pm Pacific on Thursday, September 4th.

Are you ready to ROCK your images and take your photo editing to a whole new level with CUSTOM images that stand out? If so, this course is EXACTLY for you! What’s involved in this awesome 3+ hour LIVE online MW? You will learn:

- Deep rich colorful edits
- Soft creamy light edits
- Matte smoldery edits
- Dramatic black & whites
- Infuse your photos with light for that sun drenched look
- Master creamy skin and skin tones
- Bright sparkly tack sharp eyes
- How to use textures for added drama
- Learn to nail your exposure in camera without the use of a reflector or fill flash!
- Learn the benefit of custom editing and how that translates into bookings, increased sales, and recognition
- Enjoy some additional Q&A time at the end of class.  Andee is an open book and answers any and all burning questions you may have about anything photography or editing related!

Documentary Photography

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with Photographer Lindsey Bergstrom

September 15th - October 6th | Registration is now open
ACTIVE SEATS ARE SOLD OUT / $150 silent participation

Day after day we strive to capture literal blinks in time—for both our clients and ourselves—that stitch together moments into beautiful memories. We think of ourselves as photographers but in most cases we are storytellers; witnesses to intimate moments, small triumphs, and quiet sorrows. After this photography workshop you will walk out with a concrete plan for your first documentary project, knowledge and also practice under your belt regarding what it takes to successfully tell stories with your camera, and a better appreciation for the history of documentary work.

Before embracing lifestyle family photography Lindsey Bergstrom completed her Master’s degree in Documentary Photography and then chronicled the lives of the families who remain behind in times of war as well as motherhood in rural America. She now has two small children and has shifted her focus to capturing the raw, real moments of their lives.

You will start by examining the work of notable photographers to gain an understanding of the different approaches available and identify which you may want to use. In addition, each participant will present their idea and a plan for a project that they will in turn initiate… baby steps to get going and overcome whatever fears and obstacles may be holding you back. A part of this means a lot of sharing and discussion. Defining your hopes, fears, and dreams are a huge part of success, so you will walk away with big dreams for your project. At the end of the course Lindsey will not only look over everyone’s plan and offer feedback, but as an added incentive to finish your first documentary project she will also schedule individual project reviews with each participant 30 days after the class ends. This presents an incredible opportunity to not only apply your new skills and get timely feedback on your photography, but also external accountability to get out and shoot… for those of us that need that extra little kick to shoot that project we’ve had in mind for so long! Also included is a detailed PDF as a guide for your project. Lindsey will also will schedule individual reviews with each participant one month after the workshop ends.  This added bonus will allow you to check in with Lindsey after you’ve had some real time to work on your project.  This will be a low stress (promise!) chat about your project…what went right, what when wrong, your artistic vision, and a critique of your project portfolio.

All experience levels are welcome and encouraged. The class will be a friendly environment where you can share both ideas and work with others to receive constructive feedback.

Everyday Beauty

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With Photographer Ginger Unzueta

September 22nd - October 13th | Registration is now open
ACTIVE SEATS ARE SOLD OUT / $200 silent participation

Join Ginger Unzueta and learn how to utilize light, composition, connections, and details to create memories that will last a lifetime. Ginger will provide heart-filled insight into observing the everyday routines within your home enabling you to capture authentic moments. Additionally, she will present ideas for you to create your own story telling session from start to finish. Finally, she will discuss shooting in public places and the importance of getting in the pictures yourself. This three-week interactive online workshop consists of four assignments, including feedback from Ginger, intended to challenge each student’s abilities. A question and answer section will be provided where Ginger will actively engage with all students. At the end of the course there will be a private section on Bloom where participants can continue interacting and sharing with one another. A PDF file will be provided at the conclusion of the course with all content covered during the workshop. A DSLR camera and basic knowledge of shooting in manual is recommended.

**All students (including silent participants) will be able to participate in an exclusive Q & A session that will take place with Ginger during part of the workshop.

Head here and here to read reviews and view images from past students.

To see images from past students, click here.

Inspired by Ginger and the workshop, a group of past students created Cherish The Day, a blog dedicated in continuing to shoot the everyday beauty in each of their lives.

Breaking The Mold

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With Photographer Deb Schwedhelm

September 29th - October 13th | Registration is now open
$250 active participation / $200 silent participation

Deb Schwedhelm hosts ‘Breaking the Mold‘ — a workshop that will surely inspire and encourage you! Some of the topics that will be discussed during your two-weeks together are creativity, inspiration, finding your style, creating strong images, shooting with a lensbaby and building a strong portfolio. With this workshop, you will also receive an honest and intimate look at Deb’s photography styles and businesses and every student will receive an inspirational e-book.

While silent seats are available, due to the interaction level within this workshop, active seat participation is highly recommended.

To see images from past students, click here.

The Magic of Light

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with Photographer Summer Murdock

October 13th - November 3rd | SOLD OUT
$250 active participation / $200 silent participation

Learn how to utilize the sun to create magic in your images. We all know as photographers that light is key in creating interesting and moving images. In fact, it can be the deciding factor of whether an image is average or spectacular. If you want awe inspiring images in your portfolio, you must learn how to use all types of light to your advantage. If shooting directly into the sun or in an open field with NO shade scares you or even makes you nervous, than this workshop is for you.

In this three week, online, interactive workshop, Summer will help you teach the specifics of how she captures light and makes it dance in her images. You will start by not only learning to recognize the light but to be inspired by it. Then you will learn to create images with haze, flare, and rim light. Detailed instruction will be given on knowing the difference and how to control the light including specifics on how to position your subjects in relation to the sun to achieve each of those effects. She will also cover metering, exposure, and focus which can be tricky when shooting into the sun. You will learn the effect that different lenses, focal lengths, and apertures can have on haze and flare. Summer will discuss her light based location scouting method. Then you will  learn some tips and tricks in Photoshop to help you make your backlit images pop. Finally, using what you learn about exposure and metering, Summer will teach you to get creative with light using dappled light, shadows, silhouettes, midday sun, overcast flat light, and even some tips on using artificial light creatively. This two week workshop will include three assignments and individual feedback directly from Summer. A question and answer section will be provided where Summer will interact with you daily answering any questions you might have about the lessons. She will provide an editing video where you will be able to watch her edit a few images in different lighting scenarios.  At the conclusion of the workshop, a PDF will be provided containing all the content covered during the course!

A DSLR and knowledge of shooting in manual mode is recommended to get the most out of this workshop.

To read testimonials from past student, just click here.

To see some of the images that some talented and inspiring students created during the last run of the workshop, just click here.

Simple Shooting SOOC

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With Photographer Stephanie Beaty

October 20th - November 3rd | Check back soon
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Are you ready to transition from auto and program modes to manual? Transform your shooting results in 30 days by learning the foundations of natural light portrait photography from Stephanie Beaty of Lifeography. Discover the easy way to capture beautiful images SOOC (straightoutofcamera) without image processing or photoshop. Stop relying on editing to correct your images and learn how simple and freeing it can be to ‘get it right in camera’.

Who is this workshop for?
● Beginners who want to learn to use their DSLR.
● Program, Aperture or Shutter Priority Mode shooters who are ready to make the leap to manual.
● Photographers who rely on shooting RAW to consistently correct exposure, white balance, sharpness or crops.
● Anyone spending significant time on nonstylistic editing for image presentation.
● Shooters who depend on actions for image correction instead of enhancement.

Suggested Equipment:
DSLR and 50mm Lens (or any lens with at least an f2.8 maximum aperture) All images will be shot in JPG mode and shared SOOC, resized for web.

Overview:
In Simple Shooting SOOC, some of the topics Stephanie will guide beginning photographers through include:
- A DSLR overview and custom settings that will make your camera work for you
- Demystifying exposure and the exposure triangle to share how aperture, shutter speed and ISO
work together
- Metering like a pro
- Focus modes and the best way to select AF points
- A no-fail formula that will help beginners eliminate camera shake and nail focus in simple portraits
- Natural Light 101 and the top three lighting scenarios that can help every beginner succeed
- Easy tips and tricks on getting correct white balance in camera
- Professional framing secrets for dynamic portraits, the rule of thirds, and how to avoid ‘spraying
and praying’ / overshooting through thoughtful composition
- What ideal SOOC images should look like. Before and after editing examples that demonstrate
the benefit of high quality SOOC images
- My favorite beginners photography book and website reading lists

Simple Shooting SOOC includes a topical PDF guide, as well as recorded tutorial videos.  Participants are encouraged to submit three images at the start of the workshop for review and goal setting and contribute to multiple technical assignment threads. Active participants will receive a written review/critique two weeks after the close of the workshop of up to 5 SOOC images.

Stephanie has been shooting professionally since 2006 and is an award-winning portrait and commercial photographer currently based in Tampa, Florida. Her work has been featured in a variety of international publications including Practical Photography Magazine, For The Love by Jinky Art and JPG Magazine. Her photographs were recently selected for multiple juried gallery exhibits by The Darkroom Gallery in 2014. She has a heart for encouraging others and a passion for helping women pursue and achieve their creative and professional goals, while maintaining life balance.

Breaking The Mold: Continuing The Journey

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With Photographer Deb Schwedhelm

October 27 - November 10th | Check back soon
$325 active participation

Breaking The Mold:  Continuing The Journey is the next chapter in Deb’s successful workshop Breaking The Mold.

Topics that are covered:  Purpose of Photography, Passion & Vision, Advancement of Style & Inspiration, Fine Art Photography, Meaningful Shooting, Pre-Visualization & Storytelling, Developing Your Portfolio and Showing & Promoting Your Work. Exercises are accompanied with almost every topic above and there is a minimum of three photo challenges.

Click here to read what some past attendees had to say about this incredible workshop.

In order to sign up for  the Continuing the Journey workshop student must have taken the Breaking The Mold workshop.

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The Discover Workshop: Finding Your Style, Voice, and Confidence Through Branding

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with Renee Swigert of Ribbons Of Red

TBD | Check back soon
$200 active Participation / $150 silent Participation

Does the thought of branding overwhelm you? Are you aching to stand out in your competitive market or longing to be the next household name? We get it. Making a name for yourself is hard. Through branding, we help photographers just like you turn heads, grow a following, and connect with dream clients. We’ve helped Christine Pobke, Jamie Schultz, Michelle Moore, Skye Hardwick Edmonds, Jesh De Rox, and Lemonade & Lenses to name a few—and now we would love to help you!

Join Renee Swigert of Ribbons of Red as she leads you through the wonderful world of branding. In this two-week workshop, you will learn about the importance of having a strong brand and how it can be used to grow your business. Throughout this workshop, you’ll be taken through a series of hands-on, creative exercises to aid you in finding your brand style and voice. You’ll also be armed with an arsenal of clever branding tips and tricks so you can start improving your brand presence immediately.

Renee is an award-winning designer whose work has been showcased at WPPI, featured on an iPhone commercial, and published in professional design books and magazines both nationally and internationally.

* To get the most out of the personal branding exercises provided in this workshop, active seat participation is highly encouraged!

The Natural Newborn

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With Photographer Julian Evans

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$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Learn to safely and naturally pose your tiniest of clients in this intensive, two week workshop. Join Julian as she shares her passion for newborn photography with you through several instructional videos, a detailed posing video, a pdf guide including her Simple Posing Workflow, as well as an exclusive action set only available to workshop participants.

Topics covered will include:

  • Essential Equipment
  • Using Natural Light
  • Secrets of a Sleepy Baby
  • Soothing Techniques
  • Simple Posing Workflow
  • Family Shots
  • Choosing Props
  • The Importance of Details
  • Safety
  • Post-Processing

Students will receive:

  • Instructional Videos
  • Posing Video (follow Julian through a newborn session)
  • Post-Processing Video (color and black & white)
  • Newborn Toolbox Action Set

After the workshop, active participants will be encouraged to put their new skills into action by photographing a newborn and then submitting their images for critique.

Food Photography Narratives : Natural Light, Simple Styling & Storytelling

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With Photographer Gina Weathersby

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$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Join Gina Weathersby, a highly acclaimed still life photographer, in Food Photography Narratives : Natural Light, Simple Styling & Storytelling.

This workshop is all about making beautiful images of food using natural light, simple styling as well as telling a story around it. Seeking the one perfect image is wonderful, but, for me – it’s the story that pulls me in deeper, makes me want to keep coming back for more, and keeps me loving what I do simply because each story is inherently unique. In our time together, I will share with you what I have learned and what I know about making beautiful and engaging images of food by using solid techniques and almost more importantly, a creative eye & heart through descriptions, visual examples, demonstrations, shooting assignments and individual critiques.

This workshop is for food bloggers, recipe developers, food writers, hobbyists, amateurs, or anyone wanting to learn to improve the quality of their images and/or how to approach, style and make beautiful images of food using natural light in the simplest of settings. I create many of my food images/stories in the dining room of my own home or by a single window in my studio with the simplest of props, natural styling, and basic equipment, and you can too. My goal is to share with you my approach along with the components of creating beautiful photographs of food that you can take with you, continue to practice with and use to create enticing images to grab your reader’s/client’s attention on your own websites, blogs or personal projects.

PREREQUISITES:  To enroll in this digital natural light food photography workshop, you do not need to have the latest or most expensive camera/lenses/equipment, but you’ll get the most out of this workshop if you have a DSLR, tripod, and at least a 50mm lens. Regardless of your camera, you need to have a basic understanding of your camera’s functions as well as being comfortable with shooting in manual mode.

Gina Weathersby is a nationally and internationally published, award winning food/lifestyle photographer as well as founder, creator director and principal photographer behind the quarterly food magazine, 513{eats}. While working closely with chefs, artisans, makers, and farmers to create imagery for their websites and marketing needs, creating visual content for over 400 pages of her own magazine as well as regularly contributing to other editorials, Gina has developed a repertoire of the art of visual storytelling which she calls Food Narratives.

Topics covered will include:

  • The Story/Your Style:  The thought process behind a food shoot – storyboards/purpose/theme/color palette/mood and your style of storytelling.
  • Styling:  Choosing backgrounds, props and styling simply (and the importance of not over-styling).
  • Light:  How to see and find light as well as understanding the differences in the qualities of light.  Different directions of lighting your food.  How to manipulate light with simple and affordable materials.
  • ISO/Aperture/Shutter Speed:  How your manual settings play an important role in the artistic choices you make in creating an image as well as understanding when and why to make certain choices.
  • The Art of Composition
  • Camera Angles
  • Post Processing:  I’ll walk you through some of my basic editing via video.
  • Final Presentation:  How I marry imagery and design for interest and impact for strong storytelling.

Students will receive:

  • Demo video of me working through a food shoot
  • Post processing video
  • Assignments and individual critiques
  • The full downloadable pdf of this workshop

Q&A:  All students (including silent participants) will be able to participate in an open Q & A session. I’m here to share with you and you’re here because you want to learn, so don’t be shy. Ask away, I’ll do my very best to answer anything and everything to the best of my ability.

**After the workshop, active participants are encouraged to put their skills to use with a final assignment of photographing and creating a magazine style spread of their own Food Narrative for a final critique.

Prophoto Wordpress Workshop

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with Photographer Courtney Keim

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$225 active participation / $150 silent participation

Let’s create a customized self-hosted, Prophoto 5 theme based WordPress site you can use either for business or personal photography journeys. You will learn how to take your own site from the plain/boring to fun and unique – from how to choose a web host and domain name to customized styling unique to your colors and branding to the power of plugins and SEO and much much more. Finally customize a photography site that YOU can be proud of rather than a straight out of the box template that you see time and time again.

Each week looks at more customizations (basic customizations/week one, advanced customizations/week two, final preparations + launch/week three). You receive: weekly lessons (PDFs), weekly assignments, individualized teacher + peer feedback and ProPhoto templates.

PREREQUISITES:  Prior to the start of the class, you will receive information on evaluating your brand, social media integration, how to prepare your galleries, installation of WordPress and ProPhoto + options on ProPhoto templates (including receiving Courtney’s designs from the ProPhoto shop). You will have to purchase for the class a domain name, website hosting + the ProPhoto 5 template. We do go over options for this in the pre-assignment should you need help with this.

If you are ready to purchase the ProPhoto 5 theme, just click here for an exclusive $10 savings.

EVOLVE: The Senior Portrait Experience

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With Photographer Amanda Holloway

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$250 active participation / $225 silent participation
GET EXCITED for VERSION 2 of the most popular, EVOLVE online workshop with Amanda Holloway! She has packed tons of NEW information straight from her new workbook into this class and has revived the old lesson plans! Give your seniors a once in a lifetime experience that will set them apart from everyone else! They want to stand out from the crowd and giving them senior portraits that are as unique as they are will make them want to tell all their friends about you! When creating this experience, there are several things that you can do to give them excellent attention to detail while being a full service boutique photographer. From professional hair and make up, to styling your senior’s shoot, and from the shoot itself to a Premier Ordering Session, YOU are the key to a once in a lifetime experience for these seniors and their parents.
BEFORE THE SHOOT

  • session tiering: why and how
  • how to get them to buy the session you want to shoot
  • make up & hair styling: how to find an artist
  • before & after: the proof is in the pictures
  • styling the shoot: take control over your senior’s fashion

DURING THE SHOOT

  • white balance: how to shoot with Kelvin white balance
  • locations: maxed out locations vs limited range
  • composition for dynamic images
  • using a reflector: see pullback images of Amanda working her reflector right next to the end result
  • full posing sets: see Amanda’s posing workflow through 7 different sessions

AFTER THE SHOOT

  • Premier Ordering Sessions
  • the samples: why and what
  • incentivizing your products
  • the psychology behind the high end sale
  • upselling

All participants will receive the following:

  • “Evolve”: NEW workshop book of 80 pages featuring detailed instructions,  visual examples,  how to’s, tips & tricks
  • Several assignments over the course of the workshop
  • Constructive criticism on your homework & assignments
  • Image Critique Webinar (live and recorded for download)
  • One on one attention and dynamic conversation through the forum on a daily basis

Social Media, SEO + The Photographer

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With Photographer Courtney Keim

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$150 active participation / $100 silent participation

Now is the time! Get your name out there! Learn how to make SEO work for you! Come join Courtney Keim as she teaches you the basics of SEO, the recipe to the perfect homepage, how to embrace social media and much more.  Each week looks at a different aspect of your online presence, analyzes what more you can do and how to see results.  This three week interactive workshop consists of multiple assignments, including feedback from Courtney, intended to take your website to another level. A PDF is provided each week with the lessons + assignments.

Students will receive: weekly lessons (PDFs), weekly assignments, individualized teacher + peer feedback, ‘Get your Name Out There’ breakout session + ‘Elements of Design’ (a gorgeous 34-page PDF detailing the basics of design elements including samples and real life examples).

An established online presence is recommended.

Thinking In Motion

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With Photographer Holly Christine

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$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

If that video button on your camera scares you to death then come on over and learn how to think in motion. It’s really not as bad as you think!  Learn to shoot special meaningful videos for your family and your clients that you will cherish forever. In this class Holly will go over the steps she uses to create videos, her thought process, how to choose music and general editing tips.

Some of Holly’s incredible videos are: The YES Day || Sam and Marissa || Best Time Of Your Life || Drew and Shaylee

Students must know how to turn on their video function, as well as how to adjust their settings in video mode. Students will need an editing software like iMovie,  Final Cut ProX or Final Cut Elements, Premier Elements, or Premier Pro. While you can do enough for a simple video with iMovie, Holly suggests either Final Cut or Premier.  Basic knowledge of your preferred editing software is highly recommended.

A private Vimeo account will be set up so active students will be able to post their videos to for cc.

HIGH IMPACT MARKETING: Using the Psychology of Consumerism to Build your Market Presence

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With Photographer Amanda Holloway

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$300 active participation / $275 silent participation

Optimize your market presence with psychological techniques that will bring your ideal client to your photography business. Amanda Holloway started branching out into The Woodlands, TX in February of 2011 and is now the most sought after senior photographer in south east Texas. Her marketing skills have turned heads all across her market and she has become a household name in her market’s homes. Learn how she works smarter (not harder) to be an ever present authority in her ideal market with ideal clients.

Learn how to turn your social networking pages into working websites for your business with fail proof techniques that build interest in your photography business from potential clients. Also learn how to increase word of mouth from your current clients to reach optimal presence in your ideal market. This course includes techniques to market on the web, social networking, rep and reward programs as well as the psychology behind high impact marketing.

Class students (both active and silent) will receive a Psychological Marketing PDF workbook as well as video tutorials and interaction on a personal basis inside the forum.

The Posing, Shooting, and Editing Boudoir Workshop

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With Photographer Desiree Hayes

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$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Posing, Shooting, and Editing Boudoir is for photographers who are interested in getting started in boudoir photography and strengthening their boudoir portfolio.  Topics covered will include: making clients comfortable, flattering angles for all body types, shooting natural light on location in less than ideal circumstances (example, hotel room or cluttered home), breaking the rules, model releases, and liquify and skin smoothing editing tips (portraiture recommended).  A video of Desiree shooting a session will be included as well as boudoir and editing shooting assignments (with feedback.)

Students will need to schedule a boudoir session during the allotted dates.  At the conclusion of the mini workshop a PDF of information will be provided.

Building The Business You Want

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With Photographer Jenny Cruger

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$225 active participation / $175 silent participation

Join Jenny to learn how she built her business from the ground up into a profitable and sustainable business, shooting what she loves. Included is a detailed PDF, along with various assignments, about legally starting a business, investing in gear, pricing for profit & the psychology behind your pricing structure, portfolio building to get what you need, finding the right clients, defining your brand & product line, and client workflow for success + more.

Jenny Cruger was a business major & music business major in school with a focus on marketing & branding, which she left behind to raise a family and begin her own business in 2010. In the years that followed she encountered many of the typical growing pains of a new photography business while trying to find the keys that would work to bring both artistic and financial success, two things that are equally important to her.

Jenny has previously taught in person workshops, has had her work and natural light studio featured in Lemonade & Lenses, Lilian Grace, Inspire Me Baby, My Four Hens, and other industry publications. Jenny currently photographs a limited number of weddings as well as newborns, maternity, children, and families, both on location and in her natural light studio.

Perfecting Exposure, Light and Images

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With Photographer Nichole Van

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$149 active participation / $119 silent participation

Tired of having less-than-perfect images out of camera and spending hours “fixing” problem photos in Photoshop? Do you dream of perfectly lit images with soft, creamy skin and little color noise? Would you like to achieve beautiful exposures every time you press your shutter? Do you want to be able to find amazing natural light at any time of day in any location? Basically, are you ready to take your images to the next level? If so, this workshop is for you. This workshop covers topics that will help you achieve perfect images straight from your camera. As a photographer, you can spend countless hours learning Photoshop tricks to reduce editing and proofing time, but in the end, the best solution is to have beautiful images straight from your camera. Consequently, this workshop covers:

  • how to get perfect exposures every time,
  • an in-depth discussion of aperture and depth of field,
  • how to get amazing blur or bokeh,
  • understanding and using histograms,
  • ways to ensure sharp images and troubleshoot focus issues,
  • my specific formula for finding beautiful natural light both indoors and outdoors at any time of day,
  • manipulating camera angle and focal length to create beautiful portraits,
  • tips on how to create and capture client reactions and emotions,
  • managing the look of a location and how to inject more drama into images,
  • creating amazing sunflare, from metering to lens selection to focusing, and
  • controlling the look, type, direction and strength of the flare you get, from spiky clean sunflare to hazy golden light, guaranteeing beautiful results every time.

So much more than a vague suggestion to just “walk around and see what looks best,” this workshop provides in-depth diagrams for finding, shooting and troubleshooting your natural light, ensuring that the light in your photos is perfect every time. Based on the idea that you can’t fix what you can’t see, the workshop also walks through what good and bad natural light look like and help you understand what causes the bad and how to find the good. This workshop also covers basic traditional lighting patterns that relate to natural light and discusses how to utilize them. Best of all, finding perfect amazing natural light also means dramatically improving the white balance of photos straight out of camera. Most importantly when taken all together, this workshop thoroughly discusses ways to manipulate the digital format of DSLR cameras to ensure amazing image quality right out of camera. Because of this, the information and shooting tips in this workshop will lessen editing time, particularly for problematic skin, due to significantly improved file quality. Participants in this workshop will receive the following:

  • Using Natural Light Digital Workshop
  • Secrets to Extraordinary Images Digital Workshop
  • Achieving Perfect Exposure and Sharp Images Digital Workshop
  • Capturing Sunflare Digital Workshop
  • Specific shooting assignments and personal feedback (for active attendees)

Each digital workshop includes a pdf manual and video, so all total, this workshop includes nearly 170 pages of instruction with 13 videos. You can see each workshop in detail here.

Mastering Your Off-Camera Flash

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with Photographer Nichole Van

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$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Never be a slave to the sun again! Come learn how to harness light and get amazing images at any time of day in any location. Best of all, add to your skill set and differentiate yourself from photographers who have to rely on natural light alone. Join us for an in-depth discussion of off-camera, on-location lighting. This workshop will cover understanding the properties of light, setting up and using off-camera lights, getting amazing images even in the harshest, brightest light, shooting outside on location, and creative lighting tricks. This workshop will focus on both wedding and family photography, showing you ways to incorporate lighting into most shooting situations. Take your skills to the next level!

Purposeful Processing

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With Photographer Wendy VonSosen

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$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Do you have the basics of processing covered but are ready to take your images to the next level without relying on actions? In this two week hands-on course, Wendy will share with you how she hand crafts each image from RAW to polished using the tools and tricks she’s discovered in Photoshop.  Through PDFs and video demonstrations, you’ll learn how to process specifically for newborns, glamour and film-inspired images as well as how to hand craft a rich black and white. You’ll then have the opportunity to practice this workflow through assignments and critiques.  If you’re looking to purposefully process your images with your own unique style, this workshop is for you!

Back To Basics: An Intro To Film

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With Photographers Becky Earl and Ryan Muirhead

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$300 active participation / $250 silent participation

Back to Basics: An Intro To Film is a mini workshop designed to teach you everything you need to know to start shooting and loving film. Becky and Ryan will cover choosing the right camera for you, formats, film stocks, metering, labs, learning to see light and MORE!

Featuring giveaways from Indie Film Lab and Kodak.

Videos, discussions and a pdf. from the workshop will be provided.

Come learn and have a good time talking about film and the awesomeness of photography!

Poetic Imagery

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With Photographers Val Spring and Breeze Floyd

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$250 active participation / $200 silent participation

Learn to shoot from the heart to create poetic imagery. Follow Val Spring and Breeze Floyd as they cover emotion-led shooting.

Over the course of this two week workshop, Val and Breeze will cover creative use of focal points, post processing, using a lensbaby as well as other alternative forms of shooting. They will discuss working with clients as well as documenting honest, every day moments. With the three assignments, you will learn to let go of the rules and focus on capturing the emotion.

A PDF file will be provided at the end of the workshop with the content covered during the workshop.