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If you’re an avid reader of the blog, you might already know that I offer beginner photography classes with my bestie, Charlene . We focus (no pun intended 😉 ) on teaching basic photography skills like composition, perspective, angles, leading lines etc, and also get you started on shooting in manual mode. We’ve had some amazing classes, and it’s been great fun, but recently we started having a conversation about putting a course together specifically for more advanced photographers.
In this business, having strong photography skills is important, but it is secondary to having good business sense. Which is a crappy truth. I’ve seen wildly successful photographers with solid, but totally boring portfolios, and I’ve seen photographers with these mind-blowingly great portfolios, that struggle to book anything!! Some great photographers will become well known based solely on their unique creativity, but that doesn’t happen often. So, while we don’t consider ourselves the wikipedia of business skills for photographers, we have been through a few years of business, have made a lot of mistakes along the way, and would love to teach others what we’ve learned over time. So, the Advanced Workshop was born!
We recently held our first Advanced Workshop in Abbotsford, with 5 amazing girls. They are all at different places in their businesses, but were all motivated to learn as much as they could to bring their businesses to the next level. The first night was spent chatting about business licences, taxes, client care, blogging and SEO, and pricing profitably. Yep, it’s dry. But it’s IMPORTANT!! And quite honestly, hanging out with me and Char is never boring. Even when talking about taxes. 😉 The 2nd night covered everything on the shooting and workflow side; posing, lighting, different ways of metering, culling the images, editing, backing up and delivery to the client. And then we finished off the workshop with an evening shoot to put all of our technical tips into practice! The shoot was a blast, and our models were awesome.
We’re hoping to hold our next round of workshops in October! Both Advanced and Beginner . If you’re interested in joining us for either class, feel free to subscribe to our newsletter to get links to early bird registration, before we open it up on our Facebook pages! The newsletter will also notify you when a new post hits the blog, and you may also get the odd photography tip sent to your inbox! Sign up now by clicking the “newsletter” bar on the left and enter your email. Badda bing badda boom. Let’s stay connected!
Here are some recent images and kind words from a couple of the ladies that took our course:
Stacie Lynn Photography
“I had a blast learning from these two amazing photographers! I was so lost when it came to the business side of things and am thankful to have it explained in a way that I could actually grasp. This workshop gave me the confidence to officially treat my business like a business and the knowledge behind me to back that up! Thank you!”
Angela Evelyn Photography
“I learned so much and had so much fun when I participated in the Focus Advanced Workshop! A lot of the ‘business’ side of things was super helpful – I find myself referring back to my material and notes frequently. One of the best techniques I learned helped me meter for the correct light and get my focus points perfect.”
Owl & Lily Photography
“I learned a lot at this Focus Workshop! The business end of it was super helpful and the hands on shoot out was a great time! Jete and Charlene are super fun and easy going and such talents in their industry!
And since I gave them all of 3 hours notice, these two were not able to send me a recent photo. And since Marlies hasn’t started a FB page yet, I can’t link you to her work. But if she ever does, I’ll be sure to update this!
Patchwork Photographic I can sneak in a photo she took, because it’s one she took of me on a recent trip to Pender Island. And I freaking LOVE it.