Tera Barnes Photography

Tera Barnes Photography

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We all start somewhere. I started 14 years ago. I didn't go to college for photography! I just knew I loved it, and I wanted to be great at it. So I taught myself, worked with a mentor, and worked hard to establish not only a strong foundation of camera basics, but a style all my own. I never thought I would be where I am. In the beginning, I just wanted to take better pictures of my kids! But here I am! I want to help you grow your passion, and exceed your potential!

I have always had a passion for being creative. I can't draw anything other than a stick figure! But my art skills are redeemed when I capture who my clients are through photography. For me, being free to create in whatever medium sings to your heart is always worth pursuing. Photography gives me that creative freedom, and I love that there isn't a cap on personal growth. 

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Chandler, AZ 85249
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We all have different levels of knowledge. Some people took a class, some have been self taught, some just need fine tuning. I like to meet with you, learn more about where you are with your photography, hear about your goals, and put together a plan that is specific for you. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have 14 years of photographic experience. I have photographed hundreds of weddings, families, events, etc. in all kinds of lighting and weather situations. 

I started with film photography and made the jump over to digital. So whether you want to work with film or digital, I can help you. The basics are all the same no matter the medium. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I do have a standard pricing. I charge $150.00 per individual lesson. That covers an hour of time. This is usually for those who need a few lessons, just to get the basics or fine tuning. 

For more in depth training, we will schedule a time to meet to go over your goals for photography, and figure out a total cost specific for your needs. 

How did you get started teaching?

I love photography. I always have. I think just having a desire to create attracts those with the same want. I have turned a corner professionally, and I love being able to share this amazing craft, and watch others create art. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students out of high school, moms and dads with a new camera, photography enthusiasts with some photography skills, to professional photographers looking to try a new area of photography. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I had a young student, a high school grad, who loved photography. I did her senior graduate portraits, and we talked about doing some lessons. She was letting the camera do the work, but by the end of the day she was on manual. I was really excited that she had made such progress, and so was she! I recently had an oportunity to photograph a wedding with her. She led it, and I worked on the sidelines with amazement and joy! She rocked it! Her images were awesome! 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Fine a teacher that loves what they do! There are many areas of photography, and you should hire one that works specifically in the area(s) that you want to focus on. Nature photographers may not be the best to learn to shoot weddings from. That doesn't mean they can't...but I would highly recommend that you make sure they can give you the training and advice you need from shooting, editing, and everything in between! 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I would sit down and make a list. What kind of photography interests you the most? What are your goals? What do you want to learn or what do you want to improve on? Expand on those questions. Have an idea of what direction you want to go. 

Photography is personal. Knowing what you want to get out of your lessons, helps us as your teacher, set you up for success!  

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