Images By Joel Willians

Images By Joel Willians

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About this pro

The way I teach is one on one instruction st a reasonable price. It’s geared to the student’s level of skill and the type of Photograpy that interests the student. When I was studying photography, the technical instruction was important but for me learning it required taking photographs. I have my students take photographs during a lesson to reinforce the instruction and then provide assignments they can do on their own.

Photography is a passion of mine as is teaching. It’s rewarding to see students developing their own love of photography. Since I provide feedback on the student’s photographs, it gives me a lot of satisfaction to watch their photographs get better and better. 

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Norcross, GA 30093
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  • Cherie Barker

    Joel is the consummate professional and an excellent teacher. He is knowledgeable and patient. His lessons are one on one and very reasonable in price. He reinforces his lessons with on-site practice. Highly recommend.

  • Janine Jones

    He listens to what I shared verbally and, more importantly, what I didn't verbalize. He is a master anticipator.

  • Eugene Art

    Joel is a wonderful person who lives and breathes photography, and his work is a direct reflection of that. His teaching methods have helped get over the fear of manual mode. Very informative lessons that will propel anyone's skills to the next level. I've taken photos that I would never would have thought that I would be the one to take them. I strongly recommend anyone who is interested in photography to hire Joel. Price is more than fair and the experience is something that I will hold forever. -Eugene

  • Cheryl Carnavon

    Joel shares his knowledge of photography unconditionally, on and off his one on one time. It is an absolute pleasure working with him.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I spend time getting to know students and what they want to learn and what, if any, is photographic interest they have. I assess their level of skill as well. I build the lessons around those. Lessons are individual and are done on location. They consist of instruction on a topic, having the student take photographs and then provividing feedback. I provide written materials as well. If the interest is portraits, I ask the student to bring a friend as the subject. The same goes for children or pets, or infants, etc. Sports photography is done at a sports event or practice.

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

I studied photography at Kennesaw State and Emory Universities. 

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

I charge a flat rate per lesson that is very reasonable. i provide study material and suggested practice assignments for between lessons and feedback on student photographs uploaded to my Dropbox account at no additional charge. 

How did you get started teaching?

I’ve literally been taking pictures for decades and I got interested in teaching in the late 1980’s. I can’t point to an event that got me started. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Male and female of varied ages and backgrounds.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My favorite would have to be an event I didn’t charge for. I followed a local Atlanta Church whose ministry is to the homeless. I went into the streets with them once or twice a week and documented their work for a year. At he end of that time I gave them a book they could publish for fund raising. It was a moving experience for me. 

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

When I decided to get formal training in photography, I had a number of teachers. They all taught the technical side of taking photographs. The ones that benefitted me the most were the ones that challenged me with photographic assignments. One assignment I recall was, “I want you to photograoh ugly.” There was no definition as to what he meant by “ugly”. That really made me have to try to see “ugly” in my own mind  Find someone that can help you understand what it means to see the shot before you photograph it. 

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

Decide what you want the end result of the training to be. Your training needs will vary accordingly. For example, if you want to take family pictures, that doesn’t require a two year course and you would probably lose interest if that was the offering. If you want to take portraits, then you need to understand lighting, posing and choice of studio or location and so on. If you want to do Fine Art Photography, formal training at an art school with a degree program is best. Just ask enough questions to make sure your investment of time and money will get the outcome you want. Most any instructor will be willing to spend time answering your questions.

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