I have 7+ years experience working as a professional photograper. I have been trained in traditional film and darkroom techniques and currently work primarily with digital. I'm also an expert with post-processing and have studied cinematography and design. My well-rounded background, as well as my varied experience photographing professionally helps me to stand out. I have photographed beauty, fashion, and lifestyle campaigns, I've photographed professional models as well as people not used to being in front of the camera. I've also studied film directing and bring the experience of directing both actors and non-actors in front of a camera. My approach is to put the human connection first while using techniques I've learned and acquired along my journey.
I love working with people! I don't believe that creativity is something that only a few people are blessed with. Everyone is creative, and being able to express that is so beneficial in so many ways. I love to help people express themselves and see things in new ways. I'm a huge believer in the balance between artistic expression and technique. Both matter, and they work together to create images and narratives, and I love to help people discover both of these aspects of photography.
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I meet the student where they are in their journey. If you're a beginner, we start with basics. Every skill you learn in life has its own language. Photography is both technical and creative. We first cover things like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, settings that make up exposing a photograph. From there, we can add creativity, taking on different challenges as we move forward together.
I have a BA in Film and Media Production from Arizona State University. This includes courses in video production, photography, editing, and design, as well as more human-centric courses, like acting and directing. My education is well-rounded, both technical and based in human connection and storytelling. My approach to photography and teaching reflects that.
$50/hour lesson is my standard rate. If a student is interested in a longer workshop, this can be tailored to specific requests.
Through word of mouth, I have obtained clients starting with friends and friends of friends who are interested in learning more about photography to enhance their own lives, ability to capture personal memories, or social media presence for their start-up businesses.
I have worked with beginners - people who are hoping to just get a better grasp of how to use their iPhone for quality images, and I've also worked with people who are serious about photography as a career or an element of their career. I've worked with students who are children, elderly, and between!
I recently went outside to find that fireflies were out. I immediately grabbed my camera. It was dusk, and it was a gorgeous time to see the way they illuminated the world as the sun was setting.
Find someone who you connect with. If you are looking simply for information, most teachers will have that. The Internet will have that. Find someone who you feel will nurture you through this journey, tailor lessons to your progress, and provide insightful feedback.
Be honest with yourself about your goals. Your goals can change - that's normal and healthy! But be clear with yourself so that you can communicate your needs to others, including teachers or mentors. People can help you best if you give them a starting point. Of course, we can figure this out together, but if you are able to check in with yourself, it will only help you in the long run.