I've been teaching photography to students (adults and kids alike) for over a decade. I have been told I have a knack for taking difficult photography concepts and explaining them in a manner that even a complete beginner can understand. I have a structured 90 minute class that has been used again and again to help beginners "get out of easy/green mode" on their cameras.
I've been shooting for over 30 years and never get tired of finding new subjects and places to shoot. Photography can be very challenging, so it never gets old for me. I take great pride in helping people get over the hump of being afraid of the advanced features of their cameras. The smile on their faces when they "get it" is priceless and I love when they email photos they've taken after learning from me.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I have a structured 90 minute presentation. After covering the basics in a very understandable way (even for kids and beginners), I offer up examples of difficult photos, and we discuss how the photos were shot. It is a very interactive process and not a boring lecture. Afterwards, we go out and shoot and I help the student apply what they've learned.
I have taught this (one class) to hundreds of people and you will learn a ton. Afterwards, I am available to answer any questions you have at no additional cost. You don't need a bunch of classes with fluff, you only need a great foundation to be really good at photography. The rest is practice practice practice.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been shooting professionally for 15 years. I have a technical background and my whole career has been centered around taking complex technical concepts and explaining them in a way that even a complete beginner can understand.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My class is $250 plus travel for a one on one session. Additional participants are $25 per person
How did you get started teaching?
I have been teaching tech for over 15 years. I started by doing software demos for large audiences many years ago. Educating people on tech is a major part of my business and I speak frequently at conferences up and down the east coast.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have a structured class for kids and a separate class for adults. I have taught both many times. People range from business owners who have never used a camera before to other photographers that want to expand their knowledge.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
As the owner of a Marketing company, I build websites in addition to the photography and video I do for clients. I am deeply engrained in the web design community and speak at conferences all over the east coast. These events in general bring together experts and beginners in a weekend full of sharing and learning. I have been attending and educating at these conferences for several years and they are amazing events for all.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Ask them one question you have always wanted to know about photography and see how they answer the question. Is it clear? Concise? Did you understand what they said? Many amazing photographers are not amazing instructors. Your one question to them will tell you a lot.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Photography is a very broad topic. What do you want to shoot? Shooting people, events, and weddings is VERY different than shooting real estate, architecture, or product shoots. They require different skills and different equipment. Have an idea of what you want to shoot.