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Studio 1212

Studio 1212

5.0 (3)
1 employee
14 years in business

About this pro

I have been an artist and photographer my whole life. I am passionate about being creative and the creative process. 30 years of being self employed and very successful. Thanks for your interest in my work!



The process of lighting and capturing a compelling image has always excited me. Especially people photos.

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Charlotte, NC 28204
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3 Reviews


  • Ariana

    Jim is a great teacher, very patient and explains how things work very thoroughly. He made sure I understood how things worked to feel comfortable.

  • Ivan Mendez

    It's versatile, dynamic and super fun. 1212 has a nact for making things work in creative ways. It's structured but also has this "ease of use" element to working. I really love how great of a teacher Jim is. He is willing to listen and figure out needs, a super selfless individual. I think in essence that why the business thrives bc it's leadership is solid and true. ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฝ

  • Brian Federal

    Jim is very professional and a great teacher for both still photography and video/film production. Highly recommend.

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

First, I assess where the student is regarding the subject. What is the focus of the discussion? How does the student learn best. I'm very hands on. I believe most people learn best by doing.

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

I have 30 years of performing and selling commercial photography as a business. Very successful and love to teach others!

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

I charge $75. for a 1.5 hours session. Somewhat negotiable if more time is needed etc.

How did you get started teaching?

I have taught many assistants my lighting and approach to photography, composition and the photo business. I have been told I have a good way of teaching.

What types of students have you worked with?

I'm most cases my students are younger photographers that have a desire to be professionals. Some are interns from local colleges. Others are paid assistants. I was an assistants for 3 years before I started my own business in 1986.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently attended Burningman in Nevada.

As an artist I found this a very fulfilling exploration of art and culture.

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

I would recommend a working professional.

Its very easy to make a good photo.

It takes some work to make a fantastic photo!

...and lots of practice.

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

What photo subjects really interest me?

Do I have samples of photos that inspire me?

I'm I really committed to learning this craft?

What do I really know about lighting?