Photography started as a passion for me in 2011. I loved it's potential to tell stories. And, I've grown that skill over a number of years.
A lot of photographers will say they are self-taught. Well, I've studied with some of the best in the industry - Maggie Steber, Harvey Stein, and Andrew Shapiro.
I use to work as a portrait and event photographer. But I've found my real joy in sharing with others what I know.
With the combination of teaching and photography, I really could not be any happier!
Check out more about what I do at https://brynbonino.com/ If you have any questions for me, please reach out!
I love chatting about the potential that photography has, and teaching photography lets me do that all day long!
I am so passionate about photography because of its storytelling power. I am also a communicative and empathetic person, so teaching is fun for me!
Bryn is an excellent teacher who really breaks things down in a way that is understandable and easy to digest. It makes taking photos a lot less intimidating because she really simplifies it for you! She is also really patient and generous with her knowledge! :)
I’ve taken a few photography lessons from Bryn, and I absolutely love her style! She is very organized, and as she says, she really can take you from "Zero to Wow". She's also a talented photographer herself and backs up her knowledge with the work she produces. I highly recommend her as a photography teacher for any level.
First, we'll sit down and chat about your goals as a photographer.
Based on what you say you want to work on, I'll pull up my notes and teach you what I know. The lesson will be focused primarily on you practicing what you learn. Of course, I'll guide you along the way.
At the end of the lesson, we'll debrief what you've learned. I'll follow up via email with written notes for you to reference later.
I've taken a number of online classes, and I belong to the Professional Photographers of America and the American Society of Media Photographers.
But, of course, the in-person education is really what allowed me to throttle my growth. In 2017 I took a week-long intensive workshop with Maggie Steber. In 2018, I took another intensive workshop with Harvey Stein.
Starting in 2019, I started taking classes with Andrew Shapiro at the Austin School of Photography. I finished 12 weeks of classes, all the school offers. That taught me a solid technical and artistic education.
I also worked as a high school teacher and university professor for a number of years. This experience has made me adept at writing curricula, designing lessons, and helping students meet learning objectives.
I charge $45 for what I call a "Creativity Exploration". This is essentially me chatting with you about your photography goals, then designing a resource-rich guide specifically for your needs.
After that, one 2.5-hour lesson is $235. A six-lesson pack is $1,595, and a 24-lesson pack is $5685.
I started giving private photography lessons in 2016 when friends of friends wanted to learn how to use their digital cameras so they could have better vacation photos.
Since then, I've been a working photographer and photography instructor. Most recently I started a workshop group to complement photography book knowledge. We meet up most weekends and practiced natural light photography.
I've worked with beginning to advanced amateur photographers. I have a system of notes that I can easily access to teach any level, basically at any time.
I recently went to a Renaissance Festival with a small group of advanced students.
We walked around looking for good light and interesting composition. I also coached them on how to interact with people they wanted to photograph.
Unfortunately, a lot of photographers are self-taught. This leads to miseducation about the field.
You can't always know the quality of a photographer's education. But... make sure they do not have a preference that you have you have a certain type of camera (that's a cautionary sign).
Also, make sure that they can assess your particular needs. There is nothing more frustrating than paying in time and money for a process that will not get you the results you want.
Ask a potential teacher if they can tell you how to (1) read a scene for possibilities, (2) how to shoot in full manual mode, and (3) what lens focal length is preferred for certain scenes.
This will give you a feel for if they know what they are talking about or if they are smoke and mirrors.
If you want to ask me about this stuff, I'd be happy to tell you! I also have a blog that talks about how to make better photos.