Hensley Photo

Hensley Photo

2 employees
15 years in business

About this pro

I am experienced both as a teacher and as a professional photographer. I received my first camera from my grandfather when I was 12 and have shot with everything from film to dslrs. I have just recently retired from 10 years of professional portrait and wedding photography work and taught high school photojournalism. I love to bring a new perspective to those who share my love of the visual medium. My best advice is to do the best you can with what you have.

I like seeing through other people's eyes occasionally, sharing ideas and seeing a spark take hold and watching a passion ignite. I enjoy sharing what I have spent a lifetime learning.

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Duncanville, TX 75137
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First I like to find out what the students wants to learn and what they know already. This lets me customize a lesson to them and focus on their interests. I send a few handouts and some links to help enhance the time we spend together. A typical lesson would include some time discussing an idea then time putting it in practice allowing me to answer questions & offer tips as we go.

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

BA Journalism/Photojournalism

Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign

25 years experience teaching high school photography from b/w film processing & printing to digital photography & editing; color theory, photo composition, aspects of light, and how to control the look of your photos by shooting in manual mode with your dslr 

10 years as a professional photographer focusing on weddings and portraits, primarily location based

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

$25 per hour lesson. 5th lesson free with purchase of 4 for $100.

How did you get started teaching?

I began by teaching high school photojournalism, branched out to shoot professionally as a side gig, then evolved in mentoring upon request and eventually to adult based photo classes that emphasize the student's particular area of request.

What types of students have you worked with?

From children's workshops and mentoring programs through adults aspiring to begin a photo business of their own, but mainly high school photojournalism students, many of whom have gone on to become professionals themselves.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I just did a family portrait session for the 10th year in a row for this client. It was great getting to know them personally and watching their family grow.

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

Find someone that you feel comfortable with and who can offer advice based on experience in your area of interest.

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

How well do you know your camera and its capabilities and limitations?

What is your ultimate goal with lessons?

How long do you want to devote to the process-a quick lesson or two or a couple of months?

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