Virtual Consultations

Book a one hour, one-on-one virtual consultation with me. I strongly believe in mentorship, and I know how important guidance can be when developing a new skillset. Making you really understand chosen topics is my goal. Covering too much at once results in half-understanding six concepts rather than fully understanding three. This leads to frustration at best, and the establishment of bad habits at worst.

With this in mind, in addition to a one-on-one portfolio review, I offer consultations that drill down into particular topics. I invite you to share your work with me regardless of the one you choose. But if you choose a subject-specific consultation, that speaks to something specific you’re looking to improve in your work, and the ideas specified will be the focus of our meeting.

If you’re most interested in sharing your images and hearing my thoughts on your work, choose the one-on-one portfolio review. If you’re most interested in gaining technical skills related to a concept outlined below (such as light painting, or feeling more confident while using your camera) choose one of the subject-specific consultations. Please choose which one(s) you’re interested in.

One on One Portfolio Review –
Share your work with me. In-progress bodies of work are welcome. Maybe you’ve never shown your work to anyone other than your friends and family and you’re curious to know what a stranger thinks? The best way to improve and grow your work is by having exposure to varied and educated points of view. This can be hard to come by.

Having both a commercial studio and a fine art practice, I can approach a review from both a technical perspective as well as an artistic perspective. I can offer technical input if that’s what you’re looking for. I can also take an artistic approach by offering my thoughts on the success of your ideas and concepts.

Art photographers shoot assignment work, and commercial shooters have successful art practices, and it’s important to remember that there’s crossover. I can give suggestions on possible funding opportunities, avenues of exposure and possible ways of monetizing your work that span both the arts and commercial photography spaces.

Camera-Based Photographic Principles –
You’ll learn the basic technical theory necessary to move beyond automatic mode and take a greater creative role in your image making. You’ll understand what exactly the terms aperture, shutter speed, and iso mean, what’s happening mechanically and why, and how they all work together to form a proper exposure. The three main shooting modes – manual, aperture priority, and shutter priority – will be explained. You’ll learn the difference between shooting in RAW and shooting in JPEG. The difference between crop sensors and full frame sensors will be explained, as well as camera related settings such as white balance and focus modes.

Optical Photographic Principles –
The optical side of photography. The optics define how the final image will look. Long lenses vs. wide lenses will be covered, and when you’d want to reach for one or the other. Fixed-aperture lenses vs. variable aperture lenses will be covered, and you’ll learn why that matters. Important optical concepts such as depth of field, focal plane, distortion, lens-to-subject distance, diffraction, and bokeh, will be covered. Technical considerations related to lenses will also be covered – filter usage (polarizers and neutral density filters), lens hoods, and tele-extenders.

Light Painting Principles –
This will focus on the light-painting concepts I used while creating my bodies of work Na h-Eileanan and Tracing like Fingers. Important concepts covered involve being able to ‘see’ light, as well as the concept of relative light to subject distance. I’ll cover continuous light vs. flash as it relates to light painting. I’ll also cover technical considerations and necessary equipment, as well as Photoshop techniques useful for this style of shooting.

Pinhole Photography Principles –
This will focus on the concepts I used while creating my body of work The Waste Stream. I chose to make my own pinhole lenses for this project, but the ideas I talk about would apply to a commercially produced pinhole lens as well. You’ll learn about optical and technical considerations related to pinhole photography and long exposure photography. You’ll learn how to make your own pinhole lenses. Special equipment I specifically use for pinhole photography will be covered. You’ll also learn about important post-production considerations to keep in mind before, during, and after shooting.

Environmental Portraiture and Documentary Photography Principles –
Much of the work for my commercial studio involves photographing real people on location. This involves environmental portraiture as well as documentary style story-telling images for industry clients. Using my portfolio as a guide, you’ll learn concepts that contribute to a successful environmental shoot. I’ll cover various lighting modifiers and equipment, and under what circumstances I find them important. I’ll talk about the importance of seeing the ‘the practical’ – the existing light in a space – and how to augment it in a natural way. I’ll also talk about being able to connect and relate to subjects who don’t have much experience being photographed, as well as production tricks that make the shoot go smoothly for you, the subjects, and the client.