This past spring I launched my first ever online version of my in person class, Schooled. I knew that I wanted to offer a learning experience that was motivating and actionable. Too many of my students peers have told me of money spent on content that simply sits on their hard drive.
I wanted my students to have all the tools they needed to take action and to actually start building their portfolio and booking schools immediately! Welp!! They are knocking my socks off.
Boutique school photography is in high demand all over the world.
Parents are craving a fresh and more personal alternative to school photography. I want to celebrate my students and share with you the amazing work they have been up to and also their kind words on how this online course has built up their businesses.
There are so many success stories that I am breaking this up into a three post installment. Get ready to be inspired!! Go follow these talents artists today!
Lyndsay Mills McNiff "this course gave me the confidence to even attempt portraits. I used to think there was no way to take a lifestyle/documentary approach to a classic portrait, but this course completely changed my mind. I am looking forward to working with another photographer on my first school in September!"
Aimee Glucina "It's fair to say that Elena Blair's Fine Art School Portraits workshop is one of the most practical, implementable and enjoyable things you could do to shift your photography business to the next level. By investing in Elena's course I was given all (really all) of the tools and advice needed to open up an entire new revenue stream for my business. I adore shooting lifestyle sessions. I love the energy of them and creating images full of connection and love is important to me. So I had not previously thought that more traditional portraiture (let alone "school portraits") would be my thing. But Elena shows you how to inject "you" into your school portraits. And how to elevate a "head and shoulders snap" to fine art. Having taken Elena's courses before I knew that she is a generous and open teacher. That continues here where she lays her business model bare and shows you everything you need to know. If you're looking for ways to expand your business and deepen your revenues this course is a no brainer."
Loren Haar "I enjoyed the portfolio building process almost as much as the class itself -- so fun to get a collection of images together that will help sell your services. The class materials are invaluable in getting you ready to approach schools. I just had a meeting with my third school and she mentioned how professional my materials and presentation were -- that's all thanks to this class!"
Carol Lucey Davis "I've been pondering offering fine art school portraits for a few years, but didn't have the details put together in my head. Elena's course not only filled in all the blanks for me, but her enthusiastic encouragement and the camaraderie and ideas among the other photographers in the class are benefits I can't begin to put a price on. I've got a few schools lined up already and can't wait to grow this business more!"
Heather Barradas "This course gave me the tools I needed to improve my portraits skills and figure out how to put the business and creative sides of a portrait business together. All the information was so helpful and I learned so much! I am just starting to work this style of portraiture into my business and am so exctied to grow my business with the help of this course and all the knowledge I gained!"
Sarah Werner "Thank you so much for this course Elena! It gave me the last little push I needed to offer school portraits in my city. Your guide was so helpful and relevant! It helped me during every step of the modern school portrait experience. Even though my set up is a little different, your process saved me so much time and frustration! Thank you!!!!!"
Jenny Schmitt Diaz "I loved this course, because it was so generously filled with information about every aspect of shooting school portraits from start to finish. It provided me everything I needed know having never done school portraits before and allowed me to expand and diversify my business in a way I hadn't previously thought of or considered. One of the best investments I've made in my photography education for sure."
Casey Rae "This class has really elevated my business by giving me a new platform and a new "style" of photography. I initially took it because of the business opportunity of working with schools, but I have discovered that I love fine art portraiture. I've had so much fun and I feel like I've grown a lot as an artist and photographer. The class also gives you a perfect balance of artistic guidance, technical photography teaching, and logistical and business information. I can't overstate how valuable this has been for me!"
Julie Powell "Elena has developed a straightforward system for creating and delivering beautiful, classic Fine Art Portraits. Her generous and relatable teaching style gave me confidence that I could really go into a group and not only make images in a classic style, but sell them and provide a really great product!"