Many photographers, likely some of those you most admire, haven’t received their education in a formal school setting. Instead, most of us are self-taught and have bolstered what we have learned through our real-world experience with education through workshops.
Making your education a priority is paramount to advancing your career. But, informal instruction and YouTube-style tutorials lack the necessary feedback—that unbiased and meaningful critique—that creates true growth. That interaction, so that you can receive detailed, specific feedback, is so key.
I have been photographing weddings since 2010. I started as someone passionate about photography, and with some gut-level ability, but soon realized that making a career out of the art of story-telling would require a commitment to learning: taking that creative energy and ability and turning it into a sharpened skill. I sought situational education by way of guidance from other professionals who had fully honed their craft. I have travelled far and wide to learn from many photographers that I respect, and I have also spent numerous hours in a digital setting.
The goal for the Ampersand Grey Photography Academy isn’t to create the perfect scenario for you to bulk up your portfolio in highly staged or unrealistic situations. This type of learning is to elevate your brand, to make you a stronger photographer, and to learn in real life situations.
Making perfect photos with models is not my style of teaching.
I offer Photography Mentorships as a yearly membership or single sessions, and, if you’re looking to sharpen your skills, I welcome you to join me. I also offer a unique experience where I shoot with you for one of your weddings as a second photographer. I am passionate about teaching and obtaining industry standard through high-level integrity. I truly value the relationships I cultivate through mentorship and usually create a life-long connection with my students.