Mentoring

The only thing we love as much as photography is teaching about photography! I often think of my own struggles when I first learned photography, or even in the obstacles I face as I continue to grow and advance as a creative and a business owner. It's with this insight that I have created my own benchmarks for successfully learning photography, editing and running a buisness. 

Regardless if you are a beginner who is looking to buy their first camera, or a seasoned professional that wants to take on new skills and challenges, we have a class or workshop that is for you.

We offer 1:1 classes year round that can be booked 7 days a week at the convenience of our student. Below are some of the fundamental classes that we offer, but we understand that your specific needs and wants for a class will vary, which is why we will design each 1:1 mentoring class to meet your learning specifications. 

Every winter, usually between January-April, we will offer group workshops local to North East Ohio. These workshops will be listed in our Book Now menu tab, so check back often for the opportunity to signup. When we offer specialty workshops, usually that take place in other states or within a few hours of Cleveland, we will post details right on this page. Often times we are asked to teach at other organizations, in which case, those would also be posted here with links on how and where to sign up. 

Some of the 1:1 classes we offer are Newborn Safety & Posing, Camera Basics, Studio Lighting, Mastering Maternity, Basic and Advanced Editing, Starting and Running your Business and more...

We look forward to helping you become successful on your journey through this craft, and welcome you

to contact us with an questions or inquiries

 

If you are interested in having us judge, speak or teach at your upcoming event, please email Autumn directly at 

autumn@elliemelliephotography.com

 

I left feeling so inspired and empowered. No question was left unanswered, no topic was left on the table. Worth every penny! - Tammy S. SAN DIEGO CA

Editing

This is perfect for beginners, amateurs and even advanced editors. Really hone in on your skills & learn my tricks and editing workflow. 

What we will cover:

 

  • Working with RAW files in Lightroom/Camera Raw

  • Step by step workflow: Understanding layers & masking

  • How to achieve tack sharp images 

  • Difference & proper use of correction tools: clone stamp, spot healing & liquify

  • Understanding shadows, highlights & light source

  • Super-imposing & overlays

  • Non-destructive skin texture & tone editing

  • Preparing & sizing your photos as digitals, for printing & for social media

  • How to sell & present your photos to clients

  • What are actions; how to make them; when to use them

We will consult so that I can fully understand your level of expertise & the things you want to learn. Already understand layers but want to learn selective color or how to edit skin? This workshop will be molded to fit your needs! 

 

This session is approximately 5 hours (including lunch)

Takes place in Cleveland Ohio

Includes a take home guide that goes over everything in the workshop 

Access to private group for continuing mentorship 

$599 

Business & Marketing

This is an extensive and in-depth look at the core of  your business & marketing strategies. 

What we will cover:

 

  • Your current business/marketing & your goals

  • Developing a website and/or mastering SEO (option for web design available for additional cost)

  • Developing your branding

  • Setting your prices & knowing when to raise them

  • How to get the most out of social media; exposure, advertising, ways to increase traffic and understanding business insight

  • Advertising do's & don'ts

  • Understanding your target market

  • Building & keeping your clientelle

  • Projections & working towards your own studio or expansion

  • Master marketing techniques: Sales, coupons, give-aways, etc, and how to make money when offering discounts

  • Selling tactics

  • Good business practices & general business strategies for dealing with customers & vendors. 

 

We will consult so that I can fully understand your level of expertise & the things you want to learn. This workshop can be tailored to fit your needs! 

 

This session is approximately 6 hours (including lunch)

Takes place in Cleveland Ohio

Includes a take home guide that goes over everything in the workshop

Access to private group for continuing mentorship  

$799 

Camera Basics

This is great for beginners or amateurs who want to learn about their camera and how to take better pictures! You will need a camera for this workshop.

What we will cover:

 

  • The basics: ISO, Aperature & Exposure & how they work together

  • Working with natural light both indoors & outdoors

  • Working with studio lights: Speed lights and Monolights

  • Understand light source and placement

  • Achieving tack sharp images

  • Shooting in RAW versus JPG

  • Understanding your histogram & over/under-exposure

  • White balance and color balance

  • Exposure balance and compensation

  • Rule of thirds and composition

  • Posing, placement and guiding your model

  • Getting it right in-camera to reduce post processing time

  • Working with children and families

  • ...and so much more!

 

We will consult so that I can fully understand your level of expertise & the things you want to learn. This workshop will be tailored to fit your needs! Come learn about the equipment I use and how to make your camera work for you!

 

This session is 4-5 hours

Takes place in Cleveland Ohio

A take home guide that goes over everything in the workshop

Access to private group for continuing mentorship 

 

$499 

Newborn Safety Certification & Posing

This is a quintessential class if you are looking to break into newborn photography, or want to better prepare and validate your services.

What we will cover:

 

  • Essential safety instruction and certification

  • Working with parents

  • Calming your nerves

  • Preparing for your session

  • Sourcing props, outfits & tiebacks

  • Handling your baby with confidence

  • Tricks for greater success

  • Working with colicky babies

  • Basic wrapping and bean bag poses

  • Poses with parents, siblings and in props

  • A review of more advanced posing

  • Lighting equipment and setup

  • Editing skin and baby blemishes

  • Troubleshooting

  • Work hands on with faux babies, and REAL babies

  • ....and so much more!

 

We will consult so that I can fully understand your level of expertise & the things you want to learn. This workshop will be tailored to fit your needs! 

 

This session is 6-7 hours including lunch

Takes place in Cleveland Ohio

A take home guide that goes over everything in the workshop

Access to private group for continuing mentorship 

 

$799 

Studio Lighting

This is great for beginners or amateurs and even advanced photographers who want to learn about studio lights and taking your work to the next level. You will need a camera for this workshop.

What we will cover:

 

  • The basics of studio vs natural light

  • Common starter lighting equipment vs advanced equipment

  • Overview of lighting modifiers and what they do

  • Inverse square law

  • Understanding sync speeds & camera vs lighting settings

  • Different patterns of light from beginner to advance

  • Lighting placement to achieve mood

  • Single light vs multi-light set ups

  • White balance options

  • ...and so much more!

 

We will consult so that I can fully understand your level of expertise & the things you want to learn. This workshop will be tailored to fit your needs! Come learn about the equipment I use and how you can achieve more advanced photography.

 

This session is 4-5 hours

Takes place in Cleveland Ohio

A take home guide that goes over everything in the workshop

Access to private group for continuing mentorship 

 

$499 

Why should you take a workshop with us?

Why should you mentor with us? Why should you take a class? It can be a big investment, no matter where you go! We have  been teaching for 4 years, both locally here in Ohio, and all over the United States. Ellie Mellie has won awards nationally, have been named one of the top ten photographers in Ohio, and has been asked to teach at an international level. 

It's our goal to find an easy approach to learning & studying the art of cameras, editing and business. With our classes, you will receive 1:1 education, with continued education opportunities and plenty of support AFTER your class so that your growth is nurtured, guided and molded to get you exactly where you want to be.

Known for our fine art editing, our maternity photography, newborn photography,  and styled photography, you know you are in the right hands when choosing Ellie Mellie as your source for education, regardless if you are a beginner, hobbyist or serious photographer. 

Are you interested in 3 or more classes? Contact us so we can work out a special discount for you.