Photography Education

become the photographer of your dreams

LEARN

From an award winning, sold out photographer. Our passion is to help you succeed!

SHOOT

Amature, hobbyist or seasoned pro, we will guide you no matter where you are in your photography journey

EDIT

Take your photography to the next level with comprehensive editing skills. Learn to bring your vision to life!

SUPPORT

You join a lifelong family of continued education when you become a student. We are there for you whenever you need. (and a 15% discount on future workshops!)

The only thing I 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 business

3 Steps to start your journey

1. Join our FREE workshop group. Learn from others, ask questions & get professional feedback. JOIN HERE!

2. View our upcoming WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 

3. Browse through our 1:1 MENTORING classes.... or message us for a class designed just for you!

 

Upcoming Workshops

Every winter, between January & April, we offer discounted group workshops local to North East Ohio, and specialty workshops held outside of Ohio. These workshops will be listed here when they are available. If we are not offering a workshop that works for what you need, send us a message to get a tailor-made 1:1 class.

 If you want to book Ellie Mellie for a workshop in YOUR home town...

If you want Ellie Mellie to judge your next image competition...

or if you need a teacher or speaker at your next event...

 

please email autumn@elliemelliephotography.com

Receive a 10% discount when you book 2 or more workshops! Just send me an email to get signed up and to take advantage of this discount! *Recharge workshop does not qualify for this discount*

Newborn 

Safety + Posing

Jan. 16-17 2021 2 DAYS

  • Essential safety instruction & certification

  • Working with parents

  • Workflow from start to finish

  • Preparing for your session

  • Sourcing props, outfits & tiebacks

  • Handling your baby with confidence

  • Tricks for greater success

  • Working with colicky babies

  • Basic wrapping, bean bag & prop poses

  • Poses with parents & siblings

  • 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

Normally $799

$699

Recharge Refresh

Refocus Retreat

with Maribella Portraits & Lisset Perrier Artistry

Feb, 19-21 2021 in Medina Ohio 3 DAYS

Learn from three power house photographers! Ellie Mellie Photography, Maribella Portraits & Lisset Perrier Artistry are bringing photographers together from all over the USA to:

RECHARGE your MENTALITY

REFRESH your CREATIVITY

REFOCUS your BUSINESS

LEARN MORE HERE

Normally $1200

$900

Mastering

Maternity

March 20-21 2021 2 DAYS

Learn from one of the most sought after maternity photographers! This in depth workshop covers:

  • Styling - why its so important​

  • Dressing your client/vendor list

  • Posing all size models

  • Posing tips and tricks

  • Guiding your client

  • Pose workflow

  • Posing with family members

  • Working with natural light & strobes

  • Shooting for your editing

  • Editing Demo : Beginner to Advanced tips and tricks

  • Skin and color correction

  • Pricing & Packages

  • 1:1 instruction time

Normally $799

$699

Studio Lighting 

April 10-11 2021 2 DAYS

  • 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!

Normally $799

$699

Photography 101

Learn to shoot +

Starting & Running your business

Feb. 5-7 2021 3 DAYS

Day 1 - Learn to shoot in Manual

  • Camera basics: ISO, Aperture & Exposure

  • Working with natural light both indoors & outdoors

  • Intro to studio lights: Speed lights and Monolights

  • Understand light source and placement

  • Achieving tack sharp images

  • Shoot settings

  • Understanding your histogram 

  • White balance

  • Creative composition

  • Posing, placement and guiding your client

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

  • Gear list

Day 2 -Business & Group Shoot

  • Becoming a legal business

  • Developing your branding

  • Pricing yourself & when to charge

  • Social media marketing: 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

  • Websites, logos and where to begin

  • IPS vs Digitals vs Packages

Day 3 - Editing

  • Lightroom and Photoshop walk through

  • Understanding layers & masking

  • Raw images and color settings 

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

  • Non-destructive  editing

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

  • What are actions;  when to use them

  • Editing Demonstration 

Normally $2697

$699

 

1:1 Mentoring 

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. 

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

 

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.

  • Essential safety instruction & certification

  • Working with parents

  • Workflow from start to finish

  • Preparing for your session

  • Sourcing props, outfits & tiebacks

  • Handling your baby with confidence

  • Tricks for greater success

  • Working with colicky babies

  • Basic wrapping, bean bag & prop poses

  • Poses with parents & siblings

  • 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

From:

$899

Studio Lighting

Beginner to Advanced

No matter where you are in your photography journey, it's never too early or too late to learn about studio lighting.

  • 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!

From:

$899

Editing

Beginner to Advanced

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

  • 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 & tone editing

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

  • How to sell & present your photos to clients

  • What are actions;  when to use them

  • and SOOO much more...

From:

$899

Mastering

Maternity

Learn from one of the most sought after maternity photographers! Autumn is an Internationally awarded & accredited maternity photographer.

  • Styling - why its so important​

  • Dressing your client/vendor list

  • Posing all size models

  • Posing tips and tricks

  • Guiding your client

  • Pose workflow

  • Posing with family members

  • Working with natural light & strobes

  • Shooting for your editing

  • Editing Demo : Beginner to Advanced tips and tricks

  • Skin and color correction

  • Pricing & Packages

  • 1:1 instruction time

From:

$899

Camera Basics

Learn from scratch or learn to shoot in manual

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

  • ISO, Aperature & Exposure & how they work together

  • Working with natural light both indoors & outdoors

  • Intro to 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/client

  • Getting it right in-camera 

  • ...and so much more!

From:

$899

Business 

Start your own business or grow what you have

This is an extensive and in-depth look at the core of your business & marketing strategies. Don't have a business yet? Don't worry, this class is everything you need to launch!

  • 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 clientele

  • Projections & working towards your own studio or expansion

  • Master marketing techniques

  • Selling tactics

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

From:

$899

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 Demo

Why should you take a workshop with us?

Why should you mentor with us? It can be a big investment, no matter where you go, but what sets us apart is:

 

1. We don't set limitations on our students. You can live next door or across the world and we still want to teach you! Plus you receive a lifetime discount of 15% off future workshops!

 

2. When your class is over, we offer continued support and education so that your growth is nurtured, guided and molded to get you exactly where you want to be. We focus on your goals and take a genuine interest in building a road map to achieving those dreams.

 

3. We want to uplift, inspire and encourage YOU to be the best photographer you can be. Our students have gone on to open their own studios, have been able to quit their jobs and support their family as a full-time photographer, and some of them are winning awards and being recognized for their art!

 

This can be YOU, and we guarantee we have the tools you need...

 

 

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. 

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 2 or more classes? Contact us so we can work out a special discount for you.