Maybe you have read the manual, spent some time learning online, or even taken a class about how to take better pictures.
But cloudy days, bright sunlight, hazy sunset, dark backgrounds, light backgrounds, splotchy shade...that stuff is really hard. It takes more than just one class or a little reading to master.
I spent almost a full year on google trying to learn every detail. And it took forever, and I wasted so much time and lost so many memories!
What started as a class for moms turned into a 24-module course for women who want take gorgeous images in any situation and build a successful business that can support their lives!
This course is my exact shooting system for how I built a 6-figure photography business while working part time and being home with my kids!
Learn how to shoot like a 6-figure photographer and capture beautiful, bright, meaningful photos in any situation so you can build a successful business on your own terms!
Students are added to the exclusive Jill Gum Photo U Students Facebook group, where I offer a live group Q+A Zoom sessions with student questions (pre-submitted or live) when students reach out with questions that aren't answerable in the group. The sessions are recorded and watchable anytime after for those who can't attend live. Students can also access the vault of all past Q+A sessions in the group.
Each module also includes an E-Book PDF or Worksheet providing more content or help with the topic. This may include activities and checklists to help you put the module's content into practice, a quick-glance guide to help you remember the main points while photographing on your own, or some examples of the photos with settings that I took while teaching.
Each module includes a 30-60 minute video focusing on 1 specific must-learn topic to help you photograph your clients (and light!).
Depending on specific module, you will see me:
-Teaching to the camera while walking through real photography situations
-Photographing real people showing the topic in action
-Teaching to the camera or with visual aides
"It gives me something to look forward to and the financial freedom that it has brought to my family through my photography business has been such a stress reliever.
Just know you are appreciated! I love how I can watch the lessons after my little guy goes to bed so it doesn't interfere with being a mom. I absolutely recommend it to everyone!"
"YOUR CLASS HAS REALLY CHANGED MY LIFE!"
"I've loved it from the beginning. Thank you for all the hard work and for being available to your students. That's the difference! Having you with us real time, throughout the course.
My family and friends are indebted to you for teaching me to preserve these fleeting moments in our lives."
"I have more confidence than ever with my camera."
"Photo U taught me the ins-and-outs of not only an art form, but also a professional skill. That skill allows me to bring in an additional source of income each month with photography. Yes, Photo University IS an investment, but it's an investment that is worth every penny and more.
I can't even express how thankful I am for Jill and for her knowledge, support, and guidance throughout the Photo U."
"Photo u gave me a professional, profitable skill--one that most people spend years learning on their own OR spend thousands of dollars on through years of schooling"
"I truly enjoy the lessons and applying the lessons with practice. It continues to make a huge difference in my photography! Very digestible, immediately applicable and a game-changer."
"Very digestible, immediately applicable and a game-changeR"
"She always answers my questions with such detail and understanding! I really enjoy and look forward to the content. My pictures have improved since day 1 in this course and I truly thank Jill for that."
"You can tell Jill is a teacher. She knows how to teach while reaching all types of learners."
"For the first time I'm taking pictures of my family and friends with confidence, and feel like I'm really delivering something of quality for my clients. I know what I'm doing at almost every step along the way now."
"The photo university has truly transformed my photography."
9 years ago he came into this world and completely changed our lives. And something that was once a slight interest became a necessity for me...I had to figure out how to capture it all...exactly as it felt!
I spent a year long maternity leave teaching myself (with the help of trusty Google) how to use my camera and practicing non-stop. I figured it out...but it took SO MUCH LONGER THAN IT NEEDED TO!
There was no road map for me, no path to make it easier, no one to guide me through the questions and challenges and things I needed to know.
Because I taught for 8 years before staying home with these 3 babies, teaching is a huge part of me.
Which is why I want to be YOUR road map, guide, and teacher. I know how to make the complex both simple and fun. And I know how to teach you to take amazing photos and eventually create a business that gives your life the freedom and flexibility mine has given to us!
Inside...Outside...Posed...Lifestyle...Sunshine ...Shade...Sunset...Clouds...you name it, you will be able to photograph it!
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THESE COULD BE PICTURES YOU TAKE OF YOUR CLIENTS SOON!
Q: What exactly will be covered as topics in the course?
A. The course includes 24 modules covering everything you need to know to be able to take beautiful photos in any situation: lighting, composition, style, intro to editing, story telling, camera settings, etc. Each module is focused on a specific topic so students can learn and practice 1 concept before moving on to another.
Q: I don't have a DSLR (or maybe even know what one is)...is this for me?
A: This course is for anyone who wants to learn photography with ANY type of camera!! We will discuss topics that are more applicable to cameras that can change lenses (DSLR or mirrorless cameras), BUT anyone with a digital camera or even a good iPhone and some creativity could benefit from this course! It may make you want a "fancy camera" in the future though!!
Q: Is this course for people who want to start a BUSINESS or for people who just love photographing?
A: BOTH! While it doesn't cover specific business topics (like running a business, marketing, etc), ALL of the topics covered are topics that photographers with a business would need to know. We cover topics all related to actually using your camera to take great pictures. I teach my entire shooting system in the Photo U that has allowed me to become a 6-figure photographer...so if you think you would want to learn that, this is for you!
Q: Do I have access to the content forever, and can I join anytime?
A. Yes! Students purchase forever access to the content. You can log in and watch anytime you want! At this point, I am allowing open enrollment but the price that you see is a sale price that is not the same price year around-- so I suggest you jump in now and use the payment plan if you aren't able to pay the full amount now!
Q:What sort of technology do I need to access this course?
A: You will need a computer for this course with a good internet connection. That's it!
Q. Do you teach about the steps to actually start a business as well?
A. I do! Each year, I teach a Coaching Program called the Photo U Business Builder to my Photo U students for those who want to learn how to turn their new awesome camera skills into a thriving business! My goal is for these students to have a business officially launched and making money throughout the 6 months of the program! I also am working on content now for future Business Bootcamps on more specialized business topics- email me if interested in any of these offerings and I can make sure you get all the info!
Q: What will I get/see in each module?
A: Students will be a part of the course site where they will view all the content. Each module's content consists of a 30-60+ minute video (either with me photographing and talking to the camera about what I'm doing, photographing while I'm working with clients, or teaching in my office/from my computer depending on what the topic calls for), a supplemental PDF or worksheet to go along with the video, and at least 4 months worth of live online Booster Q+A (with replay after, because again, I understand #reallife!) with student questions about what they are learning and working on!
Q: I have never used my camera before--is this course for me or is it for my friend who has used her camera for years on Manual?
A: This course is for you BOTH! We will start super basic-- but it will very quickly turn into content that could improve any photographer wherever they are in their journey. As for the early content, for more proficient photographers, I never mind a review of the basics or seeing what settings and preferences another photographer uses-- and the beginning would function like that for you!
Q: I have taken a live workshop or Photography for Moms 101 with you. Is this still for me?
A: Yes, my friend! In fact, I created it just with you in mind! After seeing how HELPFUL it was for some of my students to take my workshop a second time a few years ago, it inspired me to create a way where everyone could learn this content --shooting in manual, shooting with great style and lighting and composition-- over and over again in each module! This isn't the sort of topic you learn once and master--it takes recurring guidance and practice! The workshop content is just 1 module's worth of content in this course!