Maybe you have read the manual, spent some time learning online, or even taken a class on how to take better pictures. But real life? Spotlight dance recitals, sunny soccer games, dark band concerts, sunny beach vacations, birds flying through the forest, toddlers in general...that stuff is really hard. It takes more than just one class or a little reading to master.
Learn how to capture your family and life as it looks and feels in this 24-module Course where you will learn about ALL of the important steps to take beautiful pictures in any situation!
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's SO EASY to think that our phones or "auto" settings are good enough...and I get it! I totally believe in taking pictures whether GREAT or not-so-great to at least capture the moments! But the difference here? HUGE. All straight out of camera without adjustments, all based on gear and settings. You could learn to make this difference in your photos NOW!
"Your class has really changed my life! It gives me something to look forward to and the financial freedom it has brought my little fam 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!"
"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 year. After a year of Photo U, I have more confidence than ever with my camera. My family and friends are indebted to you for preserving these fleeting moments in our lives."
"Your class has really changed my life! It gives me something to look forward to and the financial freedom it has brought my little fam has been such a stress reliever.
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!"
8.5 years ago he came into this world and completely changed our lives. And something that was once a side hobby 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 the amazing pictures of your family that you dream of!
Inside...Outside...Posed...In The Moment...Vacations ...Pets...Landscape...you name it, you will be able to photograph it!
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THESE COULD BE PICTURES YOU TAKE OF YOUR KIDS AND YOUR LIFE SOON!
Q: Is this a course or a membership?
A: This is a COURSE--which means you get immediate access to ALL 24 modules of teaching...so you can binge-watch Netflix-style or you can go at whatever pace you want!
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 membership! 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: What exactly will be covered as topics in the course?
A: In 24 modules, Photo U covers everything you need to know to take the pictures you dream of and includes the following topics: shooting in manual (including camera settings, focus, white balance, and so much more, how to shoot in all types of outdoor light (shade, bright sunlight, daytime, evening, sunset), finding and using great natural light indoors, how to achieve beautiful composition, and SO MUCH MORE! Click here to see a full breakdown of each module's content!!
Q: What will I get/see each month?
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 membership 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!