On Teaching and Photography By Michelle Gardella

I have tried meditating the traditional way. Sitting, back straight, silent, focusing on my breath. A way to observe my thoughts, to practice detachment and inch closer to peace. And I’m not saying that the traditional avenues are useless, in fact, they are profound. AND, for me, nothing brings me right back to my truest

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The Importance of Self-Love and Creating

By Sharon Covert These days, more than ever before, it’s become far too easy to get caught up in the everyday conglomerated, beautiful mess, we call life. We take on far too many roles and expectations in hopes of not disappointing others around us. Whether it be taking on a client that doesn’t truly fit

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Photography in the Real World – By Chris Messenger

You may find this to be a difficult scenario to visualize, but what if social media ceased to exist as we know it? What would happen if hashtags were gone & we didn’t even have digital followers and didn’t care about what was trending that day? Better yet, if social media were gone as we

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Yoo-Hoo! Big Summer Blowout!

We know, summer schedules can be kinda crazy- Kids to entertain, vacations to plan, sunscreen to apply.  We don’t want to add any more crazy to your to-do list, so DEFINE is changing things up for the summer! For the month of June we are offering a BIG SUMMER BLOWOUT on our entire line-up of

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Capturing Family Vacations // by Mali Workman

Few things in life give me more joy than photographing my family vacations (ranked together with looking at pictures a few – or many – years later). I have two teenagers: a 13-year-old boy and an almost 15-year-old girl. As a family, we have been traveling together a few times a year since they were

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Our May 2018 Class Lineup – A Quick Guide

Overwhelmed by the choices? Our class guide will help you find the perfect course for you! Our interactive online photography classes all take place in our private forum with a real-live teacher and a group of fellow students walking through four weeks of learning with you. If you’re new to DEFINE, you can learn more

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A Guide to Pricing Your Work

Creating a pricing guide for your work and services can be so daunting. In an industry where everyone structures their businesses differently, there isn’t any clear rulebook to tell you how much to charge. We don’t have all the answers – your final pricing structure will be unique to you – but we do have

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Student Stories: A fresh take on flowers /// by Lara Shoop

In honor of the first week of spring, we’re bringing you flowers! We talked with longtime DEFINE student Lara Shoop about her captivating florals (we adore her Instagram series #anotherweekanotherbunch) and what inspired her to start a personal project photographing flowers. Whether it’s sunny and warm or snowing out your window (thanks, nor’easter), these blooms

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Using window light to create awesome photos

Making the most of natural light means that you don’t need to use your camera’s flash. But there’s more to light than just finding a bright room or walking outside. You can create several different looks with one simple window. Here are five of our favorites to play around with this weekend! Light it up

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Left Brain: Starter Tips for Self Portraits /// by Sharon Covert

Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of a self-portrait. Exposing yourself can feel intimidating. Does a self-portrait have to include your face or show all of you? No! A large percentage of my self-portraits do not show my face. There are many ways to conceal your face, whether it be by a mask, your

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