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OPEN HOUSE: August 12th

We're having another open studio day on Saturday, August 12, from 10am-4pm.  Tickets are $25 each and will cover the models' fees, instructors, and studio time on the most popular day of the week. See the schedule below, and sign up by Aug.9 if you want to be counted for lunch.  Tell a friend! 

10:00am -- open studio, BYOModel, practice with window light, get a studio tour, ask questions about renting or membership, or just hang out! 

11:00am -- Intro to DSLR class (shooting in Manual mode) with Brian Powell .  Learn how to control your camera and get consistent results.  Bring your camera and lenses. 


12pm -- Open studio, lighting gear available for practice, Models included

12:30pm -- Lunch provided by Hotbox Purdue (pizza, salad, stix).  

1:30pm -- Business panel discussion and Q&A with three of the younger photographers here:  Victoria Rayburn,  Cody Dalton, and Lauren Koleff.  You don't want to miss this insightful session!

3:00pm -- Want to try your hand at boudoir photography?  Jen Carmichael will be doing a session/demo on the genre just for you.  Male photogs welcome. 

4:30pm -- Event ends, but you can rent our space any time ;) 


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Hotbox lunch for you?

FREE DAY on May 21!

This coming Saturday we'll be  hosting another Free Day at the studio.  Below is the schedule, so RSVP for the class, lunch, or a model slot!  Message us on this site, or on our Facebook page. 

10:00am  Studio opens
10:30a   Lightroom introduction (RSVP) by Janet Stephens.  For the full version, click here
12:00pm  HotBox lunch provided
12:30pm  Models available for studio practice
3:00pm    A talk by branding and marketing guru, Garrett Curry of Raygun Workshop, addressing "An Empathetic Approach to Branding", followed by Q&A. 
4:00pm   Close


"Garrett is a designer + entrepreneur + Principal at Raygun Workshop. Before running his own studio in Carmel, IN, he spent several years in Lafayette serving at Sr. Art Director at GreyMob. During that time Garrett was instrumental in the branding of Greyhouse Coffee, Matchbox Co-working, WBAA, as well as working with Purdue University and other local businesses. Today, Raygun Workshop provides brand consulting, design, web, UI/UX and space-making services for industries such as lifestyle brands, startups, tech, hospitality, agriculture, non-profit initiates and for-purpose businesses. Garrett digs talking about the power of a genuine brand, finding meaningful work, battling the challenge of running your own business, increasing your value, and taking risks that accommodate your definition of success."

Lighting workshop March 7th (members-only)

One of the perks of studio membership is our monthly members-only workshops that help our photographers continue to learn, grow, and develop -- in both photography and business areas.  These are free and included with membership!

For March, our first meetup is March 7th (Monday) from 7:30pm-9:30pm;  Brian Powell will be covering various studio lighting scenarios and techniques, and helping members work through various techniques and setups of their choosing.   Below (and above) are a few samples that were actually made in our studio: 




Fundamentals of Photography March 8th (new class!)

Janet Stephens is hosting a Fundamentals of Photography class on March 8 (Tues.) from 5:30p-9:30p at the studio. 

"You have the DSLR camera, now take your photography to the next level!  In this four-hour seminar you will learn all about shutter speed, ISO and aperture so that you can turn off the Auto setting and learn to truly create your photographs with intention.  You will learn to understand exposure and how to read it before you even hit the shutter.  Additional topics that will be addressed include focus, white balance and basic composition. "

Cost: $99   |  Contact Janet to sign up!    janet@jstephens.info | (765) 490-4848


Q+A with the Pros

We have a number of events the next few weeks that will provide aspiring photographers and students the opportunity to ask local pros any question they like!  Hopefully they blow your mind.

Here is a comprehensive list for the next month:

Feb.16, 8pm:  Michael Dick & John Underwood
Feb.27, 7pm:  Vanessa Isenbarger & Jen Carmichael
Mar.15, 8pm:  Polina Osherov & Esther Boston
Apr.19, 8pm:  Megan Pettry & Brian Powell

Bring your best photography or photo-biz related questions! Bring a friend. BYOB too.

We'll see you at the studio, 

FREE DAY on Feb. 27!

UPDATE FEB.22:  Thanks to everyone for RSVPing!  The lighting class/demo is now full, as are some of the model slots.  There is still room in the intro class at 11am.  Here are the latest *open* time slots for the models on Saturday:

Sarah: 10am-10:20am
Carolyn: 1:40p-2p
Roberto: 1pm, 1:40p
Maggie: 2:20p, 2:40p-3p


We're hosting a completely free day at the studio on Saturday, Feb. 27th.  That's right: classes, demos, vendor demos, models to practice your portraits with -- everything is free.  The studio side will be open for free shooting from 9am-4pm as well.  We'll even have food and refreshments throughout the day, compliments of HotBox Pizza.  Two short 'classes' will be hosted as well. At the end, we'll close on a really cool Q+A panel with two working pros.  Ask them anything! 

Here's what you need to do: 

  1. Put it on your calendar and RSVP to our Facebook event.
  2. Contact us to RSVP for any time with models you want to reserve (20 minute slots).
  3. Contact us to RSVP for either of the classes  (limited seating available).
  4. Bring questions about the studio, questions for the pros, and your camera/gear that you want to practice with.   If you're thinking about props -- maybe limit yourself to one small thing.  
  5. Spread the word!  Everyone is welcome; this is an all-levels, family-friendly event. 
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We also added Roberto (above) for the 1-2pm slot. 

Thanks again to HotBox for sponsoring our hungry photogs! 

We're back, baby.

We will open again as of March 1, 2016.  We're better, faster, stronger.  Well, not sure if that applies here -- but we are going to do things better, and bigger, this time around!  The main difference you will see, other than this sexy website, is a regular rotation of classes, workshop, and meetups at our space.  We will even have a free day here and there. 

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and #SecondLevelStudios tags on Twitter and Instagram.  Join us for some upcoming events and classes, or inquire about becoming a member.