Business workshop: Sunday April 22, 2p-5p

/////UPDATE: This is sold out;  Stay tuned to our social media for future events./////

We have a great opportunity for anyone who is serious, curious, determined, perplexed (or all of the above) about the business of photography.  The theme is Making the Jump:  we have three of our local pros who have all 'made the jump' from a nice cushy "day job".... into the world of self-employed photography.  Victoria, one of our members, just made the jump a month ago!  Erika left her engineering job a couple years back, and Brian left his job at Purdue in 2012. 


We'll be sharing with you our nuggets of hard-earned wisdom, gleaned from our experiences with making the jump from a day job, running our businesses, working with clients, marketing ourselves, and yes..... pricing!  You'll have the opportunity to ask plenty of questions as we go, hear real stories that we would never tell online, workshop real-world pricing numbers, and meet other photographers. 

 If you have time, we'll be heading to dinner afterwards (optional) to continue the conversation and answer any more questions.  Space is limited to 10 seats, and each seat is $50 (studio members can have a seat for free!)  

Saturday Nov. 4th! Intro, business, lighting.


This Saturday, Nov. 4, we will have a trio of our classic sessions led by local pro Brian Powell!  Join any session, or the whole day, for a $50 seat (sign up below): 

  • 10:30am-12pm --- Intro to DSLR/ shooting in manual mode.  
  • 12pm-1:30pm --- A short business seminar/Q+A over lunch,  (BYOLunch or have it delivered)
  • 1:30pm-4:30pm --- Intro to Lighting / Off-camera Flash. 

NOTES: Any level of photographer is welcome;  No gear required (you can learn a lot without even bringing a camera), and we'll have lighting to use as well.  If you do have cameras, lenses, flashes, modifiers, etc.  DO bring them so you can practice with them.  Bring a notepad and something to write with.   *Important* invite a friend, because we need at least 7 people attending for this day to happen! 

Signup below; If you have any questions, comment or inbox us anywhere :) 

Which will you attend?

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 ;) 

Hotbox lunch for you?

Open sessions on Saturday 4/29/17

We're having a shorter version of our Open House this Saturday April 29, with a mix of sessions and activities, hosted by local pro Brian Powell;  This is open to non-members! Reserve your seat below ($20 each person) which admits you for any/all of the sessions. 

If you want to bring a lunch for the 12p hangout, feel free.  If you want to bring someone to practice shooting (maybe 1 person) for the 3p-4p slot, feel free.  If you have other questions, please comment on our Facebook post or Instagram post!   See you there, 

How many seats?
I'll attend these sessions:

Acoustic evening with singer-songwriters - FREE

On Saturday Dec. 3, from 6p until around 9p, we'll be hosting a trio of singer-songwriters from KY for an acoustic set!   This event is Free (suggested donation box),  and sponsored by Hotbox -- so come early if you want to some free pizza/salad/sticks.  Feel free to BYOB.  All-ages show :)  

We will also be giving away TWO free studio rentals!  ($50 value each, 2 hours each).  Drop your names in! Must be present to win. 

RSVP to the Facebook event if you can. 
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Classes for November 2016!

We have planned a few classes at the studio for November, based on your feedback..  Book your seat today!  Each seat is $70, and the minimum for each session is 4 attendees, so tell your friends :)      
As always, our upper level members get their seats anywhere from 50% off.... to free.   If you have questions or need a tour, just inbox us. 

NOV 7 (Monday)  Intro. to DSLR (shooting in Manual), 6:30p-9p
NOV 9 (Wednesday)  Intro to DSLR (shooting in Manual), 5:30p-9p
NOV 10 (Thursday)  Intro to Lighting (both small flash and studio strobes), 6p-9p
NOV 16 (Wednesday) Intro to Business (seminar with Q+A), 7p-9p

Make sure you use the dropdown menu below to choose the correct class!  
Feel free to attend more than 1 class;  You'll just have to come back and do another transaction for the other class.   You *can* reserve more than 1 seat to each class. 

Choose your seat!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more! 

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."

Lightroom intro class

This has been one of our most popular requests from 2016, and here it is!

Adobe Lightroom, Getting Started - If you are interested in exploring all the powerful organizing and editing capabilities of Photoshop's companion program Lightroom, this meeting is for you. 
Sunday, May 22, 1:00 - 4:00pm at Second Level Studios

To sign up either class contact Janet Stephens at 765-490-4848 or