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About Kelvin L.

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Bolingbrook, IL

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If you’re interested in learning photography – congratulations! Photography is a fun, practical hobby as well as an exciting career. Although learning photography does take a little patience, the rewards are certainly worth it. So, let’s start with the benefits of why you should learn photography.

- The ability to record special events like a child’s birthday, graduation or the family’s vacations with clear, focused well composed photographs.

- Never missing a picture of a special moment because you were searching for the right button or dial.

- Taking photos that you and your loved ones will enjoy displaying on your wall. By capturing your special memories in pictures, you can have a way to document and pass on these memories to future generations.

- Communicating through your photographs. A picture really is worth a thousand words! You can capture an expression that says it all. Or as we've seen in magazines like Time and National Geographic, you can shoot photographs ...

About Kelvin
I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I str
ongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

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I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

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In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

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I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Dennis October 30, 2017
· Chinese · In studio
I had my first lesson with Kelvin and it was very good. Kelvin made me feel very comfortable and we focused on the various tones used in learning and speaking Mandarin. I look forward to my next class this coming weekend.
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Bill S. October 17, 2017
· Chinese · In home
Great start. No doubt a professional instructor. Looking forward to learn.
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Kevin B. October 10, 2017
· Drawing · Online
Excellent teacher!
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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About Julie D.

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Tustin, CA
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From the basics of camera operations to field sessions, creativity assignments to photo processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, and even starting your photography business, we work together to develop training to meet your photography needs. I am known for my patience with students and am committed to your best learning experience.

Do you just want a review and critique of your photos to help you improve? Ask for our discounted fee for this service.

About Julie
Photography & Business

Photography -

Be the boss! Take control of your digital camera. Tutoring sessions with Julie can help you learn the mysteries of digital photography, can jump start your creativity, or guide you along your journey in photography,

Julie earned the Photographic Craftsman degree in January 2014 and Certified Professional Photographer in May 2015 from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) .

These degrees are not merely pieces of paper. It means that Julie has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. She was awarded the Photographic Craftsman degree in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor. The CPP designation demonstrates the knowledge and experience of a professional who has achieved and maintains a higher standard.

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sses a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and has more than 25 years’ experience running a small business. In addition, Julie has experience in the transportation, hospitality, and aerospace industries, software development and legal fields. Her experience includes clerical to management positions, but thrives as a small business owner. Julie has taught photography at the local community college for 11 years, runs workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.

Julie has created and run most business structures – solo entrepreneur/sole proprietor, LLC, Joint Venture, and Corporation.

Some of the awards Julie has received during her career include YWCA of Los Angeles Leadership Award, Boeing Spotlight Award for Teamwork, PPOC Spirit Award, PPC Above and Beyond, American Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence, Thumbtack Best of Professional Photographers.
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Amanda B. November 8, 2017
· Photography · Online
Very fun, and helpful. You can tell she really has a passion for photography.
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Jill M. October 26, 2017
· Photography · Online
Great experience...very well prepared and informative!
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Jaclyn October 11, 2017
· Photography · Online
Julie is a wonderful instructor! She is engaging and thoughtful, and she provides clear instructions and advice. She took time to ask me my specific goals for my first lesson, and after just one class, I already feel much more confident in my photography skills! I am a super beginner, and am looking forward to continuing to work with Julie to improve my skills.
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Julie D.

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About Layla M. H.

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Oakton, VA
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Dedicated artist with over a decade of experience. I enjoy working in a variety of mediums and in abstract styles. Also have experience with 3-D mediums such as ceramic sculpting and metal work. Experience teaching a range of ages.

About Layla M.
Current PhD student at George Mason's School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (SPGIA). With a Masters in International Relations from NYU and over five years experience at the college and university levels, I am extremely passionate about education and am willing to help any student willing to accept the assistance. I am excited to begin learning with you!

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College professor available to tutor students in a variety of social science disciplines as well as basic math. Also available for music and dance lessons both online and in person.
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Boyd Shawn November 8, 2016
· SAT · In studio
Layla has been good since when she started doing this, I really want you to contact me because kids are looking forward working with you...infodelivery.agent021@gmail.com
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Boyd Shawn November 8, 2016
· SAT · In studio
Layla has been good since when she started doing this, I really want you to contact me because kids are looking forward working with you...infodelivery.agent021@gmail.com
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Cameron N. August 2, 2016
· Dance · In home
Layla deserves the 5 stars and more! Great instructor, very pleasant and understanding. Recommend to all, learned a lot on first session and hope to continue more!
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Layla M. H.

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About Jonathan "JC" C.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Photography is my life. I have been doing it professionally since 2003. I have references and exhibitions all over the world. I can teach groups or individually. People of all ages and all levels are welcome.

About Jonathan "JC"
Hello! Bonjour!

The way I teach is simple and fun! I am patient and dedicated to your success.

My name is Jonathan. I am a 33 year old French-American man living and working in Minneapolis Minnesota. I will be your teacher today.

I am a happy husband and step-father who moved to Minnesota in 2015 to live with the wife Sophia and 2 kids: Blake and Samara, 15 and 13 (11th, and 8th grade this year).

I have been a professional photographer for more than 14 years now. It is my full-time job. I also practice traditional Indian-Himalayan SunYoga, meditation, acupressure. I have participated in healing cancer patients and all kinds of diseases in 4 different countries (USA, France, Serbia, India).

In 2015, before I moved to the USA, I was the President of a Non Profit Organization called SUNYOGA France, French branch of the main
NPO from India called UNIVERSAL PEACE CENTER, for yoga, research, education, and humanitarian programs. I am now working on creating the American branch of the association. It will be called SUNYOGA AMERICA.

WHAT ABOUT TEACHING? Everybody wants the best. I believe QUALITY is the most important. I also believe each person is UNIQUE and should be treated in a unique way with unique lessons.

What comes first? Question or answer? When we arrive on our first day at school do we have final exams? First the teacher shares knowledge during class. Depending on the teacher's talent, passion, and love for his work, the students will learn something. Then only we have exams.

Hopefully wisdom will come out of this process. All we need is a little support to all grow together.

Teaching is a big responsibility. Parents and teachers, it is our duty to teach the best. Let's do our best together. Thank you.

As a photographer my motto is
ENLIGHTEN YOUR EVENT, BRING LIFE TO YOUR STORY

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Voted Top 5 MN Photographer by CBS News Minnesota
👍Creative Business, Event, Portrait, Commercial, Performance Photographer
🎨Fine Art Photographer
🐣Photography Workshops Teacher/ Coach for ↪beginners ↪advanced ↪pros💯
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Samantha D. October 9, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Great lesson with JC!:)
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Mariana October 1, 2017
· French · Online
Well versed in the proper French grammatical structure and helpful with questions.
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Samantha September 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Jonathan is a great teacher!
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About Blake M.

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Chicago, IL
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I have shot corporate and actor headshots for over seven years. I look for eager students to understand what they're doing as oppose to just memorizing. I will listen to your goals and adjust the curriculum to your needs. Whether it's working with Cannon, Nikon or whatever brand of camera for the first time, I can assist you with your needs. I have lots of energy and love students with a sense of humor! Let's start having fun!

About Blake
Greetings! My name is Blake and I can't wait to meet you! I have been practicing design in the corporate, fashion and entertainment industries for over ten years. I can assist you with your goals from learning a new design software to providing guidance one of your current projects. Whatever you want to achieve, I can assist you by finding the right path. I do not have a set curriculum because every student varies from age to experience. My only rule is to take fun seriously!

Whenever I'm not at the computer, I'm acting, improvising or podcasting in Chicago.
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Abe K. November 9, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
He was awesome! I learned a ton in that hour. I️ highly recommend Blake.
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Alison September 26, 2017
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Blake is the real deal - skilled, experienced, fully engaged, and great work with. Highly Recommend!
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Ashlee E. February 16, 2017
· Photography · Online
Blake is a great teacher. He made me so determined to learn more and to get better in my craft. I started to become excited and always looked forward till our next lesson because I knew I would come out knowing way more than I did before. If you are unsure and/or new to this, I would 100% recommend Blake!
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Blake M.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Scott D.

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Port Chester, NY
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I have been a professional photographer for the past 8 years, providing portraiture, retail and commercial photography services. Additionally my studio facilitates photography workshops on various subjects as well as providing mentoring services for new and up and coming photographers. I structure my lessons to make sure students learn the skills they are hoping to learn while providing a strong foundation in photography fundamentals, technique, and creativity.

About Scott
Although beginning my professional life in the Information Technology industry for nearly 10 years with a degree in Computer Science, for the past 8 years I have been working as a professional photographer shooting everything from Portraiture to large scale commercial projects.

Photographing people however, has always been my passion. My work has been featured in many national photography competitions, as well as being published in magazines including Lucky, InStyle and Westchester Magazine.

I also facilitate and teach photography workshops on a variety of topics for beginners all the way through advanced artists. My photo studio also provides mentoring services to up and coming photographers to help focus their artistic vision and keep their technical skills razor sharp.

I'm also available for computer tutoring as well to improv
e your technology skills and get you comfortable with the latest hardware and software applications.
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Leslie July 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
the lesson was really great. Scott has a way of making complicated information easy to understand. I learned a lot and am looking forward to my next lesson. I highly recommend Scott.
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Ryan Thomas September 21, 2016
· Photography · In home
Stellar!!
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About Rob G.

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Guilford, CT
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Whether you’re an absolute beginner, advanced hobbyist or emerging professional, Rob’s private photography instruction will transform your vision and your photography forever. His private teaching is customized to your skill level and experience, weaving together creative inspiration and technical training in an exciting, fun way.

Sessions are offered in-person for students living in the New Haven, CT area and on Long Island. Rob also teaches students around the world via Skype and FaceTime.

Rob’s photographs have been celebrated in gallery exhibitions and national magazines including Cosmopolitan, Time, Brides and Mademoiselle, and used by major corporations including Google, Club Med, Microsoft, AT&T, Marriott, Braun and Seagrams, to name a few.

About Rob
I am a photographer, multimedia artist, educator, author and speaker. My work combines aspects of art, education and social awareness as a means of personal and professional growth.

My photographs have been celebrated in gallery exhibitions and national magazines including Cosmopolitan, Time, Brides and Mademoiselle, and used by major corporations including Google, Club Med, Microsoft, AT&T, Marriott, Braun and Seagrams, to name a few.

I am the founder and director of the Center for Creative Development, a nonprofit organization that is home to several youth empowerment programs including “I Matter” and Just Like Me. I am also the founder of the Stepping Stone Gallery for Contemporary Photography and Art That Matters, an artist community and gallery in New York.

I am the author of Shooting From The Heart: Creating Passion and Purpose
in Your Life and Work. My projects, courses and lectures are offered at universities, museums, art institutes and corporations, focusing on creativity, personal and professional development, and transformative education. I hold a BS in Photography from Rochester Institute of Photography and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
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Rob G.

Rob G.

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About Rush F.

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Chicago, IL

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Full immersion into the art of light-writing! The key to mastering photography is knowing your gear, and how to properly work your camera of choice in accordance with the settings you're shooting in, to result in the perfect photos. You must first learn the rules before you can break them! Then comes the endless potential of shooting photos, archiving your life in whatever way you see fit.

About Rush
I'm hoping to get to work with students who want to dive right into mastering their camera and all it has to offer, whether we're shooting on film or digital, both of which I can offer instruction in. Learning to be in absolute control of your camera and how your settings will affect your photos is key to creating your images & making sure they come out exactly the way you envision them. Our time together will be a full immersion into light-writing. Over the years, I have had approximately 4 years of cumulative formal instruction on the subject, and have been freelancing since 2011, for events such as weddings, anniversaries, baby/bridal showers, graduation and engagement photos, live concerts, and just about anything else you can think of. Previously a Photography student of Daytona State College in Florida, I made the move up to Chicago
in 2015, and am currently studying at Harold Washington College. In the spring I will graduate with my Art Studio AFA. I genuinely look forward to any time spent with someone with a desire to hone their craft, and hope to bring more inspiration to those wanting to bring forth their vision. Aside from photography, I also teach a handful of other subjects that you or someone else may be interested in!
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Miguel D. December 3, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Rush is awesome! He broke down the camera into easy-to-understand steps and focused on areas I was struggling with. I learned a lot in a very short amount time.
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Mike October 2, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
guitarist in a local Chicago band LOOMS. a year ago we asked Rush to design a flier for some of our upcoming shows. we were so in love with what he made for us, that I ended up reaching out on my own to ask for photoshop tips. we did one "formal" lesson (this was before he was registered on the website) and man we covered a lot in 45 mins. i was surprised when rush told me he is still in school. you would have no idea from the way he conducts his lessons.
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Mallory L. October 2, 2017
· Photography · In home
As a seasoned takelessons teacher myself, I was enthralled with Rush's professionalism and deep understanding of photography.
Many of my own students are adults who now finally have the time to learn something they've always wanted to do. So, I decided to follow my little long-term dream of learning more about photography, and boy am I glad I did! Rush is kind and patient, and has a knack for lesson personalization. I can't wait for our next lesson!!
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Chicago, IL 60608
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About Susannah K.

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Experienced photojournalist who has been in the business for the last 8 years. Graduated with a degree in visual communication for Ohio University's renowned photojournalism program. Interned at the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Los Angeles Times. Have since built my own business as a freelance photojournalist. Some of my clients include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA Today, Outside Magazine, and many more.

I look forward to sharing my skills and knowledge of photography with you!

About Susannah
Photography is my greatest passion in life. So far, it has placed me on the streets of San Francisco documenting the lives of the homeless, in Kenya tracking the great wildebeest migration, and in Scotland racing behind a pack of huskies while documenting the lives of professional mushers. Through these experiences, I have developed a total love for the power and beauty of visual storytelling. My camera has allowed me to delve deep into people’s lives, my own life, and the world around me.

I have had the pleasure of collaborating with a lot of incredible people at pretty cool places, some of which include the New York Times, AARP, Outside Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, USA Today, United Healthcare, The Wall Street Journal, American Express and Bark! Magazine.

Whether you're just picking up a camera for the first time, or looking
to kick start your professional photography business, I've got lots of knowledge and experience to share.

I look forward to meeting you!
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Susannah K.

Susannah K.

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Average Cost of Photography Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute photography lessons in Chicago is $68. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $42 and $90 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$44 average
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45-min $34
 
$53 average
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60-min $42
 
$68 average
$90

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute photography lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute photography lessons are 23% less expensive at $53, and 30-minute lessons cost 36% less at $44.

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