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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....

*** Studio Equipment ***
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

*** Specialties ***
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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Patricia August 16, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
Kelvin is excellent.
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Jaden F. August 14, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Enjoyed immensely! Kelvin is talented, energetic, experienced and very encouraging!
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Jack E. August 11, 2017
· Mandolin · Online
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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About Drea C.

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Glendale, CA
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I am a professional photographer and has been shooting events for 10 years.

Depending on your level, I would customize a package for you and your needs. If you are a beginner and have never held a camera before, we would start from the basics (Learning composition, camera settings etc.). If you are intermediate, we would learn lighting techniques and conduct photoshoots.

About Drea
I have been in the creative industry since I was a child. I have been singing since I came out of the womb! And doing photography since high school. I am now in front and behind the camera as an actress/on camera host, and I am a professional photographer/videographer. I have behind the camera for companies such as VH1, MTV, Fuse TV, and the New York Post. In front of the camera, you have probably seen me in films such as Relativity Media's, "Act of Valor," "Baby Mama" (Opp Tina Fey/Sigourney Weaver), and Chris Rock's "I Think I Love my Wife." My experience both in front and behind the camera compliments each other as I understand what is needed for both positions. I try to keep my lessons informative and fun! -- Anything can be achieved if you take your time and you really want it.

I teach both in front and behind the camera :
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Twilla Loewen December 21, 2015
· Photography · Online
My instructor Drea was a very was a very Patient and was prepared for our lessons. She sends an email and get a basic understanding of what your goals are what type of equipment you're planning on using and if she is unfamiliar with you for particular camera she does her research and is prepared to answer you any of your questions. I would recommend taking photography classes from her, I intend to continue taking lessons from Drea she is a treasure trove of knowledge.
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John F. June 26, 2015
· Photography · In studio
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Drea C.

Drea C.

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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
Hey, hey! 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 nine years. I can help you with your goals from learning a new design software to getting advice on a project your currently working on. Whatever you want to achieve, I can assist you by finding the right path. My only rule is to take fun seriously!

Whenever I'm not at the computer, I'm an actor, improviser and director in Chicago.
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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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Bernadette LaGamba January 14, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
Blake is kind and courteous and the lessons were individualized and geared to meet my needs. Blake met my expectations in teaching the functionality of a new program, and he gave me guidance designing. The lessons are easy to schedule and cancel if necessary.
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Ciara S. November 29, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
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Blake M.

Blake M.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Irina L.

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Beverly Hills, CA

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Personal lessons tailored to your individual needs with custom handouts. No boring theory, just practical and useful tips.

About Irina
Professional photographer with ten years of successful working experience for acclaimed international companies.
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Kathryn (Royal) March 3, 2017
· Photography · In home
I lost the "joy" of photography with Irina. Technically, she knows her stuff, but her sensitivity and people skills are lacking. Barely an encouraging word. I felt degraded, nervous, and overall shitty by the end of the second lesson. Hoping for a better experience with another teacher.
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Desislava G. February 4, 2017
· Photography · Online
Irina is amazing... I would never even think that I can create such beautiful photographies.
My father used to have a small photo lab at the loft and it was like a magic to me. I was always passionate to learn the beauty of photography however I never got the chance to.
I took few classes with Irina, she helped me to create incredible photos for my marketing campaign.
Irina is very professional and patient teacher, she has deep knowledge of photography and she makes it fun to learn.
I would recommend Irina to anyone who wants to learn photography.
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Dianne Hatgis November 16, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
First lesson was great! Can't wait to learn more...
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Irina L.

Irina L.

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About Sergey K.

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Schenectady, NY

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I been taking pictures for a very long time I also have my own photography business set up at www.photosbysergey.com and I can teach you hands on lessons how to take amazing pictures.

About Sergey
I am a NYS certified Social Studies and Special Education Teacher and taughtSpecial Education at a group home I also have many years experience tutoring and substitute teaching in various Capital Region School Districts. My other expertise is to teach Study and organizational skills. I have also taught GEO at Albany High School. Aside from teaching I also did freelance photography for a few years and can teach you how to maximize using your photo equipment, take amazing pictures and using the computer to edit your creations.

I graduated from Siena with a degree with History and a minor in Political Science. Then I went to school and earned my master degree from the College of St Rose in Social Studies. I also attended SUNY Albany where I got a second certification to teach Special Education.
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Brent May 30, 2017
· Photography · Online
Sergey taught me about everything I had questions about and also offered suggestions in helping me to better determine the best way to find the career path that is right for me. Rather than hard and fast lessons, it was an opportunity to spend time, one on one, with a professional and learn from his experiences what works and what doesn't.
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Silvia September 25, 2016
· Business · In home
Great session! Helped me with my business needs, now I feel confident that can start my own eBay dropshipping business! Answered every question I had and I had a lot!! Thanks Sergey!
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Alex Genadinik September 22, 2016
· Business · Online
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About Seth B.

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Venice, CA

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Documentary and adventure photographer for over 10 years. Degree in photography from Emerson College.

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Filmmaker and photographer here. Will teach you DIY tricks no one else knows.
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Seth B.

Seth B.

Online
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$60 / 30-min

About Danielle W.

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Altamonte Springs, FL

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Hello students! I'm a professional photography and photo retoucher.

I've been teaching photography and photo editing (Lightroom and Photoshop) for 10+ years to hundreds of students around the world. From newcomers to advanced hobbyists, I'm extremely passionate about showing you simple and effective ways to "see life through a new lens."

About Danielle
Hello, students! I'm a professional photography and photo retoucher.

I've been teaching photography and photo editing (Lightroom and Photoshop) for 10+ years to hundreds of students around the world. From newcomers to advanced hobbyists, I'm extremely passionate about showing you simple and effective ways to "see life through a new lens."

I truly enjoy the work that I do. I love knowing that photography is a creative skill that anyone can learn to love. It's not difficult to learn and you can hone your skills very quickly with the right teacher. Teaching you how to take great photos is about building awareness, anticipation and sharing tricks that I've learned over the last 15 years behind the camera.
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Danielle W.

Danielle W.

Online
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$75 / 45-min

About Frank I.

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Chicago, IL

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Students will receive a solid 2 day customizable overview of lighting (studio and location), Photographic execution (Fine art and Commercial) and camera understanding (limitations and advantages of your desired make and model). In addition to the technical aspects of photography element such as composition, editing and retouching will all be addressed in relation to creation a cohesive body of work.

About Frank
Photographer Frank Ishman has traveled extensively, living and working in various cities around the world.

Bringing his unique vision, ardent sense of lighting, and strong work ethic to each shoot, Frank has produced an impressive collection of commercial, narrative and fine art work.
From celebrities and CEO’s to rap stars and children, Frank’s commercial work includes advertising campaigns, celebrity portraiture, magazine spreads, non-profit assignments and fashion. Never without a camera, Frank's fine art work takes aim at the everyday, the subject and their environment - always evolving, always finding a unique way of documenting existence.

Born in Connecticut and raised in southern California, Frank is at home on sets having worked as a child actor for many years in Los Angeles. Frank has lived in London, India, New Zealand, C
hicago, and now after more than a decade in New York, and after a brief stint in California Frank is now based in Chicago, right in the middle.

Magazines:

Work has appeared in: Fader, Conde Nast, InStyle Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Design Bureau, Hawai’l Magazine, Angeleno, World Bride Magazine, I Am Entertainment, DC Magazine, Locale LA, QSR Magazine, Locale Magazine San Diego, CBS Watch Magazine, Vegas Magazine, Riviera Orange County Magazine, Where LA Magazine, Huffington Post

Clients:

Range of clients include: BLT, Epson US, Epson Latin America, LaFace Records, 20th Century Fox, Bank of America, Showroom 7, Paramount, Art Institute of Chicago, Amour Creole, Feltraiger, Jewish Defense Council, Phillip Morris, New York Department of Corrections, Crispy Productions, DayNa Decker, Cue Art Foundation, John Malkovich's The Good Canary, International Refugee Committee, General Board of Global Ministries, American Cancer Society, Todd Bracher Designs, Humanscale, WhoSay.com, Pratt School, Mirsk, Sunglasses Hut, Anti- Defamation League, Houston Hospitality, Trinayan Dance Theater

Groups:

Filter Chicago - Advisory Board Member 2016

Film Still Credits:

Teacher In A Box - Directed by Tanuj Chopra - 2014
Imperial Dreams - Directed by Malik Vitthal - 2013
Wilderness of James - Directed by Michael Johnson - 2012
Like Crazy - Directed by Drake Doremus - 2011
Spooner - Directed by Drake Doremus - 2009

Articles about Frank Ishman:

Design Bureau, Inspiration issue, “Reflection” - September 2013
Root Hill Coffee Shop Blog Interview - November 2011

Image Loaned:

Senator Barack Obama, Three School Girls, Freetown, Sierra Leone - 2008

Exhibitions (Group):

Draft FCB Gallery, Chicago, Illinois - 2013 Donated Image, Art Basel, Miami, Florida - "The Empowerment Project for Haiti" - 2010 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, New York - “Top 25 Photographs” - 2009
Usable- Space, Milwaukee, “Light” 2015

Adorama Pix, New York, New York - "Ones to Watch" - 2009

Teaching and Lectures:

Ignited Advertising Agency, “Work History and Photographic Process” - 2013
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Frank I.

Chicago, IL 60614
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$250 / 180-min

About Tim H.

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Verona, NJ

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Experienced teacher of 3 years, working college level classes and teaching group summer classes. Accustomed to assisting in working through project specific problems in film and digital photography. Photoshop usage restricted to basic photo retouching and manipulation. Teaching style reflects my belief that photos should be shot with the intent that is the final product, not that it can be fixed later. Working with me, you will get the full spectrum of subject matter, from raw files/film negatives to finished, framed photographs.

About Tim
I'm a professional musician, photographer, and photography teacher. I graduated from Hofstra University with a major in Public Relations and a minor in photography.

I learned to teach photography working as an aide in the university darkrooms - running small group classes, and providing a critical eye on larger projects.

My musical teaching expertise stems from 18 years of cello performance, preferring to work with new students, and intermediate students looking for artistic direction. When working with others, I prefer to have students have projects of their own aspirations, in order to help drive their passion for what they're doing.

For photography lessons, expect to go to different locations each day, to capture a wide variety of lighting situations and interesting landscapes in Northern Jersey - remember your hiking boots!
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Tim H.

Online
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$30 / 30-min

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Average Cost of Photography Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute photography lessons in Chicago is $83. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $70 and $90 per hour.

30-min $35
 
$53 average
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45-min $45
 
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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 25% less expensive at $63, and 30-minute lessons cost 37% less at $53.

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