I am so grateful to now be in the 12th year of my photography career. During this time, I nurtured and grew a successful portraiture business and made an award-winning transition into fine art photography. I have also had the incredible opportunity to teach and mentor hundreds of students along the way. Teaching and inspiring is something I am extremely passionate about and I'm excited to be offering three online courses, which can build upon one another or stand alone. 

EMBRACING YOUR INNER ARTIST  | Next class begins February 11th, 2019

Recognizing and embracing the artistry in your photography is what will eventually separate your work from the work of other photographers – it is what will make your photographs special, compelling and uniquely yours. In this course, Embracing Your Inner Artist, students will will begin to explore the relationship with their individual creativity and artistry more deeply. Students will reflect and critically think about their photography and who they are as an artist. Throughout this three-week course, I will encourage you to dig deep within yourself through daily lessons and discussions, along with weekly assignments. I will share personal examples, successes, failures and inspirations. This class is structured to be highly interactive so please come ready to share, with an open mind and heart.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & FINE ART | Next class begins October 29th, 2018

In this course, students will explore the process of developing a body of work and learn about the necessary skills to move into the world of fine art photography. Students will receive lessons on how to prepare and present a fine art portfolio, to include writing an artist statement, bio and curriculum vitae. Information regarding competitions, portfolio reviews and exhibiting will be discussed. Assignments will be given that will encourage students to reflect and critically think about their current photography journey and the stories they wish to tell. Throughout this two-week course, I will share detailed fine art photography information, while also assisting and guiding students with their individual creative projects. I will share personal examples of my journey from a portrait photographer to a fine art photographer. I will also feature and discuss established fine art photographers who have inspired me along the way.  


You can find numerous student reviews for both classes here.


All classes will be taught on the Illuminate Classes platform. Seats are very limited and classes typically fill quickly. For additional information or to register for a class, please visit Illuminate Classes. You can also subscribe to the Illuminate newsletter here.


How much do your online courses cost?
EMBRACING YOUR INNER ARTIST | Three-week online class
Full-participation (active seat) — $325
Silent seat — $250
Alumni — $150

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT + FINE ART | Two-week online class
Full-participation (active seat) — $250
Silent seat — $175
Alumni — $125

What is the difference between an active and silent seat?
If you purchase a silent seat, you have access to all classroom information; however, you cannot ask questions to Deb or submit assignments for instructor feedback. Within each lesson, there is a ‘Silent Student Discussion’ section, where silent students are able to discuss, share assignments, and ask questions to one another.

How often are your classes taught?
Illuminate classes run three times a year. Typically, Deb teaches Embracing Your Inner Artist twice and Project Development once every year. Classes taught and dates are fluid and determined prior to each registration launch.

How many students are in each class?
So that Deb is able to provide a lot of individual time and attention, each class has a maximum of 15 active and silent students.

How are the classes presented? Do I have to be online at specific times every day?
New information (lessons) are presented every morning (EST). Deb is in class numerous times each day to answer questions and discuss new information shared by students. Individual written or video feedback is provided for every assignment, to include a website review with the last assignment of each class. You do not have to be in class during any certain time of the day. You can visit the classroom at a time that is convenient for you and go at your own pace. Deb does recommend that her students visit the classroom at least once a day, to benefit most from class.

I teach and mentor other photographers. Can I take your classes?
Deb adheres to Illuminate Classes policy which states "We do think that teachers should be able to take classes but it could be a big conflict of interest if you teach the topics that the class you want to take covers. Our teachers have poured their heart and soul into their curriculum. It is copyrighted material and cannot be shared with others or used to develop workshop curriculum. If you register for a class and you teach a similar topic, your money will be promptly refunded."

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