Lessons and Portfolio Reviews

Is there some aspect of making photographs that you need help with? Are you struggling with how to edit your images? Would you benefit from a constructive feedback session on a selection of your images? Do you need help choosing or configuring your equipment? I can help you in a one-on-one session either in-person or online.  These sessions can be used for a variety of purposes like to conduct lessons on photography topics of interest to the participant/s, to get help with using image editing software, or to get constructive feedback on images participants have made. Typical suggested session duration is 1 to 3 hours. 5 and 10 hour discount packages may be used over multiple sessions.

As of July 15 2021, In-person lessons are back for people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19! In-person sessions are typically conducted at my studio at 311 Gallery, Studio 6 which is located at 311 W. Martin St., Raleigh, NC, although could be conducted at another location (travel fees may apply if not at my studio).

Online sessions are done using a private, password protected "Zoom" video conferencing "meeting" for our session. These sessions are live and interactive, not pre-recorded. You need an internet connected computer/laptop with integrated/connected webcam, microphone and speakers to participate. There is no additional software cost to you to participate in the private video conference we setup for our session. The video conferencing platform is easy to use and key features will be explained in a complementary orientation briefing that last just a few minutes at the beginning of a session, before we get into the content of the session.  In the video conference you can see and hear me, see my presentation slides, see other programs I'm working with on my machine e.g. image editing software like Adobe Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Nik or Topaz, see and hear the other participants (if there are any). You can choose to share your video (webcam feed) so I can see your camera and direct you to where settings are on your camera. In addition, you can choose to share images on your computer with me, and you can raise your hand and ask questions in real time.

Contact Mary Louise if you're not sure how many hours of private lessons you may need


1 Hr Private Lesson (one person) $80.00

1 Hr Private Lesson (additional person) $40.00 (50% off each additional person, up to 3 people)

2 Hr Private Lesson (one person) $160.00

2 Hr Private Lesson (additional person) $80.00 (50% off each additional person, up to 3 people)

Private Lesson Special Offer: Digital Photography Essentials: typically 3 to 4 Hrs of Private Instruction done over 3 sessions

$225, $ savings vs normal hourly rate (one person), additional participants $90 (50% off each additional person, up to 3 people) 

This is our most requested private lesson offering. It covers the most essential topics participants need to know to be start being more effective using their digital camera off automatic/program mode. Practice exercises are offered as homework for participants to do on their own time. For those with limited time, this is a helpful quick start approach.   The special offer pricing applies to only this content.

5 Hr Private Lesson Package (one person) $375.00 ($25 savings)

5 Hr Private Lesson Package (additional person) $187.50

10 Hr Private Lesson Package (one person) $725.00 ($75 savings)

10 Hr Private Lesson Package (additional person) $362.50

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