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Let me help you take your photography skills to the next level as I have for hundreds of other practicing and aspiring still photographers through out the United States. With over thirty years of practical experience, twenty of which include operating a portrait and wedding studio in the Northwest, I am well qualified to teach the technical and creative craft of photography.
In addition to operating a successful photography studio for over two decades, I have served as a Photo Coach for Bella Pictures, a national wedding photography company. My responsibilities in this role included traveling throughout the United States to certify other photographers and conduct creative and technical seminars. I co-partnered the Northwest Photographic Institute, a college-level private school that emphasized a holistic vocational approach to gaining the necessary skills to become an entrepreneur in the business of photography.
For the past two years I have conducted a highly successful series of community education classes for Rogue Community College in Medford, Oregon, teaching students from the ages of high school to retired senior citizens. I'm excited to currently be working on a high priority visual project for a nationally known artist in Boca Raton, Florida and hope to contribute to the local area by offering high quality education and positive encouragement to those with a passion for photography. I sincerely hope to bring a fresh perspective and refreshing educational opportunity to the area.
Years ago I was fortunate to discover my passion for photography and to find a professional photographer willing to take me under their wing and provide me with the guidance, education and encouragement I needed. That positive experience has stayed with me throughout my career and made me determined to give back in the same manner to others with a passion for photography. I believe in an individualized approach to teaching photography and respect each student's needs and desires and tailor my lessons accordingly. You won't find a one-size-fits-all approach to my mentoring as I truly want to see each of my students succeed using his or her own personal definition of success.
My personalized mentoring is appropriate for ages 15 and up.
I worked for four years as a photo coach for Bella Pictures and helped develop, test, facilitate and refine new training programs and procedures for them along with photographing editorial assignments throughout the United States.
I was responsible for developing content for and conducting training sessions for small groups of photographers throughout the United States. I was also tasked with writing orientation materials, technical and creative manuals, and contributed articles to the Bellatin, a national wedding photography newsletter distributed to the company's photographers.
I have extensive professional mentoring experience involving on sight meetings and workshops for training a team of over 200 photographers for Bella Pictures.
I teach the digital photography classes for Rogue Community College in Medford, OR and have done so for the past two years now.
I am the owner of Michael D. Davis & Associates, a professional wedding and portrait studio in Medford, OR and have been in business since 1992.
My experience as a business owner and professional photographer equip me with the knowledge, skill set and practical experience to teach not only the creative and technical aspects of the craft but the skills required to be a business owner who must run a day to day photography business as well.
I have extensive experience in both film and digital processes and procedure for 35mm format to large format camera systems. I am proficient in black and white and color darkroom work as well as digital asset management and photo retouching using the computer as a tool.
Specific Related Skills and Experience:
- I am proficient in Adobe Photo Shop, Adobe Acrobat, iView Media Pro, ACDSee Pro, Photo Mechanic, LightZone, Quicktime and many more. I can use both PC and Mac operating systems and personally own both platforms
Prior to owning my own studio I worked as a one hour Photo Finisher which involved processing & printing of in house and customer's film,custom copy and duplication of client's prints & slide film and the operation of an in house photography studio.
My formal education was gained in government service as a Still Photographic Specialist. I graduated with honors with a Vocational Certification/Degree in Still Photography from the USAF Training Command, Lowry AFB; Denver, CO. I have taken several workshops at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara,CA along with college classes from Central Texas College and the USAF training command.
I am a Professional Photographer with over 20 years of practical experience. I taught photography skills at Northwest Photographic Institute, a privately owned photography school, for approx. 2 years and most recently was responsible for coaching, training, developing and performing skills analysis for a national photography company
and teaching beginners to advanced Community Education classes in Digital Photography at Rogue Community College in Medford, Oregon.
I am a member of the Wedding & Portrait Professionals International and am a Certified Photographic Consultant with PMA or the Photography Marketing Association
-I am interested in the photographic arts as a form of communication, self expression and emotional healing.
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