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Christopher J.

Saint Louis, MO

$50/hour

Photoshop Professional & Photographer

In-person lessons
5+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/29/15
4.3 average from 3 ratings

$50/Hour


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Lindenwood University
Philosophy

Education

Lindenwood University (Philosophy)

About Christopher

I am one of those lucky people who get paid to do photography and Photoshop for a living. I have a studio art and art history education that informs my work and sense of composition, and a philosophy education that trained me to be curious and studious. I feel at home teaching, especially photography. I've taught public speaking to nervous middle school students, coached college students in time & responsibility management, and currently teach adults how to photograph their own artwork.

I work for a high-end retail jewelry store doing in-house photography and graphic design. 95% of the product shots on our website (over 600 images) are all lovingly crafted in my studio. My shots have also been run in print advertisements, like in the national magazine Town & Country, and I've had the opportunity to shoot for one of our featured jewelry designers. The professional, high-pressure, short-deadline environment has taught me the value of simplicity in my craft, something I hope to pass on to my students. Those students who need to fit photography or Photoshop into their already busy work responsibilities will find my approach a manageable solution to their troubles.

I teach several workshops focused on getting local artists up to speed with photography and photo editing so they can sell their work online, promote it, and enter it into juried art competitions. I also shoot family portraits and head shots with a focus on candid moments and genuine expression.

It is my belief that practical experience, step-by-step demonstration, and honest, constructive feedback is incredibly important to moving forward in photography. My students will have the chance to see me work and receive guidance while they work. My style of critique is "always honest, always constructive." My students and I will work together to remove obstacles between their vision and their reality.

This all holds especially true for Photoshop, Lightroom and other image editing programs. They are notoriously dense with tools most users will never need or use and provide few clues on what those tools do. Instruction will focus on identifying what the student's goals are, what tools are best suited to those tasks, and explaining both how the tools are used and why they behave the way they do. Efficient shortcuts, customization and workflow tricks will also be included in the discussion so students can move around the program with confidence.

I welcome the same "always honest" attitude from my students, so I encourage feedback. If a student did not get what they needed out of a session, then I will not bill for the session and will be more than happy to reschedule as soon as possible.

I also have a 24-hour cancellation policy, but offer make-up classes when possible. Students will be given a list of required materials and equipment to bring to our scheduled lessons. Without the required items the lesson cannot be taught and may require cancellation or rescheduling. 24 hours notice must be given if the requirements cannot be met (i.e. camera in for repairs). Without 24 hours notice the lesson may be charged in full depending on circumstances.

I hope to be able to provide you with the skills you need. If you have any questions about whether I can help you out with your particular goals or responsibilities, please feel free to ask.
I am one of those lucky people who get paid to do photography and Photoshop for a living. I have a studio art and art history education that informs my work and sense of composition, and a philosophy education that trained me to be curious and studious. I feel at home teaching, especially photography. I've taught public speaking to nervous middle Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Saint Louis, MO 63139
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Science:
Philosophy
Art:
Adobe Photoshop,
Art History, Photography
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word, Photography
History:
Art History
Business:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe Photoshop

I have used Adobe Photoshop continuously since around 2004, offered those skills to a student newspaper and now use it daily in a professional setting.

I work full time photographing jewelry, a notoriously difficult subject, for print and web publication.

I use everything Photoshop has to offer, from clever combinations of layers and filters, to programming automated 'actions' to speed up my workflow.

Microsoft Excel

As part of my job I do retail Inventory Control. I use excel to manipulate the vast amounts of data we accumulate through transactions and in our inventory logs.

The main motivation I have in pushing myself to learn even more Excel is to make my life easier!

Creating spreadsheets for mail merge, pulling reports from our many logs, and proof reading inventory characteristics are just some of the ways Excel helps me do my job more efficiently.

Philosophy

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Lindenwood University.

While there I took twice the required number of credit hours to qualify for my degree because I loved the classes and material so much!

My focus was primarily on Ethics, touching subjects like the 'Problem of Suffering' and the Virtue Ethics of Confucius and Aristotle.

I was engaged in every class, actively participating, and organized reading groups outside of class to better understand the material through the perspective of others.

Photography

I do jewelry photography for a living and teach workshops to artists interested in photographing their own work. Jewelry photography in particular has pushed me to learn my camera inside-out and get creative with lighting in order to get the best results.

Over 600 of my images have been published online. In the high-pressure time-sensitive sales environment, the sales team often needs polished photos to sell their long-distance clients on a piece. It is common for photos I turned around in 10 minutes to have been the deciding factor in the client deciding to buy. That is always very exciting.

I've also photographed headshots and family photos, so I know how much of photography depends on interaction with a client.

Lindenwood University
Philosophy

Education

Lindenwood University (Philosophy)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Christopher will travel within 40 miles of Saint Louis, MO 63139.