New creative start-up engages experts from around the world to educate aspiring and professional photographers in concept, portrait, wedding, fashion photography and more.
Earlier this year, I launched a new digital start-up, Engage, to offer aspiring and professional photographers free online training in all aspects of the photography business, from concept, portraiture, wedding, food and baby photography to brand creation and business planning.
After deriving so much creative fulfilment from photography, I wanted to give something back to the industry that has given me so much. I’m very lucky to have solid friendships with expert photographers working around the world, and have engaged them to work with me on this exciting new project.
Engage sees specialist photographers from around the world stream live two- or three-day master classes on the Engage website, filmed in HD and involving interactive chats with Engage users, which are subsequently made available to purchase as downloads to enjoy and learn from on-demand.
The aim of the company is to help photographers of all abilities to get creative, sharpen their skills, learn new tricks, network and ultimately establish themselves as brand leaders in their chosen fields.
When I moved from marketing into photography, I needed assistance in so many things. I needed to learn about the art of wedding photography, about composition, equipment, lighting, editing and more, and about how to translate those skills into a successful business.
I found that there were few courses readily available online, or indeed in-person, teaching those types of skills. So, after learning from friends within the industry, I was determined to offer other aspiring photographers a means to learn and develop themselves as professionals. Engage is now in place to do just that.
Engage has offered a number of test courses since launching at the beginning of 2015, including an exploration of iPhone photography art with award-winning specialist Gerry Coe, whose ‘Lone Tree’ piece sold out at the 2011 Royal Ulster Academy exhibition. Video of this class, and more, is available to download from the Engage website now.
For information on forthcoming Engage classes – involving newborn posing, child portraiture, food photography and much more – visit the Engage website.