Imagine waking up, completely free and in control of your own life. You sip your coffee and go through your inbox full of inquiries. Your heart skips a beat when you see an email from a brand you love. The subject line is "Fall/Winter Campaign Request". They want to work with you. You're charging thousands of dollars per photoshoot now. You have enough money in your bank account to hop on a last minute flight to Europe, and the flexibility to live spontaneously. You're directing professional photoshoots with confidence. You have multiple income streams set up and you make money in your sleep. You can afford to take a month off and "recharge" if you want. Friends are commenting on how you're glowing. You're free for the first time in your life and there is no limit to what you can accomplish.
The Modern Photography Academy is the only online program created for photographers to help you dramatically change your life. Through in-depth and innovative lessons, you'll develop an authentic photography style, build a successful career and become part of the most inspiring network of photographers in the world. The Academy begins September 8th, and is online based. Continue reading for all the details.
It's 2019, and there are limitless opportunities available for photographers. You are in control of your future and it's time to push aside the excuses. Stop calling yourself a "hobbyist" or telling yourself that your 9-5 really isn't that bad. You're missing out on a whole world of opportunity by thinking small.
Becoming a professional photographer means more than just getting paid to photograph. It means waking up in new countries, never having to walk through the doors of your job again, making lasting friendships with people who inspire you, earning more from one photoshoot than you did all month at your job, building business skills you'll carry with you forever, and having the freedom to shape your own future. This is what The Modern Photography Academy is about and it's already helped over 500 photographers from around the world.
... And you don't need expensive camera equipment, a studio in NYC, lots of money, or connections in the fashion industry to make this happen for yourself. You already have everything you need to do it. I built my 6-figure photography career with a $25 film camera from the thrift store and a lot of passion.
Even if you don't sign up for The Modern Photography Academy, I want you to re-imagine what's possible for yourself. Walk confidently towards the life you want. Go after opportunities that terrify you. Don't let friends or family put doubts in your mind. Commit to reaching your full potential. Know that it's perfectly fine to desire more from your life and don't let the people around you make you feel guilty for that. Invest in yourself. Learn as much as you can. Send emails to people you'd love to work with. Move to a city that inspires you. Don't be afraid to charge for your work. Put yourself first. This is your life and don't let anything get in the way of it becoming incredible.
For those of you who want to learn more about The Modern Photography Academy, continue reading. This might just be what changes everything for you.
I know it feels confusing to get started in this world. You're asking yourself questions like -- How do I get taken seriously? How much should I charge? What are other photographers charging? Will I actually be able to earn a good living doing this? What secrets do other photographers have? Where can I find clients who will pay me? You're not alone. It's overwhelming. There are many moving parts. And this is why I created The Modern Photography Academy.
Photographers who have completed The Modern Photography Academy have...
Been published in Vogue Italia
Photographed backstage at Paris Fashion Week.
Booked multiple $5000+ photoshoots.
Grown their following from 1,000 to 15,000 in 2 months.
Created passive income products to generate an extra $2000 - $5000 a month in their sleep.
Let go of self-sabotaging patterns to finally accept the opportunities and money they deserve.
The Academy begins on Sunday, September 8th and is 4 weeks.
It is an online program. All you need is an internet connection to participate. It doesn't matter where in the world you live.
The Academy includes hundreds of lessons to help you develop your photography skills, build a successful business, and clear away your self-doubt and fear.
Each week, you will be sent the lessons to complete on your own, at your own pace. You can work on the program wherever is convenient (at home, at the cafe, maybe even on your lunch break). The course is designed to be flexible so you can do it even if you have a full time job or are a student.
You'll be part of an online community of inspiring photographers where we will have rich discussions about the topics, and you can ask me questions and gain feedback from your fellow classmates.
Once the doors close, this program won't be offered again until Spring 2020.
Here are some of the topics we cover.
Designing A Photography Aesthetic That Stands Out
Start fresh with a photography style that feels authentic and gets you on the radar of clients that inspire you. Stop wondering what your style is, and start becoming a photographer who inspires others.
The 5 Fundamental Elements Of An Iconic Image (And How To Implement Them)
Incredible images aren't created by accident. Learn what your photography is missing and how to correct it so you can stop spinning your wheels and move to the next level.
Uncovering Your Value As A Photographer. There Is Your Room For You In The Industry.
Learn what's wildly valuable about you and translate that into high paying photography jobs. The more value you can communicate, the more money you'll make. Communication is everything.
Creating Fresh Proposals That Convert To Paid Jobs
You don't have to sit there and wait for clients to come to you. If your inbox is silent, learn to create proposals that have clients interested in working with you. Knowing how to create a professional proposal that stands out from the sea of other photographers is worth the price of The Academy alone. With this information, any job is at your fingertips.
How To Price Your Work + Negotiate
This section is worth it's weight in gold. You'll never wonder what to charge, or how to negotiate again. I show you actual screenshots from negotiation emails with brands and I share exactly what I charge and what the industry standards are (information you'll never find anywhere else - photographers are so secretive about what they charge).
Building Passive Income Streams
Photoshoots are just one of many ways to make income as a photographer. Set up passive income streams (to make money while you sleep) and experience true financial freedom. If you're struggling to make ends meet as a photographer, this is for you.
Rewiring Your Brain To Stop Self Sabotaging
Until we clear away the limiting beliefs we hold about ourselves, no matter how hard we work, our fear and doubt will block us every time. Finally let go of self-doubt and negative energy in your life so you can move forward with confidence and ease.
Planning A Professional Photoshoot From Scratch
Have you ever wondered how a photoshoot actually comes together? From start to finish, we walk through EVERYTHING.
Getting Your Images Published In Magazines
Learn the methods that have allowed many of my students to be published in Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, Cake Magazine and more. Get your images in front of key players in the industry and watch how your network builds.
Assembling A Team Of Industry Professionals
Get the people you think are out of your league to work with you. Confidently assemble a team of top models, stylists, makeup artists, assistants who are the top of their game. From communication and concept development, to making key decisions on-set, to keeping everyone on track and motivated.
Making The Most Of What You Have Available To You
You don't need expensive camera gear, a studio, 100k followers, etc. to become a successful photographer. Learn how I built my business with a $25 camera from the thrift store, and 1500 Instagram followers.
Taking Back Control Of Your Life
It's time to start living for you again. This course is about so much more than photography. Design a life that excites you and begin working towards it. Have fun. Travel the world. Fall in love. Reconnect with what makes you feel alive and break free from a job, a boss, a daily commute. You're ready for so much more.
Creating A Daily Practice To Avoid Harmful Ruts
We're the sum of our habits and our thoughts. Create a healthy daily practice to boost energy, clarity and inspiration. Our own habits are the biggest killer of productivity and progress and it's time to change that.
Using Photography To Get Paid To Travel
If you've ever dreamed of traveling the world with your camera, you're in luck. This course shows you how to find clients who will pay you to travel and shoot for them.
The Building Blocks Of Modern Business
If your current business plan is to post on Instagram and wait for the DMs to roll in, you're missing out on a whole lot of potential job opportunities. Learn how business works in today's world and start doing things the smart way.
Is there something else you'd like to learn about? Don't worry. We'll be having plenty of in-depth discussions where we can chat about what you're stuck on.
"I just wanted to say how much these workbooks have impacted me in such a short amount of time. It has shifted my mindset in so many ways. I've made some simple changes so far in my life, and started reaching out to potential clients about photography which then connected me to other people and opportunities. I've already booked a few photo gigs and projects, including one in Paris later on in the year - it'll be a project where I've been give total creative freedom, working with people I really admire. This is a dream come true for me, one I actually WROTE DOWN and had on a post it note above my desk. I cried when the opportunity was presented to me... I'll be doing the work I've longed to do. Thank you for the push I needed, Carly, you've reminded me that one of my best qualities is my fearlessness, and I should lean into it more and just go for whatever I want. The ways you're helping others matters, I hope you know that. "
I want you to know that there are people with much less talent and skill than you have that are already living the life you want. Fear is completely normal, but you can't let it hold you back from experiencing your true potential any longer. I'm giving you all the information you need to make this happen for yourself - all you have to do is put the work in. To be honest, once you move beyond the "hobby" level, the competition nearly disappears.
A few years ago, I was living in Canada and working as an accountant. I commuted everyday to a job that caused me stress and anxiety. I had no connections to the art of fashion world. I was working a corporate job and I felt like I had lost my soul, but I had no idea how to get out of my situation. I only made $3000 per month and I had no energy at the end of the day to do anything else. Now I make more than that in one day as a photographer. Back then, photography was just a hobby I did on the weekends. I never thought I could actually get paid to do it. Fast forward 2.5 years, and I'm living and working in Paris as a professional photographer. I no longer have to worry about money, I'm always traveling, I get to work with cool people and brands, and most importantly, I've found myself again. I My life started the day I quit my job, and my passion is in helping you feel this too.
If I can do it, so can you.
Pay it all at once, or split it into two payments. Just don't let this opportunity pass you by. This program is based off my 1:1 mentorship which sells for $5,000+. You are getting the same information for only $400, and you get the benefit of becoming part of an inspiring group of photographers also.
Absolutely not. This course focuses on how to make the most out of the equipment you already have. I started my photography career with a $25 film camera from my local thrift store. Your equipment has little to do with your success.
Absolutely. You get to work on the program at your own pace, so you can learn whenever it's most convenient for you. You should try to put at least 1-2 hours per week into this program.
Once you purchase, you have lifetime access to all content and frameworks inside the program. You can come back to it year after year.
This course is 100% online based which means you can complete the lessons from your bed, the cafe, anywhere in the world.
No. If you're at the beginning of your journey, that's wonderful because you'll learn the right way to do things early on, instead of spinning your wheels for years. It doesn't matter if you don't even have a camera yet. Like I mentioned, I got my first camera from the local thrift store and I still use that camera to this day. However, this is not a technical photography course, so you should have a general understanding of how to work your camera, but even if you don't, there are many tutorials online that you can learn from.
"Hi Carly, I just wanted to let you know that I ended up getting that contract for the job we spoke about. Thank you again for your help and support."
I created The Modern Photography Academy because the more educated and equipped we all are as photographers, the better our industry will be as a whole. You don't have to struggle through this alone. You're capable of so much more than you think you are, and I want to show you. You have the ability to not only change your own future, but to change the lives of the people around you.
This world needs people who are brave, who are carving their own path in life, and who have an inspiring vision.
We spend huge amounts of energy telling ourselves why we can't do something - but why not spend that energy on proving to ourselves we can? I want to light a path for you to see the most vibrant, talented, successful version of yourself If you put the time and effort in, this program can't not work. Give yourself some credit for how resilient and wonderful you are and start building a different future for yourself. Don't let another year go by.
"I’m in your photography course and I just wanted to send you this little note to thank you for pushing me so much. Right now I’m at a bakery in st germain des Prés planning a photoshoot with a French model I’ve been admiring so much over the years... that would have never happened if it wasn’t for your workbooks! For the first time ever I wake up early in the morning to do something I really love. I couldn’t be more happy and feeling like my life is on the right track. Getting inspired by you and your worldview pushed me to get a ticket to Paris. Thank you for all the work you’re doing. You're truly an inspiration ."