Learning Journey

Take the photos your pet deserves

Go from overwhelmed and frustrated by using your camera, finding locations, composition and editing, to joyfully creating beautiful, artistic photos of your pets, in this step by step photography journey.

Take the photos your pet deserves!

Go from overwhelmed and frustrated by using your camera, finding locations, composition and editing, to joyfully creating beautiful, artistic photos of your pets, in this step by step photography journey.

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If you’re a pet parent, aspiring photographer, or you’ve just gone professional and want to take better photos, you’ve come to the right place.

Maybe you’re frustrated with your photos, overwhelmed by all the settings on your camera, or no matter how hard you try you can’t seem to edit your photos the way you envisage them?

Maybe you want to grow your instagram account, or take photos you would be proud to have turned into beautiful pieces of art for your walls.

The Learning Journey can help.

The Learning Journey is a monthly collection of lessons, resources, workshop recordings, critiques & live Q&A sessions designed to take your pet photos from “meh” to amazing.

Learn without overwhelm. Learn with support, feedback, and a growing community of other pet photographers just like you.

What is included in the Learning Journey?

For only €38 per month you will…

The Learning Journey is closed (for now!)

You can sign up for the wait-list and be the first to know as soon as the Learning Journey is open! (Plus, get pet photography advice, updates and exclusive offers direct to your inbox!)

What Will You Learn in your Learning Journey?

The Learning Journey will take you step by step, from the most important fundamental foundation skills to make sure your photos are sharp and correctly exposed…

Through to advanced editing techniques, information for running a photography business, and more. The longer you stay a member, the more you’ll learn!

Each month focuses on a specific topic, giving you time to practise the information from the lessons, ask questions in our network, get feedback in the month critiques, and tackle the monthly challenge. 

Topics and lessons include:

Behind-the-Lens

  • Camera settings, how and when to choose different exposure settings, settings to nail focus and more
  • All about using natural light – types of light, light direction and how to work with it
  • Elements of composition to make your photos feel right
  • How poses and expression can tell stories and create moods
  • Working with multiple dogs, dogs and owners, and untrained dogs, learn about body language, and even pet first-aid
  • Teach your own dog how to stay, and how to get different expressions
  • Elements to consider in striving to create different moods or develop a style
  • Finding locations

Editing

  • Learn the how and why of how to edit by breaking down a rationale of editing choices
  • Learn specific techniques, like how/when to create dark & moody images, how to change the background, how to change colours, etc.
  • Removing leashes, fixing composition, head-swaps
  • A wide range of techniques in both Photoshop and Lightroom, to help you edit different situations, for different moods, and to tell different stories.

Get a sneak peek inside...

Wherever you are in your pet photography journey, and whatever your goals are there’s something for you in the LC. Whether you have a top of the line DSLR, or if you’re just using your phone. Whether you’ve never opened any editing software in your life, or you’re pretty confident with Photoshop but want to know more. 

Or maybe… maybe you’re just stuck. And what you need is some inspiration, a group of supportive artists and pet lovers, and a place where you’ll be encouraged to try new techniques, explore your style, and build your confidence.

Monthly Resources

Each month, in addition to the collection of topic-lessons, members will also receive a monthly bonus. This bonus changes month to month to give you a variety of learning experiences, expertise, and information. 

Monthly Bonuses can include:

  • Workshop recordings on editing, cameras and settings, style, behind-the-scenes elements of a photoshoot, and more
  • Edit-Together recordings & editing tutorials: Download the RAW file, and edit along with the recording. Post your finished photo in our Network!
  • Specialist How-To lessons: Created just for Inspawration students, these lessons cover everything from editing tips and tricks, to photographing black dogs, to photographing dogs in landscapes!
  • Guest speakers: recordings of various guest speakers who have joined us to talk about editing, dog first aid, business branding, creating spring photos and more.
  • Snoot School: recorded dog training sessions on important skills and behaviours for our dog models

Other Benefits

There are other non-live resources which are included as part of your membership!
  • Monthly live Q&A sessions, where answers to your submitted questions are demonstrated and discussed live with me (Emily!)
  • Monthly Critiques: submit your image for me to critique! These are super beneficial even to watch others’ critiques. 
  • Ask Questions & Get Feedback: in our private “Inspawration Connect” network. Post your questions and photos for support from other students and from me
  • 3 Monthly Live events! Every 3 months, we will have a group live event, that will be open and included for everyone with a membership. This could be a guest speaker, an edit together editing tutorials, a BTS with me on location. Plus! Other spontaneous live events regularly.
  • 20% off self-guided online courses, 50% off other live events (eg., workshops, editing masterclasses and so on)

What Our Students are Saying...

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More Testimonials!

I love all your lessons and you explain everything so good👌🏼 This was the best investment ever and I’m so happy that I’m on board. So just want to thank you for great content and cant wait to grab my camera and start my journey! So grateful for all of this😃

-Lihnda, LC Member

The learning community has been such a wonderful learning place and I feel like I learn something every time I’m on it! What started off as me wanting to learn photoshop better led me to not only doing that but learning more in depth about the behind the camera elements which are the basis of everything! The mixture of editing tutorials, courses, videos on different areas of dog photography, feedback on your own photos and a server to answer any questions is the perfect way to improve beyond what you even thought you could. I 100% recommend joining!

-Anna-Joy, LC Member

I can’t recommend this Learning Community enough! I gained SO much from working with Emily and taking the courses. Everything is super easy to understand and some of the tips will blow your mind haha. Makes you wonder why you didn’t think of things like this before 🤣 My photography has improved no end! I actually feel somewhat confident in my abilities and I now look at my own work and others with a more critical trained eye. My favourite thing about the LC is how well priced it is! Emily is always available to chat to and you have access to all the content like courses, specific edits, workshops and more! As well as an amazing Facebook community who support and help each other through the ups and downs of photography. If you’re on the fence about subscribing, don’t be – you won’t regret it and your photography will benefit no end.

-Alice, LC Member

THANK YOU Em for creating this special place! Joining the LC has really been one of the best decisions I’ve made this year & it helped me grow not only in pet photography but also as a person. May the journey continue!

-Teresa, LC Member

My photos aren’t perfect but my progress is and that makes me so excited to see what my future photos gonna be like 💞
One big help to improve at the moment are @inspawrationphotography Learning Community. You get these tips, workshops, feedback, lessons etc. by amazing photographers and it’s awesome 😍

-Felicia, LC Member

Where do I begin? Emily is such an amazing photography teacher. She has everything that I look for in a teacher. She is kind, supportive and knows what she’s talking about. Not only that but she also has such a lovely personality and you can tell that she has a strong passion and interest for what she’s doing. I’ve learnt so incredibly much from her already. I’m going to have to be honest here. When I first looked through the course I didn’t think I was going to learn too much from it. But let me tell you, I was so wrong. Em’s ‘Improve Your Pet Photography’ course has helped me with my photography really much. It has helped me think more about the light and the camera settings for different types of photos. For example, she has taught me to preferably not shoot so much in direct sun light, but she’s also taught me HOW to do it correctly if I have to. Even the smallest details that I’ve learnt from her really makes a big difference. The best thing about the course (for me) is that it’s sooo easy to follow and fits both beginners and more advanced photographers.

-Jessica, LC Member

I love all your lessons and you explain everything so good👌🏼 This was the best investment ever and I’m so happy that I’m on board. So just want to thank you for great content and cant wait to grab my camera and start my journey! So grateful for all of this😃

Prior to taking this course I taught myself photography by trial and error, and always wondered why some photos had such great impact and others really didn’t. Emily’s insight taught me a huge amount about all the little details I could tweak to get better photos, whether that was why my images weren’t pin sharp, why the composition wasn’t working or the best ways to work with lighting for my little black dog. A lot gets covered with lovely visual examples, and gets you thinking more deliberately about how and where you shoot. This course is amazing whether you’re just starting or you have experience and want to fine tune your in-camera process!

-Olivia, LC Member

I can’t recommend this Learning Community enough! I gained SO much from working with Emily and taking the courses. Everything is super easy to understand and some of the tips will blow your mind haha. Makes you wonder why you didn’t think of things like this before 🤣 My photography has improved no end! I actually feel somewhat confident in my abilities and I now look at my own work and others with a more critical trained eye. My favourite thing about the LC is how well priced it is! Emily is always available to chat to and you have access to all the content like courses, specific edits, workshops and more! As well as an amazing Facebook community who support and help each other through the ups and downs of photography. If you’re on the fence about subscribing, don’t be – you won’t regret it and your photography will benefit no end.

-Alice, LC Member

THANK YOU Em for creating this special place! Joining the LC has really been one of the best decisions I’ve made this year & it helped me grow not only in pet photography but also as a person. May the journey continue!

-Teresa, LC Member

My photos aren’t perfect but my progress is and that makes me so excited to see what my future photos gonna be like 💞
One big help to improve at the moment are @inspawrationphotography Learning Community. You get these tips, workshops, feedback, lessons etc. by amazing photographers and it’s awesome 😍

-Felicia, LC Member

Where do I begin? Emily is such an amazing photography teacher. She has everything that I look for in a teacher. She is kind, supportive and knows what she’s talking about. Not only that but she also has such a lovely personality and you can tell that she has a strong passion and interest for what she’s doing. I’ve learnt so incredibly much from her already. I’m going to have to be honest here. When I first looked through the course I didn’t think I was going to learn too much from it. But let me tell you, I was so wrong. Em’s ‘Improve Your Pet Photography’ course has helped me with my photography really much. It has helped me think more about the light and the camera settings for different types of photos. For example, she has taught me to preferably not shoot so much in direct sun light, but she’s also taught me HOW to do it correctly if I have to. Even the smallest details that I’ve learnt from her really makes a big difference. The best thing about the course (for me) is that it’s sooo easy to follow and fits both beginners and more advanced photographers.

-Jessica, LC Member

Learning Journey FAQ

Do you like taking photos?

Do you want to take better photos?

If you answered yes, then the Learning Journey is probably right for you, unless you are already a professional, established photographer. In this case, you may be better signing up for a private lesson or purchasing an online course, as you can then move through the information at your own speed, if you are already familiar with it.

Yes of course! 
I’ve never wanted anyone to feel like they had to go out and buy a camera or fancy lens in order to participate.

will talk about camera settings, and there are lessons that go over these in detail, as well as different types of lenses and things to consider, however it’s not a requirement.

In fact, I think if you’re taking photos with your phone, that learning the fundamentals is even more important.

Definitely! In fact, this online learning option is perfect for you, as it will take you from the most important, fundamental skills, through to more advanced techniques and business aspects!

Whether you’re still on complete Auto-mode on your camera, or you’ve never used editing software before, you will start at the start and move through your journey in manageable steps.

As well, you can ask any questions in the Facebook group or Inspawration Connect, no matter how silly (spoiler alert, there’s no silly questions), and the monthly critique sessions and Q&A sessions provides a chance to get feedback on your photos, and to ask questions live. (plus it’s super helpful to watch other people’s critiques!)

While all of my tutorials are based in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, it is possible to use many of the techniques in other programs.

I have recently created lessons exploring Affinity and Pixelmator Pro, to see how the programs vary, which features, keyboard shortcuts and techniques match up, and which don’t. As other students using other programs join, I will create more of these, to have a “library” of alternative programs and how to get the most out of them.

One of the reasons I’ve structured the LJ the way I have, is from feedback from my other students, who felt time poor, and like they were falling behind on their lessons.

In the Learning Journey, you will have a collection of lessons to view each month. If you don’t get to them, no worries! You can return to them whenever you want. Each month, a new topic with a collection of lessons will open up for you to work through. You have plenty of time for the lessons and bonus content, but it should be enough to keep you busy!

If you decide to go your own way and leave the membership, your access will cease at the end of that payment period (and we’ll all be sad to see you go).

No worries! They’re all recorded and uploaded to the member’s area usually within 48 hours.

After some time they will be moved into future lessons of the Learning Journey so it’s best to watch them as soon as possible.

Of course!

In fact we’re trying to move away from Facebook groups and to our very own Inspawration Connect, which has a chat function, no algorithm, you can set up notifications to be emailed to you, and it even has its own App!

Yes!

If you’re paying monthly, your membership will finish up at the end of that billing cycling. If you paid yearly, you can continue to use your membership until the end of the billing cycle.

Unfortunately I cannot do partial refunds.

Make sure that you cancel at least 48 hours before your next payment is due so it doesn’t get processed by your bank.

In order to keep our membership base relatively small, and for us all to have some time to get to know one another, at this stage, I only open the membership periodically. 

 

Then I’ll be very sad to hear that, but of course if you’re looking for something I’m not providing (for example, studio photography lessons!) then I completely understand!

To that end, if you aren’t satisfied with your membership after 10 days of joining, please get in contact and I will issue you a refund (and hopefully get some feedback to find out what I can improve upon!).

About Emily

I’m Emily, and with me here are Loki and Journey – you’ve probably already seen a lot of them on this website. 

I know the photo there should probably be a professional headshot in clean clothes and makeup, but that’s not me. I’m out there, kneeling in the mud with my camera, cuddling pups, and when I’m not doing that, I’m teaching. In fact, for years I was teaching in a classroom full of sixty young kids – the philosophy of our school was to allow kids to play, create, experiment and investigate.

And that’s how I teach, even now. At the heart of everything is my students and how we relate to one another – my practise has always been based on their understandings, their misunderstandings, and their need for more challenges.

I don’t want to give my students set methods for creating – art doesn’t work like that. I want to look “behind the curtain” to investigate why some photos or editing techniques work, and others don’t. 

I also know that in this day and age, we’re all busy! We hardly have time for ourselves, let alone online learning! Have you joined a course and never finished it? I know I’m guilty! So as I was putting together this Learning Journey, I wanted it to be like an advent calendar. Every month a new surprise. New lessons, a new bonus, new content to consume. Every month, bit by bit with these lessons, you’ll become a better photographer.

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