“The open forum, candid interaction, flow-of-consciousness type interactions from people in the same boat – all being mentored by such an open, encouraging, giving, professional as Christine has been the absolute perfect step in my photography journey. The course has exceeded my expectations and I feel Christine & her approachable, engaging, & sharing manner, has made the course exactly what it is. Her professionalism, enthusiasm, guidance, & mentorship has been remarkable & something I haven’t found ANYWHERE else!!! The small group, intimate nature of the forum has been the perfect vehicle to deliver such a unique course – one so wonderfully defined in most part by its wonderfully open & knowledgeable tutor! Christine has shown equal strengths in both delivering interesting, topical, & useful content to emerging professionals, & also has been amazing in facilitating the group, yet responding so meaningfully to various tangents that have arisen. Thank you, I am so grateful of the opportunity to bounce ideas/topics/questions off Christine & be pointed in a direction that has always been of use – though never prescriptive or considered the only way of doing things. A very original course content & process of gaining knowledge, conducted by a very original & personable & easy-to-relate-to creative! Well done. –Shanon”
“I’ve truly enjoyed being engaged each week by Christine’s entertaining lesson notes. They’re funny and enjoyable to read. I’ve really found Christine to be amazing at pulling apart the homework we’ve all handed in and helping us see how we can build our businesses. It’s fantastic to have such brilliant feedback on things such a pricing, products and client sessions. Christine has given us a lot more than just business advice, and I wish she’d teach more courses.. because I’d sign up right away. –Jo”
“This class was AWESOME. Really! Christine is fan-freaking-tastic. Aside from generously giving us all of her inside tips on how she does things and her resources, she took the time to give thorough answers to questions, and amazing advice, etc. I’m actually so sad this class is coming to a close because it has been an incredible source of motivation, confidence, and information. The way the class is set up for interaction with other students is so helpful. Getting their feedback and just bouncing ideas off of them, and of course being able to see their perspective, work, sites etc. is so helpful! I would recommend this class, HIGHLY, to anyone. Christine, I love you!!! Only having met you through the forum/social media, I can still feel your energy, love for photography, love for life, and your passion. Thank you so much for sharing all that you did and just being awesome. You are an inspiration. –Martina”
“This class has by far exceeded my expectations. Christine has been AMAZING to say the least and her personality shines through all of her answers to our (many) questions. The lessons are well thought out, detailed, thorough and nicely designed. She has been an open book with her experience of starting and growing her photography business and is willing to share all of her information which has been invaluable. Every time I email or talk to another photographer friend I have nothing but glowing things to say about the course and have been recommending it up and down already. Christine turned on the lights and pointed us in the right direction, while also supplying the tools needed to stay on the path. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who needs guidance and support from a successful and experienced photographer with a huge heart. –Sonja”
“The Building Your Business course has been fantastic. I am right in the throws or building my business and have implemented already prior to the course some of the suggestions you have made, but I have also learnt so much more in terms of tools that are useful, hints from either you or the other participants in Forum, and general business basics that I had overlooked or not though twice about before. I am so thankful for the amount of information you have shared, your workflow, your tools, your techniques etc. It’s really refreshing to have another photographer share so many of their business ‘secrets’. Your lessons have been so well written and so easy to understand. There has been nothing I had to ask for clarification on as you have demonstrated that you really know what you’re talking about and how to deliver it effectively. Thank you, Christine! –Jodie”
“I really liked Christine and you could really sense her love of photography and her personality seemed to shine through in her responses to us in the forum. Her lessons were very helpful and I love that she shared so much of how she does things now as a successful photographer as well as telling us about what she’s had to change and adapt as she grew her own business. She definitely made me feel like the confusing world of starting up a photography business can be manageable! –Catherine”
These are just a few of the lovely, wonderfully generous compliments from past students of my online course, Building Your Business. It’s been such a fantastic journey for me this year, getting to explore the beauty of developing relationships and friendships with people from around the world who are just beginning or in the midst of building their own photography businesses.
I will admit I was a bit cautious when I first accepted this teaching position… “How would I build strong relationships through an online forum?” “Would my course be okay to teach online?” Six months later, I can confidently say that teaching online has been the best decision I’ve made (apart from going full time with my photography business three years ago!). The Define School has built a forum specifically catered for a world wide audience. There’s no timezones in our forum, or language barriers, or interruptions. People log in when they can, post their questions, insecurities, advice, and support all online, and then respond to one another when they find a quiet moment in their day. That’s the beauty of online classes, in my opinion.
I’m just about to start teaching my business-focused online course, Building Your Business, for the third time with The Define School. Each time enrolment rolls around, I get nervous, anxious, excited, pumped, inspired and ENERGIZED! Each group has been so different, but I have loved both my classes so far. It’s been an eclectic mix of people, from all over the world, but I always walk away feeling rejuvenated and grateful for the new group of amazing people in my life.
I’ll also be sprucing things up a bit this term… I’ve asked my good friends (and industry leaders, some of whom have won “Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World”) to offer some tips each week on the topics I cover: pricing, social media + marketing, shooting, and workflow + productivity. They have generously agreed to participate so I’m excited to say that Dan O’Day, Kelly Tunney, Samm Blake, and Todd Hunter McGaw will be stopping in to say, “G’day!”
I wanted to offer a small giveaway to say “THANK YOU!” for this rather amazing opportunity to teach in this capacity. One person will win a free seat to Building Your Business for this term (valued at $350), beginning on October 14 (and it runs for four weeks). All you have to do to win is one (or all) of the following (each will count as one entry; maximum of three entries per person please):
1. Follow me on Instagram (@pobke) and find my latest “Building Your Business” giveaway photo, and re-post it on your own instagram, tagging me (@pobke) and hashtagging the following: #thedefineschool #buildingyourbizgiveaway
2. Share this blog post on your Facebook page and tag @PobkePhotography
3. Tweet this giveaway by following me on Twitter (@pobke) and linking this specific blog post, while also tagging me (@pobke) and hashtagging the following: #thedefineschool #buildingyourbizgiveaway.
And what’s a blog post without some photos from recent shoots I’ve been so lucky to have? :) Happy Thursday everyone!! :)