Flash Sale on Photography Classes, Moline Illinois

DSC_0462Are you too cool for school?

Our special this week might change your mind.   Working with the Quad City Times, I am running a flash sale on our Fall Photography Classes.  Normally $129 for a full day of learning, you can now pick them up for $64.50.

Whether you want to learn more about your camera or lighting, there is a class that fits everyone.

Dates don’t work for you this Fall?  Don’t worry.  I’ll be releasing the Spring schedule in October and you can use your gift certificate then.

To purchase a gift certificate, click here:   Photography Classes

Once you purchase your certificate, give Lisa a call at 309.269.5013 to chat about which class you would like to take.

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All Fur Fun Dog Daycare Portrait Days

dogsOver the course of a couple of years, I have been building relationships and partnerships with businesses who are passionate about animals.   These owners truly love working with families and their pets and go above and beyond what they need to do as they care for your pet.

One of the things that I love to do is to collaborate with business owners and offer pet events.  Ranging from holiday themes to simple portraits, I head out and set up a portrait studio on site.  Full of laughter and movement, these events are truly creating memories for everyone involved.

At the end of June, I had the pleasure of spending three mornings out at All Fur Fun Dog Daycare out in Carbon Cliff, Illinois.   This wonderful facility has two of the most caring people I have ever met as they take care and play with the dogs. Every morning, I created a formal portrait of each dog and then hit the playground for a while to capture the dogs at play.All Fur Fun 4

All Fur Fun Dog Daycare offers superior daycare and socialization for your beloved pup.  The facility also offers training classes.

Traveling?  Board your pup at this comfortable and loving facility.  When we traveled and had our dog stay at All Fur Fun, we loved it that pictures were posted on Facebook so we could see what a great time he was having.

All Fur Fun 1Thanks again to Steve and Kim for having me out and helping make this event a wonderful success.



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Summer dance portraits

bethany copy 2 0044You’ve worked hard all year and dance recital is now over.  Celebrate with a customized dance session.  Whether it’s in the studio or on location, we will showcase your favorite costumes and poses.

To schedule your session, give Lisa a call at 309.269.5013.











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Pet Personality Portraits in Moline

Join us this summer for a session that focuses on your beloved pet.    This special includes a complimentary studio session and limited edition collage.  Yep!  I’ll even provide the frame.

Sessions are limited this summer and the weekends are almost full.  Give Lisa a call at 309.269.5013 for more information and to schedule your session.

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Summer Pet Personality Portraits

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Valentine Sessions from Dog Photographer, Moline IL


Valentine Sessions – January 18th – 23rd

Cost: $75 – includes a session and 24 valentines (substitutions are available)

Celebrate the love you have for your furry family member with a very special session.  I’ll capture the personality of your beloved pet and custom design a card just for you.

Everyone goes home with a goodie bag!   To schedule your session, give Lisa a call at 309.269.5013.


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A New Year’s Resolution: Study Art

Anna at pondWhen’s the last time you have studied a painting? I mean, really studied. You looked at the lighting patterns, or in some cases, lack of patterns, catch lights, posing, colors and the brushstrokes.

Pick up a biography of an artist. Read about his or her movement and what inspired them. The lessons and techniques we can learn from artists who are not photographers are amazing.


When I first started learning about lighting patterns, not only did I study other photographers; but also artists outside the realm of photography I started with Rembrandt (imagine that).   And from there, my art education grew.  For those of you who know me, I have a bit of a dark side. So of course I was drawn to Ivan Albright. Check out “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” or “The Door”.

DSC_1503 1Other artists I have studied include Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte, and James Ensor. With my love of working with dancers, one must never forget Edgar Degas.


One of my favorite places to visit is the Art Institute of Chicago. I try to visit as much as I can. There is nothing better than physically standing in an art museum gazing upon a masterpiece. Some pieces of work truly send chills through you.

However, if you can’t make it to the Chicago Art Institute or the Louvre, there are many other places to study artists. Check out the galleries of your local artists.   Of course you can hit the internet and with a simple Google search, you are on your way.

Yes, I’ll admit I’m a Pinterest junkie.   I have boards with recipes that I’ll never make and home improvement projects that will never be started. However, there is one board that I visit often. My Art board is filled with artists and art pieces that inspire me. you will find that I have many pinned images of Check out my board here: http://pinterest.com/lfrancescon/art/


One of the first artists I fell in love with was William Adolphe Bouguereau, a French Artist and realist. What drew me to his work were his images of the young peasant girls that he painted.

Having two young girls myself, I was drawn to these paintings time and time again. When my youngest brought home her dance costume, the pieces fell into place and I had my inspiration.

After a quick study of my favorite paintings, my youngest and I headed to our local park. With Bouguereau in mind, I began to photograph Anna. However, as I worked with her, Bouguereau’s works began to fade in my mind and my own ideas began to take shape; resulting in the portrait of Anna at the pond. This has become one of my favorite images of Anna and now hangs as a canvas in my home.

What artists inspire you? Who are you studying? Share in the comments and we will research and learn together.

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The day after class…What should I do first?

You made arrangements for the kids, walked the dog, and put your spouse in charge of lunch and dinner. You packed your camera bag, grabbed a notebook and headed off to class to spend the day learning about your camera and the world of photography.

You took notes. You took pictures. You asked questions. You filled your brain. You went home.

5x7 4Now What?

Photography classes can be fun and overwhelming at the same time. The question that is asked all the time, “Where do I start”?   My answer? “Make a plan”.

Making a plan allows you to focus on what you want to practice and what you want photograph.   In order to make your photography practice a consistent part of your life, here are a few tips.



Make Lists

  1. Determine how often you can realistically practice the new skills you are learning.
  2. Brainstorm a list of things you want to photograph. Kids, dogs, horses, landscapes, etc.
  3. Make a list of the skills you want to practice. If you took digital photography 101, you may want to start with just aperture priority, shutter priority, white balance, etc.  If you took a lighting class, you may want to add lighting patterns, bouncing light, diffusing light reflecting light, etc. Composition class? Write down the composition elements you want to work on.

Set your schedule

This is going to be different for everyone. Once you leave class, lives get busy.   Grab your calendar and choose at least one day at week in which you will practice.   Add that time period into your calendar. When the time arrives, take one thing from your “want to photograph” list and one thing from your “skills I need to practice list” and do it.

If you can fit practice into your schedule more than once a week, do it. But start out with at least one time a week with very specific photography elements you are practicing.

Share. Get Feedback. Ask QuestionsDSC_4727 copy

One of the hardest things to do is to share our work and get feedback.   My students have a safe place to post, share and get feedback. But it’s good to have someone that will not only tell you what you did right; but also what needs improving. This allows you to reshoot the project, make some changes, and cement what you are learning.

Many times, questions appear as we are putting into practice what we were taught in class. Do not be afraid to search out your instructor or even another classmate to ask questions.

Photography is a beautiful combination of science, math and art. There’s a lot of information that is shared in a short period of time.  But once you make a plan and set aside a specific time, subject and skill to practice, your adventure in photography will become easier.

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