You can't cram a lifetime of experiences into a weekend workshop. Your brain can't handle it, and even if it could, the instructor couldn't teach it.   The modern photography workshop model is flawed.

Have you ever attended a workshop or bought a tutorial, and not been able to recreate or implement the material you received? You walk through all of the steps, but your work still doesn't look like theirs.

Have you ever watched a tutorial expecting to learn a post-processing secret that would be the answer to your problems, only to learn that their straight out of camera images were just better to begin with?

What You’ll Get

This is an 8 week hands-on education in portraiture.

 You can't do what I do unless you know what I know. 

The truth is that learning portraiture has little to do with HOW and everything to do with WHY.

Portraiture Lessons

Eight lessons will be trickled out on a weekly basis through my Learn Portraiture online education system. The course work includes everything from photoshop tutorials and editing assignments, to creating mood boards and dissecting Renaissance era art. 

The Workflow

With the help of a good friend, I've developed an action that lays out my workflow. There's a method to the madness, and each layer builds on the one before it. I like to think of it as the rug that ties the room together. The only way to get "in on the action" is to take the class. 

Online Classroom

 The online classroom broadcasts live three times over the 8-week period. Think of it as a Google Hangout on steroids. You get to digest the lessons and apply the principles in your homework. Then we review and answer all of your questions live in the online classroom.

Is it starting to click?   You need to stop asking how and start understanding why. It's the only way to learn.

I HIGHLY recommend Mike's amazing lighting workshop. The tools and methods he breaks down are applicable for both novice and advanced photographers and as someone who learns from seeing and engaging, I found it to be perfect! What I learned from Mike can be applied to all of my work - from weddings to conceptual portraiture.

Steven Kowalski (Photographer- Atlanta, GA )

stop struggling and start  succeeding! 

Passive learning has no place in my program. 

I can't tell you how many tutorials I've bought and watched passively. I would put them on in the background while editing. Those things are like 20 hours of content! Who has the time to sit and give them the attention they deserve? I find I've watched very few tutorials that I felt made me a better photographer.

Where are you currently failing?


Pre-production is the difference between taking pictures and making pictures. Invest time on the front end and you won't be wasting time trying to fix images in post. If you can look at a picture and understand what you like about it, you can  implement those ideas into your own work.


I've spent years studying lighting.  I've tried everything. Expensive strobes didn't improve my photography. Expensive modifiers didn't improve my photography.  When you spend all your energy focusing on perfect light, it's easy to miss the big picture. I teach effortless lighting so that you can focus on what really matters.


More than anything else, I get asked about color grading. It's easier than you think. It's the part of the process I spend the least amount of time thinking about, but at the same time, it is an essential component of my work. Color grading should enhance your image, not fix it. If you're hung up on color grading, your problem lies elsewhere.

release your inner image

There's a little bit of YOU in every image YOU make. That's the X factor. YOU are the X factor. The trick isn't learning to make pictures like someone else; the ability is an understanding of photography that enables you to make a positive contribution into the work you create.

I attended Mike's workshop on posing and lighting groups. I can honestly say it changed the way I see light. I've already used what I learned on multiple jobs. His workshop allowed me to go into the jobs with confidence knowing I could deliver exactly what the client was expecting. Thanks Mike for sharing your knowledge with everyone and being a good dude while doing it!

Ethan Smith (Photographer- Richmond, IL )

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Class size is limited

Keeping the class size small is important to me. To do this right, to teach you everything I know and to answer all of your questions, I've got to draw the line somewhere. We are not just learning about portraiture.             We are building a community.

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  • Eight Weeks of Learning
  • Three Live Classroom Events
  • Lighting and Editing Tutorials



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You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If your photography is not improved by my mentorship then I will refund the purchase price. (student must withdraw from program within the first 30 days.)

still on the fence? it's time to make your move. 

Yes, it's expensive, but the best of anything usually is, and this is the best online portraiture course on the market. Nobody cares more about your success than I do.

Yes, it's a huge time commitment, and if it seems like too much of a commitment, then you're probably not ready. This class isn't for everyone. In fact, it isn't for most. I only want to work with people that are serious about taking their images to the next level. 

You're going to want to sign up for this today. I don't know if I'll ever offer anything this robust again. I've put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into making this happen. You get all of me in this class.

There are parts of your brain that are currently locked, and I hold the key to opening those doors. You're going to learn all the things you think you need to know, and I'm going to teach you about things that aren't even on your radar yet. You're going to learn how to get out of your own way. I'm really that good.


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There are limited seats available for our February class. Registration closes January 30th at 12:00am CST


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