Old Barn Emporium

Studio Photography Course

Learn the exact techniques used to produce photographs that clients pay $997 a session to get.



For business or your own personal satisfaction, you can learn how to produce high value portraits of people and pets at home, on location, or in a dedicated studio if you have one.

I am still thrilled with the course. Having taken courses done by others, I was very skeptical when reading the pitch for this one… and after several visits to the website I broke down and enrolled. Digesting all of the information is still on-going but the boost from doing the course the first time has been, without any reservation, some of the best spent money ever. Family and friends have noticed also, telling me that I have made giant strides, and they love my work. Thanks Jeff and Pam. — David G. Fredrickson

Here’s what you need to get started… a love of photography, people, and/or pets, and a willingness to learn

Here’s what you DON’T need… prior experience, expensive equipment, a large or “dedicated” room

Dear Pam and Jeff, I always assumed that studio photography was for the highly skilled (college trained) and complicated, requiring thousands of dollars of equipment. You sure did show me how not true that is. This course is worth every bit of the cost. Again, Thank You! — Bob Miner

This is the most awesome course in photography that I have ever experienced. My business is phenomenal, and your course answered all the technical questions that I could not get any help with. This course is well worth more than the price that you ask. — Melanie Snyder

Your course has given me the courage to go out and take photographs of family and strangers. Your course gives amateurs the courage they need to do photo sessions. You let people know you don’t need a fancy studio or really expensive cameras to do a great photo session. And just like you do with you photo sessions, the course comes with more than you expect. Keep up the great work! — Scotty Baugh

Dear soon-to-be GREAT studio-quality photographer,

I’ll never forget the conversation I had with Pam, my wife, and a professional photographer for over 25 years.

She had just completed quite a few sessions and the session packages were ready to be picked up by the clients.

There were a lot of them, so my brilliant “business brain” suggested that we just ship everything to the clients and be done with it.

Pam looked at me like I was from Mars… No. I want to see the look on the client’s faces when they open up the package and see the photos. That’s my reward, that’s why I do this, the money is secondary, and there is no way I’m going to give that up!”

And it’s true, I’ve seen the strong emotional responses Pam’s photos have evoked. I’ve seen mothers cry when Pam has “captured that look.” I’ve seen families laugh, smile, and just sit back and look at the photos as if they were seeing themselves for the first time. So I can understand why Pam would never give up that experience — seeing the emotional response to her photos — which is really the whole point of photographing people and pets.

It’s also the point that many photographers — even the seasoned pros — completely miss.

And the reason is, they get hung up on the technical aspects of photography rather than the human aspects of it. As a consequence, I’ve seen plenty of pro work where the lighting and other technicalities are perfect, but the emotional content is missing.

There is actually a very simple reason for this “problem.” Photographers tend to learn a lot about cameras, lights, and other technical things, but very little about the subjects they are photographing.

So the subject becomes slave to the technique and the technique becomes the major point and purpose of the photograph.

Now, in some types of photography you may be able to get away with that type of thinking — but with people and pets — it’s deadly. With people and pets, the technique must accommodate the subject. It must be able to capture the intangibles of a person. It must be fast, flexible, and automatic — it has to work without you having to “think” about it. You should only be concerned with what goes in here…

And that is the essence of what we teach in the Not Your Normal Studio Photography Course, and how you can get superior results quickly and easily, from you home, on location, or in a dedicated studio.

You may know about how we taught a 10-year-old to do paying photo sessions, and the simple secret is, she learned the posing and people handling she needed — she “studied the subject” — and we made the technical aspects “push-button” easy for her. It’s the same way Pam does it, and the same way our students are able to get pro results fast.

Now, I don’t want you to think that we “glaze over” technical matters or think they’re not important. They are, and in the Not Your Normal Studio Photography Course you’ll learn what you need to know about those types of things. The technical just needs to be kept in perspective because it is only one part of getting superior results.

Rest assured that learning “studio lighting” alone isn’t going to make you a good people and pet photographer. To get superior results, you need a complete system of photographing which includes proper planning, posing, people handling, and yes, of course, technical matters like lighting and post-session workflow. Plus, you need to know how to present your work in a way that gets a “wow” response.

Just a “side note” here — I’ve become a big fan of coated canvas prints which I talk about in the course. I even reveal my “top secret” jeff-o-coat, but the important point is to have a complete system that produces final usable (saleable if you’re in business!) results.

It really is a great feeling when someone sees that big, beautiful, canvas print hanging on your wall and asks…

“Wow, who did that???”…and you can say, “I did.”

Getting to the “wow” point, however, takes specific steps, from choosing the right equipment to knowing the best way to print, frame, illuminate, and sign your work. And all the steps must be “present” and working at an acceptable level or the final result will suffer. The good news is, none of if it is particularly difficult once you know what to do and exactly how to do it...

I hope you will take to heart what I have said. Pam and I have taught thousands of students and we know what works and what doesn’t, where the “snags” are including the “brain” issues like confidence and preparation (yes, we cover those those topics in the course, too)… again, the things that lead to true success and superior results often have little to do with lights, cameras, or other technical matters, although they are part of the equation.

The real secret is to get the entire equation right.

All the steps that will take you from where you are noweven if that’s “zilch” — to producing the kind of photos people will gladly pay high fees to get. And that is what you get with the Not Your Normal Studio Photography Course.

By trade, I am a glass artist and writer, so I have access to a lot of information and courses, including some of my own. The depth of information you include in your course is amazing. I come across a lot of instruction that will teach almost everything the student needs to succeed, but holds back some key elements. I guess they do that to avoid “training their competition” (not a theory I subscribe to). You lay it all out there. If people want to succeed in the business, all they have to do is study what you’ve given to them. Your instruction is clear, without a whole lot of fluff used as fillers, and if your students have questions, you are there to help. It doesn’t get any better. Your course is worth every dollar and more. — Linda Abbot

By the way, if you read many of our testimonials you may notice a “running theme” — details, completeness, clarity, fun, and of course, results. Photo courses, like photographs, have certain qualities that separate the great ones from the rest. Qualities that cause them to go beyond a simple transfer of information and become a fundamental life-changing event

Pam’s Not Your Normal Studio Photography Course includes the following…

Special note about doing this as a business — The Not Your Normal Studio Photography Course was once available ONLY to professionally-minded photographers and it is still part of our professional course offerings. That means if you don’t plan on doing this as a business, you’ll still be getting all the pro “secrets” and your photography will be “business ready” should you eventually decide to go that route or be asked to take photos for a fee (many people start in business exactly this way!)…

Dear Pam & Jeff,Just a few words about your “Not Your Normal School of Photography” course.I have been “into” photography since my Jr. High School days, back in the early ’60’s. I have taken two correspondence courses from two different “Name” schools as well as attending some of those seminars and a professional school of photography in the past. But it wasn’t until I took your course that I was hearing “Now THAT’S Me” from my subjects. Those other courses may have taught the technical aspect of photography, but your course goes beyond that. Your course also teaches the techniques to make people feel comfortable & relaxed to the point that it’s easy to capture the “real” person. Their personality, not just their looks, so to speak.

In the past, my photography was mostly for my personal enjoyment. But since my success after taking your course, I am being asked, more & more, by others to have me take their portraits. They come to me. I haven’t promoted myself at all.

I am now in the process of having my “hobby” support itself. Thanks to you & your course, I can now afford better equipment and to travel to take photos of places & things that were never possible in the past.

All this & extra money in my pocket, to boot.

As you can probably tell, I think your course is great & highly recommend it to anyone interested in people and/or pet photography. Sincerely yours, Thomas Stafford

The Not Your Normal Studio Photography Course…


Of course we take a moment to say “Hi” and welcome you to the school, but in this section, you’ll also learn about the three skill sets required for a superior result.

Most photographers only get good at one set of skills, some at two, very few at all three, yet it takes competency in all three to get “cream of the crop” results.

You will also learn about the 4 steps to mastering a technical skill.

Knowing the steps, and which “level” you’re at, will help you get to the mastery you seek and avoid frustration along the way… “learning curves” are much easier to handle when you know, in advance, what the path looks like, where you are in the curve, and what it will take to get to the end of the curve.

The path to success is also a lot shorter when you apply the skill management techniques we discuss. Failure to recognize and apply these techniques is one of the biggest reasons why photographers do not achieve the success they want and why they stay unrecognized, mediocre, and unpaid.

You, of course, will be different!

I stayed up until 3 AM reading the intro — I literally got so excited I couldn’t sleep. My heart was beating out of my chest and I kept thinking, “This is !T! I can make this work!” I am now 2/3 through the course and I am AMAZED at all you have achieved and created. Every question I had, every worry needed taming, and every doubt I had about my ability was taken care of by your course! BRAVO! I‘m not even finished with the course and I have 3 clients asking for my work. (enter “yippee!” dance here) and I’m just getting started. — Alanna Riley

Equipment and Technique

Perhaps one of the most difficult “techniques” in photography is knowing what you need to know, and what you need to get.

Taken as a whole, photography is a BIG subject with a lot of things you can know and lot of STUFF you can get. Unfortunately, learning things you don’t need to know, as well as doing excessive research, “freezing up” over what equipment to buy, and/or getting stuff you don’t really need wastes time, money, and holds you back from the enjoyment, productivity, and income photography can provide.

Fortunately, in Equipment and Technique, we sort all that out for you — you’ll get a complete discussion of what equipment you’ll need and why, including the “must have” and the “nice to have.”

You’ll learn about choosing…

Cameras — many photographers agonize choosing a camera, but we will make it very simple for you and you will understand why.

Lenses — some surprises here. What you think may be “good” might not. Again, we’ll tell you exactly why so you can make a good decision.

Studio Lighting — It’s a jungle out there with literally thousands of choices, but we have made this simple for you, too.

Backdrops — you’ll learn our philosophy on backdrops, what we use, when we use it, and why. You’ll also learn about some tricks and alternatives our students have used for special set ups including permanent installations and ultra portability (we’ve had a few students with highly mobile set ups who work from vans and RVs, and plenty who set up and work in client’s homes).

A Place To Photograph — This is really unlimited… from the great outdoors, to small rooms, to vehicles that roam, you can take studio quality photographs in a variety of places. But there are some technical considerations and some things to be aware of when choosing a place to photograph — it really is part of your “equipment” — and we discuss those issues in this part of the course.

To sum up, you’ll quickly learn how to cut through the techno mess so you will know what to use, where to use it, and when to use it. We’ll zero in on what’s important and what’s not, and while everyone else is hanging out on the photo forums arguing about which piece equipment tests best in the lab, you’ll be out and about taking great photographs and building your business (if business is part of your plan!).

Special note — we will always alert you to “cheap tricks” and workarounds when we can… getting started doesn’t have to be expensive and you don’t need the latest stuff, or even any extra stuff at all. Remember, people have been taking great photographs of people and pets — images that still hold up today — for over 100 years. So if you don’t want to “gear up” you don’t need to. Do what you can with what you have. Stuff breaks anyway. Great images last forever!

I just wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed your course. Right from the start I saw improvements in my portrait photography. I think what I like most is the set it and forget it lighting — this has been most useful. Before your course I was using up to six lights on my portraits because I thought it was necessary in order to make good portraits. A lot to handle for one person. I did make some good pictures but also a lot of bad pictures. Now with your lighting I get good pictures. I have more time to get really good pose’s of the subject and not worry about lighting. Your course is very good from the basics to marketing — everyday I learn more and more about marketing and how to keep people coming back sale after sale. — Sincerely William Raline

Jeff and Pam, I believe that the best thing I did in was order the course. I love photography and have been taking pictures of friends and family for a small fee for years… BUT always had to retouch them on the computer because the lighting would be way off. I could never get the lighting just right. Each session would take me an average of 4 hours. Now with the wonderful “set it and forget it” my sessions are half that time! Even when I take fantasy photos of small babies and children! The course has provided me knowledge that has made my life easier not only for lighting but for the marketing too! Thanks for putting together a course that is easy to understand and use!— Thanks again Shanna Prince

“Set It and Forget It” Lighting

Your lighting system won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to use it properly. It will also be less than useful if it distracts you from working with your subjects — getting them to react the way you want — or causes you to miss the moment. To get the shots you want, you need a reliable system and a set up that you can “forget about” so you can concentrate on the people and/or pets you’re photographing.

And that is exactly what you will learn in this part of the course…

How to set up your lights to give you the maximum chance of getting the best shots even with “active” animals and children

Lighting for white (and colored if you use them) backdrops

Lighting for black backdrops

How to adjust your camera settings for use in the studio

The best way to connect your camera to studio lights

Getting the right exposure the easy way

Fine tuning your setup to avoid common lighting problems

Tips on using backdrops

In most cases once you set up your camera, backdrop, and lights, you won’t need to mess with the setup again. But there are some special situations you need to know about and we cover those, too, for example, how to deal with…

Double chins

Scars or blemishes


A good side/bad side

Hats and glasses

Yes, some of this can be dealt with in an image editing program like Photoshop, but it is good to get the best original you can.

And speaking of Photoshop…

As you may know, we prefer white and black backgrounds for our studio shots. That, however, doesn’t ultimately lock you into any particular background. With an image editing program like Photoshop, you can replace the studio backgrounds (you don’t need a greed or “chroma” screen) to create new versions your images and produce products to sell to you clients if you’re in business.

I have shot 3 sessions of family members for my portfolio (and for practice). I have had 7 different families call to book sessions with me just from seeing my family’s session packages. Another nice FYI — I just went to pick up some reprints at my photo lab and the owner came out to tell me that in his 22 years of photo finishing, I did the best high-key work he’s ever seen. The photos he was referring to were my first 3 “attempts” with my family sessions. Your course rules!!! Pretty cool? Huh? Thank a million times!!! — Cheryl Columbo

The set and forget shooting technique sped up my session at an event last week. Covering speakers and clients was a lot smoother. Second nature shooting is setting in, more innovation is on the rise. Thanks for lighting a grand new pathway. — Bob Campbell

Thanks to your instructions and Pam’s, “Set it and Forget It”, lighting techniques, it is very easy to get professional photographs. — Donald Reed

I’m so glad I took your course and I am recommending it to all my friends in photography. I looked at the New York Photography Institute course and others and yours had the most practical information and tons of useable, real-world tips to make real dollars. (You can use this as another testimonial if you want.) I just talked to a guy at my photo processor shop who says he’s a portrait photographer and when I asked to see some of his work he said he was still working on his lighting setup and getting everything right technically. When I asked him if he was photographing people yet he just muttered something about having everything correctly in place first. Then I whipped out my latest order of photos and showed him my work and he just stared at me with undisguised contempt. — Chris Larson

PART 2 — Poses and Props

In Poses and Props you’ll learn the poses, tricks, and techniques Pam has used over and over — they just keep on working — to produce photos people go nuts over.

She’ll even tell you what to say to your subjects, how to put them at ease, and how to get them to do what you want!

This is the heart of the course where Pam teaches you to take the kind of pictures people are willing to pay large fees to get. If I had to pick a “most important” part of the course, this would be it, and these are the kinds of things you won’t learn from other technically focused courses.

In fact, one of the first things you’ll learn is what actions make the difference between being an ordinary and a great photographer. And the answer may surprise you because it has nothing to do with adjusting your camera or lights… the set it and forget it lighting is designed to take care of those kinds of things and “get out of the way” so you can do what REALLY matters.

You’ll also learn the key points to getting natural looking shots that capture emotion. Yes, there are some “tricks” to it, and you will find that this part of the course is actually much more than a discussion of “poses and props” — it’s a complete system of photographing people and pets.

Here are a few of the essential ideas and techniques you’ll learn in the first section of Poses and Props…

How to create the right “environment” to photograph in

How to set up your sessions for the best chance of getting the shots you want

The 3 keys to getting people to look relaxed

Capturing emotions and the little tricks that show it in a photograph

The real objective of posing (it’s not what you think!)

The 3 things that will cause your clients to love your work — even if your lighting and “technique” isn’t the greatest!… but if they’re missing, no amount of technical mastery will save you!

How to know when to “push the button”

How to practice and achieve a good deal of photographic proficiency without even taking one photograph!

and much more…

After learning the basic “philosophy” of the Not Your Normal Photography system, you’ll be ready to develop your “bag of tricks” in the posing section.

In the posing section, you’ll learn how to start your sessions by using poses that cause people to “loosen up”… you’ll learn how to “break the ice” and begin to bring out the natural beauty in your subjects. You’ll also discover how to turn your session into an “event” where everyone participates and starts having a whole lot of fun...

A system of posing and creating “session flow”

Part two of the course — poses and props — is not just a “bunch of poses” slapped together like some posing guides you can buy. It presents a well thought out system of posing that will show you what to use, when to use it, and how to use it to bring out the best in your subjects.

You’ll also find that the posing is very flexible, meaning that it can be adapted to many situations and your own personal style. It’s also “modular”. By modular I mean that you can start with a simple pose during a session and then add to it… other people, pets, even parts of other poses.

This is a very handy and efficient way of working in the studio because It keeps the flow and “momentum” going. It keeps everyone enthused and involved so you end up getting the best shots.

Pam will also show you how to increase your “pose efficiency” by pulling multiple, but different, shots from each pose. Pam’s clients are often amazed at what she pulled out of a session because they only saw what was going on in front of the camera!

Reusable and “transparent”

There’s a reason why Pam is able to use the Not Your Normal posing over and over again, even with the same clients over multiple years, and why our students can “make it their own” — it was designed that way.

The primary purpose of the posing is to facilitate interaction between the photographer and the client and to bring out the personality of the subject, not to call undue attention to the pose itself. While the poses are fun, interesting, and different, they are also a bit like snow flakes — no two shots are exactly alike, just like the people and pets that are being photographed..

Hundreds of examples, categorized, systemized, so you will know what to use when!

The extensive second section dives into the poses themselves.

Dear Jeff and Pam, I have been using “Not Your Normal” poses in my photography business for the last 2 years. Kids especially enjoy simple props that let them have fun while having their picture taken. Most adults I’ve photographed also laugh a lot and appear much more relaxed in their poses. When I started my business I looked at many on-line schools and ways to conduct a business. I am so glad I found “Not Your Normal School of Photography.” Thanks, Becky Klingenberger

In the posing section you’ll find…

Hundreds of photo examples of families, individuals, children, babies, and adult couples all fully explained, including the how, the why, even the what to say (that is important!).

Plus, if you’re in business, you’ll learn how to take advantage of the huge undertapped market for pet photography…

Pet photo examples explained

5 almost (we are dealing with pets!!!) sure-fire tricks you can use to get great pet photos

What to do if the pet is hyper or “wild”

The two special skills you will absolutely need to be successful at photographing pets

I want to thank you guys again for putting on this course. I really love this style and idea of casual photography… I already have a lot of people phoning me for bookings. Thank you again sooooo much for this. A very happy “student”, James Smith

Hello Jeff & Pam, We have gotten a great response with focusing on the animal/pet angle. The “People” and family naturally follows but the hook with the animals as family really helps. Not to mention that we are huge animal lovers. They’re a little harder since they don’t always cooperate but if you stick with them, the personalities really are great. We have never received anything but great feedback and are getting a lot of referrals from word of mouth. Our quality has really improved over time and is always getting better, Thanks for the wonderful training and continued support and education. Sincerely, Mark & Tammy

When you’re done with Poses and Props, there will be no mystery as to how you should set up each shot, and at this point, you’ll have all the “parts” (poses) you need to put together a paying photo session should you choose to do this as a business. But “parts” are only “parts,” and unless you know how to put them together into a workable session, your results will be limited. Riding along with Pam in a virtual photo session solves this problem for you

A Virtual Photo Session

In A Virtual Photo Session, you’ll discover how to conduct a successful photo session using the technical skills and the posing skills you learned in the first section of the course.

What you learn in the Virtual Photo Session is sort of the “glue” that holds everything together. And it is some very important glue… many photographers buy lights, learn some poses, and then wonder why they aren’t getting the results they want. Quite often they’re missing what you will learn in Part Three…

In this part of the course, Pam will show you how to prepare for, and actually conduct, a complete photo session.

This is where the “rubber meets the road” and Pam covers everything from what to say when your clients first walk in the door to how to send them off on an upbeat note. She even shows you what to do, and how to come out “looking good,” when things don’t go as planned!

Special note — even if you’re just doing this for your own family and friends, there are very good reasons (which we discuss in the course) to conduct yourself and set up your sessions like a pro (that is, if you want pro results!)…

In A Virtual Photo Session You’ll learn

How to plan and prepare for a photo session

How to conduct yourself during a session

The three shots you must make sure you get

A nice “little touch” that’s not essential, but helps break the ice and the clients love it

How to avoid stupid mistakes and session-killing oversights

How to get people to do what you want

How to keep young children from being afraid of your lights

How to get a session started when everyone is feeling awkward

How to get people to smile in a natural way

How to deal with common and some not-so-common session problems including crying and tantrums, child won’t look at camera, not getting any facial response, what to do when “nothing’s working” and more

The heart of this section, however, is the “virtual” photo session you’ll conduct with Pam as your guide

You’ll take a typical family through the entire session process — from the day they book a session, through preparation and planning, to and though the session itself.

Pam describes each step in detail as if it were actually happening. It’s the next best thing to doing a real session, and a great way to learn without “gearing up” or getting other people involved.

This way, when you get to doing actual sessions for the first time, it won’t feel like it!

Post Session Workflow and Session Packages

There is more conducting a session than just taking photographs and has devoted an entire section to what you need to do after the session and she shows you how to put together a presentable and saleable product.

There are, of course, many ways to present, use, and sell photos. When it comes to post session workflow and products, the “possibilities” are truly endless. But endless won’t do you much good, especially if you’re in business. What you need is solid tested way of working and a session package with proven worth and salability (at least to start out with!).

In this of the course, we will show you how to put together the unique session package that Pam has used for many years.

Pam’s session packages are as unique as her photography and they have been hugely popular with her clients. One nice feature from a professional standpoint is that they eliminate the problem many pro photographers face of having to sell overpriced reprints to make their money. Having to do that puts you, and the client, in an uncomfortable position. With Pam’s session package, you’ll never have to pressure anybody for anything, and you’ll still get reprint orders that are like getting paid a bonus for your work!

In the Session Package part of the course you’ll learn…

Why the traditional session package degrades the value of your services and actually makes clients mad and often causes them to illegally copy your photos

How to use your session package to get even more business

How to deliver your session package to the client for maximum impact

What to do after the first sale is completed to help you get continuing working if you’re doing this as a business

Printing, Production, and Display

You can be very successful sending your work to a lab and delivering the session package we talk about in the Virtual Photo Session.

And for many years when we used film, that was the only viable option. Digital, however, and the “digital darkroom” has opened up a lot of new territory, and in this section, we explore extended techniques for producing and displaying your work. Here is some of what you’ll learn…

 Color — how it’s created (color “theory”) and how it’s controlled in the digital domain (color management)

How to set up a printer for accurate printing

All about paper and other printing media

How to select a printer for production printing — ignoring this can increase your costs by 5X or more

How to create an efficient “file flow”

Organize and code your photos so you can find them when a client calls many years later!

How to display your work with the most favorable lighting

Digitizing old film images for fun and profit!

Certificate of Completion

You’ve earned it!

Of course Pam and I would like to claim that we took our magic wand and instantly made each one of our students a great people and pet photographer, but the truth is, each one of our students has put in time and effort to get the results they wanted.

And at the end of the process we are very happy to issue the Not Your Normal School of Photography Certificate of Completion.

~ Bonus ~ “Formal Posing” Course

In this mini course you’ll learn to take “formal” shots ~ in a Not Your Normal way, of course ~ for Proms and other special events.

Pam doesn’t normally take those kinds of jobs, but a few years ago, a group of the local high school students asked Pam to take their prom photos ~ not as the “official photographer” ~ but as a separate function. You see, they all hated the photos taken by the regular prom photographer, so Pam couldn’t refuse and she agreed to do the work.

We rented a small room near the prom event and did the “mini sessions” there. It worked out great. The students got the photos they wanted and we made over $1,000 in a few hours.

Pam continued to do these “prom sessions” for a few more years and we published a course on our methods that sold very well for $297. That course is no longer available as a separate entity, however, as a bonus to the Not Your Normal Studio Course, we’ve included all the posing and session information from that course.

It’s perfect if you want to take pictures of individuals and couples in a “formal” but Not Your Normal way, and a great learning tool if you want to do events like proms as a business which can be very lucrative.

A some point we will probably pull this back out and make it into a separate course again, but for the moment it’s included as a free bonus with the Not Your Normal Studio Course.

Bonus Videos

The regular course materials are great at giving you the fundamentals and stepping you though the how-to-do-it details, however, there’s nothing like seeing it actually done. So, along with your course, you will also get access to a 2-hour online video of Pam doing real photo sessions, with actual paying customers.

And I do mean real. This is not a slick, staged, production with hired models or volunteers. This is Pam doing a series of real paid sessions in a client’s home. The video and sound may not be up to “Hollywood” standards, but the more you watch, the more you’ll pick up, and the more comfortable you’ll get with doing sessions yourself. By watching the video, you’ll absorb valuable details you need to know like a sponge picks up water.

Now here’s the really cool part about the bonus video — not only will you see Pam set up and take the shots, but right after she “presses the button,” we’ve edited in the actual photo that was given to the client so you can see exactly what the result was.

Plus, as an added “special feature” in the video, you’ll get a tour of Pam’s dining room “studio.” This way, you’ll see that you do not need a “special” place to photograph, set up business, and do high-fee photo sessions!

I was watching the video from the course and I must say, Love the shorts Jeff! No really! The info on the video, is priceless as far as I am concerned. from your set up, to location, to working with kiddos and so on. — Chip Wood

I am sending this to you to let you know how much I have enjoyed this course and how much I have learned about how to working with the people, especially from the video. I watched the video and loved it! I want to complement you on the way you worked with the families and especially the kids and the dog. — Michael Young

I loved your encouragement in the course, newsletters and follow up e-mails and phone calls. Loved the video, too. I especially like Pam’s specific instructions on how photographic dogs… the “buzz” word was really helpful. — Nicki Bailey


I think you will find the course very complete and easy to follow. A lot of effort has gone into making it that way, and over the years, we have “filled in the gaps” and made improvements as questions came up.

As a consequence, our students tend to not need much, if any, additional “support.”

That said, we do want to make double sure that you have all the information you need to be successful, so you will find support available on the member site.

First step is to search the site — there are the equivalent of over 3,000 printed pages on the site, so there’s a good chance you’ll find your answer. If you can’t, simply fill out a support form and we will handle your question individually via e-mail, phone, or other type of consultation if necessary.

The course is excellent! I’ve called Pam once or twice regarding the lighting, and she was just as friendly and helpful as she could be! Thanks Pam! I’m taking better photos of my family, friends, and clients than I ever dreamed were possible! — Sandy Chisholm

Hey, thanks for sticking with me!…

If you made it all the way here you either did a lot reading or you zoomed down to see what the “cost” is. You’ll find that information, and the links to enroll, just below.

Tuition Fees

Confidence, knowledge, even the nudging found in the course, like the MasterCard television ads, the value is priceless… well, glad it did have a price, I cannot afford priceless. — student

Pam and I thought long and hard about what to charge. If it were even possible to go to a college or take seminars to learn what we teach in the Not Your Normal Studio Quality Photography course, it would cost you thousands in tuition and travel fees.

And from the perspective that the skills you’ll learn in the course have been proven — over and over — to be worth $997 per session and up, a tuition fee in the “thousands” makes sense.

Business photographers may notice that if they charge what Pam has charged her clients ($997), and do as many sessions in a day as Pam has done (3 per day), they would generate $5,982 in a weekend (not including reprints!) and that would probably be a reasonable fee for the course ~ but ~ we’re not going to charge anywhere near that amount...

In the past, this information has never been available for less than $997 and many happy students have paid that much and more, but for the moment, tuition for the entire Not Your Normal Studio Photography Course is only $297. That’s less than what you would pay for one very limited course at a community college. With the Not Your Normal Studio Photography Course you’ll be getting a complete program of study, you won’t have to leave home to benefit, and the materials will be online for you to refer to in the future.

You can try out the Not Your Normal Studio Photography Course at no risk to you — we want you to be completely delighted with your course. If within 30 days, for any reason you are not satisfied with the materials — if you’ve given it a try and haven’t seriously improved your photos skills; if your friends, family, and co workers haven’t shown up at your door demanding that you take photos of their families, if you haven’t gotten the creative satisfaction you seek — no matter, just let us know, and you can “return” the program for a full refund.

So that’s it! Do be aware that these fees have nowhere to go but up, and there is limit to how many students we can take on ~ we have shut off enrollment at times ~ so be sure enroll now to lock in current rates and availability ~ and (most important!!!) ~ to immediately begin on a wonderful photographic — and perhaps life changing — adventure!

NYN course gave me the specific details I needed, but more importantly, it gave me the confidence and commitment I needed to proceed. It has definitely changed my life — and I’d say for the better! — Laura

Pam and I look forward to your enrollment!

Photographically yours,

Jeff Farr, director and co-founder
of the Not Your Normal School of Photography

Hi Pam and Jeff,

I wanted to thank you for all the course materials. It truly is a fountain of information and more importantly motivation. I would be light years behind where I am today. I may not be your over night success but I am having fun along the way. Just to get you up to speed, I spoke to Pam over a year ago about lighting systems. At the time, I did not have the money for this but in the spirit of “get out there and start shooting and don’t sweat the small stuff” I DID!

I set up a less-than-ideal studio in our spare bedroom. The room was about 14′ by 10′ and I had the backdrop rigged up unsafely (more about that later). For backdrop lighting, I set up a couple of 500 watt work lights to blast the backdrop. Again not ideal, the heat was almost unbearable and it took a lot of trial and error to get exposure set properly. I did some sessions for friends and family. The photos were not great but were good enough; good enough to get inquires from their friends and family to book sessions. — John

Enroll now in the Not Your Normal Studio Photography Course and begin taking studio quality photos of people and pets — for business or pleasure — in your own home studio, on location, or in a “real” studio if you have one!…

This course is currently closed to new students.