Course Syllabus

Week 1
Goal Setting, Identity & Personality, Photography Genres, Styles, and Processing

Week 2
Objectives, Portfolio Assessment, and Interpretation

Week 3
A Good Photograph, Constructive Criticism, Defining Strengths and Weaknesses, Cohesion, and Voice

Week 4
Curating a Portfolio, Applying for Pro, Accountability

Course Information

Skill Level:

Participants should have an established body of work and be able to produce a collection of 50-150 images.

A portfolio and software such as Adobe Bridge or Lightroom are preferred, but not required.

Course Summary:
Set goals and objectives, learn how to breakdown and critique photographs objectively, identify your strengths and weaknesses, design a personal growth project, and use a strategic process to curate your professional portfolio.

Self Study Workshop | $75.00

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Courtney married her physicist version of Good Will Hunting. She ate after midnight and woke up with six children. She earned a BS in mechanical engineering at the University of Alaska and worked oil rigs in the Cook Inlet. She picked up her first camera at 9 and has never stopped shooting. She shoots multi-genre and has a “take it as it is” approach.

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Let's talk about breakthrough moments: a sudden, dramatic shift that has a significant and positive impact on our development. Taking this four week, content rich, course with Courtney Rust is exactly that. Through self-reflection and analysis of your photography, you will make high level connections about yourself and your art and how they are inextricably linked. You will also learn how to fill in the gaps that you might have not even known were there, and learn to thoughtfully and objectively critique your work. I highly recommend this class for those, like me, who have been in the field for years.

- Natalie Wheeler

Introspection and Analysis with Courtney Rust is just what I needed to really polish off my portfolio. Her in-depth class covered so much material that really helped me recognize my style and voice, where I was purposeful with my work and where I had room for improvement. I was able to take a step back and look at my work critically, which is a must if you want to see growth in your skill level. Courtney gave me priceless feedback on my weekly assignments which not only opened my eyes to aspects I've never thought of before but also motivated me to be the best version of myself. With Courtney's help, I am beyond excited and proud to annouce that I've been accepted into In Beauty & Chaos' Pro community! I can't recommend her class enough. Thank you Courtney for all of your amazing guidance!

- Stephanie Mason

Are you looking for a class that will push you to be able to critique your own work? This is a perfect option for you! Each week will push you out of your comfort zone and into looking deeply at your work and learning what makes you tick. No one should apply for Pro without taking this class... the ability to see our own work objectively as we put together a portfolio is a wonderful gift. Courtney poured her heart and soul into this class! If you are looking for an easy, feel good class, you might want to keep looking. If you are looking for a class to help you truly see your work for all it's glory and failings... I highly recommend it.

- Carri Peterson