Turn your love of photography into a vibrant business that brings you freedom, opportunity and purpose
This course has opened so many doors for me. How to value myself, value my work, value my time, how to make genuine connections in the industry, how to take my passions seriously and let go of my hobbyist mentality, and most importantly - how to plant my seeds and turn my dreams into a reality. I never understood the business side of things in the creative industry. How to make a profit from the things you love doing. It has always felt like a big unapproachable question mark to me that I felt I'd never get the answers to. The Academy gave me my dreams back, bigger and better than I imagined. I have experienced a life shift. You have shaped me into a business person I've never been before. You have shaped me into the dreamer I lost sight of. The growth I've experienced in such a short time is invaluable. It has been the investment in my time and money that will continue to repay itself for a lifetime.
- Michaela K., Photographer
The program has now come to an end, but it feels like it is the start of a new life. It is actually the start of the life I have chosen to pursue. I knew somehow that this course would be life-changing, and really Carly, this program has changed my life. Pardon my French, but it was definitely the kick in the butt I needed to take control of my own life. Without knowing each other, you underlined all the doubts and fears I had, and helped me go beyond them. The community has also been a strong source of motivation, seeing all the talented photographers struggling with the same fears we all have. This program gave me confidence, not only about my work but about myself. I don't need to wait for anyone else's approval. I surely don't have to wait for clients and brands to find me and offer me a project. Actually, it all relies on me. I have the power to create the life I dream about. The Modern Photography Academy gives all the steps you need to grow as a photographer and create unlimited opportunities.
- Moheli, Photographer
Just wanted to send a message of appreciation to you. Honestly cannot thank you enough for what you have taught me! It's seriously amazing what you're doing, how you teach it, and the course you have created. I'm super grateful. Just wanted to let you know a bit about what I'm doing now - I'm out in Mallorca Spain shooting a campaign for Free People and a story for Rollacoaster Magazine. It's exactly the type of work I dreamed about before taking your course and I really couldn't have done it without you. A big thank you once again.
- Johnny, Photographer
I wanted to let you know that in the past week I have been booked on my first two paid photography jobs! I honestly couldn't be happier. I have been working SO hard since completing your course earlier this year to build my non-existent portfolio and for not one, but two different brands to reach out and book me on jobs was just incredible. I quoted for both jobs in the way that you taught us and was so nervous that the fee was too high and that they would turn me down - but they didn't blink an eyelid. No questions asked, they just confirmed the job straight away. I honestly couldn't thank you enough. I still can't quite believe how far I have come since completing your course. I am the happiest I have been in the longest time, and I feel like I have purpose. So thank you again.
- Ruby, Photographer
The only comprehensive online learning experience for photographers — level up your photography skills, build your business and become magnetic for opportunities.
I have been a fan of your photography for awhile. However, what stands out to me is your incredible perspective and perseverance. The Academy fulfills all necessary components of starting a professional photography business and provides a vast amount of invaluable practical information, along with your personal challenges in the industry, which are such rare resources for photographers to be able to access. Your honesty in sharing your experiences is refreshing and confirms that you are a true leader in this industry. The program has changed the way that I approach so many aspects of my life, in both photography and personally. I really cannot begin to express how grateful I am.
- Lauren S, Photographer
Undoubtedly the most meaningful investment I've ever made. I've never made so many positive changes for myself both mentally and in the way I approach my work. I can't put into words how grateful I am.
- Amanda, Photographer
For me, there will always be before The Academy and after The Academy. You have changed my life through your lessons. I felt so stuck this past year and couldn't see a way forward and I'm so grateful for your insight and wisdom that helped me find a path to the life I had been craving for so long. If anyone is on the fence about joining, just go for it. This is not just another generic photography course. I booked $4500 in photoshoot jobs this month alone and followed the steps in setting up additional income sources that brought in an additional $3000. I know this is not a lot to some people, but to me it is life changing and I feel like this is just the beginning. For the first time in a long time I'm excited about the life that's ahead of me and I have you and The Academy to thank for that.
- Katie, Photographer
Thank you so much for your support, love and lessons. My life has changed so much. Today my photo was published in Vogue. From overdosing in the hospital 7 months ago to being the person I've always wanted to be and it has everything to do with your guidance through your program and personal attention in the community. Thank you so much.
- Lisa, Photographer
Founded in 2016 by photographer Carly Dame, The Modern Photography Academy is a transformational online school and community for a new generation of photographers. We know that trying to break through in this industry is overwhelming. Traditional photography school is outdated and expensive. There are no relevant resources online and photographers will never give away their secrets.
The Modern Photography Academy is the solution. With over 1200 graduates worldwide, we've distilled The Academy into potent lessons, clear strategies, industry secrets and real life examples to elevate your technical photography skills, build a profitable business and create opportunities that make you feel alive.
The personal and professional benefits of pursuing a career in photography are endless. It's about more than just getting paid to photograph. It's about the wave of excitement that washes over you when you get an email from a brand you love. It's the feeling of stability you get when you receive a payment from a client that was more than you made all month at your old job. It's about traveling to magical places and working with inspiring people.
The Modern Photography Academy will reawaken your inspiration and stir you into action. It will help you get over your fear and clear away confusion. The process is not always easy, but the rewards of completing the program will repay you for a lifetime.
The Modern Photography Academy is a 30 day online program — but you have access to the program lessons forever
The next start date is on January 7, 2021
You can join with any kind of camera - film, digital, disposable, iPhone
Lifetime access to the full program and community is $497 USD — less than 1% of a traditional photography degree
Work on the lessons at your own pace — you do not need to be available at specific times during the week and the program is flexible
Ask unlimited questions and receive direct support inside our private community - we are here to make you sure you succeed. Participate in the community as little or as much as you want.
The Modern Photography Academy is led by photographer Carly Dame.
The Academy is delivered in the form of videos, audio lessons, workbooks and discussions inside the community. The program is designed to help you improve your photography skills, land higher paying projects with better clients, create opportunities that allow to travel and work with interesting people, and get on a path to freedom. Everything inside The Academy is highly relevant and actionable — even during these uncertain times.
Inside The Academy you will find hundreds of strategies, tips, secrets, ideas, screenshots and daily prompts to support you in achieving the vision you create for your life. You don't have to do everything perfectly. It only takes one thing to "click" and your life will open up to new opportunities.
The lessons are created fresh each year and are always updated to take into account the current global climate — how to book clients during COVID-19, how to bring in an income if you're on lockdown at home, how to adapt your business to travel restrictions, etc.
Get an inside look into how Carly Dame went from working a desk job to building her multiple 6-figure photography business in one year with a film camera from the thrift store and no industry connections. Learn about the steps taken, the failures to avoid, the risks that paid off, and how you can replicate this is your own life.
Gain access to all the secrets she's accumulated while working with some of the top brands and how you can work these secrets to advance your own path. Get behind the scenes information on all recent photoshoots including how the details came together, equipment that was used, pricing, planning, etc.
Learn the easiest way to create gorgeous images that feel authentic to your style. Get a clear look into the fundamental elements of photography and how you can easily manipulate them to achieve the look you want.
Learn about optimal camera settings, working with light, naturally directing models, etc. Learn about the best cameras and film to use and in what situations, and get a step-by-step look at how many of Carly's images were created.
Learn how to create a strong brand identity as a photographer. Position yourself as an expert — even if you don't feel like it yet. Develop a consistent photography aesthetic that puts you on the radar of your favorite brands and makes it a "no brainer" for them to hire you.
Get secret advice from brand directors and photography agents that will allow you to stand out and create a fresh aesthetic that feels both authentic to you and is attractive to your ideal clients.
Stop posting on Instagram and waiting for clients to contact you. They are waiting for you to share your incredible ideas with them, especially during COVID. Pitching yourself in a way that is attractive to clients is essential to your business — but you have to know who to contact and what to say.
Get the framework that has allowed other photographers to book jobs with brands like Free People, Brandy Melville, Urban Outfitters and many others.Brands are looking for new talent to hire.
Learn to negotiate and speak about your rates with confidence. Never wonder if you're charging too much and scaring clients away, or charging too little and undervaluing yourself.
Learn how to begin getting paid to do what you love and gain access to what other photographers are charging so you can price your work with confidence. See real screen-shot examples of client negotiations.
During COVID when most clients can't travel, it's absolutely vital that you're able to prep and produce full professional photoshoots remotely. Learn to transform an idea into a professional photoshoot concept, step-by-step.
Use industry secrets to get models you thought were out of your league to say "yes". Learn the secrets of booking free locations and styling the model in designer clothes. Learn to direct the team with the confidence on the day of the shoot and deliver top quality images.
Instagram is more than just a place to share your work. Strategically position yourself as an expert, build an engaged community, inspire others and seek out ideal clients.
Learn to build connections with the true decision makers within brands, and nurture those relationships in a way that will open doors, attract opportunities and get you booked on interesting projects.
When you begin working for yourself, the ways of earning money are unlimited. Develop an entrepreneurial mindset and let go of the starving artist mentality — create passive income streams that bring in money even when you're not "working".
Learn how you can take your passion for photography and apply it to other business ventures in an authentic and passionate way. This course helped a student make $3,000 one night in her sleep. This is the secret to true financial freedom and is very important especially during the current pandemic.
Learn to communicate professionally with magnetic confidence. Learn the inside route to building connections with industry leaders. Get meetings on your calendar. Get an honest, real look into how to grow in this industry during COVID.
Go from hobbyist to professional and begin supporting yourself financially from your photography work. Bring your business to the next level with these marketing, sales, tech and financial strategies.
It's not about how "perfect" your photos are, what kind of camera you have, or if you have a studio or not. Brands and marketing teams are not hiring photographers for those things anymore,. Learn what matters in the industry today and how to be exactly what brands are looking for.
What do you truly want from life? Who do you want to meet and how do you want to spend your days? What kind of experiences do you want to have? The purpose of The Modern Photography Academy is about using the knowledge, skills and tools to show you what's possible and how to build the life you want, one day at a time.
Work less and earn more so you can enjoy the magic of your life. Let go of personal blocks and limitations. Learn to think outside the box of what's possible and go out and create it. Infuse fun and adventure into your days. Make friends with creatives who inspire you. Attract business opportunities that enrich your personal life. Create magical experiences for yourself that add texture, stories and vibrance to your existence.
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I can't believe this program is over. It's been the best investment I could have ever made. I have grown more in a month than I have the last three years struggling down my photography path. Carly, this program has not only changed my life but has given me so much more confidence as a person. This program has been a milestone and such a catalyst for transformation that has directed my life towards true bliss.
- Margeurite, Photographer
You're a true artist, entrepreneur and marketing goddess. I was touched by each lesson. Every single topic was priceless to me. I'd be so lost without you, Carly. I still cannot believe that I got to learn from such a successful photographer like you, receiving feedback and all this precious information.
- Emily K., Photographer
This course has gone by in an instant and a lifetime. The person I am in this moment, writing this letter to you, is so very evolved from the person that I was when this journey began. From the very first lesson, I could tell I made the right decision to sign up. I could tell my life was about to change. This change is one that I have craved so deeply for so long without knowing what it was exactly that I needed. I was so immediately and profoundly grateful to finally see a path towards the life I wanted. A future that didn't feel suffocating, and for the first time in forever, a future I am truly excited about. So for that alone, I need to tell you, a million times over, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your course has been a transformative experience across all aspects of my life. I feel as though I have been born again, and that is representative of the utter magic that can happen when someone takes your course who is truly motivated to implement everything you are sharing.
- Katherine M., Photographer
New York City
The Modern Photography Academy was created by me, Carly Dame, a photographer from a small town in Canada who is now based in Paris, France. This is something I couldn't have imagined a few years ago.
After high school, I spent 6 years in university to become an accountant — something I had little interest in but I thought would guarantee me a successful life. I was a lead accountant for a technology start-up and it was my dream job on paper, but I felt completely burnt out and was barely making enough money to support myself in the city. I was living on autopilot. I had spent most of my life on the "safe path". I had lost my creativity, my passion and my spirit. I felt there had to be more to life. Photography was my escape on the weekends but I never thought it could be a career.
One day I woke up and knew that if I didn't make a big change in my life now, I'd be working an office job for the next 40 years. So I quit my job to fully pursue photography. I had no connections in the industry, no expensive equipment, and no reason to believe I could do this. I didn't know a single person who was a professional photographer, but I was determined to make it work. I felt my life depended on it.
It took hard work, a decision to truly believe in myself, and thinking way outside the box, but soon I started earning more in one day as a photographer than I earned all month as an accountant. I turned my passion into a 6 figure business just with my little film camera and I was having more fun that I had ever had in my life. I felt like I was finding myself again.Then I began helping other photographers do the same.
I remember standing on the shores of Italy after having just finished a shoot for one of my favorite brands. I couldn't even afford to buy their clothes only a few years before, and now I was working for them with models who had been on my mood boards for years. That feeling was surreal. With hard work and a few key decisions, life can dramatically change in a short amount of time.
But enough about me. I can't wait to get to know you.
This is why I've poured my entire heart and soul into creating The Modern Photography Academy. It doesn't matter where you grew up, how much money you have, or what kind of camera you can afford. None of that has anything to do with your ability to become a successful photographer. The Academy has helped new photographers book their first paid photoshoot, and has helped established photographers unlock the next level of print campaigns and magazine covers.
I've met many photographers who graduated from top photography schools but who were still unprepared to enter the industry and support themselves financially from their photography. Traditional photography school is outdated and can cost $50,000 or more. These talented photographers were forced to take uninspiring jobs to make ends meet and their talent went to waste.
Maybe you don't know anyone in the photography industry. Maybe no one in your family has pursued a creative path and they're skeptical of your dreams. Maybe you really want this and you can't afford to spin your wheels any longer.
The Modern Photography Academy is the solution to this — real world advice and practical strategies at an affordable price. The information you need to know to make big shifts in the next few weeks, not years. There is no better time to get started than right now.
You are not alone on this path anymore. We're doing this together.
Immediately after signing up, you will receive an email from us with your log in details to the program. The first lessons and access to The Community will be live on January 7, 2021. The program is delivered over 30 days, but you have lifetime access to all the program materials.
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I think back to a month and a half ago when there were only a few hours left in the countdown to join your course and I had literally just enough money to pay for it in my bank account. Well, not enough, because rent was also due in two days, but I knew I was getting my last check from my bar job because of quarantine. I was so stressed about making the decision to join. I knew I had to do it. I had done much riskier things before. I jumped into the deep end and I’m literally so glad that I did. Boy were you right! You have awakened parts of me that have been begging to be free for so long. You are a sweet gem and I am lucky to have had your mentorship at such a pivotal point in my creative practice. I feel my thesis paper is just as much a product of this course as a product of my MFA program. How wild is it that I feel like your program expanded my mind and served me more than the entire two years I spent in grad school. You have inspired me to take the photography aspect of my practice seriously enough to treat it well and that I am capable of professionalism I never believed before.
- Alexis N., Photographer
New York City
*Please note: The Academy began on January 7, 2021, but if you are reading this, you can still join us. Sign up at the link at the bottom of the page to gain access to all the lessons and our private community*