Hi, this is ME! The gal behind the lens! 

If you've wandered onto this page, you are likely a fellow photog, looking to grow and learn together, quite possibly looking for a mentor. I'm guessing you've browsed, and you know a bit About me by now, you've seen my work, and were curious about what this whole "learn" thing was about. :) Did I peg you right? Hopefully. If you're a potential Client curious Monkey,  you are welcome to stay, but this might get geeky pretty quick, so when your eyes glaze over, the Stories tab might be more up your alley (especially if you're looking to see some more of my work). 

Below you will find a few Blog posts worth reading, especially if you are in the 'sponge' phase of your photography career. (Follow me on Instagram, since I usually post a quick announcement if something new goes up). 

If you have been struggling finding information, you've read all there is to read here (and the resources I list in the "Photography Questions Project blog below"), and you want to connect with me for more advice, I list some Mentorship options below. Don't worry! I'm actually pretty down-to-earth, and I love helping others along, since we're all in this together! 

A rising tide lifts all boats

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LOW-KEY Q&A COFEE DATE - (in person / via screen share) - If you're here in the Twin Cities, I'd love to meet up, but that's not a requirement. Screen sharing is also an option if you're out of state/country. Not everyone is at the same stage of growth, and you might be struggling with different things than others. Unlike workshops (where the 'menu' is pretty fixed), I don't want to have a pre-defined agenda, but instead give you the chance to tell me what you need most, where you're at, etc. You'd email me some of your questions ahead of time so I get an idea on what to focus on, and get a chance to prep a bit.

Here are some ideas of what I can help you with: general business, workflows, portfolio or website review/critique, branding and style, how to best connect with your ideal client, editing (learning Lightroom, making your presets work for you, get that look that you're going for, etc.). If you're tired of watching videos and kinda want a personal tutor, this one is for you.

1 HR / $150

Topics tailored to you
Q&A style - No questions are off-limits, unless I'm not an expert on the subject, in case I'll let you know

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MENTORSHIP / 2nd Shooting / internship CONTACT FORM: 


  • Has to have shot (or second shot) at least 2 weddings 

  • Must own and knows how to use:

    • DSLR camera (ideally full-frame) 

    • Flash with ETTL / TLL capability

    • Lenses (35mm F1.2-1.8, 24-70mm F2.8 are usually the 2 musts for weddings - nothing above F2.8) 

    • Memory cards (32-64GB Sandisk Extreme Pro are ideal)

    • MUST be comfortable shooting in Manual mode 

Quick note - I'll try to post on my Instagram Stories (@esterknowlenphoto) when I'm in need of more 2nd shooters, so if you don't hear back from me right away, that usually means I'm set. Don't get discouraged if you don't have enough experience, reach out again when you do / when you see me post about looking for more help :) 


If you're looking for guidance while shooting, and are not self-sufficient at directing Guys' (and Groom) Getting Ready photos / Guys' Wedding Party Photos, please apply for a Mentoring Session instead and we can talk about an unpaid Internship option where you can assist, observe, and learn. 

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Follow along on Instagram @esterknowlenphoto