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Do you want to learn the fine art of photography but don't have the patience for an 8 or 10 week class? Jake McGuire's private lessons can help you become a skilled photographer in the shortest time possible by concentrating on exactly what you want to achieve. Sessions are available for individuals or small groups.

Why Private Lessons?

Private lessons allow you to:
  • Create your own schedule.

  • Avoid the slow, plodding nature of a class full of students
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  • Maintain your privacy.

  • Have hands-on experience with a camera from the first minute
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  • Get right to the heart of exactly what you want to learn or areas you want to explore.

  • Avoid the unnecessary and overly technical details so you can concentrate on the art of photography (you don't need to know how a carburetor works in order to drive a car.)

  • Ask as many questions as you like with instant answers, for a quick grasp of the material.

  • Why Jake McGuire?

  • McGuire is one of America's most accomplished photographers. His photos have appeared in hundreds of newspapers, airline and travel magazines; as well as in countless books, calendars, posters, note cards and other printed pieces. His photo credits include a cover of LIFE Magazine

  • His framed fine art photographs are in the collections of presidents, heads of state, senators, congressmen, diplomats and others.

  • He has lectured audiences and judged photo contests for the Smithsonian Institution, The World Bank, American Red Cross and The United Way.

  • He was awarded the coveted "Arts America" Grant by the United States Information Agency to give lectures on photography to the Bahrain Arts Society.

  • McGuire has given private or semi-private lessons to members of royal families, surgeons, attorneys, CEO's, notables and others who demand the finest services, and who prefer privacy and confidentiality.

  • Rates

    Rates are $80/hr for a three-hour minimum. Price drops for longer sessions or per/student in a group. All sessions are customized to meet your needs. Free meeting and consultation to explore your needs. Call or e-mail to set up an appointment.

    If you're not sure where to start, try the basic lesson for one.

    Basic Lesson for One

    If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, or can visit here, the lessons consist of three, 3-hour sessions custom designed for your needs. Price is $700, plus $90 for film, processing and materials. Price includes free use of Nikon loaner camera (if you need one) and at the end of the course you will have produced 2 of your favorite prints enlarged and framed in an 18x22 size, ready to hang on your wall or give as gifts. The key to this course is that you will gain the knowledge on how to go from shooting sound pictures to creating your own fine art enlargements. You're not merely left with an envelope full of drugstore snapshots at the end of the course. For lesson outside D.C. add McGuire's travel expenses. Call or e-mail.
    Total cost only $790

    Small Group Lessons

    Small groups of friends, neighbors, colleagues or club members can band together for group sessions. The cost depends on the number of participants. You can come to D.C. or I can come to you. Call or e-mail for a quote.

    Travel Photography

    Do you want to learn how to take great travel photos? Why not take your personal teacher with you on an Alaskan cruise or on a canal trip through the vineyards of Burgundy or on a train ride above the clouds in the Swiss Alps. Whether it's two days or two weeks, McGuire can help you learn how to take magazine-quality travel pictures. Special discounts for travel to the likes of Provence, Tuscany or the Cote D'or.

    In addition, McGuire has extensive experience writing about food and wine, and will gladly share his culinary knowledge. Perfect for individuals or small groups. Programs can be customized in nearly any fashion. Call or e-mail with your needs.

    Follow-up Courses

  • How to prepare your photos for exhibition.

  • How to find places to exhibit your photos.

  • How to turn your images into products like Postcards.

  • Finding niche markets for your photos.

  • Who Can Benefit from McGuire's Lessons:

  • Anyone who loves photography and wants to take better pictures.

  • Those who want to capture the beauty of their hobbies or pastimes: garden club members, nature lovers, horticulturists, etc.

  • Clubs, museums, and alumni groups who sponsor adventure travel. McGuire can accompany the group and be your traveling teacher.

  • Owners of vineyards, inns and resorts who want to take great photos of their property for marketing and promotions.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Since private lessons are more personal than classroom lessons, McGuire reserves the right to decline lessons to anyone he deems incompatible for any reason.

    For more information, please contact Jake here.

    "Jake is a wealth of knowledge and terrific teacher. I learned more from him in a week than in months worth of classes, books and seminars."

    -Christine Morden, Esq.
    Washington, D.C.



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