The Academy with John Gress


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I didn’t get to where I am as a photographer without help; that’s why I want to pass along what I have learned to others through 1-on-1 conversations.

Most of what I learned about about lighting I learned through years of experimentation, so I want to help you speed that process up through coaching!

Before our session

I want to have a full understanding of where you are coming from and what you’re hoping to learn or gain from the coaching experience. So I will send you a questionnaire beforehand and we’ll exchange emails and we will go from there!

How we will connect

I will send you a Zoom link.

Potential topics for our session:

Portfolio review

My retouching techniques

Website review

The technical aspects of photography


  • Lighting gear and what it does
  • Lighting techniques
  • Freezing motion
  • Beauty
  • Rembrandt
  • Hardlight
  • Softlight
  • Reverse engineering lighting examples

Social media brand building

Cocktail recipes (whatever you want to talk about)



À La Carte

$199 per hour

$125 per half hour


The Gress Guild

Access to our exclusive members only learning platform plus a 30 minute monthly mentoring session.


The Apprenticeship

Access to our exclusive members only learning platform plus a 60 minute monthly mentoring session.


Book Your Session Now

To book a reservation you can call 312-545-5438, email [email protected] or securely checkout below.

If the dates available don’t work for you, please contact us.