the tpe student chronicles

Nothing – and we mean nothing – makes our hearts sing more than following our students along your photography journeys.

You’ve grappled with everything from learning how to master manual and building your portfolio to lighting your children’s photography practice on fire and getting grounded in Photoshop. It’s been our privilege to celebrate every learning milestone, every photographic ah-ha and every artistic triumph right along with you.

We don’t really have valedictorians at TPE (as far as we’re concerned, you’re all top of your class), but we thought it would be fun to share the learnings, hopes and dreams of our students. After all, you have plenty of stories to share about your experiences!

So let’s hear it from our grads!



graduate: Mastering Manual, Oh So Composed, Mastering Light

amy nash“I love how encouraging everyone at TPE has been, from instructors to other class members to the people who participate in the TPE student lounge. Photography could easily feel lonely, but TPE has provided me with a community of people who are working towards improving their photography and are excited to talk about it and learn together.”

1. Who and what inspires you – in life and in photography?
I think it’s no surprise that my two daughters are my muses and that I am inspired in life and photography by travel and adventure. I love exploring new places and seeing the amazing places the world has to offer.

2. How long have you been shooting for?
I really started shooting in the summer of 2015 when I was visiting my sister-in-law over the 4th of July and asking her about her photos, which were gorgeous. We had both blogged about our kids for years and in the previous 6 months I had noticed a marked difference in the kinds of pictures she was taking of her boys, so I asked her about it. She was the one who introduced me to TPE and got me signed up for Mastering Manual. And that’s when things sort of took off for me. After that I took Oh So Composed and Mastering Light and loved the things I was learning and the difference it was making in my pictures of my kids and our travels, including a trip to Thailand & Cambodia in November.

3. What’s in your photography toolkit?
I have been shooting with a Canon 5d Mark II but it is 8 years old now and starting to suffer from age, so I’m planning on moving to the Nikon d750 any day (literally). But I primarily shoot with a Canon 17-40 f/4.0 or a Canon 50mm f/1.4. I also have a Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 and a Canon 70-200mm f/4.0. And I edit in primarily LR but finish up a few things in PS if I feel the need for major cloning or something like that.

4. What advice do you have for someone who has just started learning photography?
Practice as much as you can – daily if possibly. And find a friend who loves photography too, because it helps so much to have someone to chat with about nailing focus and figuring out shutter speeds, etc. Also, I find I have really enjoyed having a photography “project” to work on – whether it’s taking a class or doing a Project 365 or 52.

5. Tell us what three of your favourite things in life are?
Pie. Books. That slightly wobbly but strong feeling after a really good workout.

6. Sorry, we can’t resist a sixth question. Will you share some of your work with us?

Hear more from Amy, including her favorite thing to shoot, her number one TPE course and why the lion king is an enduring influence in her life.

You can read more about her photography journey here.